Business Economics

The business economics major prepares students for careers in business management and/or public administration as well as graduate study in business, economics, and law. Follow the Economics Departments on Twitter: @USanDiegoEcon.

Business Economics Major Curriculum Document

Lower-Division Preparation for the Major (22-23 Units)

ACCT 201  Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to accounting records, their purpose and use, emphasizing the establishment of a solid conceptual background. Accounting procedures for specific asset, liability, and owner's equity accounts are also examined from the point of view of users of financial statements. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Introduction of managerial accounting information for planning, controlling, and making decisions within a firm. Current changes to the business environment and their impact on accounting is also presented. Prerequisites: ACCT 201 and ITMG 100 (or concurrent enrollment).
ECON 101  Principles of Microeconomics
  • An introduction to consumer behavior and the theory of the firm. Topics include the demand behavior of households, the supply behavior of business firms, an introduction to market structure, and the workings of input markets.
ECON 102  Principles of Macroeconomics
  • The study of the operation of the American economy in an international setting, examining the interaction of households, business firms, government, and the rest of the world in resource, product, and financial markets. Topics include national income accounting and analysis, business fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, and monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisite: ECON 101.
ECON 216  Statistics for Business and Economics
  • A systematic exposure to the issues and problems of applying and interpreting statistical analyses of business situations. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, random variables and their distributions, statistical inference, multiple regression and residual analysis, correlation, classical time-series models, and forecasting. Extensive computer analysis of data. Prerequisite: MATH 130 or 150.
ITMG 100  Information Systems
  • An introduction to computer-based information systems and their role in business and other organizations. Topics include information technology, information systems and development concepts, and application software. Emphasis on improving student skills as knowledge workers through the effective use of business productivity software and the Internet. Instructional methods include lecture, case study, hands-on projects, and student presentations.
MATH 130  Survey of Calculus
  • A terminal mathematics course giving an introduction to the concepts and techniques of elementary differential and integral calculus. Note 1: This course is not equivalent to MATH 150, and will not serve as a prerequisite to MATH 151. Prerequisite: MATH 114 with a grade of C– or better, MATH 115 with a grade of C– or better, or pass Level 2 mathematics placement exam within the previous year. (every semester)
or MATH 150 Calculus I
  • Fundamental notions of analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus with elementary applications; historical references. Prerequisite: MATH 115 with a grade of C– or better, or pass Level 2 mathematics placement exam within the previous year. Students without a solid trigonometry background are strongly recommended to take MATH 118 prior to or concurrently with MATH 150. (every semester)

Note:  Student must have completed 60 units to take upper-division courses.

Upper-Division Business Requirements for the Major (18 Units)

Must average "C"

DSCI 303 Operations Management
  • An introductory analysis of operations, planning, control, and improvement in services and manufacturing industries. Topics may include forecasting, process design, scheduling, inventories, JIT, productivity measurement, quality management, and learning curves. Prerequisite: ECON 216.
ETLW 302D Business and Society
  • This course examines principles of social responsibility, ethics, law, and stakeholder theory as they apply to organizations domestically and abroad. Coverage includes business ethics; individual versus societal interests; labor and employment issues; consumer protection; discrimination and diversity; the natural environment; politics, public policy, and government regulation of business. Particular attention is given to developing moral reasoning skills. Meets the requirements for the Environmental Studies minor. Prerequisite: MGMT 300.
ETLW 311 Business Law I
  • Covers the fundamentals of United States law and legal system, relationship of law to ethics, criminal law, torts, contracts, agency, risk management, insurance, and hiring and managing an attorney. Special emphasis is given to preventing legal problems and resolving conflicts in business for business practitioners. Systems and methods of dispute resolution are considered, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and the U.S. judicial system, including small claims court.
FINA 300 Financial Management
  • This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles that guide the financial manager in making asset management, valuation and financing decisions. Topics include ratio analysis, time value of money, stock and bond valuation, risk and return (CAPM), capital budgeting, financial planning, cost of capital and options. Pre-requisites: ACCT 201, ECON 102, ECON 216
MGMT 300 Organizational Behavior
  • The study of human behavior in organizational settings. Examines the interface between human behavior and the organizational context, and presents frameworks for managing people in the organization. Topics addressed include perceptual processes, personality, learning, motivation, attitudes, stress, group dynamics, intergroup behavior, conflict, power, politics, leadership, and cross-cultural implications. Behavioral science concepts are applied through self-assessment, case studies, and experiential exercises.
MKTG 300 Fundamentals of Marketing
  • The objective of this course is to introduce students to the important issues undertaken by marketers within a socially responsible and ethical framework. The students will learn the marketing vocabulary and basic elements of a marketing analysis. Upon completion of the course they will have developed the knowledge necessary to prepare a well-thought-out marketing plans. Prerequisites: ECON 101.

Requirements for the Business Economics Major (21 Units)

Must average "C" with no grade below "C"

ECON 201  Intermediate Microeconomics
  • The economic theory of demand, production, product and input markets, welfare, and general equilibrium. Applications of price theory, including its use in evaluating and forming public policy. Prerequisite: ECON 101, Math 130/150.
ECON 202  Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Examines the causes of fluctuations in important national economic variables, such as aggregate output, interest rates, the rate of inflation, the rate of unemployment, and exchange rates. Investigates the feasibility of stabilizing the economy through the use of fiscal and monetary policy. Prerequisite: ECON 102, Math 130/150.
ECON 370  Applied Econometrics
  • The study of the construction and estimation of econometric models and econometric research. This is a project-oriented course designed to integrate economic theory with econometric analysis. Prerequisites: ECON 201, 202, and 216. (fall semester only)
ECON 373 Managerial Economics
  • The application of analytical techniques and economic principles to analyze typical problems encountered by managers. Topics include risk analysis, demand analysis, sales forecasting, production analysis, cost estimation, pricing decisions, and capital budgeting. Prerequisites: ECON 102 and 216. (spring semester only)
ECON 490W Senior Seminar
  • A course to enhance analytical and research skills in the field of economics. Students will develop individual research projects of their own interest, integrating relevant concepts from business and economics. Prerequisite: Senior standing, ECON 370. (spring semester only)
  • ECON ***  Upper-Division Elective
  • ECON ***  Upper-Division Elective 

Residency Requirements

The business economics major requires that a minimum of 24 upper- 
division units in the major be completed at USD, of which 12 units must be in economics.

Successful completion of the Professional Development Passport Program is also a requirement for graduation for all Business majors.