2022-2023 University Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematical Economics Major

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. As its name suggests, the Mathematical Economics major is mathematically intense. Students declaring this major should possess a high level of aptitude in both mathematics and economics, and they should be prepared to apply advanced mathematical skills toward problems in economics. Similar to the economics major, the mathematical economics major meets the classification as a STEM discipline according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) so that international students are eligible for a 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension.


Students who are considering graduate school in economics are strongly encouraged to take additional mathematics courses, including


Major Requirements

Prospective majors should aim to complete

 ,  ,  , statistics, and   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).

  cannot be used to satisfy the seminar requirement except in unusual circumstances and with the permission of the department chair.

The major consists of three mathematics courses and ten economics courses unless pre-matriculation credit (e.g., AP or transfer student credit) for 

   has been received. Students who have received pre-matriculation credit for   must complete a minimum of nine (9) economics courses.

The major requirements consist of the following:

All of the Following

Three of the Following

At least three of the following mathematically-oriented economics courses, in addition to those listed above:

GPA Requirement

Satisfactory completion of the major requires a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the 13 courses in the major.

Honors and High Honors

Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the Economics  department page.

Major Declaration

In order to declare the major, students must have first earned a grade of C or better in either 

  or  . 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  ,  , or   may not declare a major until a grade of C or higher is earned.

Economics Department

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Economics department  catalog page.