Bachelor’s Degree


Bachelor’s Degree


Unique among economics programs, the Bachelor of Science in Economics program at Colorado School of Mines is grounded in mathematics, engineering and the sciences while maintaining a strong focus on energy and environmental economics. This unique approach to the study and practice of economics produces technologically literate economists with quantitative economics and business skills that provide a competitive advantage in today’s economy.

Core economics and business courses cover the fundamental of economics, including:

  • Microeconomic theory
  • Macroeconomic theory
  • Statistical modeling
  • Optimization
  • Engineering economics
  • Mathematical economics

Additionally, our elective courses address more specific topics, such as:

  • Energy economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Economics and technology
  • Strategy
  • Regional economics
  • Accounting
  • Corporate finance

And more. The flexible curriculum also allows many economics majors to pursue a dual degree or minor. Graduates are well-equipped to bridge the gap that often exists between economists and managers on one side and engineers and scientists on the other.

Learn more about our dynamic undergraduate program here: Division of Economics and Business website

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Experiential Major Menus

Uniquely tailored to your undergraduate major of choice, these menus offer a wide array of extra-curricular activities that complement and enrich the traditional classroom experience.

Explore the extra-curricular activities that complement your degree.


·      Unique focus on energy and environmental economics

·      Hands-on learning in our field sessions

·      Flexible curriculum to follow your passion

·      Work with world-renowned faculty

Program Objectives

In addition to contributing toward achieving the educational objectives described in the CSM Graduate Profile and the ABET Accreditation Criteria, the educational objectives of the undergraduate program in economics and business are:

  1. To provide students with a strong foundation in economic theory and analytical techniques, taking advantage of the mathematical and quantitative abilities of CSM undergraduate students
  2. To prepare students for the workforce, especially in organizations in CSM’s areas of traditional strength (engineering, applied science, mathematics and computer science), and for graduate school, especially in economics, business and law

Economics and Business Curriculum


Minors Available

  • Economics
  • Business and Entrepreneurship

Areas of Special Interest

  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship

Top jobs for economics majors

  • Market research analyst
  • Economic consultant
  • Compensation and benefits manager
  • Actuary
  • Credit analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Management consultant
  • Business reporter



As one could expect from an economics program housed in an engineering school, the B.S. in economics at Mines is truly unique. Most economics degrees at other universities are awarded as a Bachelor of Arts and are founded on a strong liberal arts or business aspect.

Our Bachelor of Science degree, however, is grounded in mathematics, engineering and the sciences. In our changing world, many private companies and public organizations need leaders and managers who understand not only economics and business, but also science and technology. We graduate technologically literate economists with quantitative economics and business skills that give them a competitive advantage in today’s economy.

How is economics at Mines different?

We highlight three main distinctive points in our undergraduate program:

  • A strong focus on energy and environmental economics
  • Mathematical rigor that builds on the Mines math and science core
  • A focus on developing practical tools for applying economics to real problems.

The Mines B.S. in Economics emphasizes these same key areas. Economics faculty also teach in our world-renowned graduate program in Mineral and Energy Economics, and we are able to leverage their expertise in our undergraduate classes. Within the economics degree, we offer an optional specialization in Energy and Environmental Economics for students who want an explicit focus on these important topics.


Due to the unique nature of our undergraduate economics curriculum, our graduates leave Mines with a competitive and technological advantage over other graduates in more traditional programs. This prepares our students to not only succeed—but to thrive in a variety of professional fields, including energy, business, government, consulting and more. Additionally, many of our students choose to continue their educations by pursuing graduate school.

Our BS in Economics is designed so that you can shape your future and pursue your passions. Our graduates are project managers, financial and policy analysts, business consultants, corporate strategists, lawyers and entrepreneurs. With a world-renowned faculty, hands-on research opportunities, and a supportive campus environment, you’ll have the tools you need to succeed in your next step—wherever that might take you.


Dr. Scott Houser


Dr. Scott Houser serves as the Department Head and as a Teaching Professor in Economics. Having received his PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Houser joined the Economics and Business Department at Mines in 2007.

Dr. Houser brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our department. His research primarily focuses on tax policy, poverty and economic pedagogy.

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Mines’ financial assistance program awards more than $60 million per year, and over 82 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid.










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