731:  Mathematical Economics -  General Option

1.  Students who wish to declare a 731 major are initially designated as 731P - Mathematical Economics (Prep).  In order to be granted full admission into the 731 Mathematical Economics major, a student must satisfy the following requirements:
     •  Completion of MATH 136, ECON 202, ECON 203, and ECON 206 or STAT 301, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in    
         the courses listed.
     •  Completion of a minimum of 60 hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
     •  Completion of a minimum of 12 hours at Western Kentucky University with a minimum WKU GPA of 2.0.
     •  Submission of a Change of Major form to change from 731P to a 731 major.

2.  A minimum of 49 hours in the major is required, which includes 27 hours of Economics, 21 hours of mathematics, and a 1 hour Senior Seminar course.  A minimum of 120 unduplicated undergraduate semester hours is required. 

3.  No minor or second major is required.  But at least one-third of the course requirements in each major and minor must be earned at WKU.

4.  At least one-half of the semester hours required for each major and minor must be earned in undergraduate courses numbered 300 and above.  (See the Undergraduate Catalog for exceptions for minors in business administration and computer information systems, and majors in dental hygiene, social studies, art education, middle grades education).

5.  For this major, a minimum of 42 undergraduate semester hours must be completed in courses numbered 300 and above.

6.  All mathematics courses listed as prerequisites for other courses must have been completed with a grade of C or better.

7.  You must have a GPA of at least 2.0 (i) in all credits presented for graduation whether earned at WKU or elsewhere, (ii) in all credits completed at WKU, (iii) overall in the major subjects and in the minor subjects, and (iv) in the major subjects and in the minor subjects completed at WKU.

Note:  This major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree intended for students interested in graduate studies in economics, public policy, or business, as well as those students seeking analytical careers that will require extensive mathematics backgrounds.

Economics Requirements - 27 hours
Course Descriptions

ECON 202 Micro Principles (3 hrs)                         ECON 203 Macro Principles (3 hrs)
ECON 302 Intermediate Micro (3 hrs)                    ECON 303 Intermediate Macro (3 hrs)
ECON 206 Statistics or STAT 301 (3 hrs)              ECON 464 Mathematical Economics (3 hrs) 
ECON 465 Econometrics, or ECON 480 Economic Forecasting, or STAT 401 Regression Analysis   (3 hrs)
ECON 306 Statistical Analysis or ECON 307 Financial Data Modeling  (3 hrs)
ECON 3XX / 4XX  Upper Level Elective (3 hrs)

Mathematics Requirements – 21 hours
Course Descriptions

MATH 136  Calculus I (4 hrs)                           MATH 137  Calculus II (4 hrs)
MATH 237  Multivariable Calculus (4 hrs)     MATH 307  Linear Algebra (3 hrs)

Students must choose one of the following:  (3 hrs)
MATH 310  Discrete Math    or    MATH 331  Differential Equations          

Students must also choose one of the following:   (3 hrs)
MATH 310    Discrete Math  (if not chosen above)
MATH 331    Differential Equations  (if not chosen above)
MATH 305    Mathematical Modeling
MATH 382    Probability & Statistics I   
MATH 405    Numerical Analysis 
MATH 435    Partial Differential Equations  

Senior Capstone - 1 hour
Students must complete either ECON 497 or MATH 497.

University Colonnade Requirements
(A minimum of 39 hours total)

I.  Foundations:  Intellectual and Practical Skills (18 hours total)

College Composition (3 hrs) - ENG 100 -  Students with an English ACT of at least 29 or a English SAT of at least 650
                                                                           will receive credit for this requirement.
Writing in the Disciplines (3 hrs) - ENG 300, or 200-level or higher writing in the discipline course.
Human Communication (3 hrs) - COMM 145
Quantitative Reasoning (3 hrs) - Students with a Math ACT of at least 26 or a Math SAT of at least 590 will receive
                                                          credit for MATH 116.
Literary Studies (3 hrs) - ENG 200
World History (3 hrs) - HIST 101 or HIST 102

II. Explorations:  Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World (12 hrs total)

               (AH)  Arts & Humanites (3 hrs)           (SB)  Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs)
(NS)  Natural and Physical Sciences (6 hrs) - Courses from two disciplines must be taken, including one with an  
                                                                                  essential/applied lab component (SL).

III.  Connections:  Understanding Individual and Social Responsibility  (9 hours total)

      Students should complete 21 Colonnade hours or have Junior status before enrolling since content builds on
      Explorations and Foundations courses.  Three separate disciplines are required:

                   (a) Social & Cultural (3 hrs)        (b) Local to Global (3 hrs)          (c) Systems (3 hrs)

Note:  All entering students must demonstrate proficiency in a world language at the Novice High level before completing 60 credit hours.  Students may satisfy this requirement by completing a foreign language course at the 102-level with a grade of C or better, or by successfully taking a proficiency exam.

Residency Requirement

The minimum residence requirement for the bachelor’s degree is 25% of the minimum number of semester hours required in the student’s degree program. At least 16 of the hours counted in meeting the residence requirement must be completed after the semester in which the student has earned a cumulative total of at least 90 semester hours. Exceptions to these regulations may be made for WKU students who have been given permission to transfer credits earned at accredited professional schools to apply as electives toward the degree.

Application for Graduation

All candidates for a baccalaureate degree are expected to apply for graduation immediately after attaining senior status (90 hours earned). Associate degree candidates are expected to apply for graduation after earning 48 hours. The Application for Graduation is available on TopNet under Student Records.

Repeating Courses

An undergraduate student is permitted to repeat a maximum of six courses.  Only two courses in which a grade of “C” or above has been earned may be repeated.
Credit for a course in which a grade of “F” has been received can be earned only by repeating the course in residence unless prior approval is given by the head of the department in which the course was taken. A course in which a grade of “D” has been received may be repeated at another accredited institution. 

A course that has been failed cannot be repeated by independent learning without special permission from the department head.  A student may not repeat by proficiency testing a course which has been previously taken or failed at WKU or another accredited institution. 

If a course is repeated, only the second grade will be counted in computing the grade point average; if the course is repeated a second time both the second and the third grades will be used in computing the grade point average. The grade received for each attempt will continue to appear on the student’s academic record. A student may attempt a single course no more than three times.

Undergraduate Student Enrollment in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate students may request to enroll in graduate courses by submitting an “Undergraduate Taking Graduate Courses” form to The Graduate School.  Conditions for approval include (i) at least 75 undergraduate credit hours earned; and (ii) a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Undergraduate students may accumulate a maximum of 12 graduate credits. In addition, undergraduate students are restricted to a maximum of 15 hours enrollment per term, including graduate and undergraduate credits. All graduate coursework will be on the graduate transcript. To move the coursework to the undergraduate transcript students should contact the Office of the Registrar.

Dr. David K. Neal, Lead Academic Advisor
Department of Mathematics
COHH 4109
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY 42101