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This program is targeted toward students who want to combine general preparation in business with an emphasis on the business environments of regional companies in Pennsylvania and neighboring states.



Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Science in Business with Individualized Option


Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Science in Business with Management/Marketing Option

 

 

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The Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) is an upper-division, professionally oriented business degree for individuals who are seeking general preparation in business.  The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting.  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 degree allows students 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 the Commonwealth.

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

  • INDIVIDUALIZED BUSINESS OPTION:  The selection of 18 credits of study based on an individualized plan of study submitted by the student and approved by an adviser. The option allows the tailoring of a program of study to suit specific student needs.

  • 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 like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION:  45 credits

  • (12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:

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 102 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)

  • ACCTG 211(4), ECON 104 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)

  • STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)

  • B A 243(4) (Sem: 3-4)

  • 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]

INDIVIDUALIZED BUSINESS OPTION:   (18 credits)

  • Prepare an individualized plan of study consisting of 18 credits to be submitted for approval by an adviser. (Sem: 5-8)

MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING OPTION:  (18 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES  (18 credits)

  • 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 341(3), MGMT 431(3); MGMT 440(3), MGMT 445(3), MGMT 451W(3), MKTG 410(3); MKTG 310(3), MKTG 327(3), MKTG 330(3), MKTG 422(3)(Sem: 5-8)

  • Select 3 credits from CAS 352(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.

 
For more information, contact the program coordinator:
Dr. Carolina McCluskey
cpsm@psu.edu



For admissions information, contact the Lehigh Valley Admissions Office at 610-285-5051.