Economics Associate in Arts Degree


The Economics Associate in Arts Degree is designed to provide an opportunity for the economics major to achieve an Associate in Arts 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 Economics AA 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. The Economics AA prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in Economics or a similar major at four-year institution. This degree requires 20-25 units in the major in addition to other graduation requirements.

Required Courses (14-15 units):
ECON 101 F Principles of Economics - Micro3
or ECON 101HF Honors Principles of Economics - Micro
ECON 102 F Principles of Economics - Macro3
or ECON 102HF Honors Principles of Economics-Macro
MATH 120 F Introductory Probability and Statistics4-5
or MATH 120HF Honors Introductory Probability and Statistics
or MATH 121 F Introductory Probability and Statistics with Support
or PSY 161 F Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science
or PSY 161HF Honors Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science
or SOSC 120 F Introduction to Probability and Statistics
MATH 130 FCalculus for Business4
or MATH 151 F Calculus I (formerly MATH 150AF)
or MATH 151HF Honors Calculus I (formerly MATH 150HF)
List A: Select one course from the following (3-5 units):3-5
Financial Accounting5
Honors Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting5
Critical Reasoning and Writing for Business (formerly Writing for Business)3
Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing for Business (formerly Honors Writing for Business)
Introduction to Information Systems4
Honors Introduction to Information Systems
Calculus II (formerly MATH 150BF)4
Honors Calculus II
List B: Select one course from the following or any course not already selected from List A (3-5 units):3-5
Multivariable Calculus (formerly MATH 250AF)4
Linear Algebra3
Total Units20-25

Outcome 1: Utilize the supply/demand model and the aggregate-demand/aggregate-supply model to simultaneously analyze microeconomic issues and evaluate the macroeconomic implications.

Outcome 2: Formulate solutions to interconnected microeconomic and macroeconomic problems, appraise the chances of success, and analyze the potential unintended consequences.

Outcome 3: Apply appropriate quantitative and economic approaches to solve numerical exercises from micro- and macroeconomics and communicate the results through computation, language, and/or graphs.