A course equivalency request is used to determine if/how a course(s) taken outside of the Economics department* will count for the Economics major. For students not in the Economics major, this request can be used to determine if an external course is equivalent to a UC Berkeley Economics course. A student will need to submit a course equivalency request for the following:
- Courses taken at UC Berkeley that are not on the list of Approved UC Berkeley Economics electives
- Courses taken at a 4-year institution
- Courses taken at a non-California community college
- Courses listed in the UCEAP Economics database with an expired "Valid Thru" date
- Courses that do not exist in the UCEAP Economics database
- Courses taken through a non-UCEAP independent study abroad program
Course Equivalency Review Process**
- Math course equivalencies: see "Course Equivalency"
- Statistics course equivalencies: see "Request for Evaluation of Non-UC Berkeley Course"
Important things to keep in mind when submitting Course Equivalency Requests:
- Courses must transfer back to UC Berkeley as 2.7 units minimum to count for the Economics major, and it is the responsibility of the student to verify the units. To convert quarter units to semester, divide by 1.5.
- UCEAP courses must be taken for a letter grade.
- Effective Fall 2022, core upper-division requirements taken abroad will no longer be approved through the course equivalency review process.
- Courses in accounting, management, and marketing are not considered equivalent to Economics courses and will not be approved.
- Business, history, political science courses, etc. will not be approved, even if they are equivalent to courses on the approved electives list.
- To be considered for credit for the major, courses must be taught within or cross-listed with an Economics department at the external/abroad institution.
- A maximum of two approved upper division courses (including Intermediate Macroeconomics and Intermediate Microeconomics theory courses) may be taken outside the Economics department towards upper division major requirements. This includes:
- Courses offered at UC Berkeley through other departments (business, history, legal studies, etc.)
- Courses transferred to UC Berkeley
- Courses through UCEAP or an independent study abroad program
CLICK to learn more about important academic policies related to taking courses outside the Economics department.