Undergraduate Business Core

Students in all business majors (with the exception of flight operations and some economics programs) complete a common undergraduate core designed to develop skill in all functional areas of business.

There are two components to the common undergraduate core:  the lower-division requirements, and the upper-division requirements. Since many of the lower-division core requirements are prerequisites for upper-division major requirements, students should work to complete lower-division courses early in their programs. Upper-division core requirements should be taken when prerequisites are met. Refer to course descriptions to determine prerequisites.

Students should try to complete as many core business requirements as possible in their LE course selections. Those courses that meet LE requirements are annotated below:

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
Lower Division Business Courses 30*
ACCT 213 Accounting Principles (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer
ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics, LE* (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer
ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer ECON 253 (LE); MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE)
IRM 200 Principles of Information Resource Management*** (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer co-requisite: MATH 150 (LE)
MATH*141 OR MATH*143 College Algebra, LE** (4)—offered every semester MATH 105 or placement test
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE** (4)—offered every semester MATH 105 or placement test
MGMT 230 Business Quantitative Methods*** (3)—offered fall, spring, and summer MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE), 150 (LE)
PHIL 206  Introduction to Ethics, LE * (3)
Upper Division Business Courses 20
FINC 300 Business Finance (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer ACCT 213; ECON 253 (LE), 263; IRM 200; MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE), MATH 150 (LE)
MGMT 305 Principles of Management (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE)
MGMT 325 Business and Employment Law (4)—offered fall and spring MGMT 305, MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE)
MGMT 475 Strategy in Global Management**** (4) senior standing; see course description
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4)—offered fall, spring, and summer MATH*141 OR MATH*143 (LE)


  1.  Students taking these courses as part of LE can double count these courses.
  2. Only one of MATH*141 OR MATH*143 and MATH 150 will count toward LE, but both are required. Students may be required to take both, based on math placement exams.
  3. IRM 200 and MGMT 230 may be taken in the same semester as co-requisites.
  4. In certain majors, Senior Seminar may substitute for MGMT *475
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