Business Analytics Curriculum

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2021-22, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2021. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Business Analytics Major

Students majoring in business analytics must satisfy the USD core curriculum requirements as set forth in the catalog, lower-division business courses in preparation for the major, the major requirements (i.e., the Business Component and the Major Component), and the Professional Development Passport Program. 

Lower-Division Preparation for the Major

Students must earn a C- or better in all lower-division business preparatory courses for the major.

Students who are pursuing a business major are expected to complete all lower-division business preparatory courses before earning 60 units. Students who have completed 45 – 59 units will receive an email reminding them of the policy that business majors need to complete all lower-division business preparatory courses by 60 units and recommending that they meet with a business advisor if needed.  Students, who have completed 60-74 units but still have outstanding lower-division business preparatory courses, will have an advisor hold placed on their account and must meet with a business advisor before registering for any upper-division business courses.  If a student has earned 75 or more units and still has not completed all of the lower-division business preparatory courses then the student will not be able to register for any upper-division business courses until the lower-division business preparatory courses have been successfully completed with a C- or better.

ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3-4
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 216Stats for Business & Econ1-4
or ECON 217 Applied Regression Analysis
ECON 217 is restricted to incoming transfer students and must receive pre-approval
ITMG 100Information Systems3
or BUSN 101 Creating and Growing Sustainable Ventures
Complete one of the following:3-4
MATH 130Survey of Calculus
MATH 133Business Calculus
MATH 150Calculus I
Total Units19-24

Major Requirements

The courses in the business analytics major serve two purposes:

  1. they give students a broad background in the major functional areas of business administration, i.e., the Business Component; and,
  2. they provide students with greater opportunities to acquire analytical skills as well as exposure to techniques and programs valued by the industry, i.e., the Major Component.  
BUSINESS COMPONENT:
DSCI 300Foundations of Business Analytics3
DSCI 303Operations Management3
ETLW 302Business and Society3
or PHIL 332 Business Ethics
ETLW 311Business Law I3
FINA 300Financial Management3
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 497Strategic Management3
MKTG 300Fundamentals of Marketing3
or MKTG 303 Fundamentals of Marketing Alternative
Business Component Total Units24
MAJOR COMPONENT:
Required Courses
BUAN 370Descriptive Analytics & Data Management3
BUAN 371Analytical Decision Modeling3
BUAN 381Predictive Analytics & Big Data3
or ECON 381 Predictive Analytics & Big Data
BUAN 390Business Analytics Strategy3
or ECON 390 Business Analytics Strategy
Required Courses Total Units12
Elective Courses
Select one of the following courses (3 units):3
ACCT 433Accounting Analytics
BSCM 307Supply Chain Analytics
BUAN 470Machine Learning
ECON 340Behavioral Economics
ECON 370Applied Econometrics
ECON 375Game Theory
ECON 376GIS Applications in Business
ECON 471Business Cycles and Forecasting
FINA 409Financial Modeling and Analysis
MKTG 411Marketing Analytics
Elective Courses Total Units3
Total Units39

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

Students will develop an individualized study plan with their academic advisor. 

A sample study plan for the business analytics major is as follows:

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
MATH 115College Algebra3
Core or general electives9
Total Units15
Semester IIHours
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ITMG 100
or BUSN 101
Information Systems
Creating and Growing Sustainable Ventures
3
MATH 130
or 133
Survey of Calculus
Business Calculus
3
Core or general electives6
Total Units15-16
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON 216Stats for Business & Econ4
Core or general electives9
Total Units16
Semester IIHours
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
FINA 300Financial Management3
MKTG 300Fundamentals of Marketing3
Core or general electives6-9
Total Units15-18
Junior Year
Semester IHours
BUAN 370Descriptive Analytics & Data Management3
DSCI 300Foundations of Business Analytics3
ETLW 302
or PHIL 332
Business and Society
Business Ethics
3
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
Core or general electives3-6
Total Units15-18
Semester IIHours
BUAN 371Analytical Decision Modeling3
DSCI 303Operations Management3
ETLW 311Business Law I3
Core or general electives6
Total Units15
Senior Year
Semester IHours
BUAN 381
or ECON 381
Predictive Analytics & Big Data
Predictive Analytics & Big Data
3
Major elective3
Core or general electives9
Total Units15
Semester IIHours
BUAN 390
or ECON 390
Business Analytics Strategy
Business Analytics Strategy
3
MGMT 497Strategic Management3
Core or general electives9
Total Units15

Combined Degree Program (BBA-BUAN/MSBA) 

Undergraduates who are completing a degree in business analytics can apply for admission to the MS program before finishing the BBA. Students may apply up to 12 units of course work toward the requirements for both degrees. Applications are accepted during a student's junior or senior year as an undergraduate, following a process similar to the standard application procedure for admission to the MSBA program. Admitted students have undergraduate status until they complete their BBA degree requirements, then become graduate students during the subsequent Fall semester. Students need to complete a minimum of 24 units while they have graduate student status in order to satisfy the combined degree program requirements.
 
The undergraduate courses below, with a grade of B or higher, may be used to fulfill graduate coursework.
 
BUAN 390Business Analytics Strategy (For MSBA 500 Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Concepts)3
or ECON 390 Business Analytics Strategy
ECON 370Applied Econometrics (For MSBA 501 Applied Statistics)3
or ISYE 480 Data Science and Analytics
or MATH 351 Mathematical Statistics
or PSYC 305 Advanced Statistics
BUAN 371Analytical Decision Modeling (For MSBA 506 Prescriptive Analytics)3
or ISYE 440 Operations Research II
ECON 471Business Cycles and Forecasting (For MSBA 531 Forecasting and Applied Time Series 3 Analysis)3
FINA 409Financial Modeling and Analysis (For MSBA 532 Financial Analytics)3
MKTG 411Marketing Analytics (For MSBA 534 Marketing Analytics)3
BSCM 307Supply Chain Analytics (For MSBA 535 Operations and Supply Chain 3 Analytics)3
 
Upon completion of the BBA, admitted combined degree students will complete the remaining courses required for the MSBA degree.
 
Students interested in a combined BBA-BUAN/MSBA program should consult the Graduate Catalog for program details and application requirements.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2021-22, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2021. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Business Analytics minor provides a foundation in business analytics. The course requirements follow below.

Minor Requirements

Required Lower-Division Courses
ECON 216Stats for Business & Econ4
ITMG 100Information Systems3
or BUSN 101 Creating and Growing Sustainable Ventures
Required Upper-Division Courses
BUAN 370Descriptive Analytics & Data Management3
BUAN 381Predictive Analytics & Big Data3
or ECON 381 Predictive Analytics & Big Data
BUAN 390Business Analytics Strategy3
or ECON 390 Business Analytics Strategy
Elective Courses
Select one of the following:
ACCT 433Accounting Analytics
BSCM 307Supply Chain Analytics
BUAN 371Analytical Decision Modeling
BUAN 470Machine Learning
ECON 340Behavioral Economics
ECON 370Applied Econometrics
ECON 376GIS Applications in Business
ECON 471Business Cycles and Forecasting
FINA 409Financial Modeling and Analysis
ITMG 320Database Design and Business Intelligence Implementation
MKTG 411Marketing Analytics
Elective Courses Total Units6
Total Units22