Should you buy a more useful but expensive SUV or a compact car with great mileage? How much additional revenue could Amazon.com 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.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- 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.
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.
This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.
|Occupation / Title||Annual Median Wage|
|Managers, All Other||$93,690|
|Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists||$60,740|
|Urban and Regional Planners||$73,580|
|Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.|
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.
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of "C" or better in ENG091 or ESL097. or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||3|
|Brief Calculus or Brief Calculus||Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in MAT150, or MAT151, or MAT152, or MAT187, or appropriate Math placement test score. or Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in MAT150, or MAT151, or MAT152, or MAT187, or appropriate Math placement test score.||Course carries MA Value||3–4|
|HU||Any Humanities, Arts, & Design Course||3|
|Two Electives||Complete two elective courses||6|
|CPD150||Strategies for College Success||0–3|
|Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles||Critical course Gateway course Course carries SB Value||3|
|Mathematical Analysis for Business or Mathematical Analysis for Business||No requisites or Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in MAT212 or MAT213.||3–4|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG107.||3|
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||No requisites or No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or No requisites||
COM100, COM110, and COM230 carry SB Value.
COM225 Carry the L value
|SQ||Any Natural Sciences SQ Course||4|
|Business Statistics or Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in GBS220 or MAT217 or MAT218. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT14+, or MAT15+, or MAT187, or equivalent, or satisfactory District placement, or permission of Department or Division Chair. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT092 or completion of higher level mathematics course.||Course carries CS Value||3|
|Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles||Course carries SB Value||3|
L Value or
|College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Literacy and Critical Inquiry or Elective Course||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of C or better in RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor). or No requisites or No requisites||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||3|
|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
- Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
- Mathematics = Mathematics
- NS = Natural Science
- Oral Comm = Oral Communication
- PP = Program Prerequisite
- SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
- RC = Required Courses
- RE = Restricted Electives
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.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Economics (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=134138).
* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.