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B.S. in Business Economics (EN30) 

The Business Economics major went live as of 9/20/2021.


To receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Business Economics:


  • Students must have a minimum 2.0 major GPA in order to graduate. 
  • All major requirements, both lower division and upper division, must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a C- or better. 
  • All upper division major requirements must be at least 4 units. Classes lower than 4 units will not count toward your upper division major requirements. 
  • You must remain within the residency requirement for this major, which is: No more than one upper division Economics course and one upper division Rady School course may be taken externally from UC San Diego and be counted toward the major.

Note: F-1 students with an EN30 major are eligible to apply for STEM OPT and extend the employment authorization benefits (approved March 2021). Current F-1 regulations allow for 12 months of OPT and an additional 24 months (total of 36 months) of OPT for those in STEM qualified fields. Visit the OPT webpage for details and updates. EN30, Business Economics major is under the 521399 CIP code.

Focus of the Major

The Business Economics major will train students to operate within firms and to understand how firms operate within markets. Training in core economics disciplines (microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics) will teach students how firms interact with markets, how economies function, and how to extract insights from data. Training in core business disciplines (accounting, finance, management, marketing, operations, strategy) will teach students how to perform various functions inside businesses. Electives will deepen students' skillsets after core training is complete.

With an understanding of economic fundamentals and functions of businesses, students will graduate with the knowledge required for their first day on the job as well as the skills needed to predict and respond effectively to future changes in their industry, the workplace and the world.

Please see our program FAQs to learn more about the major.


  • Major requirements checklist PDF
  • Recommended Economics electives for Business Economics majors PDF

Four Year Plan

  • Freshmen entering FA07 and later PDF

Two Year Plan

  • Transfer students entering FA09 and later PDF

Business and Economics Mentoring Program (BEMP)

  • More Information PDF