Admission to the Major and Minor


The Economics Department administers four undergraduate majors: economics, business management economics, global economics, and economics/mathematics. The admission requirements are the same for all four.

For 2013 Frosh:  Students must take three courses prior to petitioning for entry to an economics major: Economics 1 (Introductory Microeconomics) and Economics 2 (Introductory Macroeconomics) and one of the following calculus courses: Econ/AMS 11A (Mathematical Methods for Economists), or Math 11A (Calculus with Applications), or Math 19A (Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics). (Continuing students are under GPA requirement of Econ. 1 and Econ. 2)  Students who have a combined grade-point average (GPA) of 2.8 or better in Economics 1, 2, and the first calculus course, will be admitted to the economics major upon applying. Courses for which the grade of W (withdraw) is given are not counted in the computation of the average grade for those three courses. If any of the qualification courses are repeated, the department will only consider the grades from the first attempt in determining whether students qualify for admittance into the major. Students are encouraged to apply to the major as soon as they have satisfactorily completed these three courses. Equivalent courses may be taken at other universities or community colleges. Students should check on for already established equivalency agreements. Transfer students are strongly encourages to have these requests reviewed by the department prior to matriculation at UCSC, since an offer of admission to UCSC does not automatically imply admission to the economics major.

Students may petition for admission to the major by filling the Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and the UCSC Academic Planning form and by supplying evidence of their grades in the three pre-major courses.


Students who have a GPA lower than 2.8 in Economics 1 and 2 and the calculus course are not eligible for admission to the major. Students not eligible for the economics majors may appeal by submitting a letter to the Economics Department. The appeal letter must be filed no later than sophomore year. Please check the department web site ( for guidelines on the appeal process.

All classes included for major qualification determination must be taken for a letter grade. If students have not taken a letter grade, they must appeal by submitting a letter to the Economics Department.

The Economics Department offers a minor in economics. Students who have a combined GPA of 2.8 or better in Economics 1, 2, and the calculus courses are eligible to declare the minor in economics.

If you choose to appeal, your letter must include:

Your name
Student ID
College affiliation
Contact information; address, phone number, e-mail address
What your combined GPA is in Economics 1 and 2 and why it is lower than 2.8.
Include your entire unofficial transcripts, including current quarter.

Transcripts and appeal letters may be submitted to any Economics staff person in room #401 Engineering 2.
2013-14 Economics GPA Appeal Deadlines