Economics for Non-Majors

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Economics for Non-Majors

Economics for non-majors
Knowledge about economics and business is very important for the engineers and applied scientists. Most engineers and scientists are also managing and making decisions about projects, budgets and teams. So it’s important to know about markets, decision-making, business principles and optimization – all topics that we cover in economics and business.

There are a number of opportunities for students at Mines to learn more about economics and business courses even if you aren’t pursuing a degree in economics:

  • Economics in the CSM core:  All students at the Colorado School of Mines take a one-semester course, Principles of Economics. This course gives students the basics of economic decision-making, microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  • Economics as part of the Humanities and Social Sciences requirement:  All Mines students take 3 humanities and social science courses as general education electives. Two of these may be economics courses such as energy economics, environmental and natural resource economics, and economics and technology.
  • Minor in Economics and Business:  6 courses including Principles of Economics, either Intermediate Microeconomics or Intermediate Macroeconomics, and any 4 additional economics or business courses.
  • Minor in Operations Research:  this interdisciplinary minor is housed in the Division of Economics and Business and requires a set of 6 courses on optimization.
  • Area of Special Interest in Economics and Business:  Principles of Economics plus any three additional economics or business courses.

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