Why Study Economics?

Economics is great preparation to succeed in a wide variety of fields. Our students work in banking, actuarial science, elementary and secondary education, health care management and public utilities. Other career options include consulting, finance, law, public policy, private research and teaching at the college level. 

Earn an Associate Degree for Transfer

You can earn an Associate in Arts for Transfer by studying Economics at De Anza. Visit our Degrees webpage for current requirements and other information.

Prerequisite Clearance

Please email Ravjeet Singh  if you have questions about prerequisite clearance.

Specialized Courses

In addition to our two "Principles" courses – Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics – we now offer courses in

  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Public Issues
  • Behavioral Economics

Visit our Economics Courses webpage for the latest descriptions, prerequisites and other information.


An introduction to the basic principles of economics and their application to problems of environmental quality and natural resource utilization. Topics covered will include market failures, sustainable resource allocation, environmental degradation, pollution, and a rationale of government involvement in the market-based economy. Emphasis is on sustainability and the importance of including the environmental impact into the cost-benefit analysis of economic activities.


An introduction to the economics of various public policy issues. Contemporary issues and the role of government will be evaluated and analyzed by the student. Topics to be discussed include the minimum wage, rent control, drug prohibition, health care, Social Security, international trade, organ markets, impact of sports stadiums, discrimination and freedom of association, education, fiscal and monetary policy, property rights and the environment, and antitrust policy.


An introduction to Behavioral Economics contrasted to conventional economics. Topics covered include why people often behave irrationally compared to the predictions of conventional economics, loss-avoidance, emotions, experiences, social norms, framing, endowment effect, the brain, fairness, ethics, morals, trust, satisficing, status, herding, anchors, animal spirits, heuristics, irrational exuberance, why smart people make investment mistakes, mental accounting, game theory, blurring social and financial arrangements, value of nudging people to make superior decisions, charitable donations, and happiness (money isn’t everything).

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