Transfer Credit Policies

  • Students who have passed a microeconomics or macroeconomics class at another college or university will be allowed to skip ECON 101.
  • Economics majors must complete the following courses at Occidental and may not satisfy them with transfer credits: ECON 250, ECON 251, ECON 272, at least two 300-level electives, and their Senior Comprehensives course.
  • Students who have received a score of 4 or 5 on either AP Calculus test have met the departmental Calculus I major requirement (and the calculus pre-requisite for courses that require Calculus I).
  • Students who have received a score of 5 on both the AP Microeconomics test and the AP Macroeconomics test will be allowed to skip ECON 101 and ECON 102. Students who have received a score of 4 on both the AP Microeconomics test and the AP Macroeconomics test, or a score of 4 in one and 5 in the other, will be allowed to skip ECON 101. Students who have an AP Microeconomics score of 5 may be allowed to skip ECON 101 after consultation with the economics department.
  • Students who have received a score of 7 on the Higher Level (HL) International Baccalaureate in micro- and macroeconomics will be allowed to skip ECON 101 and ECON 102.
  • Students who have received a score of 6 on the Higher Level (HL) International Baccalaureate 6 in micro- and macroeconomics will be allowed to skip ECON 101.
  • The Economics Department does not accept online courses for transfer towards Economic course credit.
  • For students transferring from another institution or students who have taken a leave of absence for at least one semester at most one 300-level elective course will be accepted toward the major or the minor in transfer. Students in this situation should consult with the department chair about how courses they have taken elsewhere may count toward the 100-level or 200-level Economics requirements.
  • Economic department policy is that all students may only count one (1) pre-professional business or accounting course taken at another academic institution as ECON 233 (Accounting) towards college credit (not credit towards the Economics major). For example, if a student takes a marketing course at a local community college, and hasn't already taken ECON 233 on campus, this course will transfer as ECON 233 and they will not be allowed to take ECON 233 without a Petition for Special Consideration in order to repeat a course. If a student has already taken ECON 233 before taking a pre-professional course at another domestically accredited institution of higher education, the Economics chair will not approve this course for college credit.
  • For any course not approved by Economics to transfer, students are welcome to check with other departments/programs, as appropriate, to allow for them to review the content as appropriate to transfer to Occidental as college credit only.
  • Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for more details.