May 24, 2024  
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Specialization in Applied Economics, BSBA

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This specialization is intended to offer students an opportunity to design unique specializations that combine Economics with a related discipline. Students are required to take ECON 3020  and ECON 3030  (one of these can count toward the BSBA core), two more advanced Economics courses, and three courses from their chosen discipline with a cohesive theme. Selection of specialization courses must be approved by the advisor and are subject to the availability of the course offerings. Students are encouraged to discuss their individual interests with the advisor as early in their program as possible to select the appropriate specialization courses to complete their program in a reasonable time.

BSBA General Degree Requirements

Students completing the Applied Economics specialization must complete University, general degree, admission core, and business core requirements for the BSBA degree, including admission to the BSBA program.

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
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   Quantitative Literacy
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Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
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   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                              

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

First Year Experience

(3 Credits)

Admission Requirements

Applied Economics Specialization

(21 Credits)

*One may be counted in the business core
**Two 3000 or 4000 level ECON courses


(additional hours needed to reach 122 hours) and/or optional additional specialization or minor

BSBA Admission

(Must be met by 45 Credits)

BSBA admission requirements are:

  1. Completion of MATH 1260 , or BA 1600 , or MATH 1310 , or both MATH 1340  and MATH 1350  with a C or higher
  2. minimum 12 BGSU hours that count toward the degree;
  3. minimum 2.50 BGSU cumulative GPA;
  4. completion of four or more of the following courses with at least a C within 45 credit hours-ACCT 2210 , ACCT 2220 , ECON 2020 , ECON 2030 , BA 2030 , BA 2110 , BA 2120 , IS 2000 . However, all of the courses in the admission core must be completed
    # MATH requirement also satisfies Quantitative Literacy requirement

Admission decisions are made three times each year. All pre-business students with 45 hours toward the degree are reviewed for admission.

BGSU students planning on transferring to the BSBA program must apply for College entrance and pre-business status within 45 hours toward the degree or, in the case that 45 or more hours are transferred from another institution, upon completion of 12 BGSU hours toward the degree.


Students who do not achieve BSBA admission in the admission review are placed on conditional standing for one semester or 15 credit hours to satisfy BSBA admission requirements. Pre-business students on conditional standing may take 3000-level business courses, subject to completion of prerequisites, but may not take 4000-level business courses.

Students who do not achieve BSBA admission after the conditional semester will not be permitted to take 3000-or 4000-level business courses and must pursue other degree programs offered at BGSU or another institution.

University Hours Not Toward BSBA Degree:

Credit for the following courses count only toward total hours earned and class standing.

Written & Oral Communication Requirement:

All students with an applied economics specialization must satisfy a written and oral communications requirement in economics. Certification by an economics faculty member that the requirement has been met is required. Details are available in the department office.


  • The checksheet should be used in conjunction with the degree audit and advising to track progress toward degree completion.
  • The calculus requirement, all required business courses, and courses required for the specialization must be taken for a letter grade.

Elective Courses:

  • Electives are courses that count toward the BSBA degree from any University area to fill the elective requirement.
  • See above for a list of courses that do NOT count toward the BSBA.
  • ECON 2000  cannot be used to satisfy specialization or elective requirements.
  • BIZX 4000 must be completed at BGSU.


NOTE: You can do internship for the entire semester.
You can swap the internship with a semester from the schedule above.
Resume from where you left-off.

Internships are highly encouraged as they do not only provide a way to bridge the classroom material to the practice, they lead to potential future employment with the company.
Study abroad and a second specialization or minor are highly encouraged. For more on your Specialization stop by BA 3002 or visit

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