Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$350 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.A./B.S. in Economics – Online


The online coursework in Oregon State University's economics bachelor's program will provide you with a strong foundation in quantitative analysis, oral and written communication, problem solving and research methods.

Degree requirements

A minimum of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate with your economics degree, including:

Honors degree online

As an undergraduate degree-seeking student, you can apply to earn an honors degree online in your academic major. Earning this prestigious degree gives you the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research, complete a comprehensive thesis experience and engage in co-curricular activities.

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You can tailor your program studies to align with your interests and career goals by choosing from one of the following areas of study.

General economics

Give yourself a well-rounded economics education and the skills to meet a demand for professionals who can think, communicate and solve problems and are comfortable with quantitative analysis. View the curriculum »

Law, economics and policy

The interdisciplinary law, economics and policy option draws from political science and philosophy courses as well as economics. It serves students who are interested in public service or advanced study in law or public policy. View the curriculum »

Managerial economics

This option allows you to use business classes toward the requirements of the economics degree. It is ideal if you are interested in pursuing jobs or graduate study in business with a strong economics background. View the curriculum »

Sample course topics

  • Introduction to microeconomics
  • Introduction to macroeconomics
  • Pre-econometrics
  • Public policy analysis
  • Advanced macroeconomic theory
  • Introduction to economic research
  • Calculus for management and social science

Additional program features

Accelerated Master's Platform

Get a jump-start on your Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree while working toward your undergraduate degree in economics. Through Oregon State’s Accelerated Master’s Platform, current undergraduate economics students can take graduate-level courses online that will be applied to their bachelor’s degree, and the credits earned will be transferred to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program. Students enrolled in Ecampus graduate courses will pay the graduate tuition and fees rate.

Transfer credits

Some of the degree requirements can be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement.

Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through OSU’s Transfer Credit Central.

Add a minor

As an OSU Ecampus student, you can add a minor to your degree program. OSU boasts a diverse offering of minors online. You can pair your economics degree with a minor in business or leadership, giving you a great way to create an even more powerful résumé fit for today's job market.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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