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Economics Transfer Pathway

Students sitting in economics class. 

The Associate of Arts with an emphasis in economics offers an excellent foundation and development of necessary critical thinking skills. Economics is the study of choices so these first two years will prepare students for in-depth analysis to come in the future. Students have two options within our program: business economics or graduate school preparation. Students will be prepared to continue their economic studies with a junior-level standing at a four-year university.

In parternship with Metropolitan State University, students can earn a bachelor's degree in economics on NHCC's campus.

The Economics Transfer Pathway AA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an AA degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Economics bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.


*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.



2018 - 2019

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: ECON         Course Number:1060
    Course Title:Principles of Macroeconomics      Goal Areas:05,08       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course covers mainstream theories, the economy's recent performance, national income and output levels, money and the banking system, inflation and unemployment, fiscal and monetary policies, economic growth, and international trade.
    Principles of MacroeconomicsView05,08 3
    Course Subject: ECON         Course Number:1070
    Course Title:Principles of Microeconomics      Goal Areas:05       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course covers theories of consumer and producer behavior as well as market structure, the role of government in the economy, distribution of income, externalities, and taxes.
    Principles of MicroeconomicsView05 3
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1221
    Course Title:Calculus I      Goal Areas:04       Credits:5

    Course Description:This course is a thorough treatment of differentiation and an introduction to integration. Topics include the definition of derivative, limits and continuity, differentiation, applications of the derivative, definite and indefinite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, techniques of integration, and applications of integration. Prerequisites: College math placement level or successful completion of Math 1170 or Math 1180 with grade of "C" or better
    Calculus IView04 5
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1222
    Course Title:Calculus II      Goal Areas:04       Credits:5

    Course Description:This course continues the study of the definite and indefinite integrals and leads to a study of improper integrals and infinite series. Topics include advanced techniques of anti-differentiation, numerical integration techniques and error bounding, applications of the integral, improper integrals, an introduction to differential equations, infinite series, parametric equations, and polar coordinates. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Math 1221 with grade of "C" or better
    Calculus IIView04 5
    Program Electives
    Select from Option 1 or Option 2:
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Option 2: Complete ACCT 2111, CIS 1101, and CIS 1102
    Course Subject: ACCT         Course Number:2111
    Course Title:Financial Accounting or      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a study of the accounting principles and concepts used to understand and develop financial statements. Topics include accruals and deferrals, revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities, equities, and cash flows. The course will analyze current industry financial statements from the point of view of investors and creditors for profitability, liquidity and risk.
    Financial Accounting orViewn/a4
    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1101
    Course Title:Business Computer Systems I or      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course develops computer and digital literacy and emphasizes its importance in today's businesses and society. Through hands-on experience students will gain an understanding of computer concepts, capabilities and applications and be able to implement this knowledge in their professional and personal lives. Computer applications covered include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, databases, windows/operating system, e-mail use and management, folder and file organization and use of the Internet. Computer concepts covered include understanding computers and mobile devices, how a computer works, managing files, computer and mobile device hardware components, digital safety and security, application programs, input and output devices, digital storage options, ethical practices and Internet basics. Hands-on experience will be provided on computers in the Windows environment using the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.
    Business Computer Systems I orViewn/a3
    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1102
    Course Title:Business Computer Systems II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:Emphasis is on an in-depth understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite beyond the fundamentals of CIS 1101. Students will develop their skills with exercise-oriented learning by completing advanced training working with spreadsheets, word processing, presentation graphics, and relational databases. Students will complete an integrated application project incorporating several software applications into one final document. Computer concepts covered include communication networks, operating systems, the internet, database management, data security, computer careers, and background to become a productive, knowledgeable computer consumer and professional. Hands-on experience suitable for professional purposes or personal use will be provided on computers in the Windows environment using the advanced features of the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. If you believe you have computer experience that is equivalent to the prerequisites of this course, CIS 1101, please contact the instructor for permission to register for this class. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.
    Business Computer Systems IIViewn/a3
    Option 1: Complete MATH 2220, and either MATH 2010 or MATH2300
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:2010
    Course Title:Probability and Statistics or      Goal Areas:04       Credits:3

    Course Description:This is a calculus-based first course in the study of probability and statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics, general probability theory, random variables, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Additional topics may include two-sample inference, linear regression, analysis of categorical data, analysis of variance, and quality and reliability. Prerequisite: Math 1222 with grade of "C" or better
    Probability and Statistics orView04 3
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:2220
    Course Title:Calculus III or      Goal Areas:04       Credits:5

    Course Description:Topics in this course include solid analytic geometry, vectors in space, scalar and vector products, vector functions and derivatives/integrals, multi-variable functions, partial derivatives, alternative coordinate systems, and double and triple integrals. The geometry of space curves, line and surface integrals, cural and gradient divergence, and Stokes' theorem are also included. Emphasis will be on learning relevant mathematical methods. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Math 1222 with a grade of "C" or better
    Calculus III orView04 5
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:2300
    Course Title:Linear Algebra      Goal Areas:04       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course includes vectors and vector spaces, matrices, matrix algebra, linear systems of equations, determinants, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Math 1222 with grade of "C" or better
    Linear AlgebraView04 4
    General Education Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1202
    Course Title:College Writing II      Goal Areas:01       Credits:2

