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BS in Mathematics and Economics

Mathematics and Economics (BS) [CAS/ECON]

Offered jointly by the Department of Economics and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences, this program is recommended for students interested in social science applications of mathematical concepts and for those interested in preparing for admissions to PhD programs in Economics.

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the gateway courses and approval of the program coordinator.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 66 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.00
    • No more than 6 of the 66 credit hours may be fulfilled by Washington Economic Policy Semester courses or economics courses from study abroad programs.
    • No more than 3 credit hours of independent reading and study courses or internships may be applied to the major.

Course Requirements

Core (39 credit hours)

Electives (9 credit hours)

Combined Mathematics and Economics (BS) and Economics (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. For more information, see Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees of this catalog.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • Students in this program will not be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students will be admitted formally to MA status only after they have completed all requirements for the BA or BS in Economics with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.