Economics, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer degree (AA-T in Economics) program is designed to fulfill the requirements for transfer model curriculum to CSU campuses. Students will be prepared to transfer into the CSU system to successfully pursue further studies for a baccalaureate degree in economics. The program is structured to provide two paths. For those students who wish to focus on economics and economic analysis exclusively, we offer a series of mathematics courses that will prepare students for upper-division economics analysis courses. For students who wish to focus on economics but with an emphasis in business, we offer a series of courses in preparation for upper-division courses in economics and in business. Students must complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements to earn the AA-T degree.

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 for Transfer 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
List A
Select one course from the following:4
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Finite Math
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
List B
Select one course from the following:4
Any List A course not already selected
Calculus of Several Variables
Linear Algebra
Additional Requirements38
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

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.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
MATH 16 Elementary Statistics 4
ECON 2 Principles of Economics: Macro 3
IGETC Area 3A 3
IGETC Area 4 (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (MATH 20A Recommended)
or Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Biology/Social Science/Bu
ECON 4 Principles of Economics: Micro 3
IGETC Area 3B (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Year 2
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (MATH 20B Recommended)
or Financial Accounting
or Managerial Accounting
or Finite Math
Public Speaking (CSU Requirement)
or Small Group Communication
IGETC Area 5A and 5C 4
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Major List A or B 3
IGETC Area 3A or 3B 3
IGETC Area 5B 3
IGETC Area 6 (UC requirement) or Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 5
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.