Business Economics, B.S.B.A.


Entrance Requirements

In addition to the academic admission requirements of the Moore School of Business stated below, a limit on admission to the program may be imposed. An enrollment limit would become necessary if enrollment levels exceed school staffing capabilities and resources. The Undergraduate Admissions Committee, in consultation with the dean of the school, shall be responsible for adjusting undergraduate enrollment levels to ensure the quality of the undergraduate program. A student who meets admissions criteria will be favorably considered, but because of space limitations admission cannot be guaranteed. Once minimum criteria are met, all qualified applicants are placed into an admissions group and are ranked by academic credentials. Based on the number of available seats, students are admitted in ranked order until capacity is reached. The Moore School only considers new applicants for Fall Term admission. 

Freshmen entering the USC Columbia Pre-Business division of the Moore School of Business must meet the campus requirements for admission. Freshmen applicants will only be considered for Fall Term admission.

Students from other USC campuses who have no work from colleges outside of USC must have a minimum cumulative Institution GPA of 3.25, must have taken at least 15 USC credit hours, and have completed calculus with a minimum grade of C. Additionally, those students who have fewer than 30 semester hours from colleges outside USC must also meet Columbia campus freshman admission requirements. Change of campus applicants will only be considered for Fall Term admission.

Students enrolled in other colleges on the Columbia campus must have a minimum cumulative Institution GPA of 3.25, must have at least 15 USC credit hour,and have completed calculus with a minimum grade of C. Internal transfers will only be considered for admission in the fall term.

Transfer students from other institutions must present a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on all college work taken and have completed calculus with a minimum grade of C. Students who have taken fewer than 30 semester hours of college work must also meet Columbia campus freshman admission requirements. External transfers will only be considered for Fall Term admission. 

Degree Requirements (122 hours)

See Darla Moore School of Business for progression requirements and other regulations.

Program of Study

Requirements Credit Hours
1. Carolina Core 31-43
2. College Requirements 40
3. Program Requirements 15-30
4. Major Requirements 21-24

Founding Documents Requirement

All undergraduate students must take a 3-credit course or its equivalent with a passing grade in the subject areas of History, Political Science, or African American Studies that covers the founding documents including the United State Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle, and a minimum of five essays from the Federalist papers.  This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the Carolina Core, the major, minor or cognate, or as a general elective.  Courses that meet this requirement are listed here.

1. Carolina Core Requirements (31-43 hours)

CMW – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written (6 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher​

ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (6-7 hours) 

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

SCI – Scientific Literacy (7 hours)

GFL – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language  (0-6 hours)

Students shall demonstrate in one Foreign Language the ability to comprehend the topic and the main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a USC foreign language test. Those failing to do so must satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC.

GHS – ​Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours) 

GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)

AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)

INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)

VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)


Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.

2. College Requirements (40 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Course Title Credits
ACCT 225Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACCT 226Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
ACCT 324Survey of Commercial Law3
BADM 301Business Careers in the Global Economy1
ECON 221Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 222Principles of Macroeconomics3
FINA 363Introduction to Finance3
MGMT 250Professional Communication3
MGMT 371Principles of Management3
MGMT 478Strategic Management3
MGSC 290Computer Information Systems in Business3
MGSC 291Applied Statistics for Business3
MGSC 395Operations Management3
MKTG 350Principles of Marketing3
Total Credit Hours40

3. Program Requirements (15-30 hours)

Supporting Courses (0-9 hours)

Internationalization Requirement (0-9 hours)

The program requires 9 hours of course work with international content that may be completed through other degree requirements. Three hours must be taken from an approved list of courses offered by the Moore School of Business which contain international business or international economics content. The following course options can also be used to satisfy the 3 credit hours of this requirement: approved course work containing international business or international economics content, taken at a semester abroad program; an approved Maymester or summer overseas course containing international business or international economics content; an approved internship course in international business wherein a student would obtain discipline-related work experience in a foreign country; or an approved service-learning component. Students may choose from one of the following options to complete the remaining 6-hour requirement:

Language: Two language courses at the 200 level or above


Electives: Two approved courses with international content taken either inside or outside the Moore School of Business.  See the list of available internationally-focused courses.

