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The formal joint major in economics and mathematics is offered with the Department of Mathematics and is administered by the Department of Economics. This specialization has arisen to meet the needs of economics students realizing the increased role of mathematics and statistics in economic analysis. Also, for those students with good mathematical aptitude who do not wish to specialize only in mathematics, the joint major in economics and mathematics provides the opportunity to develop a field of applied mathematics.
ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics and ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics are basic to all other work in economics and should be taken no later than the second year by students considering the joint major.
Students electing this joint major are also required to complete the following courses:
Joint majors in economics and mathematics must also take either three economics electives or two economics electives and MATH 320 Introduction to Real Analysis. In addition, joint majors must complete the all-College independent learning requirement. While the independent learning requirement may be completed in other departments, students are encouraged to complete it within either economics or mathematics. Note: ECON 393 is a required course for the joint major and therefore cannot count toward the independent learning requirement.