Economics in the Mines core curriculum
Economics is an important part of the curriculum for every student at the Colorado School of Mines. All students will take at least one economics course as part of the CSM core along with courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering design and humanities. Many students take more economics classes like Energy Economics, Environmental Economics and Economics and Technology as part of the Humanities and Social Science General Education requirement.
Economics is part of the core curriculum because it is a central part of an engineering education. Economics at Mines addresses 6 of the 11 student outcomes for engineering programs required by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Specifically, we help students to attain
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to communicate effectively
(d) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(e) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(f) a knowledge of contemporary issues
Economics plays two specific roles in the Mines core curriculum:
Principles of Economics: Principles of Economics (EBGN201) is a required one-semester introduction to economic decision-making, microeconomics and macroeconomics. You may find out more about Principles of Economics here.
Humanities and Social Science General Education electives: Every student at Mines will take at least three upper-division humanities and social science (H&SS) courses. Several economics courses count for this requirement. You may find out more about these economics courses here. You may get general information about the H&SS requirement here.