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B.A. in Economics Major (EN25)


To receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics:

  • Students must have a minimum 2.0 major GPA in order to graduate. (Effective FA17)
  • All major requirements, both lower division and upper division, must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a C- or better. 
  • All upper division major requirements must be at least 4 units. Classes lower than 4 units will not count toward your upper division major requirements. 
  • You must remain within the residency requirement for this major, which is: No more than four upper-division courses taken externally from UC San Diego can be counted toward the major. 
Note: F-1 students with an EN25 major are eligible to apply for STEM OPT and extend the employment authorization benefits (approved April 2019). Current F-1 regulations allow for 12 months of OPT and an additional 24 months (total of 36 months) of OPT for those in STEM qualified fields. Visit the OPT webpage for details and updates.  EN25 falls under the category of Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.

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)