A Major in Business Analytics (BUAY) involves collecting and analyzing data using computational, statistical, and mathematical models and methods to achieve competitive advantage through better decisions in uncertain business environments. The BUAY major prepares graduates for jobs involving data-driven business intelligence, decision models, and big data analytics and for graduate education in Data Science and Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management, Mathematical Finance, Marketing, and Economics.
Who uses Business Analytics?
All businesses and not-for-profit organizations nowadays use Business Analytics. Thanks to the rapid development of information technology and telecommunications, these organizations have an opportunity to make use of various types of big data and sophisticated analytics tools at a cost more affordable than ever before. The numerous tools and techniques developed for descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics help the organizations make informed decisions on day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning.
Skills for Business Analytics majors include:
- Analytical problem solving
- Business process skills
- Communication skills
- Information technology skills
- Organizational skills
Admission Requirements (Pre-Business)
Freshman admission is competitive. Students who apply for this major and are accepted into the Belk College of Business are initially classified as Pre-Business (PBUS) majors. Students interested in pursuing a major in Business Analytics, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Operations and Supply Chain Management should seek admission to the Pre-Business program to ensure appropriate advising and support. Students who complete the Progression Requirements listed below may declare an upper-division major in Business Analytics, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Operations and Supply Chain Management.
- Minimum GPA: 2.5 overall and 2.5 in Progression Courses listed below
- Pre-Major/Prerequisite/Progression Courses:
[ A minimum grade of C is required for all Progression Courses. Students may attempt each of the Progression Courses listed above a maximum of two times. An attempt is defined as a course that is completed with a final grade of A, B, C, D, or F. Courses repeated under the UNC Charlotte Grade Replacement Policy are excluded from the GPA computation, but will count as an attempt. Otherwise, all grades earned in repeated courses are included in the GPA computation.]
- Declaration of Major and/or Progression Requirements: Junior standing (60 credit hours or more); Pre-Business Requirements listed above; approved Change of Major form. Pre-Business students should submit Change of Major forms to an Academic and Career Coach in the Belk College of Business Niblock Student Center. Students who fail to declare their upper-division major on time will be prohibited from declaring their upper-division major in the College if their GPA falls below a 2.5. Students who do not meet the Progression Requirements above are ineligible for continuation in the Belk College of Business.
Transfer students interested in pursuing a Major in Business Analytics, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Operations and Supply Chain Management should seek admission to the Pre-Business program. Transfer admission requirements for the Pre-Business major include the following:
- Minimum GPA: 2.5 overall and 2.5 in equivalent Progression Courses completed
- Pre-Major/Prerequisite/Progression Courses: See Progression Courses above
This major requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students must complete the General Education Requirements of the University and the Progression, Core, and Major Requirements of the Belk College of Business.
Business Core Courses (27 credit hours)
Major Courses (15 credit hours)
Restricted Elective Courses (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following:
Unrestricted Elective Courses
As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.
Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours
To obtain this degree, students must meet the University requirements of a GPA of at least 2.0 overall and in the courses for the major. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all required Progression, Core, and Major Courses. When students repeat a course, both the old and new grades are included in the overall GPA. Courses repeated under the Grade Replacement Policy are excluded from the overall GPA computation. However, this repeated course does count as an attempt. Students must also meet the Belk College of Business residency requirements listed under the “Degree Requirements” heading on the main College of Business page .
For details about the Business Honors Program, visit the program page .