B.S. in Business: Economics

APU’s business economics major gives students analytical skills built on a strong general business foundation.

64-66 units

The business economics major equips students with analytical skills built on a strong general business foundation. This major focuses on business management responsibilities and the improvement in business decision making that comes from a deeper understanding of the economic environment of business, including labor, environmental, and international issues. Students become grounded in economic theory and practical applications.

Career Opportunities

Business economics careers may be found throughout the field of business, including business and financial analysis and forecasting, banking, labor organizations, and international trade. Individuals in possession of strong analytical skills are in high demand.


The Bachelor of Science in Business: Economics comprises 64-66 units. Students must achieve an average GPA of 2.5 or higher in their major courses (this includes the Business Core). To ensure that all ECON prerequisites are satisfied, economics students should choose MATH 151 or MATH 165 in the Business Core.

Business Core Courses
ACCT 120Principles of Accounting I4
ACCT 121Principles of Accounting II3
MATH 130Introduction to Statistics 13
MGMT 210Principles of Management3
BUSI 240Introduction to Information Systems3
ECON 250Principles of Macroeconomics 23
ECON 251Principles of Microeconomics3
MKTG 260Principles of Marketing3
BUSI 296Business Law3
FIN 320Principles of Corporate Finance3
BUSI 370International Business 33
MGMT 448Organizational and Administrative Behavior 43
MGMT 450Strategic Management 53
Select one of the following:3-5
Quantitative Analysis for Management
Applied Calculus I
Calculus I
Economics Courses
ECON 350Intermediate Macroeconomics F3
ECON 351Intermediate Microeconomics S3
ECON 452Econometrics S3
ECON 454Industrial Organization and Regulation F3
ECON 458Economics and Religion S3
Select 2 of the following:6
Environmental Economics OF
Labor Economics EF
Economics of the Developing World ES
Urban and Regional Economics 4, S
International Trade and Finance
Microfinance and Microenterprise OS
Financial Markets and Institutions
Theory and Practice of Public Administration
Public Administration Practicum 4, 6
Total Units64-66
F Offered in Fall only
S Offered in Spring only
F/S Offered in both Fall and Spring terms
EF Offered in Fall in even years
ES Offered in Spring in even years
OF Offered in Fall in odd years
OS Offered in Spring in odd years

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Competent Business Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge in multiple business disciplines, including management, finance, marketing, accounting and economics.
  2. Critical Thinking: Identify and solve business problems using analytical and critical thinking skills.
  3. Christian Business Ethics: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate business decisions based on a Christian perspective.
  4. Written Communication: Convey ideas clearly through professional written communication.
  5. Oral Communication: Express ideas effectively through professional oral presentations.
  6. Collaborative Teamwork: Demonstrate the ability to function as an effective business team member.
  7. Comprehensive Global Awareness: Identify cultural, economic and political aspects of business in a global environment.
  8. Discipline Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge of economic concepts.
  9. Discipline Problem Solving/Strategy: Solve core economic problems, or analyze economic situations and provide strategy for effectiveness.