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Dr. Billy P. Helms, Department Head
Office: 200 Alston Hall

In addition to completing the specific prerequisites included in the descriptions of the following courses, all students seeking to enroll in 300- or 400-level courses in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration must have attained junior standing, which is defined for purposes of this policy as having earned 55 semester hours. A student enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who has declared a major or minor in economics may enroll in EC 308 and/or EC 309 prior to earning 55 hours.

All C&BA students must, prior to seeking to enroll in any 300- or 400-level C&BA course, complete or be enrolled in the following prerequisites: EC 110 and EC 111; MATH 112 and MATH 121, or MATH 115 and MATH 125; CS 102; AC 210; ST 260; and LGS 200 (or their equivalents). Failure to fulfill all prerequisites prior to enrolling in a 300- or 400-level C&BA course will result in administrative disenrollment from that course.

EC 110 and EC 111 or their equivalents are prerequisites for all economics courses numbered 300 or higher.

Intermediate micro- and macroeconomic theory (EC 308 and EC 309 or their equivalents) are prerequisites for all graduate coursework in economics except M.B.A.-designated courses.

EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 100 or equivalent.

Introduction to microeconomic analysis concentrating on consumer and producer behavior, competitive and imperfect markets, public policy and regulation, and income distribution.

EC 111 Principles of Macroeconomics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: EC 110 or equivalent.

Introduction to macroeconomic analysis concentrating on national income, price levels, employment, monetary and fiscal policies, and international trade and development.

EC 210 Microeconomic Policy Analysis. Three hours.

Prerequisite: EC 110 or equivalent.

This course uses economic analysis to examine a range of public policy issues.

EC 211 Macroeconomic Policy Analysis. Three hours.

Prerequisite: EC 111 or equivalent.

Building on the macroeconomics background of EC 111, students will consider current national and international economic problems and issues.

EC 308 Intermediate Microeconomics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: MATH 121 or MATH 125 or equivalent.

Examination of the theory of price and the theory of resource allocation. Topics include demand theory, production and cost functions, pricing and output under competitive and noncompetitive conditions, resource markets, and rudiments of general equilibrium analysis.

EC 309 Intermediate Macroeconomics. Three hours.

A study of the theoretical framework underlying income, employment, and growth analysis.

EC 389 Computerized Management Information Systems (also FI 389). Three hours.

Prerequisites: AC 210, CS 102, FI 302, and ST 260.

Introduction to the components of computerized management information systems and applications of computer-based systems to business decisions. Students may not receive credit for EC 389 and FI 389.

EC 410 Law and Economics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: EC 308 or permission of the instructor.

This course will use the tools of economic analysis to analyze public policy issues and to explore the intersections between the law and economics.

EC 412 Industrial Organization. Three hours.

Prerequisite: EC 308.

Study of the various types of industry structure, conduct, and performance; business strategies; and policy alternatives. Emphasizes case studies from the major types of industry.

EC 413 Economic Forecasting and Analysis. Three hours.

Prerequisites: ST 260, EC 308, and EC 309.

Survey of the analytical techniques used by economists to forecast the macro and micro levels of economic activity and the effects of public policy on the economy.

EC 416 Monetary Theory and Policy (also FI 416). Three hours.

Prerequisite: EC 309.

Analysis of the role of money in the economy and the conduct of monetary policy. Emphasis is given to the money supply process, the demand for money, and the choice of monetary-policy strategies and procedures.

EC 421 Regional Economics. Three hours.

Study from the viewpoint of economics of the interrelationships among areas of a universe of unevenly distributed and imperfectly mobile resources.

EC 422 Urban Economics. Three hours.

Analysis of the economics of community growth and the application of economic principles in solving problems and exploiting opportunities generated by the process of urban development.

EC 423 Public Finance (also FI 423). Three hours.

Prerequisite: EC 308.

Study of the principles of taxation, government expenditures, borrowing, and fiscal administration.

EC 429 Seminar in Planning. Three hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Committee on Urban and Regional Planning and Development.

Surveys the practice and theory of comprehensive planning, with the primary objective of integrating social, political, economic, and physical relationships germane to the various planning processes.

EC 430 International Economics. Three hours.

Prerequisite: EC 308.

Analysis of theoretical principles underlying international trade, with application of these principles to recent developments and to current national policies.

EC 431 International Finance (also FI 431). Three hours.

Prerequisites: FI 301, or EC 309 or EC 430.

Introduction to the field of international finance. Course deals primarily with international financial markets and the macroeconomics of international financial flows. Topics include foreign exchange and international securities markets and international banking.

EC 440 Economic Growth and Development. Three hours.

A comparative analysis of economic strategies, problems, issues, and policy outcomes in low-income and newly industrialized countries.

EC 441 International Financial Management (also FI 441). Three hours.

Prerequisites: FI 302 and EC/FI 431.

Study of the application of principles of financial management in an international setting, primarily from the perspective of nonfinancial, multinational firms.

EC 442 Economic Development in Latin America. Three hours.

A comparative analysis of economic strategies, problems, issues, and policy outcomes with special attention given to Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Brazil.

EC 450 History of Economic Concepts. Three hours.

Prerequisites: EC 308 and EC 309.

Study of the development of economic theory from Adam Smith to the present day.

EC 452 Economics of Regulated Industries (also FI 452). Three hours.

Prerequisite: EC 308.

Examination of form and impact of regulation on American industries. Encompasses both traditional public utility regulation and newer social regulation (e.g., environmental regulation, health and safety regulation).

EC 453 Comparative Economic Systems. Three hours.

Comparative analysis of contrasting economic systems based on the type of ownership (private versus state) and on the coordinating mechanism (market versus central command). Emphasis is given to fundamental changes in economic systems that are currently under way.

EC 461 Modern Finance Capitalism. Three hours.

Study of the development of modern finance capitalism institutions.

EC 470 Introduction to Mathematical Economics. Three hours.

Prerequisites: MATH 121 or MATH 125, EC 308, and EC 309.

Application of selected mathematical methods to the analysis of economic problems.

EC 471 Econometrics. Three hours

Prerequisite: ST 260 and MATH 126, or equivalents.

This course emphasizes statistical methods for analyzing data used by social scientists. Topics include simple and multiple regression analyses and the various methods of detecting and correcting data problems such as autocorrelation and heteroscedasticity.

EC 480 Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources. Three hours.

Prerequisite: EC 308.

Survey of the techniques used to estimate benefits of environmental improvements, and an analysis of public policy relating to the environment and use of natural resources.

EC 481 Economics of the Public Sector. Three hours.

Prerequisite: EC 308.

Study of the provision of public goods and services introducing the theory of welfare economics, public choice, and cost-benefit analysis.

EC 482 Senior Seminar on Economic Issues. Three hours.

Group discussion of current economic issues together with analysis and policy recommendations. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

EC 483 Health Care Economics. Three hours.

Prerequisites: EC 110, EC 111, and EC 308.

An investigation of the microeconomics of the American health care delivery system. The course focuses on the demand for and supply of health care services and emphasizes the efficiency and equity characteristics of the system.

EC 491 Independent Study in Economics. One to six hours.

Students may earn degree credit for only one independent study course (491).

EC 492 Internship. Three hours.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Students may earn degree credit for only one internship (492).

Students are selected through a competitive process for assignments in approved business or public sector organizations. The internship is administered through the C&BA Office of Student Services.

EC 497 Special Topics in Economics. Three hours.

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