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Economics is the study of how resources are combined and organized to provide for the material wants of society, and it describes and analyzes the environment within which individuals, businesses , non-profit institutions, and governments operate to meet their goals. Students can take courses in many fields of study, including public economics, health economics, environmental economics, industrial organization and regulation, development economics, economic history, the economies of education, econometrics, urban economics, international economics, and microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. Faculty research interests focus mainly on taxation, government expenditure policy,  education, health policy, urban problems (including crime and discrimination), pverty and inequality, and game theory. Students wishing to major in economics have two options:  the BA program or the BS program (with an emphasis on mathematics).