UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara


Division of Social Sciences
North Hall 2127
Telephone: (805) 893-7309

Undergraduate Office: (805) 893-2981
Graduate Office: (805) 893-2205
Undergraduate e-mail: ugrad@econ.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail:  grad@econ.ucsb.edu
Website: www.econ.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Kelly Bedard

Undergraduate Program

Before admission to the economics major, students must complete all economics preparation courses for the major with a grade-point average of 2.85 or above; these courses may not be taken on a passed/not passed basis. Students who declare the pre-major are responsible for satisfying degree requirements in effect at the time they declare the major. Pre-major status does not, however, guarantee admission to full major status. Once in the major, students must maintain a continuous 2.00 grade-point average in all major courses (preparation and upper-division) while attending the University of California. At its discretion, the department may discontinue students from the major who do not maintain the continuous 2.00 grade-point average in all pre-major and major courses. When preparation requirements are satisfied, students must complete a change of major petition, available in the Economics Undergraduate Office.

Note for prospective transfer students: Transfer students  who wish to declare the Economics major must complete the following four courses with a 2.75 grade-point average before admission to UCSB: one microeconomics course, one macroeconomics course, and two calculus courses. Once admitted to UCSB, students who have not yet completed all of the pre-major courses must complete the remaining courses with a UC grade-point average of 2.85 or better. Transfer grades from another UC will be used in the 2.85 grade point average calculation. Transfer grades (from a non-UC school) will not be used in 2.85 grade-point average calculation. Transfer grades will only be used as criteria for admission to UCSB in one of the economics majors.

Bachelor of Arts—Economics (Requirements - PDF)

Bachelor of Arts—Pre-Economics (Requirements - PDF)

Bachelor of Arts—Economics and Accounting (Requirements - PDF)

Bachelor of Arts—Pre-Economics and Accounting (Requirements - PDF)