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Program Learning Objectives 

  1. Apply economic reasoning to evaluate everyday problems.
  2. Demonstrate correct use of economic analyses to evaluate specific business proposals, economic policy proposals and current events.
  3. Recognize the role of assumptions about the structure of the economy as well as ethical assumptions in arguments made for and against economic policy issues.
  4. Describe how to use empirical evidence to evaluate an economic argument.
  5. Summarize statistical methodology and interpret statistical evidence.
  6. Conduct appropriate statistical analysis of data, and explain the statistical problems involved.
  7. Communicate effectively about specific economics issues.
  8. Identify and examine diverse perspectives when evaluating business, economic and social policy reform.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper-division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)
Note: No Major, Support or Concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.
ECON 221Microeconomics4
ECON 222Macroeconomics (D2) 14
ECON 311
ECON 312
Intermediate Microeconomics I
and Intermediate Microeconomics II
ECON 313Intermediate Macroeconomics4
ECON 339Econometrics4
ECON 460Research Methodology in Applied Economics4
Select from the following:4
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II
Applied Senior Project
ECON electives (ECON 202 or a 300-400 level)4
ECON electives (400 level)16
General Curriculum in Economics or Concentration 228
BUS 207Legal Responsibilities of Business4
BUS 214Financial Accounting4
BUS 215Managerial Accounting4
MATH 141Calculus I (B4) 1,34
STAT 301
STAT 302
Statistics I
and Statistics II
Select from the following:4-8
Information Systems
and Business Application Development
Fundamentals of Computer Science
Programming for Economics and Analytics
(See GE program requirements below.)64
Free Electives4-8
Total units180

General Curriculum in Economics, or Concentration

Students who choose to follow the General Curriculum in Economics must complete at least 8 units of upper-division (300-400 level) ECON courses plus 20 units of any upper-division courses.

Alternatively, students select from the following concentrations:

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 8 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 64 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science4
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B4
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D (4 units in Major) 10
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives8
Total units64