**Major**

The economics major consists of a minimum of 12 courses in five categories.

**Introductory Course (1)**

- ECON 101 – Principles of Economics

This course introduces students to economics and does not presuppose prior exposure to economics. It does rely on a working knowledge of algebra. This course is required for further courses in economics.

**Mathematics Prerequisite Courses (2)**

- MATH 141 – Differential Calculus and Economic Modeling/MATH 161 – Calculus I

Credit is given for only one of these two courses. MATH 141 is ordinarily taken. However, MATH 161 with the multivariate calculus module is recommended for students who want to pursue graduate study in economics or finance. Contact the Economics Department Head (see faculty listing) about enrolling in the multivariate calculus module. - MATH 186 – Applied Statistics

This course has MATH 141 or MATH 161 as a prerequisite.

**Theory and Methods Core Courses (3)**

- ECON 251 – Intermediate Microeconomics
- ECON 252 – Intermediate Macroeconomics

The above two courses have ECON 101 and MATH 141 or MATH 161 as prerequisites.**Micro and Macro may be taken in either order.** - ECON 253 – Fundamentals of Econometrics

This course has ECON 251 or ECON 252 and MATH 186 as prerequisites.

**Elective Courses (5)**

- Five economics elective courses, with at least three at the 300-level. More than three 300-level electives can be taken. Elective courses are 200- and 300-level courses other than theory and methods (ECON 251, 252 and 253). Prerequisites vary, but generally 200-level electives require ECON 101 and 300-level electives require one or more of the theory and methods core courses.

**Capstone Experience**

- A 400-level seminar or a two-semester thesis, ECON 495-496.

The capstone or thesis sequence provides one W attribute and is generally taken during the senior year, in either the fall or spring semester. ECON 496, but not ECON 495, counts toward the major requirement.

The economics minor consists of a minimum of six courses in four categories.

**Introductory Course (1)**

- ECON 101 – Principles of Economics

**Theory Core Course (1):**

- ECON 251 – Intermediate Microeconomics
*OR*ECON 252 – Intermediate Macroeconomics

**Elective Courses (4)**

- Four economics elective courses

Elective courses are any of the 200- and 300-level courses. Prerequisites vary, but generally 200-level electives require ECON 101 and 300-level electives require one or more of the theory and methods core courses.

The certificate in Financial Policy and Analysis has the following requirements and its completion is noted on the student’s transcript. Students *do not need *to major in Economics in order to earn a Certificate in Financial Policy and Analysis.

There are currently two options for satisfying the requirements for the certificate due to Econ 319 (Financial Theory) no longer being offered after the spring 2024 semester. Students may satisfy either set of requirements.

**Option 1 (includes Econ 319):**

**Introductory Course (1)**

- ECON 101 – Principles of Economics

**Mathematics Prerequisite Courses (2)**

- MATH 141 – Differential Calculus & Economic Modeling or MATH 161 – Calculus I
- MATH 186 – Applied Statistics or MATH 335/336 – Probability and Mathematical Statistics or PSYC 120 – Quantitative Methods in Psychology

**Theory Core Course (1)**

- ECON 251 – Intermediate Microeconomics

**Required Core Courses (2)**

- ECON 259 – Financial Accounting and Reporting
- ECON 319 – Financial Theory and Analysis

**Elective Courses (3)**

*Category A (one required)*

- CS 104 – Introduction to Game Programming
- CS 105 – Digital Media Computing
- CM 151 – Introduction to Computational Science
- MATH 272 – Linear Algebra with Applications

*Category B (two required) *

- ECON 320 – Corporate Finance
- ECON 321 – Investments
- ECON 323 – Money, Financial Intermediation, and the Economy
- ECON 324 – Options and Futures
- MATH 347 – Financial Mathematics

**Option 2 (excludes Econ 319; Econ 320 is a required course):**

**Introductory Course (1)**

- ECON 101 – Principles of Economics

**Mathematics Prerequisite Courses (2)**

- MATH 141 – Differential Calculus & Economic Modeling or MATH 161 – Calculus I
- MATH 186 – Applied Statistics or MATH 335/336 – Probability and Mathematical Statistics or PSYC 120 – Quantitative Methods in Psychology

**Theory Core Course (1)**

- ECON 251 – Intermediate Microeconomics

**Required Core Courses (2)**

- ECON 259 – Financial Accounting and Reporting
- ECON 320 – Corporate Finance

**Elective Courses (3)**

*Category A (one required)*

- CS 104 – Introduction to Game Programming
- CS 105 – Digital Media Computing
- CM 151 – Introduction to Computational Science
- MATH 272 – Linear Algebra with Applications

*Category B (two required) *

- ECON 321 – Investments
- ECON 322 – Financial Markets
- ECON 323 – Money, Financial Intermediation, and the Economy
- ECON 324 – Options and Futures
- MATH 347 – Financial Mathematics

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. Administration of the joint major in mathematics and economics and advising of students in the program is done by the Department of Mathematics.

**Requirements:**

- Mathematics: MATH 161 or 165, 162, 263, 272 or 300, 282, 306, 335, 336
- Economics: ECON 101, 251, 252, 253, 327 or 366, and one elective numbered 300 or higher
- Capstone Experience: 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 ECON 324, MATH 301, MATH 347, or an additional upper level econometrics course (ECON 327 or ECON 366).
- Computer Science: Any one from CS 104, CS 105, CS 106 or CM 151 is recommended as an elective for students in this major