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Please see the section on Course Description Symbols and Terms in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

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A non-technical introduction to economics with coverage of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Overview of the evolution of economic concepts and ideas. Application of economics to current problems such as inflation, unemployment, the financial sector, the economics of regulation, market imperfections, environmental problems, and international economics. Consumer decision making and different market models are included. (Can be substituted for ECON 102 in the major if students also take ECON 330 as one of their 300-level electives.) 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002635)
An introductory survey of macroeconomic analysis. Use of fundamental economic concepts to analyze the over-all economy. Determination of gross national product, rates of unemployment, problems of inflation, recession, and the use of governmental policies. Discussion of current problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002636)
An introductory survey of microeconomic analysis. Analysis of individual economic units: household, firms, and markets. Analysis of individual decision making. Supply and demand analysis. Type of market organization: competition, oligopoly, and monopoly. Discussion of current problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002638)
Prerequisites: ECON 103.
Microeconomics examines the economic behavior of individual decision-making agents, such as consumers, resource owners, and firms. The goal of this course is to build a theoretical foundation to study various applied fields in economics and management (such as international trade, public finance, labor, or environmental economics). Topics include consumer theory, production and cost analysis, theories of the firm and markets, and welfare economics. 3 hours discussion. (002647)
Prerequisites: ECON 102.
An extension of macroeconomic concepts and principles relating to short-term stabilization policies, long-term growth questions, fiscal and monetary theory and policy, international dimensions, and problems of inflation, deflation, unemployment, productivity, and growth. Theories and models are used to examine, develop, and analyze macroeconomics issues, problems, and policies. 3 hours discussion. (002648)
Prerequisites: ECON 101 or ECON 102.
A historical survey of major economic theories developed by various schools of economic thought, including preclassical, classical, neoclassical, Marxian, and Keynesian. Reviews the writings of major economic figures. (May not be counted for credit toward a major in Economics if ECON 410 is used.) 3 hours lecture. (002653)
Prerequisites: ECON 102.
Financial markets and financial institutions. Impact of money and credit on the economy. Central banking and monetary policy. International finance. Macroeconomics and monetary theory will be emphasized. (Can be substituted for ECON 102 in the major.) 3 hours lecture. (002660)
Investigation of the nature and causes of income distribution in the United States. Consideration of the social and economic forces which generate income levels and determine patterns of economic mobility over time, interweaving theoretical, descriptive, quantitative, and normative aspects. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002662)
Investigation of the nature and causes of income distribution in the United States. Consideration of the social and economic forces which generate income levels and determine patterns of economic mobility over time, interweaving theoretical, descriptive, quantitative, and normative aspects. 3 hours lecture.This is an approved Writing Intensive course. This is an approved General Education course. (021270)
Prerequisite: ECON 101 or ECON 102 or ECON 103.
While many people are fascinated by the military tatics that win a war, wars are often fought for resources, and the side with the most resources usually wins. Even terrorism can be viewed from an economic perspective. This class first examines the circumstances in which war is good for the economy. Also covered are the following topics: the impact of defense spending, the supply of military labor, the rise of the corporate warrior, the process of weapons procurement, the cause and the effect of civil wars, the demand and supply of hatred, the rise of terrorism, and the demand and supply for weapons of mass destruction. Also emphasized are the wars in which the U.S. has participated starting with WWI and ending with the Iraq War and the War on Terrorism. 3 hours seminar. (020683)
Prerequisites: ECON 103 or faculty permission.
The study of large business firms and their markets. An examination of how industrial structure and firm behavior influence economic performance. Mergers, takeovers, multinational corporations, and other current issues. 3 hours lecture. (002666)
An examination of the health care industry and its role in fulfilling national health needs. Topics include national health insurance, health financing, and resource allocation. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002667)
Prerequisites: ECON 103.
An overview of the economics of government regulation with emphasis on the formulation of regulatory policy, alternative methods of regulation, and the economic impacts of such policy. Topics may include environmental regulation, energy conservation policy, consumer protection, antitrust policy, and a critical evaluation of market-based regulatory policy. 3 hours lecture. (002668)
Prerequisites: ECON 103.
An application of principles of economics to problems occurring in urban areas. Topics may include pollution, land use policy, education, poverty, transportation/congestion, location theory, migration, and the structure of local government. Emphasis will be on the usefulness of economics for understanding urban problems and for creating policy to deal with these contemporary issues. 3 hours lecture. (002669)
An analysis of the costs and benefits of environmental preservation. Systems for creating economic incentives for pollution abatement. Criteria for establishing optimum pollution abatement, including efficiency, safety, and sustainability standards. Impacts of population growth on global environmental problems. Alternative energy use patterns and their impact on energy markets and global environmental health. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002671)
Prerequisites: ECON 103 or instructor permission.
