Freshmen Information

FRESHMEN INFORMATION

Please view the following video to learn more about the major from the Economics Undergraduate Advisors:

PREREQUISITES

The Economics major has FIVE prerequisites. All five classes (or their equivalent) must be completed prior to acceptance to the major and all must be taken for a letter grade. 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. Students may apply while in progress of completing any remaining prerequisites.  Admission decisions will not be made until any prerequisite courses in progress are finished and grades are available.

  • ONE course or equivalent required of Introduction to Economics:
    • Economics 1 or 2 (At Berkeley, these courses include both micro and macro economics in one course)
  • TWO courses are required of Math/Statistics (A-B series and Stat required):​
    • Math 1A or 16A (or equivalent)
    • Math 1B or 16B (or equivalent)

​                  The Economics Department may accept the Math 10 series by request. E-mail ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu for permission to take the Math 10 series. At least one math or statistics prerequisite course must be taken at UC Berkeley.

  • ONE course or equivalent required of Introduction to Statistics
    • Statistics 20 or 21 or W21 or 88  
    • An upper division statistics course (Stats 131A, 134, 140, or IEOR 172) is also acceptable  

                  At least one math or statistics prerequisite course must be taken at UC Berkeley. As of Spring 2019, for students taking STAT 88 to fulfill the statistics requirement for the Economics major, ONLY the letter grade in STAT 88 will be used to determine admission to the major. NOTE: STAT 88 is intended to be taken concurrently with or after the completion of STAT/COMPSCI/INFO C8.

  • ONE course is required of Intermediate Economic Theory to apply to the major (both are required to graduate)
    • Economics 100A or 101A
    • Economics 100B or 101B, or UGBA 101B

                  UGBA 101A cannot be used as a prerequisite for the Econ major - no exceptions. Students who take UGBA 101A are ineligible to apply for the Economics major. The prerequisite intermediate theory course must be taken at UC Berkeley.

 

ECONOMICS PROGRAM PLANS

SAMPLE PREREQUISITE PLAN: This shows how you can complete all of the above pre-requisite courses in your first four semesters (with appropriate course combinations) and apply to the economics major on-time. 

Accelerated Program Plans: The following plans show how degree requirements can potentially be completed in THREE, THREE AND A HALF, or FOUR years. Please read all department notes at the bottom of each plan. 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS (AP CREDIT)

The following Advanced Placement Examinations are accepted by the Economics Department as fulfilling course credit:

  • Math AB - scores of 3, 4 or 5 are equivalent to Math 16A or Math 1A.
  • Math BC - scores of 3 or 4 are equivalent to Math 16A or Math 1A; a score of 5 is equivalent to Math 1B and fulfills the Economics calculus prerequisite.
  • Economics Micro/Macro - scores of 4 or 5 on both exams are equivalent to Economics 1 or Economics 2.

GCE ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS (A LEVEL CREDIT)

The following GCE Advanced Level Examinations are accepted by the Economics Department as fulfilling course credit:

  • Mathematics - score of A, B, or C is equivalent to Math 1A and 1B and fulfills the Economics calculus prerequisite.
  • Economics Micro/Macro - score of A, B, or C is equivalent to Econ 1 and fulfills the Introductory Economics prerequisite. Students may enroll in upper division economics coursework beginning in the second semester of their freshman year.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATIONS (IB CREDIT)

The following International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examinations are accepted by the Economics Department as fulfilling course credit:

  • Mathematics - score of 5, 6, or 7 fulfills the Economics calculus prerequisite.
  • Economics Micro/Macro - score of 5, 6, or 7 is equivalent to Econ 1 and fulfills the Introductory Economics prerequisite.