Program Overview

Two of the most concise definitions of economics are as follows: Economics is the study of production, consumption and allocation decisions under conditions of scarcity, or as economist Steven Landsburg says, "People respond to incentives." Everything else is noise. Economics is usually broken down into two sub-disciplines:

Microeconomics looks at economics at the level of individual consumers, groups of consumers, or firms. The general concern of microeconomics is the efficient allocation of scarce resources among alternative uses. Microeconomics looks at the determination of price through the optimizing behavior of consumers and firms; with consumers seeking to maximize happiness and firms, profit.


AA-T Degree Requirements Major: Core and Selective Requirements
Complete Core Courses, 15 units Units
ECON 100 Principles of Macro Economics 3 units
ECON 102 Principles of Micro Economics 3 units
MATH 200 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4 units
MATH 241 Business Calculus I 5 units
MATH 251 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I 5 units
Selective Courses, choose a minimum of 6-10 units from the following:
List A, select 3-5 units from the following: Units
ACTG 121 Financial Accounting 4 units
ACTG 131 Managerial Accounting 4 units
BUS. 103 Introduction to Business Information Systems 3 units
BUS. 401 Business Communications 3 units
MATH 125 Elementary Finite Mathematics 3 units
MATH 252 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II 5 units
List B, select 3-5 units from the following: Units
Any course from List A not already used
ECON 230 Economic History of the United States 3 units
MATH 253 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III 5 units
MATH 270 Linear Algebra 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 21 - 25
General Education - certified completion of one of the following:
  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern
Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.