Computer Science & Economics

Major Description:

An integrated major of computer science and economics coursework, providing students with enhanced quantitative analysis and computational skills. Students will not only be able to work with large datasets (“Big Data”), but they will be able to create, analyze, and interpret this information. The major will prepare students for a variety of fields, such as banking, finance, insurance, policy centers, and government agencies, as well as various graduate programs.

STEM designated*; BSLAS Degree (Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences)

Courses That Introduce the Major
  • ECON 102—Microeconomic Principles
  • ECON 103—Macroeconomic Principles
  • CS 124—Intro to Computer Science 1
  • CS 128—Intro to Computer Science 2 
  • CS 173—Discrete Structures
  • CS 225—Data Structures
Possible Career Opportunities:

Common industry areas include: Banking, Finance, Government, Marketing, Insurance, Consulting, Retail, Policy, Healthcare, Technology, Higher Education, and Research.

  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Programming Skills
  • Economic Analytical Skills
  • Computational Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills, and 'Big Data' Analytical Skills

Common titles for graduates' first jobs include:

  • Account Manager
  • Consultant
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Sales Reporting Analyst
Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Illini Women in Economics: The group provides relevant support, resources, and opportunities to encourage more female participation in economics.
    • Illinois Economics Consulting (IEC): is an RSO at the University of Illinois that connects economics students with businesses and government agencies in Champaign-Urbana.
    • Illinois Business Consulting
Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Economics.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Economics.  These organizations include National Association for Business Economics and American Economics Association. For more information about the major check out the Department of Economics Website.