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Business Administration Degree - Bachelor of Science

Curriculum

Major Requirements (69 credit hours)

The following degree is Service members Opportunity College (SOC) Approved. Students must complete the Common Professional Component which is required of all College of Business students, the Business Administration Requirements (listed below), and Other Requirements (listed below) if they are not taken in the General Education Core Curriculum. A minimum of 21 upper-level credit hours (BA courses 300-level or above) in the major must be taken in-residence. Upper-level credit hours in the Common Professional Component may be used to fulfill the 21-credit hour residency requirement. As part of your major, you also may select an area of emphasis in Finance, Human Resource Management, or Marketing. This program is offered in class and online. Students must achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 for all coursework and a 2.5 GPA for the Business Administration Major coursework noted with an asterisk (*) below.

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Common Professional Component

The following nine courses are designated as the Common Professional Component (CPC) and are required for the Business Administration Major.

  • AC 205 Financial Accounting

    This course is an introduction to accounting concepts and the elements of financial statements including basic accounting vocabulary and analysis of business transactions from an accounting viewpoint. Students will be required to recognize, record, and classify new accounting data. Emphasis is placed on corporate accounting. Introductory financial statement analysis and interpretation are also covered.
    University Syllabus

  • AC 206 Managerial Accounting

    Managerial accounting is designed to introduce the fundamentals of managerial accounting to both accounting and non-accounting majors. It covers accounting and management decision making in both short-term and long-term strategic situations. Students will be expected to explain and apply accounting concepts including basic costing and processes, cost classifications, responsibility accounting and ethical behavior of the managerial accountant. Prerequisite: AC 205
    University Syllabus

  • BA 232 Principles of Management

    This course examines the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and techniques of management by integrating classical and modern perspectives with real-world experiences. Students are introduced to both traditional and contemporary views along the management function of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Management domains such as business ethics, business law, international management, organizational behavior, human resource management, operation management, organizational development and change, entrepreneurship, management information systems, and strategic management are also introduced, and their implications on students’ careers as managers are explored.
    University Syllabus

  • BA 252 Principles of Marketing

    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of marketing. It covers the current marketing concepts and practical applications that will include the functions of product, price, place, promotion, and positioning. Additional emphasis will be given to multicultural and global marketing in the United States and internationally.
    University Syllabus

  • BA 265 Legal Environment of Business

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the legal and regulatory process in which business decisions are made. The application of legal constraints to management decision making is examined through cases, hypothetical scenarios, and practical examples. While applying these concepts to business decisions, special emphasis is placed on the ethical issues faced by a decision maker.
    University Syllabus

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  • BA 312 Principles of Finance

    This course covers the basic principles, techniques, and institutional aspects of financial management in order to provide students applications of finance content similar to those encountered in a finance career. Topics include financial markets and environment, time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, financial statement ratio analysis, capital budgeting, financial planning and control, capital structure, dividend policy, and other fundamental finance issues. Prerequisites: AC 206, MA 240, and MA 102 or MA 120
    University Syllabus

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  • BA 323A Introduction to Management Science

    This course introduces quantitative models appropriate for business applications. Emphasis is on analytical thinking, applied business decision-making, and practical real-life problem solving. The course starts with an introduction to models and mathematical model building. Specific models and applications include: linear programming and its transportation, transshipment, and assignment topics; project management; deterministic models of inventory control; queuing theory and economic analysis of waiting lines; and forecasting with emphasis on time-series and causal models. Software will be applied, as appropriate, in solving large-scale problems. Prerequisites: MA 102 or MA 120 and MA 240
    University Syllabus

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  • BA 439 Business Policy and Strategy

    The course emphasizes research and analysis of external and internal forces that impact the organization and strategic success as well as action-implementing tools that are used to integrate the organization’s scope, strategies, and policies. External factors include competitive analysis, customer trends, political, legal and technological factors. Internal factors include analysis and evaluation of current business strategies, organizational systems, resource deployment, and culture. The course culminates the undergraduate business program with the capstone project. Prerequisite: Senior standing (preferably, this course should be taken in the student’s final semester)
    University Syllabus

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  • BA 450 Business Ethics

    This course examines the fundamental concepts, theories, principles and practices of ethics in management by integrating classical and modern perspectives with real world experiences. Students are introduced to traditional and contemporary ethical views along with opportunities for practical application. Ethical domains such as utilitarianism, Kantianism, feminist ethics, subjective ethics and corporate ethical practices will be discussed. Special examination will be made of global ethical practices in today’s business environment. Prerequisite: Senior standing
    University Syllabus