A study on the theory of international finance and trade. In-depth analysis of what determines trade flows, gains from trade, and the international flow of capital and technology. Focus on international trade policies and institutions and a survey of current trade problems and conflicts. 3 hours lecture. (002672)
Prerequisites: ECON 103.
This course surveys theoretical approaches and policy options to the problems of development and underdevelopment in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Agricultural transformations, industrial development, balance of payments problems, the role of foreign aid, direct foreign investment, the economic role of international institutions such as the World Bank, and other related topics are included in this course. 3 hours lecture. (002673)
Prerequisites: ECON 101 or ECON 102 or faculty permission.
A survey and analysis of economic development in the Pacific Rim and its linkages with politics, history, society, and foreign policy. Topics covered include trade, tariffs, subsidies, balance of payments, savings, investment, government deficits, environment, agricultural economics, and economic growth. 3 hours discussion. (002674)
Prerequisites: ECON 102, ECON 103.
The objective of this course is to show the relevance of statistic analysis for economics. Each topic is presented with an application of a macroeconomic or microeconomic theory. Real data is used in software applications for developing a conceptual understanding of the problem and for analyzing the data. 3 hours discussion. (002675)
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Field experience in working with economic data designed to complement the theoretical classroom curriculum and to give students work experience related to their studies. Placements are limited, so students must be screened. Units are dependent upon the number of hours in the field. May be repeated up to a maximum of 15 units. No more than 3 units can be counted toward 300-level Economics major requirement. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (002677)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 2 hours lecture. (002679)
This course is an independent study offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002680)
Prerequisites: ECON 301.
Survey of the development of economic philosophy and its relevance to social and political development and issues. (May not be counted for credit toward a major in Economics if ECON 305 is used.) 3 hours seminar. (002683)
Prerequisites: ECON 301, acceptance into Honors in the Major Program.
Survey of the development of economic philosophy and its relevance to social and political development and issues. (May not be counted for credit toward a major in Economics if ECON 305 is used.) Honors students enrolled in this course are held to more rigorous standards and expectations in both reading and writing assignments than student in ECON 410. 3 hours seminar. (020734)
Prerequisites: ECON 301.
An analysis of the economic theories of Karl Marx and Marxist economists with an emphasis on how these theories relate to economic conflicts, crises, and transformations; contrasts to orthodox economic ideas and theories; analysis of 20th century economic problems, and prospects for the future. 3 hours seminar. (002685)
Prerequisites: ECON 302.
A survey course of monetary theories. The role of money in general equilibrium and exchange theory. Money in the classical system. Keynes' theory of money. Monetarism. 3 hours seminar. (002688)
Prerequisites: ECON 302, acceptance into the Honors in the Major Program.
A survey course of monetary theories. The role of money in general equilibrium and exchange theory. Money in the classical system. Keynes' theory of money. Monetarism. Honors student enrolled in this class are held to more rigorous standards and expectations in both reading and writing assignments than students in ECON 431. 3 hours seminar. (020735)
Prerequisites: ECON 301.
Emphasizes fiscal functions (e.g., resource allocation and income distribution) rather than fiscal institutions, rationale for the existence of the public sector treated both historically and theoretically, taxing and expenditure policies and procedures, with applied research on current topics. 3 hours seminar. (002689)
Prerequisites: ECON 301, acceptance into the Honors in the Major Program.
Emphasizes fiscal functions(e.g., resource allocationand income distribution rather than fiscal institutions, rationale for the existence of the public sector treated both historically and theoretically, taxing and expenditure policies and procedures, with applied research on current topics. Honors students enrolled in this class are held to more rigorous standards and expectations in both reading and writing assignments than students in ECON 435. 3 hours seminar. (020736)
Prerequisites: ECON 301.
Theory of location of economic activities. Land use. Systems of cities and regions. Regional structure and growth. Spatial aspects of urban areas and urban problems. 3 hours seminar. (002694)
Prerequisites: ECON 301, faculty permission, acceptance into the Honors in the Major Program.
Theory of location of economic activities. Land use. Systems of cities and regions. Regional structure and growth. Spatial aspects of urban areas and urban problems. Honors students enrolled in this class are held to more rigorous standards and expectations in both reading and writing assignments than students in ECON 462. 3 hours seminar. (020738)
Prerequisites: ECON 301.
