Course List - Bachelor of Science in Business

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Required for the Major (59 credits)

Prescribed Courses (41 credits)
ACCTG 211 Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision making.
4 credits
B A 321 Contemporary Skills for Business Professionals
Technological and interpersonal skills for the contemporary business professional, stressing collaborative learning, electronic inquiry and communications, critical thinking, and problem solving.
3 credits
B A 322 Individual and Interpersonal Effectiveness for the Business Professional
Effectiveness of the business professional in team settings, especially the capacity to execute both technologically and cooperatively through group exercises.
3 credits
B A 420 Preparation for Career Management
This course emphasizes effective career planning by closely examining oneself, the business world, communication styles and strategies.
1 credit
B A 421 Project Management
Introduction to Project Management covering all phases of a project in proposal development, planning, execution, and closing. 
3 credits
B A 422W Strategic Business Planning
Study of strategic planning and implementation in multi-industry, multi-cultural, and multi-national settings with emphasis on sustaining competitive advantages. 
3 credits
ECON 102 (GS)
(formerly ECON 002)
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy
Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution.
3 credits
ECON 104 (GS)
(formerly ECON 004)
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
National income measurement; aggregate economic models; money and income; policy problems.
3 credits
FIN 301 Corporation Finance
Nature of finance function; risk and return concepts; working capital; dividend policies; mergers; security markets; acquisition and management of corporate capital; analysis of operations, forecasting capital requirements; raising capital; and planning profits.
3 credits
I B 303 (IL) International Business Operations
A survey of the major aspects of international business environment and operations with an emphasis on the cultural dimension.
3 credits
MGMT 301 Basic Management Concepts
Examination of fundamental principles and processes applicable to the study of management.
3 credits
MKTG 301W Principles of Marketing
Focuses on customer behavior, product, channels of distribution, promotion, and pricing with emphasis on a culturally diverse environment.
3 credits
MIS 204 Introduction to Business Information Systems
Introduction to the use of information systems in business organizations.
3 credits
SCM 301 Business Logistics Management
Management of logistics/supply chain processes.
3 credits

 

Additional Courses (15–18 credits)
B A 243 Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
Explores the ethical, political, social, legal and regulatory, technological, and demographic diversity environment of business.
4 credits
B A 495A
Internship in Business
Guided professional practicum in business consisting of 3 or 6 credits of supervised fieldwork in business. 

This internship is an opportunity to apply the theories and concepts taught throughout the program. With approval from the academic program coordinator, you can engage in an assignment at your workplace that goes beyond your regular job duties, or you could work on a special initiative with a local organization in your community. Whichever path you choose, this internship is an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world business setting and demonstrate your willingness to go beyond your regular job responsibilities.
3 or 6 credits
MATH 110 (GQ) Techniques of Calculus I
Functions, graphs, derivatives, integrals, techniques of differentiation and integration, exponentials, improper integrals, applications.
4 credits
STAT 200 (GQ) Elementary Statistics
Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.
4 credits

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Select 18 credits from the Accounting, Financial Services, Management and Marketing, or Individualized option:

Accounting Option (18 credits)

Additional Courses (3 credits)
ACCTG 405 Principles of Taxation I
Elements of tax policy and tax-planning concepts for personal and business decision making; with emphasis on taxation of individuals.

Prerequisite: ACCTG 211.
3 credits
Prescribed Courses (12 credits)
ACCTG 403
Auditing
Financial, compliance, internal, and operational audits; standards and procedures; sampling; EDP auditing; professional issues; application of concepts through written responses.

Prerequisite: ACCTG 471
3 credits
ACCTG 404 Managerial Accounting: Economic Perspective
Accounting techniques as planning, control, and motivating devices in business and other organizations; accounting data for decision making and performance evaluation.

Prerequisite: ACCTG 211, STAT 200 or ECON 102
3 credits
ACCTG 471 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Theory and practice issues in income concepts and value measurement; GAAP; revenues, costs, assets, liablities, and equities.

Prerequisite: ACCTG 211
3 credits
ACCTG 472 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Off-balance-sheet financing; special issues in cost capitalization, liabililties, equities; matching; funds flow statements; statement analysis; inflation accounting.

Prerequisite: ACCTG 471
3 credits
Supporting Courses and Related Areas (3 credits)
ACCTG 426 Financial Statement Analysis
The exploration of conventional and advanced methods of analyzing financial statements, including the assessment of earnings quality.

Prerequisite: FIN 301
3 credits
Any 400-level course from ACCTG, B A, ECON, I B, MGMT, MKTG

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Financial Services Option (18 credits)

Additional Courses (3 credits)
ACCTG 405 Principles of Taxation I
Elements of tax policy and tax-planning concepts for personal and business decision making; with emphasis on taxation of individuals.

Prerequisite: ACCTG 211; B A 301 or FIN 301 
3 credits
Prescribed Courses (3 credits)
FIN 420
Investment and Portfolio Analysis
Investment and risk, types of security investments, sources of investment information, the broker, the stock market, portfolio management.

