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Online Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

124 TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED

Develop a strong foundation in business by studying a wide range of topics and sharpening your decision-making, leadership, and communication skills. Prepare for your career in one of many fields, such as human resources, management, sales, market research, finance, consulting, and more.

Your BS in business administration degree consists of 124 semester hours, with 48 semester hours in the major, including foundation core requirements (15 s.h.), professional core requirements (15 s.h.), required business administration courses (9 s.h.), and electives at the 3000 or 4000 level (9 s.h.).

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration requires completion of an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in any field. The B.AS. in Business Administration major consists of 45 s.h. including foundation core requirements (15 s.h.), Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration (18 s.h.), and electives at the 3000 or 4000 level (12 s.h.).

Foundation Core Courses

Fundamentals of financial accounting, with an emphasis on understanding the use of the accounting information system and analyzing and interpreting financial accounting information. Required of all accounting, business, financial economics, and marketing majors, and usually taken in the sophomore year. Prerequisites: completion of 12 semester hours or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean

Completion of fundamentals of financial accounting, with an emphasis on analysis and interpretation of business operations, and an introduction to managerial accounting. Required of all accounting, business, financial economics, and marketing majors, and usually taken in the sophomore year. Prerequisites: ACC 2510, MAT 1050 or higher, or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean

Inferential statistics using business and economics data. Principal topics: probability, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, and time series and forecasting. Prerequisite: MAT 1050 or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean

Aggregate income measurement and analysis, fiscal and monetary policy, inflation, unemployment, and other current issues.

Price theory applied to product and resource markets with emphasis on pricing and output decisions under various market conditions.

Professional Core Courses

Survey of the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling within both structural and behavioral contexts. Emphasis is given to individual behavior, interpersonal relationships, small groups, inter-group relations, leadership, and change within the various structures of contemporary formal organizations. Also, involves the study of organizational structure including the design of centralization, formalization, and complexity. Student teams are used to study course content through case studies and to experience the dynamics of team membership.

Management of funds from the corporate perspective, with emphasis on security valuation, risk analysis, financial forecasting, capital budgeting, capital structure components and their costs, and dividend policy. Prerequisites: ACC 2530, BUS 2160, and ECO 2620, or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean.

The organization and theory of the American legal system and its relationship with the business environment, including contracts, tort law, and parts of the Uniform Commercial Code and its provisions concerning sales, the law of agency, and employment law. Prerequisites: ENG 1020 or ENG 1040 or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean.

A capstone course conducted with case method. Examination of external and internal environments of business. Analysis of the formulation and implementation of organizational strategy, both in private and not-for-profit sectors. Integration of prior studies in accounting, economics, management, marketing, law, and behavior. This course includes administration of a major field test in business as the required exit exam for all seniors in the Reeves School of Business. Prerequisites: BUS 3320, BUS 2430, BUS 3150 (or BUS 3200 or PHI 3200 or SMA 3400), or ACC 3410, and BUS 3520, and MKT 2510, or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean.

Study of marketing: models of buyer behavior, functions, channels of distribution, promotion strategies, and pricing policies. Emphasis is on the use of marketing variables in decision-making.

Core Courses

Using a managerial framework, this course is a study of the relationship between business and economic policy, social responsibility, and political influence on a global level. As an intensive writing course, it uses case studies to study business ethics and corporate responsibility while recognizing management’s traditional obligations to shareholders. The course spotlights current examples of business ethical issues which are relevant for stakeholders, corporate governance, accounting, and regulation of business. Prerequisites: ACC 2510, 2530; ECO 2610, 2620, or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean.

After a brief consideration of ethical theory, this course will examine selected ethical issues which arise from business, such as corporate responsibility, whistle blowing, environmental issues, and privacy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of the virtues in business practice

An introduction to the personal financial planning process designed to equip students with the skills needed to manage their personal financial resources. Topics include cash management, goal setting, tax planning, risk management, investment planning, retirement planning, and estate planning.

A survey of quantitative methods used in managerial decision making. Topics include linear programming, decision theory, project management models, inventory models, queuing theory, simulation, and forecasting. Use of computer software to solve problems. Prerequisites: BUS 2160, BUS 2250 or CSC 1000, and BUS 2430, or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean.

The functions of money and financial markets, commercial bank operations, the Federal Reserve System, the macro economy, and the impact of monetary policy upon economic stabilization and growth. Prerequisites: ECO 2610 and 2620, or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration*

Survey of the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling within both structural and behavioral contexts. Emphasis is given to individual behavior, interpersonal relationships, small groups, inter-group relations, leadership, and change within the various structures of contemporary formal organizations. Also, involves the study of organizational structure including the design of centralization, formalization, and complexity. Student teams are used to study course content through case studies and to experience the dynamics of team membership.

Using a managerial framework, this course is a study of the relationship between business and economic policy, social responsibility, and political influence on a global level. As an intensive writing course, it uses case studies to study business ethics and corporate responsibility while recognizing management’s traditional obligations to shareholders. The course spotlights current examples of business ethical issues which are relevant for stakeholders, corporate governance, accounting, and regulation of business. Prerequisites: ACC 2510, 2530; ECO 2610, 2620, or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean.

After a brief consideration of ethical theory, this course will examine selected ethical issues which arise from business, such as corporate responsibility, whistle blowing, environmental issues, and privacy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of the virtues in business practice

The organization and theory of the American legal system and its relationship with the business environment, including contracts, tort law, and parts of the Uniform Commercial Code and its provisions concerning sales, the law of agency, and employment law. Prerequisites: ENG 1020 or ENG 1040 or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean.

An introduction to the personal financial planning process designed to equip students with the skills needed to manage their personal financial resources. Topics include cash management, goal setting, tax planning, risk management, investment planning, retirement planning, and estate planning.

Management of funds from the corporate perspective, with emphasis on security valuation, risk analysis, financial forecasting, capital budgeting, capital structure components and their costs, and dividend policy. Prerequisites: ACC 2530, BUS 2160, and ECO 2620, or permission of the instructor, department chair, or school dean.

Study of marketing: models of buyer behavior, functions, channels of distribution, promotion strategies, and pricing policies. Emphasis is on the use of marketing variables in decision-making.

*The Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration students may choose to take BUS 3000 Personal Finance or BUS 3320 Managerial Finance and BUS 3150 Business & Society or BUS 3200 Business Ethics.

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