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- Is it possible to take MATH 1A and 16B (or the equivalent) to complete the calculus requirement for the major?
- I completed MATH 10A and 10B. Will these courses fulfill the calculus prerequisite for the major?
- Can the statistics requirement be fulfilled at a community college?
- What are the changes to the Statistics prerequisite?
- Can ECON 1 or 2 and calculus be taken elsewhere?
- Will I receive credit for courses taken through UC Extension?
Applying to the Major
- How do I apply for the Economics major?
- If my admission to the Economics major is denied, can I appeal the decision?
- Can I apply to the Economics major in Summer?
Completing Major Requirements
- Can I take courses from outside the Economics Department towards my major requirements?
- Can undergraduates take graduate courses?
- Can upper division major courses be taken elsewhere?
- My Economics major requirements are incorrect on Academic Progress Report (APR). How can I fix this?
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.
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.
Typically, no. The statistics course must be calculus-based and community college statistics courses usually are not. Articulation agreements are listed at http://www.assist.org
Effective Fall 2019, STAT 135 and STAT 140 may be used to fulfill the statistics prerequisite for the Economics major. Starting Spring 2020, STAT/COMPSCI/INFO C8, STAT 134, and IEOR 172 ma no longer be used to meet the statistics prerequisite for the Economics major. Find more details below:
- Grades earned in STAT/COMPSCI/INFO C8, STAT 134, or IEOR 172 in Fall 2019 and prior will be included in the GPA calculation for admission into the major.
- Grades earned in STAT/COMPSCI/INFO C8, STAT 134, or IOER 172 in Spring 2020 and later will NOT be included in the GPA calculation to determine admission into the major.
- Changes approved May 1, 2019.
The current approved Statistics prerequisites are as follows:
- STAT 20, STAT 21, STAT W21, STAT 88 (must complete STAT/COMPSCI/INFO C8 connector course to count STAT 88), or an approved upper division Statistics course with a calculus prerequisite (STAT 131A, STAT 135, or STAT 140)
Please review Economics Major Admissions: Statistics Prerequisite FAQ for more information.
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.
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
ONLINE. The application for admission to the Economics major is a simple form that takes less than two minutes to complete. Please review the admissions information for prospective students to ensure that you have met or will meet the admissions criteria at the time of application.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you receive permission to enroll in a graduate course.
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). How can I fix this?
If your Academic Progress Report (APR) is incorrect, please contact us at email@example.com and we can adjust your APR as appropriate. Please review the list of approved major electives to confirm the courses that are approved to count for the major.
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.
YES. In June 2019, the Economics undergraduate and graduate degree programs were approved to be classified as a science, techinology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related discipline. Please see Economics CIP Code Update and FAQs to learn more.