Economics Major (EN25), B.A.

To receive a bachelor of arts degree in economics, no more than four upper-division courses taken externally from UC San Diego can be counted toward the major.

Effective FA17: All students must have a minimum 2.0 major GPA, in order to graduate.

Focus of the Major

  • Emphasizes tools of economics analysis and their applications to contemporary problems and government policies.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Economics major, students will be able to:

  • Apply the formal methods used by statisticians to analyze data to learn about the real world
  • Use basic economic methods to quantify uncertainty with confidence intervals; use regression to infer causal relationships; and use regressions for prediction
  • Critically interpret empirical studies
  • Set up, solve and analyze optimization models
  • Apply optimization models to consumer, producer, and market theories
  • Use game theory to analyze the strategic behavior of individuals and firms
  • Build macroeconomic models
  • Apply macroeconomic models to understand current issues

View the UC San Diego WASC Inventory of Effectiveness Indicators for the bachelor of arts in economics (pages 1-3).


  • Major requirements checklist (PDF)

Four Year Plan

  • Freshmen entering FA07 and later (PDF)

Two Year Plan

  • Transfer students entering FA09 and later (PDF)