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Should you buy a more useful but expensive SUV or a compact car with great mileage? How much additional revenue could earn from a new distribution center? Will the IRS need to collect more taxes to finance a new prescription drug bill? These are questions of economics, a field that studies how individuals, businesses, and governments produce, distribute, and consume goods and services.

In MCC’s economics program you will learn how human behavior, beliefs, structures, constraints, and needs impact economic decision making. You will study supply and demand, competition and monopoly, market equilibrium, and more.


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Economics (AA)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Economics (Bachelor of Science)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Use economic models in domestic and global contexts to analyze individual decision making, how prices and quantities are determined in product and factor markets, and macroeconomic outcomes.
  • Evaluate the assumptions and implications of economic models.
  • Analyze the performance and functioning of government, markets, and institutions in the context of social and economic problems.
  • Use data to identify the relationships among variables and build mathematical models to analyze economic issues.
  • Communicate an economic argument in written and oral contexts to varied audiences.

Career Opportunities

In studying economics, you will learn to analyze and understand current market trends and economic structures and to become a more well-informed citizen. Our economics program can help you build the foundation that can lead to a fulfilling career in business, consulting, government, law, or public policy.

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts, Economics program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Budget Analysts


Compliance Managers


Postsecondary Economics Teachers




Environmental Economists


Financial Analysts


Investment Fund Managers




Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists


Regulatory Affairs Managers


Treasurers and Controllers


Urban and Regional Planners


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT212 or
Brief Calculus or Brief Calculus MA 3–4
HU Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course 3
Two Electives Complete two elective courses 6
CPD150 Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ECN211 or
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles Critical course Gateway course SB 3
MAT217 or
Mathematical Analysis for Business or Mathematical Analysis for Business 3–4
ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Elective Elective 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110, and COM230 carry SB Value.
COM225 Carry the L value
SB or L or SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ Any Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
GBS221 or
MAT206 or
Business Statistics or Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government CS 3
ECN211 or
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles SB 3
CRE101 or
L Value or
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Literacy and Critical Inquiry or Elective Course If CRE101 exempt, complete an any Literacy and Critical Inquiry (L) Course. If the L value is not met by COM225, if L is already met, select any elective course L 3
Elective Elective Course 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or SG Any Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course 4
HU Any Humanities, Arts, and Design Course 3
Elective Course ASB100 or ASM275 or GPH210 or GPH211 recommended These courses fulfill the ASU CLAS Science and Society Elective requirement 3
Elective & Awareness Area Any elective courses and any unfulfilled awareness area or areas 3

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Program Area Key


Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019