Transfer Student Advising

Major/Minor Information

Please familiarize yourself with the department's undergraduate majors and minor.

Transfer students listing any form of economics as their major on their admissions application will have "proposed" as their status, which is considered undeclared. Students who have taken courses at a community college may have already satisfied some of the lower division economics requirements (i.e., ECON 1, ECON 2, AM/ECON 11A). While the Admissions Office may accept courses toward the UC Santa Cruz degree, it is up to the department to determine whether a course counts towards the major requirements. Students may check online at to see whether a course they have completed is articulated to satisfy UC Santa Cruz economics requirements.

Students who have completed courses at another four-year institution may be able to apply those courses towards the economics degrees. To do so, students should submit a course syllabus and a course substitution petition to the department requesting to review the coursework. Please note that lower-division coursework cannot be applied to upper-division requirements.

Transfer students must declare by the major declaration deadline in their second quarter of enrollment. Academic calendars found here.

Sites and Services (in alpha order):

Admissions Major Preparation Selection Criteria

This site contains information for prospective transfer students.

This site provides course articulations between community colleges and UCs. Typically, economics students will use this site to search for equivalent courses of ECON 1, Introduction to Microeconomics, ECON 2, Introduction to Macroeconomics, and ECON/AMS 11A, Math Methods for Economists (just to name a few).

Career Center

The Career Center offers a variety of services including: helping to choose a major, career advising, job and internship opportunities, employer fairs, career workshops, Career Advice Network, and alumni services.

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

The goals of the Disability Resource Center are to support retention and graduation of students with disabilities, collaborate with students, faculty, staff and community resources to provide effective academic services, and to promote a non-discriminatory campus environment and encourage student development and independence. DRC serves about 2500 students a year with various permanent disabilities, including: learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, visual, mobility and hearing impairments, psychological disabilities, and chronic systemic disorders (e.g. lupus, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, etc.). They also serve students with temporary medical conditions such as those with broken bones, recovery from a medical procedure, repetitive stress injuries, and pregnancy related complications.

Economics Department Website

Students interested in the economics majors or minor should familiarize themselves with our website and check in periodically for announcements and updates.

Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP)

Educational Opportunity Programs are available for students who are a first-generation family member to attend college, or can demonstrate a history of being from a low-income or educationally disadvantaged. Consideration for services of EOP is also given to students who have participated in pre-university service programs (e.g. Early Academic Outreach, Upward Bound, MESA, Talent Search, Puente, etc.).

General Catalog

The general catalog is available online and is a great reference for policies, course descriptions, and department information.

Learning Support Services (LSS)

Learning Support Services (LSS) can help you excel academically. LSS aims to promote educational equity for all UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students by fostering interactive, peer-based academic communities through small group tutoring, modified supplemental instruction, drop-in services, and writing tutoring. You can normally find MSI courses offered for our lower-division and upper-division core courses.


MyUCSC provides students, faculty and staff access to a personalized portal full of campus resources. Students enroll, check grades, complete various forms, run academic advisement reports (AAR), and apply to graduate through their portals.

Services for Transfer and Re-Entry Students (STARS)

STARS provides the extra academic and personal support transfer, re-entry and readmitted students may need to benefit fully from their education at UC Santa Cruz whether they are full-or part-time. STARS is here to assist students with their pre-admission’s questions, transition concerns, academic support network, and post-graduation planning. Students will find drop-in assistance from professional staff members and other resources at two convenient campus locations, the Academic Resources Center and Kresge College.

Student Major Advising Summary

This site provides a single page advising summary for each major on campus.

The Navigator

Looking for information on a policy or procedure? Look it up in the Navigator! It's the official undergraduate handbook, provided by the Office of Registrar.

Transfer Student Admissions

This site contains information for admitted transfer students.

Undergraduate Advising Center

The Undergraduate Advising Center provides advising information for both your college and department, including information on declaring a major or minor, degree planning tools, and various advising resources.


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