Joint Economics-Statistics Major

Requirements for the Joint Major in ECONOMICS and STATISTICS


CORE Requirements in ECONOMICS Department

The following 4 courses are required:

  • W1105 Principles of Economics
  • W3211 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • W3213 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • W3412 Econometrics

NOTES:

  1. Econ AP/IB/GCE credits *must* appear in your SSOL transcript in order for the department to credit you with the completion of Econ W1105.
  2. Transfer credits that would exempt students from any of the above core courses must be approved by the department in writing.  See the Transfer Credit Information page for detailed information.

 

Core Requirements in the MATHEMATICS, STATISTICS and COMPUTER SCIENCE Departments

MATHEMATICS: One of the following:

  • Calculus Sequence: V1101, V1102, V1201; and V2010 Linear Algebra
  • Honors sequence: V1207 and V1208

Notes:

  1. Math AP/IB/GCE credits *must* appear in your SSOL transcript in order for the department to credit you with the completion of Math V1101-V1102.
  2. Transfer credits for Math must be approved in writing by the math department.  See the Transfer Credit Information page for detailed information.
     

STATISTICS:

  • W1211 Introduction to Statistics B
  • W3105 or W4105 Introduction to Probability
  • W3107 or W4107 Introduction to Statistical Inference
  • W3315 (W4315) Linear Regression Models
  • One elective (excluding STAT W1001, W1111, W2110 and SIEO W4150)

Notes:

  1. Transfer credits for STAT W1211 must be approved in writing by the statistics department.  See the Transfer Credit Information page for detailed information.
     

COMPUTER SCIENCE: One of the following:

  • W1003 Intro to Computer Programming in C
  • W1004 Intro to Computer Programming in Java
  • W1005 Intro to Computer Programming in Fortran
  • W1007 Intro to Computer Science


Economics ELECTIVES

Students who declared PRIOR to Spring 2014:

Students must take 2 electives* in the department of economics.

Students who declared IN Spring 2014 and BEYOND:

Students must take 3 electives* in the department of economics.

* NOTES:

  1. All electives must be at the 3000 level or higher.  If a student takes an economics elective without having completed all of the prerequisites, then that course will not count towards the major.
     
  2. All 3000-4000 level courses in the department require both intermediate micro and macro.The department does not accept credit from Barnard 1000 level courses or Barnard core economics classes towards the economics major.
     
  3. Senior seminars are not electives.
     
  4. Continuing Education/Business Courses: We do not accept any of the courses from Continuing Education or the Business school as elective courses. This rule does not apply to summer courses offered by the Department of Economics.
     
  5. Courses not listed in the economics department in the bulletin will not be counted towards the major unless the student gets prior approval from the department's director of undergraduate studies.
     
  6. The department and Barnard offer several of the same courses (listed below). If a student takes the same course in both schools, then only one of the two will count as an elective.
  • W4321 and BC3029 Economic Development
  • W4329 and BC3039 Economics of the Environment
  • W4400 and BC3019 Labor Economics
  • W4500 and BC3047 International Trade
  • W4505 and BC3038 International Money
  • G4235 and BC3041 Historical Foundations of Modern Economics

This list is not necessarily exhaustive and the department reserves the right to deny credit for any other courses where the subject matter overlaps too much.


NEW RULE FOR BARNARD ELECTIVES AND TRANSFER CREDIT

  • The joint major with statistics requires a minimum of 6 lecture courses in economics, one senior seminar and 10 classes outside of the department (math and stats). All majors must take a minimum of 5 of the 6 economics lecture courses in the Columbia Department of Economics. The remaining economics lecture courses may come from AP (IB, GCE) Credits, Barnard elective courses (3000 level), and Transfer credits (either taken before registering at Columbia or study abroad).
  • The Barnard offerings of the economics core classes are NOT acceptable substitutes for the core requirements.
  • V3025 Financial economics and V3265 Money and Banking count as electives offered by the Columbia department regardless of the instructor.


SEMINAR

Every student must take ECON W4918 Seminar in Econometrics.


Grading

Students must receive a grade of at least C- in order for the course to count towards the major (including statistics and math). Only W1105 Principles of Economics may be taken Pass/D/Fail, and a grade of "P" must be received.