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Business Economics (Pre-Business)

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Business Economics (Pre-Business)

BS in Business Administration

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Students are admitted into Pre-Business and will apply to Economics major through a competitive and selective process to gain admission.Economics is the study of how scarce resources are allocated amid competing demands. The discipline provides a framework for analyzing and solving the problems that occur from such a scarcity. Business economics deals with topics such as business decision-making, strategic planning, forecasting, business response to government regulations, and international opportunities and competition. Business economists conduct research, develop forecasts and business plans, measure and analyze business conditions, and conduct economic experiments. They apply economics and business methods to manufacturing, finance, banking, law, international investment, trade, and insurance.

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

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.

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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
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
ECON 361 - Intermediate Microeconomics 3
FIN 360 - Quantitative Financial Management 3
FIN 360L - Finance Lab 1
MGMT 310A - Organization Behavior and Management 3
BCOM 314R - Business Communication 3
MKTG 361 - Introduction to Marketing 3
6th Semester
ECON 332 - Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
ECON407 - Economics of Strategy 3
MIS 304 - Using and Managing Information Systems 3
MIS 373 - Basic Operations Management 3
ECON 479 - Communication in Economics 1
7th Semester
ECON 453 - Quantitative Methods for Economic Strategy 3
ECON 418, 431, 435, 443, 452, 454, 460 3
MGMT 402 - Integrating Business Fundamentals with Ethics and Law in Management 3
ECON Major Elective 3
ENTR 485 - Innovating: Creating the Future 3
8th Semester
ECON Major Elective 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 economics, management strategies, finance, ethics, and communications gained from a major in Business Economics forms a strong career foundation. Graduates in Business Economics may work in financial planning or advising, management, policy, research, or consulting for businesses, organizations, agencies, and individuals. This major is also excellent preparation for law school or graduate studies in business administration or economics.

Potential Career Areas

  • Financial advising
  • Budget analysis
  • Financial planning
  • Economic strategy
  • Policy design
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Outreach

Sample Employers

  • Banks
  • Government agencies
  • Investment firms
  • Businesses
  • Corporations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • International aid organizations (microfinance)
  • Colleges and universities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Financial Examiner $43,240 - $75,800
Economist $51,140 - $91,860
Personal Financial Advisor $32,280 - $67,520
Environmental Economist $50,000 - $80,000
Budget Analyst $53,250 - $64,220
Financial Manager $59,630 - $109,740
Financial Aid Director $50,000 - $80,000
Loan Counselor $32,600 - $89,820
Business Continuity Planner $33,800 - $66,090
Business Intelligence Analyst $41,700 - $68,750
Ethics Officer $38,000 - $146,000
Financial Controller $50,000 - $150,000
Major Gifts Officer $45,000 - $80,000
Business Development Manager $54,070 - $95,400