Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Applied Economics or Economics
Bachelor of Science in Economics
Department of Economics
College of Business Administration

Bachelor of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences

Economics is the study of making choices. All societies experience shortages of the products and services that people want. There are simply not enough products and services to meet the ever-growing needs of consumers.

Economics studies how we choose between combinations of products and services, such as more hospitals and more national defense, more expenditures on child care centers and better homes for the aged, or more money for research on medical problems and for resurfacing the roads. Economics examines how to make decisions about what to produce, how to produce and who gets to consume the products and services produced.

Nearly all public and private policy problems involve economics. Economics influence decisions on national defense, international trade, the level of employment, inflation and taxation. Economic forces influence business productivity, efficiency and profit opportunities. Students will examine these economic issues and determine how to use available labor, money and natural resources to increase the production of products and services most desired by the people.

Career Opportunities

The economics major emphasizes the development of analytical thinking and communication skills. Students who desire a liberal arts education should consider economics as a major. As with other liberal arts majors, students are required to take courses from many disciplines, plus intensive study in the major. Few disciplines can match the academic training provided to economics majors.

Students receive an academic foundation necessary for graduate work and to prepare them for careers in business, education or government. In addition, law schools usually rank economics as one of the best majors for those preparing for a law career. Other fields of employment include politics, city planning, banking, management and labor relations.


To meet the student’s specific academic and career goals, four different economics curricula are offered. Students may select the Bachelor of Arts degree offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Economics or the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in applied economics or economics, offered through the College of Business Administration.

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides opportunities to specialize in economics within a liberal arts and sciences framework. In the Bachelor of Science in Economics degree program, students are required to take calculus and a quantitative economics course plus electives in economics. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration provides a strong business curriculum with a specialization in applied economics or economics. Students who wish to enter the BSBA program should be aware of specific admission requirements.

The four degree programs have a core of common course material. Beyond the departmental core a wide range of course offerings are available in several specialized fields within economics. For example, a student may be interested in taking courses in international trade and development, labor economics, public finance, or urban and regional economics. Current topic courses and independent study opportunities are also available.

Special Features

Through the Economics Club, students are able to take advantage of many presentations given by professional academic economists as well as those in banking, government and business communities.

Other presentations and activities are available to students through Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honorary. Membership in the honorary is open to all economics students meeting academic and membership requirements.

Interested students may apply for an assistantship within the department or work with departmental faculty in instructional and research efforts. Students may also participate in internship opportunities with government and businesses through the College of Business Administration and the Cooperative Education and Internship Program.

Minor in Economics

The economics minor (offered through the College of Arts and Sciences) is available to all students except those majoring or specializing in economics. The minor is for students who want some exposure to economics but do not want the full complement of theory. The minor is an excellent complement to other social sciences such as political science, psychology, history or sociology, and provides a strong policy focus. For more information, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

College Highlights

The College of Business Administration offers outstanding academic programs, nationally recognized chapters of professional student organizations, a large base of scholarship support and a tradition of success based on providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a competitive business environment. The college maintains close ties with many regional and national businesses.

The undergraduate and master’s business programs are accredited by the AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than 500 colleges and universities worldwide that confer business degrees have achieved this recognition for assuring quality and continuous improvement in their programs, faculty and resources.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

Entrance to the College of Business Administration

Entrance to the College of Business Administration as a pre-business or economics student is selective. New freshman and new transfer students may apply for entrance to the college with their application for University admission. Math and composite ACT scores (or equivalent SAT scores) are used in the selection process.

Admission to BSBA Program

Admission to BGSU does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program. Students enroll in the College of Business Administration as pre-business students. Full admission to the BSBA program requires completion of calculus and a set of introductory business courses with a satisfactory grade point average.

The BSBA degree will be granted only to those students who achieve BSBA admission and fulfill all degree requirements.Students who have questions should contact undergraduate student development in the College of Business Administration, 419-372-2747.

Requirements for Transfer Students

Generally, non-business courses taken at either two-year or four-year institutions are accepted for transfer credit by the College of Business Administration.

For students who transfer to BGSU from a two-year institution, courses that match introductory business courses offered by the CBA are acceptable for transfer credit.

Ordinarily, transfer credit is not accepted for business courses beyond the introductory level that require junior or senior standing at BGSU. However, students who believe that they have sufficient background in the subject matter of a course may be permitted by the appropriate department to take an examination for credit in the course.

For students who transfer to BGSU from a four-year institution, equivalent lower-level, introductory and business core courses are often accepted for transfer credit. Upper-level business courses in an area of specialization may be accepted up to a maximum of 50 percent of the coursework required within a given area of specialization.

For Further Information

Internet Access

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The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Economics, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: