Department of Mathematics
Mathematics - Economics
Why should I study Mathematics-Economics at Agnes Scott?
The Mathematics-Economics dual major allows students to simultaneously pursue interests in mathematics, economics, and organizational management. Math-Econ majors acquire a strong set of analytical skills that prepare them for a career as an analyst, an actuary, or a financial planner or for graduate study.
What will I study?
Math-Econ majors take a combination of courses in the Mathematics Department and in the Economics Department in addition to fulfilling the college’s general education requirements. Math-Econ majors take at least 20 credits in mathematics and 20 credits in economics.
On the math side, students typically begin the major as a first-year student in Calculus I (Math 118) or Calculus II (Math 119). Students who have AP or college-level credit in calculus should meet with the chair of the Mathematics Department to discuss appropriate placement. On the economics side, students typically begin the major in Introduction to Macroeconomics (Econ 104) or Introduction to Microeconomics (Econ 105). Students who have AP or college-level credit in economics should meet with the chair of the Economics Department to discuss appropriate placement.
Math-Econ majors then take upper-level courses that develop their skills in both fields. On the economics side, they may take a course in accounting or courses in organizational management as electives that count toward the major.
For students considering a career as an actuary, Microeconomics (Econ 306), Macroeconomics (Econ 307), and Econometrics (Econ 338), if taken with an approved time-series course from another college or university, count for VEE credit with the Society of Actuaries.
What can I do with this degree?
Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Mathematics-Economics major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the abstract nature of theoretical mathematics by working with abstract concepts and constructing proofs;
- exhibit proficiency in the computational techniques of calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra;
- demonstrate skills in problem analysis and problem solving, both individually and collaboratively;
- use mathematics as a tool for solving economic problems;
- demonstrate the ability to use technology wisely, adapt to new forms of technology, and make use of technology as a tool and expression of their mathematical ability;
- understand and apply the basic principles of micro- and macro-economics;
- understand, formulate, and evaluate economic models.
With the analytical toolkit that Math-Econ majors acquire, you can:
• Work as an economic or financial analyst
• Prepare for the actuarial exams
• Pursue advanced study in a related field at the graduate level
• Become a financial planner
Requirements for the Mathematics-Economics Major
The minimum number of credits required to complete the major in mathematics-economics is 50.
- Economics 104, 105, 306, 307
- Mathematics 118, 119, 206, 220, 309
- Either Economics 338 or Mathematics 328
- Either Economics 400 or Mathematics 480
An additional two elective courses in mathematics or economics are required, with at least one in economics. At most one accounting course (Economics 211 or 212) may be counted toward the major. Economics 370 and 450 (internships) do not count toward the major. These courses must be at the 200 level or above and must be approved by advisers to the major in the respective departments.
All mathematics, mathematics-economics and mathematics-physics majors are required to take an exit exam: the Mathematics Major Field Test from the Educational Testing Service.