Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in General Business

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Concentration in General Business

The concentration in General Business is designed to provide a solid foundation in the functional areas of business and offers students flexibility in selecting from a broad range of business courses. The concentration is intended to prepare students for careers in small, medium, or family businesses.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in General Business — 60 units

Prerequisites to Core Courses

In addition to the core course program required of all business majors,

DS 110Calculus with Business Applications (or equivalent to MATH 110)3
or MATH 110 Business Calculus
ECON 101Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis3
ISYS 263Introduction to Information Systems (or a passing score on the ISYS 263 CLEP Exam)3

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) are acceptable for General Education.

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

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in core business courses being used as prerequisites for other core business courses. Students who received grades of D-, D, or D+ before spring 2005 will be given an exception to this rule for any such courses.

Core Courses for Business Majors (39 units)

Required Core Courses
ACCT 100Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACCT 101Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
BUS 300GWBusiness Communication for Professionals - GWAR3
or DS 660GW Communications for Business Analytics - GWAR
BUS 682Seminar on Business and Society 13
BUS 690Seminar in Business Policy and Strategic Management 13
DS 212Business Statistics I3
or MATH 124 Elementary Statistics
or ISED 160 Data Analysis in Education
DS 412Operations Management3
ECON 102Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis3
FIN 350Business Finance3
IBUS 330International Business and Multicultural Relations3
ISYS 363Information Systems for Management3
or ACCT 307 Accounting Information Systems
MGMT 405Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior3
MKTG 431Principles of Marketing3
1

Courses must be taken for a letter grade.

List 1 (6 units)

Select two of the following with different prefixes:
DS 312Data Analysis with Computer Applications3
DS 408Computer Simulation3
DS 411Decision Modeling for Business3
DS 601Applied Management Science3
DS 604Applied Business Forecasting3
DS 624Quality Management3
DS 655Sustainable Supply Chain Management3
ECON 400Economic and Social History of the United States3
ECON 450Health Economics3
ECON 474History of Labor in the United States3
ECON 510Labor Economics3
ECON 511Collective Bargaining3
ECON 535Urban Economics3
ECON 620Economic Development3
ECON 635Economics of Globalization3
ISYS 350Building Business Applications3
ISYS 463Information Systems Analysis and Design3
ISYS 471E-Commerce Systems3
ISYS 565Managing Enterprise Networks3
ISYS 568Multimedia Business Applications Development3
ISYS 569Information Systems for Business Process Management3
ISYS 575Information Security Management3
ISYS 650Business Intelligence3

List 2 (6 units)

Select two of the following with different prefixes:
BUS 440Ethics at Work: Business Impacts3
BUS 450Greening of Business3
HTM 421Food, Wine, and Culture in California3
HTM 425The Business of International Tourism3
HTM 560Hospitality Human Resource Management3
HTM 595Selected Topics in Hotel Administration3
IBUS 331Cross-cultural Creativity in Business3
IBUS 430Import-Export Management and Small Business Operations3
IBUS 517Legal Environment of World Business3
IBUS 590International Environmental Analysis3
IBUS 591Doing Business in Latin America3
IBUS 592Doing Business in Greater China3
IBUS 593Doing Business in Europe3
IBUS 594Doing Business in Asia-Pacific Countries3
IBUS 596Doing Business in Japan3
IBUS 598Doing Business in Emerging Markets3
IBUS 620Research in International Business and the Global Market3
IBUS 659Introduction to International Business Negotiation3
IBUS 676Social Entrepreneurship in a Global Context3
IBUS 681Seminar in Comparative Management3
IBUS 690Global Strategic Management3
MGMT 354Starting a Small Business3
MGMT 407Economics for Managers3
MGMT 535Selected Topics in Entrepreneurship3
MKTG 432Public Relations3
MKTG 433Personal Selling3
MKTG 436Retail Management3
MKTG 441Business to Business Marketing3
MKTG 469Digital Marketing3
MKTG 644Services Marketing3
MKTG 675Brand Management3
MKTG 680International Marketing Management3
MKTG 688New Product Management Seminar3

Electives (9 units)

Choose three upper division College of Business courses with advisor approval. Elective courses must have three different prefixes, but can be the same prefixes as courses taken from Lists 1 and 2.

Note: Students transferring from a community college with an AS-T in Business should consult with an advisor to choose appropriate upper division courses to satisfy the general business concentration.

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
Written English Communication II LD 3 A4
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
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Humanities: Literature LD 3 C3
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Governement LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD or UD 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), in a major or minor, or may be an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) LD or UD 3
Environmental Sustainability (ES) LD or UD 3
Global Perspectives (GP) LD or UD 3
Social Justice (SJ) LD or UD 3

Note: LD = lower division; UD = upper division.

First Time Student Roadmap (4 year)

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Transfer Student Roadmap (2 year)

For students with a Business Administration Associate Degree for Transfer (AS-T) with 12 lower division units in prerequisites/major. This 2016 - 2017 roadmap opens in a new tab.

For students with a Business Administration Associate Degree for Transfer (AS-T) with 18 - 21 lower division units in prerequisites/major. This 2016 - 2017 roadmap opens in a new tab.

This degree program is an approved pathway (“similar” major) for students earning the ADT in Business Administration

California legislation SB 1440 (2009), mandated the creation of the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) to be awarded by the California Community Colleges. Two types of ADTs are awarded: Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T). Note: no specific degree is required for admission as an upper division student. However, the ADT includes specific guarantees related to admission and graduation, and is designed to clarify the transfer process and strengthen lower division preparation for the major.

An ADT totals sixty units and includes completion of all lower division GE and at least eighteen units in a specific major. Students pursuing an ADT are guaranteed admission to the CSU if minimum eligibility requirements are met, though not necessarily to the CSU campus of primary choice.

Upon verification that the ADT has been awarded prior to matriculation at SF State, students are guaranteed B.A. or B.S. completion in 60 units if pursuing a “similar” major after transfer. Determinations about “similar” majors at SF State are made by faculty in the discipline.

Degree completion in 60 units cannot be guaranteed when a student simultaneously pursues an additional major, a minor, certificate, or credential.

A sample advising roadmap for students who have earned an ADT and is continuing in this major at SF State is available on the Roadmaps tab and displays

  • How many lower division units required for the major have been completed upon entry based on award of a specific ADT;
  • Which lower division requirements are considered complete upon entry based on award of a specific ADT;
  • How to complete the remaining 60 units for the degree in four semesters.

Students who have earned an ADT should seek advising in the major department during the first semester of attendance.

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
    • a 2nd-semester course in written English composition

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), go to http://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

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 units/90 quarters 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 course was not passed on 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 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 in order 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. As described above, 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 (GE 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. Review more information about the A3 requirement here.

Identify and complete a 2nd-semester written English composition course before transfer. This is usually the next course after the typical “freshman comp” course, with a focus on writing, reading and critical analytical skills for academic purposes, and developing skills in composing, revising, and the use of rhetorical strategies.

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 outlines 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 2.00 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, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (same as CSU GE area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and 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.