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Curriculum Information Guide

Applied Economics

Dr. Xu Zhang, Chair
Economics Dept.
School of Business


Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science program in Applied Economics is a comprehensive course of study that prepares students for careers in business, financial institutions, national, state, and local government, public and private research organizations and nonprofit organizations. Consistent with the mission of the College, the program trains students to be real-life problem solvers so that upon graduation they are ready to be employed in entry and junior-level positions in business and industry, the public sector, and non-profit sector.

Graduates will have the skills and abilities to meet the diverse needs of regional, national, and international employers in both the private and public sectors, working in occupations such as entry-level economist, quantitative analyst, business analyst, financial analyst, regional planner, manager, and research analyst. The program exposes students to a broad spectrum of economic concepts and applications, providing them with a strong background from which to pursue graduate study in economics and the social sciences, business and finance, law, public administration, journalism, and education.

Students must complete 60 hours in the liberal arts (inclusive of the general education core). In their first two years of the program, students will complete their general education requirements including mathematics, the two introductory courses in economics, and begin to take courses in the economics core.

The program culminates with a capstone course sequence of Economics Research and Reporting followed by Applied Economic Analysis/Senior Project. In the first course, students receive extensive instruction in the methods and techniques of economic research and report writing, including data and statistical analysis, and the generation and presentation of reports for the general public. Students, in Applied Economic Analysis/Senior Project are asked to undertake, complete, and present the results of an applied research project.

Typical Employment Opportunities:

Market Research Analysts
Quantitative Analysts for National, State, Local Governments
Financial Analysts for Banks and Other Financial Institutions
Budget Analysts
Insurance Agent
Data Analysts

Applied Economics (BS) Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will be able to understand basic economics principles, important economic issues, and major economic institutions.
  • Graduates will be able to comprehend economic concepts and analytical techniques and apply them to a wide variety of economic issues and problems of the U.S. and world economies.
  • Graduates will be trained to read and understand economic literature.
  • Graduates will have the opportunity to compile and analyze complex economics data to address real-life economics issues.
  • Graduates will be trained to write economics reports and present economic analysis in comprehendible terms.

Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 120

Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are satisfied.


1. Students must take at least two 400 level Economics electives
2. Students must receive a grade of C or better in required core courses.

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.