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Retailing & Consumer Science

Bachelor of Science

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  • Major Details

  • Four-Year Plan

  • AZ Transfer Course Equivalents

  • Career Planning

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the Retailing and Consumer Sciences requirement page website for more information.

Website:ag.arizona.edu
Math Required:

Moderate

    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).
Moderate
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
Pre-Major: Yes
Fees: Yes
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
RCSC 197A RCSC Academic Culture 1
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
MIS 111 Computers and Internetworked Society 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 112 or MATH 109c 3
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
MATH 116 Calculus Concepts for Business 3
ACCT 200 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
RCSC 214 Introduction to Retailing 3
FCSC 201 Introduction to Statistics 3
First Semester Second Language 4
ACCT 210 or ACCT 250 3
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
5th Semester
RCSC 216 Retail Business Analysis and Decision Making 3
FCSC 202 Introduction to Research Methods 3
FCSC 301 Applying Critical Thinking to Discourse in Family & Consumer Sciences Orgs 3
RCSC 295A Career Exploration 1
Second Semester Second Language 4
6th Semester
RCSC 304 Merchandising, Planning and Control 3
RCSC 320 Product Development and Brand Strategies 3
RCSC 340 Consumer Behavior in Retailing 3
RCSC 384 Leadership, Ethics, and Management Practices 3
RCSC 300 Level Elective 3
General Elect/Minor Course 3
7th Semester
RCSC 315 Retail Promotion and Visual Merchandising 3
RCSC 400 Retail Strategy 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
RCSC Elective 3
8th Semester
RCSC Elective 3
RCSC Elective 3
Minor Course 3
RCSC 495A RCSC Career Success 1
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3

AZ Transfer Course Equivalents

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. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

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Career Planning

The knowledge of retail management and marketing principles, accounting, economics, consumer interests, and communications skills gained from a major in Retailing and Consumer Science provides a strong career foundation. Graduates may seek employment in management, sales, purchasing, planning, or merchandising for small or large retail businesses or for companies that support retailers, such as marketing firms and training services. This major also prepares graduates for continued studies in consumer science, business, or marketing.

Potential Career Areas

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Purchasing
  • Merchandising
  • Communications
  • Business ownership
  • Human resources
  • Planning
  • Product development

Sample Employers

  • Retail stores
  • Online vendors
  • Corporations
  • Supermarkets
  • Music industry
  • Self-employment
  • Event planning companies
  • Marketing firms
  • Manufacturers
  • Print catalog vendors
Job Title Salary Range
Purchasing Agent $35,000 - $56,600
Retail Store Manager $49,500 - $63,000
Merchandise Displayer $29,000 - $35,000
Promotions Manager $41,500 - $83,900
Customer Service Representative $19,600 - $30,500
Merchandise Manager $75,000 - $80,000
Retail Business Owner $15,000 - $40,101
Special Events Director, Retail Store $25,000 - $50,000
Assistant Fashion Buyer $30,000 - $50,000
Retail Trainer $25,000 - $60,000
Supermarket Manager $42,000 - $54,500
Consumer Researcher $24,000 - $47,000
Human Resources Specialist $29,100 - $5,700

Sources of Information:  United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010); DISCOVER (2011); Facts on File: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center (2011). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, contact Career Services: career@email.arizona.edu; www.career.arizona.edu.