Concentration Requirements

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AEM majors must choose at least one of the following eleven concentrations by the beginning of their junior year, and may choose no more than two.

Note: For students who matriculated to the Dyson School before fall 2015, you may use either the current or the previous requirement sheet.

AEM Concentrations

Accounting Finance
Agribusiness Management Food Industry Management
Applied Economics International Trade and Development
Business Analytics Marketing
Entrepreneurship Strategy
Environmental, Energy, and Resource Economics  

Note:

  • No more than one course may fulfill the elective credits of two concentrations.
  • Courses used to fulfill a core applied economics or quantitative methods requirement cannot also be counted towards a concentration requirement or elective unless that concentration is environmental, energy, and resource economics.
  • In rare situations, your faculty advisor may allow you to substitute courses other than what is listed for your concentration requirements.

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Accounting

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Accounting 

At least 9 elective credits from the following:

  • AEM 3520: Financial Statements Analysis 
  • AEM 4520: Advanced Accounting 
  • AEM 4521: Cost Accounting 
  • AEM 4530: Auditing and Assurance 
  • AEM 4531: Federal Income Taxation 
  • AEM 4560: Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities, Estates, and Trusts 
  • NBA 5020: Managerial Accounting and Reporting 
  • NBA 5090: Advanced Financial Statement Analysis 
  • NBA 5110: Financial Modeling 

agribusiness managementAgribusiness Management 

At least 9 elective credits from the following:

  • AEM 2230: Cooperative Business Management
  • AEM 3040: Dairy Markets and Policy Seminar
  • AEM 3290: International Agribusiness Study Trip
  • AEM 4030: Farm Management Study Trip
  • AEM 4070: Advanced Financial Analytics with Applications in Agriculture and Development
  • AEM 4150: Price Analysis
  • AEM 4210: Derivatives and Risk Management
  • AEM 4310: Agricultural and Food Policy
  • AEM 4510: Environmental Economics
  • AEM 4560: Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities, Estates, and Trusts

applied economicsApplied Economics 

ECON 3040: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
Note: ECON 3020 can be used to replace both ECON 1120 and ECON 3040 (can replace 3040 with a grade of B or better).

At least 3 credits listed under Applied Economics Requirements and 3 credits from the Quantitative Methods Requirements that have not already been used to fulfill the AEM core requirements.

At least 12 credits listed under Applied Economics Requirements that have not already been used to fulfill the AEM core requirements.

Note: MATH 1120: Calculus II is strongly recommended, especially as preparation for graduate work in economics.


business analyticsBusiness Analytics

Must take one of the following: 

Must take one of the following:

  • CS 1110: Introduction to Computing Using Python
  • CS 1112: Introduction to Computing Using MATLAB
  • HADM 4760: Visual Basic for Applications
  • CS 1142: Introduction to MATLAB

Must take one of the following:

  • HADM 3740: Fundamentals of Database Management and Data Analysis
  • PLSCS 4200: Geographic Information Systems

At least 6 elective credits from the following:

  • AEM 2770: Excursions in Computational Sustainability
  • AEM 3030: Explorations in Analytical Modeling
  • AEM 4010: Organizational Analytics
  • AEM 4060: Risk Simulation & Optimization
  • AEM 4070: Advanced Financial Analytics with Applications in Agriculture and Development
  • AEM 4120: Computational Methods for Management and Economics
  • AEM 4620: Advanced Financial Modeling and Analysis
  • STSCI 4060: Python Programming and its Applications in Statistics
  • HADM 4010: Data-Driven Analysis
  • CS 2110: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures

entrepreneurship Dyson

For prospective and current students who want to choose their own path.

