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Economics - AA

If money makes the world go round, people who understand financial markets and can interpret their movements possess skills and abilities that will never lose value. If learning about economic trends and patterns sounds interesting to you, an associate program in Economics will help you broaden your knowledge base and learn how to analyze economic data. Given that there are financial aspects to nearly every field, an Economics degree can lead to a career in business, law, finance, public policy, and international relations. Potential roles include market analyst, investment banker, financial planner, and risk manager. There are also opportunities in the public sector, such as budget director of a government agency or chief financial officer for a nonprofit organization.

In an associate program in Economics, you will explore microeconomics and macroeconomics. This degree is transferable to universities offering a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Students should work closely with their Otero advisor and contact their transfer institution choices for more specific transfer information.

The first year of an Economics program will include math and English courses to meet general education requirements. The completion of introductory math and English courses in your first year is proven to greatly increase the likelihood of crossing the graduation stage, boosting your momentum along the academic pathway you select. Other general education courses on your pathway will cover topics in Arts and Humanities, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences.

Program-specific courses may begin as soon as your first semester. These courses will become more advanced as you move along your degree pathway. Through this sequence of courses, your knowledge of economics will grow and deepen. Coursework will include Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Introduction to Statistics. After completing a 60-credit associate degree, your degree pathway can continue with guaranteed transfer to a college that offers bachelor’s degrees.

Economics - AA (60 credits)
Required Courses that Fulfill General Education Requirements (37 Credit Hours)
  Credit Hours Course Number and Title
(Written) Communication 6 ENG 121/1021 English Composition I and ENG 122/1022 English Composition II
Mathematics 5 MAT 201/2410 Calculus I
Arts & Humanities  9 Three GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses from the following AH Categories: GT-AH1, GT- AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4
History  3 One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1) 
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 ECO 201/2001 Principles of Macroeconomics and ECO 202/2002 Principles of Microeconomics
Natural & Physical Sciences 8 Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GTSC2), one must be with laboratory (GT-SC1)
Additional Required Courses (3 Credit Hours)
Credit Hours Course Number and Title
3 MAT 135/1260 Introduction to Statistics
Electives - 20 credit hours

Otero College is a part of a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement between Colorado community colleges and universities. These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with designation; enroll with junior status at a university; and complete your bachelor’s degree. If you attend full-time and follow the structured schedule, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in 4 years.

The following Colorado public four-year institutions will accept your completed Economics AA degree from Otero College.

Adams State University
[B.S. Business Administration; Economics emphasis]

Colorado State University-Ft Collins
[B.A. Economics]

Fort Lewis College
[B.A. Economics; Economics option]

Metropolitan State University of Denver
[B.A. Economics]

University of Colorado Boulder
[B.A. Economics]

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
[B.A. Economics]

University of Colorado Denver
[B.A. Economics]

University of Northern Colorado
[B.A. Economics]

Western Colorado University
[B.A. Economics]