The B.A. in Economics/Mathematics degree provides students with a wide variety of career options. Students find a strong demand for their services in such diverse areas as finance, business research, education, management, and public policy analysis. It is an excellent degree for students who wish to pursue a career as an actuary. Many pursue graduate degrees in fields such as economics, operations research, public policy, law and business.
Do you need more convincing?
The Questions....
I love the challenge of math, but I care deeply about social issues as well. Is there a field that combines both?
Math excites me, but I want to apply it to “real” problems. What should I choose as a college major?
The Answer....
An Economics/Mathematics major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania!
Why Mathematics/Economics?
If Congress chops $150 billion of government spending to balance the budget, will the economy boom? Or, will the spending cuts force firms to lay off workers and send us into a recession?
If Nike boosts shoe prices by 5 percent, will consumers run to Reebok? How many? Will Nike profits rise or fall?
Answers to such questions require solid grounding in both economics and mathematics. Economists model the way people behave: the way we respond to financial and nonfinancial incentives. Economic theories frame the issues, but mathematics provides the tools. Which economic theories work? We need data and statistical tools to tell us. Which policy options are the best? We need mathematical tools to measure costs and benefits.
Career Opportunities
Students with a joint background in mathematics and economics face a wide variety of career options. Many pursue graduate degrees in fields such as economics, operations research, public policy, law, and business. They find a strong demand for their services in such diverse areas as finance, business research, education, management, and public policy analysis.
The B.A. in Economics/Mathematics is administed jointly with the Economics Department. Students can major in Economics/Mathematics either through the Economics Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or through the Mathematics Department in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The degree requirements in either case are identical. The only difference is the home department of the student's primary academic advisor.
Liberal Studies: As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications:
Mathematics: MATH 125
Social Science: ECON 121
Liberal Studies Electives: 9cr, no courses with ECON or MATH prefix

53


Major:

4849

Core:

ECON 122

Principles of Microeconomics

3cr


ECON 421

Macroeconomic Analysis

3cr


ECON 422

Microeconomic Analysis

3cr


MATH 126

Calculus II/Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics

3cr


MATH 171

Introduction to Linear Algebra

3cr


MATH 216 or
ECON 355

Probability and Statistics for Natural Sciences or
Statistics for Economists

3cr


MATH 225 
Calculus III/Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics

3cr 

Economics Electives: (1, 2)

12cr


Students are especially encouraged to take ECON 334 and 356, but any
course except ECON 101 may be used.

Mathematics Electives:

1516cr


At least one of the following twosemester sequences:
MATH 241 and 371, MATH 363 and 364, or MATH 445 and 446

Three additional courses either from the above or from the following:
MATH 271, 272, 342, 417 or 418 (but not both), 421, 422, 423, 425, 427, 451, 465, 476, 477


Other Requirements: College:

06

Foreign Language Intermediate Level (3)


Free Electives:

1219


Total Degree Requirements:

120


 No more than 6cr of internship credit may be applied toward major.
 No more than one ECON Controlled Elective may be a 200level course.
 Intermediatelevel Foreign Language may be included in Liberal Studies electives.
