To earn a B.A. degree in Mathematical Economic Analysis (MTEC), students must present a minimum of 16 courses with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00. When students repeat courses or complete more than the minimum required number of courses, the departmental GPA will be based on the set of courses that (1) satisfies all requirements for the degree and (2) results in the highest GPA for the student. However, when a course is taken at both Rice and another institution, the grade in the Rice course will be used for departmental GPA calculations.
The 16 courses presented for the major in Mathematical Economic Analysis must include the following:
(1) 4 courses in mathematics:
- MATH 101 Single Variable Calculus I
- MATH 102 Single Variable Calculus II
- MATH 211 Ordinary Differential Equations or MATH 355 Linear Algebra or CAAM 335 Matrix Analysis
- MATH 212 Multivariable Calculus or (the combination of MATH 221 Honors Calculus III and MATH 222 Honors Calculus IV)
(2) 6 core courses in economics and statistics/econometrics:
- ECON 100 Principles of Economics (formerly ECON 201)
- ECON 200 Microeconomics (formerly ECON 301)
- ECON 203 Macroeconomics (formerly ECON 303)
- ECON 307/STAT 310 Probability and Statistics or STAT 410 Introduction to Regression and Statistical Computing or STAT 431 Overview of Mathematical Statistics
- ECON 308 Mathematical Economics (formerly ECON 401)
- ECON 310 Econometrics (formerly ECON 409)
(3) 6 ECON major electives, including at least 3 400-level ECON electives (or an approved alternative).
Transfer credit may be awarded in some cases for courses completed at other schools after the student has matriculated at Rice. Students may present a maximum of 3 such transfer courses in fulfilling their major requirements. Additional transfer courses may count toward meeting university graduation requirements, but not toward fulfillment of the requirements for the ECON or MTEC majors. Credits awarded to transfer students for courses taken prior to matriculation at Rice do not count against the three-course limit on transfer courses, but all students must complete more than half of their upper-level major work (300-level and 400-level courses) at Rice. For additional information on transfer credits, please consult Procedures for Transfer Credit.