Business, B.S. (Altoona)

Program Code: BSBAL_BS

Program Description

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

The Bachelor of Science in Business (B.S.B.) is a professionally oriented business degree program that combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and supply chain management, with applied study in a practical setting. Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students specialize in a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary technology skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning. The degree allows students to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered within the University and throughout the Commonwealth.

Accounting Option

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, York

This option prepares students to pursue careers in business with an emphasis on the areas of financial and managerial accounting, systems and controls, auditing, and taxation.

Entrepreneurship Option

Available at the following campuses: Altoona, World Campus

This option prepares students to pursue entrepreneurial careers with emphasis on idea generation, opportunity analysis, new product creation, and business plan development.

Financial Services Option

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Berks, DuBois, Lehigh Valley, Scranton, World Campus

This option prepares students to pursue careers in financial organizations with emphasis on wealth management, tax planning, risk management, and financial analysis.

Health Services Option

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, World Campus

This option prepares students to pursue careers in the health services sector with emphasis on the financial and administrative aspects of health care enterprises.

Individualized Business Option

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Shenango, Schuylkill, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, York

This option provides the opportunity for students to pursue an approved business-focused interdisciplinary program of study.

Management and Marketing Option

Available at the following campuses:Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Shenango, Schuylkill, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, York

This option prepares students to pursue careers in business organizations with an emphasis on the skills and knowledge necessary for the business professional to function in community and regional centers of commerce.

What is Business?

Business is a professionally-oriented program providing a broad education and solid grounding of business knowledge. Focusing on practical skills and real-world experience, the program’s interdisciplinary perspective provides a versatile base for mobility into all business areas, preparing students for the business world of today and tomorrow. Options provide additional specialization in accounting, entrepreneurship, financial services, health services, management and marketing or the opportunity to develop an individualized plan that fits your career goals.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You want to become a flexible business professional, equipped to adapt to the ever-changing workplace of the future.
  • You are interested in an academic challenge with theoretical and practical focus in a competitive yet collaborative learning environment.
  • You want transferable skills or you are not sure which business sector you wish to focus.
  • You wish to be develop a broad knowledge of business operations.
  • You want to develop the skills for working in business.

Entrance To Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, students must complete one of the following courses: MATH 22 or MATH 40 or MATH 41 or MATH 110 or MATH 140.

In addition, students also must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Business, a minimum of 120 credits is required, 15 of which must be at the 400 level:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 10
Requirements for the Major 77

12 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
MIS 204Introduction to Management Information Systems Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BA 321Contemporary Skills for Business Professionals3
BA 322Negotiation Skills for Business Professionals3
BA 420Preparation for Career Management1
BA 421Project Management3
BA 4223
FIN 301Corporation Finance3
IB 303International Business Operations3
MGMT 301Basic Management Concepts3
MKTG 301Principles of Marketing3
SCM 301Supply Chain Management3
Additional Courses
BA 241
BA 242
Legal Environment of Business
and Social and Ethical Environment of Business
4
or BA 243 Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
MATH 110Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course4
or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
SCM 200Introduction to Statistics for Business Keystone/General Education Course4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BA 495ABusiness Internship3-6
or BA 495B Undergraduate Research in Business
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 0-3 credits from 400-level business courses from: ACCTG, BA, ECON, ENTR, FIN, FINSV, HPA, IB, MGMT, MIS, MKTG, RM, or SCM0-3
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option18

Requirements for the Option

Accounting Option (18 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, York

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ACCTG 404Managerial Accounting: Economic Perspective3
ACCTG 471Intermediate Financial Accounting I3
ACCTG 472Intermediate Financial Accounting II3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ACCTG 403Auditing3
or ACCTG 403W Auditing
ACCTG 405Principles of Taxation I3
or FINSV 411
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of 400-level courses from: ACCTG, BA, ECON, ENTR, FIN, FINSV, HPA, IB, MGMT, MIS, MKTG, RM, or SCM3
Entrepreneurship Option (18 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Altoona, World Campus

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ENTR 300Principles of Entrepreneurship3
ENTR 320Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation3
ENTR 400Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CAS 352Organizational Communication Keystone/General Education Course0-3
or ENGL 419 Advanced Business Writing
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 to 9 credits of 400-level ENTR courses in consultation with your adviser6-9
Financial Services Option (18 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Berks, DuBois, Lehigh Valley, Scranton, World Campus

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
FIN 420Investment and Portfolio Analysis3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ACCTG 405Principles of Taxation I3
or FINSV 411
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 12 credits in 300 or 400-level (with at least 3 credits at the 400-level) from ACCTG, FIN, FINSV or RM12
Health Services Option (18 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, World Campus

