Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of Summer Session 2021, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page.  We anticipate a return to campus for Fall 2021.

Your First 2 Years as an Aggie

The Department of Economics advises students to begin their lower division coursework within the major.

Year 1:

The Department of Economics encourages students to begin their mathematics series, foreign language, and English requirement as soon as possible. For students who are considering graduate study in Economics, Math 21A, 21B, 21C and 22A are strongly recommended. Students could begin either Economics 1A or 1B the following quarters. 

Make sure to complete your calculus placement exam before enrolling.

It is recommended that you pursue general education courses concurrently with lower division prerequisite work for the major.

To assist you with academic planning, here are some sample 4-year plans:

Academic Planning Tutorial

Students often have difficulty getting into one or more courses they want during their freshman and sophomore years, and it is recommended for students to be more flexible in making choices. We encourage you to review the course catalog for classes outside of the major that may be of interest to you. Remember, these courses will minimally count toward units needed for graduation.

Year 2:

You will begin pursuing upper division courses for the major at this time. As noted on the sample 4-year plan, taking ECN 100A, 100B and 101 in the same quarter is inadvisable. The department discourages students from taking any more than two upper division Economics courses within the same quarter. Make sure to track your upper division degree requirements and meet with an academic advisor regarding the design of your major as needed.

It is also recommended that you request a Degree Check from the College of Letters and Science Dean's Office. You can also do a self-check to track progress with your general education requirements.

If you are interested in studying abroad or pursuing internships, you may want to start accounting for these opportunities in your academic planning now.