Qualification for an Economics Major

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

Students must complete three courses, with a combined GPA of 2.8 or higher, to petition for entry to an economics major:
     *Economics 1 (Introductory Microeconomics)
     *Economics 2 (Introductory Macroeconomics)
and one of the following calculus courses:
     *Economics/Applied Mathematics and Statistics 11A, Mathematical Methods for Economists
     *Mathematics 11A, Calculus with Applications
     *Mathematics 19A, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

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.

Students are encouraged to apply to the major as soon as they have satisfactorily completed these three courses. Students who have a combined grade-point average (GPA) of 2.8 or better in Economics 1, 2, and the first calculus course will qualify upon applying. Students receiving a grade of NP, C-, D+, D, D-, or F in one of the courses required for qualification to the major may only declare once they have passed the same or equivalent course with a grade of C or better. Students who receive two grades of NP, C-, D+, D, D-, or F in the qualification courses are not eligible to declare the major.

Equivalent courses may be taken at other universities or community colleges. Students should check on assist.org to determine whether a transfer course is designated as equivalent to Economics 1, 2 or the first required calculus course. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to ask the department to review such courses prior to matriculation at UCSC, since an offer of admission to UCSC does not automatically imply admission to the economics major.

Students can receive course credit for Advabced Placement examinations in Micro (Econ 1), Macro (Econ 2), Statistics (AMS 5) and the first calculus class toward major qualification criteria according to the AP chart: http://admissions.ucsc.edu/publications/ap-ib-chart.pdf

The Economics Department uses the AP score internally to determine whether studens met the 2.8 required GPA to qualify for the major. A score of 5 on the AP exam counts as an "A", a score of 4 counts as a "B" and a score of 3 on the BC calculus counts as a "C".

Please consult with an advisor if you have questions.

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, 2, and the calculus course are not eligible to declare an economics major. Students who are not eligible to declare the major may appeal this decision by submitting a letter of appeal to the department within 15 days of the denial of the declaration. Within 15 days of the receipt of the appeal, the department will notify the student, college and Office of the Registrar of the decision. Please check the department web site (http://economics.ucsc.edu) for further information on declaring a major or appealing ineligibility.

Appeals

Students who have a GPA lower than 2.8 in Economics 1, 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. 

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. The minor does not have a GPA requirement.

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, 2, 11A (or equivalent) and why it is lower than 2.8.
Include your entire unofficial transcripts, including the current quarter.

Transcripts and appeal letters may be submitted to any economics staff person in room #401 Engineering 2.

2018-19 Economics GPA Appeal Deadlines

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