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Economics and Decision Sciences
Comparing the B.A. and B.B. Degrees in Economics
Economics faculty and courses are the same for both degrees. The main difference between the two degrees is whose basic requirements the students must fulfill. Students pursuing a BA in Economics must follow the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences while those choosing a BB in Economics are required to fulfill the College of Business and Technology core requirements. To assist you in your planning, we offer a concise comparison of the two degrees.
Students in both degree programs must earn 120 hours of credit to graduate and must satisfy the University General Education Requirements. In meeting these General Education requirements, all economics majors, BA and BB, must take:
- MATH 137 and STAT 171 (calculus and general elementary statistics)
- ECON 197 (skill development), 231 and 232 (principles of macro and micro), 330 or 332 (intermediate micro), 331 (intermediate macro), 497 (senior knowledge assessment); and CS 302 or DS 490 (spreadsheet and database applications or statistical software for data management and decision making)
As noted above, the main difference in the courses students take arises in satisfying the College specific requirements for each degree.
Bachelor Of Business
In addition to the University General Education, a Bachelor of Business major must take the following courses referred to as the "Business Core" (see, College of Business and Technology):
- Accountancy (ACCT 201 and 202) 6 s.h.
- Business Communications (IS 320†) 3 s.h.
- Business Law (B L 230/B L 431 for Accounting majors) 3 s.h.
- Business Statistics (DS 303 or ECON 487) 3 s.h.
- Finance (FIN 311/FIN 331 for Finance and Accounting majors) 3 s.h.
- Global Studies (ECON 170 or MGT 125) 3 s.h.
- Information Systems (IS 340) 3 s.h.
- Management (MGT 349 and 490) 6 s.h.
- Marketing (MKTG 327) 3 s.h.
- Total 33 s.h.
Bachelor of Arts
Instead of the Business Core, the BA major must satisfy the University General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum. The College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requires more hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Humanities than does the University General Education.
By working closely with your advisor, you will be able to minimize the number of courses taken to meet General Education requirements and maximize the number of elective hours you can take.
- Unlike the BB major, the BA major is also required to earn a minor which will require sixteen (16) to eighteen (18) hours of course work.
- The remaining hours to reach the 120 hour total can come from any other area and may include courses in the College of Business.
- Pre-Economics students who have earned 60 hours, but are ineligible to declare a business major will be limited to a maximum of 29 hours of business courses (see Limit on Business Credits page 84) and may be removed from business courses.