Welcome to Economics
Economics is the science that deals with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. Economists attempt to understand the economy and the way it responds to various influences such as changes in federal interest rates. While there are many subdivisions in the study of economics, two major ones are macroeconomics and microeconomics. Macroeconomics is the study of the entire system of economics. Microeconomics is the study of how the system affects one business or parts of the economic system.
Why study Economics?
Do you ever ask yourself these questions? Why do gas prices behave so strangely? How are we going to pay for health care? Why does the dollar move in value? Is the flat tax the best tax? Are we using energy efficiently? Why do financial crises occur? If so, you should consider studying economics.
Economic education develops analytical and abstract skills that can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers such as consulting work in both the private and public sectors, employment prospects in government, journalism, administration, sales, finance, investment banking, and venture capital are enhanced with an Economics degree. Work in these fields requires superior analytical ability, so one's employment prospects will be further improved by supplementing study in economics with skills in statistics, mathematics, and computer science.
Associate's Degree in Economics
Pierce now has an Associate's Degree in Economics. The degree is awarded to all students who have successfully completed the courses below. Many students already complete these courses! So why not plan to enhance your resume and your list of achievements - with an AA Degree in Economics from Pierce College!
The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer Degree (AA-T in Economics) is intended for students who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree in Economics at a CSU campus. It also provides foundational coursework for students transferring as business majors. Students completing the AA-T degree in Economics are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not necessarily to a particular CSU campus or major of their choice. Students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements as this AA-T in Economics may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a college or university that is not part of the CSU system.
To complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements (pursuant to SB 1440), students must fulfill the following requirements:
- Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to a California State University.
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0
A grade of “C” or better in all courses is required for the major or area of emphasis.
Required Core :
- ECON 2 Principles of Economics II (3)
- ECON 1 Principles of Economics I (3)
- MATH 227 Statistics (4)
- MATH 238 Calculus for Business and Social Sciences I (5)
- MATH 261 Calculus I (5)
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- ACCTG 1 Introductory Accounting I (5)
- CAOT 32 Business Communications (3)
Total units for the major: 23 units
For those interested in earning a Bachelor's degree in Economics, see California State University - Northridge Economics Department webpage!
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