Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?
  1. We are part of the College of Business, but a separate program with very different degree requirements.
  2. We have mandatory advising with faculty members every spring.
  3. Most Economics faculty members are advisors.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes, completed with department faculty upon advisement.
When should I first meet with my major department? Students are encouraged to see faculty advisors soon after they arrive on campus. Transfer students should meet with advisors at the earliest possible time. 
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

All first time freshmen will be advised by the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC).

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can meet with any academic advisor in the Lam Family College of Business Student Success Center (LFCoBSSC) located in BUS 112. Hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m (closed Friday 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.).

Students can see any faculty advisor during their open office hours.  Students are asked to complete an in-house advising folder which records their visits with advisors over the course of their studies. Please go to the Economics Department in HSS 142 for folders and additional information.

Where can I find information about major advising?

Faculty advisor hours are provided each semester at:

The Economics department web page also has additional advising information:

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Please attend the first day of class to obtain an add code from the instructor.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?

Economics major has a calculus requirement. Students should prepare to take Calculus 1 as part of the core requirements. 

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? If MATH 226 (Calculus 1) has not been taken, students should complete MATH 226 as soon as possible.  Otherwise, students cannot take most of the upper division economics courses. If MATH 226 has been taken, Economics 301 and 302 are recommended (Intermediate Micro and Macro).
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? Students who do not have a strong mathematics preparation may be asked to take Pre-Calculus (Math 199) by the Mathematics Department before taking MATH 226.  MATH 226 is a prerequisite for Economics 301 and 302.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? None for economics classes.  Please see [above] about MATH 226. Transfer students find Econ 301 or Econ 302 sections are full, they should go the first class, be ready to show that prerequisites are fulfilled and get an add code from the instructor. 
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?


Economics (AA-T) [Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?
  • Economics 101: Introductory Microeconomics or
  • Economics 102: Introductory Macroeconomics or
  • Math 226: Calculus I or
  • Math 199: Pre-Calculus

Both Econ 101 and 102 will count towards GE D1.

Students are advised to take these classes in the first-year of study.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Students who do not have a strong mathematics preparation may be asked to take Pre-Calculus (MATH 199) by the mathematics department before taking MATH 226. 

Please note that Economics 101 and 102 are not prerequisites for each other and can be taken in any order or even concurrently.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
AP scores of 3 or above are accepted for Economics 101 and Economics 102. For Calculus I (Mathematics 226) equivalency, please inquire with the Mathematics department.


Lam Family College of Business Student Success Center

Services provided for: undergraduate students in Lam Family College of Business majors and minors.

Services include: Business major requirements, general education, non-major graduation requirements, graduation check, academic probation, study abroad and academic scholarship and honors.

Phone: (415) 405-3531