Course Substitutions

We recommend students take courses within the economics discipline for their degree as these courses are specifically designed to teach students economic methods, analysis, and understanding, and prepare students for more advanced economics courses.


The below criteria should be considered with substitutions:

  • Some substitutions will show automatically within the DARS (Degree Audit) in the curriculum, and others may need to be submitted by an Econ Advisor.
  • These substitutions are only for the economics declaration criteria and to be used within the Econ majors/minor.
    • Substitutions are not applicable to any other majors/minors; you must discuss any substitutions with the overseeing department/unit.
  • Non-ECON substitutions will not count within the Economics Major/Minor required hours.
    • There may be a minimum number of hours within the ECON required (BALAS Economics requires 30 hours in ECON), so certain substitutions may require additional courses in ECON.
  • Substitutions may not prepare students for additional courses within the curriculum. Students should access their own understanding and preparation within the content area before continuing into the next course.
Other Course Substitutions

Please visit the curriculum pages for more details on the requirements and substitutions:


Econometrics & Quantitative Economics


Economics Minor

We will NOT accept any substitutes for any other courses within the Economics Majors/Minor (only ECON 102, 103, and 202 may be substituted) unless listed on the above requirement pages.

Evaluation of Substitution Courses

We will consider other basic statistics courses not listed above as equivalents for ECON 202 Economic Statistics I.

To have another course considered:

  • Use your ILLINOIS email account to send an email to, including the following information:
    • UIN (student number)
    • Information on the course you hope to be considered and the substitution course,
    • A complete syllabus with course description and topics

Please note:

  • Substitutions are only applicable for Economics Majors/Minor, and will not apply for other Majors/Minors (students need to have the other department evaluate for the respective curriculum)
  • This process is not for off-campus/transfer course articulations