As of Fall 2012, we are no longer accepting applications for the Bachelor of Science in Business Economics.
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies: Richard W. Stackman, Ph.D.
Program Director for Business Economics: James Shaw, Ph.D.
The Bachelor of Science in Business Economics (BSBE) curriculum equips students with the cutting-edge tools employed by today’s professional business economists. This major combines a foundation in managerial economics with the tools of competitive strategy. Areas of focus include applied microeconomic and macroeconomic techniques; international trade and investment; managerial economics; quantitative analysis; accounting; financial management; and strategic management. In this major, students learn to deploy strategies for maximizing a firm’s competitive advantage, while optimizing its profitability. The program is designed to be completed in 23 months.
The BSBE major develops analytical skills critical in achieving and sustaining organizational productivity. Students address cutting-edge managerial challenges confronted by firms competing in today’s globalized environment. A unique feature of this program lies in its incorporation of state-of-the-art strategic methodology with case study applications. The program grounds students in the mechanics of price determination, efficient resource allocation, data analysis, corporate financial management, business modeling; and competitive positioning. These integrated components establish the academic and professional foundation to forecast, prepare for, and respond to challenges imposed by today’s competitive landscape. The Business Economics major provides valuable preparation for a variety of careers in both the public and private sectors. Many graduates of this program have pursued graduate and professional study in economics, business administration, public administration and law.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, a graduate will have acquired:
- Enhanced business decision-making skills, particularly as they relate to competitive challenges in the domestic and global economies.
- An understanding of quantitative and forecasting methodologies pertaining to the application of competitive strategy.
- Knowledge of financial management techniques used in making business, operational, and investment decisions.
- An awareness of competitive analysis and techniques for positioning a firm to maximize its profitability, market share, and operational strength.
- Knowledge of approaches for designing and directing a firm's strategy through the configuration and management of value chains.
- An understanding of macroeconomic indicators, enabling students to dissect and predict fluctuations in the business cycle.
- Knowledge of multinational corporate strategic positioning in global markets.
Students are required to complete the 37 semester credits included in the Business Economics program. Required courses are sequenced as follows:
- Complete 128 semester credits
- Complete the Business Economics major requirements.
- Satisfy the 44 credits of Core Curriculum requirements.
- Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.