Online Undergraduate Pre-Business Curriculum


The Eller Online Undergraduate program allows students to work at their own pace.

If you want to complete coursework at full-time status, then you would take two courses every seven weeks (four classes or 12-14 units per semester). If you prefer part-time enrollment options then you will be coached to take complimentary courses at your own pace. Your pre-business advisor/success coach will provide advising, study strategies and academic support and registration assistance along the way.

Course Dates

The following pre-business foundation courses are available for self-registration through your UAccess Student Center.

Spring 2022 summer 2021 Fall 2021
Jan 12 - Mar 4 Mar 14 - May 4 May 17 - Jul 2 Jul 6 - Aug 20 Aug 23 - Oct 13 Oct 14 - Dec 8
ACCT 200 ACCT 210 ACCT 200 ACCT 210 ACCT 200 ACCT 210
BNAD 276 BCOM 214 BNAD 276 BCOM 214 BNAD 276 BCOM 214
ECON 200 BNAD 277 ECON 200 BNAD 277 ECON 200 BNAD 277
MIS 112 MIS 111 MATH 116 MIS 111 MIS 112  MIS 111
MATH 116 (full semester) MIS 112   MATH 116 (full semester)

Course Descriptions

Session: 7 Week-First

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to financial accounting that concentrates on concepts, relationships and the procedures involved in preparing and analyzing financial statements of for-profit business organizations. Concepts in this class include accounting for assets, liabilities and owners' equity.

Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

Session: 7 Week-First

Course Description: This is a first course in business statistics, with an emphasis on techniques for data analysis and inference in management. Students are assumed to be familiar with basic descriptive statistics, probability theory and probability distributions. Presentation of technical material is combined with hands-on analysis of data to aid managerial decision making. Meeting will be a mix of lecture and problem-solving. There are two objectives for the course. First, to develop a conceptual understanding of statistics and the role of data analysis in management. Second, to master the mechanics of applied statistics.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 116 (Business Calculus) or MATH 122A/B (Calculus 1)
Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

Session: 7 Week-First

Course Description: National and international economic issues. An introduction to economic analysis. 
Prerequisite(s): two courses from Tier One, Individuals and Societies (INDV 101, 102, 103, 104). 
Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

Session: Dependent on semester 

  • Typically offered in 15 Week format for Spring and Fall 
  • Typically offered in 7 Week 1 for Summer 

Introductory topics in differential and integral calculus, with particular emphasis on understanding the principal concepts and their applications to business. Microsoft Excel and graphing calculators will be used as tools for further understanding these concepts. Except as per University policy on repeating a course, credit will not be given for this course if the student has credit in a higher level math course. Such students may be dropped from the course.

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Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

Session: 7 Week-First

Course Description: This is an integrated lecture-lab course designed to introduce students to the analytical methods and tools used for business problem solving with an emphasis on analysis techniques, algorithmic design and implementation.
NOTE: Lab course was previously listed as MIS 111L

Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

Session: 7 Week-Second

Course Description: This course provides an introduction to managerial accounting that concentrates on concepts, relationships and the procedures involved in understanding the strategic decision making process of managers in for-profit business organizations. Concepts in this class include the use of accounting data in the managerial process, cost allocation systems and budgeting.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200
Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

Session: 7 Week-Second

Course Description: Introduce students to successful business communication strategies and practices and to help them improve and develop their business communication skills for increased success in future coursework and the workplace.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200 and BNAD 276
Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

Session: 7 Week-Second

Course Description: Corporations today are said to be data rich but information poor. For example, retailers can easily process and capture millions of transactions every day. In addition, the widespread proliferation of social and economic activity on the Internet leaves behind a rich trail of micro-level data on consumers, their purchases, interactions, retailers and their offerings, auction bidding, music sharing and more. The business media, recruiters and the companies that hire our students constantly tell us of the need for business people to manage very large data sets and use analytical modeling to achieve business results. This course will provide foundations of quantitative analyses to equip students with the necessary background to further develop their analytical skills in their business majors. It will focus on analysis of real business datasets in the context of business-related decision making. This course introduces and reinforces the concepts, methods and applications of quantitative and statistical tools that are used by business decision makers. It will be taught as a sequel to BNAD 276, reviewing statistics concepts and single linear regression and moving to multiple linear regression and other concepts that are useful to business analytics, such as visualization techniques and software. The course will have a heavy focus on hands-on analysis of real business datasets. It will use Excel and another business-relevant statistical package, such as SPSS or SAS.

