Business Economics

What is Business Economics?

Economics is poised at the intersection between social science and business, and has great relevance for a wide range of public policy issues. The business economics program at the UC Carl H. Lindner College of Business combines the study of both economics and business, providing a strong theoretical and professional combination. Traditional economics courses prepare students to collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends and develop forecasts—essential to the ability of business firms to maximize profits and provide the quantity of goods or services that consumers will demand at a certain price. The program includes general education requirements as well as basic courses in all business disciplines, economics and career exploration and development.

Admission Requirements

First-year applicants are those who have not enrolled in college or university courses (other than Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program) since graduating from high school.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program (Traditional Studies)
Freshman applicants to the BBA programs, please visit the Admission Requirements page for further information. Applicants are advised that Lindner requires four units* of college preparatory mathematics for admission to all bachelor degree programs.

*Four units of college preparatory mathematics, to include at least algebra I and II, and two additional units such as calculus, pre-calculus, statistics, functions or finite mathematics.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program (Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars)
The Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholars (KBS) Program is designed for highly motivated students with superior academic ability. This educational experience seeks to admit new freshmen, transfer, transition and current Lindner College of Business students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance. In addition, the program seeks to admit candidates who are innovative and who have the ability to think globally and work collaboratively.  KBS students value choice, creativity and individuality, have passion for their chosen specializations, and appreciate community and teamwork. Admission is highly selective. 

Applicants for the KBS Program must meet the Lindner general admission criteria. Prospective freshmen must be eligible for the CINCINNATUS Scholarship. To be considered for the CINCINNATUS Scholarship, applicants must have a completed admission application (including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores) on file with the UC Office of Admissions no later than December 1 of the applicant's high school senior year.

Transfer, transition and current Lindner students are considered for admission through the beginning of their junior year. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 to be considered for admission. Interested students who meet the required grade point average should contact the director, Undergraduate Enrollment Services, Lindner Hall, Suite103, prior to April 1.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program (Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program)  
The Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program is designed for highly motivated students with superior academic ability and demonstrated leadership skills who are committed to a career in business. This educational opportunity seeks to admit students for the freshman year. In addition to being academically strong, selection is based upon candidates' non-academic and extra-curricular profile. Admission is highly selective.

Applicants for the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS Program must meet the Lindner College of Business general admission criteria. Prospective freshmen must be eligible for the CINCINNATUS Scholarship. To be considered for the CINCINNATUS Scholarship, applicants must have a completed admission application (including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores) on file with the Office of Admissions no later than December 1st of the applicant's high school senior year. 

On occasion, transfer, transition and current Lindner students may be admitted as rising sophomores. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 to be considered for admission at this level, and high school credentials are used in combination with freshman year accomplishments. Interested students who meet the required grade point average should contact the director, Undergraduate Enrollment Services, Lindner Hall, Suite 103, prior to April 1. 

The Circle of Excellence is a selective distinction for top performing students, providing them with access to certain business honors privileges in order to further their PACE development. This educational opportunity seeks to admit incoming freshmen students. Selected students have access to honors sections of core courses and specialty courses such as studios. Priority registration and specialized Lindner Career Services events are additional benefits for these outstanding students.

Applicants for the Circle of Excellence must meet the Lindner general admission criteria. Prospective freshmen must be eligible for the Cincinnatus Scholarship. To be considered for the Cincinnatus Scholarship, applicants must have a completed admission application (including high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores) on file with the UC Office of Admissions no later than December 1 of the applicant's high school senior year.

Current Lindner freshmen and sophomores are considered for admission.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 to be considered for admission. Interested students who meet the required grade point average should contact the director, Undergraduate Enrollment Services, Lindner Hall, Suite 103, prior to April 1.

Business economics majors typically possess (or are willing to develop) the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments. Most like to read and are successful when asked to work independently. Business economics students are critical thinkers who enjoy vigorous in-class discussions and like to apply their learning to real-world problems as well as to theoretical concerns. Consequently, they enjoy researching and debating different points of view on wide-ranging issues involving public affairs.

Many students choose to further their studies in graduate school, especially in business and law schools. Career possibilities for students who graduate with a major in business economics include:

  • Entry-level positions in line management
  • Staff positions in fields such as operations research; labor and employment relations; sales and marketing; and banking and finance
  • Foreign service employee
  • Public utility corporation worker
  • Government

Academic advisors are trained to assist students and are available on an appointment basis and on a walk-in basis during specific periods. They can help with scheduling and other questions about subjects such as study abroad, co-op and internship, academic planning, course pre-requisites and the curriculum.

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business has assigned advisors for all students. Students may schedule appointments with advisors online by using the Starfish scheduling tool which is integrated into Blackboard. Students who need assistance may come to 105 Lindner Hall or telephone (513) 556-7030.

Prospective students interested in transitioning to Lindner are invited to attend an information session held weekly. Students should telephone 513-556-7030 to schedule a session.

The degree of bachelor of business administration is granted to those who complete satisfactorily the required course work for the specified degree, with university, college, major and  minor grade point averages of 2.0 or better. This includes the university’s general education requirements. All students must meet the residency requirements of the college and must contract for graduation.

Students wishing to transfer to the Lindner College of Business from other colleges and universities other than the University of Cincinnati must meet or exceed each of the requirements stated below. Please note that the collegiate grade point average for transfers from other colleges and universities is calculated utilizing all course work attempted at each college and university attended. 

1.  Cumulative collegiate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale over all course work.

2.  Must demonstrate appropriate progress towards completion of the required mathematics courses. Students enrolled in a bachelor of business administration degree must complete either Math 1046 (a 5-hour Business Math), Math 1044 (Applied Calculus I) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1045 (Applied Calculus II) (a 6-hour math sequence) or its equivalent, OR Math 1061 (Calculus I - 4 hours) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1062 (Calculus II - 4 hours), or the equivalent from another institution.

