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. Applications must be submitted to the College of Business Office of Student Services no later than March 15 for admission in the following Fall semester, and no later than October 15 for admission in the following Spring semester. Application forms are available at the College of Business Office of Student Services.

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 325  Legal Environment of Business OR POL 319 Business Law
  • BUS 326 Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 333  Introduction to the Business of Real Estate
  • 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

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 Cost Analysis and Applications
  • 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:

3. Marketing

a. Required courses

b. Select two from the following:

4. Management and Operations

a. Required course

  • BUS 340 Information Systems in Management

b. Select three from the following:

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 other than Business or Accounting must be completed as part of the requirement for the business management major. Students who 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.

Grading

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

Incoming first-year Business Management majors who show exceptional talent will be invited to enroll in a special section of BUS 115 and a special section of WRT 102 that is taught collaboratively. Students who excel in these two courses with an A – or better and who earn a
cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better will be interviewed to determine their motivation for research. Those who pass successfully through this process will be invited to join the BHP. In addition to the standard requirements of the Business Management major, the BHP student must take
3 1-credit courses, one WRT course (3 credits), and 2 additional BUS courses (3 credits each). The BHP student will count the WRT course and the 2 additional BUS courses as upper-division elective courses. Student progress and performance will be monitored throughout the program.
Students who perform poorly (below a cumulative 3.3 GPA) in their academic studies will be counseled and warned that they are in jeopardy of being dropped from the BHP. Following at least one warning, such students will not be permitted to continue in the BHP. Students
entering as a business major, either as an existing Stony Brook student or transfer student, will be evaluated under the same criteria for curriculum and admittance to the BHP.

Year 1, Fall: BUS 115 Introduction to Business with WRT Collaboration
(3 credits each)
Year 1, Spring: BUS 195 Business Honors Seminar I (1 credit)
Year 2, Fall: BUS 295 Business Honors Seminar II (1 credit)
Year 2, Spring: BUS 296 Business Honors Seminar III (1 credit)
Year 3, Fall: BUS 447 Business Ethics/WRT 301 (3 credits each)
Year 3, Spring: BUS 380 Research Methods (3 credits)
Year 4, Fall: BUS 487 Independent Research (3 credits)
Year 4, Fall and Spring: BUS 495 and BUS 496 (3 credits each)

The Business Leadership Program 

Incoming first-year Business Management majors who show exceptional talent will be invited to enroll in a special reserved section of BUS 115 and a special reserved section of WRT 102. Students who excel in these two courses with an A– or better and who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better will be interviewed to determine their motivation for leadership. Those who pass successfully through this process will be invited to join the Business Leadership Program.  Relative to the Business Management major who is not in the Business Leadership Program, the Business Leadership Program student will take 3 1-credit courses and one WRT course (3 credits). The Business Leadership Program student will count the WRT course as an upper-division elective course. Student progress and performance will be monitored throughout the program. Students who perform poorly (below a cumulative 3.3 GPA) in their academic studies will be counseled and warned that they are in jeopardy of being dropped from the Business Leadership Program. Following at least one warning, such students will not be permitted to continue in the Business Leadership Program.  Students entering as a business major, either as an existing Stony Brook student or transfer student, will be evaluated under the same criteria for curriculum and admittance to the Business Leadership Program. The Business Leadership Program is a combination of the minor in leadership development requirements and the following course requirements.

Year 1, Fall:  BUS 115 Introduction to Business/WRT 102 (3 credits each)
Year 1, Spring: BUS 195 Business Honors Seminar I (1 credit)
Year 2, Fall: BUS 295 Business Honors Seminar II (1 credit)
Year 2, Spring: BUS 296 Business Honors Seminar III (1 credit)
Year 3, Fall: BUS 447 Business Ethics/WRT 301 (3 credits each)

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 apply to the BUS minor any time during their academic career provided that their cumulative grade point average is a 3.10 or higher. Applications must be submitted to the College of Business Office of Student Services no later than March 15 for admission in the following Fall semester, and no later than October 15 for admission in the following Spring semester. Application forms are available at the College of Business Office of Student Services.

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 326; BUS 330; BUS 325 OR POL 319; BUS 331; BUS 332; BUS 333; BUS 336; 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