Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Mathematics-Economics BA

Are you captivated by the beauty of patterns and intrigued by the inherent logic of the universe? If so, mathematics may be the perfect choice. By immersing yourself in mathematics, you can unlock the power to decipher the secrets of nature, develop technology, and comprehend the interconnectedness of the world around us. Mathematics underpins everything from encrypting messages and predicting climate change to medical imaging, machine learning and much more. Whether you dream of unraveling the mysteries of the universe or utilizing mathematical models to shape the future, a mathematics degree gives you the flexibility to make a meaningful impact.

Visit the Mathematics academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Mathematics department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Mathematics-Economics BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Economics Core (21 credits)

Total Credits Required for Major: 64-65

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.500 in MTH 141 , MTH 142 , MTH 241  (or Honors equivalent or transfer-equivalent courses). 

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students are required to complete at least four upper-division courses in the Department of Mathematics at the University at Buffalo.

Program Honors and Program Distinction

Majors are eligible for Program Honors upon completion of an honors thesis under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Students typically complete MTH 499  in the fall semester and MTH 497  in the spring semester, although the timing is flexible and students may complete the thesis before their last semester. Students must also meet the remaining Program Honors criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy

Majors who do not pursue a thesis but have exceptional grades are eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. These criteria are also found in the Academic Honors policy.

Students who successfully complete Program Honors and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript. Program Distinction is also noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 16 or 17

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 14 or 15

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 17

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 14

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

By the time of graduation, students majoring in mathematics should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • Proficiency in basic computational methods in calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations.
  • Facility with computer-aided computations
  • The ability to write clear and rigorous mathematical proofs.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic principles and terminology of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics.
  • Analyze and present large empirical data and build econometrics models to test hypotheses.


(HEGIS: 22.04 ECONOMICS, CIP27.0301 Applied Mathematics)