Business Administration

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionDegree RequirementsLearning Outcomes

The business administration degree takes an integrative approach to business learning.  Rather than concentrate in one particular area, students who pursue this degree take introductory and advanced courses across several functional areas in the business school (including management, marketing, accounting, finance and entrepreneurship), which allows students to undertake business decision-making from a broad perspective.

This diversified approach is particularly fitting for students wishing to work in small and mid-sized companies, where they will likely take on a variety of functions.  It also allows graduates the flexibility to pursue advancement in a variety of business areas.

If you are considering a more focused business degree, please check out the following undergraduate programs on our website:  Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and Sports Management.

Why study Business Administration with us?

Experiential Learning

Business students at PSU work on real world projects as part of their classes, for a variety of companies and organizations in the area.  The best way to learn is by doing.  These projects also supply great real-world experiences to help build your resume!

Experienced Faculty

Our faculty has extensive experience in industry, across all business areas.  They bring these experiences into the classroom to enrich student learning.

Vibrant Student Organizations

We have active business-related student organizations across the curriculum, including:  The Marketing Association of Plymouth State, The Sports Management Club, ENACTUS (entrepreneur focus), Investment Club, Student Accounting Society, among others

Right-Sized University

PSU is big enough to provide all the resources of a major university (top notch library services, technical support, health and wellness facilities, for example), yet small enough to get individualized attention in and out of the classroom.


Degree Requirements (120 Credits)


Business Core:
BU 1100 Business Computer Applications (TECO) 3
BU 1152 Financial Accounting 3
BU 2262 Management Accounting 3
BU 2290 Organizational Communications (WRCO) 3
BU 2450 Principles of Marketing 3
BU 2480 Business Law I 3
BU 3210 Financial Management 3
BU 3240 Information Technology 3
BU 3300 Operations Management 3
BU 3420 Organizational Behavior (DICO) 3
BU 4220 Strategic Management (INCO) 3
EC 2550 Macroeconomics (GACO) 3
EC 2560 Microeconomics 3
Mathematics Foundations – complete one of the following: 3
MA 2200 Finite Mathematics (QRCO)
MA 2490 Applied Calculus I (QRCO)
MA 2550 Calculus I (QRCO)
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection – complete one of the following: 3
BU 2240 Business Statistics (QRCO)
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
BU/EC 3000/4000 level Business/Economics electives [not BUDI/ECDI] 9
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry* 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 33-31
*For students entering with 24 or more transfer credits, this course becomes an elective.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.

Looking for the flexibility to customize your business degree? Are you interested in business, and want to maximize your career options?

As a business administration major, you’ll explore a wide range of basic business concepts through core courses required for all business programs, making it easy for you to declare a different business major after your first few semesters. You may also choose to stay with this flexible degree and design your own program of study.

Business administration is an ideal major for transfer students or current PSU students who are changing majors, as transfer credits may be accepted.

By fulfilling all of the course requirements for the bachelor’s of science in business administration, students will have demonstrated they can:

  • Describe, explain, and apply fundamental concepts and relationships underlying accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and management information systems.
  • Apply information technology and use the information to support business processes and make decisions.
  • Identify the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility.
  • Apply quantitative skills to analyze and solve business problems and discover opportunities.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing about business topics.
  • Function effectively as team members.
  • Understand globalization and value cultural diversity.
  • Demonstrate proficiencies in discipline specific areas identified as specializations.


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