ECON 306 - Intermediate Microeconomics

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Analysis of competitive and noncompetitive markets in terms of efficiency of resource utilization.

Intermediate Microeconomics is a core economic theory course that will further a student’s ability to apply models to explain economic decision-making by individuals and firms, how markets allocate resources, how the structure of markets affects choices and social welfare, and the ways that government intervention can improve or impair the functioning of markets. The student will be given the opportunity to apply these models to describe real world current events.

Upon completion of the course, the student should:

  • apply microeconomic models to explain economic decision making by firms and consumers;
  • explain how resources are allocated efficiently and how the structure of markets may have an effect on this allocation;
  • show how government intervention can improve or impair the functioning of markets;
  • solve economic problems where agents are strategically interdependent on one another;
  • apply these tools to real-world examples in a correct and proficient manner.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students; for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center


AREC 202 (Agricultural and Resource Economics) or ECON 202 (Principles of Microeconomics); 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 microeconomics, introductory calculus.

Textbooks and Materials

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


  • Microeconomics with NEW MyEconLab with Pearson eText--Access Card Pkg.*
    Robert S. Pindyck and Daniel L. Rubinfeld

*Choose one of the following:

1. MyEconLab with etext + Student Value Edition, ISBN 10: 0132951517 or ISBN 13: 978-0132951517

2. MyEconLab with etext, ISBN 10: 0132914654 or ISBN 13: 978-0132914659

Students are, at a minimum, required to have access to MyLab with etext. Students can choose to purchase a paper text as well.