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The following Economics courses are offered:

ECON 302     Principles of Macroeconomics    3 Units
Prerequisite: or one full year of High School Algebra II with grades of “C” or better in each semester; or competency above or at Math 120 as demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D2; IGETC Area 4B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is a graphical and functional analysis of the economy as a whole.  It focuses on the economy’s well-being, problems, and possible solutions.  Major topics include:  market demand and supply; macroeconomic sectors, goals, and problems (unemployment, inflation, business cycles, and deficits); the economy’s output and price level; aggregate demand, aggregate supply, and equilibrium; and macroeconomic policies (fiscal and monetary) aimed at solving problems and stabilizing the economy.  Related topics such as international trade, international finance, and economic growth are also discussed.  Coursework includes solving algebraic equations and graphing straight and curvilinear lines as taught in Intermediate Algebra. 

ECON 304     Principles of Microeconomics    3 Units
Prerequisite: MATH 120 (Intermediate Algebra) with a grade of “C” or better; or one full year of High School Algebra II with grades of “C” or better in each semester; or competency above or at Math 120 as demonstrated through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D2; IGETC Area 4B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is a graphical and functional analysis of the units (sectors) making up the economy. The focus is on the sectors’ choices and interactions, microeconomic goals (efficiency and equity), problems, and solutions. Major topics include basic principles of economics; basic economic analyses; demand, supply, and equilibrium in a market; markets and applications; costs and production; product and resources markets; and microeconomic problems (externalities, public goods, and income inequality). Time permitting, related topics such as international trade and health economics may also be discussed. Coursework includes doing arithmetic problems, solving algebraic equations, and graphing straight and curvilinear lines. 

ECON 320     Concepts in Personal Finance    3 Units
Same As: BUS 320
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BUS 105
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is designed to assist individuals in analyzing their financial affairs.  Elements and conceptual basis of financial planning, analysis, and decision making in areas of  budgeting, taxes, borrowing, money management, insurance, investments, and retirement will be examined with an emphasis on principles to develop students’ economic decision making.  Students will be using mathematical concepts as well as reading and interpreting written and oral instructions. This course is not open to students who have received credit for BUS 320. 

ECON 495     Independent Studies in Economics    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

ECON 499     Experimental Offering in Economics    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 



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