What will I learn?

The associate in arts in economics for transfer is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn the degree, students must:

• Complete 60 semester CSU-transferable units.

• Complete the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); or the Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

• Complete a minimum of 18 semester units in the major

• Obtain of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

• Earn a grade of C or higher in all courses required for the major.

Students completing the program will be able to...

A. apply economic theories and economic reasoning to real life situations.

B. use analytical techniques to measure economic conditions related to the individual, business firms, industries, and economic systems.

C. explain the role that households, business organizations, governments, and the international sector, play in free markets, command economies, and mixed economies.

D. evaluate the objectives, limitations, and mechanics of regulation, taxation, tariffs, quotas, and monetary and fiscal policies.

E. use quantitative methodology to measure economic outcomes.

Possible career opportunities

Economics is a basic component for a career in law, management, sales, banking, health care industry, utility industry, consulting, statistical analysis, finance, and government. Most career options require more than two years of college study.

Which department am I in?

Social Science Division

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$7,728.00 per year
Tuition and fees based on 12 units
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill Campus,

321 Golf Club Road,



94523, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

A student is eligible for admission if he or she has graduated from a regionally accredited high school, or is 18 years of age or older and is no longer in high school, or has passed the State of California Certificate of Proficiency Test (CHSPE) or the General Educational Development Test (GED).

English proficiency

  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) - 61
  • Paper based TOEFL (PBT)- 500
  • IELTS - Academic test - 5.5
  • ITEP - 3.5
  • IEC (International Education Center) - Completion of Adv. B level certificate
  • ELS Centers - Completion of EAP Level 109 certificate

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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