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Business (BSB) - Archive

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2000
End Date: Spring Semester 2002

Business - Archive

Abington College (BSBAB)
Altoona College (BSBAL)
Berks-Lehigh Valley College (BSBBL)
Commonwealth College (BSBCC)

The Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) is an upper-division, professionally oriented business degree for individuals who have earned at least 60 college credit hours and are seeking general preparation in business. The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially the small-business climates across most of the Commonwealth. Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning. The degree allows students throughout the Commonwealth to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered both within the University and throughout the Commonwealth.

Students admitted to the major must have earned at least 60 credit hours from Penn State or other colleges and universities. The associate degree in business administration at Penn State articulates with the degree. Advanced-standing students from other accredited colleges or universities will be admitted only with specified grade-point averages established annually in accordance with University policy. Typically, a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher will be required.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP OPTION (offered only at the Altoona College): Preparation for a variety of entrepreneurial careers from starting a new business venture to working as an intrapreneur within a larger organization.

FINANCIAL SERVICES OPTION: Preparation for positions in community financial organizations such as banks, real estate firms, insurance brokers, investment firms, and credit companies.

HEALTH SERVICES OPTION: Development of a background in the financial and administrative aspects of health care enterprises such as hospitals, managed care organizations, clinical practices, and physicians' offices.

INDIVIDUALIZED BUSINESS OPTION: The selection of 18 credits of study based on an individualized plan of study submitted by the student and approved by an adviser. The option allows the tailoring of a program of study to suit specific student needs.

MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT OPTION: An emphasis on the skills and knowledge necessary for the business professional to function in community and regional centers of commerce.

For the B.S. degree in Business, a minimum of 122 credits is required, 15 of which must be at the 400 level.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 5-16 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 73-84 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 55-56 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (34-40 credits)
ECON 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ACCTG 211(4), B A 243(4)[64], ECON 004 GS(3), M I S 204(2) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 321(1-3), B A 322(1-3), B LOG 301(3)[1], FIN 301(3)[1][64], MGMT 301(3)[1][64],
MKTG 301(3)[1][64] (Sem: 5-6)
B A 421(1-3), B A 422W(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21-26 credits)
MATH 021 GQ(3) and MATH 022 GQ(3)[73]; or MATH 110 GQ(4) and CMPSC 203 GQ(4)[48] (Sem: 1-4)
Select 0-4 credits of CMPSC 203 GQ(4) or M I S 103(3)[73] (Sem: 1-4)
MS&IS 200(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
B A 323(3) or I B 303(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6-9 credits from B A 495A(6-9), B A 495B(6-9), or B A 495C(3-6) (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 18 credits
(Not all options are available at every campus.)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP OPTION: 18 Credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 Credits)
ENTR 300(3), ENTR 320(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ENTR 400(3), ENGL 419(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 Credits)
ENTR 410(3), ENTR 420(3), ENTR 430(3), or ENTR 440(3) (Sem: 5-8)
SP COM 350(3), SP COM 352(3), or SP COM 400(3) (Sem: 7-8)

FINANCIAL SERVICES OPTION: 18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
ACCTG 311(3), FIN 306W(3), INS 301(3) (Sem: 5-8)
ENGL 419(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
ACCTG 186(3), ECON 351(3), INS 310W(3), or R EST 301(3) (Sem: 5-8)
SPCOM 350(3), SPCOM 352(3), or SPCOM 400(3) (Sem: 5-8)

HEALTH SERVICES OPTION: 18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
H P A 101(3) (Sem: 5-6)
H P A 310(3), H P A 332(3) (Sem: 5-8)
ENGL 419(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
SPCOM 350(3), SPCOM 352(3), or SPCOM 400(3) (Sem: 5-8)
H P A 447(3) or H P A 455(3) (Sem: 7-8)

INDIVIDUALIZED BUSINESS OPTION: 18 credits
Prepare an individualized plan of study consisting of 18 credits to be submitted for approval by an adviser. (Sem: 5-8)

MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING OPTION: 18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
B A 250(3), MKTG 220(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ENGL 419(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
MGMT 321(3) or MGMT 341(3) (Sem: 5-8)
MKTG 310(3) or MKTG 327(3) (Sem: 5-8)
SPCOM 350(3), SPCOM 352(3), or SPCOM 400(3) (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[48] Abington College and Altoona College students are required to take MATH 110 GQ(4) and CMPSC 203 GQ(4).
[64] B LAW 243(3), FIN 100(3), MGMT 100W(3), and MKTG 221(3) may be substituted for B A 243(4), FIN 301(3), MGMT 301(3), and MKTG 301(3), respectively, with the approval of the college.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-06-008

Review Date: 03/02/01

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