Bachelor in Economics

Bachelor in Economics

Bachelors
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4 years
  • Fee: NPR 533000

Economics is a field of study that deals with the production, distribution, consumption, and management of goods and services. The study of economics is central to the understanding of business, markets, trade, government policies, international issues, globalization, health, development, and environmental issues. It explores how decisions made by producers, distributors, consumers, businesses, and governments affect our society and contribute to our understanding of policy design and business strategy. 

Economics at Kathmandu University

Bachelor in Economics (B-ECON) at Kathmandu University is a four-year degree course, designed for students intending to become qualified economists. The program is made for those students who want to make their careers in business, finance, international development, health, human resource management, marketing, management, and research. It is also for those students who aim to work in financial markets, commodity markets, education sector, government institutions, banking sector, manufacturing sector, and insurance companies. 

B-ECON prepares students to understand individual and group decision-making, the structure of markets and economies, and the relationship between regions within the global economy. Our teaching program emphasizes the value of working in teams and developing skills in communication, both oral and written. 

Studying B-ECON at Kathmandu University will:

  • provide an understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomics as well as econometrics, and a range of other topics related to computer, mathematics, and sociology,
  • equip students with employability skills such as leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving,
  • provide students with an opportunity for learning, gaining exposure, and networking through its internship program,
  • Provide students with an opportunity to make an in-depth study in the area of their choice.

The Goals

The goals of the program are to

  • provide students with a solid grounding in economic theory and history
  • develop a habit of critical and creative thinking in students
  • develop analytical and problem-solving abilities in students
  • improve communicative and presentation skills of students
  • develop skills in economic modeling, quantitative analysis, and logical thought
  • make students capable to apply economics in policy issues and real-world problems
  • equip students with the latest tools of analysis and expose them to the most modern outcomes of economics research
  • provide students with the confidence to analyze business problems in the workplace
  • prepare students for careers in management, government, education, private sector, and international organizations

 

Learning Outcomes 

  • on successful completion of B-ECON, students will have the ability to:
  • demonstrate understanding and application of economic concepts, tools, techniques, and processes in a wide variety of economic issues
  • demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills using analytical reasoning
  • understand, analyze and use quantitative data for basic empirical estimation techniques to test economic predictions
  • understand the social and ethical dimensions in their chosen disciplinary areas
  • understand and forecast market trends
  • determine pricing policies
  • evaluate the impact of the economic environment
  • advise and make recommendations to management about key strategic decisions
  • collect and analyze data using statistical software

Salient Features

We believe in learning by doing. Our classes are designed in learner centeredness philosophy where the instructor acts as a facilitator. Classes will include group and individual works, discussions, problem solving and other techniques. Assignments, practical classes and consultation hours are the most integral part of the program. The sessions will be interactive and facilitated by the instructor to discuss in depth the subject being dealt. Students are required to actively participate in class. According to the need of the course, there will be guest lectures, group discussions, case analysis and presentations by students. Regular feedback will be provided to students on their progress.

Our learning process is based on

  • Lecture based learning
  • Group based learning
  • Case based learning
  • Action based learning
  • Project based learning
  • Seminar based learning

Eligibility

  • Applicants must have a 10+2 or equivalent degree in any discipline from a recognized institution with a minimum aggregate of 45 percent or 2.0 CGPA.
  • Applicants who have passed Class XI and are waiting for Class XII results can also apply for provisional admission. However, they will have to produce proof of having passed the exam within 15 days of publication of the result for formal registration.

Admission Criteria

The Department conducts written test for the applicants and calls for interview after the results of the written test. But due to this pandemic we have been taking the KUSAAT exam and interview via online. A final result is published for the successful candidates calling for the enrollment.

Job Prospects

There is a growing demand for economists in the market. B-ECON graduates can expect to work in many sectors and fields such as business sector; financial markets; commodity markets; international trade; academic institutions; education sector; government institutions; banking sector; manufacturing sector and insurance companies.

Curricular Structure

The Bachelor in Economics program offers rigorous training in using analytic tools of economics to the students and provides them with the opportunity to apply these in a wide variety of economic issues. The main focus of a curriculum is on analytical and problem solving, critical thinking, improvement in communicating skills, and development of high-level technical and analytical skills in the field of economics.

The first three years include compulsory courses in Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Language, and Sociology so as to provide students with a solid foundation for the fourth year. Depending on the profession they would like to enter, students can then in the fourth year choose specialized courses to further increase their knowledge in the area such as:

  • Energy economics
  • Health economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Labor economics
  • Mathematical economics

The overall 129 course credits spread over a four-year duration in eight semesters as follow:

First Year | First Semester
Course Code Course Title Credits
NEP 153 Nepali I 3
ENGL 153 English I 3
BECO 111 Introduction to Economics 3
BECO 112 History of Economic Thought 3
BECO 113 Introduction to Nepal's Economy 3
BECO 117 Basic Mathematics 3
Total   18
First Year | Second Semester
Course Code Course Title Credits
NEP 154 Nepali II 3
ENGL 154 English II 3
BECO 121 Microeconomics I 3
BECO 122 Macroeconomics I 3
BECO 127 Calculus I 3
BECO 128 Statistics I 3
Total   18
Second Year | Third Semester
Course Code Course Title Credits
BECO 211 Microeconomics II 3
BECO 212 Macroeconomics II 3
BECO 216 Linear Algebra 3
BECO 217 Calculus II 3
BECO 218 Statistics II 3
BECO 255 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
Total   18
Second Year | Fourth Semester
Course Code Course Title Credits
BECO 118 Population and Economics 3
BECO 213 The World Economy: History and Theory 3
BECO 221 Development Economics I 3
BECO 224 Econometrics I 3
BECO 226 Mathematical Economics 3
BECO 355 Academic and Professional Writing in Economics 3
Total   18
Third Year | Fifth Semester
Course Code Course Title Credits
BECO 311 Development Economics II 3
BECO 313 Economics of Money and Banking I 3
BECO 314 Econometrics II 3
BECO 315 Financial Economics I 3
BECO 316 Applied Economic Research 3
BECO Economics of Agricultural Development 3
Total   18
Third Year | Sixth Semester
Course Code Course Title Credits
BECO 114 Public Speaking 3
BECO 322 International Economics 3
BECO 323 Economics of Money and Banking II 3
BECO 325 Financial Economics II 3
BECO 326 Project Analysis 3
BECO 416 Political Economy 3
Total   18
Fourth Year | Seventh Semester
Course Code Course Title Credits
BECO 411 Energy Economics 3
BECO 412 Health Economics 3
BECO 413 Environmental Economics 3
BECO 414 Labor Economics 3
BECO 418 Nepal National Income Accounts 3
Total   15
Fourth Year | Eighth Semester
Course Code Course Title Credits
BECO 421 Research and Project Work 6
Total   6
Electives
Course Code Course Title Credits
BECO 115 Computer Application (Programming and DBMS) 3
BECO 219 Psychology (In Design Phase) 3
BECO 327 Behavioral Economics (In Design Phase) 3
BECO 329 Economics of South Asia 3
BECO 415 Urban Economics 3
BECO 417 Economics of Public Policy 3
    18