* Courses must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
† Must be taken in-residence

Business Administration Major Requirements

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  • BA 412A Intermediate Finance

    This course builds upon the introductory finance course. It addresses advanced applications and analysis of financial theory and practice. Aspects of the following topics are addressed: financial environments, financial analysis, cash flow, incentive theory and practice, time value of money, security valuation, risk analysis, portfolio theory and practice, capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policies, options, global financial concerns, and contemporary financial issues. The course is designed to mimic experiences and applications found in certain finance careers. Prerequisite: BA 312
    University Syllabus

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  • BA 426 Managing Operations in a Changing Economy

    This course will examine the operations component of the organization. Cases in production and operations settings will be examined that require the use of quantitative methods and approaches to decision making within an environment of scarce/limited resources. Additional topics such as production technology, product/process design, facility layout, materials and capacity requirements planning, and quality control are included. Computer software is used to generate answers for further analysis. Prerequisite: BA 323A or BA 423
    University Syllabus

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  • BA 433 Organizational Behavior

    This course is designed to encourage the application of diverse conceptual and theoretical perspectives to the analysis and control of behavior in organizations. The course will focus on problems related to perception, motivation, leadership, cultural diversity, interpersonal and group conflict, stress, influence, decision-making, work family balance, ethics, international management issues, and change. Prerequisite: BA 232
    University Syllabus

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  • BA 465A Business Law

    This course examines and explores laws relevant to business activity. Study will focus on areas of law developed specifically for business and business relationships. Topics include: the legal environment of business, contracts, debtor-creditor relationships, agency relationships, and property law. Prerequisite: BA 265
    University Syllabus

Plus an additional 3 courses* (9 credit hours) of BA courses selected from any upper-level courses not already required

* Course must be completed with a GPA of 2.5 or better

Other Requirements

  • BA 222 Intermediate Computer Concepts and Applications

    This course is designed for College of Business students who have basic file management and office software skills. Course projects are designed for business problem solving and include document management, using spreadsheets for information processing, design and management of personal databases for automated data management, presentation, and integrating business communications. Prerequisite: Recommend prior computer knowledge

  • BA 240 Critical Thinking and Decision Making Skills

    This course teaches critical thinking skills for lifelong development of the individual. The course examines individual critical thinking in its elements of rational reasoning, logic, intuition, experience, and reflection.

  • EC 201 Macroeconomics

    This course is a study of the behavior of the macroeconomy, including the causes and consequences of inflation, unemployment, and the business cycle. Monetary, fiscal, and “supply side” policies for dealing with macroeconomic problems are examined. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
    University Syllabus

  • EC 202 Microeconomics

    This course is an investigation of the economic behavior of consumers, businesses and government. Emphasis is placed on price and output determination under various market structures and on the entrepreneurial competitive process. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and an understanding of basic math or permission of the instructor.
    University Syllabus

  • EN 321 Business Communication: Professional Writing, Speaking, and Research

    This course offers students practical application of the best principles of workplace communication, including the many different types of writing required in the modern business environment, professional presentations, and research. Prerequisites: EN 101 and EN 102
    University Syllabus

  • MA 102 College Algebra

    Expansion and follow-up of intermediate algebra including higher order polynomials and nonlinear inequalities, and use of matrices and determinants to solve systems of equations. Introduction to function, inverse function, theory of equations and exponential and logarithmic functions. Prerequisite: MA 101 or satisfy score on mathematics placement exam (MPE)
    University Syllabus

  • MA 240 Applied Statistics

    Provides the theoretical basis and the problem solving experience needed to apply the techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics, to evaluate such daily inputs as organizational reports and to improve decision making over a wide range of areas. Topics include: Descriptive Measures; Distribution Shapes; Concepts of Probability of Discrete and Continuous Random Variables; Hypothesis Testing of One, Two Samples; Chi-Square and F-Test; Regression; Anova; Using Excel, Minitab, TI 83+ or SPSS for Solving & Interpreting Statistical Problems. Prerequisite: MA101 (4 credit hrs)
    University Syllabus

Business Administration Major Emphasis Options (minimum of 9 credit hours)

The emphasis options below provide you with an opportunity to focus your studies in a career component area of particular interest.

