Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Decision Sciences Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 69

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis (Major Prerequisite, D1) 3
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
Select One (Major Prerequisite, B4): 2 3
Calculus with Business Applications
Business Calculus
GE Area A 3 3
GE Area C 3
Second Semester
ECON 102 Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis (Major Core, D1) 3
ISYS 263 Introduction to Information Systems (Major Prerequisite) 3
GE Area A 3
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area E 3
Third Semester
ACCT 100 Introduction to Financial Accounting (Major Core) 3
Select One (Major Core): 3
Business Statistics I
Elementary Statistics (B4)
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 4 3-4
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 3
Fourth Semester
ACCT 101 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (Major Core) 3
GE Area C - Take Two 6
GE Area F ± 3
U.S. and California Government 3
Fifth Semester
DS 412 Operations Management (Major Core) 3
IBUS 330 International Business and Multicultural Relations (Major Core, UD-D, GP) 3
ISYS 363 Information Systems for Management (Major Core) 3
Major Concentration (12 Units Total) - Take One 5 3
Major Approved Elective (9 Units Total) - Take One 6 3
Sixth Semester
Select One (Major Core): 3
Business Communication for Professionals - GWAR
Communications for Business Analytics - GWAR (Major Concentration) 5
Major Concentration (12 Units Total) - Take One 5 3
Major Approved Elective (9 Units Total) - Take One 6 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
SF State Studies or University Elective 3
Seventh Semester
FIN 350 Business Finance (Major Core) 3
MGMT 405 Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior (Major Core) 3
MKTG 431 Principles of Marketing (Major Core) 3
Major Concentration (12 Units Total) - Take One 5 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
Eighth Semester
BUS 682 Seminar on Business and Society (Major Core) 3
BUS 690 Seminar in Business Policy and Strategic Management (Major Core) 3
Major Approved Elective (9 Units Total) - Take One 6 3
SF State Studies or University Elective (Take Two) 6
 Total Units120-122

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.


To determine the best B4 course option, students should complete the online advising activity at Questions? Contact Gator Smart Start.


To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet the SF State Studies (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) requirements within your GE or major.


Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied.


Concentration Courses (12 units)

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

DS 311 Technologies in Data Analytics (3 units)

DS 312 Data Analysis with Computer Applications (3 units)

DS 408 Computer Simulation (3 units)

DS 601 Applied Management Science (3 units)

DS 604 Applied Business Forecasting (3 units)

DS 612 Data Mining with Business Applications (3 units)

DS 624 Quality Management (3 units)

DS 655 Sustainable Supply Chain Optimization (3 units)
DS 660GW Communications for Business Analytics - GWAR (3 units)

Note: DS 660GW 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 690GW
Any upper-division FIN course except FIN 350
Any upper-division ISYS course except ISYS 363
Any upper-division MATH course
BUS 354 Starting a Small Business (3 units)

BUS 450 Greening of Business (3 units)

ENG 620 Introduction to Computational Linguistics (3 units)

ENG 680 Applied Computational Linguistics (3 units)

IBUS 430 Import-Export Management and Small Business Operations (3 units)

IBUS 590 International Environmental Analysis (3 units)

IBUS 690 Global Strategic Management (3 units)

MKTG 436 Retail Management (3 units)

MKTG 441 Business-to-Business Marketing (3 units)

MKTG 469 Digital Marketing (3 units)

MKTG 632 Marketing Research (3 units)

MKTG 660 Marketing Analytics (3 units)


Given catalog rights, fall 2023 transfer students do not need to complete an Area F course.