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Mathematical Economics

Dr. Michael Bognanno, Chair

Dr. Dimitrios Diamantaras, Advisor

Economics Department
Ritter Annex, Room 623
215-204-8169
dimitrios.diamantaras@temple.edu

or

Dr. Edward Letzter, Chair

Dr. Boris A. Datskovsky, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Mathematics Department
Wachman Hall, Room 632
215-204-7847
boris.datskovsky@temple.edu

The Departments of Economics and Mathematics offer the 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. 

 

Bachelor of Arts

 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

 

1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)

  • Math 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), 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: Economics 3596, Economics 3597, Economics 3598, Mathematics 3096, Mathematics 3098 or Mathematics 4096.
  • Students must complete the General Education requirements. The General Education Curriculum consists of approximately 25-26 s.h.  See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.

 

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.)

  • One (1) Computer & Information Science course is required (4 s.h.): CIS 1053, 1057 or 1068.
  • Ten (10) Mathematics courses are required (33-34 s.h.): Mathematics 1041 or 1941, 1042 or 1942, 2043, 2101, 3031, 3032, 3043 and three (3) Mathematics electives at the 3000 level or above.  Mathematics 2111 can fulfill one of the Mathematics electives, but it must be taken prior to Mathematics 3098 and 3141.
  • Eight (8) Economics courses are required (24 s.h.): Economics 1102 or 1902, 3501, 3502, 3503, 3598, two (2) economics electives at the 3000 level or above and one (1) additional elective from the following list: Economics 3504 or 3521.

Year 1 – Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CIS

CIS

CIS
1053

1057

1068
Programming in Matlab
     or
Computer Programming in C
     or
Program Design & Abstraction
4

4

4
 
Mathematics 1041

1941
Calculus I
   or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
 
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 1 – Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Economics
 
1102

1902
Microeconomic Principles
   or
Honors Microeconomic Principles
3

3
 
Mathematics
 
1042

1942
Calculus II
   or
Honors Calculus II
4

4
 
General Education / Elective Credits     9  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 2 – Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Economics 3501 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis 3  
Mathematics 2043 Calculus III 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     9  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 2 – Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Economics 3502 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis 3  
Mathematics   3000+ Mathematics Elective or Math 2111 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     9  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 3 – Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Economics   3000+ Economics Elective, with permission from advisor 3  
Mathematics 2101 Linear Algebra 3  
Mathematics 3031 Probability Theory I 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     6  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 3 – Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Economics 3504

3521
Mathematical Economics
  or
Economics of Risk & Uncertainty
3

3
 
Mathematics 3032 Mathematical Statistics 3  
Mathematics   3000+ Mathematics Elective 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     6  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 4 – Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Economics 3503 Introduction to Econometrics 3  
Mathematics 3043 Numerical Analysis I (F) 3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     10-9  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 4 – Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Economics 3598 Economics Writing Seminar 3 WI 
Economics   3000+ Economics Elective, with permission from advisor 3  
Mathematics   3000+ Mathematics Elective 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     6  
Subtotal     15  
 
Credits in Coursework for B.A. in Mathematical Economics 61-62  
General Education / Elective Credits 62-61  
Total Credits for B.A. Degree 123  

(F) - Fall only course.

*Mathematics 2111 can be substituted for a 3000+ Mathematics elective. It must be taken prior to Mathematics 3098 or Math 3141.

Note:  One of the Mathematics 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.

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.

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