Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Science (BSc)


Study how people, institutions, and nations create and manage scarce resources, make choices by comparing costs and benefits, and act purposefully on those choices.

Economics PPEconomics students in a class discussion at UBC Okanagan.

What You Need to Know

Why study Economics at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Build a broad foundation for career potential, ranging from banking to lobbying, journalism, and economic development.

Access to professors
Visit your prof during office hours, volunteer to assist with a research project, or apply to work as a teaching assistant delivering labs, tutorials, and even lectures.

Student networks
Join the Economics and Political Science Course Unions to build friendships, get involved in advocacy and gain increased access to career resources.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Economics does not teach you how to make money, run a small business or select material possessions; but knowledge of economics will help you make better life choices.

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) major in economics will change the way you look at the world, increase your understanding of fundamental human behaviour and improve your reasoning, problem solving, and decision-making abilities.

Economics is a social science concerned with choice and trade-offs among competing alternatives given scarce resources.

In economics undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in economics or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in economics. The BA program offers a major and minor program; the BSc program offers a major program. Students can also complete a BSc honours in economics or a BA honours in economics.


UBC Okanagan’s economics program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that prepare students to improve deductive reasoning, abstract and critical thinking, and build an understanding of the historical, cultural, and social context of economic institutions, policies, and events.

The BSc major in economics emphasizes the mathematical and quantitative nature of modern economic inquiry that is increasingly required for graduate studies in economics or careers in quantitative economic and financial analysis.

Sample courses (BA Major):

  • ECON 260 – Poverty and Inequality
  • ECON 339 – Economics of Technological Change
  • ECON 390 – Economics of Public Choice

Sample courses (BSc Major):

  • ECON 204 – Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
  • ECON 327 – Introduction to Empirical Economics
  • ECON 358 – Competitiveness in the International Economy

Browse economics courses and descriptions in the Academic Calendar.

Degree Options

The following links take you to economics program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in economics

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in economics

Learn about Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS).

Visit the economics homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

Related programs: economics, philosophy and political science


British Columbia High School Requirements

Economics (BA)

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved grade 12 courses
  • A language 12 other than English 12 is recommended for students applying to the Bachelor of Arts degree. If you do not have a grade 12 language course, you must take a language as part of your degree program

Economics (BSc)

  • Chemistry 11
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Precalculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Two other approved grade 12 courses, including at least one of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

Students are encouraged to enter the BSc economics major in their second year or earlier. Refer to the Academic Calendar for those admission requirements: BA in economics, BSc in economics.

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at — there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate Economics studies. Job fields range from banking to brokerage, and journalism to economic development.



  • Account manager
  • Actuarial assistant
  • Advertising media planner
  • Benefits administrator
  • Business analyst
  • Claims examiner
  • Collection agent
  • Commodity/property assessor
  • Compensation analyst
  • Construction estimator
  • Credit/loan administrator
  • Economic forecaster
  • Economic development officer
  • Employee benefits officer
  • Energy researcher
  • Financial/budget counsellor
  • Health policy planner
  • Insurance claims adjustors
  • Insurance underwriter trainee
  • Insurance claims adjustors
  • Insurance underwriter trainee
  • Labour economist
  • Labour relations negotiator
  • Land management specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Legislative aide
  • Market research analyst
  • Media analyst
  • Merchandiser
  • Operations research analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Public policy analyst
  • Regulatory analyst
  • Research commodity analyst
  • Security analyst
  • Trust administrator

Potential Employers

  • Banking, brokerage, financial planning, and investing firms
  • Government departments involved in agriculture, economic development, finance, gaming, labour, liquor control, policy analysis and transportation
  • Businesses focusing on compensation consulting, and enterprise risk management
  • Journalism, manufacturing and trading, energy and telecommunications
  • Life, property, and casualty insurance companies
  • Public sector organizations such as workers’ compensation boards and health authorities

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

UBC Okanagan offers MA, MSc and PhD degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may have an economics department faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan's economics program:
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Spencer Dean

Student experience: “Getting to know your professors is really important.”

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Ross Hickey, Professor

“Economics gives students extremely useful knowledge while encouraging a sense of curiosity.”

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Hannes Edinger, Alumnus

“Economics can be used to solve such a wide range of issues.”

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.
  • Travel to conferences or competitions with financial assistance made available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look awesome on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Economics program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.


Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus in-person for a guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
  • * Best viewed in Chrome and Firefox

Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    • Make friends with similar interests and explore career options with the Economics Course Union.
    • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining various campus clubs.

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

    UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence at

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at


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