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Economics, B.A.

Requirements

The Bachelor degree in economics at WSB is designed to give graduates the analytic and quantitative skills to be effective business decision makers as well as to understand basic economic theory and application that can be useful should they choose to continue graduate studies in economics or related disciplines. Historically, graduates with economics degrees who go on to legal studies, an MBA, or other related professional degrees do significantly better than students from other disciplines. Students with language skills may take an appropriate range of academic courses and obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
 or MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  ECON 2020 Macroeconomics (fulfills Social/Behavioral Science credit) 3
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution (any foreign language 202G/2020 class) 4
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 72 Credits
Business Foundation Courses:  
  ACC 2010 Financial Accounting 3
  ACC 2020 Managerial Accounting 3
  Business Computer Proficiency Exam  
or IM 2010 Business Computer Proficiency (3.0) *  
  ECON 2010 Microeconomics 3
  MATH 1100 Introduction to Calculus (4.0) 3
or MGMT 2240 Business Calculus  3
  MKTG 2200 Written Business Communication (Complete with B- grade or higher) 3
  MGMT 2340 Business Statistics I 3
Business Core Courses:  
  FIN 3100 Principles of Finance 3
  LEGL 3000 Business Law 3
  MKTG 3600 Principles of Marketing 3
  MGMT 3000 Organizational Behavior 3
  MGMT 3450 Operations Management 3
  MGMT 493R Entrepreneurship Lecture Series (1.0)  
or MGMT 495R Executive Lecture Series 1
Economics Core Requirements:  
  ECON 3010 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
  ECON 3030 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
  ECON 305G International Economics 3
  ECON 3340 Managerial Statistics 3
  ECON 3370 Economic Modeling and Quantitative Analysis 3
  ECON 3830 History of Economic Thought 3
  ECON 4340 Econometrics Applications  3
  ECON 4960 Senior Seminar Current Economic Issues 3
Economics Elective Requirements:  
Choose 14 credits from any 3000 or 4000 level ACC, ECON, or FIN course not already taken in consultation with appropriate faculty or an advisor. 14
Elective Requirements: 12 Credits
Complete 12 credits of any foreign language course 1010, 1020, 2010 sequence 12

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits required in the BA degree; at least 40 credit hours must be upper-division courses.
  2. Overall grade point average 2.0 or above with a minimum of 2.5 GPA in all Woodbury School of Business courses. No grade lower than a "C-" in core and specialization courses.
  3. Residency hours: Minimum of 30 credit hours of business courses through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements. Students are responsible for completing all prerequisite courses.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

NOTE: Students will be limited to 9 hours of upper-division credit until advanced standing status is completed.

Footnote
* Students will be required to complete the Business Computer Proficiency exam with a score of 80 percent or higher or complete the IM 2010 course with a score of 80 percent or higher.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Flexible delivery options (e.g., online, hybrid, live interactive, evening, weekend, education centers) are available for this degree. These vary by semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for the semester you plan to enroll.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MATH 1050 or MATH 1090
College Algebra or College Algebra for Business 3
Physical Science  3
Fine Arts   3
Foreign Language 1010 4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences or Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
MGMT 2240   or MATH 1100
Business Calculus or Introduction to Calculus 3
Foreign Language 1020  4
Biology  3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
ACC 2010 Financial Accounting 3
Foreign Language 2010  4
ECON 2010 Microeconomics 3
MGMT 2340 Business Statistics I 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
American Institution 3
Foreign Language 2020/202G  (Fulfills Humanities credit) 4
ACC 2020 Managerial Accounting 3
ECON 2020 Macroeconomics (fulfills Social/Behavioral Science credit)  3
MKTG 2200 Written Business Communication 3
  Semester total: 16
Note: MKTG 2200 must be completed with a grade of B- or higher  
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
MGMT 493R or MGMT 495R Entrepreneurship Lecture Series or Executive Lecture Series 1
3rd Science   3
LEGL 3000 Business Law 3
MKTG 3600 Principles of Marketing 3
ECON Elective   4
  Semester total: 14
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
ECON 3340 Managerial Statistics 3
ECON 3030 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
FIN 3100 Principles of Finance 3
MGMT 3000 Organizational Behavior 3
MGMT 3450 Operations Management 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
ECON 3010 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
ECON 3830 History of Economic Thought 3
ECON 305G International Economics 3
ECON 3370 Economic Modeling and Quantitative Analysis  3
ECON Elective   3
ECON Elective   1
  Semester total: 16
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
ECON 4960 Senior Seminar Current Economic Issues 3
ECON 4340 Econometrics Applications  3
ECON Elective   3
ECON Elective   3
  Semester total: 12
  Degree total: 120

Students will be required to complete the Business Computer Proficiency exam or the IM 2010 with a B- or higher.

No grade lower than a C- in core and specialization courses.

Students will be limited to 9 hours of upper-division credits until student has Matriculated.

 

Department

Name:

Finances & Economics

Location: WB 215
Telephone:

801-863-8385

Email: lowell.glenn@uvu.edu
Web Address: uvu.edu/woodbury/finance-economics
Chair: Lowell M. Glenn
 
 

Mission Statement

The department offers three bachelor degree programs in Economics, Finance, and Personal Financial Planning (PFP). Graduates in economics find employment in a variety of public and private institutions while many go on to graduate education in economics, law, public policy, an MBA and other disciplines. Finance major’s move on to careers in corporate financial management, as investment managers and analysts, in banking and other careers in the finance industry. Faculty in the department have been remarkably successful in supporting students taking the financial industry’s most sophisticated accreditation exam, the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), first level that is available to seniors at the university level. The business world is more competitive today than in past generations. Decision makers understand the increasing importance of getting things right the first time using business models and measurement methods to make business and policy decisions.  

