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ECON 202 - Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)

  • 3 credits

Introduction to decision making by households, firms, and governments, and resulting allocation of resources through markets.

Principles of Microeconomics is an introduction to decision making by households, firms, and government, and the resulting allocation of resources through markets. This course is designed to introduce you to the subject of economics as it pertains to the behavior of consumers, firms, industries and society, and to their desires to get the most from a limited availability of resources.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • identify the basic issues of microeconomics, and state key economic facts and examples from around the world;
  • explain the basic methods of microeconomics, including basic microeconomic principles, and interpret how they are used to build theories of economic behavior;
  • apply these principles, theories and models to critically analyze and explain economic situations encountered in the real world;
  • evaluate how economics can help you as a local and global citizen contribute to the making of appropriate public policy.

This course requires proctoring and may utilize Respondus. Please refer to the syllabus for more information. For students requiring accommodations, please contact the Student Disability Center for assistance.

This course is approved for Validation by Education Experience (VEE) by the Society of Actuaries (SOA).


MATH 117 (College Algebra in Context I) or MATH 118 (College Algebra in Context II) or MATH 127 (Precalculus (GT-MA1)) or MATH 141 (Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)) or MATH 155 (Calculus for Biological Scientists I) or MATH 160 (Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)). Credit not allowed for both ECON 202 and AREC 202

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • The Economy: Economics for a Changing World (2017)
    The CORE Team
    ISBN: 9780198810247
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore