ECON 304 - Intermediate Macroeconomics

  • 3 credits

Theory of national income, its measurement and determinants; analysis of inflation, growth, debt, and public policy.

ECON 304 is a course for students wishing to further their understanding of macroeconomics. The objective of the course is for students to develop competence in using macroeconomic models to explain the determination of aggregate output, prices, employment, and growth. In addition, students should learn to analyze the impact of monetary and fiscal policy on the macroeconomy. Extensive references to current macroeconomic developments and applications of macroeconomic models are essential elements of the course.

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

  • describe and analyze the determinants of output, employment, and growth in the long run;
  • describe and analyze business fluctuations in the short run;
  • analyze how government policy can influence the economy in both the long run and short run; and
  • be aware of current developments in the macroeconomy.

This course requires proctored exams. Details will be provided in the course syllabus.


ECON 204 (Principles of Macroeconomics); MATH 141 (Calculus in Management Sciences) or MATH 155 (Calculus for Biological Scientists I) or MATH 160 (Calculus for Physical Scientists I).

Important Information

Prerequisites: Introductory macroeconomics, introductory calculus.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Macroeconomics - PDF Version, 7th Ed.
    Blanchard, Olivier
    ISBN: 978-0133780581
  • Macroeconomics - Student Value Edition
    Blanchard, Olivier
    ISBN: 978-0133838015
  • MyEconLab
    Blanchard, Olivier
    ISBN: 978-0133860931

Choose only one of the "Macroeconomics" books.


Bharman Gulati
Bharman Gulati

Bharman is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University. His fields of research are financial, and regional economics. Before attending CSU, Bharman received graduate degrees in business, finance and economics from University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He has a variety of professional and academic experiences, from teaching at Front Range Community College and being a teaching assistant for various classes at Colorado State University to working as an inbound transportation planner at OH Logistics and a real estate researcher at Center for Regional Studies, UNR. In his free time, Bharman enjoys hiking, soccer, and cricket.