Computer Science - Economics


The joint Computer Science-Economics concentration exposes students to the theoretical and practical connections between computer science and economics. It prepares students for professional careers that incorporate aspects of economics and computer technology and for academic careers conducting research in areas that emphasize the overlap between the two fields. Concentrators may choose to pursue either the A.B. or the Sc.B. degree. While the A.B. degree allows students to explore the two disciplines by taking advanced courses in both departments, its smaller number of required courses is compatible with a liberal education. The Sc.B. degree achieves greater depth in both computer science and economics by requiring more courses, and it offers students the opportunity to creatively integrate both disciplines through a design requirement. In addition to courses in economics, computer science, and applied mathematics, all concentrators must fulfill the Computer Science department's writing requirement by passing a course that involves significant expository writing. 

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Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Recognize and analyze the interdependence between the elements of complex systems, especially ones involving human actors
  • Understand concepts, tools, research methods, and key findings in several economics fields
  • Grasp microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics
  • Produce a culminating artifact such as a paper or software project at the intersection of computer science and economics


Click here for a list of the Computer Science - Economics concentration requirements.

Honors and Capstones

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Students interested in becoming candidates for Honors should contact the concentration advisor(s) for Computer Science-Economics.


  • Professional Track

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Collaborate fully
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Experience scientific inquiry
  • Evaluate human behavior

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Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
201718 18 

Alumni Pathways

Computer Science - Economics concentrators have gone on to careers in management and software engineering for video game companies and other start-ups.

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If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.