Frequently Asked Questions

Prerequisite Courses

Is it possible to take MATH 1A and 16B (or the equivalent) to complete the calculus requirement for the major?

YES. However, students are encouraged to complete the MATH 1A/1B series for the Economics prerequisite requirements.

I completed MATH 10A and 10B. Will these courses fulfill the calculus prerequisite for the major?

YES. Students should make every effort to complete the MATH 1A/1B series for the Economics prerequisite requirements. However, in the event that MATH 10A and/or 10B are completed, the Economics department will count these courses and grades for the calculus prerequisites. Please consult with an undergrduate Economics advisor for further information.

Can the statistics requirement be fulfilled at a community college?

Typically, no. The statistics course must be calculus-based and community college statistics courses usually are not. Articulation agreements are listed at

I completed STAT 140. Will this course fulfill the statistics prerequisite for the major?

It depends. Please contact the Economics Advising Office at for more information and approvals.

Can ECON 1 or 2 and/or calculus be taken elsewhere?

YES. Community colleges offer equivalent courses. The equivalent to either ECON 1 or 2 at community colleges is almost always two courses, microeconomics and macroeconomics. One course in math or statistics must be taken at UC Berkeley before applying to the Department. Since a calculus-based statistics course is seldom offered at community colleges, most students take the statistics course at UC Berkeley.

Will I receive credit for courses taken through UC Extension?

YES. Grades for any prerequisite courses taken at UC Extension with the prefix "XB" will both be computed into the overall GPA by UC and used to compute the economics prerequisite GPA.  Please note we do not accept the online courses Math X1A and X1B.

Applying to the Major

If my admission to the Economics major is denied, can I appeal the decision?

YES. Students who do not meet the admission criteria for the major will be given the opportunity to appeal the decision. Instructions for the appeal process will be sent via email in the event of a denial. Appeals must be received by the requested deadline, address extenuating circumstances, and explain steps towards future success in the major. Appeals are reviewed by a faculty committee and decisions are final.

Can I apply to the Economics major in Summer?

YES. The Department accepts applications during the first four weeks of fall, spring, and summer terms. The deadlines will be posted on the departmental website, and application forms and instructions can be found at prospective students.

Completing the Major Requirements

Can I take courses from outside the Economics Department towards my major requirements?

YES.  We recommend you review the list of approved courses. Additionally, you may take courses abroad or at other four-year institutions after they have been reviewed by the Economics Undergraduate Advisor. You can take no more than two of your eight upper division courses for the major from departments outside the Economics Department at UC Berkeley.

Can undergraduates take graduate courses?

YES.  First you must contact the professor teaching the course to make sure that you have adequate background in the subject material, then receive the professor's approval to enroll. No graduate level seminar course can be used to fulfill an upper division Economics major requirement. In general, graduate core courses (201AB, 202AB, 204, 210A, and 240AB) are restricted only to graduate students. Please contact if you receive permission to enroll in a graduate course.

Can upper division major courses be taken elsewhere?

YES. The Department will accept a maximum of two courses from another four-year school or EAP to fulfill major requirements.  Community college courses are not upper division level courses.

My Economics major requirements are incorrect on my Academic Progress Report (APR). Should I be worried?

NO. The Economics department is currently not using the APR to track major requirements. If you have a question about whether a course is approved to count for the major, please review the list of approved major electives.


What do I do if I want to contest an Economics grade?

First, check your final exam.  It will be available in the departmental office at 530 Evans Hall for one year after the final examination. If you want to contest your grade after looking at your exam, contact your GSI for the class. If the two of you cannot resolve the problem, contact the instructor. If a mistake has been made, the instructor will submit a grade change with the Registrar's Office. Grade changes cannot be made based on reassessment of coursework but only because of a clerical error.