Minor or Cognate (12-18 hours) optional

Minors (non-business) may be selected from a University-wide list of approved minors. The minor is normally a minimum of 18 hours of prescribed courses in one subject area. Minors are recognized on the transcript.

Cognates which consist of 4 related courses in a specific field. The cognate is intended to support the course work in the major. The cognate must consist of twelve (12) hours of courses at the advanced level, outside of but related to the major. Cognates do not earn an additional designation on the transcript.

Electives (6-30 hours)

The number of elective hours required depends upon the number of hours used to fulfill other degree requirements, including the optional minor or cognate.  Minimum degree requirements must equal 122 hours. Selecting to pursue a minor or cognate, multiple business majors or the business analytics concentration may be used to reduce the total number of electives hours. No courses of a remedial, developmental, skill-acquiring, or vocational nature may apply as credit toward degrees in the Darla Moore School of Business.

Options to meet this requirement may include:

  • Pre-Professional coursework can be applied for students seeking admission to a professional degree program after graduation.
  • A maximum of 4 courses towards completion of an accelerated master’s program if not counted elsewhere in the degree.
  • Directed Electives:  Students may select courses of interest with their advisor.  Students are strongly encouraged to take a business section of UNIV 101. All directed coursework electives must be passed with a grade of C or better. Directed coursework may not include coursework in PEDU or MATH/STAT below the Moore School minimum requirements (ex. MATH 111 or STAT 110) or 1 credit performance classes.

4. Major Requirements (21-24 hours)

a minimum grade of C is required in all major courses

Major Courses (9 hours)

Course Title Credits
ECON 321Intermediate Microeconomic Theory3
ECON 322Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory3
ECON 436Introductory Econometrics3
Total Credit Hours9

Major Electives (12 hours)

Course Title Credits
Select six hours of ECON courses numbered 400 or above6
Upper-Level Business Electives 16
Total Credit Hours12

Students with a single major in Business Economics must complete additional upper level (300-level or above) business/economics course work (in ACCT, BADM, ECON, FINA, IBUS, MGMT, MGSC, or MKTG) for a total of 21 hours of Upper-Level Business courses, which include major hours. Students must meet prerequisites to take the business elective of their choosing. Students may choose to pursue an additional major or a business analytics concentration in place of Upper-Level Business Electives.

Note: ECON 421, ECON 476, ECON 499 and ECON 524 cannot be used to fulfill the 6 hours of ECON courses 400 or above.

Business Analytics Concentration (9 hours) optional

Please consult with your Academic Advisor or department on the courses recommended for individual majors. The analytics concentration must be taken in conjunction with a major. The department may add additional electives to the Business Analytics Concentration, subject to the approval of the Business Analytics Task Force.

Course Title Credits
MGSC 394Data Analytics for Business3
Select two of the following:6
Accounting Information Systems I
Integrated Business Processes with Enterprise Systems
Introductory Econometrics
Corporate Risk Management
Financial Innovation
Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Student-Managed Investments
Research in International Business
Analytics for the Human Resources Professional
Business Information Systems
Applied Statistical Modeling
Service Operations Management
Principles of Marketing Research
Pricing Strategy and Analytics
Data Science for Business Decision-Making
Digital Marketing & Social Media Analytics
Total Credit Hours9

Note:  Courses applied in the major may not also fulfill concentration requirements.

Sustainability in Business Concentration (12 hours) optional

Please consult with your Academic Advisor or department on the courses recommended for individual majors. The sustainability concentration must be taken in conjunction with a major. The department may add additional electives to the Sustainability in Business Concentration, subject to the approval of the Sustainability Curriculum and research Faculty Committee.

Course Title Credits
MKTG 472Business, Markets and Sustainability3
Select six to nine hours from the following:6-9
Corporate Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Management
Corporate Governance and Agency Conflicts
Urban Economics
International Development Economics
Environmental Economics
Sustainable Operations & Supply Chain
Select zero to three hours from the following:0-3
Environmental Pollution and Health
Environmental Ethics
Integrating Sustainability
Sustainability Projects Course
Sustainable Cities
Sustainable Tourism
Environmental Policy

Note: Courses applied in the major may not also fulfill concentration requirements.

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Business Economics, B.S.B.A.