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BBA in Economics

The study of economics provides a good background for careers in business and government. It develops quantitative and analytical skills which are applicable to many jobs. Knowledge of economics is also essential for well-informed citizens to participate responsibly in public debate and decision-making on many issues. A major in economics can also provide a background for postgraduate study in law, business, professional-level training in economics, public administration, professional health management, hospital administration, urban affairs, and transportation studies. Students find that Economics provides good preparation for jobs such as: investment banker, statistician, budget analyst, financial analyst, trade specialist, program analyst, insurance broker, professor, revenue agent, consultant, economic analyst, loan officer.

Marketable Skills

  1. Communication: Reach mutual understanding through effective exchange of information, ideas, and feelings.
  2. Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues.
  3. Entrepreneurship: Develop, organize, and manage ideas and opportunities turning them into new products, services, firms, or industries.
  4. Leadership: Step up, think, and act critically and creatively to bring others together to accomplish a common task.
  5. Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues to solve problems and develop informed opinions.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will assess an organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats and will integrate these factors into a viable strategic plan.
  2. Students will analyze a firm’s financial and accounting information identifying firm strengths and weaknesses and will develop suitable strategies to improve corporate performance.
  3. Students will recognize, measure, and analyze market demand for a product or service and will integrate this analysis into an effective marketing strategy.
  4. Students will understand the role of financial markets and institutions in our economy and will integrate these monetary factors into an effective decision-making process.
  5. Students will employ production operation models to supply chain problems and will recommend the operating strategy that maximized shareholder value.
  6. Students will integrate decision processes and models from management, marketing, economics, finance, and accounting into the value creation process.

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120

Business Designated Core
Select one of the following:
Calculus I
Math for Social Sciences I
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ECON 2304Principles of Microeconomics3
The following courses are also recommended:
Business/Profession Comm
Math for Social Sciences I
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Note: Principles of Microeconomics must be selected to fulfill the social sciences core curriculum requirements
Business Foundation (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 2303Principles of Macroeconomics3
QMB 2301Business Stats & Analytics I3
Math Elective:
Select one of the following:3-4
Calculus I
Math for Social Sciences II
Business Core
Required Courses:
BLAW 3301Legal Environment of Business3
BUSN 3304Global Business Environment3
or BUSN 3305 Global Busn Environ-Study Away
CIS 3345Management Information Systems3
FIN 3310Business Finance3
MGMT 3303Intro-Mgmt/Organizational Beha3
MGMT 4300Strategic Management3
MKT 3300Principles of Marketing3
OSCM 3321Production/Operations Mgmt3
ECON 3320Money and Banking3
Economics Major
Required Courses:
ECON 3302Intermed Macroeconomic Theory3
ECON 3303Intermed Microeconomic Theory3
Select twelve hours of upper division ECON from the following list:12
Public Choice
Public Sector Economics
International Economics
Mathematical Economics
Introduction to Econometrics
History of Economic Thought
Free Electives:
Select six hours of upper division courses6
Select Business Minor of Certificate 12
Total Hours120

Course requires a grade of C or better.

