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Economics Transfer Pathway - Associate of Arts Course Descriptions

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON110    3.00 credits
Course Outline
Macroeconomics is the study of issues that affect whole economies including economic growth, employment levels, management of the money supply, international trade, and economic instability. The course will examine tools governments can use to stabilize and grow economies, as well as controversies surrounding their use. (Prerequisites: READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher or a minimum score of 78 on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test.) This class satisfies MnTC Goal Area 5 (History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences) and MnTC Goal Area 9 (Ethical and Civic Responsibility).

Principles of Microeconomics

ECON120    3.00 credits
Course Outline
Microeconomics is the study of how people, businesses, governments, and other institutions make economic decisions. Topics include market price determination, income determination, resource allocation, and impacts of government policies. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the reading portion of the Accuplacer test or complete READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher.) This course satisfies MnTC goal areas 5 (History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences) and 9 (Ethical and Civic Responsibility).

Composition

ENGL100    4.00 credits
Course Outline
Composition is concerned with developing, through theory and practice, the ability to communicate in written form for personal and professional reasons. Students will develop writing skills, analytic skills, and critical thinking skills. Students will complete readings, papers, grammar exercises, and in-class activities. Students will complete research and write a research paper. Students will learn methods of writing informatively and persuasively. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher AND a score of 85.5 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0080 and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 1: Communication)

College Algebra

MATH120    4.00 credits
Course Outline
This course is mainly concerned with functions, most of which are algebraic. It begins with general treatment of equations and inequalities and then proceeds to cover linear functions, quadratic functions, polynomial and rational functions, piecewise functions, equations involving radicals and absolute values, logarithms and exponentials, systems of equations and inequalities, permutations and combinations. (Prerequisites: Completion of MATH 0085 with a grade of C or higher, or an Accuplacer test score of 56 in Elementary Algebra and a score of 50 in College Level Mathematics.) (MNTC 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning)

Elementary Statistics

MATH154    4.00 credits
Course Outline
This course introduces the essential mathematical elements of statistics, applying them to a broad range of areas including business, manufacturing, economics, and the physical, biological and social sciences. Topics include descriptive measures of data, measures of central tendency, variability, standard probability distributions, tests of hypotheses, confidence intervals, and estimation. To put the treatment on a strong foundation, concepts of probability are developed throughout, and shown to form the unifying theme behind modern statistics. (Prerequisites: Completion of MATH 0085 with a grade of C or higher (2.0), or an Accuplacer test score of 56 or above in Arithmetic AND a score of 76 or above in Elementary Algebra.)