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Economics, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code: 2_AAT_ECON
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer degree focuses on developing a set of principles and models in microeconomics and macroeconomics that can be used to explain the decision making process of individuals, firms, and society. In microeconomics, the students will learn about the producer and consumer, the function and structure of markets, and efficiency. In macroeconomics, students will learn about measuring and evaluating collective economic activity for the economy as a whole in terms of national income and product accounting, inflation, unemployment, and the effects of government policy on the economy. The degree also emphasizes enhancement of quantitative skills to be applied to economic applications and decision making. The mathematical tools learned in calculus and statistics provide a foundation for upper division economic analysis. Upon completion of the Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer, the students will be prepared for transfer to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Economics.

Program Level 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. Quantitatively analyze economic activity of individuals, firms, the public sector, and the economy as a whole.
  3. Use economic concepts including scarcity, opportunity cost, supply and demand to analyze markets, evaluate fluctuations, and determine the impact on individual, economy-wide, and global economic decisions.
  4. Use supply and demand models to analyze markets, evaluate fluctuations, and determine changes in prices.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses – Core
ECON G170Principles of Micro Economics3
ECON G175Principles of Macro Economics3
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
MATH G140Business Calculus4-5
or MATH G180 Calculus I
List A
Select one of the following:4-5
MATH G185Calculus 25
ACCT G101Financial Accounting4
ACCT G102Managerial Accounting4
List B
Select one of the following:3-5
Any course from List A not already used
ECON G110Contemporary Economic Issues and Problems3
HIST G110Economic History Of The United States3
MATH G280Calculus 35
MATH G285Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations5
Major Total21-25
Total units that may be double-counted9-12
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units) 18-11
Total Units60