University Core Curriculum Requirements

For Lubin School Business Majors

The University Core Curriculum is required for all Pace undergraduate students. It is designed to promote active learning, student success, and faculty-student interaction. The University Core Curriculum for Lubin business majors requires a minimum of 53 credits in the liberal arts and sciences.  The Business Analytics (BA) major requires MAT 131 Calculus I, a 4 credit course, which increases the University Core requirement to 54 credits. 

The University Core requirements are grouped into two Core areas: Foundation Requirements (19-28 credits) and Areas of Knowledge (25 credits). For a complete listing of the University Core requirements, please see the University Core Curriculum Section of this Catalog or visit the University Core web site by clicking here.  Indicated below are specific courses that Lubin majors are required to take to fulfill Core areas as well as other important information on the University Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements

Lubin majors are required to fulfill all the Foundation Requirements in English, public speaking, laboratory science and second language proficiency as outlined in the University Core website. In addition, Lubin majors are required to take MAT 104 Finite Mathematics to fulfill the Core requirement in Mathematics and CIS 101 Introduction to Computing or TS 105 Computers for Human Empowerment to fulfill the Core requirement in Computing. (TS 105 Computers for Human Empowerment also satisfies the Civic Engagement requirement.)

Lubin Foundation Requirement in Quantitative Reasoning: Lubin majors need a strong quantitative background and quantitative reasoning skills in order to be prepared for upper level study in business and to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and data-driven global business environment. Therefore, Lubin students are required to take the following additional courses in mathematics and economics:

ECO 105Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics3
ECO 106Principles of Economics: Microeconomics3
MAT 111Elementary Calculus I3
or MAT 131 Calculus I
MAT 117Elementary Statistics4

These courses constitute the Lubin Foundation Requirement in Quantitative Reasoning. All courses are applied to the Areas of Knowledge section of the University Core and should be completed within the first two years of study. ECO 105 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics, ECO 106 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics and MAT 111 Elementary Calculus I/MAT 131 Calculus I are applied as an In-depth Sequence in Quantitative Reasoning, which means that each course replaces one course from each of the three AOK Core areas indicated below. MAT 117 Elementary Statistics is applied to AOK– HSN. The following is a complete list of the courses required for the Lubin Foundation Requirement in Quantitative Reasoning with information on how each is applied to the AOK Areas of the University Core.

  • ECO 105 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics. Satisfies one course in Western Heritage- WH (AOK 2).
  • ECO 106 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics. Satisfies one course in World Traditions and Culture- WTC (AOK 3).
  • MAT 111 Elementary Calculus I, or MAT 131 Calculus I. Marketing, Management (except Business Analytics) and General Business majors will take one elective course in mathematics or economics (3 credits) instead of MAT 111 Elementary Calculus I. Satisfies one course in Humanistic and Creative Expression- HCE (AOK4).
  • MAT 117 Elementary Statistics satisfies one course for Analysis of Human, Social and Natural Phenomena - HSN (AOK 5).

Marketing, Management (except Business Analytics) and General Business majors are not required to take MAT 111 Elementary Calculus I or MAT 131 Calculus I and therefore will take a mathematics or economics elective course instead. The following courses in mathematics may not be taken to fulfill this requirement:

MAT 100Fundamental Mathematics2
MAT 102Mathematics for Life3
MAT 103/103AAlgebra3
MAT 130Precalculus4
MAT 134Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
MAT 234Introduction to Probability and Statistical Analysis4

Areas of Knowledge

The Areas of Knowledge (AOK) Section of the University Core allows students flexibility and choice in selecting courses to fulfill the four AOK Core areas. As indicated above, Lubin majors qualify for an In-depth Sequence in Quantitative Reasoning (ECO 105 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics, ECO 106 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics, and MAT 111 Elementary Calculus I or MAT 131 Calculus I) and are also required to complete MAT 117 Elementary Statistics, which is applied to AOK HSN (AOK 5). Therefore, they are required to complete only ONE course from each of the four AOK areas for a total of 12 credits in the AOK Core areas. Students may select any courses coded in the catalog or Class Schedule as satisfying a specific AOK Area to fulfill the AOK requirements. Some Lubin majors may require specific courses to fulfill University Core requirements. These courses are listed under the specific major in the catalog and on the Major Program worksheet. In selecting courses to fulfill the Areas of Knowledge, Lubin students are required to comply with the following:

  • Only two courses with the same disciplinary prefix may be taken to fulfill the 25 credit Areas of Knowledge Core Requirement.
  • Additional courses in mathematics or economics may not be taken to satisfy the AOK areas.
  • The In-depth Sequence University Core option may not be used to satisfy Areas of Knowledge requirements. As indicated above, Lubin students already qualify for an In-depth Sequence in Quantitative Reasoning and are therefore not eligible to do a second In-depth Sequence as part of the University Core.

Other Required University Core Learning Experiences

Lubin majors who enter Pace with fewer than 25 transfer credits are required to complete all the University Core requirements including the three Core Learning Experiences listed below. These requirements may be fulfilled by taking courses that also satisfy any requirement for the BBA degree including:

  • University Core
  • Business Core
  • Major
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective or
  • Open Elective

Courses that satisfy these Core Learning Experiences are identified in the Class Schedule and Catalog Course descriptions with the attribute indicated below next to each requirement.

  • One Civic Engagement and Public Values Course (CE) (formerly AOK 1 )
  • One Learning Community (LC) (To be taken within the first three semesters of study.)
  • Two Writing Enhanced Courses (WE) (These are in addition to the three Foundation English courses.)

For more information, students should consult their major worksheet as well as the section on the University Core in the catalog and the Core website, accessible from in the A-Z index under "C."

For Lubin Transfer Students and Students Enrolled in Adult Degree Programs

Transfer students and Lubin students enrolled in the BBA General Business major must complete a minimum of 53 credits in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. They are required to complete the University Core Foundation Requirements, one course in Civic Engagement and Public Values, and the Lubin Foundation Requirement in Quantitative Reasoning. The remaining credits may be taken as liberal arts and sciences electives. Transfer students and students in adult degree programs in the professional schools, with the exception of the School of Education, may take one culture course offered by the modern languages and cultures department to fulfill the second language requirement.

For purposes of determining the appropriate University Core Curriculum requirements for students who come to Pace with transfer credits, a transfer student is defined as one who successfully completes (grade of "C" or better) a minimum of 25 college-level credits prior to his or her attendance at Pace University. Thus, students with fewer than 25 transfer credits will be required to take the entire University Core except if they are enrolled in an adult degree bachelor's program.

Business Core Curriculum Requirements

Students seeking a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree must complete in the Business Core Curriculum:


Business Core Curriculum Requirements
BUS 101Contemporary Business Practice3
ACC 203Financial Accounting4
ACC 204Managerial Accounting4
MGT 150Managerial and Organizational Concepts3
MAR 201Principles of Marketing3
LAW 150Business Law I3
FIN 260Financial Management3
MGT 226Business Analytics3
MGT 490Business Strategy3
Total Credits29

Note: BUS 101 Contemporary Business Practice is intended to expose business majors to contemporary business issues early in their college careers. BUS 101 Contemporary Business Practice is required as part of the Business Core for all students (with the exception of Public Accounting majors). Transfer students and continuing students changing their major to business will be exempt from BUS 101 Contemporary Business Practice, if they have completed 45 credits or more toward the B.B.A. degree at the time of admission to the Lubin School. Students who are exempt from BUS 101 Contemporary Business Practice will take an additional three credits of Open Electives.

Total Credit Hours: 29

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