Economics Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)

About Business Economics

Be ready to solve complex business problems.

Today's employers are looking to staff up with well-rounded employees. You will have that competitive edge with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from PennWest California. In PennWest California's economics program, you'll combine business fundamentals with specialized courses that equip you for success in an ever-changing business environment.    

The business economics program includes business core courses to give you a solid foundation of knowledge, as well as in-depth courses in economics that let you develop specialized expertise. The economics program can be completed either on campus or entirely online.

Understand the fundamentals of business economics.    

Specialized coursework in business economics examines micro- and macro-economic theory, econometrics, behavioral economics and game theory. Applications courses are available in international economics, labor economics, health economics, public finance and other areas. Graduates of the program are prepared to apply their knowledge to problems in business and industry, public policy and international affairs.     

In all of PennWest California's business administration programs, you also work on building quantitative, critical thinking and analytical skills. Students graduate not only with a demonstrated competence in their subject area, but also with the ability and tools to apply that knowledge. 

Business administration students are also required to have a minor:

  • Some students choose a business discipline other than their major or business concentration.
  • Other popular choices for minors include psychology, communication studies, public relations, statistics, computer information systems, leadership, women's studies, Spanish and Arabic.
  • Students also may decide to complete dual majors or dual degrees with international studies or math.

 PennWest California business graduates are prepared to explore a wide range of career opportunities. Recent PennWest California business graduates also have gone on to graduate business programs at such top schools as the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University and the College of William and Mary, and to graduate economics programs at Youngstown State and Florida State.

Learn about our accelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Business Economics

Solid foundation: Completing PennWest California's 120-credit-hour bachelor's degree in business administration provides a solid foundation to launch your career in business and industry. Your business core courses focus on the functional areas of business and business analytics, while major courses delve into your specialty. And, as a PennWest California business student, you'll graduate with solid skills in critical thinking, communication and teamwork.   

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Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in business administration, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.


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Degree Benefits

The bachelor's degree in economics integrates business study with the liberal arts, natural and behavioral sciences, and modern quantitative and information technology methods. Your studies combine fundamentals from your business core courses with a valuable specialization in your business economics concentration. You'll enter the job market with important professional advantages.  

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Graduate Outcomes

Employment in business and financial operations is projected to grow 8% through 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations, adding about 632,400 new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. PennWest California business graduates are in many careers and professions, including accountant, banker, city manager, general manager, government agency administrator, hospital administrator, industrial relations manager, insurance agent, office manager, production manager, purchasing agent, sales manager, securities analyst and stock broker. Numerous companies and industries choose to hire PennWest California business graduates, including Aflac, Allegheny Steel, Bank of America, Clear Channel Media, Jackson Hewitt, T-Mobile, Tyco Electronics, U.S. Postal Service and Walmart.



Business Economics (B.S.B.A.)


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Expert Faculty

Our highly qualified business and economics faculty members have significant industry experience, as well as advanced degrees in their fields. They are dedicated to teaching PennWest California students the skills necessary for success in business. Our professors have earned MBAs and doctorates from such top schools as American University, City University of New York, George Washington University, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island and Wayne State University.

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Research Focus

PennWest California's undergraduate business administration program emphasizes the value of doing research. Students can work one-on-one with individual faculty members, or as part of the discipline-specific research methods course. Students also have the opportunity to work with PennWest California's  Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. The Center is PennWest California's one-stop shop for all things related to starting and maintaining a successful business. 

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Student Recognition

Student achievement is recognized in several ways. Qualified students can become members of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an honorary economics fraternity, or Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Leaders. Business students also can join the Economics Club, the Student Accounting Association, the Finance Club, the American Marketing Association or the Society for the Advancement of Management. Outstanding graduating seniors are recognized with awards for excellence.


B.S., Business Administration Courses: Business Economics


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
CDC 101  Public Speaking
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
MIS 201  Management Info Systems
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Science Course
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 211  Business Writing  OR  ENG 102  Composition II
  • MAT 225  Business Statistics
  • BUS 281  Management Science I
Business Core Courses 30
ACC 200  Financial Accounting 3
ACC 321  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 242  Business Law I 3
BUS 381  Management Science II 3
BUS 499  Integrated Strategic Capstone 3
ECO 201  Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO 202  Principles of Macroeconomics 3
FIN 301  Financial Management 3
MGT 300  Principles of Management 3
MKT 300  Principles of Marketing 3
Required Major Courses 18
ECO 301  Intermediate Micro 3
ECO 302  Intermediate Macro 3
ECO 421  Applied Econometrics 3
Any 300-level or above ECO courses, excluding ECO 492 9
Related Electives 9
ECO 492  Economics Internship 3
ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT courses, 300-level or above not already included in the "Business Core Courses" or "Required Major Courses" above 6
Required Minor/Certificate* 12
Free Electives 10 to 11
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): BUS 499 Integrated Strategic Capstone AND Any ECO Writing-Intensive Course
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): BUS 381 Management Science II

* Required Minor/Certificate: Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Accounting, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business. Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their adviser, in which case the 9 credits of Related Electives may be fulfilled with courses required for the minor.

These minors are 21 credits; however, 9 of these credits are required in the “Business Core Courses” above. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate requires 15 credits; however, 3 credits are included in the major courses above.

Program Note: Students who complete dual degrees or dual majors do not have to complete a minor or certificate.


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