Joint Mathematics-Economics Major (EN28), B.S.

To receive a bachelor of science degree in joint mathematics/economics, no more than three upper-division courses taken externally from UC San Diego can be counted toward the major.

Focus of the Major

  • For students with strong mathematical skills
  • Builds on advanced mathematics through economic applications
  • Helps to prepare students for graduate study in economics and business

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the formal methods used by statisticians to analyze data to learn about the real world
  • Use basic econometric methods to quantify uncertainty with confidence intervals; use regression to infer causal relationships; and use regressions for prediction
  • Critically interpret empirical studies
  • Set up, solve, and analyze optimization models
  • Apply optimization models to consumer, producer, and market theories
  • Use game theory to analyze the strategic behavior of individuals and firms
  • Be able to prove basic calculus theorems


  • Major requirements checklist for students entering before FA12 (PDF)
  • Major requirements checklist for students entering FA12 and later (PDF)

Four Year Plans

  • Freshmen entering before FA12 (PDF)
  • Freshman entering FA12 and later (PDF)

Two Year Plans

  • Transfer students entering before FA12 (PDF)
  • Transfer students entering FA12 and later (PDF)