Finance Emphasis

Select three courses from the following:

  • BA 402 Risk Management

    Fundamental principles and practices of risk management and insurance are addressed with an applied focus on risk management processes, rather than institutional and contractual details of the insurance industry. Topics include fundamental principles of risk management, such as risk identification; risk characterization; pricing of risk reduction techniques; risk retention; regulatory, legal and tax implications; insurance; and other hedging strategies. Additionally, personal, business, and public policy perspectives concerning life, health, property, and liability risk management and insurance are addressed. Prerequisite: BA 312
    University Syllabus

  • BA 416A Investments

    Investment principles and practices are studied in the context of individuals or organizations operating in well- developed financial markets. The course will integrate accepted economic relationships and practices to provide students with an understanding of the current investment environment. Additionally, the course will survey the institutions and securities that make up the investment environment. Students will have an opportunity to understand and experience how individuals trade financial instruments, including: stocks, options, bonds, futures, and other derivative securities. Prerequisite: BA 312
    University Syllabus

  • BA 417 International Finance

    This course will focus on international financial tools, applications and concepts. Topics covered include fundamental international financial relationships and their application to firms and individuals, international transactions, tax issues, and multinational corporations. The course will cover many essential elements of transacting in an international market place. The course addresses the fundamental risks inherent in international business and the use of financial securities to hedge these risks. Prerequisite: BA 312
    University Syllabus

  • BA 420 Cash Management

    Cash Management, also known as treasury management, short-term financial management, or working capital management addresses fundamental principles and practices concerning cash management for businesses operating in today’s financial markets. This course challenges students to understand and assess fundamental principles, practices and applications relevant to efficient and effective cash management and to understand why cash management is a critical success factor for businesses of any type. Topics addressed: the role of cash management, credit, accounts receivable, collection management, accounts payable and disbursement management, electronic commerce, information and technology needs for cash management, forecasting, short term investments and borrowing, international cash management, relevant relationship management, and other contemporary issues. Prerequisite: BA 312
    University Syllabus

Human Resource Management Emphasis

Select three of the following:

  • BA 333 Human Resource Management

    This course examines the roles and functions of human resources management within modern business organizations. It describes, analyzes, and assesses human resources roles in operations and strategies. Topics include: recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, compensation management, legal compliance, workplace safety and health, and employee/employer rights. Prerequisite: BA 232
    University Syllabus

  • BA 436 Compensation and Performance Management

    This course examines current theory, research and practice necessary to make effective strategic decisions in managing compensation and performance issues. Included in this course will be a detailed look at contemporary compensation systems and strategies, job analyses and performance evaluations. Also includes how to design wage and salary structures and benefit packages in order to be competitive in today’s organizations. Prerequisite: BA 232
    University Syllabus

  • BA 438 Human Resource Law

    This course describes, analyzes, and evaluates legal foundations, cases, and applications of human resource law. Areas of law covered will include equal employment opportunity law, labor relations law, fair employment practices law, and compensation-benefits law. Human resource management practices will be considered within analysis and evaluation of laws, cases, and settlements. Prerequisite: BA 265
    University Syllabus

  • BA 446 Strategies for Recruitment and Selection of Human Resources

    This course is designed for students who desire to understand and master the intricacies associated with the recruitment and selection of human resources and practices, validity and reliability in testing, legal and regulatory factors affecting selection practices, making employment offers, and practices to ensure equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Prerequisite: BA 232
    University Syllabus

Marketing Emphasis

Select three of the following:

  • BA 452A Marketing Strategy Concepts and Processes

    This course examines the development of marketing strategy from a practical managerial perspective. Emphasis is placed on development of marketing-mix strategies, strategy and competitive advantage, new product strategy implementation and control. Prerequisites: BA 232 and BA 252
    University Syllabus

  • BA 455 Internet Marketing

    This course examines the nature, characteristics, and culture of the online environment to understand, develop, and implement marketing strategies and tactics for conducting effective online commerce. Emphasis is on the hardware/software tools necessary for Internet-based commerce, encompassing the basic marketing principles that allow marketing professionals to execute marketing strategy in the dynamic computer mediated environment. Prerequisite: BA 252
    University Syllabus

