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Albers School of Business and Economics

Business Analytics Major

New Major! Starts Winter 2018

From Seattle University's 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog.

The Business Analytics (BUAN) major is for those who have an interest in identifying complex business problems in terms of analytical models, developing solutions that achieve stated objectives, and translating the results into recommendations for effective courses of action. Our graduates will be knowledgeable regarding business practices, language, and strategies so as to be able to understand problem situations well and quickly, and communicate their findings effectively to senior management. BUAN is an excellent major to pair with other Business Administration majors.


BUAN majors will work toward learning the following skills:

  • data visualization
  • data base management
  • statistical programming
  • data mining
  • machine learning
  • big data
  • applied problem solving
  • ethical and legal understanding of data analytics

Computing Software

Students will use a number of different computing software programs including, but not restricted to:

  • R
  • Python
  • SQL
  • Hadoop
  • Power BI

Example Job Titles for BUAN Graduates

  • Data Scientist, Deloitte
  • Business Data Analyst, CUNA Mutual
  • Associate Business Data Analysis, The Hartford Financial Services
  • Business Intelligence Consultant, Dimensional Insight
  • BI Engineer, Little Caesars
  • Research Analyst, McKinsey & Company
  • Quantitative Analyst, Cadeo Group

Program Requirements

In order to earn the bachelor of arts in business administration degree with a major in business analytics, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits with a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.25, including the following:

I. University Core Curriculum Requirements

55 credits, including:

Module I

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
UCOR 1100 Academic Writing Seminar 5
UCOR 1200 Quantitative Reasoning (satisfied in major)  
UCOR 1300 Creative Expression and Interpretation 5
UCOR 1400 Inquiry Seminar in the Humanities 5
UCOR 1600 Inquiry Seminar in the Social Sciences 5
UCOR 1800 Inquiry Seminar in the Natural Sciences 5

Module II

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
UCOR 2100 Theological Explorations 5
UCOR 2500 Philosophy of the Human Person 5
UCOR 2910 Ethical Reasoning Business 5

Module III

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
UCOR 3100 Religion in a Global Context 5
UCOR 3400 Humanities and Global Challenges 5
UCOR 3800 Natural Sciences and Global Challenges 5

II. Albers Business Foundation Requirements

82 credits, including:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BUAD 1000 Albers Essentials of Business Integration
(must be taken first quarter)
ACCT 2300 Principles of Accounting I 5
ACCT 2310   Principles of Accounting II 5
BCOM 2800 Business Communication 5
ECON 2100 Business Statistics 5
ECON 2110 Principles of Economics—Micro 5
ECON 2130 Principles of Economics—Macro 5
ECON 3100 Quantitative Methods and Applications 5
IS 3150 Introduction to Information Systems 5
FINC 3400 Business Finance 5
MKTG 3500 Introduction to Marketing 5
OPER 3600 Manufacturing and Service Operations 5
BLAW 3700 Business and International Law 5
MGMT 3000 Principles of Management 5
MGMT 4890 Business Policy and Strategy 5
Choose one of the following two courses: 5
INBU 3200 Global Environment of Business  
ECON 3130 Global and Domestic Macroeconomics  
Calculus, choose one of the following two courses: 5
MATH 1130 Elements of Calculus for Business  
MATH 1334 Calculus I  

EXCEL Requirement

All business students entering SU summer 2012 or later are required to pass the EXCEL Level I Certification Exam as a requirement for graduation.

For details, see the Excel Certification page.

III. Major Requirements

27 credits, including:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BUAN 3210 Intro to Business Analytics 5
BUAN 3280 Law and Ethics for Business Analytics 2
BUAN 4210 Data Management and Programming 5
BUAN 4310 Data Mining and Big Data 5
ECON 4110 Applied Econometrics 5
Choose one elective from:
ACCT 3110, ACCT 3300, ECON 3110, ECON 4120, FINC 4450, FINC 4480, FINC 4520MKTG 4510

* Major requirements must earn a C- grade or better.

Additional Requirements

Course TitleCredits
General Electives to total 180 credit hours 16