For transfer students who entered UC Berkeley in Spring 2020, please visit Spring 2020: Economics Academic Policy Updates. Refer to our live FAQs for further updates.
Congratulations on your Admission to UC Berkeley!
PREPARATION FOR THE MAJOR
Transfer students should have the following courses COMPLETED before their first semester at Berkeley:
- Full year of calculus (equivalent to MATH 1A and 1B or MATH 16A and MATH 16B at Berkeley).
- Introduction to Micro- and Macroeconomics (equivalent to ECON 1 at Berkeley). (This can be a combination of an exam score and equivalent transfer credit)
To find equivalent coursework at a California Community College, use https://assist.org/. Note: Please select major agreements from the 2016-2017 academic year on assist.org for the most accurate list (major agreements for years 2017-2020 are not currently listed). Click here to learn more about transferring Economics credit to the major.
TO BE ADMITTED TO THE ECONOMICS MAJOR, TRANSFER STUDENTS MUST:
- Apply to the major in their first semester.
- Have an average GPA of 2.7 in prerequisite courses taken at Berkeley.
Applying to the Economics Major as a Transfer Student
All new transfer students are required to apply to the Economics Major during their first semester. Fill out the online application before or by the last day of classes of the first semester at Berkeley. See deadlines here. Transfer students will be denied from the economics major if they apply after completing their first semester at Berkeley.
SPRING 2021 GOLDEN BEAR ADVISING (GBA for incoming Spring 2021 Transfer Students)
For new Spring 2021 transfer students intending to pursue the Economics major, the 20 minute presentation below covers the Economics major requirements for transfer students, planning your Spring 2021 schedule, and additional resources.
(Having trouble viewing? Find the video on YouTube here.)
After viewing the above presentation, students may join the Economics advisors for a Live Q&A Session (via zoom) at the dates/times below (CHOOSE ONE):
- TUESDAY, October 20, 10:30am-11:30am (PST)
- THURSDAY, October 29, 4:30pm-5:30pm (PST)
To sign up, please complete this form at least 30 minutes in advance of the session to receive the zoom link (will be emailed to your berkeley.edu email address).
NOTE: These Live Q&A sessions are only for transfer students admitted to UC Berkeley for Spring 2021. Non-Spring 2021 transfer students will not be permitted to attend.
For more information about Spring 2021 Golden Bear Advising (GBA), please see your bCourses GBA modules.
There are five prerequisite courses for the Economics Major. All five classes (or their equivalent) must be completed prior to acceptance to the major and all must be taken for a letter grade. For a detailed explanation of the Economics admission process, please review our Prospective Student Page. If you are transferring from a California community college, check your courses on assist.org to ensure that they are equivalent to the Berkeley courses.
Introduction to Economics: ONE course or equivalent required.
- ECON 1 or 2. At Berkeley, these courses include both micro and macro economics in one course.
*Calculus: You must take both A and B of either sequence. TWO courses or equivalent required.
- MATH 1A or 16A (or equivalent) and
- MATH 1B or 16B (or equivalent)
*Introduction to Statistics: ONE course or equivalent required.
* At least one math or stat prerequisite course must be taken at UC Berkeley. For most transfer students, this is typically the statistics course. Please note: For students choosing STAT 88 to fulfill the statistics requirement, STAT/COMPSCI/INFO C8 must be completed before or at the same time as STAT 88.
**Intermediate Economic Theory: ONE course required to apply for the major.
- ECON 100A or 101A: Microeconomics
- ECON 100B or 101B: Macroeconomics or UGBA 101B
- ECON 140 or 141 (effective Fall 2019)
** The prerequisite intermediate theory course must be taken at UC Berkeley. UGBA 101A cannot be used as a prerequisite for the major. No exceptions.
***Effective Fall 2019, STAT 140 or STAT 135 may be used to fulfill the statistics prerequisite for the Economics major. Starting Spring 2020, STAT/COMPSCI/INFO C8, STAT 134, and IEOR 172 will no longer be used to meet the Statistics prerequisite for the Economics major. Find more details below:
Students with Transfer Credit From 4-year or Out-of-State Institutions
Students transferring economics prerequisite credit from another UC campus, other 4-year, or out-of-state institution are encouraged to consult with an economics advisor to determine acceptable alternative prerequsite coursework. An upper division Economics course and one of our quantitative prerequisites must be taken in the first semester. Students should follow petition procedures below. Contact an economics advisor at email@example.com if you have any questions.
- ECONOMICS COURSES: ALL Economics transfer courses from 4 year or out-of-state institutions must always be formally petitioned online through the COURSE EQUIVALENCY REQUEST FORM. A maximum of TWO approved, upper-division courses can be transferred from another institution or taken outside of the economics department to fulfill graduation requirements for the major.
- Click here for more information about transferring Economics credit to the major.
- MATH COURSES: Math 1A/16A and 1B/16B transfer credit must be evaluated by the MATH DEPARTMENT. Instructions for course evaluation can be found under "Course Equivalency" here: https://math.berkeley.edu/programs/undergraduate/majoring-mathematics
- Once obtained, please email math equivalency to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- STATISTICS COURSES: Statistics 20 transfer credit (or higher) must be evaluated by the STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. Complete a Request for Evaluation of a Non-IC Berkeley Statistics course.
- Once obtained, please email statistics equivalency to email@example.com.
What courses should I take my first semester at Berkeley?
Enroll in any remaining prerequisite courses you did not fulfill with transfer credit. Remember, you need at least a total of 13 units to be considered full-time in L&S. We recommend a balanced course load of 13-16 units in your first semester to help with your transition to Berkeley. For most transfer students, your first semester schedule might look similar to this:
- Statistics 20 or 21/W21 -- 4 units
- Economics 100A or 100B -- 4 units
- A third (or fourth class) could be taken to fulfill other graduation requirements such as: American Cultures, American History and Institutions, or any remaining L&S Breadth requirements. You could also look into taking courses for interest like DeCal or seminar courses. Since economics is a capped major and admission is not guaranteed, we also strongly encourage you to look into pre-requisite courses you can take in your first semester for an alternative "uncapped" major. You can work with advisors in the College of Letters and Science to help you search for an alternate major.
This schedule assumes that the equivalent of a year of calculus and Econ 1 were completed prior to the student's first semester at Berkeley.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact an advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.