The economics major is designed for students seeking a broad education applicable to occupations in business, law, and government. School requirements must be met and must include 17 courses as specified below.

  • Economics 20A-B. Basic Micro and Macroeconomics.
  • Economics 15A-B. Probability and Statistics.
  • Mathematics 2A-B. Calculus and Mathematics for Economists.
  • Economics 100A-B-C. Intermediate Micro and Macroeconomics.†
  • Economics 122A. Applied Econometrics.
  • Six additional Economics courses, one of which may be lower-division.

†Economics 100A-B-C and 105A-B-C may not both be taken for credit and are not considered interchangeable. For students who are interested in the major of Quantitative Economics but are not officially a declared major, you are advised to begin with Economics 105A.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understand comparative advantage.
  • Use supply and demand curves to analyze the impact of taxes etc. on consumer surplus and market efficiency.
  • Interpret estimates from linear regression models and use these models to test hypothesis and  make forecasts.
  • Be able to use standard software to carry out regression analyses with real data.
  • Understand how to evaluate macroeconomic conditions such as unemployment, inflation, and growth.
  • Understand how monetary policy and fiscal policy can be used to influence short-run macroeconomic conditions.

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