Economics is a science which studies human behavior as a relationship between ends and scarce means which have alternative uses. Economics is a word made up from two Greek words "oikos" and "nomos". The first means a household and the second is derived from "nemein", to distribute, manage. Economics focuses on the behavior and interactions of economic agents and how economies work. Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends, and evaluating economic issues.

Students in the Economics program earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online. Most students take a combination of in-person and online or hybrid courses to complete their Economics Courses. 

Program Code

8111 Associate in Arts (AA), Economics

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Program Contacts

Michael Nagano, Economics Lead
Office: SBE-126

Department Office
Office SBE-133
Phone: (480) 423-6206
Fax(480) 423-6298

Transfer Options

Arizona State University

  • Economics BS
  • Economics and Engineering Management   BS, BSE

University of Arizona

  • Economics B.A.
  • Business Economics BSBE

Northern Arizona University

  • Business Economics BSBE

Grand Canyon University

  • Economics and Finance  BS

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

Career Outlook

Economists obtain careers in a wide range of areas including:

  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Finance and insurance
  • Federal government, excluding postal service
  • Scientific research and development services
  • Management, scientific, and technical consulting services
  • State government, excluding education and hospitals

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of economists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Possible career choices for economists are:

Economist $102,490
Actuaries $101,560
Budget Analysts $75,240
Financial Analysts $84,300
Market Research Analysts $63,230
Statisticians $84,760
Operations Research Analysts $81,390
Postsecondary Teachers $76,000
Survey Researchers $54,270
Urban and Regional Planners $71,490