    Course Description:This class focuses on the research process, textual analysis of primary and secondary sources, rhetorical strategies for argument and persuasion, and successful integration of sources into a longer academic paper utilizing MLA (or other, as appropriate) documentation format. The class may be disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or topical in content, as noted on the class registration site. Prerequisite: Engl 1200 or 1201 with a grade of C or higher
    College Writing IIView01 2
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1130
    Course Title:Elementary Statistics      Goal Areas:04       Credits:3

    Course Description:This is an introductory course in descriptive statistics, probability, random variables, and inferential statistics. Topics include exploratory data analysis, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, linear regression, basic probability, binomial and normal distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. Additional topics may include inferential procedures for two populations, analysis of variance and chi-squared tests.
    Elementary StatisticsView04 3
    College Writing I
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing or      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView01 4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing IView01 4
    Communication, 1 course, 3 credits: COMM1010(3), COMM1110(3), COMM1210(3), COMM1410(3), COMM1510(3), COMM1610(3), COMM1710(3), COMM1810(3), COMM1910(3), TFT1710(3)
    MnTC Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Natural Science - 2 courses, 7 credits from 2 different disciplines, one must be a lab course: ANTH1020(3), BIOL1000(4), BIOL1001(4), BIOL1002(4), BIOL1030(4), BIOL1101(4), BIOL1102(4), BIOL1120(3), BIOL1130(4), BIOL1140(4), BIOL1160(4), BIOL1200(4), BIOL1350(3), BIOL1360(4), BIOL1610(1), BIOL1650(1), BIOL2020(4), BIOL2030(4), BIOL2100(4), BIOL2111(4), BIOL2112(4), BIOL2360(4), CHEM1000(4), CHEM1010(4), CHEM1030(4), CHEM1061(4), CHEM1062(4), GEOG1010(3), GEOL1010(2), GEOL1020(2), GEOL1030(2), GEOL1040(2), GEOL1110(4), GEOL1120(4), GEOL1130(4), GEOL1150(4), GEOL1160(4), GEOL1850(3), GEOL1851(1), NSCI1000(4), NSCI1010(1), NSCI1020(1), NSCI1030(1), NSCI1050(4), NSCI1060(3), NSCI1061(1), NSCI1070(3), NSCI1071(1), NSCI1110(4), NSCI1120(4), PHYS1000(4), PHYS1030(4), PHYS1050(4), PHYS1060(3), PHYS1061(1), PHYS1070(3), PHYS1071(1), PHYS1120(4), PHYS1140(3), PHYS1201(5), PHYS1202(5), PHYS1400(3), PHYS1410(1), PHYS1450(3), PHYS1460(1), PHYS1601(5), PHYS1602(5)
    Humanities & Fine Arts - 3 courses, 9 credits, from at least 2 different disciplines: ARBC1030(3), ART1040(3), ART1101(3), ART1102(3), ART1160(3), ART1170(3), ART1270(3), ART1301(3), ART1302(3), ART1310(3), ART1320(3), ART1340(3), ART1341(3), ART1361(3), ART1362(3), ART1401(3), ART1402(3), ART1770(3), ART1810(1), ART1820(2), ART2180(3), ART2190(3), ART2300(2), ART2611(3), ART2612(3), ART2640(3), ART2740(1), ART2750(1), ART2780(1), ART2781(1), ART2782(1), ART2800(1), ART2820(1), ART2860(1), ART2900(1), ART2970(1), ENGL1150(3), ENGL1250(2), ENGL1400(3), ENGL1450(3), ENGL1900(3), ENGL1950(3), ENGL2010(3), ENGL2020(3), ENGL2030(3), ENGL2270(3), ENGL2300(3), ENGL2310(3), ENGL2320(3), ENGL2330(3), ENGL2340(3), ENGL2350(3), ENGL2360(3), ENGL2370(3), ENGL2380(3), ENGL2390(3), ENGL2450(3), ENGL2460(3), ENGL2550(3), ENGL2560(3), ENGL2580(3), ENGL2590(3), ENGL2900(3), ENGL2950(3), GCST1030(3), GERM1030(3), INTD1030(3), MUSC1130(1), MUSC1160(1), MUSC1170(1), MUSC1180(1), MUSC