Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Business Economics

The Williamson College of Business Administration offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Business Economics. 

Economics provides critical decision-making tools in all areas of business. To the manager of a firm, microeconomics theory provides strategies on how to maximize profit, techniques for measuring how customers will respond to changes in price, and how the potential profitability of the firm will vary with the level of competition. Macroeconomics theory discusses why inflation, unemployment, and interest rates change. For a manager, an important issue is how the federal government may try to change the state of the economy and how that will alter business opportunities.

Business Economics majors at Youngstown State University take courses in intermediate microeconomic theory, intermediate macroeconomic theory and complete a capstone project involving data analysis. Business economics majors also take four upper division electives that introduce them to different specializations, such as international trade, money and banking, public finance, and labor markets.


The Business Economics major prepares students for careers in corporate, government, and the nonprofit fields. Employers are looking for individuals with an understanding of the global economy and its connection to organizations, individuals and society. Business economists work for major corporations, investment firms and government agencies, gathering and analyzing critical information that can be used to react to fluctuating markets and business cycles. The job outlook for business economics is expected to grow due to the driven need for quantitative methods to analyze and forecast business, sales and other economic trends.


Business Economics majors at Youngstown State University have the opportunity to build their knowledge and leadership skills in their field through various student leadership organizations such as Actuarial Science Club, Economics Club, Beta Gamma Sigma, Enactus, and the Student Investment Fund.

For more information, visit Business Economics.

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
MATH *Grade of a "C" or higher required
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3-6
or MATH 2623C Quantitative Reasoning with Co-Requisite Support
or MATH 1510 College Algebra
or MATH 1510C College Algebra with Co-requisite Support
or MATH 1552 Applied Mathematics for Management
or MATH 1571 Calculus 1
GE: Arts and Humanities (6 SH)6
GE: Natural Sciences (7 SH) *1 science course must include a lab7
GE: Social Science (6 SH)
ECON 2610Principles 1: Microeconomics Grade of a "C" or higher required3
ECON 2630Principles 2: Macroeconomics *Grade of a "C" or higher required3
GE: Social and Personal Awareness (6 SH)6
Business Tool courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.
ACCT 2602Financial Accounting3
ACCT 2603Managerial Accounting3
BUS 1500Foundations of Business3
BUS 2600Business Applications of Microsoft Excel3
BUS 2610Collaborating, Writing, & Presenting in Business3
BUS 3700Business Analytics3
MGT 2604Legal and Social Responsibilities of Business3
Upper level business courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.
BUS 3715Principles of International Business3
FIN 3720Business Finance3
MGT 3725Fundamentals of Management3
MGT 3761Management Information Systems3
MGT 3789Operations Management3
MKTG 3702Business Professionalism1
MKTG 3703Marketing Concepts and Practice3
Senior Capstone
MGT 4850Strategic Management3
ECON 3710Intermediate Microeconomic Theory spring term only3
ECON 3712Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory fall term only3
ECON 3788Statistics for Business and Economics 13
ECON 4880Analysis of Economic Problems3
ECONOMICS UPPER-LEVEL COURSES (12 SH) *Select 4 (12 SH) of ECON 3000-5000 level courses12
Select 12 SH of ECON upper level courses.
Select 2 classes (6 SH) of 30000-5000 level courses from ACCT, ADV, BUS, ENT, FIN, MGT, MKTG
FREE ELECTIVES *Hours will vary based upon what is needed for 120 SH9
Total Semester Hours120-125
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
BUS 1500 Foundations of Business 3
MATH 2623
Quantitative Reasoning
or Quantitative Reasoning with Co-Requisite Support
or College Algebra
or College Algebra with Co-requisite Support
or Applied Mathematics for Management
or Calculus 1
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours13-18
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
ECON 2610 Principles 1: Microeconomics 3
BUS 2610 Collaborating, Writing, & Presenting in Business 3
GE: Arts and Humanities 3
GE: Social & Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
ACCT 2602 Financial Accounting 3
MGT 2604 Legal and Social Responsibilities of Business 3
ECON 2630 Principles 2: Macroeconomics 3
BUS 2600 Business Applications of Microsoft Excel 3
GE: Lab Science 4
 Semester Hours16
ACCT 2603 Managerial Accounting 3
MKTG 3702 Business Professionalism 1
ECON 3710 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 3
ECON 3788 Statistics for Business and Economics 1 3
GE: Social & Personal Awareness 3
GE: Natural Science 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
ECON 3712 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory 3
MKTG 3703 Marketing Concepts and Practice 3
BUS 3715 Principles of International Business 3
BUS 3700 Business Analytics 3
MGT 3725 Fundamentals of Management 3
 Semester Hours15
MGT 3761 Management Information Systems 3
FIN 3720 Business Finance 3
Upper-Level Business Course 3
Upper Level Economics Course Internship Recommended 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
MGT 3789 Operations Management 3
Upper-Level Business Course 3
Upper-Level Economics Courses 3
GE: Arts and Humanities 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
ECON 4880 Analysis of Economic Problems 3
MGT 4850 Strategic Management 3
Upper-Level Economics Course 3
Upper-Level Economics Course 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120-125

The prerequiste for all upper-level business courses includes a minimum overall 2.5 GPA