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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Business Economics

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (BECON)

Business Economics is a quantitatively-oriented program of study in applied economics. Leading to a B.S. degree, this major combines in-depth study of economics with a general business background, the latter including courses in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, and quantitative business analysis. Students may choose upper-division economics courses in business and economic forecasting, econometrics, economic theory, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, managerial economics, and urban and regional economics. Use of computers as analytical and problem-solving tools is emphasized in the program. The major also includes several non-business supporting areas of study from which students may choose courses.

Entrance to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Business Economics major requires the completion of 5 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211(4); ECON 102 GS(3); ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3); MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4); STAT 200 GQ(4) or SCM 200(4), and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

For the B.S. Degree in Business Economics, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Each student enrolled in this major must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 2 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 88 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (43 credits)
ACCTG 211(4), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
FIN 301(3)[1], MGMT 301(3)[1], MIS 204(3), MKTG 301(3)[1], SCM 310(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
ECON 302 GS(3)[1], ECON 304 GS(3)[1], ECON 485(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
ECON 470(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
MGMT 471W(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
[Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not required in the program.]
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
SCM 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) or B A 243(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 12 credits from ECON 342(3)[1], ECON 410(3)[1], ECON 430(3)[1], ECON 442(3)[1], ECON 481(3)[1], or ECON 482(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 9 credits of 300- or 400-level economics or other business courses [1] (see school list of approved courses) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 12 credits from the non-business supporting course list for the major. (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-01-055

Review Date: 08/24/2010

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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