Pre-Business Major

Students who are new to The College of Business begin as "Pre-Business" Majors, rather than one of our ten Business Majors. Pre-Business Major students may not enroll in upper-division Business courses (300 or above) until they have been formally admitted to an upper-division major.

Pre-Business majors are required to complete the nine Pre-Business Core courses and obtain a 2.0+ UNR Grade Point Average to be admitted to a Business Major. Completion of the nine Pre-Business Core Classes typically takes most Pre-Business students four semesters.

Most of our Majors do not require completion of a Foreign Language. However, our International Business and BA-Economics Majors require students to be have competency in a foreign language at the fourth-semester level or higher. (Fourth-semester courses at UNR have the "212" numbering designation. For example, SPAN 212, JPN 212, FREN 212.) If you are seeking either of these majors, we encourage you to begin prerequisite language courses as soon as possible.

The regular semester (Fall or Spring) in which the Pre-Business core courses are being completed, you will apply to one of our ten majors.

Requirements for Acceptance to a Business Major:

  • Completion of the 9 pre-business courses
  • 2.0 UNR GPA

Pre-Business Core Classes:

  • ACC 201: Financial Accounting**
  • ACC 202: Managerial Accounting**
  • IS 101: Introduction to Information Systems
  • ECON 102: Microeconomics
  • ECON 103: Macroeconomics
  • ECON 261: Principles of Statistics I
  • ECON 262: Principles of Statistics II
  • MATH 176: Business Calculus (or MATH 181)
  • MKT 210: Marketing Principles**

**ACC 201, ACC 202, and MKT 210 are not required for the B.A. in Economics


Pre-Business Core Course Descriptions

ACC 201: FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

Purpose and nature of accounting, measuring business income, accounting principles, assets and equity accounting for external financial reporting. Prerequisite(s): 30 credits completed

ACC 202: MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING

Forms of business organization; cost concepts and decision making; break‐even analysis, fixed and variable costs, budgeting for internal reporting.
Prerequisite(s): ACC 201; IS 101

ECON 102: PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS

Introductory analysis of price determination, resource allocation, market structure, consumer behavior, producer behavior, market failure and government failure. Economic approaches to social issues and policy.
Corequisite(s): MATH 126 or higher

ECON 103: PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS

Introductory analysis of how markets and governments interact to determine an economy's output, employment, income, interest rate, wage, price, and trade balance levels over time.
Prerequisite(s): ECON 102; Completion of the Core Math Requirement or ACT of 22 or SAT of 500 or satisfactory score on math readiness exam or corequisite
Corequisite(s): MATH 126 or MATH 127 or MATH 128 or MATH 176 or MATH 181

ECON 261: PRINCIPLES OF STATISTICS I

Descriptive statistics; graphing; central tendency and dispersion measures; probability; probability distributions; decision theory, sampling, inference and estimation. Emphasis on data analysis and critical thinking.
Prerequisite(s): MATH 126 or higher; IS 101

ECON 262: PRINCIPLES OF STATISTICS II

Hypothesis testing; simple linear regression and correlation; analysis of variance; chi‐square applications. Emphasis on data analysis as it relates to business decision‐making.
Prerequisite(s): ECON 261; MATH 126 or higher; IS 101

IS 101: INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Introductions to microcomputers, computers in business and microcomputer software tools including word processors, spreadsheets and database management systems.
Prerequisite(s): None

MATH 176: INTRODUCTORY CALCULUS FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Fundamental ideas of analytic geometry and calculus, plane coordinates, graphs, functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, rates, extrema and applications thereof. (This course satisfies the university core mathematics requirement.) (Credit may not be received for Math 176 if credit has already been awarded for Math 181 or above.)
Prerequisite(s): ACT score of 27 or SAT score of 610 or revised SAT score of 630 or MATH 126 with a "C-" or better.              

MKT 210: MARKETING PRINCIPLES

Objectives and policies of marketing managers as influenced by marketing institutions, the functions performed and consumer wants and needs in a diverse culture.
Prerequisite(s): None