University-Wide Business Minor

The University-Wide Business Minor (UBM) is available to all undergraduate students graduating in May 2014 or later across all colleges at Cornell University, EXCEPT for students in the School of Hotel Administration, Dyson majors, and ORIE majors.

UBM is offered by a consortium of schools and colleges at Cornell, including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), Johnson School, and School of Hotel Administration. The minor is intended for students majoring in subject areas other than business to get exposure to business concepts, frameworks, and methods.

Info Sessions

Info sessions will be held early in the semester. Check back for official dates and locations.

Declaration of Intent to Minor

Students may complete a Declaration of Intent to Minor in the University-Wide Minor in Business on the Dyson minors website starting in their freshman year and must declare the minor by the end of their junior year to qualify.

The declaration is intended to signal the interest and intent of a student to pursue the minor. The declaration can be filed BEFORE taking the prerequisites are completed as long as the applicant plans to take the prerequisites within the next two semesters.

Once the declaration of intent is registered in the UBM database, students receive notification and are officially considered part of the program. Students declaring the intent to pursue the minor will have access to advice and guidance on the minor and will be put on a notification list that will be used to announce new offerings and opportunities.

How to Declare and Complete the Minor

  1. Review: Review the tables below to better understand the minor. We also suggest visiting the Dyson minors website for more information to get started.
  2. Plan: Plan a course of study to complete the minor requirements.
  3. Apply: Complete the online Declaration of Intent on the Dyson minors website by the end of junior year.
  4. Certify: Certify completion of the business minor with an application on the Dyson minors website by June 1 of senior year. 

Course Prerequisites

To file a Declaration of Intent to Minor in UBM, students must be enrolled in or plan to take in the next two semesters a 3-credit class in both microeconomics and statistics from the courses listed below.

AP credit or transfer credit is acceptable for these prerequisites if the course is listed on the applicant's college transcript. Taking a prerequisite course S/U or online is permitted.

Key: F = fall; W = winter; S = spring; Su = summer

Microeconomics

Must complete one of the following courses.

ECON 1110 Introductory Microeconomics (AP or transfer credit accepted) F, W, S, Su
ECON 3010 Accelerated Microeconomics F
ECON 3030 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory F, S
PAM 2000 Intermediate Microeconomics F, S

Statistics

Must complete one of the following courses.

AEM 2100 Introductory Statistics F
BTRY 3010 Biological Statistics I F
BTRY 3080 Probability Models and Inference F, S
CEE 3040 Uncertainty Analysis in Engineering F
ECON 3110 Probability Models and Inference for the Social Sciences F, S
ECON 3120 Applied Econometrics S, Su
ECON 3125 Statistic and Applied Econometrics F, S, Su
ECON 3130 Statistics and Probability F
ENGRD 2700 Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics F, S, Su
ILRST 2100 Introductory Statistics F, W, S, Su
ILRST 3080 Probability Models and Inference F, S
ILRST 3110 Probability Models and Inference for the Social Sciences F, S
MATH 1710 Statistical Theory and Applications in the Real World F, S
MATH 4710 Basic Probability F
MATH 4720 Statistics S
NTRES 3130 Biological Statistics I F
PAM 2100 Introduction to Statistics S
PAM 2101 Statistics for Policy Analysis and Management Majors F
PSYCH 3500 Statistics and Research Design F, Su
STSCI 2100 Introductory Statistics F, S, Su
STSCI 2150 Introductory Statistics for Biology F, S
STSCI 2200 Biological Statistics I F
STSCI 3080 Probability Models and Inference F, S
STSCI 3110 Probability Models and Inference for the Social Sciences F, S
SOC 3010 Evaluating Statistical Evidence F

Course Requirements

  • The following courses (minimum of 12 credits) must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • Any course taken after January 2013 must be taken for a letter grade (no S/U).
  • You may take only two of the four required classes outside of Cornell University. See the section below for information on transfer credit.
  • Online courses taken outside Cornell University cannot be used to fulfill a requirement for the minor.

Introduction to Management

One of the following courses is required.

AEM 1200 Introduction to Business Management S, Su
ILRID 1700 Introduction to Organizations and Management F
ILRHR 4641 Business Strategy, Organizational Design, and Human Resource Strategy F
NCC 5540 Managing and Leading in Organizations F, S
HADM 1810 Introduction to Management S
ILR Students Only Need to take all three courses: ILRLR 1100ILROB 1220ILRHR 2600 F, S, Su

Introduction to Marketing

One of the following courses is required.

AEM 2400 Marketing F, Su
NCC 5530 Marketing Management F, S
HADM 2410 Marketing Principles F, S

Financial Accounting

One of the following courses is required.

AEM 2210 Financial Accounting F, S, Su
HADM 2230 Financial Accounting Principles F, S
NCC 5500 Financial Accounting F, S

Finance

One of the following courses is required.

AEM 2241 Finance (formerly AEM 2240) F, S
HADM 2250 Finance F, S
NCC 5560 Managerial Finance F, S

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit or course equivalency must be certified by the University-Wide Business Minor Curriculum Committee BEFORE you take the course. Please submit a complete syllabus through your Declaration of Intent by finding the requirement you are trying to satisfy, then filling out the Request Transfer Credit form on the site. The following information must be included in the syllabus: mode of instruction, how many credits the course is, meeting times/hours, final exam schedule, and the list of topics covered. After submission, the curriculum committee will review your request and get back to you with an approval/denial as soon as possible.

A course is acceptable for transfer credit only if it is listed on the applicant's college transcript. Please check with your college's registrar for specific policies about transfer credit before you take a course outside of Cornell University.

Reminder: Two of the four required courses must be taken at Cornell University. All required classes must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Certification for the Minor

After successfully completing all the requirements, you can certify completion of the business minor with an application on the Dyson minors website by June 1 of senior year. 

Contact Us

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8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
Email: minors.dyson@cornell.edu