BS in Business

The Bachelor of Science in Business degree integrates an exceptional business education with a grounding in the liberal arts. By combining courses in business fundamentals with a broad-based liberal arts foundation, future business leaders are given the skills, expertise, and intellectual sophistication needed to advance in today's dynamic business environment.

Understand Your Core Requirements

Below is an overview of our core requirements. You can find detailed information such as course descriptions, prerequisites, and more via NYU Albert’s Public Course Search or our Course Index. You can also use a BS in Business curriculum worksheet to navigate these requirements visually.


Quickly access the requirements of each area of your degree:


Liberal Arts Core

Our Liberal Arts Core allows you to think and write critically in a variety of areas and contexts. This core consists of:

  • Mathematics: Calculus I (MATH-UA 121) or higher (approved advanced standing credit may be applied)
  • Writing: Writing the Essay (EXPOS-UA 1) OR  Commerce and Culture (MULT-UB 100) (advanced standing credit may not be applied)
  • Foundations of Contemporary Culture: Text & Ideas (CORE-UA 400-499) AND Cultures & Contexts (CORE-UA 500-599) OR Global Cultures (Liberal Studies Program; XXGC-UF) (FYI: advanced standing credit may not be applied)
  • Natural Science: (approved advanced standing credit may be applied)
    • CORE 200-399
    • Any Biology (BIOL-UA)
    • Any Chemistry (CHEM-UA)
    • Any Physics (PHYS-UA)
    • Select ENVST-UA courses:
      • ENVST-UA 100, 210, 226/9226, 254, 275/9275, 323, 360 (Not approved: ENVST-UA 101 or ENVST-UA 4XX/5XX) all other ENVST can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
    • Select ANTH-UA courses:
      • ANTH-UA 2, 50-59, 80, 90, 240, 326, 511, 512 
    • Select PSYCH-UA courses:
      • PSYCH-UA 25, 34, 35
    • SCIED-UE courses


Social Impact Core

Our Social Impact Core is a four-course sequence focusing on issues of personal and professional ethics; corporate social responsibility; the role of law in business and commerce; and the interconnections between corporations, markets, culture and governments, and our global society. This core consists of:

  • Business and Society (SOIM-UB 125)
    • If you take  the IWW I (EXPOS-UA 4) and IWW II (EXPOS-UA 9) sequence or you transferred into Stern following your first year, you take Business and Society Intensive (SOIM-UB 3)
  • Organizational Communication & Its Social Context (SOIM-UB 65)
  • Law, Business & Society (SOIM-UB 6)
  • Professional Responsibility and Leadership (SOIM-UB 12)

Business Tools Core

Our Business Tools Core functions as a foundation for your subsequent courses here. This core consists of:

  • Cohort Leadership Program (MULT-UB 9)
  • Microeconomics (select one):
    • Microeconomics with Algebra (ECON-UB 1): this course includes multiple algebra and graphical problems and greater emphasis is placed on economic intuitions. Assessment is more qualitative and essay-based. Use this helpful guide to learn more about what mathematical concepts you will be expected to know prior to enrolling in this course.
    • Microeconomics with Calculus (ECON-UB 2): this course is more quantitatively-based both on the topics covered and in the assessment. Use this helpful guide to learn more about what mathematical concepts you will be expected to know prior to enrolling in this course.
  • Statistics for Business Control (STAT-UB 1) AND Regression/Forecasting Models (STAT-UB 3) OR Statistics for Business Control & Regression/Forecasting Models (STAT-UB 103)
  • Principles of Financial Accounting (ACCT-UB 1)


Functional Business Core

You must select four of the following six courses; however, you are encouraged to take all six to gain a more solid foundation in business fundamentals, which can help you make better-informed decisions about which Stern concentration(s) to pursue. This core consists of:
  • Managerial Accounting (ACCT-UB 4)
  • Foundations of Finance (FINC-UB 2)
  • Info-Tech in Business and Society (INFO-UB 1)
  • Management and Organizations (MGMT-UB 1)
  • Introduction to Marketing (MKTG-UB 1)
  • Operations Management (OPMG-UB 1)

Global Business Core

Given the undeniably global scope of business in the 21st century, these courses are designed to broaden your view of the world from a business perspective. This core consists of:
  • Economics of Global Business (ECON-UB 11)
  • International Studies Program (MULT-UB 11)

Business Concentrations

The NYU Stern Undergraduate College offers 13 concentrations:


Important To Know...

  • You are required to declare at least one concentration (but no more than two) by the end of your junior year in order to graduate as a BS in Business degree student
  • A concentration requires at least 12 credits of designated advanced coursework
  • For course descriptions, prerequisites, and course scheduling options for each concentration area, please see the Course Index.  

* Entrepreneurship and Global Business can only be taken as co-concentrations. Please select a primary concentration to supplement the Entrepreneurship or Global Business concentration.

** Effective April 20, 2020, for students in the class of 2023 going forward, the Sustainable Business concentration is now a stand-alone concentration. Students graduating prior to 2023 may pursue Sustainable Business as a co-concentration which must be taken as a supplement to a primary concentration.


  • You are required to take 44 units of electives. Of those units, at least 20 must be taken outside of Stern (excluding courses at the School of Professional Studies [SPS]).
  • You may also pursue a secondary major outside of Stern through the College of Arts and Sciences after consulting with a Stern academic adviser.
  • Any remaining elective credit can be taken at Stern (a secondary concentration, interesting electives, etc.) or can also be used to take coursework at other NYU schools.
  • Refer to our electives page for more information.