Transfer Students - Economics

Congratulations on your admission to UC Davis, and Welcome to the Economics Major!

To help you prepare for a great first year, we have planned a comprehensive UC Davis Orientation experience in three parts: Aggie 101Aggie Advising, and Aggie Orientation!


  1. Step 1: Complete Aggie 101 (Required)
    All incoming freshmen and transfer students must complete Aggie 101. This online program will provide essential information and introduce you to the key resources you’ll need to be successful at UC Davis.
    Available: June 8

  2. Step 2: Aggie Advising Assignments in Canvas (Required)
    Learn how to select courses, build and balance your schedule, and start satisfying the requirements you’ll need to graduate. You’ll find resources and tips to help you navigate the university, explore your interests, and ensure your first quarter is a success. More information, including log-in directions, will be provided to you soon.
    Available: June 13

  3. Step 3: Orientation Webinars - Transfer Students Only (Recommended)
    The Economics, History, and East Asian Studies Advising Center will be offering webinars (for transfer students only) on topics such as class recommendations, academic resources, and tools for success in our programs, as well as being available for questions.
    Available: From June through August for Transfer Students only.

    ECN Webinar Flyer
  4. Step 4: Advising Appointment - Transfer Students Only (Recommended)
    This is your opportunity to speak with your academic advisor one-on-one and ask specific questions about your academic record, discuss goals, and plan your schedule for fall quarter and beyond (for transfer students only). Before you meet with an advisor, we strongly recommend reviewing your Major Department resources (this webpage) and attending one (1) Orientation Webinar (see Step 3).
    Available: Once you have attended one (1) Orientation Webinar. 

  5. Step 5: Register for Courses (Required)
    After you’ve planned out your first quarter, you should have everything you need to register for classes. All students will register for courses using Schedule Builder during their assigned pass time. Watch this video to learn more about Schedule Builder.
    Available: August 15

  6. Step 6: Attend Aggie Orientation (Required)
    Get excited about being an Aggie! Sign up for Aggie Orientation. This five-day program is your opportunity to start building community networks of support, find resources, and begin your life on campus.
    Available: September 16-19


  • Review your Transfer Guide.
  • Find 2-3 non-major courses that you would be interested in taking in Fall Quarter alongside your 1-2 Economics major courses.
  • It is not recommended to pair any of the ECN Core courses (ECN 100A, 100B, 101 or 102) together during any quarter.
  • Click on this diagram to help you identify courses of interest outside of your major.
  • Remember to check prerequisites to make sure you’re eligible for the courses you are interested in.
  • Review the resources for new students from the College of Letters and Science. Our Advising Center will assist you with your major requirements and the College will assist you with your general education and college/university requirements. Throughout your career at UC Davis, you will work with both of these offices for academic advising.  We always encourage you to check in with the College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Education and Advising Office regarding requirements outside of the major:  


After you’ve completed your Aggie 101, Aggie Advising Assignments, and utilized our department resources, you should have everything you need to register for classes. All students will register for courses using Schedule Builder during their assigned pass time. Before you register, you can begin searching and saving courses to start building your schedule. Add classes and use the “Calendar View” to see your daily/weekly/monthly schedule at a glance. Save multiple schedules and compare to find the best fit. Be sure to read the “Important Details” to view course notes, descriptions, prerequisites, and much more. Watch this video to learn more about Schedule Builder. 



We’ve included some resources to help you transition during your first quarter at UC Davis.

What To Expect for Transfer Students


Prerequisite Petition Guide

The Economics Department enforces all prerequisites for our upper division courses, which means you must have completed the required coursework before taking any of these courses.
You can find the prerequisites through the UC Davis Catalog, which you may look at through this link:

Example Sample Schedule - Economics

Economics Major Requirements 101 

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