BA in Economics

Units required for Major: 42-45

Program Description

The Economics program is appealing to students due to the quality of its faculty, the breadth of its course offerings, and the amount of choice it offers the student in planning his or her coursework. In addition to training in the traditional economics areas, the program offers such diverse courses as the California economy, state and local finance, energy, environmental and resource economics, and urban economics. Students find the Department of Economics congenial to their educational and career objectives.

Note: Students planning ahead for graduate work in Economics should consult an advisor regarding additional and/or focused coursework in mathematics, statistics, and computer science.

Note: The Department schedules courses so that the upper division requirements for the BA can be completed at night within two academic years. Evening students should contact the Department for assistance in planning a two-year program. Failure to do so may mean a delay in graduation due to scheduling problems.

Pre-Major Requirements

Freshman or transfer students interested in the Economics Major are admitted as Pre-Major Economics students.

To change to an Economics major, all students are required to complete the following grade and course requirements and submit a Declaration of Major form to the Economics Department along with transcript copies:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.0 and be in good academic standing.
  2. Completion of the Pre-Major Required Courses with a "C" or better in each course. Only first or second attempts will be considered.

Program Requirements

Pre-Major Required Courses (12 Units)
ECON 1AIntroduction to Macroeconomic Analysis3
ECON 1BIntroduction to Microeconomic Analysis3
MATH 24Modern Business Mathematics3
STAT 1Introduction to Statistics3
Required Upper Division Courses (15 Units)
ECON 100AIntermediate Macroeconomic Theory3
ECON 100BIntermediate Microeconomic Theory3
ECON 101History of Economic Thought3
or ECON 113 Economic History of the United States
ECON 140Quantitative Economic Analysis3
ECON 145Economic Research Methods3
Electives (18 Units)
Select 18 units of upper division Economics courses 118
Total Units45

Additional upper division courses in Economics, selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.


  • Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses listed above.
  • ECON 145 must be completed in the student's graduating semester. The following must be completed prior to enrolling in ECON 145:
    ECON 100AIntermediate Macroeconomic Theory3
    ECON 100BIntermediate Microeconomic Theory3
    ECON 140Quantitative Economic Analysis3
  • MATH 24 requirement can be met by completing MATH 26A or MATH 30 or through a challenge exam.
  • MATH 26A or MATH 30, or an upper division course in math or statistics, selected in consultation with an advisor, may also substitute for three of the 33 upper division units in Economics.
  • ECON 104 does not meet major requirements.
  • No more than 3 units total of the following may be included in the 33 total required upper division units:
    ECON 195Economic Internship1 - 3
    ECON 198Tutoring in Economics1 - 3
    ECON 199Special Problems1 - 3
  • No more than 3 units from the following set of courses may be used to meet the requirements of the Economics major:
    ECON 112European Economic History3
    ECON 120Economics and Environmental Degradation3
    ECON 181Economics of Racism 3
    ECON 184Women and the Economy3
    ECON 189Economics at the Movies3
  • Students planning graduate work in Economics should consult an advisor regarding additional coursework in mathematics, statistics, and computer science. The following are strongly recommended:
    ECON 141Introduction to Econometrics3
    MATH 26ACalculus I for the Social and Life Sciences3
    MATH 26BCalculus II for the Social and Life Sciences3