Prerequisite: FIN 301
3 credits
Supporting Courses and Related Areas (12 credits)
FIN 330 Personal Financial Planning
Developing financial plans including cash budgets, credit purchases, investments, and insurance.

Prerequisite: third-semester standing or permission of instructor
3 credits
FIN 430 Estate Planning
Liquidity planning, titling and transfer of property, trusts, federal unified tax system, gifting, incapacity planning, legal documents.

Prerequisite: ACCTG 310 and FIN 340
3 credits
FIN 450 Retirement Planning
Retirement planning: qualified and non-qualified plans, characteristics, provisions, regulations administration, application approach with case studies.
3 credits
FIN 461 Portfolio Management and Analysis
Investment policy and process, modern portfolio theory, portfolio construction, and portfolio performance measurement and evaluation.

Prerequisite: FIN 420
3 credits

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Management and Marketing Option (18 credits)

Additional Courses (0–6 credits)
BA 250 Small Business Management
Analysis of problems of the small firm, particularly for the student who wishes to venture into business.
3 credits
CAS 352 Organizational Communication
This course examines the function and structure of communication in both formal and informal situations.
3 credits
CAS 404 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
Theories and strategies important for conceptualizing, developing, and managing conflict negotiation, mediation, and third-party intervention.
3 credits
MKTG 220 Introduction to Selling Techniques
Principles underlying the sales process and practical application of these principles to selling situations. Studies role of selling in total marketing process.
3 credits
Supporting Courses and Related Areas (12–18 credits)
Must include at least 3 credits in MGMT and 3 credits in MKTG; at least 3 credits must be at the 400-level.*
MGMT 321
Leadership and Motivation
Applies organizational behavior theories, concepts, and skills to leading and motivating individuals and groups.
3 credits
MGMT 341 Human Resource Management
Introduction to the strategic planning and implementation of human resource management, including staffing, development, appraisal, and rewards.
3 credits
MGMT 401 Contemporary Issues in Management
Advanced treatment of topics of current managerial significance. Issues examined will differ by instructor, section, and semester. Consult departmental office.
3 credits
MGMT 445 Managing Differences in Organizations
This course focuses on developing knowledge and skills for dealing with demographic, functional, occupational and identity-based differences within and among organizations.
3 credits
MGMT 461 International Management
Examines issues of nations and cultures including motivation, communication, negotiation, leadership, ethics and social responsibility, and women in management.
3 credits
MKTG 330 Consumer Behavior
Application of behavioral science concepts to the understanding of buyer behavior as a basis for marketing management decision making.
3 credits
MKTG 422 Advertising and Sales Promotion Management
Perspectives and models of the key decisions involved in managing advertising and sales promotion campaigns.
3 credits
MKTG 445 Global Marketing
Role of international marketing in the global environment; political, economic, geographic, historical, cultural conditions; developing and implementing international marketing strategies.
3 credits

* Note: 3 of the 18 credits in the Management and Marketing Option must be 400-level Management (MGMT) and Marketing (MKTG). Additional 400-level MGMT and MKTG courses are being developed. Please check with your adviser about their availability.

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Individualized Option (18 credits)

The 18-credit interdisciplinary plan of study must be created with your adviser and approved by the academic program coordinator upon your admission to the program. The plan must meet the following parameters:

  • Maximum number of credits that may be transferred into the program: 6 credits
  • Maximum number of credits at the 100 level: NONE
  • Maximum number of credits at the 200 level: 6 credits
  • Maximum number of credits in disciplines other than the following: Acctg, FIN, FINSV, ENTR, MGMT, MKTG, SCM, IB, ECON, HPA: 9 credits
  • Maximum number of credits completed more than 5 years before entrance to the Bachelor of Science in Business: 6 credits
  • Maximum number of independent study/special topics course work: NONE
  • Minimum number of 400-level credits completed in business courses from the following: Acctg, ENTR, FIN, FINSV, IB, MGMT, MKTG, SCM, HPA: 3 credits

Note: All prerequisites for courses must be met, which may increase the number of credits required to complete the degree.

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General Education Requirements (45 credits)

General Education Requirements (45 credits)
Writing and Speaking 9 credits
Quantification
6 credits
Natural Sciences 9 credits
Arts 6 credits
Humanities 6 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 credits
Health and Physical Activity 3 credits

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Electives (10 credits)

Most of the courses in the bachelor of science in business degree are offered every semester. 

Please note: Among the above degree requirements, students should incorporate at least 3 credits in US cultures, 3 credits in international (IL) cultures, and 3 credits in writing across the curriculum courses. The above course list includes only courses offered by World Campus. An official degree audit or the recommended academic plan for this program may include additional course options and detailed requirements. All students are expected to complete at least 36 Penn State credits to earn this degree. Please consult an academic adviser for details.

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