Entry to the Majors

All majors in the Department of Economics are capped. 

Students admitted to UCSD as freshmen wishing to declare a major in the Department of Economics must meet these two criteria:

  • "C" grade average across Econ 1 and Econ 3
  • "C-"grade average across Math 20ABC or "B-"grade average across Math 10ABC

Beginning FA17 entry will require a 2.5 grade average in Econ 1 and Econ 3, rather than the current "C" grade average (2.0).

Effective FA17: Students must graduate with a 2.0 major GPA.

These criteria are designed to ensure adequate preparation for the challenging upper-division courses that follow. Criteria can vary each year. Information will be posted, as soon as it is available.

How to declare?
Step One: Complete the above course and grade criteria.
Step Two: If you meet the course and grade criteria, use the Major/Minor tool on TritonLink to request entrance to one of the majors.
The major codes are: Economics, EN 25; Management Science, EN 26; and Joint Mathematics-Economics, EN 28.

Transfer Students
All transfer students admitted/entering UCSD must be a declared major in the Department of Economics at the time of admission. Undeclared transfer students, or transfer students declared in another major department, will not be able to declare a major in the Department of Economics (including double majors).

How do I declare a major in the Department of Economics?

Read Entry to the Majors information, above. If eligible, students must first complete the course and grading criteria outlined on this page, and then use the Major/Minor tool on TritonLink to request entrance to one of the majors in the Department of Economics. All courses in the criteria must be completed, with grades posted, in order to request entrance to a major in the Department of Economics. Students will receive approval to declare a major in the department, only after the department has completed the review process to ensure that the grade criteria has been met. Major codes are as follows: Economics EN25; Management Science EN26; and Joint Mathematics-Economics EN28.

How do I declare a Double Major (my proposed secondary major is in the Department of Economics)?

If you are not already a declared major in Economics and wish to propose a Double Major, using one of the majors in the Department of Economics, you will need to complete a Double Major petition and submit it to Undergraduate Student Services Office for review. You must show intent in the major in the Department, by completing the criteria courses with the required grades, outlined on this page. Please note: transfer students, who were not a declared major in the Department of Economics at the time of admission to UCSD, will not be able to declare a major in our Department (including double majors).

I was admitted in FA15, but took classes at UCSD in Summer Session 2015. Am I subject to the admission criteria?

Yes, students who were admitted to UC San Diego for Fall 2015, but whose entering quarter shows as Summer 2015, are subject to the course and grading criteria.

I was admitted to UC San Diego as a transfer student in another major. Can I declare a major in the Department of Economics?

No. Transfer students must be declared in one of our Department's majors at the time of admission to UC San Diego. Students with junior standing are not admitted to the major.

I took the ECON course criterion through AP, IB, or A-levels. Can I still declare a major in the Department of Economics?

Yes. Students with score of 5 on AP, 7 on IB HL, and A*(*) on the Economics A-levels exams will be granted credit as indicated below:

  • Receiving a score of 5 on the AP Microeconomics Exam will give you credit for ECON 1.
  • Receiving a score of 5 on the AP Macroeconomics Exam will give you credit for ECON 3.
  • Receiving a score of 7 on the IB exam will give you credit for both ECON 1 and ECON 3.
  • Receiving the grade of A*(a*) on the A-Level Exam will give you credit for both ECON 1 and ECON 3.

I took the MATH course criterion through AP, IB or A-levels. Can I still declare a major in the Department of Economics?

Yes. Review your Academic History to ensure that your scores were received, evaluated, and posted to your record, prior to submitting your request for entry to a major to the Department of Economics

I have a blank grade or an "Incomplete" grade on my transcript for one or more of the grading criteria classes. Can I still declare a major in the Department of Economics?

No, Incomplete and Blank grades will need to be resolved, prior to students requesting review of the criteria and entrance into one of the majors in the Department.

If I am a declared major in the Department of Economics, and decide to declare a major in a different discipline/department, and in the future decide I want to change back to a major in the Department of Economics, can I do so?

The Department will approve a one-time switch out of, and back into, the Department. Students must first meet with an undergraduate advisor in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the Department of Economics. A petition will also be required, in order for Vice Chair to review the request.

I am applying for Readmission, can I still declare a major in the Department of Economics?

A student who was previously one of our majors, prior to leaving UC San Diego, can propose a Department of Economics major on Readmission Application or Readmission Appeal form, but must first meet with an undergraduate advisor in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the Department of Economics.

Students, who were not previously declared in a major in the Department of Economics, and are seeking readmission to UC San Diego, must propose a non-Economics major. Students are not able to propose a capped major in the Department of Economics on the the Readmission Application, or Readmission Appeol form.  After readmission to UC San Diego, and if eligible, students may attempt to request entry to one of our capped majors.

I have taken almost all of my courses for a major in the Department of Economics, and now have 90 units and need to declare my major. Will there be a delay?

Students wishing to declare a major in the Department of Economics, must satisfy the grading criteria outlined above. If a student has not completed the requisite courses listed above, with required grades, entrance to a major in the Department of Economics will NOT be approved.

I did not meet the grading criteria for entrance to a major in the Department of Economics, but have taken several Economics courses. What can I do?

Students who do not meet the grading criteria in the required major courses, but have taken significant coursework in the Department of Economics can consider declaring a Minor in Economics or Management Science. Details on our Minor requirements may be found here.