B.S. in Business Administration

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The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in one or more areas of concentration, prepares students for imaginative and responsible citizenship and leadership in society--domestic and worldwide. The degree includes a pre-business program, a set of core course requirements, and a broad range of fields of concentrations to choose from based on individual interests and career plans. 
 

Sample 4-Year Degree Plan
 

The Business major is impacted; students applying to the University as prospective business majors must meet enhanced admission requirements as well as all pre-business requirements. 
 

Degree Requirements  Declare Pre-Business Computer Competency  

 

Concentrations

There are six main concentrations for Business Administration majors. In addition, students have the option to select and design a Special Concentration in consultation with a faculty advisor (Must be approved by the Business Administration department chair.).

             Accounting                 Finance        Financial Management    
Management       Marketing            Wine Business Strategies
Special Concentration    

 

Requirements for Completing the Business Administration Degree

A minimum of 120 semester units is required to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. A total of 55 units with a minimum 2.00 GPA is required for the major; 14-15 additional units are needed in preparatory courses, some of which might apply toward general education requirements. In addition to general education and the major, most students need to take other coursework to fulfill unit requirements for the degree. Such courses may be selected from the entire university curriculum and may be used to explore other disciplines, complete a minor, or take more classes in the major.

1. Fulfill GE Requirements & Pre-Business Preparatory Courses

  • GE Area A
  • ECON 204
  • ECON 204 Introduction to Macroeconomics (4 units)
  • ECON 205 Introduction to Microeconomics (4 units)
  • BUS 211 Business Statistics or MATH 165 Elementary Statistics or ECON 217 Statistics for Econ & Bus (4 units)
    Core Requirement for catalogs prior to 2018-19
  • MATH 131 Introduction to Finite Mathematics (3 units) or MATH 161 Calculus (4 units)

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2. Declare Pre-Business

Students wanting to declare the Business Administration major must attend a Pre-Business Workshop. Students should sign-up ahead of time and are required to bring a copy of their unofficial transcript and transfer credit report if applicable.

Declaring Pre-Business

3. Pass Computer Competency Test

All pre-business majors must complete the computer competency requirement prior to being changed to upper division Business Administration.

Computer Competency

4. Complete Pre-Business Core Requirements

You must receive a letter grade of "C" or better. These units count toward the major.

  • BUS 225 Legal Environment of Business (4 units)
  • BUS 230A Financial Accounting (4 units)
  • BUS 230B Managerial Accounting (4 units)

5. Submit "Change of Status" Form

In the semester the student is completing the Pre-Business requirements, the student must file a Change of Status form to indicate how all Pre-Business requirements were or are being satisfied.

"Change of Status" Form

6. Fulfill Business Core Requirements & Concentration Courses

All business students must complete these core requirements (coursework in the selected area of concentration usually may be taken concurrently):

  • BUS 316 Production/Operations Management (4 units)
  • BUS 319 Management Information Systems (4 units)
  • BUS 320 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation (4 units)
    New core requirement for students entering SSU in Fall 2018 and beyond
  • BUS 344 Organizational Behavior (4 units)
  • BUS 360 Introduction to Marketing (4 units)
  • BUS 370 Introduction to Managerial Finance (4 units)
  • BUS 491 Seminar in Management Strategy and Policy (4 units)
    This is the capstone course in the business administration major designed to be taken in the student's final semester. Prerequisite: completed all other core courses and have applied for graduation.
  • 5 courses from your chosen concentration.

7. Complete Electives

If students need additional units in the major beyond the core and concentration to complete the 55-unit requirement for the program, they may elect to take additional coursework from their own or another area of concentration or from other approved courses offered within the business curriculum, such as BUS 295, 296, 385, 388, 466, 495, and 499.

It is recommended that students familiarize themselves with the major requirements as stated in this catalog and consult with a faculty advisor prior to choosing elective courses intended to meet major requirements.

Students who need additional units to fulfill the 120-unit requirement for the Major can take BUS 295 and BUS 296

8. Pass the GWAR

All students are required to pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) in order to graduate.

The GWAR can be fulfilled by taking and passing the WEPT or by completing a WIC course with a letter grade of C- or better.

Take a look at the Writing Center website for more information.

Writing Center Website

 

Declaring Pre-Business

 

Any student wishing to major in Business Administration starts by declaring Pre-Business as a major.  SSU students wanting to declare Pre-Business must meet the following four requirements:

1.    Students wanting to declare the Business Administration major must attend a Pre-Business Workshop. Students should sign-up ahead of time and are required to bring a copy of their unofficial transcript and transfer credit report if applicable.

Pre-Business Workshop Schedule

2.    Any class that meets a Pre-Business requirement must have a grade of C or higher or must be repeated to earn a grade of C or higher before declaring Pre-Business as a major.

3.    The student must meet the following requirements based on the number of units completed at the time the student declares Pre-Business as a major:

Units Completed

Requirements

0-15

  • Upon entering SSU, met FTF admissions criteria for Pre-Business major (minimum HS GPA of 2.50; SAT/ACT Eligibility Index of 3106/734)

  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 for college units earned

16-29

  • Upon entering SSU, met FTF admissions criteria for Pre-Business major (minimum HS GPA of 2.50; SAT/ACT Eligibility Index of 3106/734)

  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 for college units earned

  • Completed or enrolled in at least one of the following courses: GE Area A, Pre-Business math requirement, ECON 204, or ECON 205

30-45

  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 for college units earned

  • Completed or enrolled in at least one of the following courses: GE Area A, Pre-Business math requirement, ECON 204, or ECON 205

46-59

  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 for college units earned

  • Completed or enrolled in at least one of the following courses: GE Area A, Pre-Business math requirement, ECON 204, ECON 205, BUS 211/MATH 165, BUS 225, BUS 230A, or BUS 230B

60+

(Same as Transfer)

  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 for college units earned

  • Completed or enrolled in all of the following:

    • GE Area A1 (Written & Oral Analysis)

    • Finite Math (MATH 131) or Calculus (MATH 161)

    • Legal Environment of Business (BUS 225)

    • Statistics (MATH 165)

 

 
4. Students must bring their Change of Major form to the School of Business and Economics office (STEV 2042) rather than Admission & Records, with documentation of the requirements described above. Change of Major forms must be turned in by the second Friday in October (Fall) or by the second Friday in March (Spring) to be processed in time for early registration. Check in with the main SBE office to find out the deadline for the current semester.

 

Computer Competency

All pre-business majors must complete the computer competency requirement prior to being changed to upper divison Business Administration. To complete the requirement students must demonstrate an intermediate or advanced level of spreadsheet knowledge through completing one of the following options:

  • Current Sonoma State students may take CS 101. Students have to pass the course with a C or better and earn at least a cumulative score of 70% on the designated Excel portions. Incoming or current students may complete an approved intermediate level Excel or spreadsheet course at another school (see below) and transfer the credit in.
  • Transfer Students may complete an intermediate level Excel or spreadsheet course offered at your school. For a list of the approved courses take a look at the Advisory Transfer List.

If you feel you already have an intermediate knowledge of spreadsheet software, an Excel exam is offered off-campus by Nelson Staffing in Santa Rosa for a $40 administrative fee and by appointment only. Access a flyer with further details about this option

Test your skills!! Access a list of tasks that you'll need to have mastered in order to demonstrate your computer competency.

 

Minor in Business Administration

Students may qualify for a minor by completing a 20-unit program. 

More about the Minor in Business Administration

 

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate general business problem-solving skills
  • Employ ethical reasoning
  • Apply global perspectives
  • Interpret quantitative applications
  • Demonstrate written communication skills
  • Show oral communication skills

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