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The purpose of the economics program is to provide as many students as possible with an opportunity to:

  • acquire a basic knowledge of economics;
  • become aware of the role and place of economics in their personal and public life;
  • get exposure to the critical thinking approach especially in the context of addressing economic issues; and
  • achieve their academic and career objectives as well as their personal development goals.

The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer, also called the Economics AA-T Degree, is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer with junior status to a CSU campus in a program or major in Economics for completion of a baccalaureate degree.

This Economics AA-T degree requires students to meet both of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University GE-Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-B).
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis. All courses in the major or area of emphasis must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

There are no additional graduation requirements. Students are advised to consult with a counselor to verify transfer requirements.

Advisor: H. Shahidi 
hshahidi@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7304


Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core Courses:
ECON 1 Principles Of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 2 Principles Of Microeconomics 3
MATH 1A Calculus 4
MATH 14 Statistical Methods 4
List A: Select one course from the following - 3-4 Units
BUAC 20A Financial Accounting  (4)
BUAC 20B Managerial Accounting (4)
ENG 1B Composition & Literature (3)
SOC 4 Sociological Analysis & Critical Thinking (3)
List B: Select one course from the following - 3-4 Units
Any List A course not already used (3-4)
ECON 11 International Economic Relations (3)
ECON 12 Understanding Econ Principles & Applications (3)
  Required Subtotal 20-21
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern1 37-39
Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)


1 Units for the major may be double counted for CSUGE or IGETC, confer with Counselor. 2 Elective units to reach 60-unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.
* Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 42 of the 2017-18 COD Catalog.