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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (IBE)

This major provides students with an interdisciplinary program containing both business and engineering course content. The major includes a set of core courses in both business and engineering/engineering technology that should enable a graduate to function effectively in a technical business environment. In addition, a student will be able to choose, from a selection of modules, a set of courses designed to enable a student to function in a specific business or technical area. The modules provide an entry-level set of skills that will help graduates provide immediate value as an employee. The modules include Accounting/Finance, Supply Chain Management, Quality Control, Technical Sales, and Product Design & Manufacture.

In addition to completing the broad-based core in business, science, and engineering, students acquire the ability to work as members of a team toward successful attainment of a common goal, preparing them to work in businesses or to further their study in graduate school. The program develops written and oral communication skills from an early stage and culminates in a capstone course sequence consisting of a project that stresses communication, strategic product development, and product realization.

Entrance to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies (IBE) major requires the completion of 5 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211(4); ECON 102 GS(3); ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3); MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4); STAT 200 GQ(4) or SCM 200(4), and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

For the B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies, a minimum of 127 credits are required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(24 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 REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 106-107 credits
(This includes 24 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses, 6 credits of GS courses, 3 credits of GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (65 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3), CMPSC 201 GQ(3)[1], EG T 120(3)[1], ECON 102 GS(3)[1], EDSGN 100S(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], (Sem: 1-2)
ACCTG 211(4)[1], ENGL 202C GWS(3), PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
ECON 104 GS(3)[1], FIN 301(3)[1], MGMT 301(3)[1], MIS 204(3)[1], MKTG 301(3)[1], SCM 301(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
MGMT 410(3)[1], MGMT 475W(3)[1], MGMT 476(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (26 credits)[1]
E MCH 211(3) or MCH T 111(3), SCM 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) or B A 243(4) (Sem: 3-6)
E E 211(3) or EET 101(3) (Sem: 5-6)
CMPET 117(3) or CMPEN 271(3) (Sem: 5-6)
E MCH 213(3) or MCH T 213(3) (Sem: 5-6)
M E 300(3) or MET 330(3) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3 credits from ECON 470 IL(3), ECON 473 IL(3), FIN 471(3), MKTG 445 IL(3), MGMT 461 IL(3) or other 400-level international business course. (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: (15-16 credits)
Select one module from School Approved List of Modules 1-5 (15-16 credits) (Sem: 5-8)

Except where noted, courses taken to satisfy General Education requirements may not be used to satisfy module requirements.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-01-057

Review Date: 08/24/2010

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