BA in Economics
Units required for Major: 42-45
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.
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:
- An overall GPA of 2.0 and be in good academic standing.
- Completion of the Pre-Major Required Courses with a "C" or better in each course. Only first or second attempts will be considered.
|Pre-Major Required Courses (12 Units)|
|ECON 1A||Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis||3|
|ECON 1B||Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis||3|
|MATH 24||Modern Business Mathematics||3|
|STAT 1||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|Required Upper Division Courses (15 Units)|
|ECON 100A||Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory||3|
|ECON 100B||Intermediate Microeconomic Theory||3|
|ECON 101||History of Economic Thought||3|
|or ECON 113||Economic History of the United States|
|ECON 140||Quantitative Economic Analysis||3|
|ECON 145||Economic Research Methods||3|
|Electives (18 Units)|
|Select 18 units of upper division Economics courses 1||18|
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:
Course List Code Title Units ECON 100A Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory 3 ECON 100B Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 3 ECON 140 Quantitative Economic Analysis 3
- 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:
Course List Code Title Units ECON 195 Economic Internship 1 - 3 ECON 198 Tutoring in Economics 1 - 3 ECON 199 Special Problems 1 - 3
- No more than 3 units from the following set of courses may be used to meet the requirements of the Economics major:
Course List Code Title Units ECON 112 European Economic History 3 ECON 120 Economics and Environmental Degradation 3 ECON 181 Economics of Racism 3 ECON 184 Women and the Economy 3 ECON 189 Economics at the Movies 3
- Students planning graduate work in Economics should consult an advisor regarding additional coursework in mathematics, statistics, and computer science. The following are strongly recommended:
Course List Code Title Units ECON 141 Introduction to Econometrics 3 MATH 26A Calculus I for the Social and Life Sciences 3 MATH 26B Calculus II for the Social and Life Sciences 3