2021-2022 Catalog 
    Nov 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics and Engineering Major

CMC Major Requirements

The major in Economics and Engineering requires 17-18 courses while enrolled at CMC, distributed as follows:


* MATH151 CM - Probability  is a prerequisite for MATH 152 CM .

5. Computer Science (1 course)

1 course selected from:


  • PHYS 108 KS  may not be applied toward the upper level physics requirement.
  • At least 1 engineering course is strongly recommended.
  • Students considering chemical engineering should complete CHEM 014L KS /CHEM 015L KS  (or CHEM 029L KS ) and CHEM 116L KS /CHEM 117L KS . This option increases the total number of courses for the major to 20-21.
  • Interested majors may take engineering courses at Harvey Mudd College; check the requirements at other engineering institutions for transferability.
  • Some engineering programs require additional requirements to those listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to regularly consult with the Program Coordinator to ensure proper preparation for transfer to their chosen engineering program.

Special Options for Majors

Dual Major

Dual or double majors including Economics and Engineering are not permitted.

General Education Requirement Information for Economics and Engineering Majors

General Education Requirement in Science

Every CMC student must complete one (1) laboratory science course offered by the Keck Science Department or elsewhere within the Claremont Consortium. This requirement must by satisfied by the end of the 2nd year at CMC.

General Education Requirements in the Social Sciences and Humanities

For the general education requirement in the social sciences and the humanities, Economics and Engineering majors must complete courses in 3 of the 4 fields of the social sciences, including ECON 050 CM , together with courses in 2 of the 4 fields of the humanities (literature, philosophy, religious studies, and literature in a foreign language).

Student Learning Outcomes of the Program in Economics and Engineering

In addition to the Keck Science overall learning outcomes, the Economics and Engineering major also has the following outcomes.

When confronted with an unfamiliar physical system, our students should be able to:

  1. Develop a framework for understanding the system by identifying the key physical principles underlying the system.
  2. Translate the conceptual framework into an appropriate mathematical format.
    a. If the equations are analytically tractable, carry out the analysis of the problem to completion or
    b. If equations are not tractable, develop a computer code and/or use standard software to numerically simulate the model system.
  3. Analyze and assess the reasonableness of the answers obtained.
  4. Communicate their findings either verbally and/or via written expression.

In a laboratory setting, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working familiarity with standard laboratory equipment.
  2. Identify and appropriately address the sources of error in their experiment.
  3. Have proficiency with standard methods of data analysis.