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The study of economics arises from the scarcity of resources relative to the size of human wants. The discipline provides a framework for analyzing and solving problems occurring from such a scarcity. Economics deals with individual or business decision-making and public issues such as inflation, unemployment, budget deficits, government regulation, international trade and development, and environmental pollution. Economists conduct research, collect and analyze data, conduct experiments, monitor economic conditions, and develop forecasts. They apply economic policy to banking, insurance, finance, manufacturing, agriculture, education, health, welfare, law, criminal justice, international trade, labor, energy, natural resources, and transportation.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 113, 122A/B, or 125 3
First Semester Composition 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
Second Semester Composition 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Elective 3
3rd Semester
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues or ECON 201A & ECON 201B 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
4th Semester
ECON 276 Statistical Inference in Management or ECON 339 Economic Statistics 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
ECON 361 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
ECON 332 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
ECON 479 Communication in Economics 1
Economics Elective 3
Economics Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
Economics 400 Level Elective 3
Economics Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
Economics 400 Level Elective 3
Economics 400 Level Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of economic principles, communication and analysis skills, and familiarity with business decision-making and public issues gained from a major in Economics forms a strong career foundation. Graduates in Economics may work in research, data collection and analysis, economic monitoring, or planning in industries including banking, manufacturing, agriculture, education, health, trade, and energy. This major is also excellent preparation for law school or graduate studies in business administration, public policy, or economics.

Potential Career Areas

  • Budget analysis
  • Economic forecasting
  • Policy
  • Consulting
  • Outreach
  • Financial planning
  • Investment strategy

Sample Employers

  • Banks
  • Government agencies
  • Businesses
  • Manufacturers
  • College and universities
  • Hospitals
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • International aid organizations
  • Investment firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Financial Services Broker $30,900 - $68,680
Economist $44,050 - $83,590
Financial Aid Director $50,000 - $80,000
Home Economist $38,000 - $51,000
Personal Financial Advisor $32,700 - $64,800
Environmental Economist $48,300 - $89,400
Budget Analyst $44,900 - $68,200
Cost Estimator $33,150 - $56,510
Loan Counselor $26,900 - $38,100
Business Continuity Planner $33,800 - $62,400
Financial Controller, Nonprofit $50,000 - $138,000
Major Gifts Officer $45,000 - $80,000
Financial Wire Reporter $23,000 - $80,000