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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Undergraduate Business Courses

Rady expects 1,500 undergraduates to enroll in its business courses this year.

The Rady School of Management began its M.B.A. program in fall 2004, and almost immediately the school realized it could fill a void in the University curriculum by offering business courses to undergraduates.

Initially, the Rady School offered Innovation to Market, an undergraduate course that prepares students to take a product or service to the marketplace, similar to the M.B.A. program’s Lab to Market course series. Beginning in spring 2007, Innovation to Market was filled to capacity and the course, which created a buzz, is consistently ranked among the best on campus by ­undergraduates.

The school is now offering 10-18 courses per quarter and expects 1,500 students to enroll this year and 5,000 by 2011. These courses are taught by Rady faculty and industry experts.

Like the Lab to Market program, several companies were created by students from the Innovation to Market course. One undergrad group placed second at the UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge, and were invited to participate in an international competition, the Imagine Cup.

In addition to Innovation to Market and the general business courses, the Rady School also offers an undergraduate accounting minor. This new program, which was approved by the campus in fall 2009, had more than 100 students enroll in just the first six months. These students will take seven required courses in order to graduate from UC San Diego with a minor in accounting. Students who take the seven required courses plus an additional two accounting courses will also fulfill the accounting portion of the educational requirements for the CPA exam.

To learn more about Rady undergrad programs go to: rady.ucsd.edu/undergrad.

—Keri Peckham