CBE Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the College of Business and Economics:

(effective fall 2015)

Pre-Major:

Students who have not completed their foundation course work may apply to the College and be given pre-major status. Pre-major status is granted to students who are at least sophomore level, or who have been identified as top quintile students, and who, at the time of application, meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of a 2.50 cumulative college-level GPA including all previous institutions.
  • Minimum of 2.30 cumulative GPA in all courses taken within the College of Business and Economics.
  • Students must have a WWU cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher to be considered in good academic standing with the University.

Students with pre-major status may only enroll for foundation or core courses listed. Their progress will be monitored by the College and they will attain full major status upon successfully completing the foundation courses and meeting the admission criteria above. If after completing the foundation courses they do not meet the criteria for full major admission, they will be dropped from the College. They may reapply should they repair the deficiency.

Applying for pre-major status has the following benefits:

  • Students are assigned a pre-major advisor to ensure they are on track and informed of CBE policies
  • Students are assigned a faculty advisor for their area of study
  • Students are eligible to apply for CBE scholarships
Full Major:

For admission to the College of Business and Economics as a full major (except majors in economics and manufacturing and supply chain management) a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 2.50 cumulative GPA after having completed all foundation courses. The cumulative GPA is calculated on all college-level course work completed by the student, including any transfer work.
  • Minimum of 2.30 cumulative GPA in all courses taken within the College of Business and Economics.
  • Students must be in good academic standing with the University.

Students who meet the requirements will be assured of admission if space is available in the department program of choice. For economics and manufacturing and supply chain management admissions requirements, see below.

To be admitted as an Economics Major:

Completion of the CBE Foundation courses is not required to declare a major in economics, except for the economics-accounting combined major. In order to declare a major in economics, students must have achieved a 2.50 cumulative college GPA (including transfer work. Students planning to major in economics should declare their major as early as possible, preferably during their first year at Western. Early declaration is costless and in no way restricts the student's options for changing plans later, but it provides many benefits. Advantages include faculty advising, and protection against possible future catalog revisions that change degree requirements. Declared majors are also eligible for departmental scholarships and other awards. Transfer students should contact the department prior to registering to be certain that they enter the course sequence correctly with the appropriate course equivalents from other institutions.

To be admitted as a Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Major:

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management students must complete the eight CBE foundation courses listed below plus CHEM 121 and PHYS 114 with a cumulative foundation GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Foundation Courses:

Course Number Course Title
MATH 157 Business Calculus
ACCT 240 Financial Accounting
ACCT 245 Managerial Accounting
DSCI 205 Business Statistics
ECON 206 Intro to Microeconomics
ECON 207 Intro to Macroeconomics
MGMT 271 Law & the Business Environment
MIS 220 Intro to Business Computer Systems or MIS 220 Test Out