At WPI, students in the BS in Economic Science program approach the study of economics through the use of innovative computational tools. We believe students learn by doing, so the program’s strict adherence to rigorous methodological standards for economic experimentation and problem solving will give you valuable and practical skills for addressing real-world challenges.

Our hands-on approach means you’ll be exposed to the full range of theoretical and methodological approaches to economics. You’ll even build computer models simulating economic systems that aid policy analysis.

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Curriculum

Economic Science majors have traditional course work in micro- and macroeconomics, theory, and applied topics, such as development economics, environmental economics, and information economics and policy.

Working closely and in collaboration with expert faculty in WPI’s Experimental Economics Lab students have space and equipment to conduct their own computerized economics experiments that can lead to innovative breakthroughs at the intersection of science and society.

If you’re interested in fields at the interface of economics and technology—such as information or engineering economics—consider a double major in the appropriate technical discipline. 

Available Concentrations

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

A WPI education includes extensive and transformative project-based learning that forms the basis of a high-quality education here. We know students learn by putting their knowledge into real action, so at WPI you’ll take all you learn in a classroom and apply that knowledge to real-world problems. 

Our Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

Students majoring in economics have worked on such projects as:

  • How consumers make purchasing decisions
  • Approaches to manage and interpret the increasingly voluminous data produced by scientists and researchers
  • The impact of public policy on labor markets
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Getting Involved

Getting Involved

WPI students play just as hard as they study and work. With opportunities to get involved in numerous student clubs from ballroom dance to robotics and organized and intramural sports, students may explore all their interests here. Pick and choose what interests you to get the whole WPI experience.

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After Graduation