The programs offered by the UC Santa Cruz Economics Department are designed to acquaint students with the broad range of issues studied by economists (for example, unemployment, financial crises, international trade, economic growth, business strategy and public policy regarding health, the environment, financial regulation, and business) and with the tools that economists employ (including statistical analysis and laboratory experiments). All economics majors must study a substantial core of economic theory and mathematical and statistical methods, and then choose among a wide variety of upper-division electives.
Study and Research Opportunities
- B.A. in economics, combined B.A. undergraduate major available in economics/mathematics, M.S. in applied economics and finance, and Ph.D. in economics
- Opportunities for students to take some elective courses for the major at foreign universities through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP)
- The possibility of undertaking joint research with economics faculty (particularly in the area of experimental research)
- The Economics Field-Study Program offers internships supervised by faculty sponsors and on-site mentors.
Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)
Special preparation is not needed other than the courses required for UC admission, but you are encouraged to develop a strong background in mathematics.
Students must take the equivalent of the following three courses prior to petitioning for entry to an Economics major: Economics 1 (Introductory Microeconomics), Economics 2 (Introductory Macroeconomics), and one of the following calculus courses: Econ/AMS 11A (Mathematical Methods for Economists), or Math 11A (Calculus with Applications), or Math 19A (Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics) and must achieve a combined grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 in these three courses to be eligible to declare the major.
Information for Transfers
Students must take the equivalent of the following three courses prior to petitioning for entry to an Economics major: Economics 1 (Introductory Microeconomics), Economics 2 (Introductory Macroeconomics), and one of the following calculus courses: Econ/AMS 11A (Mathematical Methods for Economists), or Math 11A (Calculus with Applications), or Math 19A (Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics) and must achieve a combined grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 in these three courses to be eligible to declare the major. Equivalent courses may be taken at other universities or at community colleges. Transfer students may have these courses reviewed prior to matriculation.
- Data science
- Financial analysis
- Investment advising
- Management consulting
- Non-governmental organizations
- Policy advisor
- Real estate
- Statistical analysis
These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.
The Education Abroad Program (EAP) offers economics undergraduate students the opportunity to study at more than 100 host universities and colleges in over 43 countries as part of their regular UC academic program. Students receiving financial aid can apply their award to a program abroad.
Awards, Honors, and Recognitions
The 2017-2018 recipients of the Award in Economics are Jessica Xu and Wenjie Yu. This award is applied towards reimbursement for a portion of tuition fees.
Gregory C. Allen, (B.A., Economics ’85 and M.S., Applied Economics ’87) entered a successful career in investment consulting after graduating from UCSC. He is currently the President of Callan Associates, which provides investment consulting services to public and private pension plans, endowments, foundations, operating funds, investment management firms, financial intermediaries, and mutual fund boards of directors.
General Catalog Information
For general catalog information for all economics majors programs, please see: registrar.ucsc.edu/catalog/programs-courses/program-statements/econ.html
For general catalog information specifically for the economics/mathematics combined major program, please see: registrar.ucsc.edu/catalog/programs-courses/program-statements/econ.html#econ-math
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