ECON / APEC / PPE Plan Details

Undergraduate Plans in Economics

  • Applied Economics (APEC)
  • Economics (ECON major
  • Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), Economics Specialization
  • Medial (ECON and xxxx)
  • General or Minor added to another Major Plan (example: POLS)

Details of each plan is outlined in the Arts and Science Calendar  


Plan Selection and Registration

Important Dates and Information
  • May: First Year students request Program/Plan on SOLUS (drop down menu "other academics").
  • June 18  (2018-19): Course Timetable available on SOLUS and view you registration time appointment.
  • July (2018-19): Course Selection on SOLUS according to year and time appointment start time (you can continue to access registration to the end of the course selection dates).


  • Automatic admission into economics plans requires a grade of C in first year ECON and overall GPA above 1.9. Pending students only require a pass in first year ECON and overall GPA of 0.7. To be considered for admission into the PPE plan students must have at least a B- in first year ECON, a cumulative GPA above 1.9 and completion of the prerequisites for PPEC 200.
  • Upper-year students who wish to change programs/plan should go to the Arts/Sci website for instructions.
  • Second year students who took calculus in high school, but have not completed 6.0 units of first year calculus can take Math 121or 126 as a co-requisite with second year core courses (Econ 212, 222, 250). Second year students without high school calculus should take Math 126 as a co-requisite with ECON 212, 222 and 250 but NOT Econ 255, which should be taken in fall of third year. For all second year students without first year calculus, Econ 255 must be taken in fall of third year because first year calculus is a prerequisite.
  • First Year Arts/Sci students can drop by the UG Office (Dunning 221) to speak with an Economics Adviser and ask program-specific questions. For an appointment with Prof. Ian Keay, Economics Undergraduate Chair, email


MATH and STAT Requirements for All Economics Plans

  • The ECON, APEC and PPE-Economics Specialization plans all require the completion of first year calculus: MATH 121 or MATH 126 (or MATH 120, 122 (123 and 124)). 
  • Dual Degree students with APSC 171 and APSC 172 should contact the Undergraduate Studies office to be entered in courses with calculus as a prerequisite.
  • All ECON plans require the completion of ECON 250 (or STAT 263).  Students in a Medial, Dual Degree or Minor economics plan who have taken COMM 162, PSYC 202, SOCY 211, STAT 267 or STAT 367 should contact the Undergraduate Studies office.  No other courses with statistical content will be considered as a possible substitute for ECON 250 (or STAT 263).

Note for All Economics Plans

  • A maximum of 6.0 units of non-Arts and Science courses - specifically Commerce courses - can be used to fulfill Arts and Science Degree requirements, including those specifically for ASC students (such as COMM 200) or courses used as ECON_Subs (such as COMM 211 and COMM 221). This also applies to Dual Degree students in Commerce and Economics.
  • The only exception to this rule in the Faculty of Arts and Science is in applied economics.  A maximum of 9.0 units of non-Arts and Science - Commerce courses (listed as part of the APEC plan subs)  can be used to fulfill Arts and Science Degree requirements in APEC.
  • Second degree and dual degree students must complete a minimum of 30 units of Arts and Science courses while registered as an Arts and Science student (whether they are plan-specific courses or other ASC courses) for the General/Minor Plan, or 54 units for both the APEC-M-BAH and ECON-M-BAH Plans (second degree only). See ASC regulations regarding second degree requirements. Dual degree students may only select ECON-G-BA.
  • For students using courses from other universities to meet Queen's degree requirements, plan and cumulative GPA is calculated on Queen's courses only. A letter of permission from Arts and Science student services (Dunning Hall, 1st Floor) must be obtained prior to taking courses elsewhere (IPO office if it is an international school). A minimum grade equivalent to a C at Queen's is required to have the course transferred (designated TR). Typically the Economics Department does not approve core coures as transfer credits for ECON or APEC students.