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Dual Degree in Economics and Mathematics


Degree Requirements for Dual Degree in Economics (BA) and Mathematics (BS)
 
A solid training in the mathematical and statistical sciences is fundamental to optimally prepare economics students for graduate school.  A dual degree in economics and mathematics will substantially increase program quality and career prospects for our students as well as enhancing the reputation of the economics program at UCD.  Similarly, a solid training in quantitative and qualitative economic principles offers significant benefits to mathematics majors who seek industrial and/or consulting positions.
 
Program Requirements
 
Students majoring in economics and mathematics for the BA/BS dual-degree must declare such by the time they have completed 60 semester hours.  No pass/fail grades may count toward the dual degree.  The minimum grade for all economics classes taken at CU Denver counted towards the major is C- (one D- is allowed in one counted economics elective) and the minimum GPA requirement for all CU Denver economics classes counted towards the major is 2.5.  The minimum grade for all mathematics classes taken at CU Denver counted towards the major is C- and the minimum GPA requirement for all CU Denver mathematics classes counted towards the major is 2.25.
 
Required Economics Courses
    ECON 2012 - Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics gtPATHWAYS: GT-SS1
    ECON 2022 - Principles of Economics: Microeconomics gtPATHWAYS: GT-SS1
    ECON 4071 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory gtPATHWAYS:
    ECON 4081 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory gtPATHWAYS:
    ECON 4091 - History of Economic Thought gtPATHWAYS:
    ECON 4811 - Introduction to Econometrics gtPATHWAYS:
 
Total: 18 Hours
 
Economics Electives
 
Any five 3-semester-hour courses taken in economics may satisfy this requirement, other than internships and independent studies which require the approval of the department chair.  Note: ECON 3801 and ECON 3811 cannot be counted as electives.
 
One of the following Mathematics courses can be counted as one Economics elective (it may also be counted as one Mathematics required course or one Mathematics elective):
 
      MATH 3301 Operations Research I
      MATH 3302 Operations Research II
      MATH 4387 Regression Analysis, Modeling and Time Series
      MATH 4390 Game Theory
      MATH 4450 Complex Variables
      MATH 4733 Partial Differential Equations
      MATH 4830 Applied Statistics
      MATH 5350 Mathematical Theory of Interest
 
Total: 15 Hours (four Economics courses + one Mathematics course, or five Economics courses)
   
Senior Exercise
Graduating seniors must submit the three best papers that the student wrote in any three separate courses taken in the Department of Economics for the outcomes assessment of the economics program.  The three papers should be handed in at one time in a folder to the economics office, before the first day of the month in which the student plans to graduate.
 
Required Core Courses for All Mathematics Majors
 
Lower-Division Courses
 
   MATH 1401 Calculus I gtPATHWAYS: GT-MA1
   MATH 2411 Calculus II gtPATHWAYS: GT-MA1
   MATH 2421 Calculus III gtPATHWAYS: GT-MA1
 
Upper-Division Courses
                       
   MATH 3000 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
   MATH 3191 Applied Linear Algebra
   MATH 4310 Introduction to Real Analysis I
 
Total: 21 Hours.
 
Required Courses for the Dual-Degree
 
   MATH 3200 Elementary Differential Equations
   MATH 4650 Numerical Analysis I
   MATH 4779 Math Clinic
   MATH 4810 Probability
   MATH 4820 Statistics
           
Applied/Modeling Elective: one course chosen from
 
   MATH 3301 Operations Research I
   MATH 3302 Operations Research II
   MATH 4387 Regression Analysis, Modeling and Time Series
   MATH 4409 Applied Combinatorics
   MATH 4733 Partial Differential Equations
   MATH 4791 Continuous Modeling
   MATH 4792 Probabilistic Modeling
   MATH 4793 Discrete Math Modeling
   MATH 4794 Optimization Modeling
 
Depth in Proof-Writing Elective: one course chosen from
 
   MATH 4110 Theory of Numbers
   MATH 4140 Introduction to Modern Algebra
   MATH 4201 Topology
   MATH 4220 Higher Geometry II
   MATH 4320 Introduction to Real Analysis II (highly recommended)
   MATH 4408 Applied Graph Theory
                       
Students must choose two approved mathematics electives (at least 3 semester hours) above 3000, excluding MATH 4012, 4013, 4014 and 4015.
 
One of the following Economics courses can be counted as one Mathematics elective (it can also be counted as one Economics elective):
 
   ECON 4030 Data Analysis with SAS
   ECON 4110 Money and Banking
   ECON 4150 Economic Forecasting
   ECON 4320 Financial Economics
   ECON 4430 Economic Growth
   ECON 4550 Game Theory and Economic Applications
   ECON 4610 Labor Economics
   ECON 4740 Industrial Organization
 
Total: 27 Hours (eight Mathematics courses + one Economics course, or nine Mathematics courses).
 
Portfolio, Interview, Survey
 
In the semester of graduation, students must
 
    submit a portfolio consisting of two papers, typically written for previous courses, that demonstrate mathematical and writing proficiency;

    participate in an exit interview, which may be scheduled by the department administrative assistant;

    complete a senior survey, available from the department administrative assistant.
 
Residence Requirements
 
In addition to the CLAS residence requirements, the Economics Department requires that
   At least six of the major courses (18 semester hours), including at least three courses out of 4071, 4081, 4091 and 4811, must be taken from economics faculty at CU Denver.
   Once a student has enrolled at CU Denver, no courses in the major may be taken outside the economics department without permission from the undergraduate advisor.
And the Mathematics Department requires that
 
   At least 15 upper-division mathematics credits must be taken at CU Denver.