Consumer Economics

Nature of Work

The associate of science degree program in Consumer Economics is a transferable program of study developed in collaboration with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at The University of Georgia. The program includes general education courses that satisfy core curriculum requirements established by the University, as well as Consumer Economics major courses that satisfy requirements toward a bachelor of science degree in Consumer Economics at the University.

The Consumer Economics major at the University prepares students to understand how consumers make choices in their daily lives. Students learn how fraud and deception, products of varying quality, and inadequate information affect consumer decisions. Graduates of the program receive the associate of science degree in Consumer Economics from Athens Technical College. They are then eligible to apply for admission as a junior to the bachelor of science degree program in Consumer Economics at the University. Graduates must meet the transfer admissions requires at the time they submit their application for admission to the University. Information on the transfer admission requirements are available on the University of Georgia website.

Learn more about our Consumer Economics program College Catalog

Credentials You Can Earn

Associate Degree
Consumer Economics

Program Expenses

Admissions Fees

  • Nonrefundable application fee ($25)

Semester Fees

  • Tuition ($89 per credit hour)
  • Accident Insurance Fee ($4 per term)
  • Campus Supply Fee ($40 per term)
  • Instruction Fee ($55 per term)
  • Parking Fee ($20 per term)
  • Campus Safety Fee ($25 per term)
  • Registration Fee ($50 per term)
  • Student Activity Fee ($30 per term)
  • Technology Fee ($105 per term)

Throughout the Program


  • Textbooks (Approximately $3,040)

These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.

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Douglas Patton, Program Chair
Dr. Douglas Patton is the Program Chair of Consumer Economics at Athens Tech. Dr. Patton joined Athens Technical College in 2014 after completing a PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics preceded by a BA in Anthropology at UGA. Extensive PhD ECON coursework in UGA’s Terry College of Business helped prepare Dr. Patton for teaching principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses. In the classroom, Dr. Patton uses his passion for current events including political, agricultural, environmental, and technological stories to make economic theory interesting and relevant. Dr. Patton enjoys teaching ATC students a rigorous and convincing way of thinking about everything from simple household decisions to complex government policies: economics.
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