Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations


Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO), formerly Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship (COE) is a multidisciplinary, multi–track undergraduate concentration that provides students with a rigorous and synergistic program in the study of commercial activity grounded in Economics, Sociology and Engineering. BEO focuses on the formation, growth, and organization of new ventures, innovation in commercial applications, financial markets and the marketplace, and management and organizational theory. (The dean of the College chaired a committee tasked with reviewing the concentrations curriculum. As a result of this review, the concentration now features a capstone across all tracks and a change in name).

Students in this concentration seek to understand the basic principles, approaches and vocabulary relevant to the study of entrepreneurship from the disciplines of economics, organizational sociology and engineering. Building on this multidisciplinary base, students develop specialized expertise in one of the three disciplinary approaches, with special emphasis on critical reasoning and quantitative research methods. In senior year capstone projects, students apply and integrate multi-disciplinary learning by working in groups on real world projects, including the creation of new ventures.

The three tracks of the concentration are as follows:

  1. Business Economics,
  2. Organizational Studies, or
  3. Entrepreneurship and Technology Management.

Upon completion of all concentration requirements, students receive the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations.

The Curriculum

A. Foundation Courses

All students are required to complete two courses in Economics, two in Sociology, two in Engineering, a Math course, and a Statistics course which together form the foundation of the BEO concentration. To see specifically what foundation courses are required based on the track you intend to follow, please refer to the following tables:

All Tracks
ECON 0110 Principles of Economics
ECON 1110 Intermediate Microeconomics
SOC 1311 Micro-organizational Theory: Social Behavior in Organizations
SOC 1315 Macro-organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context
ENGN 0020, or Business and Technology, or
ENGN 0030** Introduction to Engineering
ENGN 1010 The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice

**Students enrolled in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management track must enroll in ENGN 0030.

B. Math and Statistic options

Business Economics
MATH 0070, or MATH 0090, or MATH 0050 and 0060 Introductory Calculus Part I
ECON 1620 Introduction to Econometrics

Organizational Studies
MATH 0070, or MATH 0090, or MATH 0050 and 0060 Introductory Calculus Part I
SOC 1100, or APMA 0650, or
ECON 1620

Entrepreneurship and Technology Management
MATH 0200, or APMA 0330 Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering), or Methods of Applied Math I, II
SOC 1100, or APMA 0650, or
ECON 1620


C. Track Requirements

1. Business Economics Track

In addition to the Foundation courses, students must complete each of the following:

2. Organizational Studies Track

In addition to the BEO Foundation courses, students must complete each of the following:

SOC 1050 Methods of Research in Organizations
SOC 1020 Methods of Social Research

3. Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track

In addition to the foundation courses, students must complete:

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