Course Descriptions

ECON 1000 - The Economics of Social Issues
The Economics of Social Issues introduces the student to economics in a less rigorous manner than ECON 1010. Economic issues are introduced in examining wealth, poverty, energy, crime, education, health, discrimination, unemployment and inflation. May not be taken for credit by students who have already completed ECON 3010. Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement.
ECON 1010 - Introduction to Microeconomics
An analysis of the market system and its role in allocating goods and services; problems of market failure (e.g., monopoly, environmental pollution, and public goods), and alternative government responses to such problems. Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement.
ECON 1050 - Economics in Practice
Designed as a practical introduction to the process of teaching and learning economics through activity-based economic instruction. Covers a variety of economic topics by use of materials developed by National Council on Economic Education. While particularly relevant to prospective teachers of K-12 economics, the class is open to anyone wishing a hands-on approach to economic content. Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement. GT-SS1. Prer., Not open to students who have completed ECON 3010 or ECON 3020.
ECON 2020 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
An examination of the forces which determine national income, employment, and prices; use of government policy to combat inflation and unemployment; balance of payments problems; theories of growth for developed and less developed economies, poverty, and consideration of alternative economic systems. Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 2210 - Personal Economics
Students will learn to apply the economic way of thinking to manage their scarce resources. Employs economic concepts to understand: financial planning and income management; saving and investing; stocks, bonds, and mutual funds; risk-return tradeoff and diversification; interest rates and credit.
ECON 2810 - Introduction to Statistics and Computing in Economics
Uses of descriptive and inferential statistics in economics. Introduction to probability, random sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and simple linear regression.
ECON 3010 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
Production, price, and distribution theory under conditions of perfect and imperfect competition. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 3020 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
Keynesian, classical, and monetarist theories of national income determination. Problems of unemployment, inflation, international exchange, and growth. Prer., Econ 2020.
ECON 3150 - Great Books of Economics
A study of economic principles as developed in the original works of great writers, especially Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Karl Marx. Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement. Prer., ECON 2020.
ECON 3210 - Economics of the Public Sector I
Analysis of the role of government in a capitalist economy, and of the effects of alternative expenditure and tax policies. Special policy topics include: social security, poverty programs, and local economic development. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 3280 - International Political Economy
Overview of the world political economy, especially in the post-WWII period. The central goal of the course is to provide information and develop analytical tools necessary for students to grasp the political issues inherent in international economic relations. Prer., ECON 1000, ECON 1010 or ECON 2020. Meets with P SC 4280.
ECON 3300 - Environmental Economics I
Application of economic analysis to environmental and natural resources issues and policies. Topics include: benefit-cost analysis, property rights, depletable resources, energy resources, toxic substances, air and water pollution. Prer., ECON 1010 or permission of instructor.
ECON 3310 - Ecological Economics
Applies new knowledge in natural and physical sciences and behavior to all economic resources: labor, capital, and natural resources. Uses new analytical tools such as systems thinking and path dependency along with neoclassical analysis. Emphasizes sustainable development, not economic growth. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 3410 - International Economics
Analysis of the basis for and consequences of opening an economy to the international arena. Specific issues considered are the benefits and costs of international trade, the reason for barriers to trade, the determination of exchange rates and the effect of government policies of international good and factor flows. Prer., ECON 2020.
ECON 3500 - Economic History of the United States
American economic organization and institutions and their development from colonial times to the present. Prer., ECON 2020. Meets with HIST 3650.
ECON 3590 - Globalization
Globalization is studied as part of an exchange of technology, goods, and financial markets. The exchanges of goods, services, and ideas across national borders are pervasive. Communication systems help this process, but also help those who resist globalization to better articulate and organize their viewpoints. Approved for LAS Global Awareness requirement. Prer., Sophomore standing. Meets with PSC 4590.
ECON 3610 - Work and Pay
The determination of wages and working conditions in the U.S. Economy. a study of the supply and demand for labor under competitive and noncompetitive conditions. Includes the economic effects of trade unions, internal labor markets, migration and labor mobility, as well as analysis of occupational choice, women in the labor force, and the causes and consequences of discrimination. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 3660 - Economics and Community Problems
Students build on an introductory level knowledge of economics to see the economic aspects of social problems and their solutions through service-learning assignments in the community. Individual journals and oral presentations also required. Prer., ECON 1000 or ECON 1010 or ECON 2020.
ECON 3690 - Economics of Business
Examines the application of economic theory to business behavior, strategy, and market structure. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 3710 - Comparative Economic Systems
Comparison of resource allocation and stabilization policies under capitalism, socialism, and fascism. Examination of experiences of selected countries. Approved for LAS Social Science area and Global Awareness requirements. Prer., ECON 2020.
