Frequently Asked Questions
Common Questions About the Managerial Economics major
Why are Managerial Economics courses listed as ARE?
The Managerial Economics major is housed in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES), therefore our courses have been named for the department - ARE.
How do I declare the Managerial Economics Major and is there an Entrance Requirement?
Effective Fall Quarter 2012, there is no longer a GPA entrance requirement. However, the following preparatory courses must be taken for a letter grade:
- Economics 1A and 1B
- Mathematics 16A and 16B; or 21A and 21B
- Statistics 13
How often should I see an adviser?
Students generally check in once or twice per year, but if you have questions don't hesitate to email or come in. You may drop in for peer advising (study plans, choosing classes, quick questions, etc.), or make an appointment with a staff adviser online to discuss specific issues. For general education and other College of Agriculture & Environmental Science requirements, contact the Dean's Office or call 530-752-0108.
What do I need do to declare a double major?
Can I double major in Managerial Economics and Economics?
No, since there are too many classes that overlap.
What is the difference between the Managerial Economics and Economics majors?
Managerial Economics (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) is considered an applied economics program and awards a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The Economics program (College of Letters and Sciences) is considered a theory-based program and awards a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree. We encourage students to meet with Peer and/or Staff Advisers in both programs for additional perspectives on classes, content, job opportunities, etc. in order to make an informed decision based on your career and life goals.
Can I study abroad and have some courses transferred?
Yes, however, the courses and the maximum units allowed must be approved by the Managerial Economics Department Undergraduate Office before you leave to study abroad. Also, see the Education Abroad listings for courses that have previously been approved for the major.
What are the English Composition requirements for the major?
In addition to the CA&ES English Composition requirement (8 units), students must choose one additional course (4 units) from ENL 3, UWP 1, 18, 19, 101, 102A-L, or 104A-F. Even though you are not required to take an upper division writing course, UWP 104A is specifically for business writing and highly recommended. If you pass the comprehensive Composition Exam, you will meet the college requirement, but you will not receive units for the exam.
How do I complete a Minor in another subject area?
Minor programs range from 18-24 upper division units. It is best to speak with an adviser from the minor program in which you are interested to discuss prerequisites and completing the requirements within the 225 unit maximum.
Common Questions About Classes, Registration, and Grades
How many units should I register for my first quarter at UC Davis?
On average you should plan to take 13-15 units per quarter (39-45 units per academic year) to maintain minimum progress. We recommend that you do not overload yourself during your first quarter so you can become accustomed to the 10-week quarter system, advanced level of courses, and your new lifestyle.
Once you begin taking upper division courses, it is recommended that you do not attempt more than 2 ARE courses per quarter since these are not easy courses! In addition, it is not recommended to take more than one of the core classes (ARE 100A, 100B, 106, 155, and ECN 101) in the same quarter.
What breadth courses would you recommend taking?
Our unique breadth requirements give you an opportunity to explore a variety of subjects, in addition to GE courses, in topics that may be of interest to you. Please see the list of possible subject areas on page 2 of the summary sheet.
What if I haven't taken one of the prerequisites listed for a course?
The prerequisites for ARE courses are strictly enforced in order to maximize your chances for success in the class. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the prerequisites of courses you want to take so that you can fit them in your study plan. This and other important information can be found in the UCD catalog.
I am trying to register for an ARE course and I'm getting a major restriction notice. What's happening?
ARE core courses (100A, 100B, 106 and 155) are restricted to majors during Pass 1 and to students in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences during Pass 2 appointments. These restrictions are removed during Pass 2 open registration so you can register or add yourself to the wait list (check the Registrar's website for specific dates). Other ARE classes that have restrictions during Pass 1 are open to all majors during Pass 2. We do not waive restrictions.
If a class is full can I get a PTA (Permission to Add) number?
It is ARE department policy not to increase the maximum enrollment in our classes, therefore we do not issue PTAs for full/closed classes. You can put yourself on the wait list via SISWeb, and it is best to have an alternate plan in case you do not get in. Being on a wait list does not guarantee you will be added into the class or be issued a PTA. For more information, please see our PTA Policy.
How will I know when my final exams will be held?
You can check the final exam date and time for each course when you are registering in order to avoid having multiple final exams on the same day. This information is on the Registrar's website, in the Class Registration Guide and in the Class Search Tool.
What is the deadline to drop ARE classes?
Most ARE classes have a 10-day drop deadline (the 10th day of instruction) - check the Class Registration Guide on the Registrar's website for classes with this deadline and the date of the 10th day of instruction. After this deadline, the only way to drop a class is to petition for a PTD (Permission to Drop) in your college Dean's Office Departments do not issue PTDs.
Effective Fall Quarter 2012, instructors no longer have the option to issue an ENWS/NS (Enrolled No Work Submitted) grade - if you are enrolled and do not submit coursework you will receive an “F” for the class, so it is important that you drop any unwanted classes before the drop deadline!
What courses will be offered in Summer Session?
Internships and Career Fairs
How do I find Internships?
The Internship and Career Center (ICC) is located in South Hall and offers an array of services and events to help you move forward with your career before you leave UC Davis. We encourage you to visit them in person and online to discover what they offer, including career fairs, workshops, internship opportunities, transcript notation for internships, and much more.
In addition, Managerial Economics Student Services sends ARE majors emails that are received from employers and companies who have internships or positions available.
Also watch for information on the Student-Alumni Career Day which is offered by ARE in March/April each year. Here is a link to last year's program.
Common Questions from Transfer Students
Can I graduate in two years?
Typically, if students follow their study plan, they are able to graduate in two years. However, the time it takes to graduate depends on each individual's situation and the actual units of completed transfer course work.
How many units can be transferred from my community college to UC Davis?
The maximum number of transferrable units from a community college is 105 quarter units (70 semester units). If you go beyond that you will receive credit for the class, but not units towards graduation.
I have successfully completed the IGETC requirements; does this satisfy my major breadth requirement?
No, IGETC exempts a student from having to complete additional General Education (GE) requirements at UC Davis. The major breadth requirements have been specifically designed for the major, although some of your IGETC courses may count towards these requirements.
Should I take ARE 100A and/or ECN 101 my first quarter?
We recommend that you do not overload yourself during your first quarter, and believe it is not a good idea to attempt these classes during this time of transition. It is better to work with an adviser to plan your courses to meet your academic goals over the next two years.
Is it possible to complete a double major in two years?
It is important to meet with an adviser from each major that you are considering to work out your study plan. If the two majors are in different colleges, you are responsible for meeting the requirements of both colleges within the 225 quarter unit limit. Also be sure to check the catalog for additional policies and guidelines.
I listed courses on my application that I planned to take over the summer, but my plans have changed - what should I do? And what if my school can't get my transcripts here by the deadline?
Contact Admissions: located in 178 Mrak Hall (M-F 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or call 530-752-2971.