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Business Administration (Pre-Business)

BS in Business Administration

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Students are admitted into Pre-Business and will apply to Business Administration major through a competitive and selective process to gain admission.The general business administration program provides a broad knowledge of the principal areas of business -- graduates become generalists rather than specialists. Students gain background in at least five of seven fields -- accounting, economics, finance, management and policy, management information systems, marketing, and public administration.

Major Details

College: Eller College of Management
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the Eller College of Management requirement page for more information.

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus
  • UA Online

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

Select a year:

UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 109C or 112 - College Algebra 3
MIS 111 - Computers and Internetworked Society 3
MIS 111L - Computers & Internetworked Society - Lab 1
ENGL 101 - First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 116 - Calculus Concepts for Business Majors 3
ENGL 102 - First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MGMT 276 - Statistical Inference in Management 3
ACCT 200 - Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ECON 200 - Basic Economic Issues 3
Tier I General Education 3
Ethics Course 3
4th Semester
BNAD 277 - Analytical Methods for Business 3
ACCT 210 - Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester Summer
MGMT 310A - Organization Behavior and Management 3
MKTG 361 - Introduction to Marketing 3
BCOM 314R - Business Communication 3
MKTG 376 - Marketing Analytics 3
MIS 373 - Operations Management 3
5th Semester
ACCT 400E - Advanced Financial Accounting Strategy 3
ECON 300 - Microeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions 3
MGMT 330 - Introduction to Human Resources Management 3
MIS 304 - Using and Managing Info Systems 3
6th Semester
ECON 330 - Macroeconomic and Global Institutions and Policy 3
FIN 311 - Introduction to Finance 3
MIS 478 - Project Management 3
MGMT 402 - Integrating Business Fundamentals with Ethics and Law in Management 3
6th Semester Summer
FIN 460 - Real Estate Investment 3
ECON 400 - Economics of Strategy for Business Decisions 3
ENTR 420R - Innovation Principles and Environments 3
8th Semester Summer
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements.

Students who are interested in transferring to the Eller College of Management should use this site for reference only and not for self-advising. Those students are strongly encouraged to contact an Eller College advisor to plan their transfers.

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of the general areas of business—accounting, economics, finance, management and policy, management information systems, marketing, and public administration—gained from a major in Business Administration forms a solid foundation for a variety of business careers. Graduates may work in management, communications, planning, analysis, or investment, and are well prepared to further specialize through graduate studies in business administration, economics, or public policy.

Potential Career Areas

  • Management
  • Human resources
  • Project coordination
  • Business ownership
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Policy
  • Public relations
  • Financial advising
  • Consulting
  • Underwriting

Sample Employers

  • Businesses and corporations
  • Banks
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Human resources departments
  • Self-employed (business ownership)
  • Consulting firms
  • Colleges and universities
  • Marketing firms
  • Real estate agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Administrative Service Manager $44,330 - $77,900
General Manager $50,000 - $116,000
Small Business Owner $15,000 - $74,947
Labor Union Business Agent $50,000 - $65,000
Business Development Manager $54,070 - $95,400
Small Business Banker $45,500 - $100,000
Sales Manager $52,950 - $105,260
Management Consultant $37,990 - $89,070
Budget Analyst $44,900 - $81,080
Marketing Manager $64,400 - $123,220
Project Manager $60,000 - $146,000
Investment Underwriter $45,000 - $60,000
Human Resources Manager $25,000 - $50,000
Public Relations Manager $51,630 - $95,450