  • BA 456 International Consumer Behavior

    This course is to introduce International Consumer Behavior, with emphasis on developing a customer focus and competitive advantage by using consumer behavior analysis. The goal is to understand what effects stemming from internal and external influences affect the consumer decision making process in the global economy. Identifying customer behaviors leads to designing products/services to meet their needs and wants consistent with the different consumer characteristics found throughout the global marketplace. Prerequisites: BA 232 and BA 252
    University Syllabus

  • BA 458 Sales Management

    This course examines development, structure, and implementation of an effective and profitable sales force across substantially different environmental conditions. Strategies involving various markets, sales person characteristics, sales program design, and quantitative measurements are emphasized. Prerequisite: BA 252
    University Syllabus

  • BA 463 Global Brand Marketing

    This course provides a framework for defining brand equity and identifying sources and outcomes of brand equity along with developing a tactical guideline for building, measuring, and managing brand equity. Emphasis is on building a common denominator to interpret the potential effects and trade-offs of various strategies and tactics for brands. Managing brand equity between what happened to the brand in the past and what should happen to it in the future is explored. Students gain career experience by creating brand strategies and developing a strategic brand audit. Prerequisite: BA 252

Business Administration Minor Requirements (21 credit hours; 6 credit hours upper-level)

Requires 12 credit hours in-residency and not applicable to Accounting majors or Business Administration majors.

  • AC 205 Financial Accounting

    This course is an introduction to accounting concepts and the elements of financial statements including basic accounting vocabulary and analysis of business transactions from an accounting viewpoint. Students will be required to recognize, record, and classify new accounting data. Emphasis is placed on corporate accounting. Introductory financial statement analysis and interpretation are also covered.
    University Syllabus

  • AC 206 Managerial Accounting

    Managerial accounting is designed to introduce the fundamentals of managerial accounting to both accounting and non-accounting majors. It covers accounting and management decision making in both short-term and long-term strategic situations. Students will be expected to explain and apply accounting concepts including basic costing and processes, cost classifications, responsibility accounting and ethical behavior of the managerial accountant. Prerequisite: AC 205
    University Syllabus

  • BA 232 Principles of Management

    This course examines the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and techniques of management by integrating classical and modern perspectives with real-world experiences. Students are introduced to both traditional and contemporary views along the management function of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Management domains such as business ethics, business law, international management, organizational behavior, human resource management, operation management, organizational development and change, entrepreneurship, management information systems, and strategic management are also introduced, and their implications on students’ careers as managers are explored.
    University Syllabus

  • BA 252 Principles of Marketing

    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of marketing. It covers the current marketing concepts and practical applications that will include the functions of product, price, place, promotion, and positioning. Additional emphasis will be given to multicultural and global marketing in the United States and internationally.
    University Syllabus

  • BA 265 Legal Environment of Business

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the legal and regulatory process in which business decisions are made. The application of legal constraints to management decision making is examined through cases, hypothetical scenarios, and practical examples. While applying these concepts to business decisions, special emphasis is placed on the ethical issues faced by a decision maker.
    University Syllabus

  • BA 312 Principles of Finance

    This course covers the basic principles, techniques, and institutional aspects of financial management in order to provide students applications of finance content similar to those encountered in a finance career. Topics include financial markets and environment, time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, financial statement ratio analysis, capital budgeting, financial planning and control, capital structure, dividend policy, and other fundamental finance issues. Prerequisites: AC 206, MA 240, and MA 102 or MA 120
    University Syllabus

  • BA 323A Introduction to Management Science

    This course introduces quantitative models appropriate for business applications. Emphasis is on analytical thinking, applied business decision-making, and practical real-life problem solving. The course starts with an introduction to models and mathematical model building. Specific models and applications include: linear programming and its transportation, transshipment, and assignment topics; project management; deterministic models of inventory control; queuing theory and economic analysis of waiting lines; and forecasting with emphasis on time-series and causal models. Software will be applied, as appropriate, in solving large-scale problems. Prerequisites: MA 102 or MA 120 and MA 240
    University Syllabus

Courses

Some business courses are cross listed as both 400- and 600-level. You will take the 400-level courses at the undergraduate level and the 600-level courses at the graduate level for credit. If you have completed a cross listed course at the 400-level, credit will not be granted at the 600-level in the same course. Cross-listed business courses taken at the undergraduate level may not be repeated at the graduate level for credit.

Unless noted, all courses are 3 credit hours.

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