What Good Freshman Advisers Need to Know

Foundation Areas: These courses are required for every major in the Business and Economics Department (Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, CLC*, Management Information Systems**, and Business Ethics***) unless otherwise noted. Students selecting a major in the department should plan to complete this foundation by the end of the sophomore year. Because they have some time to work through these classes, most students do not need to feel rushed to begin working on these majors.

  • Mathematics (except for Business Ethics)
    • Calculus (MAT 125 Calculus I or MAT 109 Business Calculus)
    • Statistics (MAT 111 Elementary Probability and Statistics)
  • Accounting
    • Principles of Accounting I and II (BUA 210 and 211)
      • Note: Excel proficiency is a prerequisite for BUA 211
  • Economics
    • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO 221)
    • Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 223)
      • Note: These classes are not sequenced, so students may take them in either order. In each class, however, the approach is somewhat mathematical in spirit, so students with weakness in math will have more success if they address their mathematical deficiencies first.
  • Technology
    • Excel and PowerPoint proficiency are required for some classes; they may also satisfy the PowerPoint requirement with COMM 115.
  • Communication (required or Accounting only)
    • COMM 115 Professional Communication

Students who complete these courses by the end of the sophomore year will have all prerequisites necessary to enter junior-level major classes; they should be able to complete the major in just 4 more semesters.

*Commerce, Language, and Culture students should also begin language study immediately. The best advice is to have them consult with MACLAC (Language) faculty to determine which class to begin with.

**Management Information Systems students should begin their computer classes with CSC 107 in their first fall (followed by CSC 115 and CSC 125 in the spring).