Prerequisite(s): BNAD 276
Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

Session: 7 Week-Second

Course Description: This course introduces students to concepts of computer technology and the impacts of Internet on social, organizational, personal and ethical issues. Students develop a sufficient understanding of computers and other issues to form critical opinions about them, as well as acquire and hone skills to recognize and evaluate their role in interacting with the Internet.

Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

General Education Requirements

Eller Online students must also complete UA General Education requirements to earn their degree. While many Eller Online students bring prior transfer coursework to fulfill UA general education requirements, some students may need to plan for additional non-Eller or general education courses in order to complete their Eller degree. Please work with your Pre-Business Advisor/Success Coach to review your particular coursework and plan for these additional requirements, if needed.


Preparing for Eller Professional Admissions

In preparation for the transition into the selective upper-division phase of Eller College, called Professional Admissions, pre-business students much complete foundational, prerequisite courses in business. In order to be eligible to apply for Professional Admission to the Eller College of Management, you must meet the following requirements:

  • GPA Requirement: Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on 12 or more completed, graded UA units. If fewer than 12 UA units have been completed, a transfer GPA will be calculated using all attempted coursework from all transfer institutions previously attended. 
  • Unit Requirement: Have completed a minimum of 42 units of work acceptable to the University of Arizona, and be on track to complete 54 credits by the end of the semester in which applying. 
  • Foundation Coursework Requirement: You must be complete or in progress with the necessary pre-business foundation prerequisite coursework. All foundation courses must be successfully completed by the end of the regular semester in which a student applies. Students who do not pass a foundation course that was in progress during the semester in which they applied will lose their Professional Admission and need to re-apply in a future term. The following required courses must be complete or may be in progress as noted below: 
    • Accounting Sequence:
      At least one complete and the other can be in progress. Acceptable courses include: 
      ACCT 200 (Financial Accounting)
      ACCT 210 (Managerial Accounting)
    • Business Math Sequence:
      At least two complete and the other can be in progress. Acceptable courses include:
      MATH 116 (Business Calculus)
      BNAD 276 (Business Statistics)
      BNAD 277 (Analytical Methods for Business) 
      Note:  Math 116 can be replaced with an approved Calculus course 
      Please speak with the Eller Success Coach for more information about alternative Math options.
    • Composition Sequence: 
      At least one complete and the other can be in progress. Acceptable courses include: 
      ENGL 101 OR ENGL 107 (English Composition I) 
      ENGL 102 OR ENGL 108 (English Composition II) 
      OR ENGL 109H (Advanced Composition)
    • Economics Sequence:
      Course(s) can be complete or in progress. Acceptable course(s) include:
      ECON 200 (Basic Economic Issues) 
      OR ECON 201A (Microeconomics) and ECON 201B (Macroeconomics)
    • Management Information Systems Course(s):
      Course(s) can be complete or in progressAcceptable course(s) include:
      MIS 111 (Computers in an Internetworked Society) and MIS 112/111L (Excel Lab)
      MIS 112/111L is required for students who entered the UA in Fall 2012 or later. 
    • Business Communication Course:
      Course is typically in progress the semester in which applying for Professional Admissions:
      BCOM 214
      BCOM 214 is required for all students who began at the University of Arizona Fall 2015 or later.
      If you're transferring directly into Professional Admissions, you will be required to take BCOM 315 as part of the upper-division in lieu of BCOM 214. 

  • Good Academic Standing: Students must be in good academic standing (UA GPA of 2.0 or higher) at the UA in order to be eligible to start the cohort. Students may not start the upper-division cohort on Academic Probation (UA GPA).