Requirements for the Mathematics-Economics Combined Major

The requirements for the interdisciplinary major in Economics and Mathematics are given below. It is essential that the student work closely with advisors in both the Economics and the Mathematics Departments in planning his/her program.

Economics - 8 units
ECON 100* Introduction to Economics - 1 unit
ECON 251 Intermediate Microeconomics Theory - 1 unit
ECON 252 Intermediate Macroeconomics Theory - 1 unit
ECON 342 Econometrics - 1 unit
ECON 344 Mathematical Economics - 1 unit
Electives at 300/400 level - 2 units
Elective at 200/300/400 level - 1 unit

Mathematics - 8 units
MATH 135* Calculus I - 1 unit
MATH 136* Calculus II - 1 unit
MATH 205 Multivariate Calculus - 1 unit
MATH 217 Linear Algebra - 1 unit
MATH 325 Probability & Statistics - 1 unit
MATH 326 Mathematical Statistics - 1 unit
or
MATH 343 Time Series Analysis
Electives at 280 or 300/400 level - 2 units

*These courses may be omitted with advanced placement credit or other advanced standing.

In addition to maintaining a 2.0 university-wide cumulative average, students majoring in the economics-mathematics interdisciplinary major must maintain a 2.0 cumulative average in all economics and mathematics courses taken and must earn at least a 2.0 in Economics 251 and Economics 252. Economics 251 and 252 must be taken at St. Lawrence before the end of the junior year. The dual listed course (Economics 343 / Mathematics 343) can be taken either as an economics elective or as a mathematics elective.

Economics 251 (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory) and Economics 252 (Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory) are economic theory courses required of all majors. Every 300- and 400-level course in economics has either Economics 251 or Economics 252 as a prerequisite. Potential majors are advised to take Economics 251 and Economics 252 during the sophomore year. First-year students can register for Economics 251 and Economics 252 by permission only.

It is expected that Economics 251 and 252 be taken at St. Lawrence. Exceptions to this policy are granted only to transfer students in special cases. Courses taken at other universities or as part of off-campus study programs do not normally satisfy the 300-level requirement.

Although Accounting 203 and 204 do not count toward the major in economics, it is strongly recommended that economics majors take these courses at some point during their time at St. Lawrence. Students should work closely with their academic advisors to select courses for the major and those interested in graduate programs should plan accordingly.

Students must have a 3.0 average in economics to enroll in an independent study course (Econ 289, 290, 389, 390, 489, 490).

Graduation with honors may be recommended upon the basis of grades, the completion of an honors project approved and supervised by a faculty member, and an examination on the thesis. Students who expect to undertake such a program should consult with the department chairman in the last term of their junior year.

How to declare this major:

  1. QUALIFY. You must have a 2.0 cum in economics and mathematics, as well as have a 2.0 or higher in Economics 251 and 252 if either course has been taken.
  2. INTERVIEW. You need to schedule an appointment with the chair of the department of economics, or any other economics faculty member, to discuss your academic plans.
  3. TRANSCRIPT. When meeting with an economics faculty member bring a copy of your academic transcript (download from APR).
  4. CONTRACTS. Also bring to the meeting two copies of the Economics-Mathematics Contract.
  5. MATHEMATICS. You will also need to find an advisor in Mathematics.