Department of Economics


Required Courses (17 courses)

  • CSCI 1450 or APMA 1650, or APMA 1655
  • (CSCI 0150 and CSCI 0160) or (CSCI 0170 and CSCI 0180) or (CSCI 0190 and an additional CS course not otherwise used to satisfy a concentration requirement; this course may be CSCI 0180, an intermediate-level course, or a 1000-level course)
  • Two of the following intermediate courses, one of which must be math-oriented and one systems-oriented
    • CSCI 0220 (math)
    • CSCI 0300 (sys)
    • CSCI 0310 or CSCI 0330 (sys)
    • CSCI 0320 (sys)
    • CSCI 1010 (math)
  • A pair of 1000-level CS courses that, along with the intermediate courses and required math courses, satisfies one of the CS pathways. (Students starting at Brown before June 2019 may instead use an approved-pair of courses, with no additional restrictions on the intermediate courses)
  • An additional CS course that is either at the 1000-level or is an intermediate course not already used to satisfy concentration requirements.
  • ECON 1130*
  • ECON 1210
  • ECON 1630
  • Three courses from the "mathematical-economics group" (CSCI 1951k can be counted as one of them, if it has not been used to satisfy the computer science requirements of the concentration and if the student has taken either ECON 1470 or ECON 1870).
  • Two additional 1000-level Economics courses. Note that at most one Economics course in the 1000-1099 range may be applied toward the concentration requirement.
  • One capstone course in either CS or Economics: a one-semester course, normally taken in the student's last undergraduate year, in which the student (or group of students) use a significant portion of their undergraduate education, broadly interpreted, in studying some current topic (preferably at the intersection of computer science and economics) in depth, to produce a culminating artifact such as a paper or software project.+
  • Note that Econ 1620, 1960, and 1970 (independent study) cannot be used for concentration credit.  However, 1620 and 1960 can be used for university credit and up to two 1970s may be used for university credit.

*Or ECON 1110 with permission. For students matriculating at Brown in Fall 2021 or later, note that if ECON 1110 is used, then the concentration will require one extra course, to be taken from the mathematical-economics group.

+In lieu of a designated capstone course in economics, a student can also fulfill the capstone requirement using any 1000-level, non-capstone economics course by completing a research-based project, beyond the original course requirements, that is supervised by the course instructor. A senior thesis, which involved two semesters of work, may count as a capstone.