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Business Administration Undergraduate Major (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS)

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College of Business


Options

Entrepreneurship for Business Majors
General Business
Hospitality Management
International Business

Business Administration Curricula

The undergraduate curriculum in business administration reflects the increasingly complex economic, social, and technological aspects of modern business decision-making. Course work emphasizes the development of effective decision-making, an understanding of personal values and motivation, and the awareness of the interrelationships between business and society.



Business Administration major requirements are divided into two parts. The first part (the pre-business major), usually taken in the first two years, must be completed before formal admission into the major. The second part (Professional School) is usually taken in the last two years after formal admission into the Business Administration major.

Summary of Requirements:
Pre-business Major (48)
    Business Core Classes (26)
        Math, Economics, Writing and Communications (22)*
Professional School (60)
    Pro-school business core classes (36)
    Option Courses (24)
University General Education Requirements (36)
Unrestricted Electives (36)
*12 credits from Pre-business major satisfy University General Education Requirements.
Total Required for Graduation (180)

Pre-Business Program

Newly admitted students to OSU and all current OSU students who seek to complete an undergraduate degree program offered by the College of Business (COB) are designated as pre-business majors. The pre-business program requires completion of courses within the freshman and sophomore year (see core curriculum below) that build a solid foundation for the upper-division business curricula. These courses must be completed before the student is eligible for admission to the professional business program. The pre-business course work may be completed at OSU or any accredited college or university that offers equivalent courses transferable to OSU.

Professional Business Program

Admission to the professional business program is restricted to those students who have demonstrated an ability to achieve the high standards required for professional studies. Enrollment within each academic discipline (major or option) is limited to the number of students who can be served by the faculty and facilities of that major/option.

Therefore students should strive to meet the minimum eligibility standards of their particular major of choice as well as those of the College of Business itself. Minimum standards for a particular major can often be higher. More information on the pro-school process and current competitive GPA levels for each major can be found on the Pro-School Competitive GPA section of the College of Business Advising website.

Students must apply for admission to the professional business program. To be eligible to apply, students must earn COB grades of C– or better, have 90 credits by the end of the application term, have a minimum COB GPA of 2.5, and meet the minimum standards for their particular major of choice in the All-Inclusive Business GPA. The All-Inclusive Business GPA includes all business program course work taken from OSU and transfer institution(s). Students earning an All-Inclusive Business GPA of 3.0 or above will be assured admission to the professional business program, but it does not guarantee admittance into the major of their choice. Students with an All-Inclusive Business GPA less than 3.0 will be admitted to an academic discipline (major or option) with available capacity using the following criteria: compliance with entrance requirements for the major/option; their rank order based on their All-Inclusive Business GPA; and the contribution of the student to the diversity of viewpoints within the college.

Students who have completed their pre-business courses at a college or university other than OSU must be admitted to pre-business their first term and apply for the professional program during their first term of attendance.

Business Administration Program Requirements (180)


Business Administration Core Curriculum (62)

The business administration core curriculum provides students with a broad overview of business; basic skills in accounting and quantitative methods; an understanding of the legal and social environment of business; a background in management and organizational behavior, marketing, finance, and operations management; an understanding of the entrepreneurial process; and the opportunity to integrate course work and further develop decision-making skills through the analysis of business cases.

Option (24)

Options are designed to allow students to extend their professional preparation beyond the introductory level in one or more areas. There are four options available to the Business Administration major:

  1. Entrepreneurship for Business Majors
  2. General Business (Cascades campus only)
  3. Hospitality Management (Cascades campus only)
  4. International Business

Some options need to be started in the junior year, while others can be completed all during the senior year. See an academic advisor for more information.

Mathematics (8)

Basic mathematics requirements:
MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
MTH 245. *Mathematics for Management, Life, and Social Sciences (4)

Economics (8)

ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
ECON 202. *Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)

Written and Oral Communication (6)

Business students also must take:
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
WR 222. *English Composition (3)
  or WR 323. *English Composition (3)
  or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

University General Requirements (36)

MTH 241, ECON 201/ECON 202, WR 222, WR 323 or WR 327, and COMM 111 or COMM 114 meet the university’s baccalaureate core requirements for mathematics, social processes and institutions, writing II, and speech, respectively. All students must meet the other baccalaureate core requirements and the other requirements for baccalaureate degrees. (See Earning a Degree at OSU.)

Unrestricted Electives (36)

Students are provided elective credits to enable them to achieve a degree of specialization and depth to match their interests. Students are encouraged to choose a non-business university-approved minor that consists of a minimum of 27 credits, with at least 12 credits at the upper-division level. Students are responsible for determining whether the minor has been approved for transcript visibility and to request the notation on their transcript. Students may also choose to complete a coherent set of non-business courses to support their career goals.

Pre-Business (Major code 180)


First Year

BA 101. Business Now (6)
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
MTH 245. *Mathematics for Management, Life, and Social Sciences (4)
Baccalaureate core, unrestricted electives (28)

Second Year

BA 211. Financial Accounting (4)
BA 213. Managerial Accounting (4)
BA 233. Legal Environment of Business (2)
BA 260. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (4)
BA 276. Introduction to Statistical Inference (2)
BA 302. Business Management Processes (4)
ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
ECON 202. *Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)
WR 222. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 323. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)
Baccalaureate core, minor courses, or unrestricted electives (14)

Professional Business (Major code 181)


Third Year

BA 333. Legal and Ethical Business Solutions (2)
BA 347. International Business (4)
BA 352. Managing Individual and Team Performance (4)
BA 353. ^Professional Development (4)
BA 357. Operations Management (4)
BA 360. Introduction to Financial Management (4)1
BA 370. Business Systems Analysis (4)2
BA 376. Applied Quantitative Methods (2)
BA 390. Marketing (4)
Baccalaureate core, minor courses, business administration option, or unrestricted electives (13)

Fourth Year

BA 466. Integrative Strategic Experience (4)
Baccalaureate core, minor courses, business administration option or unrestricted electives (41)
Business administration option courses (24–28)

Some option courses for business administration majors are to be taken in the junior year. Students should consult an advisor to plan an appropriate schedule for their chosen option.

Footnotes:

1 Students with a discipline in finance will complete BA/FIN 340 instead of BA 360.
2 Students with a discipline in accounting, finance, or business information systems will complete ACTG 378 instead of BA 370.



Major Code: 181

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