MATH-UA 131 Mathematics for Economics I

4 points. Fall term. Includes a recitation section.

Course Description

This course is only open to Economics Majors and prospecftive majors. If an Economics Major decides to double or joint major in Math these courses will replace Calculus I - III, along with Math for Economics III.

Elements of calculus and linear algebra are important to the study of economics. This class is designed to provide the appropriate tools for study in the policy concentration. Examples and motivation are drawn from important topics in economics. Topics covered include derivatives of functions of one and several variables; interpretations of the derivatives; convexity; constrained and unconstrained optimization; series, including geometric and Taylor series; ordinary differential equations; matrix algebra; eigenvalues; and (possibly) dynamic optimization and multivariable integration.


ACT and SAT scores must be submitted to NYU and posted in your academic records in order to satisfy the prerequisite. We do not accept screenshots of ACT or SAT scores.

To register for this course, students must satisfy only one (1) of the following prerequisites:

  1. SAT score of 670 or higher on mathematics portion
  2. ACT/ACTE Math score of 30 or higher
  3. Valid AP Score:
    • AP Precalculus score of 4 or higher
    • AP Calculus AB score of 3 or higher
    • AP Calculus BC score of 3 or higher
  4. A Level Maths score of C or higher 
    • Students who took A Level Further Maths should contact the Math Department
  5. AS Level Maths score of B or higher
  6. IB Exam Result from 2021 - 2027 
    • IB Analysis and Approaches HL score of 5 or higher
    • IB Applications and Interpretations HL score of 5 or higher
    • IB Analysis and Approaches SL score of 7
  7. IB Exam Result from 2014 - 2020
    • IB Mathematics HL score of 5 or higher
    • IB Mathematics SL score of 6 or higher
    • IB Mathematical Studies SL score of 7
  8. Completion of MATH-UA 009 Algebra, Trigonometry and Functions with a grade of C or higher
    • Grades of Incompete do NOT satisfy the prerequisite
  9. Passing Calculus/MFE I placement exam


  1. MATH-UA 121 Calculus I
  2. MATH-UA 122 Calculus II
  3. MATH-UA 123 Calculus III

Students may only take Calculus I-III or MFE I-III, not both and not a combination of the two. Mixing or switching between Calculus and MFE courses is not permitted.

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