Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Concentration in General Business

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.

Admissions Requirements

1. Be a resident of California or another authorized state. See State Authorization.

2. Have completed a minimum of 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units.

3. Have a grade point average of 2.0 (C)  or better in all transferable units attempted.

4. Have a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all units completed at SF State.

5. Be in good standing at the last college or university attended.

6. Have completed all lower-division General Education requirements (39 semester units or 58.5 quarter units) with a grade of C- or better including the below four courses commonly called "Golden Four":

  1. Oral Communication
  2. Written Communication
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Quantitative Reasoning

7. Students will be evaluated for having completed the below courses, which are prerequisites for core business courses, with a grade of C- or better. 

  1. Select one:
    1. DS 110 Calculus with Business Applications
    2. MATH 107 Mathematics for Business Calculus I and MATH 108 Mathematics for Business Calculus II
    3. MATH 110 Business Calculus
  2. ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students have basic competencies in business related disciplines.
    Demonstrate discipline‐based knowledge in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, operations, and statistics.
    Demonstrate the ability to integrate the knowledge of different functional areas into effective business solutions.
  2. Students demonstrate effective communication skills.
    Create well‐written documents on a business topic;
    Deliver an effective oral presentation on a business topic.
  3. Students demonstrate the ability to analyze business situations.
    Solve business problems using appropriate quantitative and analytical techniques and technologies;
    Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze alternatives in a business context;
    Demonstrate the ability to articulate and defend a course of action.
  4. Students develop team skills that facilitate achievement of organizational goals.
    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.
    Identify key concepts in business ethics;
    Recognize the ethical dilemmas in specific business cases;
    Analyze how ethical issues can affect the interests of different stakeholders;
    Propose a business solution to the ethical dilemmas;
    Be aware of sustainability issues in business.
  6. Students understand the issues related to the operation of global business
    Recognize the relevant global issues including legal, political, social and cultural factors in specific management situations;
    Analyze the impact of the global issues such as legal, political, social and cultural factors in specific management situations;
    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 General Business — 69 Units Minimum

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. 

All concentration courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all concentration 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 in the course descriptions.

Note: DS 110ECON 101, and ECON 102 fulfill General Education requirements.

Core Requirements (39 units)

ACCT 100Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACCT 101Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
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
Elementary Statistics
DS 412Operations Management3
ECON 102Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis3
FIN 350Business Finance3
IBUS 330International Business and Multicultural Relations3
ISYS 363Information Systems for Management3
MGMT 405Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior3
MKTG 431Principles of Marketing3

Must be taken for a letter grade.

Concentration Requirements (21 units)

Select seven courses from at least four different prefixes:
A U 220SF State and Braven Career Accelerator3
BUS 350Introduction to Entrepreneurship3
BUS 354Starting a Small Business3
BUS 400Professional Communication for the Global Workplace3
BUS 430Social Entrepreneurship: Mission-Driven Ventures3
BUS 440Ethics at Work: Business Impacts3
BUS 450Greening of Business3
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 Optimization3
DS 660GWCommunications for Business Analytics - GWAR3
ECON 400Economic and Social History of the United States3
ECON 450Health Economics3
ECON/HIST/LABR 474History of Labor in the United States3
ECON/LABR 510Labor Economics3
ECON/LABR 511Collective Bargaining3
ECON 620Economic Development3
ECON/I R 635Economics of Globalization3
HTM 324Historical and Contemporary Aspects of Food, Beverage, and Culture in America3
HTM 351Asian Food, Culture, and Hospitality3
HTM 400Wine Appreciation3
HTM 421Food, Wine, and Culture in California3
HTM 424Tourism Management3
HTM 425The Business of International Tourism3
HTM 560Hospitality Human Resource Management3
IBUS 430Import-Export Management and Small Business Operations3
IBUS 517Legal Environment of World Business3
IBUS 590International Environmental Analysis3
IBUS 592Doing Business in Greater China3
IBUS 593Doing Business in Europe3
IBUS 596Doing Business in Japan3
IBUS 598Doing Business in Emerging Markets3
IBUS 620Research in International Business and the Global Market3
IBUS/MGMT 659Introduction to International Business Negotiation3
IBUS 676Social Entrepreneurship in a Global Context3
IBUS 681Seminar in Comparative Management3
IBUS 690Global Strategic Management3
ISYS 350Building Business Applications3
ISYS 463Information Systems Analysis and Design3
ISYS 565Managing Enterprise Networks3
ISYS 568Multimedia Business Applications Development3
ISYS 569Information Systems for Business Process Management3
ISYS 575Information Security Management3
ISYS 650Business Intelligence3
MGMT 648Seminar in Leadership and Influence Skills3
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

Two non-Lam Family College of Business upper-division courses are permitted as substitutes for two of the seven required courses and count towards the different prefix requirement with advisor approval. If taken at SF State, units for DS 110 or MATH 110 and/or ISYS 263 may be used to satisfy concentration requirements; advisor approval required.

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