Departments & Programs


Interdepartmental Major in Mathematics and Economics


The interdepartmental major in Mathematics and Economics is designed to enable students to model economic questions mathematically and to analyze and solve those models.

Required Courses

Students must meet the following course requirements. Any course may be replaced by the honors equivalent.

  1. Economics: E201, E202, E321, E322, and at least three courses numbered above E322, including at least one at the 400 level. E370, E496, and Y398 cannot be used to meet this requirement.
  2. Mathematics: M211–M212, or M213, M301 or M303, M311, and at least two courses, including one at the 400 level, from one of the following mathematics areas: analysis (M312, M413, M414, M415, M420); differential equations (M343, M344, M441, M442); applied mathematics (M371, M447, M448, M451, M471, M472); or probability and statistics (M463, M464, M466). For students who qualify for honors, Mathematics S499 may replace the second course in a mathematical area with approval of the Department of Mathematics.
  3. Statistics: Economics E370 or Mathematics M365.
Special Considerations
  1. No more than 3 credit hours of Honors Thesis (Economics E499 or Mathematics S499) may be counted toward the major.
  2. It is recommended that students planning to pursue a Ph.D. in economics consult with the Department of Economics concerning classes in the areas of analysis, econometrics, and statistics.
  3. It is recommended that students in actuarial studies consult the actuarial studies section in Mathematics for recommended course work and consult with the Department of Economics concerning relevant seminar courses.