Sequences of Courses

Advising and Recommendations for Curriculum Planning

Students interested in majoring in economics or business administration are encouraged to talk with a department member early in their academic career. Students may ask a department member to serve as their adviser prior to formal declaration of the major. Forms for change of adviser are available in the Office of Academic Services.

The listing of planned course offerings, available in the current College Catalog, will be helpful in planning your curriculum. While students ultimately are responsible for their academic choices, program advisers can help in planning a course of study and preparing for graduate school or careers after graduation. Students planning study in a particular area of concentration in business may be interested in having as their adviser a faculty member who teaches in that area. The following are current teaching areas:

  Accounting   Ed McCormack
Anthony Caldwell
  Economics   Caryn Vazzana
Volker Grzimek
Jean Cupidon
  Finance   Nancy Sowers
  Management   Maurice Reid
  Marketing   Ian Norris
  Management Information Systems   David Guggenheim


Business Administration

Students planning to major in business administration need to satisfactorily complete the courses listed below during their first four semesters, if possible.

    • MAT 115 or MAT 125, if 115 is waived or MAT 135, if 125 is waived
    • BUS 120, Accounting I
    • BUS 130, Accounting II
    • ECO 101, Macroeconomics
    • ECO 102, Microeconomics

The economics courses (101 and 102) are not sequential; ECO 102 can be taken before ECO 101. The accounting courses are sequential; BUS 120 must be taken before BUS 130. We strongly recommend that a student take BUS 130 in the semester immediately following satisfactory completion (C or higher) of BUS 120.

Other core courses, which are not required for admission to the major but are degree requirements for all concentrations, may also be taken during the student’s first two years. These include:

    • BUS 114, Business Applications and Programming
    • ECO 250, Statistics (after MAT 110)
    • BUS 315, Management (second year)
    • BUS 363, Marketing (second year)


Prospective Economics majors should:

    • Complete the basic math requirement, if applicable, as soon as possible. Basic math is a prerequisite for both ECO 101 and ECO 102, which are the foundational courses, and one or both are therefore required for any 300 level economics course.
    • Continue on with the math sequence completing or waiving MAT 115, 125, and 135. These are collateral courses for the economics major and serve as prerequisites for core courses required of economics majors. In addition, they serve as prerequisites for additional required math collaterals.