As coding and analytics become increasingly relevant in today's job market, UNC’s Department of Economics is adjusting to keep up with a rapidly-changing economy.
The department is currently developing a new Bachelor of Science degree in economics that will steer students toward math and computer science courses, as well as more in-depth economic analysis courses. Though the program is still in an initial planning phase, students graduating as soon as May 2021 may be able to participate.
Brian McManus, chairperson of the economics department’s curriculum committee, has been heavily involved in planning the new program.
“The faculty believed that we could do better service, and provide a better experience for undergraduates who are more interested in data analysis and other sorts of quantitative techniques,” McManus said.
As of now the program consists of 16 courses, including all of the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in Economics, plus extra quantitative courses in subjects like calculus and computer science. The B.S. program will also require more econometrics courses than the B.A. These courses consist of more in-depth statistical analysis than other economics courses.