The Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics is now classified as a STEM major (CIP Code 45.0603: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics). This change is in effect for students with a Degree Expected Term of Fall Quarter 2019 or later. It does not apply retroactively. Also note that the degree designation remains a “Bachelor of Arts”.

  • Economics 1
  • Economics 2
  • Economics 41
  • Math 31A
  • Math 31B
  • Management 1A
  • Management 1B
  • Economics 11
  • Economics 101
  • Any L&S Writing II Requirement
  • Economics 102
  • Economics 103/103L
  • Two of Economics 106 series courses
  • Five elective Economics and Management courses from pre-approved list (Management 108, 109, 120A, 120B, 122, 123, 124, 126, 127A, 127B, 127C, 130A, 130B, 140, 160, 161, 162,163, 164, 167, 180/Real Estate Finance only), with no more than three Management courses total. A minimum number of fields is not required.
  • English Composition 131B

Pre-Major Requirements

To declare the pre-major, please print the Department of Economics Change of Major request form and submit the form to the Undergraduate Advising Office in 2263 Bunche Hall for processing.

Non-transfer students must have a minimum Primary Score of 3.3 to be eligible for the major.

You can determine your eligibility for the major by visiting the Primary Score Calculator and inputting your grades.

Pre-Business Econ/Pre-Econ Transfer Students in this category must meet one of the following:

  1. Have a minimum 3.5 GPA in Econ 11 and 101, and a minimum 3.3 cumulative UCLA GPA.
  2. Have a minimum 3.3 GPA in Econ 11 and 101 and a minimum 3.5 GPA in Econ 11, 101 and all Economics courses with at least Economics 11 as a prerequisite and a minimum 3.3 cumulative UCLA GPA.

Transfer students must have been admitted to UCLA as Pre-Economics or Pre-Business Economics to pursue the Business Economics major. Students admitted under another major cannot switch into our department, and cannot add one of our majors as a double major.

For both non-transfer and transfer students to be eligible for the major, you must have completed all of the pre-major requirements with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a “C” or better in each course. Please note that your grade in the writing course is not calculated into your pre-major GPA, however, you must earn a minimum grade of “C”.

You are allowed a maximum of one course repeat in the pre-major (First grade must be C- or lower) and you can repeat that one course one time only. Repetition of more than one pre-major course or of one pre-major course more than once will result in automatic denial of admission to the major.

All pre-major and the major courses must be taken for a letter grade.

You must be in good standing at UCLA at the time you apply in order to be considered for admission. This means that you cannot be on Probation or Subject to Dismissal status.

As a non-transfer, your application will be accepted if you have completed between 72 and 135 units. (AP units will not be included if they bring your total over 135.) Applications are available via the Undergraduate Economics Moodle Website and are accepted within the first three weeks of each quarter, including Summer Session A.

Transfer students can apply at the beginning of Winter, Spring or Summer after transferring to UCLA and successfully completing the pre-major. Only transfer students admitted to UCLA under Pre-Economics or Pre-Business Economics may pursue either of these majors.

Please note that you are subject to any requirement changes in both the pre-major and the major until you are officially admitted to the major. You are not “protected” for the major requirements under the catalog in which you were admitted to UCLA.

You are permitted to enroll in upper division Economics courses prior to being admitted to the major (except for courses restricted to Business-Economics majors: Economics 106’s) as long as you have fulfilled the prerequisites for the courses. Please review the most recent version of the UCLA catalog and Economics CCLE website each time you register for courses to ensure that you have fulfilled the prerequisites required for the courses. Most upper division Economics courses require completion of at least Economics 11 and many also require completion of Economics 101 and/or 102 and/or 103/103L. Prerequisites will be enforced and no exceptions will be granted.

Application for the Business Economics Major

To be officially admitted to the Business Economics major, you can access the application via the Department of Economics Undergraduate Counseling SSC CCLE website.  An email notice about the application availability is sent out in the form of an Econ Alert.  The application links are active during the first three weeks of each regular quarter and during the first three weeks of Summer Session A.  Notification of acceptance into the Business Economics major will be provided approximately two weeks after the week three deadline — also in the form of an Econ Alert.  Students are asked to submit an application only if they meet all the application criteria.  Please note that there are specific applications for non-transfer and transfer students, so be sure to complete the appropriate application.

Major Requirements

You must complete the courses in the major with a minimum 2.0 grade point average and a minimum grade of “C-” in each course.

Economics 11, 101, and 102 must be taken in sequence. Economics 102 should be taken soon after Economics 101 although it does not need to be completed the following quarter. Economics 103/103L should be taken close to Economics 41 so as to remember the concepts from the latter course.

The official requirements for the Business Economics major in the 2018-2019 UCLA Catalog can be found at:

Bus Econ Major Requirement 2018-2019

For additional information on both majors, our honors programs, our scholarships, and information from the College of Letters & Science – please review our Economics Undergraduate Student Handbook.

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