UC Davis Managerial Economics

Prospective/Admitted Four-Year Students

What is Managerial Economics?

Managerial Economics goes beyond the limits of traditional economics and business majors, blending a thorough grounding in economic theory with business knowledge and applications.

The program provides an in-depth exposure to:

  • economics and quantitative methods
  • problem-solving strategies
  • critical thinking and effective communication
  • practical knowledge, skills, and experience

The real-world focus of this major provides ideal preparation for transition into the business world and students will develop valuable skills and strengths that lead to promising careers in the public and private sectors. 

Managerial Economics majors have entered careers in every area of business and industry, including marketing, analysis, consulting, financial services, accounting, entrepreneurship, real estate, and government.  

Many Managerial Economics graduates have entered advanced degree programs in business management (MBA), accounting (MPAc), and law.

Considering applying to UC Davis?

  • Connect with Visitor Services.
  • Connect with Managerial Economics Student Services.  Email manecon@primal.ucdavis.edu or call 530-754-9536.

Once accepted to UC Davis:

  • Connect with Visitor Services and Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Be sure to check MyAdmissions for all relevant information about coming to UC Davis. 
  • Plan to attend Decision UC Davis.  This event is held in April for 4-year students and in May for transfers.
  • Connect with Managerial Economics Student Services.  Email manecon@primal.ucdavis.edu or call 530-754-9536.

First-Year Orientation

  • Find information about the First-Year Orientation here: Orientation and register for Orientation through MyAdmissions.   
  • New undergraduate students, who do not register for classes during summer Orientation, will have registration information sent to your UC Davis email address.
  • PASS 2 Appointments are when you can add yourself to class wait-lists if necessary.


If you miss First-Year Orientation, connect with Managerial Economics Student Services via email at manecon@primal.ucdavis.edu or call 530-754-9536.  Any appointments scheduled need to be 24 hours in advance.

Major Requirements - first-year students admitted after Fall 2015

Major English Requirement (8 units)

NOTE:  This is in addition to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 8 unit requirement (see ).

Communication (CMN) 1 or 3 (4 units)  NOTE:  CMN 1 counts for both major & college requirements

University Writing Program (UWP) 104A, Business Writing (4 units).

The above must be completed with a grade of C- (or P) or better.

Preparatory Requirement (39-41 units)

  • Accounting: Management (MGT) 11A and 11B (8 units)
  • Business Law:  Agricultural & Resource Economics (ARE) 18 (4 units)
  • Calculus: Mathematics (MAT) 16A, 16B, and 16C (recommended), or 17A and 17B, or 21A and 21B (8-9 units).  Calculus courses must be completed with a grade of C- (or P) or better. 
  • Computer Science: Choose one course from: Plant Sciences (PLS) 21 (recommended), Engineering Computer Science (ECS) 10, 15, or 30 (3-4 units)
  • Economics: Microeconomics (ECN) 1A and Macroeconomics (ECN) 1B (8 units).  Economics courses must be completed with a grade of C- (or P) or better. 
  • Statistics: Statistics (STA) 13 and 103 (8 units).  Statistics courses must be completed with a grade of C- (or P) or better. 

Depth Subject Matter (52 units)

NOTE: Courses taken to satisfy core and restricted electives must be taken for a letter grade.

  • Required Core Courses: Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) 100A, 100B, 106, 155 and Economics (ECN) 101 (20 units)
  • Restricted Electives (minimum 32 units) - Choose at least one emphasis:
    • Business Economics: choose at least 16 units from ARE 107, 112, 118, 119, 136, 157, 171A, 171B. Remaining units from above list or ARE 115A, 115B, 120, 121, 130, 132, 138, 139, 140, 143, 144, 145, 146, 150, 156, 175, 176, 194HA/HB, ECN 115A, 115B, 121A, 121B, 151A, 151B, 160A, 160B.
    • International Business Economics:  Choose at least 20 units from ARE 107, 115A, 115B, 138, 139, 146, 165, ECN 115A, 115B, 160A, 160B, 171.  Remaining units from above list or ARE 130, 171A, 171B, 175, 176, ECN 121A, 121B, ESP 175, POL 130.
    • Environmental and Resource Economics: ARE 175 and 176 (8 units), choose at least 20 units from ARE 107, 120, 132 138, 140, 145, 146, 150, 156, ECN 125,130, Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) 168A, 168B, 178. Remaining units from above list or ESP 160, 161, 163, 165, 167, 171, 172, 173, Environmental Toxicology (ETX) 138 or additional units from upper division courses in ARE and/or ECN.
    • Agribusiness Economics: Choose at least 16 units from ARE 107, 120, 121, 130, 132, 138, 139, 140, 145, 150. Remaining units from above list, or upper division courses in ARE and/or ECN.

NOTE:  ARE 142, 147/M, ECN 102, 134, 140, and 162 do not count in any option.

Typical First Year Schedule

Students should seek advising regularly to update academic plans and for proper sequencing of classes. 

Typical First Year Schedule
MAT 16A (Calculus)3MAT 16B (Calculus)3MAT 16C (Calculus)3
General Education (GE)3-4PLS 21 (App of Computers in Tech)3ECN 1B (Macroeconomics) 4
English (UWP, Workload, etc)4GE3-4GE4
First-Year Seminar (elective)1-2GE3-4GE4
Total units for quarter:13-14Total units for quarter:14Total units for quarter:15

Students not yet declared in the Managerial Economics major

  • Students may not change majors until after successfully completing at least one quarter at UC Davis (must be in good academic standing).
  • The first step to changing majors is to meet with a Managerial Economics Peer Advisor to develop an academic study plan (no appointment needed).
  • Students in good academic standing may submit a Change of Major petition online in OASIS:
    • Logon with your UCD LoginID and Kerberos password.
    • Click the “Forms & Petitions” tab, then “Submit a New Form.”
    • Complete and submit both the Change of Major petition and Academic Plan.  Change of Major petitions not accompanied by online academic plans will not be approved.

Contact Us

1176A Social Sciences and Humanities
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Student Advising Services: 530-754-9536

Agricultural and Resource Economics Main Office: 530-752-1515