An analysis of petroleum markets and the likely trend in prices. Alternatives to petroleum and increasing dependence on OPEC, including conservation technologies, efficiency improvements in conventional energy production, and the potential for expanded use of renewable energy resources. Public utility deregulation and the impact on the efficient use of energy. 3 hours seminar. (002695)
Prerequisite: ECON 301.
Economic theory and policy concerning optimization of resource use and pollution abatement. Incentive systems for generating optimum pollution abatement. Efficiency, safety, and sustainability standards as criteria defining the appropriate level of environmental preservation. Economically efficient rates of consumption for renewable and non-renewable resources. Case studies in resource exploitation assessing whether current use rates deviate from the optimum. 3 hours lecture. (002696)
Prerequisites: ECON 301, acceptance into the Honors in the Major Program.
Economic theory and policy concerning optimization of resource use and pollution abatement. Incentive systems for generating optimum pollution abatement. Efficiency, safety, and sustainability standards as criteria defining the appropriate level of environmental preservation. Economically efficient rates of consumption for renewable and non-renewable resources. Case studies in resource exploitation assessing whether current use rates deviate from the optimum. Honors students enrolled in this class are held to more rigorous standards and expectations in both reading and writing assignments than students in ECON 466. 3 hours lecture. (020739)
Prerequisites: ECON 301.
Economic problems arising out of economic relations and interactions among nations. Current theory of international trade, capital flows, and finance. International economic institutions and their relationship to American foreign policy. 3 hours seminar. (002697)
Prerequisites: ECON 301, ECON 370, acceptance into the Honors in the Major Program.
Economic problems arising out of economic relations and interactions among nations. Current theory of international trade, capital flows, and finance. International economic institutions and their relationship to American foreign policy. Honors students enrolled in this class are held to more rigorous standards and expectations in both reading and writing assignments than students in ECON 470. 3 hours seminar. (020740)
Prerequisite: ECON 302.
The main objective of this course is to develop macroeconomics models that apply to the international economic phenomena. The first part of the course discusses the main theories which are combined into a unifying theoretical framework and applied to actual policy issues. The second par of the course covers relatively new topics in international macroeconomics such as stabilization policies, macroeconomics policy coordination, optimum currency areas, and proposed reforms in the international financial system. Honors students enrolled in this course are held to more rigorous standards and expectations in both readings and writing assignments. 3 hours discussion. (021226)
Prerequisite: ECON 301.
Explores the issues in poverty and economic development as they relate to climate change, gender, and international trade. 3 hours discussion. (021227)
Prerequisites: ECON 301, ECON 302, ECON 380.
Use of mathematics and statistics to design and test econometric models. 3 hours discussion. (002699)
Prerequisites: Econ 301, ECON 302, acceptance into the Honors in the Major Program.
Use of mathematics and statistics to design and test econometric models. Honors students enrolled in this class are held to more rigorous standards and expectations in both reading and writing assignments than students in ECON 481. 3 hours discussion. (020741)
Prerequisites: ECON 302; ECON 380 or equivalent.
Survey of methods of economic forecasting, including leading indicators, surveys, time series, and regression. 3 hours seminar. (002701)
Prerequisites: ECON 302, acceptance into the Honors in the Major Program.
Survey of methods of economic forecasting, including leading indicators, surveys, time series, and regression. Honors students enrolled in this class are held to more rigorous standards and expectations in both reading and writing assignments than students in ECON 483. 3 hours seminar. (020742)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, ECON 102, ECON 103, ECON 301, ECON 302, and senior status.
Students review selected economic literature and complete written assignments that relate readings to their area of interest in economics. Class meetings provide opportunities for constructive critiques from the instructor, feedback from other students, in-class writing, and oral presentations. The course is also used for program assessment. Honors in the Major students can substitute ECON 499H for ECON 495. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (002704)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours supervision. (002721)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002722)
Prerequisites: Admission to Honors in Economics Program, ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, ECON 301 or ECON 302, permission of instructor.
As part of the 400-level economics courses used for admission to the honors program, students undertake a research project on a topic approved by the course and honors instructors. In ECON 499H, students complete the project undertaken in the first semester and meet all course requirements for ECON 499H, including a public presentation of their research. Because ECON 499H is a writing proficiency course, students completing this course with a B or better are not required to take ECON 495. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (002723)
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