Taking the following courses will prepare you for to major in economics at any UC campus.

Expected coursework

  • Microeconomics (one course)
  • Macroeconomics (one course)
  • Single variable calculus (one-year sequence)
    Note: Students are encouraged to take the single variable calculus sequence for STEM majors to keep their options as open as possible for undergraduate and graduate school alternatives.

Full sequences can take two to four terms to complete (depending on whether your institution is on semesters or quarters), so you'll want to start them early. Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework. In addition to the specific coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

Associate Degree for Transfer

If you are working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in economics at your community college with the goal of applying to CSU as well as UC, there's a lot of overlap in coursework. Here's what you need to know about the differences between what UC expects and what CSU requires for economics transfer students:

  • The UC pathway expects the full introductory sequence of single variable calculus; CSU doesn't.
  • CSU requires statistics. While the UC pathway does not, some campuses may require it post-transfer. Please note that if you take statistics at the community college, it may not count towards the major at UC. Check ASSIST for details on course transferability.

Applicable majors

The economics pathway applies to the degree programs listed below. (More may be added in the year ahead.)

  • Business Management Economics, B.A. at Santa Cruz
  • Economics, A.B. at Davis
  • Economics, B.A. at Berkeley
  • Economics, B.A. at Irvine
  • Economics, B.A. at Los Angeles
  • Economics, B.A. at Merced
  • Economics, B.A. at Riverside
  • Economics, B.A. at San Diego
  • Economics, B.A. at Santa Barbara
  • Economics, B.A. at Santa Cruz
  • Economics/Mathematics, B.A. at Santa Cruz
  • Global Economics, B.A. at Santa Cruz

Campus GPA requirements

Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular courses may vary from campus to campus. Make sure to look on the campus admissions websites to find minimum expected grade point averages for the major you are interested in.

Transfer Pathways

Economics is one of UC's top majors offering a new Transfer Pathway: a single set of courses students can take to prepare for admission to any of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

Tools to help you prepare

  • Use ASSIST to ensure that your courses are accepted by each campus as part of major preparation.
  • Use the Transfer Admission Planner to track and plan your coursework.