<p>A friend of mine is interested in 3 possible choices of (3-year) bachelor's degrees at the [url=<a href="http://www.lse.ac.uk">http://www.lse.ac.uk</a>] London School of Economics <a href="LSE">/url</a> in the UK. A sample curriculum for each of the degrees is reproduced below (sorry for the long post !). Which one do you think would be more competitive in a future application to a graduate program in economics at a top US university ?</p>

<p>Thanks in advance for your help !</p>

<p>** Explanatory Notes **</p>

<p>1) All courses below last two semesters/ three quarters (i.e one academic year in the US), unless otherwise noted.</p>

<p>2) Entry requirements at LSE include A-level mathematics (compulsory), with A-level further mathematics strongly recommended. That corresponds roughly to AP Calculus BC (or the equivalent to a first-semester Calculus course at a US college/university) plus vectors and analytic geometry in two and three dimensions.</p>

<p>3) Listed elective courses are only indicative; other choices are obviously available within the same department/field.</p>

<p>** B.Sc Economics **</p>

<p>Year 1: </p>

<p>Economics B (university-level introduction to economics for students with A-level economics or equivalent)</p>

<p>Elementary Statistical Theory</p>

<p>Mathematical Methods ( Linear Algebra, Multivariable Differential Calculus, Vector-Valued Functions, Difference and Differential Equations)</p>

<p>The Internationalization of Economic Growth, 1870 to the present (outside option in Economic History)</p>

<p>plus</p>

<p>LSE 100 (one quarter only) (general introduction to the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences)</p>

<p>Year 2:</p>

<p>Microeconomic Principles</p>

<p>Macroeconomic Principles</p>

<p>Principles of Econometrics</p>

<p>Key Concepts in Sociology: An Introduction to Sociological Theory (outside option in Social Sciences)</p>

<p>plus</p>

<p>LSE 100 (one quarter only) </p>

<p>Year 3: </p>

<p>Economic Theory and its applications (Mathematical Economics elective)</p>

<p>Monetary Economics (Economics Elective)</p>

<p>International Economics (Economics Elective)</p>

<p>Further Mathematical Methods ( Multiple Integrals, Laplace Transforms and applications, Further Linear Algebra, Least Squares, Fourier Series)</p>

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<p>** BSc Mathematics and Economics ** </p>

<p>Year 1: </p>

<p>Economics B (as above)</p>

<p>Elementary Statistical Theory</p>

<p>Mathematical Methods ( as above)</p>

<p>Introduction to Abstract Mathematics (rigorous proof-based introduction to elementary set theory, number theory, linear algebra, abstract algebra and real analysis)</p>

<p>plus</p>

<p>LSE 100 (one quarter only).</p>

<p>Year 2:</p>

<p>Microeconomic Principles</p>

<p>Macroeconomic Principles</p>

<p>Further Mathematical Methods (as above)</p>

<p>Real Analysis (one semester) (analysis in R^{N}; introduction to metric spaces)</p>

<p>Differential Equations (one semester) (Mathematics Elective)</p>

<p>plus</p>

<p>LSE 100 (one quarter only) </p>

<p>Year 3: </p>

<p>Economic Theory and its applications (Mathematical Economics elective)</p>

<p>Principles of Econometrics </p>

<p>Algebra and Number Theory (one semester) (Mathematics Elective)</p>

<p>Optimization Theory (one semester) (Mathematics Elective)</p>

<p>plus</p>

<p>Monetary Economics (Economics Elective)</p>

<p>or</p>

<p>Discrete Mathematics (one semester) (Mathematics Elective)</p>

<p>Complex Analysis (one semester) (Mathematics Elective) </p>

<p>or</p>

<p>Outside elective in Social Sciences, Humanities, or Law. </p>

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<p>** BSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics ** </p>

<p>Year 1: </p>

<p>Economics B</p>

<p>Elementary Statistical Theory</p>

<p>Mathematical Methods (as above)</p>

<p>The Internationalization of Economic Growth, 1870 to the present (outside option in Economic History)</p>

<p>plus</p>

<p>LSE 100 (one quarter only).</p>

<p>Year 2:</p>

<p>Microeconomic Principles</p>

<p>Macroeconomic Principles</p>

<p>Principles of Econometrics</p>

<p>Probability, Distribution Theory and Inference</p>

<p>plus</p>

<p>LSE 100 (one quarter only) </p>

<p>Year 3: </p>

<p>Econometric Theory </p>

<p>Monetary Economics (Economics Elective)</p>

<p>International Economics (Economics Elective)</p>

<p>Quantitative Economics Project</p>