Advising

The Undergraduate Office, 2121 North Hall, is open from 8:00 am until noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The departmental undergraduate academic advisors are available for walk-in advising any time the office is open. You may direct your questions about courses, requirements, schedules, substitutions, and petitions to the undergraduate advisors or the peer advisors.

Students should address questions about general education and university requirements to the College of Letters and Science advising office, 1117 Cheadle Hall, (805) 893-2038.

Feel free to email us your questions at ugrad@econ.ucsb.edu

Make sure to provide all of the following in your email:

* Full name
* Perm
* Major
* Full explanation of your question.

Registration Process

All students should register for classes through the University's GOLD System. The quarterly Schedule of Classes provides details regarding registration procedures.

Students must complete all the pre-requisites and obtain full-major status prior to enrolling in any upper- division Economics courses.

Students who are declared in other majors and need an upper-division Economics class should contact the Economics undergraduate office prior to the beginning of the quarter.

Please check the quarterly Schedule of Classes for deadlines and/or changes in the registration process.

Follow Us on Facebook

The Department of Economics is looking to increase student outreach, and reach our prospective students and parents. Our Facebook page is being utilized as a new tool to convey information and specific deadlines pertinent to the students of UCSB. We believe that this is one of our best assets in keeping our students well informed with matters within the department and the university. It is our hope that the page will be frequently accessed as a mode of consistent communication between students, colleagues, and departments as a whole.

Join Our Listserv

The Undergraduate Office maintains a listserv that is used to disseminate information to Economics major students. To subscribe to the Economics majors listserv simply join the Economics major mail list.

Peer Advisors

The department sponsors a peer advising program throughout the academic year. Outstanding upper-division students are employed and trained to offer assistance in many areas. Peer advisors are students who value community service and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Department of Economics and the majors available within it. Requests for resumes are sent via the listserv.

Transferable Courses

Transfer students wishing to substitute courses from other schools for major requirements should bring a copy of their official transcripts showing transferable work. Students should also send a copy of their official transcript to the UCSB Registrar's Office, Attn. Kevin Scott.

New Transfer Students

You’re a new transfer student – now what?

Congratulations on your admission and welcome!! We are delighted you’ll be attending UCSB this fall and have chosen to pursue a major in the economics department. We offer majors in Economics and Economics & Accounting.

As a transfer from a California community college, you enter UCSB as a pre-major. To begin, please check www.assist.org and our pre-major sheet to determine what courses you have already taken that transfer to our major here at UCSB.

You will see that you will need to take two courses before you can become what we call a “full major”. These two courses are PStat 109 and Econ 10A. You will have to earn a C or better in PStat 109 and a B or better in Econ 10A; both of these courses must be taken at UCSB, and if you’d like, you can enroll in one or both of these courses this summer at UCSB. Most summers these courses are taught during summer sessions A and/or B. You can check out the Summer Session website to see when these courses are being taught and to enroll in them. Please do NOT take both of these courses in the same summer session!

We also urge you to attend Transfer Orientation, as you will obtain priority enrollment/registration for fall quarter and learn more about the economics department and UCSB. This is also a terrific time to meet other transfer students and spend time on campus.

We have suggested schedules set up for you as a new transfer student. Please check these out here for economics transfer students and here for econ & accounting transfer students. If you are a new transfer student who was not admitted as pre-economics or pre-economics & accounting, but want to pursue these majors, there may still be hope. If you still have calculus to complete, you must do that first (check assist.org for courses to take or take them here during summer). Consider taking that during the summer to get it out of the way – this would be an excellent use of your time. Then make sure to enroll in Econ 10A and PStat 109 as soon as you can to get the ball rolling. Next, come to our office in 2121 North Hall for scheduling help!

If you are transferring from a four-year school, please stop by or email us and we will help you individually. Always include your perm number when communicating with us.

Economics majors

For the Economics pre-major, you should be entering UCSB with microeconomics (econ 1), macroeconomics (econ 2), calculus (1-2 courses depending on what school you’re transferring from) all completed. This leaves you with PStat 109 and Econ 10A left to take; please refer to this schedule for recommendations for the fall and winter quarters: Economics Transfers.

Economics & Accounting majors

For those of you entering as pre-Economics & Accounting majors, you should be entering UCSB with microeconomics (econ 1), macroeconomics (econ 2), calculus (1-2 courses depending on what school you’re transferring from), and 1-2 courses in financial accounting (also depending on what school you’re transferring from (this will be the equivalent of econ 3A and 3B at UCSB) completed. This means you are ready to take PStat 109 and Econ 10A in the fall, and in order not to fall behind, you will need to take both of these courses fall quarter. If you are reading this paragraph early enough, you could come to UCSB and take PStat 109 and/or Econ 10A during the summer; we encourage you to do this. Here is a link to the econ & accounting transfer student schedule so you can see how your courses schedule out for the next two years: Economics and Accounting Transfers.

For all new pre-majors:

You will need to earn at least a C in the PStat course and at least a B in econ 10A to become a full major. If you’d like to read more about the major requirements, please see this link.

The University recommends you enroll in only 12-13 units your first quarter. If you plan to take PStat 109 and Econ 10A together, then you will need to take one other course in order to be a full-time student, as you must enroll in at least 12 units to be considered a full-time student. There are two other documents for students pursuing accounting and working towards fulfilling the CPA requirements, and these documents will help you figure out what other courses you may want to take while you’re here at UCSB: 2 Year Timeline and Tip Sheet/Worksheet. Take a look at the Ethics section for an idea for another course to take fall quarter. This course can be either lower or upper-division. It’s completely up to you what you take for your third class; you can take anything on campus as long as you’ve completed the prerequisite.

​New Freshman Students

Congratulations on your admission and welcome! We are delighted you’ll be attending UCSB this fall and have chosen to pursue a major in the economics department. We offer two majors- Economics and Economics & Accounting. Please see the information below for a proposed four year study plan. Three year study plans for the Economics major are located on the Letters and Science website.

Economics study plan

Economics & Accounting study plan
 

Lastly, if you are an international student, please make sure you contact the Office of International Students and Scholars attend one of their orientations for new students. Please refer to their web page: http://oiss.sa.ucsb.edu/Students/Orientation.aspx

You may also want to contact the College of Letters and Science at 805-893-2038 or academic_advising@ltsc.ucsb.edu to see about scheduling an on-line orientation.

We hope this answers many of your questions. If not, please send an email with your name and perm number to ugrad@econ.ucsb.edu. We will be happy to answer your major questions!

If you are attending the International Student's Program, visit UCSB Extension's webpage and our ISP webpage. If you still have questions, send an email to econisp@econ.ucsb.edu.

Are You In The Right Major?

The best way to determine whether or not a major is right for you is to be aware of your thoughts, feelings, and general performance in relation to your major classes.

You may be in the right major if:

  1. You cannot wait to attend classes in your major
  2. The material you study is fun and  interesting
  3. You have trouble picking which major classes to take because you want to take everything that is being offered
  4. You frequently find yourself thinking about ideas brought up in lecture
  5. You talk about topics in your major in regular conversation with friends
  6. You pursue opportunities outside of class (research, field trips, additional assignments) in your major field of study
  7. You do well in your major classes

You may be in the wrong major if:

  1. You dislike your major, but you think it’s too late to change
  2. Your major makes your family happy, but your true interests lie elsewhere
  3. You have lost sight of why you chose your major in the first place
  4. You think your current major is the only path to the job you want
  5. The books required for your major do not appeal to you
  6. You dread attending your major classes
  7. Your major GPA is lower than it should be