Economics majors are successful in a wide variety of careers. Although various roles in businesses are most common, economics majors are successful in law, medicine, government, non-profits, and international relations, as well as in academic roles. Completion of the Associate Degree in Science in Economics for Transfer (ADT) will prepare you to meet minimum lower division admission requirements (60 transferable units) for transfer to a California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) system. For transfer to a UC, please consult with a counselor for additional courses that may be needed. The Economics prog ram map below includes all of your major coursework and recommended general education courses by term that is needed to fulfill your degree and transfer requirements. For more information about the different sectors that employ economists, visit the American Economics Association (AEA) website.

Economics - ADT (CSU and UC)

0-15 units
Fall/Spring Units
English 1A 4
Math 1A 4
Economics 7/ 7H or 8/ 8H  3
Communication Studies 1, 6, or 9 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Political Science 1 3
16-30 units
Fall/spring Units
English 1B/1BH 4
Math 1B  4
Economics 8/ 8H or 7/ 7H 3
History 6/6H or 7/7H 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Language other than English (LOTE Only for UC Transfer- See a Counselor)  4-5
*LOTE can be met with 2 years of the same language in high school (C or better grade)
31-45 units
Fall/spring Units
Economics 5, 6, or 10 3
Math 12/ 12H  4
Biology 19  3
Music 25 or 26 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Any CSU/ UC Elective 3
45-60+ units
Fall/spring Units
Economics 9/ 9H 3
Sociology 12  3
History 6/6H or 7/7H 3
Oceanography or Geology 1/1L 4

For alternative CSU/UC General Education options refer to the RCC Catalog, under Requirements for College Transfer.


Milestones are courses, co-curricular activities and recommendations from your Student Success Team that will keep you on track towards completion of your degree. Check off your milestones as you complete them.
  • Complete English 1A (transfer-level English)
  • Complete transfer-level math
  • Complete Entry Level Course
  • Apply to Universities (CSU/UC application period Oct 1-Nov 30)
  • Apply for ADT degree by beginning of spring term before transfer
  • Complete RCC Graduation application (during your last term)
  • Meet with your Counselor to Complete your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP)
  • Complete FAFSA (Oct 1st - Mar 2nd for priority)
  • Meet with Faculty Advisor for career/research opportunities
  • Meet with your Counselor to update SEP (every semester)
  • Meet with your Counselor for pre-graduation check
  • Research Potential Clubs on Campus
  • Participate in tutoring, student success workshops or supplemental instruction
  • Visit the Career Center for Internship opportunities
  • Research transfer institutions
  • Attend Transfer workshops and Transfer Fair
  • Participate in an internship/ job shadowing
  • Participate in a research activity (meet with Faculty Advisor)

Careers for Economists

Salaries Range : $63,880 - $110,580

  • Finance and Insurance 
  • Fed Govt., excluding postal service
  • Scientific Research and development
  • Management and technical consulting services 
  • State and Local Govt., excluding education and hospitals