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.

Associate of Arts for Transfer Degree (AA-T) in Economics

This degree is intended for students transferring to a California State University (CSU) campus. It is not a requirement for transfer. but may give students an admission advantage at some CSU campuses. Not all CSU campuses accept this degree as fulfillment of lower-division major requirements. Students should meet with a counselor to determine if this degree is a good option for them. Information on which CSU campuses accept this degree can be found at SB 1440: Associate Degrees for Transfer.

The Associate of Arts Degree in Economics also provides foundational coursework for students transferring as business majors. Students completing the degree in Economics are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not necessarily to a particular CSU campus or major of their choice.

To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements (pursuant to SB1440):

  • 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 the 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 (or “P” if the course is taken on a pass/ no pass basis) in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Note: Complete either the CSU GE or IGETC general education pattern. Effective Fall 2017, CSU GE Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 must be completed with a grade of “C-” or higher per CSU EO 1100. All courses applied toward IGETC must be completed with a “C” or higher per the IGETC Standards.

  • ACCTG 001: Introductory Accounting I (5 units)
  • CAOT 032:* Business Communications (3 units)
  • ECON 001:* Principles of Economics I (3 units)
  • ECON 002:* Principles of Economics II (3 units)
  • MATH 227:* Statistics (4 units)
  • MATH 238:* Calculus for Business and Social Science I (5 units) or MATH 261:* Calculus I (5 units)

Major - Total Units (23 units)

Students must complete one of the following General Education Plans:

  • LACCD GE Not available with this major
  • CSU GE CSU GE Breadth Certification Plan (39 units)
  • IGETC Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (37 units)

Office hours and Location

Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Tuesdays: 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Thursdays to Fridays: Closed or by Appointment
Weekends: Closed

Office: FO 3004


Kaycea Campbell, Ph.D., Department Chair
Los Angeles Pierce College Political Science, Economics, Criminal Justice, Law & Chicano Studies
Email: @email
Phone: (818) 710-4134