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Business Administration

Bachelor of Science Degree

Business Administration is a traditional, term-based program that inspires learning of fundamental as well as emerging business principles, concepts, and applications. Dynamic and interactive class experiences engage you in real-world business applications that enhance decision-making skills and career development. You are actively engaged in building value-added business knowledge and understanding, effective decision making skills, team skills, oral and written communication skills, leadership skills, and other skills critical for your career development, and for being a valued contributor to the successful and efficient operation of business and society.

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Courses in the major include:

This course is an introduction to accounting concepts and the elements of financial statements including basic accounting vocabulary and analysis of business transactions from an accounting viewpoint. Students will be required to recognize, record, and classify new accounting data. Emphasis is placed on corporate accounting. Introductory financial statement analysis and interpretation are also covered.
Managerial accounting is designed to introduce the fundamentals of managerial accounting to both accounting and non-accounting majors. It covers accounting and management decision making in both short-term and long-term strategic situations. Students will be expected to explain and apply accounting concepts including basic costing and processes, cost classifications, responsibility accounting and ethical behavior of the managerial accountant. Prerequisite: AC 205
This course is designed for College of Business students who have basic file management and office software skills. Course projects are designed for business problem solving and include document management, using spreadsheets for information processing, design and management of personal databases for automated data management, presentation, and integrating business communications. Recommend prior computer knowledge. Prerequisite: MA 101
This course examines the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and techniques of management by integrating classical and modern perspectives with real-world experiences. Students are introduced to both traditional and contemporary views along the management function of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Management domains such as business ethics, business law, international management, organizational behavior, human resource management, operation management, organizational development and change, entrepreneurship, management information systems, and strategic management are also introduced, and their implications on students' careers as managers are explored.
This course teaches critical thinking skills for lifelong development of the individual. The course examines individual critical thinking in its elements of rational reasoning, logic, intuition, experience, and reflection.
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of marketing. It covers the current marketing concepts and practical applications that will include the functions of product, price, place, promotion, and positioning. Additional emphasis will be given to multicultural and global marketing in the United States and internationally.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the legal and regulatory process in which business decisions are made. The application of legal constraints to management decision making is examined through cases, hypothetical scenarios, and practical examples. While applying these concepts to business decisions, special emphasis is placed on the ethical issues faced by a decision maker.
This course covers the basic principles, techniques, and institutional aspects of financial management in order to provide students applications of finance content similar to those encountered in a finance career. Topics include financial markets and environment, time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, financial statement ratio analysis, capital budgeting, financial planning and control, capital structure, dividend policy, and other fundamental finance issues. Prerequisites: AC 206, MA 240, and MA 102 or MA 120
This course introduces quantitative models appropriate for business applications. Emphasis is on analytical thinking, applied business decision-making, and practical real-life problem solving. The course starts with an introduction to models and mathematical model building. Specific models and applications include: linear programming and its transportation, transshipment, and assignment topics; project management; deterministic models of inventory control; queuing theory and economic analysis of waiting lines; and forecasting with emphasis on time-series and causal models. Software will be applied, as appropriate, in solving large-scale problems. Prerequisites: MA 102 or MA 120 and MA 240
This course examines the roles and functions of human resources management within modern business organizations. It describes, analyzes, and assesses human resources roles in operations and strategies. Topics include: recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, compensation management, legal compliance, workplace safety and health, and employee/employer rights. Prerequisite: BA 232
Fundamental principles and practices of risk management and insurance are addressed with an applied focus on risk management processes, rather than institutional and contractual details of the insurance industry. Topics include fundamental principles of risk management, such as risk identification; risk characterization; pricing of risk reduction techniques; risk retention; regulatory, legal and tax implications; insurance; and other hedging strategies. Additionally, personal, business, and public policy perspectives concerning life, health, property, and liability risk management and insurance are addressed. Prerequisite: BA 312
This course builds upon the introductory finance course. It addresses advanced applications and analysis of financial theory and practice. Aspects of the following topics are addressed: financial environments, financial analysis, cash flow, incentive theory and practice, time value of money, security valuation, risk analysis, portfolio theory and practice, capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policies, options, global financial concerns, and contemporary financial issues. The course is designed to mimic experiences and applications found in certain finance careers. Prerequisite: BA 312
Investment principles and practices are studied in the context of individuals or organizations operating in well- developed financial markets. The course will integrate accepted economic relationships and practices to provide students with an understanding of the current investment environment. Additionally, the course will survey the institutions and securities that make up the investment environment. Students will have an opportunity to understand and experience how individuals trade financial instruments, including: stocks, options, bonds, futures, and other derivative securities. Prerequisite: BA 312
This course will focus on international financial tools, applications and concepts. Topics covered include fundamental international financial relationships and their application to firms and individuals, international transactions, tax issues, and multinational corporations. The course will cover many essential elements of transacting in an international market place. The course addresses the fundamental risks inherent in international business and the use of financial securities to hedge these risks. Prerequisite: BA 312
Cash Management, also known as treasury management, short-term financial management, or working capital management addresses fundamental principles and practices concerning cash management for businesses operating in today's financial markets. This course challenges students to understand and assess fundamental markets. This course challenges students to understand and assess fundamental principles, practices and applications relevant to efficient and effective cash management and to understand why cash management is critical success factor for businesses of any type. Topics addressed: the role of cash management, credit, accounts receivable, collection management, accounts payable and disbursement management, electronic commerce, information and technology needs for cash management, forecasting, short term investments and borrowing, international cash management, relevant relationship management, and other contemporary issues. Prerequisite: BA 312
