2017-2018 University Catalogue 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2017-2018 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematical Economics Major

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The major is designed to encourage a student with strong interests in the two areas to develop a deeper understanding of economics by viewing it, in part, as an area of applied mathematics. This major should be considered seriously by all those intending to pursue graduate studies in economics, business, or quantitative social science, and also by those desiring a more flexible commitment to the major programs in these two departments.

Students who intend to pursue a PhD in economics are strongly encouraged to take additional mathematics courses, including MATH 377 .

For more information about the department, honors/high honors, transfer credit, etc., visit the economics department  page.

Major Requirements

Prospective majors should aim to complete ECON 151 , ECON 251 , ECON 252 , and statistics by the end of sophomore year, especially if they plan to study abroad during their junior year.

At least one of the ten economics courses must be a senior-level seminar (at the 410 level or above). ECON 490  cannot be used to satisfy the seminar requirement except in unusual circumstances and with the permission of the department chair.

The major consists of ten economics courses and three mathematics courses, as follows:


One of the following is the prerequisite to ECON 375 . Students who have taken an equivalent course may peition the department chair for an exemption. However, mathematical economics majors are encouraged to consider taking MATH 316  instead.

All of the Following

GPA Requirement

Satisfactory completion of the major requires a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Major Declaration

In order to declare the major, students must have first earned a grade of C or better in either ECON 251  or ECON 252  . Students who declare a major while enrolled in one of these courses may file “provisional” major declarations. Students with a grade lower than C in ECON 251 , ECON 252 , or ECON 375  may not declare a major until a grade of C or higher is earned.

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