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Discover how resources and human behavior intersect

Economics is the study the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. In studying economics, you'll learn how individuals, businesses and societies allocate scarce resources to satisfy their needs and wants. You'll explore the topics of supply and demand, markets, opportunity costs, and economic systems in ways that apply to a wide range of industries and careers.

Programs of Study

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    Associate Degree
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    Transfer Degree
  • C
    Credit Certificate
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  • Limited Enrollment
    Limited Enrollment
  • Online Options Available
    Online Options

Economics for Transfer

Associate in Arts for Transfer

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  • T
  • Online Options Available

Economics is widely recognized as a solid background for a career in business, government, law, teaching and research. This program of study provides an introductory foundation for the field of economics through the study of scarcity, comparative advantage, markets, cost theory, monetary system and economic growth. 

This program assists with seamless transfer to a California State University.

Program Code



19 - 22 Units

Why study economics?

Economics allows students to gain insight into the function of economies and decision-making processes that impact communities, cities, states, nations and the world. Whether your interest is in personal finance, policy, human behavior or business, an economics degree provides broadly applicable range of skills and knowledge. Plus, at MVC, you'll be prepared for future study in economics at the university level.

What You'll Learn

  • Apply economic theories and economic reasoning to real world situations using the concepts of scarcity, opportunity cost, and supply and demand for individual (micro) and collective (macro) decision-making.
  • Identify current governmental policies to remedy economics problems and assess the effectiveness of these policies.
  • Utilize creative and critical thinking strategies in solving complex problems through the application of economics using mathematical equations, graphs and technical skill.

Career Options

  • Economist
  • Forensic Economist
  • Research Analyst
  • Environmental Economist
  • Tax Economist
  • Financial and Investment Analyst
  • Financial Risk Specialist