• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Chico, CA, United States
A BA in Economics from California State University Chico provides a range of exciting career prospects in the private and public sectors. Graduates with economics degrees are highly marketable because they learn an analytic approach to solving problems. The BA in Economics provides an excellent background for graduate programs in economics, business, law, and urban planning. 
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Students may choose classes ranging from those with a historical perspective to those which use quantitative techniques. Students may complete a BA in Economics with concentrations in at least two of the following four areas: Environmental Economics and Public Policy, International Economics, Financial Economics, and Quantitative Economics. Small senior-level classes allow students to know their professors well. Tutors in the department conference room can help students in any economics class; sometimes professors join tutors in explaining economic issues. The economics department is committed to using the latest technology. The curriculum is periodically reviewed and adjusted to be responsive to changing national and international conditions and to student needs and preferences. Exceptional students may participate in the Honors Program in Economics.

Double Major and Economics Minor

California State University Chico students may earn a double major in economics and one of the business majors without doubling unit requirements since some courses count towards both majors. A double major in economics and social sciences satisfies the requirements to enter a teaching credential program and to prepare to teach economics at the high school level. A minor in economics enhances employment opportunities for students with majors in communications, environmental studies, journalism, education, geography, planning, business, international relations and a variety of other fields.


The economics faculty uses a combination of diverse approaches in conjunction with numerous applied case studies to provide students with a broad and in-depth exposure to the discipline. The faculty holds doctoral degrees from prestigious American graduate programs, is actively involved in publishing and grants, and is involved in local economic issues. Often students work with faculty on research projects. Undergraduate teaching and learning is their highest priority.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Principles of Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Principles of Microeconomic Analysis
  • Economic Statistics
  • Statistics
  • Capstone in Economics
  • Honors Independent Study in Economics
  • Introductory Web Programming
  • Corporate Technology Integration
  • Survival Skills for a Digital Age

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  • Have completed with grades of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see “Subject Requirements”).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    17368 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17368 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7864 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chico

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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