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Economics, Associate in Science

Curriculum SOC.ECO.AS (U230A08)

The Associate in Science Degree, with an emphasis in economics at Triton College examines how markets functions through prices, income, resources, market structures, rates of unemployment, inflation, and other key economic factors. An introduction to how Economics deals with various social problems through basic techniques of analysis, critical thinking, and evaluations of private and public policy issues.


At the successful completion of the Associate in Science Degree (Economics) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

  • illustrate core fundamental economic concepts;
  • apply economic models and theories to explain the economic and social issues;
  • demonstrate an awareness of current and historic economic issues and perspectives;
  • evaluate an economic problem using quantitative methods; and
  • apply economic research and statistical methodology to critique and create economic research.

Semester One

ECO 102Macroeconomics

3 credits

RHT 101 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3 credits

MAT 111 #Pre-Calculus

5 credits

General education/Humanities

3 credits

General education/Fine Arts

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Semester Two

ECO 103Microeconomics

3 credits

RHT 102 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II

3 credits


MAT 131 #Calculus & Analytic Geometry I

5 credits


MAT 134 #Introduction to Calculus for Business and Social Science

5 credits


General education/Physical Science

4-5 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

MAT 131◊, MAT 134◊: Not all universities require calculus. You can substitute an alternative general education math based on your undergraduate program of study and transfer school choice.

Semester Three

ECO 170 #Statistics for Business and Economics

3 credits

SPE 101 #Principles of Effective Speaking

3 credits

General education/Physical Science

4-5 credits


3-5 credits

Total Credit Hours:13-16

Semester Four

General education/Social or Behavioral Science or Humanities or Fine Arts Human Diversity course

3 credits

General education/Life Science

3-4 credits


9-10 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-17

Semester Five (optional Summer)

Recommended courses:

ACC 101Financial Accounting

4 credits

ACC 105 #Managerial Accounting

3 credits

MAT 133 #Calculus & Analytic Geometry II

5 credits

MAT 133◊: Not all universities require calculus. You can substitute an alternative general education math based on your undergraduate program of study and transfer school choice.

(Select courses that meet the BS requirements of your transfer college.)

General education requirements:

AS degree

Total Credit Hours:37-41

Economics courses or other electives for AS degree

Total Credit Hours:19-23

See ECO course descriptions.

General education/Social or Behavioral Science need to be chosen from 2 different disciplines.

One course from Social or Behavioral Science, Humanities or Fine Arts needs to meet the human diversity requirement. The courses meeting this requirement have an (*) in the general education lists.

This is a generic outline of courses for this program of study. Requirements may vary based on specialty and/or chosen transfer school. Meet with the curriculum counselor for specific transfer school recommendations.

Chairperson: Bill Decker, Ext. 3509

General Education electives must be selected from the AS Degree Requirements list and must adhere to the requirements of the Illinois Articulation Initiative for graduation if planning to transfer within Illinois. Students are required to select at least one course from Humanities and one course from Fine Arts, a Physical and a Life Science, and courses in Social and Behavior Sciences from at least two disciplines*. See catalog with AS Degree Requirements for required hours and number of courses in each discipline.

*discipline: a subject or field of activity, for example, an academic subject