Mathematical  models and computational methods are becoming increasingly important for quantitative analysis, risk management, strategies implementation, and other areas in the finance industry. Students choosing the Mathematical Economics and Quantitative Finance option will acquire a solid foundation in applied and computational mathematics as well as a grounding in economic theory. It is ideal as a second major for students in Economics who want more mathematical training. The Option is also useful for those preparing for graduate school in Computational Finance, Financial Engineering, or Economics since mathematical models and computational methods are heavily used. 


Option Core (27 credits)

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Option Electives -- Group I (15 credits)
Students must accumulate at least 15 credits from the following list of courses:

  • CFRM 405: (3) Mathematical Methods for Quantitative Finance
  • CFRM 410: (3) Probability and Statistics for Computational Finance
  • CFRM 415: (3) Introduction to Financial Markets
  • CFRM 420: (3) Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics
  • CFRM 425: (3) R Programming for Quantitative Finance
  • ECON 301: (5) Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 400: (5) Advanced Topics in Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 401: (5) Advanced Topics in Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 404: (5) Industrial Organization and Price Analysis
  • ECON 421: (5) Money, Credit, and the Economy
  • ECON 422: (5) Investment, Capital, and Finance
  • ECON 424: (5) Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics
  • ECON 426: (5) Advanced Financial Economics
  • ECON 435: (5) Natural Resource Economics
  • ECON 472: (5) International Macroeconomics
  • ECON 482: (5) Econometric Methods
  • ECON 483: (5) Applied Econometric Modeling
  • ECON 485: (5) Economic Game Theory
  • ECON 486: (5)Economics of Information

Only one of CFRM 420  and ECON 424 may be counted toward the major.

Option Electives -- Group II (5 credits)
At least 5 additional credits from approved courses (at the 300 level or higher) in the Departments of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or Economics. Credits in Economics must be taken from the courses listed in the Group I Electives.

Double majors / Double degrees Students who complete a double major with a Bachelor of Science in Economics need only complete the Program Core and Option Core requirements. Interested students should get early advice from the Economics Department Advisers ( about suggested programs.