Majors and Courses

Economics and Engineering

The Economics-Engineering program is a dual degree program of Claremont McKenna College (CMC) and Harvey Mudd College (HMC). Students in this 5-year program, three at CMC and two at HMC, complete all CMC requirements for a full major in economics, as well as the requirements for a full major in engineering at HMC. Upon completion of all courses, students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from CMC, and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from HMC.

Students in the program spend the first three years (at least 24 courses) at Claremont McKenna College, where they complete all of CMC’s general education requirement, all but three of the courses required for a major in economics, and several science and engineering courses. The science courses may be taken at Keck Science or at HMC; the engineering courses are taken at HMC. During the two years at HMC, students complete HMC’s general education requirements, the requirements for the major in engineering, and the remaining three elective courses in economics, including at least two level two elective courses. Some courses may be used for more than one requirement.

Under a joint admissions agreement, CMC students with a grade point average of 9.50 or higher, who have completed all required courses for the program during their years at CMC, are guaranteed admission to HMC. For admission to HMC, applicants may not have any grades below B- in mathematics and science courses, and no grade lower than C in other subjects. Interested students are expected to meet with the chair of the HMC Engineering Department and a HMC admission counselor before the end of the sophomore year. Deadline for application is February 1 of the junior year. 

Students who plan to major in Economics and Engineering are expected to complete five (or more) courses per semester. New students may enroll in five courses during their first semester. Professor Higdon is the program advisor.

Majors complete 21 courses while enrolled at CMC:
  1. Biology 43. Introductory Biology
  2. Chemistry 29. Accelerated General Chemistry
  3. Physics 33-34. General Physics, or both semesters of the AISS course
  4. Physics 100. Computational Physics and Engineering, or Physics 101. Intermediate Mechanics, or
    Physics 102. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
  5. Mathematics 31. Calculus II
  6. Mathematics 32. Calculus III
  7. Mathematics 90. Linear Algebra
  8. Mathematics 111. Differential Equations
  9. Mathematics 62hm.  Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  10. Economics 86. Accounting for Decision Making (level I economics course)
  11. Economics 101. Intermediate Microeconomics
  12. Economics 102. Intermediate Macroeconomics
  13. Economics 125. Econometrics I (level II economics course)
  14. A level two course in economics (see “Economics.”)
  15. Computer Science 51. Introduction to Computer Science, or Computer Science 5hm. Structured Programming and Problem Solving, or Physics 108. Programming for Science and Engineering
  16. Engineering 4hm. Introduction to Engineering Design
  17. Engineering 8hm. Design Representation and Realization
  18. Engineering 59hm. Introduction to Engineering Systems
  19. Engineering 80hm. Experimental Engineering
  20. Engineering Elective (for example: 82hm. Chemical and Thermal Processes, 83hm. Continuum Mechanics, 84hm. Electronic and Magnetic Circuits and Devices, or 85hm. Digital Electronics and Computer Engineering)
  21. Keck Science Common Learning Outcomes

    Students completing a major in the Keck Science Department should demonstrate the ability to:

    1. Use foundational principles to analyze problems in nature.
    2. Develop hypotheses and test them using quantitative techniques.
    3. Articulate applications of science in the modern world.
    4. Effectively communicate scientific concepts both verbally and in writing.

    Student Learning Outcomes
    A.   When confronted with an unfamiliar physical system, our students should be able to:

    • Develop a framework for understanding the system by identifying the key physical principles underlying the system.
    • Translate the conceptual framework into an appropriate mathematical format.
    • (a) If the equations are analytically tractable, carry out the analysis of the problem to completion.
      (b) If equations are not tractable, develop a computer code and/or use standard software to numerically simulate the model system.
    • Analyze and assess the reasonableness of the answers obtained.
    • Communicate their findings either verbally and/or via written expression. 

    B.   In a laboratory setting, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate a working familiarity with standard laboratory equipment.
    • Indentify and appropriately address the sources of error in their experiment.
    • Have proficiency with standard methods of data analysis.