Bakersfield College


Economics Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer Degree is designed to prepare students for transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Economics or a similar major. It is designed for students interested in preparing for advanced degrees in Economics, Business, or Law, and for those students concerned with the economic behavior of consumers, businesses, and governments. Economics majors have a wide variety of career opportunities in business, law, journalism, education, politics, finance and banking, government, public and private overseas service, and labor leadership. Many economics majors go on to pursue graduate study in a related professional area, such as law, business, or public administration.

The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer Degree is designed to provide students a clear pathway to the CSU economics major and completion of the economics baccalaureate degree, to grant guaranteed admission to a CSU to a similar major, with junior standing, and the ability to complete their remaining requirements within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • be able to explain the nature and functioning of the market system.
  • be able to define criteria for assessing efficiency in the provision of goods and services.
  • investigate and assess the operation of economic institutions.
  • be able to evaluate alternative policies intended to enhance economic outcomes.
  • develop competence in quantitative methods and computing methods.
  • be able to conceptualize and analyze problems using the tools of economic theory and communicate the results.

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Total Units: 20-22

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
ECON B1 Principles of Economics-Micro 3.0
ECON B2 Principles of Economics-Macro 3.0
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
MATH B2 Basic Functions and Calculus for Business 4.0
MATH B6A Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 4.0

List A - Select 3-4 units from the following:

Course # Name Units
MATH B23 Finite Mathematics 3.0
MATH B6B Analytic and Calculus II 4.0
BSAD B1 Financial Accounting 4.0
BSAD B2 Managerial Accounting 3.0
COMP B2 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3.0

List B - Select 3-4 units from the following or any course(s) not used from List A:

Course # Name Units
MATH B6C Calculus III 4.0
MATH B6E Elementary Linear Algebra 3.0
Category Units
Units in Major 20.0-22.0
CSU GE Breadth 38-40.0
Degree Total 60.0