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Cflor111
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Which is more math intensive and requires higher level reasoning?

I heard Economics as an undergrad involves little to no math at all but once you get into Gradschool you are bombarded with an unbelievable amount of math. Then theres Engineering majors which obviously involves math but Grad school isnt essential.

I heard Economics as an undergrad involves little to no math at all but once you get into Gradschool you are bombarded with an unbelievable amount of math. Then theres Engineering majors which obviously involves math but Grad school isnt essential.

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## Replies to: Which is more math intensive, Economics or Engineering?

558Member317Junior Member500MemberEdit: Not sure about grad school.

297Junior Member76,615Senior Member857MemberThe only hard math for an economics major is advanced statistics and econometrics. Which are usually optional to take anyways.

Also I find that statistics/econometrics is significantly easier to understand than the math involved engineering classes.

Another thing about economics is that the electives that you choose to take don't have to involve math at all. However with engineering, you will be facing tough math in almost every single class you take.

7,279Senior Member7,560Forum ChampionExamples? Otherwise I assume you don't have a clue.

297Junior Member1,038Senior Member324MemberNo contest.

73Junior Member1,026Senior MemberI would offer, though, that the "hardest" part of both economics and engineering programs is the mathematical component, though, and as such, the difficulty (real or artificial) of the programs - which can be inferred from graduation/retention rates - should correlate fairly well with how rigorously the programs do the mathematics. In other words, see which programs have higher drop-out rates, and maybe even see whether you have more economics -> engineering or engineering -> economics (normalized for the sake of comparison) transfers.

Also, the difficulty of the mathematics involved will very across engineering disciplines, somewhat at least. The variation is greater if you count software engineering & computer science as "engineering", in which case, I'd be of the opinion that these involve the hardest mathematics... surpassed only by mathematics or rigorous statistics degree programs. Of course, as a math guy working in software, you might take this with a grain of salt.

76,615Senior MemberHowever, this is confounded by the fact that switching into engineering is logistically difficult unless one has been planning it from freshman year, due to the prerequisite chains in math, physics, etc. that are needed. Trying to switch into engineering having not followed the engineering course schedule previously will typically result in delayed graduation, while switching into economics can probably be done up to a later stage.

Most economics majors take lightweight math ("calculus for business majors" and introductory statistics) and do not go to graduate school in economics. Those few intending to go to graduate school in economics take junior level math and statistics courses, possibly double majoring in math or statistics. So the answer to the title question depends on which economics majors are being referred to -- the former do much less math than engineering majors, while the latter do much more math than engineering majors.

1,026Senior Member