Tuesday – January 28, 2020

Associate in Science – Economics: Pre-Major (2019-2020)

Four-Year College/University Transfer Program
Associate Degree
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

All campuses
Program Code: 20-800-2


For Information: 414-297-6584
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Mequon Campus, 262-238-2200
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500
West Allis Campus, 414-456-5500

Overview — Economic issues affect you as a consumer, producer, worker, citizen and investor. Gain knowledge of economics and develop the analytical, critical thinking and communication skills needed for transfer to a four-year college, and to begin a career related to economics, business or finance.

You also will become competent in making personal decisions that rely on understanding economics.

You will learn to interpret local and worldwide events and issues in relation to economics. This foundation is helpful for careers in banking, sales, research, insurance, real estate, consulting, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

This program provides the first two years of bachelor's degree credit courses that can transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Students who plan to transfer should consult with the four-year college/university regarding specific requirements for a major. Contact an MATC advisor for information


Admission Requirement

  • A high school diploma or GED

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Effective Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Global Awareness
  • Analytical/Critical Thinking
  • Professionalism
  • Scientific Method

Full description of each Program Learning Outcome is listed below, after the curriculum requirements.

Related Programs

Associate in Science
Associate in Arts


Start Dates: August/January
Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 


ENGLISH – Six Credits Are Required........6




SPEECH – Three Credits Are Required.......3


(or) SPEECH-203

(or) SPEECH-206


HUMANITIES – Six Credits Are Required.....6

Select credits from 200-level courses listed below:

ART-201, ART-279;

ENG-207‡, ENG-213‡, ENG-214‡, ENG-215‡, ENG-217‡, ENG-218‡, ENG-219‡, ENG-220‡, ENG-221‡, ENG-222‡, ENG-223‡, ENG-225‡, ENG-235‡, ENG-240‡;

FLANG-214‡, FLANG-215‡, FLANG-218‡, FLANG-228‡;

HIST-201, HIST-202, HIST-203, HIST-204, HIST-205, HIST-206, HIST-207, HIST-210, HIST-211, HIST-212, HIST-213, HIST-214, HIST-215, HIST-216, HIST-217, HIST-218, HIST-219, HIST-220, HIST-226, HIST-227, HIST-228, HIST-229, HIST-231, HIST-232, HIST-235, HIST-236;

MUSIC-205, MUSIC-206, MUSIC-210;



Three of the credits must be from 200-level diversity/ethnic studies courses:

ENG-217‡, ENG-218‡, ENG-219‡, ENG-220‡, ENG-221‡, ENG-222‡, ENG-223‡, ENG-225‡;

HIST-210, HIST-214, HIST-215, HIST-216, HIST-217, HIST-218, HIST-219, HIST-226, HIST-227, HIST-231, HIST-235;



WORLD/FOREIGN LANGUAGE – Four Credits Are Required...4

Select one 200-level Foreign Language (FLANG) course

(or) one year of World Language in High School with a grade of C or higher

SOCIAL SCIENCE – Three Credits Are Required.....3

HIST-205, HIST-206, HIST-212, HIST-213, HIST-220, HIST-232;

PSYCH-231, PSYCH-233‡;

SOCSCI-200; SOCSCI-205, SOCSCI-221, SOCSCI-222, SOCSCI-229  

ECONOMICS – 18 Credits Are Required..........18

ECON-201; ECON-202

Select 12 additional credits from any 200-level Economics (ECON) courses

MATHEMATICS – 12 Credits Are Required.......12




NATURAL SCIENCE – Eight Credits Are Required...8

Select eight credits of 200-level courses with Lab from at least 2 areas of NATSCI:

Physics: NATSCI-221‡, or NATSCI-222‡, or NATSCI-274‡, or NATSCI-275‡;

Earth Sciences: NATSCI-245, or pair of NATSCI-243 and NATSCI-244, or pair of NATSCI-225 and NATSCI-226;

Biology: NATSCI-201‡, or NATSCI-202‡, or NATSCI-236‡, or NATSCI-237‡, or NATSCI-257‡;

Chemistry: NATSCI-211‡, or NATSCI-212‡, or NATSCI-215‡, or pair of NATSCI-217‡ and NATSCI-219‡

PHYSICAL EDUCATION – One Credit Is Required...1

Select any 200-level PHYED course


TOTAL CREDITS: 61                            

Successful completion of this degree requires a grade-point average of 2.0 (C) or higher, with 25% of the credits taken at MATC.

Note: It is important to consult the four-year institution regarding transferability of your selected courses. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for speci­fic curriculum requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes (full description)

The Associate of Science degree (AS) prepares students with the necessary academic and practical skills to complete a program of general education study and successfully transfer to a four-year college/university or to the workforce. This Associate of Science requires coursework to prepare students to enter into many different areas of study, emphasizing Economics and Business fields.

Specifically, program learning outcomes for graduates of the AS degree include the following:

  • Effective Communication - In writing, speaking and listening.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Communication Career Essential.
  • Information Literacy - Students will possess basic skills to access, evaluate, and use information technology to support academic, community, and career-related interests.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Technological Competency Career Essential.
  • Global Awareness - Students will be able to explain cultural difference and its importance, identify global interdependencies, and work productively with cultural differences.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Global Awareness Career Essential.
  • Analytical/Critical Thinking - Students will be able to perform analyses of messages, problems, or issues using a logically structured approach such as qualitative, quantitative, scientific, logical, critical or other human reasoning systems.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Problem Solving Career Essential.
  • Professionalism - Students will display the behaviors of successful students and pre-professionals, identify the individual behaviors conducive to learning and succeeding in college, and display the abilities to interact successfully in classes, with instructors, other students, and student life personnel.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.
  • Scientific Method - Students will be able to conduct research by planning and implementing an appropriate investigative strategy and synthesize results in an academic document.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.

    With additional education and work experience, graduates may find employment in a variety of fields and careers including research, banking, sales, insurance, private firms, real estate, consulting, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, etc.


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