Applying to the Economics Major

Applying to the Economics Major

The spring 2015 application is now closed. The application will reopen for summer admissions on June 1st.

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Economics Major.  Economics is a capped major.  All applicants must review the information below prior to submitting the application.  We recommend that students apply during the semester that they are completing their final prerequisite courses. For most students, this is during their sophomore year. For transfer students, you must apply during the first semester on the UC Berkeley campus.


Non-transfer students must have an average gpa of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses taken at Berkeley, and an average gpa of 3.0 in any prerequisite courses taken at another institution. Transfer students must have an average gpa of 3.0 in the prerequisite transfer courses, and an average gpa of 2.7 in prerequisite courses taken at Berkeley. 

Unit Cap/Semester Cap

Transfer students must apply to the major at the beginning of their first semester on campus. Summer session prior to the academic year does not count as the first semester. Applications will not be accepted from second-semester transfer students. There are no exceptions.

Non-transfer students must apply to the major prior to reaching 80 units of post-high school coursework (including in-progress courses), or at the beginning of their fifth semester (not including summers) of post-high school coursework, whichever comes second. We do not accept applications from graduating seniors or students in their fourth (or later) year of studies, even if it is not the student's first major. There are no exceptions.

Prerequisite Coursework

For detailed information about prerequisite courses, please view the appropriate page for students who enter Berkeley as a FRESHMAN or TRANSFER student.

List the grades you earned in the prerequisite courses in the spaces provided. Misreporting of grades, mistakenly or intentional, will result in an automatic denial to the major.

All prerequisites and courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade. If you change a prerequisite course to P/NP during the semester in which you apply, you will automatically be denied admission to the major.

You may use AP or IB or A-Level scores for the Calculus or Introductory Economics courses. We do not accept the AP statistics scores. Statistics 2 will not satisfy the prerequisite requirement. If you have taken both the AP exam and the course, we will count the course grade. Please see "freshmen" or "transfer students" in the sidebar for more specific information.

Only one semester of macro or micro economic theory is required in order to apply to the major. If you have completed both parts of the A-B sequence, both grades will be counted. UGBA 101A is not accepted effective Spring 2009. If you took the course prior to that term, you can apply. UGBA 101A will NOT be accepted after Spring 2009, and there are no exceptions to this.  Students who take UGBA 101A are ineligible to apply for the Economics major.  EEP 100 is not accepted either.

If you took the math or statistics course at another 4-year institution, or an out-of-state community college, you must include the Equivalency form from either the Math or Statistics Department. If your coursework was taken at a California Community College, and is listed on as an equivalent course, you do not need to submit additional forms.

Repeating Courses and Unit Issues

The University will not grant credit for Stat 20 or 21 to students who have already completed Stat 2. The Economics Department will allow students to take Stat 20 or 21 after completing Stat 2. Though they will not receive academic credit, the Stat 20 or 21 grade will satisfy the prerequisite for the major. For all other situations, the department will only honor repeated courses if they fall within University guidelines.

The Economics Department will honor repeated courses if they fall within University guidelines. Courses that fall outside these guidelines will not be calculated for admission to the major. For in-depth information on repeating courses, please see

The Department will accept only one repeated prerequisite course. Students who repeat more than 1 prerequisite course are subject to additional review by the undergraduate chair. If you have concerns about repeating multiple courses, please speak with an undergraduate advisor.


You will be notified via email of your acceptance or denial approximately 2 weeks after grades are posted for the semester. Admission is based solely on the gpa, and other criteria as listed above. If you meet all the criterion for admission, you will be admitted!

Alternate Majors

All students should plan for an alternate major. Transfer students and students with a prerequisite GPA of 3.1 or lower will be required to list an alternate major on the application. Please note that Environmental Economics and Policy is now a capped major. For more information about EEP see

Economics advisors are available to discuss alternative majors.  We strongly recommend meeting with an advisor in the College of Letters and Science if you are having trouble picking an alternate major.

Application and deadline

By submitting the application form, you certify that the information provided is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. Any student found to have provided false documentation may be referred to the Center for Student Conduct and Community Standards for further investigation, and will automatically be denied from the major.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at

  • If you have submitted an application in the past you will not be able to apply again online.  Please email us for assistance with submitting another application.
  • You will be asked to enter your grades for the prerequisite courses. It will be useful to have your Bearfacts transcript available for reference. 
  • If you are transferring any coursework you will be asked to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript as a .pdf file as soon as you have completed the application. Please have this available.

The application period for spring 2015 is now closed, the application will reopen for summer 2015 admissions on June 1st.