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AA Transfer Economics

Program Description

Economics is the study of how society allocates scarce resources such as land, labor and capital, in an attempt to satisfy unlimited wants. It is broadly divided into two branches: macroeconomics and microeconomics. Macroeconomics is concerned with the workings of the economy as a whole. It is the study of broad measures of economic performance: Gross Domestic Product, unemployment, and inflation. Microeconomics focuses on the role of individual decision-makers - consumers and firms – and analyzes the efficiencies and failures of a market system. The two branches approach the fundamental questions of resource allocation from opposite sides: one from the perspective of the economy as a whole and one from the perspective of the individual agents in the economy.

The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer degree prepares students for transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs for economics majors and majors in related disciplines. The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific CSUs.

Learn more about the program on the Economics website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will have a working understanding of the role of prices in a market economy, the benefits of trade, economic growth and stability, market structures and competition, market failures and the economic role of government.

Students will be able to employ economic reasoning to explain the world around them and make objective decisions based on assessments of costs and benefits.

Units Required

Major: 29-45

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the *Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) 49-58 units (full certification is required)
  • Core and suppport courses (29-45 units, of which 15 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Although it is possible to fulfill the requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer by completing the IGETC for UC pattern, admission to CSU requires completion of an Oral Communication course (IGETC Area 1C; CSU GE Area A-1); therefore, students who plan to transfer to CSU should complete this course as part of their GE or elective units.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Online Courses for Economics AAT

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see the Class Schedule for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses

ECON 1A Principles of Macroeconomics 5
ECON 1B Principles of Microeconomics 5
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 5
Select one of the following: (5-10 Units)
MATH 12 Calculus for Business & Economics 5
MATH 1A Calculus 5
and * MATH 1B and Calculus 5

Support Courses

List A

Complete ONE course from List A: (5-10 Units)

ACTG 1A Financial Accounting I 5
and * ACTG 1B and Financial Accounting II 5
or ACTG 1A Financial Accounting I 5
and * ACTG 1BH and Honors Financial Accounting II 5
ACTG 1C Managerial Accounting 5
or ACTG 1CH Honors Managerial Accounting 5
MATH 1B Calculus 5
and * MATH 1C and Calculus 5
List B

And complete ONE course from List B (4-10 Units)
Any course not used in List A, or any of the following:

ECON 9 Political Economy 4
or ECON 9H Honors Political Economy 4
or POLI 9 Political Economy 4
or POLI 9H Honors Political Economy 4
ECON 25 The Global Economy 4
MATH 1C Calculus 5
and * MATH 1D and Calculus 5
MATH 2B Linear Algebra 5
Total Units   29-45

* Both courses must be completed to fulfill the requirement.

Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit  Associate Degree for Transfer-Economics 2023-2024.

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.