This course will examine the operations component of the organization. Cases in production and operations settings will be examined that require the use of quantitative methods and approaches to decision making within an environment of scarce/limited resources. Additional topics such as production technology, product/process design, facility layout, materials and capacity requirements planning, and quality control are included. Computer software is used to generate answers for further analysis. Prerequisite: BA 323A or BA 423
This course is designed to encourage the application of diverse conceptual and theoretical perspectives to the analysis and control of behavior in organizations. The course will focus on problems related to perception, motivation, leadership, cultural diversity, interpersonal and group conflict, stress, influence, decision-making, work family balance, ethics, international management issues, and change. Prerequisite: BA 232 and Senior standing.
This course examines current theory, research and practice necessary to make effective strategic decisions in managing compensation and performance issues. Included in this course will be a detailed look at contemporary compensation systems and strategies, job analyses and performance evaluations. Also includes how to design wage and salary structures and benefit packages in order to be competitive in today's organizations. Prerequisite: BA 232
This course describes, analyzes, and evaluates legal foundations, cases, and applications of human resource law. Areas of law covered will include equal employment opportunity law, labor relations law, fair employment practices law, and compensation-benefits law. Human resource management practices will be considered within analysis and evaluation of laws, cases, and settlements. Prerequisite: BA 265
The course emphasizes research and analysis of external and internal forces that impact the organization and strategic success as well as action-implementing tools that are used to integrate the organization's scope, strategies, and policies. External factors include competitive analysis, customer trends, political, legal and technological factors. Internal factors include analysis and evaluation of current business strategies, organizational systems, resource deployment, and culture. The course culminates the undergraduate business program with the capstone project. Prerequisite: Senior standing (preferably, this course should be taken in the student's final semester)
This course is designed for students who desire to understand and master the intricacies associated with the recruitment and selection of human resources and practices, validity and reliability in testing, legal and regulatory factors affecting selection practices, making employment offers, and practices to ensure equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Prerequisite: BA 232
This course examines the fundamental concepts, theories, principles and practices of ethics in management by integrating classical and modern perspectives with real world experiences. Students are introduced to traditional and contemporary ethical views along with opportunities for practical application. Ethical domains such as utilitarianism, Kantianism, feminist ethics, subjective ethics and corporate ethical practices will be discussed. Special examination will be made of global ethical practices in today's business environment. Prerequisite: Senior standing
This course examines the nature, characteristics, and culture of the online environment to understand, develop, and implement marketing strategies and tactics for conducting effective online commerce. Emphasis is on the hardware/software tools necessary for Internet-based commerce, encompassing the basic marketing principles that allow marketing professionals to execute marketing strategy in the dynamic computer mediated environment. Prerequisite: BA 252
This course is to introduce International Consumer Behavior, with emphasis on developing a customer focus and competitive advantage by using consumer behavior analysis. The goal is to understand what effects stemming from internal and external influences affect the consumer decision making process in the global economy. Identifying customer behaviors leads to designing products/services to meet their needs and wants consistent with the different consumer characteristics found throughout the global marketplace. Prerequisites: BA 232 and BA 252
This course examines development, structure, and implementation of an effective and profitable sales force across substantially different environmental conditions. Strategies involving various markets, sales person characteristics, sales program design, and quantitative measurements are emphasized. Prerequisite: BA 252
In a rapidly changing and connected marketplace, effective brand management has become a pivotal component of a thriving organization. This course provides an essential framework for building new brands, revitalizing existing brands and managing brand experiences in a challenging and complex consumer environment. Incorporating foundational marketing principles with real-world practical experience, this course covers central branding concepts and theories as well as strategies and techniques that appeal to consumers. This course will focus on branding as a cornerstone element of marketing strategy. Students will get a blend of hands-on experience and practical work, managing both established and emerging brands in a contemporary marketplace. Prerequisite: BA 252
This course examines and explores laws relevant to business activity. Study will focus on areas of law developed specifically for business and business relationships. Topics include: the legal environment of business, contracts, debtor-creditor relationships, agency relationships, and property law. Prerequisite: BA 265
This course is a study of the behavior of the macroeconomy, including the causes and consequences of inflation, unemployment, and the business cycle. Monetary, fiscal, and "supply side" policies for dealing with macroeconomic problems are examined. Prerequisites: Sophomore or above standing and an understanding of basic math, or permission of instructor.
This course is an investigation of the economic behavior of consumers, businesses and government. Emphasis is placed on price and output determination under various market structures and on the entrepreneurial competitive process. Prerequisites: Sophomore or above standing and an understanding of basic math, or permission of instructor.
EN 321 takes a broad and inclusive approach to workforce communication, examining the best practices of business writing, oral and online presentations, and professional research. Prerequisites: EN 101 and EN 102, Junior or Senior standing
Expansion and follow-up of intermediate algebra including higher order polynomials and nonlinear inequalities, and use of matrices and determinants to solve systems of equations. Introduction to function, inverse function, theory of equations and exponential and logarithmic functions. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement via ALEKS Placement Exam
This course provides the theoretical basis and problem-solving experience needed to apply the techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics, to analyze quantitative data, and to improve decision making over a wide range of areas. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, linear regression, data gathering methodologies and probability, as well as confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for one and two samples. Use of technology in solving and interpreting statistical problems is emphasized. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement via ALEKS Placement Assessment

* Not offered in the cohort model, which means you enroll class by class in this degree program.

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