ECON 3770 - Economic Development
Explores the nature and sources of improvement in the standard of living in a nation or region. Among the issues addressed are the measurement of development, the role of government, gender implications of development, and environmental and economic sustainability. Local, regional, and international issues are addressed. Prer., ECON 2020.
ECON 3850 - Law and Economics
Examines how economic theory has been applied in legal theory and been used to shape legal outcomes. Numerous cases are examined. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 3980 - Special Topics in Economics
A study of special topics in economics. Topics vary from semester to semester and generally emphasize the application of economic analysis to current issues. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 4010 - Advanced Microeconomic Theory
Study of the core of microeconomic theory using calculus. Topics include: consumer theory of the firm, profit maximization, efficiency and market failure. Several advanced topics from recent developments in microeconomics are also examined.Prer., ECON 3010 and MATH 1120 (or 1350) or consent of instructor.
ECON 4020 - Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
Study of the core of macroeconomic theory using calculus. Topics include Keynesian vs. Classical economic models, macroeconomic growth models, open economy macroeconomics, and macroeconomic policy analysis. Prer., ECON 3020, and MATH 1120 or MATH 1350.
ECON 4210 - Economics of the Public Sector II
Analysis of the role of government in a capitalist economy. Topics include: benefit-cost analysis, economics of politics, and the economic approach to policy analysis. Prer., ECON 3210 or permission of instructor.
ECON 4250 - Urban Economics
Economic analysis of why cities exist, where they develop, how they grow, and how different activities are arranged within cities. Explores the economics of urban problems such as: poverty, congestion, pollution, and crime. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 4300 - Environmental Economics II
Application of economic analysis to environmental and natural resources issues and policies. Topics include: ecological economics, sustainable development, forests, fisheries, global warming, and endangered species. Prer., ECON 3300 or permission of instructor.
ECON 4410 - Advanced International Economics
3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum) Through development of advanced models, this course examines the likely effects of globalization on the U.S. and other countries. Prer., ECON 3010, ECON 3020, ECON 3410.
ECON 4500 - Money and Banking
The study of the interaction between financial markets and the Federal Reserve Banking system. Emphasizes the conduct of monetary policy to encourage economic growth and stability. Topics include interest rates, inflation, the money supply and the influence of these variables on the business cycle. Not available for credit to students who have completed FNCE 4500. Prer., ECON 3020.
ECON 4510 - Constitution and the Economy
Considers the economic role of government expressed in the Constitution and in Supreme Court opinions. Emphasis is on liberty, efficiency, and prosperity. Special topics include: police power, takings, commerce clause, and substantive due process. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 4520 - Economic Freedom
Examines the philosophy of individual liberty as a basis for the study of normative (or welfare) economics. The course considers theory, application, and critiques. Topics include: constitutional foundations, efficiency, spontaneous order, index of economic freedom, and contemporary policy issues. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 4530 - Power and Prosperity
Uses three books by Mancur Olson to study the economic prosperity of nations. Considers whether Olson’s work presents a dynamic theory of political economy. Topics include: free rider behavior, economics of interest groups, rent seeking, and socially-contrived markets. Prer., ECON 1010 or ECON 1050.
ECON 4610 - Labor Economics
The determination of wages and working conditions in the U.S. Economy. A study of the supply and demand for labor under competitive and noncompetitive conditions. Includes the economic effects of trade unions, internal labor markets, migration and labor mobility, as well as analysis of occupational choice, women in the labor force, and the causes and consequences of discrimination.
ECON 4810 - Introduction to Econometrics
Development and application of multiple regression techniques in testing economic theories. Prer., ECON 3010 or 3020; ECON 2810 or consent of instructor.
ECON 5010 - Economics for Educators
An exploration into the functioning of a market economy and the role of the government. Includes coverage of microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and models of particular relevance to K-12 educators. Prer., Undergraduate degree and current K-12 teacher.
ECON 6030 - Methods for Teaching Elementary Economics
Uses literature and activity based economics to develop the tools necessary for elementary economics instruction. Prer., ECON 5010.
ECON 6040 - Methods for Teaching Economics
Presents activity based economics materials and methods to prepare the secondary-level teacher to teach economics. Prer., ECON 5010.
ECON 6310 - Teaching Economics
The seminar will explore a variety of topics applicable to the study and teaching of economics. The emphasis will be on themes, topics and strategies most appropriate to motivate students’ interest in economics. Courses offered through the Colorado Council on Economic Education. Not an option for ECON majors or grad students. Meets with MATH 6310.
ECON 9400 - Independent Study in Economics

ECON 9410 - Independent Study in Macroeconomics