Curriculum

Curriculum

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics. Students must earn a grade of C or better in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements. Also be sure to check out Advice for Business Economics Majors and Career Tracks for Business Economics Majors.

Students can also choose the concurrent major in Business Economics and Finance.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Business Economics bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest.

Semester 1

  • First Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Calculus (4 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 15.5 credits

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Business Information Systems (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 15 credits

Semester 3

  • Financial and Managerial Accounting (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • Statistics (4 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 15.5 credits

Semester 4

  • Corporate Finance (3 credits)
  • Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
  • Basic Management Concepts (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Operations Management (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing: Business (3 credits)

Total Credits: 15 credits

Semesters 5, 6, 7, and 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses is available to you in your third and fourth years. Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and your interests.

  • Upper-Division Required Courses
    Legal Environment of Business; Social and Ethical Environment of Business; Supply Chain Management; Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis; Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis; Econometric Techniques; International Trade and Finance; Strategic Management and Business Policy
  • Upper-Division Supporting Courses
    Legal Environment of Business; Social and Ethical Environment of Business; Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business; Industrial Organization; Economics of Labor Markets; Regional Economic Analysis; Managerial Economics; Business Forecasting Techniques; Economic Forecasting

This represents a typical course sequence; your schedule will vary depending on your interests. It is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling any courses. See bulletins.psu.edu for detailed degree requirements and course descriptions.