Nov 26, 2020
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 enhance 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.
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 and applied toward the major is C‐ (one D‐ grade is allowed for one economics elective); a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for all CU-Denver economics classes applied to the major. The minimum grade for all mathematics classes taken at CU-Denver and applied toward the major is C‐; a minimum GPA of 2.25 is required for all CU-Denver mathematics classes applied to the major.
Economics Course Requirements
Required Economic Courses for the Dual-Degree
Economics Electives for the Dual-Degree
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):
Total: 15 Hours
(four economic courses plus one mathematics course, or five economics courses)
Graduating seniors must submit the three best papers that the student wrote in any three separate courses taken in the economics department 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.
TOTAL ECONOMICS: 33 Hours
Mathematics Course Requirements
Required Core Courses for All Mathematic Majors
Required Courses for the Dual-Degree
Mathematics Electives for the Dual-Degree
Students must choose two approved mathematics electives (at lest 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 (and can also be counted as one economics elective):
Total: 6 Hours
(one mathematics course plus one economics course, or two 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.
TOTAL MATHEMATICS: 48 Hours
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 chosen from ECON 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.
Additionally, the mathematics department requires that
- at least 15 upper‐division mathematics credits must be taken at CU Denver.
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