C A L I F O R N I A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y B A K E R S F I E L D
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(661) 664-2438 (fax)
Dean: Henry Lowenstein, Ph.D.
The Major in Business Administration 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. The student is advised to check with the Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing for further information.
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.
A. Required Lower Division Foundation Core
1. ACCT 220 Introduction to Financial Reporting and Accounting
2. ACCT 221 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
3. ECON 201 Essentials of Microeconomics
4. ECON 202 Essentials of Macroeconomics
5. MATH 101 Finite Mathematics
6. MATH 140 Elementary Statistics
7. MIS 200A Software Productivity Tools
Business Administration majors shall not be enrolled in any upper division Business Administration course unless they have:
1. completed the courses designated above as Required Lower Division Foundation Core;
2. attained junior status (completed 90 quarter hours of course work counting toward the 186 quarter hours needed for graduation);
Note: Courses requiring a specific prerequisite may be taken only after the prerequisite has been completed.
B. Required Upper Division Core Courses
(45 quarter units)
1. MGMT 300 Organizational Behavior
2. MGMT 301 Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions
3. MGMT 302 Introduction to Operations Management
4. MIS 300 Management Information Systems: Concepts and Applications
5. MKTG 300 Marketing Management
6. FIN 300 Financial Management
7. BA 370 Legal Environment of Domestic and International Business (not required for Accounting majors who have completed ACCT 275 or its equivalent)
8. BA 374 Business and Society (satisfies pre-1997 General Education Goal XIII and current General Education Theme 3.)
9. BA 490 Senior Seminar in Business Administration
C. Upper Division Concentration Electives
To qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration the business major must complete the required lower division foundation courses, the upper division core courses, and an additional minimum of 20 quarter units of upper division courses selected from a specific area of concentration or in accordance with the guidelines for a General Business concentration. The specific course requirements for the available areas of concentration are listed under the general heading of the department offering the specialization area. Courses numbered 489, 496, 497 or 499 cannot be used to satisfy any concentration elective requirements for a BS in Business Administration.
Requirements for a General Business Concentration
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, Finance, Management, Marketing, MIS, or Sports Management
Requirements for a Minor in Business Administration
A minor in Business Administration is available to candidates for a BA degree. A minor is not required for students majoring in Business Administration.
A student desiring a minor in Business Administration must take:
1. ACCT 345 Fundamentals of Financial Decision-Making
2. MGMT 300 Organizational Behavior
3. MKTG 300 Marketing Management
and one of the following:
1. BA 100 Perspectives in Business
2. BA 370 Legal Environment of Domestic and International Business
3. BA 374 Business and Society
4. MGMT 310 Human Resources Management
5. MGMT 302 Introduction to Operations Management
6. MKTG 304 Professional Selling
7. MIS 300 Management Information Systems: Concepts and Applications
Other Minors in Business Administration Programs
Alternative choices for a minor may be found in the Management and Marketing Department. See the Management and Marketing Department listings later in this catalog.
• Minor in e-Business
• Minor in Management Information Systems
• Minor in Marketing
• Minor in Organizational Studies
• Minor in Sports Management
BA 100 Perspectives in Business (5)
This course will introduce students to business activities and terminology. They will gain an understanding of the relationship between the various functions of modern business organizations and between business organizations and their environments. Assignments are designed to develop basic business skills. Open to all non-business majors and may be used to satisfy the requirements for the minor in business administration.
BA 370 Legal Environment of Domestic and
International Business (5)
Introduction to the legal process, recognizing law as an instrument of social and political control in society. Topics include sources of law and ethics, judicial and administrative processes, international contracts, forms of business organizations, constitutional protection for individuals, and domestic and international governmental regulations.
BA 374 Business and Society (5)
Focuses on the interrelationships between society and business, using technology as the integrating theme. Considers those situations where the market system fails to solve problems that society deems important. Topics include ecological impact of technology, and the relationship of technology to employment and quality of work life, consumerism, ethics, and corporate social responsibility. (Satisfies pre-1997 General Education Goal XIII and current General Education Theme 3.)
BA 393 Intercollegiate Business Policy Games (2)
This course consists of a three quarter sequence during which a team of students prepares for and competes in Intercollegiate Business Policy Games. The fall and winter quarter segments are taught locally and consist of lecture and discussion geared toward preparation of the student team to compete in the computerized game competition held annually in early spring. A student completing the three quarter sequence will receive two quarter units on a credit, no-credit basis. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
BA 396 Human Corps (1)
One unit of credit for 30 or more hours of volunteer community service experience working directly with people in a business related, nonprofit, governmental, or community based organization, including educational institutions. Open to students with appropriate business background for the particular position. The student may suggest a suitable placement or request an assignment from the Human Corps office. A journal, a brief reflective paper, and occasional meetings with a faculty sponsor are required. Only one unit of Human Corps credit may be earned per term, and no more than 12 units of all Human Corps credit may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only.
BA 428 Small Business Consulting (5)
Students are assigned as consultants to a small firm in the business community to assist owner clients in marketing, finance, accounting, operations, MIS, personnel and strategic management, as appropriate. Students are supervised by faculty and provide oral and written reports to the client to conclude the consultation. Prerequisite: senior standing and permission of Business Research Education Center Director.
BA 477 Special Topics in Business (5)
Special topics courses provide each department with the opportunity to present an in-depth study of a selected subject not covered in regular courses. When offered, prerequisites and course requirements will be announced for each course. Each department will determine applicability toward individual concentrations.
BA 489 Experiential Prior Learning (1-20)
Evaluation and assessment of learning that has occurred as a result of prior off-campus experience relevant to the curriculum of the department. Requires complementary academic study and/or documentation. Available by petition only on a credit, no-credit basis. Not open to post-baccalaureate students. BA 489 units may not be used for credit with the BS in Business Administration, BA in Public Administration, MS, MBA or MPA degrees. Interested students should contact the BPA Student Services Center for further details.
BA 490 Senior Seminar in Business Administration (5)
A terminal integrating course. Analysis of a wide range of policy decisions, with focus on the role of the executive in planning and implementing programs. Prerequisites: BA 370, 374, FIN 300, MGMT 300, 301, 302, MIS 300 and MKTG 300.
BA 497 Cooperative Education (1-5)
The Cooperative Education Program provides a sponsored learning experience in a work setting, integrated with a field analysis seminar. The field experience, including the seminar and reading assignments, is supervised by the cooperative education coordinator and a faculty liaison working with the field supervisor. May not be used to satisfy the requirements of the Business Administration major. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only.
BA 499 Individual Study (1-5)
Individual study is offered as an opportunity for the student to design a course of study dealing with a particular area of interest within a discipline, to research the subject area and present an in-depth study for review. Student works under the direct supervision of a faculty member who must approve the study prior to its implementation. May not be used to satisfy the requirements for the Business Administration degree.
Graduate courses are listed in the “Graduate Studies” section of this catalog.