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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Apr 19, 2024
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mathematics - Economics, BS

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This major was designed for students who may be interested in the quantitative aspects of economic analysis and mathematics. Graduates will be well prepared to pursue a career in business or industry (such as forecasting, analysis, or research). However, many students completing this degree will choose to enter graduate school in economics, business, applied mathematics, or a related field. The curriculum for the joint major consists of nine economics courses, including the core theory courses and some quantitative field courses, seven mathematics courses, and two courses in statistics.


Students seeking a mathematics and economics joint major must adhere to the following rules and requirements:

  • Completion of at least 58 credits in mathematics and economics courses (see below for detail).
  • Earn at least a 2.00 in all courses required for the major. The S/NC option is permitted for MATH 0500 or ECON 0900 only. All other courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Students should check with the departmental advisors in mathematics and economics about the required W course.
  • Students planning to do graduate study should keep in mind that many graduate programs require reading knowledge of one or two second languages.

The joint major provides not only a set of requirements but also suggested course sequences of mathematics and economics courses that are compatible with each other and that prepare students for various specialties. The courses follow.

Professional Development

Choose one of the following courses.

Linear Algebra

One of the following courses.


To qualify for departmental honors in the mathematics and economics joint major, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the required economics courses with the added stipulation that ECON 1180 - MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS  and a proseminar be one of the field courses chosen.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.00 in mathematics courses, at least 3.25 in economics courses, and at least 3.25 overall.
  • Complete the following courses in lieu of those normally taken:

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