Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Decision Sciences

Concentration in Decision Sciences

The Decision Sciences concentration provides students with the skills necessary to analyze and solve practical business problems. Concentration courses allow students to acquire competence in decision making through the use of professional business software, such as spreadsheet, forecasting, and simulation packages. By selecting appropriate electives, students can prepare for a career using decision sciences in computer information systems, finance, operations, marketing, design and industry, accounting, international business, general management, or other areas within industry or government.

All concentration courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis. A student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 across all concentration courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students have basic competencies in business-related disciplines.

    1. Students will demonstrate the discipline‐based knowledge in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, operations, and statistics.

    2. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate the knowledge of different functional areas into effective business solutions.

  2. Students demonstrate effective communication skills.

    1. Students will create well‐written documents on a business topic;

    2. Students will deliver an effective oral presentation on a business topic.

  3. Students demonstrate the ability to analyze business situations.

    1. Students will solve business problems using appropriate quantitative and analytical techniques and technologies;

    2. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze alternatives in a business context;

    3. Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate and defend a course of action.

  4. Students develop team skills that facilitate the achievement of organizational goals.

    1. Students will work effectively in culturally and ethnically diverse teams demonstrated by the ability to contribute to the team’s performance, interact positively with teammates, keep the team on track, maintain high standards for team performance, and by having the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to help the team succeed.

  5. Students understand the ethical issues related to the operation of business, including sustainability.

    1. Students will identify key concepts in business ethics;

    2. Students will recognize the ethical dilemmas in specific business cases;

    3. Students will analyze how ethical issues can affect the interests of different stakeholders;

    4. Students will propose a business solution to the ethical dilemmas;

    5. Students will be aware of sustainability issues in business.

  6. Students understand the issues related to the operation of global business

    1. Students will recognize the relevant global issues including legal, political, social and cultural factors in specific management situations;

    2. Students will analyze the impact of global issues such as legal, political, social and cultural factors in specific management situations;

Students will demonstrate the ability to propose business solutions based on the analysis of global issues, including legal, political, social, and cultural factors.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Decision Sciences — 69-72 units

Except in cases of credit by examination, no more than 6 units of the core may be completed on a CR/NC basis.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in core Business courses required as prerequisites for other core Business courses.

Prerequisite Courses (9-12 units)

Select One:3-6
Calculus with Business Applications
Mathematics for Business Calculus I
and Mathematics for Business Calculus II
Business Calculus
ECON 101Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis3
ISYS 263Introduction to Information Systems3
or a passing score on the ISYS 263 CLEP Exam

These courses must be completed before enrollment in certain core courses. Most core courses have specific prerequisites that are listed within the course descriptions.

Note: DS 110, ECON 101, and ECON 102 (formerly ECON 100) fulfill General Education requirements.

Core Courses (39 units)

Required Core Courses
ACCT 100Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACCT 101Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
Select One: 3
Accounting Information Systems
Information Systems for Management
Select One:3
Business Communication for Professionals - GWAR
Communications for Business Analytics - GWAR
BUS 682Seminar on Business and Society 13
BUS 690Seminar in Business Policy and Strategic Management 13
Select One:3
Business Statistics I
Elementary Statistics
DS 412Operations Management3
ECON 102Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis3
FIN 350Business Finance3
IBUS 330International Business and Multicultural Relations3
MGMT 405Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior3
MKTG 431Principles of Marketing3

Concentration Courses (12 units)

Select four:
DS 312Data Analysis with Computer Applications3
DS 408Computer Simulation3
DS 601Applied Management Science3
DS 604Applied Business Forecasting3
DS 612Data Mining with Business Applications3
DS 624Quality Management3
DS 655Sustainable Supply Chain Management3
DS 660GWCommunications for Business Analytics - GWAR3

Note: DS 660GW Communications for Business Analytics - GWAR can satisfy both the core course requirement and one of the four required concentration courses.

Approved Electives (9 units)

Please select three courses from the list below. Students may also use additional courses from the Concentration Courses list above. If you’re interested in a course that is not in either of these lists, ask your Decision Sciences faculty adviser about it and they will consider it, provided the course is analytical in nature. Decision Sciences majors should take at least two of their electives from the same department. Be sure to check course prerequisites and be aware that some departments may limit their courses to majors..

Any DS concentration option above not already used to satisfy a requirement
Any upper-division ACCT course
Any 200-level or higher CSC course
Any upper-division ECON course except ECON 690
Any upper-division FIN course except FIN 350
Any upper-division ISYS course except ISYS 363
Any upper-division MATH course
BUS 354Starting a Small Business3
BUS 450Greening of Business3
ENG 620Introduction to Computational Linguistics3
ENG 680Applied Computational Linguistics3
IBUS 430Import-Export Management and Small Business Operations3
IBUS 590International Environmental Analysis3
IBUS 690Global Strategic Management3
MKTG 436Retail Management3
MKTG 441Business to Business Marketing3
MKTG 469Digital Marketing3
MKTG 632Marketing Research3
MKTG 660Marketing Analytics3

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Humanities LD 3 C2
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Government LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), a major or minor, or an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities LD or UD 3 AERM
Environmental Sustainability LD or UD 3 ES
Global Perspectives LD or UD 3 GP
Social Justice LD or UD 3 SJ

Note: LD = Lower-Division; UD = Upper-Division.

First-Time Student Roadmap (4 Year)

Find the correct roadmap (A, B, C, or D):

  1. Select the row that matches your English Course choice for A2.*
  2. Select the column that matches your QR Category (found at your student center under Math Alert).
  3. Click the Roadmap that lines up with your row and column.

For example, if you are taking ENG 104 as your first English course and your student center math alert says you are QR Category III, you should choose Roadmap D.

Pathway QR Cat I/II QR Cat III/IV
ENG 114 Roadmap A Roadmap C
ENG 104/ENG 105 Roadmap B Roadmap D

*Composition for Multilingual Students: If taking ENG 209 as your first English course, choose the ENG 114 row. If taking ENG 204 for your first English course, choose the ENG 104/ENG 105 row.

SF State Scholars

The San Francisco State Scholars program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree. Students in this program pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.

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General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower-division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California Government

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), please visit http://www.assist.org. Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine:

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower-division major requirements for this major;
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government requirements.

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 semester units/90 quarter units required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper-division transfer (for example, if a course was not passed on the first attempt or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California Community College of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower-division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding the award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower-division General Education in Areas C and D until after transfer to focus on preparation courses for the major. This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.

Transferring From Institutions Other Than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower-division General Education requirements. Note that, as described below, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3, and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower-division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. To review more information about the A3 requirement, please visit bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/general-education/lower-division/#AAEL.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All Students Must Meet the Transfer Eligibility Requirements Outlined Below for Admission.

For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units.
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.0 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended.
  • Complete 30-semester units (45-quarter units) of General Education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE Area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE Area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE Area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning (same as CSU GE Area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90-quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a C- or better grade in each basic skills course.