Transfer Students

Transfer Students

You’re a new transfer student – now what?

Transfer Orientation Slideshow


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 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!


Taking Pstat 109 or Econ 10A the summer before your first fall quarter is an excellent idea! Both classes have prerequisites. For Econ 10A, you need to have completed macroeconomics, microeconomics, and calculus. For Pstat 109, you need calculus only. 

UCSB Admissions will not have your transcripts processed by the time you sign up for summer classes. Therefore, you need to send your unofficial transcripts to both the Economics Undergraduate Office ( and the Math Undergraduate Office ( in order to get your prerequisites cleared. Econ will clear your macro and micro, and Math will clear your calculus. Make sure your transcript shows your name and the school you attended. Please include your UCSB Perm Number and your name in your email. 

We must be able to see your final grades in order to clear prerequisites. If you are currently taking one or more of the prerequisite classes, you will need to wait to send your transcripts until you have received all of your grades. Letters from instructors, screenshots of midterm grades, or other unofficial updates will not suffice. We can only look at final grades on a transcript.  If a class is ​full, you can always place your name on the waiting list.

Transfer student information

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 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 in to our office in 2121 North Hall for scheduling help!

Transfer students should think about an alternate major in case you do not make it into the economics major.  We encourage students to consult with an academic advisor in the College of Letters and Science located at the Transfer Student Center if you are having trouble selecting a back-up major. 

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

Lastly, all pre-major and preparation courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade once you arrive at UCSB!

Transferable Courses

Transfer students wishing to substitute courses from other schools for major requirements should email us a copy of their official transcripts showing transferable work. The transcript needs to have the students name and the name of the school on it.  Students should also send a copy of their official transcript to the UCSB Registrar's Office, Attn. Kevin Scott.

Economics major

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

Economics & Accounting major

For those of you entering as pre-Economics & Accounting majors, you will 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 and Accounting Transfer Suggested Schedule so you can see how your courses schedule out for the next two years         

For all new transfer students in economics:

You will need to earn at least a C in PStat 109 and at least a B in econ 10A to become a full major.

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.

Lastly, if you are an international student, please make sure you contact the Office of International Students and Scholars and attend one of their orientations for new students. Please refer to their web page.

You may also want to contact College of Letters and Science academic advisor in the Transfer Student Center at 805-893-7799 and

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

UCSB Transfer Student Center

Transfer information for California Community College students:

Orientation Programs:

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and A level (GCE) Credit:

UCSB Information for future students