Choosing Electives

The economics department offers many electives, so it is helpful to think about how to group these electives with other non-economics courses to provide intellectual continuity to a course of study. 

Students interested in obtaining a PhD in Economics are encouraged to complete:

  • ECON 305 Game Theory
  • ECON 306 Advanced Econometrics
  • MATH 120 Calculus 2
  • MATH 150 Statistical Data Analysis
  • MATH 212 Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 214 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 310 Real Analysis
  • And at least one of:
    • MATH 330 Probability
    • MATH 332 Mathematical Statistics
    • MATH 340 Ordinary Differential Equations
    • MATH 342 Partial Differential Equations
    • MATH 370 Numerical Analysis
    • MATH 372 Operations Research

Students interested in a career in public policy are encouraged to complete:

  • POLS 101 American Politics and Public Policy or UEP 101 Environment and Society
  • An internship or service learning experience
  • And at least one of the following:
    • ECON 301 Environmental Economics and Policy
    • ECON 302 Industrial Organization
    • ECON 308 Public Economics
    • ECON 311 International Economics
    • ECON 320 Economic Development
    • ECON 321 Health Economics
    • ECON 324 The Economics of Immigration
    • ECON 325 Labor Economics
    • ECON 327 Economics of Gender - Marriage, Motherhood, and Money
    • ECON 328 Economics of Race and Gender
    • ECON 329 Family, Neighborhood and Intergenerational Mobility
    • ECON 340 Behavioral Economics
    • ECON 351 Macroeconomic Policy Since the Great Depression

Students interested in environmental economics are encouraged to complete the following environmental science introductory courses in addition to the regular economics major requirements:

  • ECON 301 Environmental Economics and Policy
  • GEO 105 Earth: Our Environment or GEO 106 Earth and the Human Future
  • GEO 245 Earth's Climate: Past and Future
  • GEO 255 Spatial Analysis with Geographic Information Science
  • Introduction to Biology (one of the following):
    • BIO 105 Marine Biology
    • BIO 106 Biology of California
    • BIO 110 Organisms on Earth
    • BIO 115 General Zoology
  • BIO 260 Biodiversity and Organization of Marine Ecosystems or BIO 270 Ecology

Students interested in obtaining a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) and/or pursuing a career in management are encouraged to complete:

  • ECON 233 Accounting and Financial Analysis
  • ECON 350 Managerial Economics
  • An internship