Business Economics Coursework

To declare the pre-major, please print the Department of Economics Change of Major request form and submit the form via the MyUCLA Message Center.  Once submitted, one of our undergraduate counselors will process your request.

Non-transfer students must have a minimum Primary Score of 3.3 to be eligible for the major.

You can determine your eligibility for the major by visiting the Primary Score Calculator and inputting your grades.

Pre-Business Econ/Pre-Econ Transfer Students in this category must meet one of the following:

  1. Have a minimum 3.5 GPA in Econ 11 and 101, and a minimum 3.3 cumulative UCLA GPA.
  2. Have a minimum 3.3 GPA in Econ 11 and 101 and a minimum 3.5 GPA in Econ 11, 101 and all Economics courses with at least Economics 11 as a prerequisite and a minimum 3.3 cumulative UCLA GPA.

Transfer students must have been admitted to UCLA as Pre-Economics or Pre-Business Economics to pursue the Business Economics major. Students admitted under another major cannot switch into our department, and cannot add one of our majors as a double major.

For both non-transfer and transfer students to be eligible for the major, you must have completed all of the pre-major requirements with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a “C” or better in each course. Please note that your grade in the writing course is not calculated into your pre-major GPA, however, you must earn a minimum grade of “C”.

You are allowed a maximum of one course repeat in the pre-major (First grade must be C- or lower) and you can repeat that one course one time only. Repetition of more than one pre-major course or of one pre-major course more than once will result in automatic denial of admission to the major.

All pre-major and the major courses must be taken for a letter grade.

You must be in good standing at UCLA at the time you apply in order to be considered for admission. This means that you cannot be on Probation or Subject to Dismissal status.

As a non-transfer, your application will be accepted if you have completed between 72 and 135 units. (AP units will not be included if they bring your total over 135.) Applications are available via the Undergraduate Economics Moodle Website and are accepted within the first three weeks of each quarter, including Summer Session A.

Transfer students can apply at the beginning of Winter, Spring or Summer after transferring to UCLA and successfully completing the pre-major. Only transfer students admitted to UCLA under Pre-Economics or Pre-Business Economics may pursue either of these majors.

Please note that you are subject to any requirement changes in both the pre-major and the major until you are officially admitted to the major. You are not “protected” for the major requirements under the catalog in which you were admitted to UCLA.

You are permitted to enroll in upper division Economics courses prior to being admitted to the major (except for courses restricted to Business-Economics majors: Economics 106’s) as long as you have fulfilled the prerequisites for the courses. Please review the most recent version of the UCLA catalog and Economics CCLE website each time you register for courses to ensure that you have fulfilled the prerequisites required for the courses. Most upper division Economics courses require completion of at least Economics 11 and many also require completion of Economics 101 and/or 102 and/or 103/103L. Prerequisites will be enforced and no exceptions will be granted.

Application for the Business Economics Major

To be officially admitted to the Business Economics major, you can access the application via the Department of Economics Undergraduate Counseling SSC CCLE website.  An email notice about the application availability is sent out in the form of an Econ Alert.  The application links are active during the first three weeks of each regular quarter and during the first three weeks of Summer Session A.  Notification of acceptance into the Business Economics major will be provided approximately two weeks after the week three deadline — also in the form of an Econ Alert.  Students are asked to submit an application only if they meet all the application criteria.  Please note that there are specific applications for non-transfer and transfer students, so be sure to complete the appropriate application.

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)

The business economics program teaches you to understand the forces that drive the actions of corporations and consumers, the way an economy works, and the importance of global trade.

Program Overview

You may choose one of three emphasis areas:

  • General and Honors emphasis both teach critical thinking and analytical skills for business decision making.
  • Real estate emphasis focuses on residential and commercial real estate issues.


Aside from the B.B.A. and economics core requirements, business economic major electives include courses about:

  • Environmental problems
  • Forecasting
  • Gender issues
  • International trade
  • Money and banking
  • Public economics and ethics
  • Urban and real estate economics
  • Health economics

Career Options

General and Honors emphases: Market research, consulting, banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, international and development organizations, and intelligence agencies. Real estate emphasis: Urban planner, developer, real estate agent, residential/commercial appraiser, mortgage broker, or commercial lender. A business economics degree is a great base for a variety of graduate degrees.

Why Study Business Economics at Grand Valley?

  • The economics faculty, with distinguished credentials and business expertise, work closely with you to form career goals and select courses to achieve those goals.
  • Smaller class sizes allow more interaction with faculty.
  • Opportunities for involvement, such as the economics honor society, Omicron Delta Epsilon; economics club; real estate group; professional development series and more.
  • Internships, available in all business areas, allow you to earn money while getting valuable business experience.
  • Study abroad opportunities prepare you for global society by allowing you to live within another culture and meet students from around the world. Our study abroad programs are established in 25 countries and can be customized to meet your needs and interests.
  • Economics stresses well developed analytical skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A campus in the heart of an exciting business environment.


“I've had a lot of professors who have real-world business experience so they've been able to connect their experience to their teaching to show us how what we're learning is applicable to the real world.”


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