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The Bachelor of Science in Business (B.S.B.) is an upper-division, professionally-oriented business degree for individuals who are seeking general preparation in business.

This degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially the small-business climates across most of the Commonwealth.

Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning.

The B.S.B. allows students throughout the University to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered both within the University and throughout Pennsylvania.

The Penn State associate degree in business administration articulates with the degree. Advanced-standing students from other accredited colleges or universities will be admitted only with specified grade-point averages (GPAs) established annually in accordance with University policy.

MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT OPTION: An emphasis on the skills and knowledge necessary for the business professional to function in community and regional centers of commerce.

Entrance Requirement: Completion of MATH 022 or higher (MATH 040, 041, 110, 140)

For the B.S. degree in Business, a minimum of 120 credits is required, 15 of which must be at the 400 level.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given as (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR.)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 8-16 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 71-79 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 53-61 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (32-37 credits)
ECON 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ACCTG 211(4), ECON 004 GS(3), MIS 204(3) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 321(1-3)[1], B A 322(1-3)[1], B A 420(1)[1], FIN 301(3)[1], MGMT 301(3)[1], MKTG 301(3)[1], SCM 301(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
B A 421(1-2)[1], B A 422W(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-24 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
SCM 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
B A 243(4) or B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 323(3)[1] or I B 303 IL(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6-9 credits from B A 495A(3-9)[1], B A 495B(3-9)[1], or B A 495C(3-9)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 18 credits [1]
(Not all options are available at every Penn State location.)

MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING OPTION: (18 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)

  1. Select 15 credits from the following (to include at least 3 credits in MGMT and 3 credits in MKTG and at least 3 credits at the 400 level):
    MGMT 321(3), MGMT 326(3), MGMT 331(3), MGMT 341(3), MGMT 401(3), MGMT 424(3), MGMT 431(3) or B A 250(3), MGMT 440(3), MGMT 445(3), MGMT 451W(3), MGMT 461 IL(3), MKTG 220(3) or MKTG 410(3), MKTG 310(3), MKTG 327(3), MKTG 330(3), MKTG 342(3), MKTG 422(3), MKTG 428(3), MKTG 445 IL(3), MKTG 450W(3), MKTG 478(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  2. Select 3 credits from CAS 250(3), CAS 252(3), CAS 352(3), CAS 404(3), or ENGL 419(3) (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2008

Blue Sheet Item #: 36-05-099

Review Date: 2/26/08

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06