Mathematical Economics Program

Bachelor of Science

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As a mathematical economics major at Bucknell, you'll dig past the data in spreadsheets and trend curves to uncover real stories and understand the quantitative models that drive global economic decisions. 

As you acquire an ever-growing library of statistical and mathematical methods and apply them to economic questions, you'll learn more than just how to conduct an economic analysis. You'll understand why the analysis works. The powerful quantitative, interdisciplinary and critical thinking skills our students gain lead nearly half of our graduates to jobs as analysts their first year after Bucknell.

Other recent graduates have found fulfilling careers as traders, actuaries and financial advisers, and have been accepted to graduate programs in biostatistics, law, commerce and finance.

Find your path to mathematical economics at Bucknell

Why Study Mathematical Economics?

The mathematical economics major is for students with an interest in economics who want to learn more about the statistical methods used in the field. A love for data is a must, as well as a curiosity for understanding how things work. The major incorporates a greater focus on mathematics and analytics than Bucknell's economics major, and it allows you to choose from three concentrations:

  • Statistical: A track that's laser focused on understanding statistical methods and why they work
  • Computational: A track built around using and understanding computational tools and algorithms to solve problems in economics
  • Theoretical: A track offering greater emphasis on pure, theoretical math

The analytical skills you gain will prepare you for in-demand careers in a variety of industries and nonprofit fields. Recent mathematical economics graduates are now working for:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Cigna
  • Federal Finance Housing Agency
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Maryland Department of Budget and Management
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nielsen
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Pfizer
  • Viacom

You may also consider a double major in economics and mathematics or combining a major and minor in the two fields.

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Mathematics Scholarships

The Bucknell Mathematics Scholars Program recognizes applicants for superior academic performance. Mathematical economics majors are eligible to apply.

  • $10,000 per year
  • Financial need is not a requirement
  • Automatically renewed for second, third and fourth years as long as you meet academic progress and program requirements

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@bucknell.edu or 570-577-3000.

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Deepen Your Education Through Internships

Nearly all mathematical economics majors will have at least one internship experience before they graduate, and Bucknell's deep career network is here to connect you with employers in fields you're interested in. With this practical career experience and the in-depth quantitative skills you'll gain in your major, you'll be prepared to follow whatever path you choose.

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Pre-calculus Requirement and Calculus Placement

To ease the transition to mathematics at Bucknell, all MATH 201 students are required to complete an online preparation course. Students are encouraged to complete this course the summer before enrollment.

More information about the course

A student's high school calculus experience, calculus credits obtained from the Advanced Placement Examination and calculus credits obtained from another college will form the basis of credit given and calculus placement.

Mathematical Economics Program

Location

474 Olin Science Building