Upper Division Business Courses

ACCT 3320Accounting Systems3
ACCT 3321Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 3322Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 3323Cost Accounting3
ACCT 3327Fed Income Tax - Individuals3
ACCT 4304Auditing Principles/Procedures3
ACCT 4396Internship3
ACCT 4398Independent Study in Acct3
ACCT 4399Current Concepts in Accounting3
BLAW 3301Legal Environment of Business3
BLAW 4391Business Law3
BUSN 3304Global Business Environment3
BUSN 4394Spec Top in Intnat'l Business3
CIS 3301Intro to Data Process & Prog3
CIS 3325Adv Microcomp Bus Applications3
CIS 3340Org Impact-Information Tech3
CIS 3345Management Information Systems3
CIS 3350Sys. Anal. & Des. for Bus. Ana3
CIS 4320Advanced Programming3
CIS 4330Expert Sys & Decision Sup Sys3
CIS 4365Database Management3
CIS 4368Advanced Database Management3
CIS 4370Data Comm. & Network Manag.3
CIS 4375Intro to Electronic Commerce3
CIS 4385Info Sec. & Cybers. Analytics3
CIS 4396Intern. in Info Sys & Busn An.3
CIS 4398Independent Study (CIS)3
CIS 4399Current Top. in Bus Anal. & IS3
ECON 3302Intermed Macroeconomic Theory3
ECON 3303Intermed Microeconomic Theory3
ECON 3310Managerial Economics3
ECON 3320Money and Banking3
ECON 3325Public Choice3
ECON 33343
ECON 3335Urban Economics3
ECON 33513
ECON 33663
ECON 33673
ECON 3372Mathematical Economics3
ECON 3373Introduction to Econometrics3
ECON 3380History of Economic Thought3
ECON 4312Current Issues in Banking3
ECON 4325International Economics3
ECON 4330Public Sector Economics3
ECON 4335Economics & Law3
ECON 43403
ECON 43683
ECON 4398Independent Study in Economics3
ECON 4399Current Topics in Econ3
FIN 3310Business Finance3
FIN 3315Investments3
FIN 3317Principles of Insurance3
FIN 3321Real Estate Finance & Investmt3
FIN 3325Money & Capital Markets3
FIN 3330Finance for Entrepreneurs3
FIN 3350Personal Financial Planning3
FIN 4310Managerial Finance3
FIN 4315Portfolio Analysis3
FIN 4316Analysis of Derivatives3
FIN 4325International Finance3
FIN 4328Central Banking3
FIN 4396Internship in Finance3
FIN 4398Independent Study In Finance3
FIN 4399Current Topics in Finance3
MGMT 3303Intro-Mgmt/Organizational Beha3
MGMT 3304Organization Development3
MGMT 3306Entrepreneurship3
MGMT 3310Creativity and Innovation3
MGMT 3311Intro to Human Resource Mgmt3
MGMT 3315Employee and Labor Relations3
MGMT 3320Small Business Management3
MGMT 4300Strategic Management3
MGMT 4304Human Resource Training/Develp3
MGMT 4306Franchising3
MGMT 4315Human Resource Staffing/Plan3
MGMT 4320Corporate Entrepreneurship3
MGMT 4325International Management3
MGMT 4337Compensation/Employee Benefits3
MGMT 4396Internship in Management3
MGMT 4398Independent Study in Managemen3
MGMT 4399Current Topics in Management3
MKT 3300Principles of Marketing3
MKT 3302Consumer Behavior3
MKT 3320Advertising & Sales Promotion3
MKT 4301Marketing Research3
MKT 4304Social Media Marketing3
MKT 4305Selling and Sales Management3
MKT 4307Multi-Cultural Marketing3
MKT 4310Principles of Retailing3
MKT 4325International Marketing3
MKT 4391Services Marketing3
MKT 4395Strategic Marketing Managment3
MKT 4396Marketing Internship3
MKT 4398Independent Study In Marketing3
MKT 4399Current Topics In Marketing3
OSCM 3321Production/Operations Mgmt3
OSCM 3322Adv Production/Operations Mgmt3
OSCM 3331Service Operations Management3
OSCM 3333Production Planning & Control3
OSCM 3335Project Management3
OSCM 3336Inventory Management3
OSCM 3337Logistics Management3
OSCM 3339Quality Planning and Control3
OSCM 3390Internship-Prod/Oper Mgmt3
OSCM 4315Purchasing & Supply Management3
OSCM 4371Trans & Warehousing Sys3
OSCM 4375Oper Mdl for Supply Chain Mgmt3
OSCM 4398Independent Study in POM3
QMB 3301Business Stats & Analytics II3

Business Designated Core

Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

All courses listed within this degree require a grade of C or better for successful completion.

Select one of the following:
Calculus I
Math for Social Sciences I
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ECON 2303Principles of Macroeconomics3
The following additional courses are also recommended:
Business/Profession Comm
Math for Social Sciences I

University Core Curriculum

The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

All courses require a C or better

I. Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl
Total Hours6

II. American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

III. Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-African Amer Studies
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

IV. Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

V. Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Laboratory for PHYS 2320
Laboratory for PHYS 2321
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours 6

VI. Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

VII. Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Asian American Studies
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
Community Service
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

VIII. Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Chicana/o Fine Arts Appreciat
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

IX. Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Introduction to Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6

4-Year Sample Degree Plan 

BUSN 1301Intro to Global Business3
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I3
RWS 1301Rhetoric & Composition I3
Creative Arts3
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
ECON 2303Principles of Macroeconomics3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
RWS 1302Rhetoric & Composition 23
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
ECON 2304Principles of Microeconomics3
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
Life and Physical Science3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
BLAW 3301Legal Environment of Business3
MATH 2301Math for Social Sciences II3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
QMB 2301Business Stats & Analytics I3
Life and Physical Science + Lab Area3
BUSN 3304Global Business Environment3
or BUSN 3305 Global Busn Environ-Study Away
ECON 3302Intermed Macroeconomic Theory3
ECON 3320Money and Banking3
FIN 3310Business Finance3
MGMT 3303Intro-Mgmt/Organizational Beha3
CIS 3345Management Information Systems3
ECON 3303Intermed Microeconomic Theory3
MKT 3300Principles of Marketing3
OSCM 3321Production/Operations Mgmt3
Minor Class3
Economic Electives3
Economic Electives3
Economic Electives3
Minor Class3
Minor Class3
MGMT 4300Strategic Management3
Economic Electives3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Minor Class3
Total Hours120