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.

  1. SAT score of 650 or higher on mathematics portion before March 2016
  2. SAT score of 670 or higher on mathematics portion after March 2016 (March 2016 - today)
  3. ACT/ACTE Math score of 30 or higher
  4. AB score of 3 or higher
  5. BC score of 3 or higher
  6. A level Maths score of C or higher (anyone who took Further Maths should contact the math department as it varies depending on the exam board)
  7. AS level Maths score of B or higher
  8. IB Prerequisites for MATH-UA 131 MFE I 2021 - 2027
    • IB Analysis and Approaches HL score of 5
    • IB Applications and Interpretations HL score of 5
    • IB Analysis and Approaches SL score of 7
  9. IB Prerequisites for MATH-UA 131 MFE I 2014 - 2020
    • IB Mathematics HL score of 5
    • IB Mathematics SL score of 6 or higher
    • IB Mathematical Studies SL score of 7
  10. Completion of with a grade of C or higher
  11. Passing placement exam


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

Students cannot take and apply both Calculus courses and Math for Economics courses towards their degree requirements.

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