Economics Transfer Pathway

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

Course expectations

  • 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. To check which of your community college courses satisfy the Pathway course expectations at multiple UC campuses, refer to the UC Transfer Pathways Guide for a summary list. Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework at a particular UC campus. In addition to the coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

If you’re working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in economics at your community college, there's a lot of overlap with UC Transfer Pathway coursework. The difference between what UC expects and what some ADTs require is the full introductory sequence of single variable calculus. Also, UC does not expect you to complete statistics at the community college but some campuses may require it post-transfer. Make sure to check ASSIST to find statistics courses that count towards this major at UC. Additional courses required for an ADT may be eligible for UC credit at some campuses. Check ASSIST for details.

Applicable majors

The Economics Pathway applies to the degree programs listed below. More degree programs may be added in the future so you should check back periodically to see if your major has joined this list.

  • 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.