Economics and Finance

West Chester University

Contact Info
Office: 309C Anderson Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-3331
Email: Department Chair


BS in Economics: Pre-Business Program

Incoming freshmen who meet the SAT, GPA, and high school rank requirements are admitted to the pre-business program. Upon successful completion of the required courses, pre-business students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Economics program, or for a Bachelor of Science degree in any of the other four business programs: Accounting, Economics, Management, or Marketing.

Thus, the pre-business program gives students the flexibility to make an informed decision before committing to a particular business major.

Please click here to see our guidance sheet effective for students entering Fall 2010 or AFTER.

Admission Requirements

In order to be eligible for acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Economics, students must fulfill the following pre-business program requirements:

  1. Obtain a minimum grade of C or better in all of the following courses:
    1. Financial Accounting - ACC 201
    2. Principles of Macroeconomics - ECO 111
    3. Principles of Microeconomics - ECO 112
    4. Quantitative Business Analysis I - ECO 251
    5. Mathematics Requirement - MAT 105, MAT 107, MAT 108, MAT 110, or MAT 161
    6. Principles of Management - MGT 200
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better
  3. Minimum number of credits earned: 48

Only pre-business students who meet the above requirements will be accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Economics program.

Retention Requirements

Students accepted into the major program are expected to maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to continue in the Bachelor of Science in Economics program.

Please click here to see our guidance sheet effective for students entering Fall 2010 or AFTER.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who meet the requirements may be eligible to declare a major in economics or any of the other business programs in Accounting, Finance, Management, or Marketing.

If a transfer student who wishes to major in Economics does not meet the requirements for a major in Economics, but meets the general university admission requirements, she/he may be admitted to the pre-business program.