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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Economics (Business)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Business Administration (Richard Bland College of William and Mary)
Richard Bland College
Richard Bland College
Program description

Economics is the science of human choice, the study of how individuals and businesses allocate scarce resources among competing uses. As an economics major, you’ll gain an understanding of markets and incentives, and learn to evaluate current events and assess public policy. From our gateway course to our capstone programs, you’ll develop the analytical and communication skills valued by employers. Our curriculum focuses on applying quantitative and data analysis expertise to address business, public policy, and socioeconomic concerns. We also help you build and refine your communication skills, preparing you to present your work professionally with confidence.

Career opportunities

Undergraduate work in economics is excellent preparation for careers in business, government, and teaching, as well as for graduate work in economics and professional schools such as law, public administration, and medicine. Specialization in economics prepares students for careers that emphasize analytical thinking, a broad understanding of the economy and business organizations, and the impact firm/government decisions have upon consumers, firms, and the economy as a whole. Because of their analytical, quantitative and decision-making skills, students who major in economics are sought after for a wide array of positions. In particular, the specific skills economics majors acquire provide employment opportunities in large organizations that forecast business conditions and analyze economic data.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Budget, Financial, or Public Policy Analyst
  • Economist
  • Information Scientist
  • Journalist
  • Loan Officer
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Research Assistant
  • Statistician
  • Underwriter
  • Urban Planner
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • College Professor
  • Economic Consultant
  • Financial Manager
  • Policy Advisor
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • ECON 501 or SCMA 302 or STAT 314
  • MATH 200 or BUSN 212
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5+ cumulative GPA to declare major, 2.0+ cumulative GPA to graduate, and 2.0+ major GPA to graduate

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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Economics (Business)

Richard Bland College of William and Mary (Associate of Science: Business Administration)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend RBC Orientation.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Learner Mentor to discuss your degree and class plan.
  • Register for ESE 101 if you have not taken any college level classes.
  • Attend FAFSA Fridays to understand how you will fund your education. These events are available every Friday in October and February.
  • Use tutoring to get ahead.
  • Attend cultural events at RBC and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the career services offered at RBC and VCU and explore career pathways on the VCU Career Services website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
Experience Year 2
  • Be prepared for academic challenges by meeting with your Learner Mentor and understanding RBC Student Support available.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Use tutoring to get ahead.
  • Practice using the statistical functions of Excel.
  • Students considering graduate-level education in Economics beyond the bachelor's degree should take Calculus I (MTH 251) rather than Business Calculus (MTH 200).
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Business-related events.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at RBC or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences, (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend RBC Orientation.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Learner Mentor to discuss your degree and class plan.
  • Register for ESE 101 if you have not taken any college level classes.
  • Attend FAFSA Fridays to understand how you will fund your education. These events are available every Friday in October and February.
  • Use tutoring to get ahead.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at RBC and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the career services offered at RBC and VCU and explore career pathways on the VCU Career Services website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Be prepared for academic challenges by meeting with your Learner Mentor and understanding RBC Student Support available.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Use tutoring to get ahead.
  • Practice using the statistical functions of Excel.
  • Students considering graduate-level education in Economics beyond the bachelor's degree should take Calculus I (MTH 251) rather than Business Calculus (MTH 200).
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or School of Business-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at RBC or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences, (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Economics (Business)

Richard Bland College of William and Mary (Associate of Science: Business Administration)

Richard Bland College of William and Mary courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
ENGL 101 Rhetoric and Research I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENGL 102 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education
ENGL 102 Rhetoric and Research II UNIV 200 3 General education
COM 101 Public Speaking BUSN 225 3 Major (Business Foundation)
Fine Arts Core course in The Language and History of the Fine Arts (select 1): ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, 123, THEA 201 VCU equivalent 3 General education
SOC 201 General Sociology (or PSY 201-202 but both courses must be taken to receive credit for PSYC 101) SOCY 101 3 General education
PHIL 203 Intro to Ethics PHIL 201 3 General education
Human Experience Core courses in The Human Experience (select 1): PHIL 101, 121, 201, 202, 203, PSY 201-202, 250, 260, 291, REL 201, 209, 210, 270, SOC 201, 204, 208, 250, 253 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Laboratory Science Core course in the Investigation of the Natural World (select 1 with lab): BIOL 101/L, 110, 151/L, CHEM 101/L, 110/L, PHYS 101/L, 201/L, SCIE 111/L VCU equivalent 4 General education
MATH 200 Calculus for Business Note: Students considering graduate-level education in Economics beyond the bachelor's degree should take Calculus I (MTH 251) rather than Business Calculus (MTH 200). BUSN 212 3 Major (Business Foundation)
MATH 217 Introduction to Statistics STAT 210 3 Elective
ECON 201 Macroeconomics ECON 211 3 Major (Business Foundation)
ECON 202 Microeconomics ECON 210 3 Major (Business Foundation)
U.S. & World Cultures Core courses in U.S. and World Cultures (select 1): GEO 103, GOVT 201, 202, 203, 253, HIST 101, 102, 192, 201, 202 VCU equivalent 3 General education
BUS 104 Introduction to Business BUSN 201 3 Major (Business Foundation)
BUS 201 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 203 3 Major (Business Foundation)
BUS 202 Principles of Accounting II ACCT 204 3 Major (Business Foundation)
CSCI 202 Computer Applications INFO 160, 161, 162 3 Major (Business Foundation)
CSCI 203 Computer Applications II INFO 165, 166, 168 3 Major (Business Foundation)
Electives No more than 2 credits of PE may be chosen VCU equivalent 5 Elective
Richard Bland credits transferred to VCU 60
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
BUSN 325 Organizational Communication 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
BUSN 499 Business Knowledge Exam 0 Major (Advanced Business Core)
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
MGMT 303 Creativity and Ideation 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
MGMT 434 Strategic Management (capstone) 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
SCMA 301 Business Statistics I (or open elective if VCU Business approves MATH 217 from Richard Bland as substitute for this requirement) 3 Major (Advanced Business Core)
BUSN 323 Legal Environment of Business 3 Major
ECON 300 Contemporary Economics Issues 3 Major
ECON 403 or SCMA 320 Introduction to Mathematical Economics or Production/Operations Management 3 Major
ECON 501 or SCMA 302 Introduction to Econometrics or Business Statistics II 3 Major
INFO 360 Business Information Systems 3 Major
ECON 301 Microeconomic Theory 3 Major
ECON 302 Macroeconomic Theory 3 Major
ECON Select one: ECON 431, ECON 441, ECON 442, ECON 461 or ECON 489 3 Major
ECON ECON electives (select five 300- or 400-level ECON courses). NOTE: ECON 501 may be used as an elective if SCMA 302 is taken as a required course. ECON 403 may be used as an elective if SCMA 320 is taken as a required course. BUSN 400+401 may be used as electives for students enrolled in the International Consulting Program. 15 Major
Credits completed at VCU 60
Bachelor's degree total 120