Requirements for the Major and Minor in Business Management (BUS)

Acceptance to the Major in Business Management

Qualified freshman and transfer students who have indicated their interest in the major on their applications are accepted directly into the major upon admission into the University. Students who did not apply for the major and those who were not accepted into the major when they entered the University may apply to the major provided that their cumulative grade point average (including, for transfer students, course-work complete at other institutions) is 3.10 or higher. Students seeking admission to the major should contact the College of Business Student Services Office, Room 109, Harriman Hall.

Requirements for the Major

The major in Business Management leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Completion of the major requires appro­ximately 67 credits (including 21 credits for the minor requirement).

Transfer Credit Policy for students in the Business Major

Students may apply a maximum of 21 transfer credits toward the Business Major. Of the total 21 credits, only 6 credits may used to fulfill an area of specialization.

A. Core Courses

BUS 115  Introduction to Business for Business Majors
BUS 210  Financial Accounting
BUS 215  Introduction to Business Statistics (see Note)
BUS 220  Introduction to Decision Sciences (see Note)
BUS 330  Principles of Finance or ECO 389  Corporate Finance
BUS 346  Management and Operations
BUS 348  Principles of Marketing
BUS 353  Entrepreneurship or BUS 383 Social Entrepreneurship or BUS 441 Business Strategy
BUS 447  Business Ethics (formerly BUS 347)
ECO 108  Introduction to Economics (see Note)

Note: MAT 122 Overview of Calculus with Applications satisfies DEC C and must be completed as a prerequisite for ECO 108, BUS 215 and BUS 220.

B. Business Electives

One from the following (a fifth specialization course may be used to satisfy this requirement):

BUS 294  Principles of Management
BUS 301  Corporate Communications
BUS 340  Information Systems in Management
BUS 351  Human Resource Management
BUS 352  Electronic Commerce
BUS 354  Understanding Business Agreements
BUS 390  Special Topics in Management
BUS 391  Management of Sports Organizations
BUS 393  Principles of Project Management
BUS 401  Negotiations Workshop
BUS 440  International Management
BUS 488  Business Internship

POL 319  Business Law

C. Area of Specialization

One of the following specializations must be chosen at the start of the junior year. The details are available in the College of Business Office of Stu­dent Services.

Choose one specialization from the following areas:

1. Accounting

a. Required courses

BUS 214  Managerial Accounting
BUS 310  Intermediate Accounting I
BUS 311  Federal Income Taxation I

b. Select one from the following:

BUS 312  Financial Statement Reporting and Analysis
BUS 313  Intermediate Accounting II
BUS 314  Federal Income Taxation II
BUS 315  Accounting for the Small Business Entrepreneur
BUS 400  External Auditing

2. Finance

a. Select four from the following:

BUS 355  Investment Analysis
BUS 356  Financial Engineering
BUS 365  Financial Management
BUS 366  Money and Financial Institutions or ECO 360  Money and Banking
ECO 383  Public Finance
BUS 468  Risk Arbitrage

3. Marketing

a. Required courses

BUS 358  Marketing Research
BUS 448  Marketing Strategy

b. Select two from the following:

BUS 334  Consumer Advertising and Promotion
BUS 335  Business Advertising and Promotion
BUS 357  Principles of Sales
BUS 359  Consumer Behavior
BUS 360  Business Marketing
BUS 361  Retail Management
BUS 362  Principles of International Marketing
BUS 363  Brand Management
BUS 369  Marketing of New Products

4. Management and Operations

a. Required courses

BUS 340  Information Systems in Management

b. Select three from the following:

BUS 370  Lean Practices in Operations
BUS 371  Supply Chain Management
BUS 372  Quality Management
BUS 393  Principles of Project Management

5. Sustainable Business

a. Select four from the following:

BUS 358  Marketing Research
BUS 368  Marketing New Sustainable Products
BUS 370  Lean Practices in Operations
BUS 373  Supply Chain and Environmental Management
BUS 374  Environmental Impact of Business
BUS 448  Marketing Strategy

Note: BUS 475, BUS 476 Undergraduate Teaching Practicum I, II, and BUS 487 Independent Research will count toward the total University credit requirement, but not toward the business major.

D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

BUS 447 Business Ethics, contains the necessary writing components which satisfy the Upper Division Writing Requirement for the business major. This requirement is effective for those students who are accepted to the business major in the fall 2007 semester and subsequent.

E. Minor Requirement

A minor (typically 18 to 21 credits) in any area must be completed as part of the requirement for the business management major. Students that have a second major can be waived from the minor requirement.

Graduation Clearance

Students must be cleared by their respective second major or minor before they can be cleared for the business major requirements.


All courses taken to satisfy the business management major requirements must be taken for a letter grade. All students accepted to the business management major in the fall 2005 semester and subsequent must complete all BUS courses, ECO 108, and MAT 122 with a grade of C or higher in order to satisfy the requirements for the major. Students accepted to the business management major prior to fall 2005 must complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher in order to satisfy the requirements for the major: BUS 110, BUS 210, BUS 220 (formerly BUS 249), BUS 340, BUS 346, BUS 347, BUS 348, BUS 440, and BUS 441; AMS 102, ECO 108, MAT 122 or MAT 123, PSY 103 or SOC 105.

The Honors Program in Business Management

The honors program in Business Management is oriented toward research. For admission to the program, students must be Business majors with junior standing and have earned a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.5.  Honors students will enroll in specialized sections of writing courses and BUS 447 Business Ethics.  Honors students must also complete a thesis drawing on their knowledge of business with particular attention to their area of concentration (accounting, marketing, management/operations, or finance).  The thesis will be completed in conjunction with the writing course and with the guidance of a business faculty advisor.  The thesis may take the form of a project such as a business plan, case analysis, industry or market study, advertising plan, new product development, or applied research.  Students will present their projects at a conference of faculty and fellow honors students held at the end of each semester.

Requirements for the Minor

The Business Management minor is intended for students pursuing other majors who seek a foundation in business studies. The minor complements their chosen major by introducing them to principles and techniques used in business and management. Students may declare the minor any time during their academic career provided that their cumulative grade point average is 3.10 or higher.

The minor can be completed with 21 to 22 credits, assuming the appropriate prerequisite courses have been taken. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C or higher.

Transfer Credit Policy for Students in the Minor

Students may apply a maximum of nine transfer credits toward the Business Minor.

Requirements for the Minor

1. BUS 111 or BUS 112

2. Six courses from the following (four courses must be 300 level or higher):  BUS 210; BUS 215; BUS 220; BUS 294; BUS 301; BUS 330; BUS 340; BUS 346; BUS 348; BUS 351; BUS 353 or BUS 383; BUS 354; BUS 390; BUS 391; BUS 393; BUS 440; ECO 108; POL 319