Mathematical Economics

The Departments of Economics and Mathematics offer the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Economics program as a platform for systematic concentration in the mathematical approach to economics. Economics has progressed in the last several decades by making extensive use of mathematical techniques. As a result, students who wish to pursue graduate study in economics, finance, accounting and other disciplines that make an extensive use of economics need a thorough grounding in both economics and mathematics. The Mathematical Economics curriculum provides this grounding with a broad selection of courses that cover all important areas of economics and the mathematical tools required for a critical, deep mastery of these areas. This program is especially recommended for those students who intend to pursue graduate studies in Economics.

Contact Information:

Dr. Irina Mitrea, Chair, Mathematics
Wachman Hall, Room 638
215-204-7841

Dr. Boris A. Datskovsky, Associate Chair, Mathematics
Wachman Hall, Room 632
215-204-7847
bdats@temple.edu

Dr. Michael Bognanno, Chair, Economics
Ritter Annex 873
215-204-8880

Dr. Dimitrios Diamantaras, Advisor, Economics
Ritter Annex Room 813
215-204-8169
dimitrios.diamantaras@temple.edu

Bachelor of Arts

Summary of Requirements for the Degree 

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 and/or ENG 0701, if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:
      ECON 3596Energy, Ecology, and Economy3
      ECON 3597Health Economics3
      ECON 3598Economics Writing Seminar3
      MATH 3096Introduction to Modern Algebra3
      or MATH 3098 Modern Algebra
      MATH 4096Senior Problem Solving3
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements. Students who complete this major typically receive a waiver for 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd course.
  2. College Requirements
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 45 Upper-Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • Two (2) Upper-Level (2000+) Liberal Art courses.
    • Second (2nd) Level of a Foreign Language (1002).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts (61-62 s.h.)
    Computer & Information Science
    Select one of the following:4
    Programming in Matlab
    Computer Programming in C
    Program Design and Abstraction
    Honors Program Design and Abstraction (F)
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus I with Lab 1
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I (F)
    MATH 1042Calculus II4
    or MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
    MATH 2043Calculus III4
    or MATH 2943 Honors Calculus III
    MATH 2101Linear Algebra3
    MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
    MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
    MATH 3032Mathematical Statistics (S)3
    Select one of the following sequences:6-7
    Numerical Analysis I
    and Numerical Analysis II
    Real & Complex Analysis I
    and Real & Complex Analysis II
    Advanced Calculus I
    and Advanced Calculus II
    1 Mathematics elective at the 3000 level or above3
    Economics
    ECON 1102Microeconomic Principles3
    or ECON 1902 Honors Microeconomic Principles
    ECON 3501Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis3
    ECON 3502Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis3
    ECON 3503Introduction to Econometrics3
    ECON 3598Economics Writing Seminar3
    2 economics electives at the 3000 level or above, with permission from advisor6
    ECON 3504Mathematical Economics3
    or ECON 3521 Economics of Risk and Uncertainty
    Total Credit Hours61-62
    1

    Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

    (F) - Fall only course.
    (S) - Spring only course.

Residency Requirements

Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.

At least 10 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 5 Math courses and 4 Econ courses must be completed at Temple.

Distinction in Major

For distinction in Mathematical Economics a student must have an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher. A student must also have a GPA of 3.50 or higher in the 3000+ Mathematics courses, and a GPA of 3.60 or higher in the 3000+ Economics courses.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Economics

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
Programming in Matlab 
Computer Programming in C 
Program Design and Abstraction 
Honors Program Design and Abstraction (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits27
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ECON 1102 or 1902Microeconomic Principles3
MATH 1042 or 1942Calculus II4
General Education/Elective Credits9
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ECON 3501Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis3
MATH 2043 or 2943Calculus III4
General Education/Elective Credits9
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ECON 3502Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis3
MATH 2111Basic Concepts of Math3
General Education/Elective Credits9
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
3000+ Economics Elective, with permission from advisor33
MATH 2101Linear Algebra3
MATH 3031Probability Theory I3
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ECON 3504 or 3521Mathematical Economics3
MATH 3032Mathematical Statistics (S)3
3000+ Mathematics Elective33
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
ECON 3503Introduction to Econometrics3
Select one of the following:43-4
Numerical Analysis I (F) 
Real Complex Analysis I 
Advanced Calculus I 
General Education/Elective Credits10-9
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ECON 3598Economics Writing Seminar [WI]3
3000+ Economics Elective, with permission from advisor33
Select one of the following:43
Numerical Analysis II 
Real Complex Analysis II 
Advanced Calculus II 
General Education/Elective Credits6
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
1

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

2

All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.

3

One of the Mathematics or Economics electives must be a writing-intensive course in order to satisfy the University requirement that each student must fulfill two writing-intensive courses within the major.

4

You must complete the year-long sequence of either MATH 3043 and MATH 3044; or MATH 3137 and MATH 3138; or MATH 3141 and MATH 3142.