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Mathematics – Economics Major

Meet Your Major: Mathematics-Economics

Math and economics are a natural pair, complementing and building on each other. 

As a mathematics-economics major, you’ll study the intersection of economic principles and mathematical applications and learn to model and analyze market trends.

The expertise you’ll gain in mathematics and economics, combined with Merrimack’s core curriculum, will give you the analytical and critical thinking skills you’ll need to prosper in a globalized and ever-changing world.

What You’ll Learn

In the mathematics-economics program, you will:

  • Learn how to approach problems using the logical framework of analysis known as “the economic method”
  • Learn to analyze economic and social issues by applying economic research
  • Understand the complementary nature of mathematics and economics, and how the research methods of economists can be used to study other disciplines
  • Sharpen your written and oral skills and use them to describe the process and results of mathematical analysis

Hands-on Learning

You can showcase your quantitative and critical reasoning abilities by doing a capstone project. This is a directed study or research project in which you’ll apply mathematical and economic concepts to your topic of interest.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the mathematics-economics program, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career in academia or in business or government. The data analysis and research skills of a mathematics-economics major are in high demand. Positions held by some of our recent graduates include:

  • Cost Estimator
  • Data analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial analyst
  • Professor
  • Statistician

The Curriculum

All mathematics-economics majors take a combination of these required and elective courses to satisfy the 56-credit course requirement.

Economic Requirements

ECO 1201

An Introduction to Economics

ECO 1202

Topics in Introductory Economics

ECO 2201

Intermediate Micro-Economics

ECO 2202

Intermediate Macro-Economics

ECO 3313


Mathematics Requirements

MTH 1217

Calculus I

MTH 1218

Calculus II

MTH 2219

Calculus III

MTH 2220

Differential Equations

MTH 2527

Probability and Statistics I

MTH 3335

Linear Algebra

Cognate Requirement

CSC 1610

Problem Solving With Programming

Upper-Level Elective

An additional upper-level elective, numbered 2000 or above, selected from either mathematics or economics.

Capstone Experience

A one-semester course, directed study or directed research, taken during the senior year, which explicitly integrates mathematical and economic ideas and techniques learned in earlier courses. Possibilities that have been offered in recent years include MTH 4600: Topics in Game Theory and MTH 4600: Topics in Mathematical Finance.

More Info

Kathleen Burns

Administrative Assistant, Economics
Cushing 103A



Anthony Laramie

Professor and Chair, Economics