Associate in Arts Economics for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

Division: Social Sciences

PROGRAM CODE: 1A35301

This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the economics major to achieve an Associate in Arts in Economics (AA-T in economics) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. This degree is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the two major fields of economics in order to give them the background knowledge needed by undergraduate economics majors. The coursework emphasizes the practical applications of economics and knowledge in a diversity of careers and the utility of economics perspectives as a life-long learning tool for interpreting world economic events. Students successfully completing the AA-T in Economics will acquire a fundamental knowledge base of economics, learn basic knowledge and possess a basic understanding of areas that have an interdisciplinary association to Economics. This degree will provide students with an introduction to the field and its applied areas. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those seeking professional careers, completion of this degree is excellent general preparation for careers in academic and applied economics, research institutes, financial institutions, education, international economic systems, corporations, government, journalism and technical writing, non-profit organizations, and many other careers. It gives students a solid basis for many career paths and can be enhanced with multidisciplinary study in related fields. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in Economics or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. At the baccalaureate level students can continue an education in various areas of Economics including Comparative Economic Systems, Environmental Economics, American Economic History, International Economics, Economic Geography, and many more. Graduate study is important in Economics. Those holding a Master’s or Doctoral degree may find employment in college and university teaching and other educational institutions. Those without a graduate degree will find limited career opportunity in direct areas of Economics. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer-college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university’s requirements. Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree. The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. Students completing the AA-T are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system.

To earn an AA-T in Economics students must complete:

  1. a minimum of 20-22 semester or 30-33 quarter units in the Economics major with a grade of C or better
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC)
  3. completion of 60 semester of CSU transferable coursework; and (4) have an overall GPA of 2.0.
Required Core Courses (14 units):
ECON 100 CPrinciples of Economics-Macro3
or ECON 100HC Honors Principles of Economics
ECON 105 CPrinciples of Economics-Micro3
or ECON 105HC Honors Principles of Economics
MATH 120 C Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
MATH 130 CSurvey of Calculus4
or MATH 150AC Calculus I
List A: Select one course (3-5 units):3-5
Finite Mathematics4
Calculus II4
Financial Accounting5
Computer Information Systems3
Writing for Business3
List B: Select one course or any course not used in List A (3-5 units):3-5
Managerial Accounting5
Survey of Economics3
International Economics3
Consumer Economics3
Multivariable Calculus4
Total Units20-24