The PFP program is designed to prepare students for professional careers as fee-for-service certified financial planners.Unlike the other two degrees that offer Bachelor of Arts and Sciences as well as minors and emphases in integrated studies, the PFP program is restricted to a single bachelor of science degree. Students who complete the PFP degree will in many respects emulate the careers of accountants who work with individuals and organizations in the management of wealth, personal resources, and provide other professional functions.The PFP Program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Board of Standards, Inc. The classes taught in the Department of Finance and Economics are designed to give students the background they need to make professional business decisions. The department also offers an online group of courses in cooperation with Dalton Education that meet the CFP® educational requirements for practicing professionals in the financial industry to sit for the accreditation examination. Finally, the department offers a post-bachelor Certificate in PFP which again has been registered with the CFP® Board to meet education requirements to qualify to take the professional accreditation exam.

Experienced faculty work with students in understanding the theory of their discipline and then demonstrate how to apply that theory in the pragmatic application of those principles in financial management, economics, statistics, and other business courses critical to their professional development.


 
 

Finance & Economics

Job Outlook

The need for economic and financial decision makers is increasing at all levels of business and government. Job demand is high, particularly in larger metropolitan areas, and the employment outlook is excellent. Those trained in finance and economics who also have competence in information analysis can enter fields such as fund management, energy, securities, securities market regulation, or government financial management. Those with foreign language capabilities may also have access to employment in international business, international finance, import/export, and securities operations. The PFP program gives graduates an opportunity to both work for themselves in the capacity of an individual planner as well as to obtain employment in other organizations as they provide needed services to clients.

Programs

As noted earlier, students interested in finance and economics may receive a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics or Finance. There are also Minors in both Economics and Finance as well as an emphasis in Integrated Studies in both the Economics and Finance disciplines. However, the PFP program only offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a variety of courses designed to prepare students to take certification exams offered by national financial planning associations.

 
 

Woodbury School of Business

Advisement Center:

  • Office: WB 257
  • Telephone: 801-863-8032


Dean:
Norman S. Wright

 
 

Faculty

Kyle Allen(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



A.A., Business Administration, Snow College; B.S., Business Management, Utah Valley University; M.B.A., Global Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management; Ph.D., Finance, Texas Tech University .

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Vaughn Armstrong(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty

Department: Business Graduate Studies

B.S., Mathematics, J.D., J. Reuben Clark College of Law, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Finance, Arizona State University.

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Rachel Bi(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



B.S., Management of Information Systems, Dalian Maritime University; M.S., Personal Financial Planning; M.B.A., Finance; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.

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Leo Chan(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty

Department: Business Graduate Studies

B.A., Ph.D., Economics, University of Kansas.

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Vaughn Cox(2011)

Professional in Residence

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty

Department: Business Graduate Studies

B.A., M.B.A., Finance, University of Utah.

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Lukas Dean(2014)

Associate Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



B.A., M.S., Finance, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Personal Finance, Texas Tech University.

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Lowell Glenn(1999)

Associate Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Department Chair

Department: Business Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.S., Public Administration/Political Science, M.B.A., Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Economics, The George Washington University.

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Amir Kia(2006)

Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



M.A., Mathematical Economics and Econometrics, University of Ottawa; Ph.D., Economics, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

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Ryan Law(2015)

Professional In Residence

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



B.S., Family & Consumer Sciences, Utah State University; M.S., Personal Financial Planning, Texas Tech University.

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Laura Ricaldi(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



JD, Law, California Western School of Law; M.S.S, Strategic Studies, US Army War college; L.L.M., Law, University of Virginia; B.B.A, Business Administration, National University.

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Andre Rossi De Oliveira(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty

Department: Business Graduate Studies

B.A., M.A., Economics, University of Brasilia; M.Sc., Mathematics, Ph.D., Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Abdus Samad(2002)

Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



B.A. (Honors) Econ, M.A. Econ, Rajshai University, Bangladesh; M.A., Economics, Lakehead University, Canada; Ph.D., Economics, University of Illinois, Chicago.

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Hyrum Smith(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



B.S., Accounting, Utah State University; M.B.A., Business, University of Utah; Ph.D., Personal Financial Planning, Texas Tech University.

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Maritza Sotomayor(2009)

Associate Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



B.A., Economics, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru; M.A., Economics, Centro de Investigavion y Docencia Economicas; Ph.D., Applied Economics, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona.

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Scott Stratton(2015)

Lecturer

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



B.S., Information Systems, Business Administration, University of Utah; M.S., Personal Finance, J.D., Texas Tech University.

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Xu (Kiera) Sun(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



B.A., Finance, Henan University of Economics & Law; M.B.A., Ph.D., Finance, The University of Texas - Pan American.

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Cary Wasden(2015)

Visiting Professor

Department: Finance & Economics
Faculty



B.S., Zoology, M.P.A., Business Development, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. ( ABD), International Finance & Economics, Ohio State University.

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