Entrepreneurship 

At least 15 elective credits from the following (at least 6 credits in AEM):

  • AEM 1210: Entrepreneurial Thought Leadership Seminar
  • AEM 1220: Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences
  • AEM 1221: Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences II
  • AEM 1230: Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Business
  • AEM 3220: Digital Business Strategy
  • AEM 3245: Organizational Behavior
  • AEM 3249: Entrepreneurial Marketing and Strategy
  • AEM 3250: Business Planning Process for New Ventures
  • AEM 3340: Women, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship
  • AEM 3350: International Technology Marketing of Biotechnology
  • AEM 3380: Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Solvers
  • AEM 3381: Social Entrepreneurship Field Study
  • AEM 3610: The Business Lab & Implementation of a Business Plan
  • AEM 4080: Innovation & New Product Management
  • AEM 4370: Strategy and Innovation
  • AEM 4380: Entrepreneurial Strategy for Technology Ventures
  • AEM 4390: Technology Strategy
  • AEM 4420: Emerging Markets
  • HADM 4130: Entrepreneurial Management
  • HADM 4211: Entrepreneurial Finance
  • NBA 3000: Entrepreneur and Private Equity
  • NBA 6230: Actualizing Your Startup - Part I

environmental energy resource economicsEnvironmental, Energy, and Resource Economics

  • AEM 2500: Environmental and Resource Economics
  • AEM 4500: Resource Economics
  • AEM 4510: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 3030: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory*
  • ECON 3040: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory**
  • Minimum 3 credits of EERE-related electives offered by the following departments: BIOEEBEECRPEASGOVT, NTRESDSOC. (Can also use AEM 2110)

* ECON 3010 can be used to replace both ECON 1110 and 3030 (can replace 3030 with a grade of B or better).
** ECON 3020 can be used to replace both ECON 1120 and ECON 3040 (can replace 3040 with a grade of B or better).


financeFinance 

Must take one of the following:

At least 6 elective credits from the following:

  • AEM 3050: Management of Banking Companies
  • AEM 3060: Practitioner's Overview of Securities Markets and Investment Banking
  • AEM 4060: Risk Simulation and Optimization
  • AEM 4070: Advanced Financial Analytics with Applications in Agriculture and Development
  • AEM 4210: Futures, Options, and Financial Derivatives
  • AEM 4230: Contemporary Topics in Behavioral Finance
  • AEM 4260: Fixed Income Securities
  • AEM 4280: Valuation of Capital Investment
  • AEM 4290: International Financial Management
  • AEM 4590: Financial Markets and Institutions
  • AEM 4620: Advanced Financial Modeling and Analysis
  • AEM 4630: Asset Pricing and Management

food industry managementFood Industry Management

At least 6 elective credits from the following:


international trade developmentInternational Trade and Development

Must take one of the following:

  • AEM 2300: International Trade and Finance OR
  • AEM 2350: Introduction to the Economics of Development

At least 12 elective credits from the following:

  • AEM 2110: The Business of Biofuels
  • AEM 4290: International Financial Management 
  • AEM 4300: International Trade Policy 
  • AEM 4350: The Political Economy of the WTO
  • AEM 4420: Emerging Markets 
  • AEM 4421: Research and Strategy in Emerging Markets 
  • AEM 4450: Toward a Sustainable Global Food System: Food Policy for Developing Countries
  • AEM 4485: Economics of Food and Malnutrition
  • AEM 4545: International Finance and Macroeconomics
  • AEM 4640: Economics of Agricultural Development

marketingMarketing 

At least 9 elective credits from the following:


strategyStrategy 

At least 15 elective credits from the following:

  • AEM 2550: Corporate Sustainability: Business in a Resource-Constrained World
  • AEM 3210: Business Law II
  • AEM 3220: Digital Business Strategy 
  • AEM 3245: Organizational Behavior 
  • AEM 3430: Principles of Supply Chain Management 
  • AEM 4080: Innovation and New Product Management 
  • AEM 4140: Behavioral Economics and Managerial Decisions 
  • AEM 4160: Strategic Pricing 
  • AEM 4190: Strategic Thinking 
  • AEM 4370: Strategy and Innovation 
  • AEM 4380: Entrepreneurial Strategy for Technology Ventures 
  • AEM 4390: Technology Strategy 
  • AEM 4480: Executing Firm Strategy 
  • AEM 4580: The Economics and Psychology of Sustainable Business 

Student Spotlight

Zach Leighton

Zach Leighton '15

Hometown

Jericho, New York

Concentrations

Finance, marketing

What makes Dyson special?

The collaborative and interdisciplinary nature unique to such a competitive business program.

Internships and Work Experiences

Internships at the White House and J.P. Morgan; starting full-time fall 2015 at Ernst & Young