Major in Economics

Requirements: Economics 101, 251, 252, 253, and a minimum of six department electives, at least four of which must be completed at the 300 level or higher. In addition, Mathematics 141 (or Mathematics 161 with the multivariate calculus module) and 186 are required for the major. Internships are not counted towards the elective requirement and only one semester of thesis can count toward the electives.

It is recommended that all majors complete Economics 101 and the two Math courses by the end of their first year and Economics 251, 252, and 253 by the end of their second year. Students are advised to take Economics 251 in the fall of their sophomore year and Economics 252 and Economics 253 in the spring. Students who want to take more than one economics course in their first year are advised to take a 200-level elective, rather than Economics 251 or 252.

Effective with the Class of 2018, all majors will be required to complete a capstone requirement. The requirement can be met through the completion of a capstone seminar, honors thesis, or other approved work. The capstone requirement will count as one of the six electives.

Minor in Economics

Requirements: Six courses within the department, with prerequisites enforced.


Certificate in Financial Policy and Analysis

Upon completion of the requirements listed below, the College will issue a certificate recognizing the completion of the program. It will also be noted on the student’s transcript.

Prerequisite Courses (4)

  • Math 141 (Differential Calculus and Economic Modeling) or Math 161 (Calculus I)
  • Math 186 (Applied Statistics) or Math 335/336 (Probability and Mathematical Statistics) or Psych 120 (Quantitative Methods in Psychology
  • Econ 101 Principles of Economics
  • Econ 251 Intermediate Microeconomics

Note: These four courses can be used to fulfill some of the Common Course of Study requirements.

Required Core Courses (2)

  • Econ 218 (Financial Accounting and Reporting)
  • Econ 319 (Financial Theory and Analysis)

Elective Courses (3)

Category A (one required)

  • CM 141 (Introduction to Computational Media) or CM 151 (Introduction to Computational Science)
  • EGRS 450 (Engineering Management)
  • MATH 264 (Differential Equations with Linear Algebra)
  • MATH 272 (Linear Algebra with Applications)
  • PSTD 300 (Industry, Strategy and Policy)
  • ECON 358 (Corporate Governance and Business Ethics)

Category B (two required)

  • ECON 320 (Corporate Finance)
  • ECON 321 (Investments)
  • ECON 323 (Money, Financial Intermediation, and the Economy)
  • ECON 324 (Options and Futures)
  • ECON342 (Public Finance)
  • MATH 373 (Financial Mathematics)

Mathematics and Economics Major

This interdisciplinary major gives mathematically talented students with career plans in economics a wide range of mathematical skills and significant experience with the fundamental ideas of economics. It also distinguishes them from the thousands of students around the country who major in economics. A distinctive feature of the program is the senior capstone experience, in which students integrate their study of mathematics and economics.


  • Mathematics 161, 162, 263, 272 or 275, 282, 306, 335, 336
  • Economics and Business 101, 251, 252, 365, and two electives numbered 300 or higher
  • A capstone experience in the form of a one-semester course, taken during the senior year, designed to integrate the ideas and techniques students have encountered in their work in mathematics and economics. (The capstone experience may consist of Economics 313, Economics 324, Mathematics 301, or appropriate independent study or honors work. Students interested in graduate study in economics may substitute Mathematics 356 for the capstone course.)
  • Computer Science 102 is recommended as an elective for students in this major.
  • Administration of the joint major in mathematics and economics and
    advising of students in the program is done by the Department of