Welcome to the Study of Economics

Economics Department logoEconomics is great preparation to succeed in a wide variety of fields. Our students work in banking, actuarial science, elementary and secondary education, health care management and public utilities.

Additional career options include consulting, finance, law, public policy, private research and teaching at the college level. 

New Scholarship!

Kang and Jessica ChaoThe new De Anza Professor Kang and Jessica Chao Memorial Scholarship is designed for students who are transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, to pursue a degree in Economics, East Asian Studies, or Asian-American Studies.

Learn About Our Courses

Click each yellow button to watch a short video featuring our instructors. Get a quick overview of the Economics program at De Anza, learn about career and salary opportunities, and find out more about the courses we offer.

Learn about the program


Principles of Macroeconomics


Principles of Microeconomics


Environmental Economics


Economics of Public Issues


Behavioral Economics


Associate Degree for Transfer

You can earn an Associate in Arts for Transfer by studying Economics at De Anza. Visit the Economics Degrees webpage for current requirements and other information.

Questions About Prerequisites?

For questions about prerequisites or how to clear them, please email Ravjeet Singh at singhravjeet@deanza.edu

Specialized Courses

In addition to our two "Principles" courses – Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics – we now offer courses in

  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Public Issues
  • Behavioral Economics

Read about these courses below and check the Economics Courses webpage for the latest descriptions, prerequisites and other information.


ECON 3: Environmental Economics – Fall

ECON 3: Environmental Economics – offered in fall quarter

This is an introduction to the basic principles of economics and their application to problems of environmental quality and natural resource utilization. Topics covered will include market failures, sustainable resource allocation, environmental degradation, pollution, and a rationale of government involvement in the market-based economy. Emphasis is on sustainability and the importance of including the environmental impact into the cost-benefit analysis of economic activities.

ECON 4: Economics of Public Issues – Winter

ECON 4: Economics of Public Issues – offered in winter quarter

This is an introduction to the economics of various public policy issues. Contemporary issues and the role of government will be evaluated and analyzed by the student. Topics to be discussed include the minimum wage, rent control, drug prohibition, health care, Social Security, international trade, organ markets, impact of sports stadiums, discrimination and freedom of association, education, fiscal and monetary policy, property rights and the environment, and antitrust policy.

ECON 5: Behavioral Economics – Fall

ECON 5: Behavioral Economics – offered in fall quarter

This is an introduction to Behavioral Economics contrasted to conventional economics. Topics covered include why people often behave irrationally compared to the predictions of conventional economics, loss-avoidance, emotions, experiences, social norms, framing, endowment effect, the brain, fairness, ethics, morals, trust, satisficing, status, herding, anchors, animal spirits, heuristics, irrational exuberance, why smart people make investment mistakes, mental accounting, game theory, blurring social and financial arrangements, value of nudging people to make superior decisions, charitable donations, and happiness (money isn’t everything).

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