Degree Information

Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer

Required Courses 

Dept. /No. –  Title –  Units
ECON-001 Principles of Macroeconomics – 3
ECON-002 Principles of Microeconomics – 3
MATH-001A Calculus – 4
MATH-014 Statistical Methods

Select one (1) course from the following:
ACCT-001, ACCT-002, CS-073, MATH-001B – 3-4.5 units

Select one (1) course from the following:
ACCT-001, ACCT-002, CS-073, MATH-001B, MATH-002A,
MATH-002B – 3-5 units

Required Courses – 20-23.5 units
CSU GE or IGETC General Education Requirement 37-39 units
Transferable Elective units as needed. 
Advisor: Program Advisor 

Program Map

Program Student Learning Outcomes - Economics For Transfer

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The field of economics offers students a great variety of career options and essential knowledge to be a productive individual in
society. Students in the field develop analytical and reasoning skills that broadly apply to many facets of their personal life and the work
world. The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer allows for seamlessly transferring to a CSU to major in Economics or a related field, a degree program offered at most universities. This degree provides the opportunity for students to attain and earn degree credit for
greater skill in mathematical analysis required by many CSU and UCs.

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:
1. Assess fiscal and monetary policy actions. (Institutional SLOs: Communication, Critical Thinking, and Personal Development)
2. Evaluate the efficient allocation of goods and services in competitive and monopolistic markets. (Institutional SLOs: Critical
3. Explain the basis for international trade and the resulting fl ow of assets. (Institutional SLOs: Critical Thinking)

Associate in Arts Degree Economics

Required Courses: Dept./ No. –  Title – Units

ACCT-001 Financial Accounting – 4.5 BUMA-020A

Business Law – 3 CIS-070A

Computer Business Applications for Windows – 3

ECON-001 Principles of Macroeconomics – 3

ECON-002 Principles of Microeconomics – 3 SOC-003

Fundamentals of Statistics or MATH-014 Statistical Methods – 4

Total Units for the Major – 20.5 units

Minimum General Education (CSU GE or IGETC) Units – 37-40

Transferable Electives as Needed MINIMUM DEGREE UNITS – 60

Advisor: as assigned 

Program Map

Program Student Learning Outcomes - Economics

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

1. Understand, interpret, and use financial accounting information to make financial decisions. (Institutional SLOs: Communication, Critical Thinking, and Personal Development)
2. Complete bookkeeping functions for payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, asset acquisition and disposition, and bank reconciliation. (Institutional SLOs: Critical Thinking)
3. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the legal system and how business law impacts commerce; distinguish unethical from illegal behavior; and understand the importance of social responsibility for organizations. (Institutional SLOs: Ethics and Personal Development)
4. Develop, use, and integrate computation skills at all levels and select the technological resources available for calculation, analysis, and interpretation of data. (Institutional SLOs: Critical Thinking and Information Competency)
5. Articulate how the economic system operates and the roles of institutions and individuals in the system. (Institutional SLOs Communication)
6. Utilize information technology to solve business problems and articulate why information technology is an indispensable resource for organizational and personal productivity. (Institutional SLOs: Communication and Information Competency)
7. Analyze world economic trends and their impact on financial and business decisions. (Institutional SLOs: Critical Thinking)
8. Apply statistical methods to solve business problems. (Institutional SLOs: Critical Thinking)

Economics for Transfer Overview

The Associate Degree for Transfer in economics is designed to provide students with a foundation in macroeconomic and microeconomic theory, supported by in-depth study of relevant mathematics and exposure to the field’s connection to business studies. Students will acquire knowledge of core economic models to understand how the national economy functions, the fundamental laws of supply and demand, and an introduction to international trade. Students will be able to assess fiscal and monetary policy actions, economic growth, price level changes, and the allocation of goods and resources in competitive and monopolistic markets.
Students who chose to major in economics may select from several types career opportunities. Successful studies provide students with a broad skill set including data analysis, problem solving, technical writing, and complex communication applicable to numerous career paths including but not limited to private business finance and analytics, government advisement and services, public policy development, education, entrepreneurship and legal studies.

Students must complete required courses with a “C” minimum in addition to the following requirements:
(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

A Degree in Economics lays the foundation for many other rewarding, exciting, and fulfilling careers.

  • Actuaries
  • Budget Analysts
  • Financial Analysts
  • Market Research Analysts
  • Mathematicians and Statisticians
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Political Scientists
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Survey Researchers
  • Urban and Regional Planners

Students must complete the required courses for their major. General education units, transferable electives, and total degree units will vary for each student.  Some considerations include the courses (and their respective units) chosen to complete a general education area or transferable elective, and if required courses  for your major also count toward a general education area. Please see your academic counselor to help you reach your educational goals.