Economics, Associate in Arts

The Economics Associate in Arts is designed to prepare students for transfer into a baccalaureate degree in economics from an institution that offers a broader Political Economy or Social Science perspective to economics. Students planning to transfer to the CSU or UC system should consider the Economics Associate in Arts for Transfer (Economics AA-T) degree. Please review the description of that program in the MPC Catalog for more information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze markets using microeconomic techniques such as efficiency analysis, market structure analysis and rational behavior analysis as well as use macroeconomic data and apply macroeconomic models in order to understand the macro-economy.

Associate in Arts Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
ECON 2Principles of Economics: Macro3
ECON 4Principles of Economics: Micro3
MATH 16Elementary Statistics4
MATH 18Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Biology/Social Science/Bu4
or MATH 20A Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Select two courses from the following:6-7
Financial Accounting
Computer Information Systems
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Gender in American Politics
General Psychology
Additional Requirements
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units. 139-40
Total Units60

Contact an MPC counselor for major preparation at specific institutions.

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.