3.  Must be in good standing in current college or university. Conditional offers of admission will be made using transcripts with courses in progress. A final transcript is required before the student is allowed to enroll.

Students may apply online at Admissions. Lindner admits transfer students to begin in each academic term. 

Applicants wishing to transition from other UC colleges to the Lindner College of Business must meet or exceed each of the admission requirements stated below. Please note that the collegiate grade point average for students transitioning from other colleges is calculated utilizing all college-level course work attempted at each UC college and other universities attended.

1.  Cumulative collegiate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale over all course work.  

2.  Must demonstrate appropriate progress towards completion of the required mathematics courses. Students enrolled in a bachelor of business administration degree must complete either Math 1046 (a 5-hour Business Math), Math 1044 (Applied Calculus I) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1045 (Applied Calculus II) (a 6-hour math sequence) or its equivalent, OR Math 1061 (Calculus I - 4 hours) with a grade of C- or better and Math 1062 (Calculus II - 4 hours), or the equivalent from another institution. 

3.  Must have at least a 2.0 University of Cincinnati GPA, in addition to a 2.5 overall GPA. Conditional offers of admission will be made using transcripts with courses in progress. A final transcript is required before the student is allowed to enroll.

Applications for a change in college and program may be obtained online at the Registrar's website. Applications are due by the date printed on the application. All applications for Lindner must be submitted to the Undergraduate Programs Office, Lindner Hall, Suite 105.

Lindner accepts transition students to begin in each academic term. Students must meet the above admission requirements by the end of the semester prior to admission.

First Year Business Coursework

Required Courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
First Year Business Coursework

Required Courses

MGMT1052 Essentials of Business II

1
BA1042 Business Pathways II

1
ECON1001 Introduction to Microeconomics

3
BA1080 Career Success Strategies (FYE)

1
BA1041 Business Pathways I

1
MGMT1051 Essentials of Business I

2
ECON1002 Introduction to Macroeconomics

3

First Year Non-Business Coursework

Required courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
First Year Non-Business Coursework

Required courses

MATH1045 Applied Calculus II

3
COMM2081 Business Communication

3
ENGL1001 English Composition

Minimum Grade: C-

3
MATH1044 Applied Calculus I

Minimum Grade: C-

3

Lower Core Coursework

Required courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
Lower Core Coursework

Required courses

ENGL2089 Intermediate Composition

3
MKTG2080 Introduction to Marketing

3
BANA2082 Business Analytics II

3
IS2080C Digital Technologies for Business

3
ACCT2082 Managerial Accounting

3
BLAW2080 Legal Environment of Business

3
ACCT2081 Financial Accounting

3
BANA2081 Business Analytics I

3

Business Economics Major Courses

Major Requirements
Course Title/Desc Credit
Business Economics Major Courses

Major Requirements

ECON2030 Intermediate Macroeconomics

3
ECON2020 Intermediate Microeconomics

3
ECON4010 Introduction to Econometrics

3
Business Economics Electives

Students complete 9 credit hours of approved BUEC electives.

9

Capstone

BBA Capstone Requirement
Course Title/Desc Credit
Capstone

BBA Capstone Requirement

BA5080 Business Strategy

3

Upper Core Coursework

Required Courses
Course Title/Desc Credit
Upper Core Coursework

Required Courses

OM3080 Operations Management

3
MGMT3080 Management

3
BA3080 Business Professionalism and Character

3
INTB3080 Global Environment of Business

3
FIN3080C Business Finance

3

Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students complete six hours of approved coursework.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students complete six hours of approved coursework.

Foreign Language or Study Abroad

Students choose from approved coursework.

6

Free Electives

Students complete 18 hours of free electives.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Free Electives

Students complete 18 hours of free electives.

Free Electives

18

General Education

Required BoK coursework
Course Title/Desc Credit
General Education

Required BoK coursework

BoK Courses--FA/HP/HU/SS

Students complete six hours of coursework from the following categories.

BoKS: FAHPHUSS

6
Natural Science

Students complete six hours of NS coursework.

BoKS: NS

6

Business Economics Electives

A maximum of six hours of approved 3000 level courses may apply to the major. All others must be at the 4000 level or higher.
Course Title/Desc Credit
Business Economics Electives

A maximum of six hours of approved 3000 level courses may apply to the major. All others must be at the 4000 level or higher.

ECON3083 The Economy of Greater China: Transition, Development and Integration

3
ECON3082 Comparative Economic Systems

3
ECON3085 Environmental Economics

3
INTB5022 Study Abroad Australia: Economics of Immigration

3
INTB5021 Costa Rica: Economic, Social, and Sustainable Development

3
ECON3065 Women and the Economy

3
Economics courses 4000 level or higher

Students may choose any ECON courses at the 4000 level or higher.

3

Application Deadlines

Prospective Freshmen - Freshman applicants hoping to begin in the fall semester are urged to submit their applications prior to December 1. Applications should be filed as soon after September 1 of the previous year as possible. First-year students must provide an official transcript of their high school record and scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) program. Those who have participated in a Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program should submit official copies of any college or university transcripts. The Lindner College of Business admits freshmen in the fall or spring semester.   

Changing Majors within UC - Students applying for admission to the Lindner College of Business from other UC colleges should complete a change in college application form in accordance with the semester deadlines printed on the reverse side of the form. This document may be obtained online at the Registrar's website.

Transferring to UC - Students applying for admission to the Lindner College of Business from non-UC colleges should submit a University of Cincinnati online application, at Admissions. Students are urged to file their applications at least two months prior to the beginning of the semester in which they hope to enter the college.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The UC Lindner College of Business has been accredited continuously since 1919 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business colleges.