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Mathematics-Economics BA - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: 22.04 ECONOMICS, CIP: 27.0301 Applied Mathematics)

Academic Opportunities

ECO 498 provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience in research. The first step is for the student to find a professor with whom he or she can work on a research project. The Director of Undergraduate Studies must then approve the project. To be considered for undergraduate research, students must have a min. GPA of 3.000 and have completed ECO 405, ECO 407, and ECO 480.

ECO 499 is intended to assist a student in pursuing a specific knowledge area in economics when no course in that area is currently offered or when depth in that area beyond the course offerings is desired. To apply, a student must have a min. 3.000 GPA average in his or her economics courses. There must be a project and/or an outline of a course of study and a prior agreement with a particular faculty member who will supervise the work.

MTH 499 can be used either for a "reading course," where the student reads an advanced mathematical work, or for work on an original research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Students can apply to participate in the directed readings program, where they read or work under the supervision of graduate student mentors.

Experiential Learning

Math Tutoring

Math majors in good academic standing are encouraged to tutor freshmen/sophomore level math in the Math Place Tutoring Lab run by the Learning Center. This is particularly attractive to students preparing for careers in teaching.

Economics 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching allows students who have at least junior status and satisfy the department's prerequisites to serve as undergraduate teaching assistants. Under the supervision of a professor, an undergraduate teaching assistant leads discussion sections, answers questions from students, and participates in preparing assignments.

MTH 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching gives math majors with excellent grades the opportunity to gain teaching experience running their own recitations, as well as grading, while also earning course credit.


Economics 496 Internship in Economics allows students to arrange an internship in the private or public sector. As long as this position has a strong economics content, the student can apply to the director of undergraduate studies in economics for internship credit. Application must be made in advance and must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the internship commences.

MTH 496 Internship in Mathematics allows students to earn course credit for completing an internship which is relevant to their degree, and completing a brief report describing the work that they did. Students are responsible for finding their own internships. Internship opportunities are advertised regularly on the mathematics major listserv. The internship supervisor must confirm satisfactory completion.

Study Abroad

Use of study abroad credits to complete the requirements of the economics and mathematics major is common. Many of the required courses are quite standardized globally and have equivalents at virtually any college or university. Upper level mathematics courses can be used towards the MTH elective requirement even if no equivalent course is offered at UB. Interested students should consult with Study Abroad and the Directors of Undergraduate Studies in Economics and Mathematics to determine which courses can be articulated.

Extracurricular Activities

Undergraduate Mathematics Club

This is a student-run club that plans a variety of academic and community involvement activities. For more information, call 716-645-8785 or email

Society of Future Actuaries

This is a student club for students who intend to pursue actuarial and related careers. For more information, call 716-645-8785 or email

Association for Women in Mathematics

This is the local UB chapter of an internationally recognized nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging women and girls to have active careers in the mathematical sciences. Interested students can join the listserv.

Honors and Awards

Departmental Honors

The honors program in mathematics requires completion of all requirements for a BS degree in Mathematics. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.500 in mathematics courses, and write an honors thesis under the direction of a faculty member.

The Economics Department will nominate for Honors in Economics majors who have passed ECO 406 Topics in Microeconomics and whose GPA in Economics is at least 3.250 (Honors), 3.500 (High Honors) or 3.750 (Highest Honors).

Published: Oct 13, 2021 11:06:33