As the economics profession becomes increasingly mathematical, economics majors who plan to go to graduate school need a strong math background.  The Mathematical Economics Option provides students with the technical background necessary for graduate work in Economics and Finance. The Mathematical Economics Option is available via the Corvallis campus.

To receive an option in Mathematical Economics you must complete a minimum of 51 credits as listed below.

  • Principles (8 credits):

ECON 201 – Introduction to Microeconomics (4 credits)
ECON 202 – Introduction to Macroeconomics (4 credits)

  •  Calculus (4 credits):

MATH 241 – Calculus for Management & Social Science (4 credits)
       OR
MATH 251 – Differential Calculus (4 credits)

  •   Microeconomic Theory (4 credits):

ECON 411 – Microeconomic Theory (4 credits)

  •   Macroeconomic Theory (4 credits):

ECON 415 – Macroeconomic Theory (4 credits)

  •   Statistics (4 credits):

ECON 423 – Econometrics I (4 credits)

  •   Econometrics (4 credits):

ECON 427 – Econometrics II (4 credits)

  •   WIC Course (4 credits):

ECON 428 – Introduction to Economic Research (4 credits)
      OR
ECON 439 – Public Policy Analysis (4 credits)
     OR
ECON 466 – Economics of Traditional and Renewable Energy (4 credits)

  • Additional Requirements (19 credits)

ECON 329 – Intro to Mathematical Economics (4 credits)
MTH 252 – Integral Calculus (4 credits)
MTH 254 – Vector Calculus I (4 credits)
MTH 341 – Linear Algebra I (3 credits)
MTH 342 – Linear Algebra II (4 credits)

All students must receive a grade of “C” (2.00) or better in all upper-division required courses and must maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 in all courses taken toward the Mathematical Economics option.  None of the 51 credits may be taken S/U.  Students cannot receive credit toward the major for both ECON 311 and ECON 411, for both ECON 315 and ECON 415, and for both ECON 424 and ECON 427. No more than 4 credits of self-study courses (ECON 401 - 410) may be counted towards the 51 credit requirement.