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First things first...

The economics curriculum begins at the introductory level: no specific high school preparation is required. All majors study a substantial core of economic theory and statistical methods and they then choose among a wide variety of subfields.

A few words about prerequisites

Prerequisites are established to ensure that students are successfully prepared for upper-division work in economics. One or more of the economics core courses may be required prior to enrolling in certain upper-division courses. Economics 1, 2, 11A, and 11B are prerequisite to the intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics courses (100A/M, 100B/N). Economics 1, 2, 11B, and AMS 5 are prerequisite to the introduction to econometrics course (113). These courses are prerequisite to many of the upper-division electives. Econ 10A and/or 10B are prerequisite to the upper-division accounting courses. Students must either pass a pre-calculus class or take the math placement, ALEKS, an online assessment, to be eligible to enroll in Economics 11A. Refer to the current schedule of classes or catalog for other courses with prerequisites.

Transfer students

Students must take the equivalent of the following three courses prior to petitioning for entry to an Economics major: Economics 1 (introductory microeconomics), Economics 2 (introductory macroeconomics), and Economics 11A (math methods for economists) or equivalent, and must achieve a combined grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 in these three courses to be eligible to declare the major. Equivalent courses may be taken at other universities or at community colleges. Transfer students may have these requests reviewed by the department prior to matriculation at UCSC. This GPA requirement applies to the economics/mathematics combined major, but does not apply to the environmental/economics combined major (see qualification for this major under environmental studies). In addition, students transferring to UC Santa Cruz may fulfill additional requirements for the major by completing equivalent courses, with a grade of C or better, at another recognized institution. Courses from 2-year community and junior colleges always count as lower-division. Transfer students must present their course syllabi or descriptions to an Economics Department adviser. The department approves courses applicable for economics prerequisites and major requirements. All transfer students must complete the comprehensive requirement at UC Santa Cruz.