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Grand Valley State University    
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Mar 19, 2019
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Economics

Requirements for a Major in Business Economics

Because economics is a department in the Seidman College of Business, students pursuing a B.B.A. in economics must achieve a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, have completed 55 semester hours, and achieved a 2.5 or higher combined GPA in ACC 212, BUS 201, ECO 210, ECO 211, MGT 268, and STA 215 to be admitted to the business economics program. In order to graduate, upper-division economics majors must achieve a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA and a 2.5 minimum GPA in all economics courses. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 will not be permitted to take additional 300- and 400-level economics or business courses. However, such students may repeat 300- and 400-level Seidman economics and business courses for which they received a low grade. Students may repeat up to three different economics and business courses in their undergraduate career, but no single economics or business course can be repeated more than once. Exceptions are made only with the approval of the associate dean of the Seidman College of Business. Business economics majors are eligible to participate in the business internship program.

Students who plan to enter a graduate program in economics or a related field are highly encouraged to take the following courses: MTH 201, MTH 202, MTH 203, and MTH 227. These students should also consider a mathematics or statistics minor and consult with their advisors at an early date to explore alternatives and plan their coursework.

Requirements for the B.B.A.

Core Courses

All business core courses acquaint you with various fields in business and help you learn to communicate, to interact, and to assume responsible positions in your chosen field.

For a major in business administration, you must complete the following courses.

Required Business Electives

Three upper-division Seidman courses are not applied to the major or minor (nine credits total). However, these courses can be applied toward a second business major.


Students may elect nonbusiness or business courses to fulfill their elective course requirements. Students may apply up to six hours of internship and independent research credit, in any combination, toward their degree requirements. Business majors may not take any of the major courses, except the internship, on a credit/no credit basis.

General Business Economics

Students who take this emphasis will focus on applications in business and public policy issues. This 18-credit-hour emphasis supports careers in fields such as banking, business analyst, insurance services, and marketing research. Then economics general business emphasis is also a solid foundation for graduate programs.

Required Courses

The upper-division economics course selected as part of the core requirements cannot count as an economics major course.

Real Estate Business Economics

This emphasis supports careers such as real estate agent, commercial and residential appraiser, mortgage broker, commercial lender, urban planner, title examiner, location specialist, REIT manager, and regional developer. Students who obtain the economics B.B.A. with the real estate emphasis must take the following courses:

Required Courses

The upper-division economics course selected as part of the core requirements cannot count as an economics major course.

Requirements for an Honors Emphasis in Business Economics

The undergraduate honors emphasis in economics is for students pursuing a B.B.A. degree in business economics. Students must achieve a minimum 3.2 GPA in their economics courses and a 3.2 GPA in their overall degree to receive the honors emphasis designation. Courses cannot be taken on a credit/no credit basis. Students are required to complete the following classes, with an honors section of either ECO 210, ECO 211, or both (honors-designated sections require good standing with the Meijer Honors College or a 3.5 GPA overall):

Business Economics Program Description

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