Departmental Advice to Transfer Students

Economics Major

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Welcome to the Economics major at the University at Albany. You have chosen wisely. The Department of Economics provides students with essential empirical and analytical skills that are useful in business, financial institutions, the public sector, and non-profit institutions. The skills you will develop in economics are highly valued by employers, and our graduates do very well in the job market. The department encourages students to work on research projects in advanced classes and seek work experience in internships.

In planning your academic career at Albany as a transfer student, it is important for you to use your Degree Audit Report (DARS) to determine where you stand in the program. The DARS shows you what you have credit for through courses transferred to Albany and through courses taken at Albany, and it shows what you still need to do to complete your degree. As you plan your program here at Albany, please consider the following points that are relevant to transfer students.

The Department of Economics offers two different majors: a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree. The Bachelor of Science degree adds some requirements to the Bachelor of Arts degree, including two semesters of calculus instead of one, a course in applied econometrics, and a requirement that two of your economic electives be at an advanced level.

Both degrees require that students complete the two principles classes, Eco 110 and Eco 111, with a C or better.  If you have transfer credit for one of the courses but not the other, plan on taking the remaining course your first semester at Albany.

You will need to complete at least one semester of calculus before taking the three core courses: Eco 300 (intermediate microeconomics), Eco 301 (intermediate macroeconomics) and Eco 320 (economic statistics). If you have completed the two principles course and one semester of calculus, your next step is to start on these core courses.

If you have completed the principles classes, but have not yet completed calculus, you can take one of the 300-level economics electives that do not require calculus. These include Eco 330, Eco 341, Eco 350, Eco 355, Eco 356, Eco 360, Eco 361, Eco 362, Eco 370 and Eco 385.

Economics majors also need to complete a minor unless they have a second major (e.g., economics and mathematics majors). For a list of minors and the courses required to complete them click here.

The MAP (Major Academic Pathway) Eco/BS  Eco/BA shows how the Economics major might be completed in four years.

For more information about the undergraduate programs in economics, requirements, program advice, and prerequisites, click here to get to the Department of Economics Advisement page.

If you have any questions about this information, please contact: Michael Sattinger at


  1. You are advised to complete and submit your Educational Plan as soon as possible, to maximize access to available seats
  2. Your Educational Plan will be reviewed by a member of the Economics faculty who may contact you by email with comments or questions.  When your proposal is approved, you will receive an email from Mr. Tom Hurd in the Economics Department office that will include your AVN number. You can expect to receive this by email within two weeks after receipt of your proposal.


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