Requirements for B.S. in Business Administration

Non-major University Wide Requirements

Students must complete CSU general education and other university-wide requirements in addition to major requirements to be awarded a baccalaureate degree. A few courses in most majors simultaneously meet a university-wide requirement. The following university-wide requirements are not automatically met in the course of completing major requirements for the B.S. in Business Administration.

  1. First-Year Experience for CSUB Entering Freshman: CSUB 101 (2 units)
  2. Two American Institutions courses: U.S. History and US/California government
  3. Foreign Language Proficiency (2 years of high school language or 1 college course)
  4. Three courses in CSU General Education Area A: A1 (Speaking and listening), A2 (Reading and writing), and A3 (Writing-critical thinking)
  5. Two courses in CSU General Education Area B: B1 (Life science), B2 (Physical science), and B3 (laboratory component). Note: B4 is covered in the major (Math 101 and 140).
  6. Three courses in CSU General Education Area C selected from three different areas: C1 (Art or performing arts), C2 (Foreign languages), C3 (History), C4 (Literature), and C5 (Philosophy and religious studies)
  7. One course in CSU General Education Area D selected from D1 (Anthropology), D4 (Psychology), or D5 (Sociology). Note: Area D3 is covered by the American Institutions requirement (US/California government) and Area D2 is covered in the major (Econ 201 or 202)
  8. Two courses satisfying the Upper Division General Education requirement: Theme 1 (Natural science and technology) and Theme 2 (Arts and humanities). Note: Theme 3 (Social and behavioral sciences) is covered in the major (BA 374).
  9. One course meeting the Graduation Writing Assessment requirement (GWAR). Note: This requirement also can be met by passing the GWAR exam.
  10. Note: The Gender, Race, and Ethnicity requirement (GRE) is covered in the major (BA 200 or ECON 380)


School of Business & Public Administration

 The Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) is offered by the Departments of Accounting & Finance, Economics, and Management & Marketing.  Contact information and course descriptions can be found in the Catalog sections that follow for these departments.  The Major is to be completed with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all courses counted for the major.  Prior to completing the Required Lower Division Foundation Core, students are required to have obtained proficiency in software productivity tools.  Proficiency can be demonstrated by taking MIS 200A or its equivalent, or by passing the competency exam administered by the Department of Management and Marketing. 

Hour/Unit Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration

Total Units Required to Graduate  180 units
Major Requirements 110 units
Lower Division Core 40
Upper Division Core 45
Concentration 25
Other University Requirements 67 Units
CSUB 101 2
American Institutions 10
Area A 15
Area B 10*
Area C 15
Area D 5*
Theme 1 5
Theme 2 5
Theme 3 0*
GRE 0*
GWAR (Exam or Class) 0**
Additional Units 3 Units

 *Area B4, Area D2, Theme 3, and GRE can be satisfied in the major.

** GWAR and foreign language requirements can be completed without units

Note: One (1) quarter unit of credit normally represents one hour of in-class work and 2-3 hours of outside study per week.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Business Administration

The Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Business Administration requires a minimum of 180 units which includes courses for the major and concentration, plus courses for the other university-wide graduation requirements: General Education, American Institutions, First-Year Experience, Gender-Race-Ethnicity, Upper Division Writing, Foreign Language, etc.

This curriculum is designed for the student who wishes to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Business Administration.  It has two major components:  (1) required lower and upper division courses which provide a foundation for understanding business organizations, their operations, and their place in the global economic, political, and social world; (2) a concentration of courses which permit an in-depth study of a selected aspect of business activity. Courses requiring a specific prerequisite may be taken only after the prerequisite has been completed.

A.  Required Lower Division Foundation Core (40 units) 

BA 290 with C or better (not C-) (course not required for Accounting majors), ACCT 220 , ACCT 221, ECON 201, ECON 202, MATH 101 or ECON 220, MATH 140, MIS 200A, BA 270 or 271 (BA 270/271 not required for Accounting majors who have completed ACCT 275 or its equivalent)

Business Administration majors shall not be enrolled in any upper division Business Administration course unless they have:

1. Completed all courses in the Lower Division Foundation Core; and

2. Attained junior status (completed at least 90 quarter hours of course work counting toward the
    180 quarter hours needed for graduation).

