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
$318 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
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

minimum of 180 quarter credits  including at least 60 upper-division credits  are required to graduate with your economics degree. Major requirements and curriculum information are available on Oregon State’s official academic catalog.

For additional information about OSU's baccalaureate core, please visit our baccalaureate core details page. You can also find complete details about the College of Liberal Arts core.

Specialization options

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 analysisView 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 policyView 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 backgroundView 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

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 into OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

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 to operate in your state.

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