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Dyson Business Minor for Engineers


A generous donor has endowed the Dyson Business Minor for Engineers, putting in place the ongoing resources for a minor that is specifically tailored to the education and career needs of engineering students.

Info Session

Monday, April 28t,h 11:15am-1:45pm, Atrium, Duffield Hall

New Configuration top

Starting Fall 2012, the requirements of the minor have changed. Students currently enrolled can opt to adopt the new requirements (more flexible) and receive the designation of Dyson Business Minor for Engineers or complete the minor under the previous requirements, receiving a designation of Business Minor for Engineers. Any student who completes a Declaration of Intent to Minor in the Fall of 2012 or later must fulfill the new requirements.

Requirements top

Declaration of Intent to Minor

Students may complete a Declaration of Intent to Minor in the Dyson Business Minor for Engineers (DBME) starting in their freshmen year and must declare their intent to minor by the end of their sixth semester to qualify. The declaration is intended to signal the interest and INTENT of a College of Engineering student to pursue the DBME offered in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. The declaration can be filed BEFORE the prerequisite course in microeconomics is completed as long as the applicant plans to take the course within the next two semesters. Once the declaration of INTENT is registered in the DBME database, students receive notification and are officially considered part of the program. Students declaring the INTENT to Minor benefit in a variety of ways:

  • Have preference in the AEM courses that are offered in the minor as long as they follow the rules of pre-enrollment.
  • Receive invitations to special extracurricular events related to business and engineering.
  • Have access to advice and guidance on the minor.
  • Learn about new offerings and/or new optional courses.


To file a Declaration of Intent to Minor in DBME, students must be enrolled in or plan to take in the next two semesters ECON 1110 or a comparable course in microeconomics with a passing grade. AP credit or transfer credit is acceptable if the course is listed on the applicant's college transcript. Taking the prerequisite course S/U is permitted.

Course Requirements

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. At least 7 credits must be taken in the Dyson School.

TABLE 1: Required Courses for Dyson Business Minor for Engineers top

In planning your course selections be aware of prerequisites.

Purpose Courses accepted Credits
Introduction to basic business concepts AEM 1200: Introduction to Business Management
AEM 2400: Marketing
Non-Dyson Options*
ENGRI 1270, NCC 5580, ORIE 4152, HADM 2410, NCC 5530
Check prerequisites on upper-level courses to help determine whether to choose AEM 1200 or AEM 2400.
Introduction to accounting principles AEM 2210: Financial Accounting
Non-Dyson Options*
ORIE 3150, NCC 5500, HADM 2230
ORIE students please see note below.
Understanding finance AEM 2240: Finance (formerly AEM 3240)
Non-Dyson Options* HADM 2250, NCC 5560
Integrating marketing, finance, HR, and operations AEM 4660: Market Dynamics, Computer Simulation and Modeling (Previously called Business Lab for Engineers) 1
Business/management course to support career goals At least one 300- or 400-level business-related course from the Dyson School relating to business career goals from accepted list (see Table 2). No substitutions allowed.
ORIE students please see note below.

*At least 7 credits must be taken in the Dyson School.

Special note for ORIE students:

1. ORIE students may take any of the following courses to fulfill the accounting requirement for the Dyson Minor: AEM 3360, 3500, 4210, 4170, 4230, 4260, 4280, and 4290. All but AEM 3360 can also satisfy a Major App'd Elective from category B towards their ORIE requirements.

2. Students majoring in ORIE may not select AEM 3100 or AEM 4120 to fulfill the upper-level class requirement.

TABLE 2: List of Courses for Upper-Level Requirement top

Course Name/Number Career Goals Supported
AEM 3100: Business Statistics Consulting
AEM 3200, 3201: Business Law 1 & 2 Law
AEM 3220: Digital Business Strategy Entrepreneurship
AEM 3230: Managerial Accounting General Business
AEM 3249: Entrepreneurial Marketing and Strategy Entrepreneurship, Marketing, General Business
AEM 3250: Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management Entrepreneurship
AEM 3310: Business Regulation Manufacturing, General Business, Entrepreneurship
AEM 3350: International Technology Marketing of Biotech Entrepreneurship
AEM 3360: Intermediate Accounting I General Business
AEM 3440: Consumer Behavior Consumer Goods, Consulting
AEM 3500: Investments in the Global Economy Finance
AEM 4060: Risk Simulation and Optimization Consulting, Manufacturing
AEM 4120: Computational Methods for Management and Economics Consulting, Manufacturing
AEM 4160: Strategic Pricing Consumer Goods, Manufacturing
AEM 4190: Strategic Thinking General Business, Consulting, Manufacturing
AEM 4210: Derivatives Finance
AEM 4230: Contemporary Topics in Applied Finance Finance
AEM 4260: Fixed Income Securities Finance
AEM 4280: Valuation of Capital Investment Finance
AEM 4290: International Finance Finance
AEM 4300: International Trade Policy General Business, Manufacturing
AEM 4370: Strategy and Innovation Entrepreneurship, Manufacturing, Industrial Management
AEM 4400: Retail Strategy Marketing
AEM 4550: Economics of Advertising Consumer Goods, Consulting
AEM 4570: Advanced Corporate Finance Finance
AEM 4580: The Economics and Psychology of Sustainable Business General Business, Entrepreneurship
AEM 4940: Green Marketing General Business

Extracurricular Activities top

Seminars, networking events, and other extracurricular activities will be offered to the engineering students throughout the year. Students are encouraged to attend at least one event per semester.

Declaration of Intent top

Deadline to Declare: March 14, 2014

1. Complete the online declaration form for the minor in business for engineering student.

2. Note that to receive any consideration or priority in a course offered by the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, you must declare the minor. Declaring the minor, however, does not guarantee that you will be able to take a given Dyson School course in a given semester.

3. Plan a course of study to complete the minor requirements. Keeping track of the required courses is the student's responsibility; students will not be assigned an advisor. Only courses listed in the minor requirements will be accepted. (An exception may be made for transfer students from another university.) Students must earn a grade of C or better in each required course.

4. Before February 1 senior year, complete an Application to Certify Completion of a Minor, which may be obtained in the Advising Office in 167 Olin Hall. Take the application and an official transcript to 240F Warren Hall for verification that all required courses have been satisfactorily completed or are in the process of being completed. Upon review of a satisfactory transcript, the undergraduate minor coordinator or advising coordinator will verify on the application that the requirements for a Dyson Business Minor for Engineers have been completed.

5. Questions should be addressed to the Dyson Undergraduate Minor Coordinator, Nancy Bell (240F Warren Hall); Deborah Streeter, Bruce F. Failing Sr. Professor of Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management; or Beth Howland, Advising, College of Engineering.