B.  Required Upper Division Core Courses (45 units) 

MGMT 300, BA 301, MGMT 302, MIS 300 (not required for Accounting majors who have completed ACCT 360 or its equivalent), MKTG 300, FIN 300, BA 300 or ECON 380, BA 374, BA 490.

C.  Upper Division Concentration Electives

Business Administration majors must complete a concentration of at least 20 quarter units.  Concentration options are as follows.

1.  Accounting Concentration (40 units):

(students must complete these 8 courses):  ACCT 275*, 300, 301, 303, 360**, 400, 325 or 326, and 408

*May substitute for BA 270 for Accounting majors only

**Substitutes for MIS 300 for Accounting majors only

2. Agricultural Business Concentration (25 units):

a. AGBS 350, 351, 370, and 371

b. One course from: AGBS 372 or 373

Note: Complete AGBS instead of BA 270 in the Lower Division Foundation; an internship is

3.  Economics Concentration (25 units):

a. Requires ECON 301 or 451, ECON 302 or 430    

b. Three additional upper division Economics courses

Note: ECON 380 cannot be double-counted in the Business Administration major for core and concentration requirements.

4.  Finance Concentration (25 units):

a. Requires FIN 326, 400, 460

b. Two courses selected from the following:  FIN 322, 340, 360, 380, 490, ACCT 300, 301, 403, ECON 302, 420

Note: Students are encouraged to participate in the internship program: FIN 496 Internship in Finance.

5.  General Business Concentration (25 units):

To qualify for the BS in Business Administration with a concentration in General Business, a student must take five additional upper division courses from at least three of the following areas:  Accounting, Agricultural Business, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, or MIS.

Note: BA 300 and ECON 380 cannot be double counted in the Business Administration major for core and concentration requirements.

6.  Human Resource Management Concentration (25 units):

a. Requires MGMT 310, 420, 422, and 428

b. Plus one course selected from:  MGMT 309, 430,or  ECON 480

7.  Management Concentration (25 units):

a. Requires MGMT 309 and 310

b. Plus, three courses (or units to complete 25) selected from the following:  MGMT 308, 340, 345, 430, 460, 477, BA 428, MIS 480    

c. Alternately, as a part of the three courses to complete the concentration, students may also select one of the following courses to serve as one of the three elective courses:  ECON 451, PPA 450

8.  Marketing Concentration (20 units):

a. Three courses selected from:  MKTG 301, 302, 304, 405, 406, 410, 420, or 430

b. Plus one* required course:  MKTG 400 or 490

Note: Students may take 400 and 490 plus two more courses from the selection list above.

9.  Public Administration Concentration (25 units):

a. Requires PPA 275, 300, 490

         b. Plus two (2) courses from among the following:
             PPA 320, 340, (PPA 476 or MGMT 310), or PPA 478. Any other core course in the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration.

c. Any other PPA upper division course.

d. Any other upper division course in the School of BPA such as marketing, management, accounting, finance, or economics.

e. Students may also substitute upper division courses from related disciplines in other schools with the approval of the PPA Undergraduate Advisor.

Students may also complete a specialized public administration concentration using any combination of courses approved in writing by the PPA Undergraduate Advisor.  Examples include concentrations based on the Master of Public Administration foundation and the Master of Science in Administration, Health Care Management foundation.

Service Learning Component in the Public Administration Concentration in the BSBA:

Undergraduate BSBA students with a concentration in public administration must complete at least one service learning component during their degree program.  This service learning component may be satisfied by a community-based project in a public administration class, independent study, cooperative education, an internship, or another means approved by the PPA faculty.

10. Small Business Management Concentration (25 units):

a. Requires MGMT 340 and 345.

b. Plus, three courses (or units to complete 25) selected from the following: FIN 360, MGMT 309, 310, 460, ACCT 303, BA 428, MKTG 304, PPA 450.

11. Supply Chain Logistics Concentration (25 units):    

a. Requires MGMT 440, 445, MIS 340, and MKTG 406.

b. Plus, one of the following: MGMT 405, 430, 460, MKTG 420, PPA 450.