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Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Mathematics Option

Economics is the study of choice and how choices made by individuals and society affect our standard of living. Its subject matter is society, how people choose to lead their lives and how they interact. Economics brings methods of science to the fundamental questions and problems faced by society. By doing so, economics helps us understand and explain a variety of topics such as employment, inflation, business cycles, economic growth, markets, production, distribution, wages, profits, interest rates, money, taxes, competition, monopoly, international trade, economic history, public policy and many others. Courses range from the very practical and applied to the more abstract and theoretical. 

The economics major with the mathematics option provides students with a strong foundation in economics and the opportunity to select from a broad range of upper-division courses. It allows the flexibility to craft a program related to individual student interests and goals. Students preparing for graduate school in economics or interested in a career in technical economic analysis would be advised to choose the economics major with mathematics option. All prospective economics majors or business students thinking of a second major are urged to consult with an Economics Department advisor to tailor a program best suited to their goals.

What will I study?

Required Courses (54 credits)

ECON 200 Introduction to Microeconomics (5)

ECON 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics (5)

ECON 404 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (5)

ECON 405 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (5)

ECON 430 Mathematical Economics (5)

ECON 437 Econometrics (5)

ECON 490 Capstone (5)

MATH 161 Calculus I (5)

MATH 162 Calculus II (5)

MATH 163 Calculus III (5)

MATH 386 Applied Statistics (4)

Economics Electives (15 credits)

Select from upper-division economics courses.

Mathematics Electives (4-5 credits)

MATH 231 Linear Algebra (5)

MATH 347 Introductory Differential Equations (4)

MATH 385 Probability and An Introduction to Statistics (4)

Note: Two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single foreign language at college level is required for this major.


Emphases / Concentrations:

  • use supply and demand modeling to predict and/or explain some economic events
  • use quantitative skills to analyze economic data
  • understand the use of fiscal and monetary policies in addressing contemporary macroeconomic issues
  • understand and apply the Cost/Benefit Principle to current socio-economic issues
  • acquire mathematical tools needed to prepare for graduate level economics programs

What could I do with my degree?

  • A major in economics prepares students for careers in a wide variety of private and public sector occupations as well as for graduate study in economics, law, public policy and business. Past graduates have worked as stockbrokers, bankers, union officials, market analysts, managers, researchers and salespersons. Export/import firms, public utilities, consulting firms, railroads, airlines, banks and a variety of local, state and federal government agencies, have employed them. Others have successfully completed graduate studies in economics at schools such as Yale, Purdue, UCLA, Rice, Oregon, Washington State University and the University of Washington or received law and MBA degrees at numerous other universities.
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