The Bachelor of Arts in Economics is now classified as a STEM major (CIP Code 45.0603: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics). This change is in effect for students with a Degree Expected Term of Fall Quarter 2019 or later. It does not apply retroactively. Also note that the degree designation remains a “Bachelor of Arts”.

  • Economics 1
  • Economics 2
  • Economics 41
  • Math 31A
  • Math 31B
  • Economics 11
  • Any L&S Writing II Requirement
  • Economics 101
  • Economics 102
  • Economics 103 and 103L
  • Six (6) Economics Electives

Pre-Major Requirements

To declare the pre-major or major, please print the Department of Economics Change of Major request form and submit the form to the Undergraduate Advising Office in 2263 Bunche Hall for processing.

Complete all pre-major courses with a minimum 2.5 grade point average and a “C” or better in each course. Note that your grade in the Writing II course is not calculated into the pre-major GPA, but you must earn a minimum grade of “C” in it. If you are a transfer student, your grades in pre-major courses taken prior to entering UCLA will be calculated into your pre-major GPA (each course will be calculated as four quarter units). Students may visit the undergraduate counselors in 2263 Bunche to declare the major year-round. Students must declare the major between 72 and 135 units (AP units will not be included if they bring your total over 135).

All courses for both the pre-major and the major must be taken for a letter grade.

You are allowed a maximum of one course repeat in the pre-major and you can repeat that one course one time only.

You must be in good standing at UCLA at the time you apply in order to be considered for admission. This means that you cannot be on Probation or Subject to Dismissal status.

You are permitted to enroll in upper division Economics courses prior to being admitted to the major (except for courses restricted to Business-Economics majors, such as Economics 106’s) provided you have fulfilled the prerequisites for the courses. Most upper division Economics courses require completion of at least Economics 11 and many also require completion of Economics 101 and/or 102. Prerequisites will be enforced by URSA and no exceptions will be granted.

Please note that you are subject to any requirement changes in both the pre-major and the major until you are officially admitted to the major. You are not “protected” for the major requirements under the catalog in which you were admitted to UCLA. Your “protection” applies only to General Education and other University and College requirements (such as English Composition and Quantitative Reasoning). Subscribe to Econ-Alert for requirement updates.

How to Declare the Economics Major

Please meet with a Department of Economics counselor in 2263 Bunche Hall once all of your pre-major grades are officially posted on your Degree Audit Report (DAR). Beside receiving the required pre-major grades, GPA, and unit criteria, students must have earned a C- minimum in Economics 101, 102, and/or 103/103L if they have enrolled in any of these courses prior to being officially allowed to declare the major.  You must also have a 2.0 minimum upper division major GPA in all upper division courses completed prior to being able to declare the major.  Students may declare the Economics major year-round, including in the summer.

Major Requirements

You must complete the courses in the major with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.You must receive a minimum grade of a “C-” or above in Economics 101, 102, 103 and 103L.

Economics 102 should be taken soon after Economics 101 (Economics 11, 101, and 102 must be taken in sequence).

The minimum grade required to satisfy an Economics elective is “D-.”

Transfer students must have been admitted to UCLA as Pre-Economics or Pre-Business Economics to pursue the Economics major. Students admitted under another major cannot switch into our department, and cannot add one of our majors as a double major.

Students majoring in Economics are permitted to substitute two upper division Management courses for two upper division Economics electives. You may select from Management 120A, 120B, 122, 127A, 130A, 130B and 180 (Real Estate Finance only).

The official requirements for the Economics major in the 2018-2019 UCLA Catalog can be found at:

Econ Major Requirements 2018-2019

For additional information on both majors, our honors programs, our scholarships, and information from the College of Letters & Science – please review our Economics Undergraduate Student Handbook.