1200(3), MUSC1220(3), MUSC1241(3), MUSC1242(3), MUSC1300(3), MUSC1320(1), MUSC1350(3), MUSC1500(2), MUSC1501(2), MUSC1502(2), MUSC1510(1), MUSC1560(1), MUSC1600(2), MUSC1610(1), MUSC1800(2), MUSC1801(2), MUSC1802(2), MUSC1810(1), MUSC1830(1), MUSC1850(1), MUSC1860(1), MUSC1870(1), MUSC2010(2), MUSC2170(3), MUSC2180(3), MUSC2241(3), MUSC2242(3), MUSC2970(1), PHIL1010(3), PHIL1020(3), PHIL1030(3), PHIL1040(3), PHIL1060(3), PHIL1220(3), SPAN1030(3), SPAN2201(5), SPAN2202(5), TFT1200(3), TFT1210(3), TFT1250(3), TFT1260(3), TFT1270(3), TFT1280(3), TFT1310(3), TFT1320(3), TFT1350(3), TFT1500(3), TFT1510(3), TFT1520(3), TFT1531(3), TFT1532(3), TFT1540(3), TFT1600(1), TFT1610(1), TFT2010(3), TFT2500(3), TFT2950(1), WOST0101(4), WOST0999(3), WOST1110(3)
    History & the Social/Behavioral Sciences, 1 course, 3 credits
    Human Diversity - 1 course: AMST1010(3), AMST1020(3), AMST2210(3), AMST2220(3), ANTH1140(3), ASL1300(3), COMM1110(3), COMM1310(3), ENGL1450(3), ENGL2300(3), ENGL2320(3), ENGL2330(3), ENGL2350(3), ENGL2370(3), ENGL2380(3), ENGL2450(3), ENGL2460(3), ENGL2900(3), GCST1040(3), GCST1220(2), GCST1320(3), GEOG1000(2), GEOG1040(3), HIST1200(3), HIST1210(3), HIST1220(3), HIST1240(3), HIST1270(3), INTD1040(3), PHIL1040(3), PSYC1165(3), PSYC1170(3), PSYC2110(3), PSYC2340(3), SOC1110(3), SOC1130(3), SOC2110(3), SOC2210(3), TFT1210(3), TFT1310(3), TFT1350(3)
    Ethical & Civic Responsibility - 1 course: COMM1610(3), COMM1810(3), ECON1050(3), ENGL2390(3), ENGL2950(3), GCST1210(3), GCST1211(3), GCST1212(3), GCST1213(3), GCST1220(2), GCST1320(3), HIST1700(3), HIST2600(3), HIST2700(3), INTD1210(3), INTD1211(3), INTD1212(3), PHIL1020(3), PHIL1070(3), PHIL1110(3), PHIL1200(3), PHIL1210(3), PHIL1220(3), POLS1100(3), POLS1140(3), SOC1130(3)
    People & the Environment - 1 course: ANTH1020(3), ANTH1130(3), BIOL1030(4), BIOL1160(4), BIOL1200(4), BIOL1600(1), BIOL1610(1), CHEM1000(4), CHEM1010(4), ENGL2340(3), GCST1030(3), GCST1040(3), GEOG1010(3), GEOG1190(3), GEOL1010(2), GEOL1020(2), GEOL1030(2), GEOL1040(2), GEOL1120(4), GEOL1150(4), GEOL1160(4), GEOL1850(3), GEOL1851(1), INTD1030(3), INTD1040(3), NSCI1110(4), PHIL1200(3)
    Health Requirement
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Complete 2 credits from Health or Excercise Science: EXSC1000(1), EXSC1010(2), EXSC1020(1), EXSC1041(1), EXSC1042(1), EXSC1050(1), EXSC1060(2), EXSC1070(1), EXSC1110(1), EXSC1130(1), EXSC1140(1), EXSC1151(1), EXSC1152(1), EXSC1200(1), EXSC1210(1), EXSC1230(1), EXSC1240(1), EXSC1250(3), EXSC1260(1), EXSC1270(1), EXSC1310(1), EXSC1400(1), EXSC1420(1), EXSC1430(1), EXSC1440(1), EXSC1451(1), EXSC1452(1), EXSC1500(3), EXSC1510(2), EXSC1520(3), EXSC1600(1), EXSC1610(1), EXSC1630(1), EXSC1640(1), EXSC1700(3), EXSC1710(3), EXSC1720(2), EXSC1730(1), EXSC1740(1), EXSC1750(1), EXSC1751(1), EXSC1752(1), EXSC1760(1), EXSC1800(1), EXSC1810(1), EXSC1820(1), EXSC1830(1), EXSC1840(1), EXSC1850(1), EXSC1860(1), EXSC1990(1), EXSC2010(3), EXSC2100(3), EXSC2110(3), EXSC2200(2), EXSC2270(3), EXSC2390(3), EXSC2490(4), EXSC2750(3), HLTH1030(3), HLTH1040(3), HLTH1050(3), HLTH1060(3), HLTH1070(3), HLTH1080(3), HLTH1100(3), HLTH1250(3), HLTH1600(3), HLTH1900(3), HLTH1990(1), HLTH2030(3), HLTH2060(3)
    Total Credits
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Additional courses, if necessary, to reach 40 MnTC credits and 60 credits total
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    15 credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credit Required60

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