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, college course-work complete at other institutions) is 3.0 or higher. Applications must be submitted to the College of Business Office of Student Services in accordance with the Registrar’s deadlines for processing major/minor declaration forms. Application forms are available on the College of Business website. 

Requirements for the Major

The major in Business Management leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Completion of the major requires 49 credits.

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
  • ACC 210  Financial Accounting
  • BUS 215  Introduction to Business Statistics (see Note)
  • BUS 220  Introduction to Decision Sciences (see Note)
  • BUS 301  Business Communications
  • BUS 326  Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 330  Principles of Finance or ECO 389 Corporate Finance
  • BUS 346  Operations Management
  • BUS 348  Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 353  Entrepreneurship or BUS 383 Social Entrepreneurship or BUS 441 Business Strategy
  • BUS 446  Ethics: Critical Thinking through Film or BUS 447 Business Ethics
  • ECO 108  Introduction to Economics (see Note)

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

B. 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

  • ACC 214 Managerial Cost Analysis and Applications
  • ACC 310 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 311 Federal Income Taxation I

Note: For business majors, successful completion of the accounting minor will satisfy the accounting specialization requirement. However, only the accounting minor will be reflected on the student’s academic transcript.

b. Select one from the following:

  • ACC 313 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 314 Federal Income Taxation II
  • ACC 315 Accounting for the Small Business Entrepreneur
  • ACC 400 External Auditing
  • BUS 488 Internship

2. Entrepreneurship (Advisory prerequisite BUS 353 or BUS 383)

a. Required course

  • BUS 337 Entrepreneurship Across Countries

b. Select one from the following:

c. Select one from the following:

d. Select one from the following:

3. Finance

a. Select four from the following:

4. International Business

a. Select four from the following:

  • BUS 331 International Finance
  • BUS 337 Entrepreneurship Compared Across Countries
  • BUS 362 Principles of International Marketing
  • BUS 440 International Management
  • BUS 488 Internship

5. Marketing

a. Required courses

b. Select one from the following:

6. Management and Operations

a. Required course

  • BUS 340 Information Systems in Management

b. Select three from the following:

7. 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
  • BUS 488 Internship

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 301 contains the necessary writing components which satisfy the Upper Division Writing Requirement for the business major, and also satisfies the Stony Brook Curriculum learning objective WRTD.

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

Qualified students can graduate with honors in the Business department. Admission requirements for the honors program are an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher and have successfully completed BUS 115 Introduction to Business (with a grade of B or higher) and WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop. To graduate with honors requires an accumulated GPA of 3.3 or better and fulfillment of the courses below. Students’ 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. 

  • BUS 447 Business Ethics (3 credits)
  • BUS  495 and BUS 496 (3 credits)

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 3.0 or higher. Applications must be submitted to the College of Business Office of Student Services in accordance with the Registrar’s deadlines for processing major/minor declaration forms. Application forms are available on the College of Business website. 

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):  ACC 210; BUS 215; BUS 220; BUS 294; BUS 302; BUS 326; BUS 330; POL 319; BUS 331; BUS 332; BUS 333; BUS 336; BUS 337; BUS 340; BUS 346; BUS 348; BUS 351; BUS 353 or BUS 383; BUS 354; BUS 364; BUS 390; BUS 391; BUS 393; BUS 399; BUS 440; BUS 446; ECO 108