The Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics is one of the most popular majors at UCLA.  An undergraduate degree in economics seeks to educate students about how choices are made by consumers, workers and firms, and how these decisions aggregate into economy-wide phenomena. Economics is often dryly described as studying “the allocation of scarce resources”.

Please click here to access the worksheet for UCLA’s Business Economics Major.

Please click here for the recommended order of courses for our two majors.

The official requirements for the Business Economics major in the 2019-2020 UCLA Catalog can be found at:

All students interested in the Economics and the Business Economics major should be on the Econ Counseling Listserv.

To declare the pre-major for Business Economics, please print the Department of Economics Change of Major request form and submit the form to the Undergraduate Counseling Office in 2263 Bunche Hall for processing.  For those occasions that the office is closed – please submit the form online via the MyUCLA Message Center.  The subject title should be: Change of Major request form.

To apply for the Business Economics major, you must have completed the Pre-Major Courses and you must be on the Econ Counseling Listserv.  An email notice about the application is sent out in the form of an Econ Alert 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.

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

Please Note: The Bachelor of Arts in 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 or 31AL
  • 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 (Note that a total of two courses from the Econ 106 series or Econ Electives must be taken with labs)
  • 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

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