BS in Business: Economics

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

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. 

Experiential Learning Opportunities 

The School of Business and Management offers students numerous experiential learning opportunities, such as student clubs, honor societies, and study away trips. Students participating in study-away opportunities engage with topics of globalization, trade, culture, and global management and leadership as they travel the world. Typically, study-away trips include visiting global and international organizations and learning from universities and business leaders around the world. Faculty-led student clubs and honor societies offer students the opportunity to build skills in leadership, project management, decision making, and teamwork. 

Career Opportunities

Business economics careers may be found throughout the field of business, including 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 66 units. Students must achieve an average GPA of 2.5 or higher in their major courses (this includes the Business Core). 

Business Core Courses
ACCT 120Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 121Principles of Accounting II3
MGMT 210Principles of Management 13
BUSI 111Business Statistics 23
BUSI 100Personal Finance 33
BUSI 240Introduction to Information Systems and Business Applications3
BUSI 244Data Analytics, Spreadsheets, and Data Visualization3
ECON 200Survey of Economics 43
MKTG 260Principles of Marketing 53
BUSI 296Business Law3
BUSI 311Quantitative Analysis for Management3
BUSI 370International Business 53
FIN 300Business Finance for Managers3
MGMT 448Organizational and Administrative Behavior 33
MGMT 450Strategic Management 13
Economics Courses
ECON 350Intermediate Macroeconomics F3
ECON 351Intermediate Microeconomics S3
Select 5 of the following:15
Environmental Economics OS
Labor Economics ES
Urban and Regional Economics OF, 3
Econometrics EF
Special Topics in Economics F
Readings S
Financial Markets and Institutions F
International Trade and Finance S
Theory and Practice of Public Administration
Public Administration Practicum 3, 6
The Policy Process
Economic and Urban Development
Public-Private Partnerships
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Public Sector
Total Units66

Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.


Meets the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement.


Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.


Meets the General Education Social Sciences requirement.


Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.


PADM 399 counts for 3 units of major elective credit and 3 units of non-major elective credit.

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.