The Curriculum

Comparing to the BBA program, the BSc program requires less business core courses but more analytical courses in economics, finance, mathematics and statistics. Students take major courses starting their second year of study, then required and electives courses.

 The program requires a total of 120 credits with the following course requirement

                                                                                                              number of courses                   credits

  • Business core courses, excluding ECON and FINA                               6                                       17          
  • Language require courses                                                                       4                                       12
  • Major courses: 
      ECON  (core + required)                                                                       6-7                                    22-26
                (elective)                                                                                       3                                        11
                (paper/project requirement, ECON 4670)*                                1                                         0
      FINA   (required)                                                                                     2                                         6
                (elective)                                                                                       2                                         6
  • Mathematics                                                                                          1-2                                      4-8
  • University common core                                                                        10                                        3
    Free elective/minor program courses to make up 120 credits

Research opportunities have proven useful both to the students' career prospects and post-graduate studies. The Department regularly employs a number of outstanding students as Junior Research Fellows assisting faculty members to conduct research.   All students are required to do an independent research project or paper, ECON 4670. 

Read more about ECON 4670 Economics Research and Communication

The course aims to provide a chance for students to have hands-on research experience on data collection, processing and analysis.  Each student is required to do an individual or group project/research paper affiliated with a course, or as an independent research project; to be supervised by faculty member. Please note that no paper done during exchange can be used to satisfy the course requirement.

Program Intended Learning Objectives

  • Graduates will be critical and creative thinkers who make effective decisions supported by analytical and quantitative techniques.
  • Graduates will be effective communicators in oral and written English and Chinese for general business applications.
  • Graduates will have broad understanding of the core business functions and integrate these function to solve business problems.
  • Graduates will have in-depth grasp of their area of business concentration or major. Graduates will be effective team members and leaders.
  • Graduates will be effective in multi-cultural and international settings.
  • Graduates will be effective users of information technology in business applications.
  • Graduates will understand their professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Graduates will be life-long learners who have an inquiring mind characterized by a love for learning, curiosity, a critical spirit and self-monitoring of their own learning.



Curriculum for BSc Economics and Finance



2nd yr
2nd yr
3rd yr
3rd yr
4th yr
4th yr
ECON 2174 Mathematics for Economists 4          
ECON 3113 Microeconomic Theory I   4        
ECON 3123 Macroeconomic Theory I  (3) 3        
ECON 3133 Microeconomic Theory II     4  (4)    
ECON 3143 Macroeconomic Theory II     4  (4)    
ECON 3334 Econometrics 4 (4) (4)      
FINA 3103 Intermediate Investment     3      
FINA x 2 Finance electives       3 3  (3)
ECON x 3 Economics electives       4 4 4
ECON 4670 Economic Research and Communication       0 or(0) or (0)

Suggested Course Choices for Different Career Paths
B.Sc. graduates use their general education in Economics and Finance to pursue careers that require knowledge and quantitative skills in economics and finance, e.g. in banks, financial institutions, trade, and government agencies.


Money and banking; international trade and investment; international macroeconomics and finance; financial macroeconomics; minor in IT or Big Data Technology (CSE/COMP) with econometrics application

Consulting/jobs related to Data Analysis

Industrial organization and competitive strategy; labor economics and human resources; law and economics; programming econometrics with R; time series econometrics and business forecasting

Suggested Course Choices preparing for Further Study

      PhD courses
        Microeconomic Theory I, II; Macroeconomic Theory I, II; Econometrics

      MATH courses
        Multivariable Calculus, Introduction to Real Analysis or Real Analysis; Probability

Minor programs

Students have many minor programs to choose from, or take more than one minor program according to their interest and aspirations.