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Economics, Associate of Arts Degree

Banner Code: 3_AA_ECON

Control Number: 18214

Financial Aid Eligible

Economics is the study of how effectively society meets its human and material needs. It provides a logical, ordered way of looking at various problems. It draws upon history, philosophy, and mathematics to deal with subjects ranging from how an individual household or business can make sound decisions to societal issues such as unemployment, inflation, and environmental decay. Critical thinking is stressed more in economics than it is in any of the social sciences or in the business department. Economics also stresses computer proficiency and communications skills.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the economic problem of scarcity and how it relates to choice, opportunity cost, and marginal decision making for individuals and society.
  2. Use supply and demand models to analyze markets, evaluate fluctuations, and determine changes in prices.
  3. Quantitatively analyze economic activity of individuals, firms, and the public sector.

Review Graduation Requirements and General Education

Course Title Units
Required Core
Complete the following:
ECON C170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON C175Principles of Macroeconomics3
Program Electives
Select one of the following:4-5
Business Calculus
Calculus 1
Select two of the following:8-9
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Introduction to Statistics
Calculus 2
Units Required for the Major18-20
Local General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC patternVaries
Electives to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units60
 Recommended Electives
Course Title Units
ACCT C100Introduction to Accounting3
BUS C110Business Law/Legal Environment of Business3
MATH C285Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations5
PHIL C115Logic and Critical Thinking3