Minimum 6 credits at the 400-level.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
HPA 101Introduction to Health Services Organization3
HPA 332Health Systems Management3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 0-3 credits of the following:0-3
Diversity and Health
Organizational Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Keystone/General Education Course
Science Writing
Advanced Business Writing
Employment Compensation
LER 472
Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
Work Attitudes and Motivation
Leadership in Work Settings
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3-9 credits from 300 or 400-level HPA courses3-9
Select 0-6 credits of 300-400-level courses from ACCTG, BA, ECON, ENTR, FIN, FINSV, HPA, IB, MGMT, MKTG, MIS, RM or SCM0-6
Individualized Business Option (18 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Shenango, Schuylkill, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, York

Select 18 credits of study (with at least 3 credits at the 400-level) as submitted by the student and approved by the campus BSB Program Coordinator. A grade of C or better is required for all option courses.

Management and Marketing Option (18 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Shenango, Schuylkill, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, York

Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:0-6
0-6 credits from BA 250, ENGL 419, MKTG 220
Small Group Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Business and Professional Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Organizational Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas 1
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits from 300 or 400-level MGMT courses3
Select 3 credits from 300 or 400-level MKTG courses3
Select 6-12 additional credits in 300 or 400-level courses from MGMT or MKTG courses6-12

Program Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the necessary skills and abilities to effectively communicate.
  • Apply contemporary tools of information technology to include business software applications.
  • Apply leadership, team building, and project management skills.
  • Compare, contrast and differentiate the business environment of both their local community and the globalized world economy.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues, social responsibilities and conflict resolution.
  • Utilize and apply fundamental business concepts, principles and contemporary business practices.
  • Recognize, analyze and solve business problems using quantitative and qualitative measures.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Altoona

Deborah K. Hommer
Assistant Teaching Professor, Business Administration
Penn Building, 223
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5265
dxh41@psu.edu

Abington

Tom Stone
Program Chair
1600 Woodland Rd.
Abington, PA 19001
215-421-0030
tws16@psu.edu

Beaver

Talha Harcar
Professor of Marketing
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-773-3892
tdh13@psu.edu

Berks

Sudip Ghosh
Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
Gaige 324
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6346
sxg38@psu.edu

Brandywine

Christina Olear
Business Program Coordinator
Main, 207F
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
cmo16@psu.edu

DuBois

Laurie Breakey
Assistant Teaching Professor
171 Smeal Building
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-4800
lhp5@psu.edu

Fayette

William Gardner
Assistant Teaching Professor
2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-430-4245
wsg3@psu.edu

Greater Allegheny

Advising Office
Academic Affairs

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

Hazleton

Sherry Robinson
Associate Professor of Business
304 Pasco L. Schiavo Hall
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3559
skr12@psu.edu

Lehigh Valley

Maung Min
Director of Business Programs
2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-285-5117
maungkmin@psu.edu

Mont Alto

Hanafiah Harvey
Associate Professor of Economics
205 General Studies Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6027
hhh10@psu.edu

New Kensington

Rujirutana Mandhachitara
Associate Professor, Business and Economics
Administration, 106
3550 Seventh Street Road
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6769
rum20@psu.edu

Schuylkill

Angela Brown
Program Coordinator
200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6080
amb536@psu.edu

Scranton

James Wilkerson
Assistant Teaching Professor
117 Business Building
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2643
jmw831@psu.edu

Shenango

Elaine Andrews
Assistant Director, Academic Affairs
147 Shenango Ave.
205 Sharon Hall
Sharon, PA 16146
724-983-2827
eja12@psu.edu

Wilkes-Barre

Theresa Clemente
Program Coordinator, Business
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9293
tmc12@psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

York

Ali Kara
Professor of Business Administration
206 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4189
axk19@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Accounting Option: Business, B.S. at Altoona Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 213MATH 223
General Education Course3CAS 1003
General Education Course3General Education Course3
ECON 1023MGMT 301*3
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153General Education Course3
PSU 31 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SCM 200 or STAT 2004MATH 1104
ACCTG 2114ECON 1043
MKTG 3013FIN 301*3
MIS 2043General Education Course 3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 15.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202D3BA 2412
BA 321*3BA 322*3
SCM 3013ACCTG 472*3
ACCTG 404*3ACCTG 4053
ACCTG 471*3General Education Course3
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IB 303*3BA 422*3
BA 420*1BA 495A or 495B*6
BA 421*3ACCTG 4323
ACCTG 403W3Elective4
BA 2422 
General Education (GHW)1.5 
 13.5 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Integrative Studies (either Inter-domain or Linked Courses)

Integrative Studies may be completed within the 30 Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.  For Inter-domain courses, credit may apply to both Knowledge Domain designations but does not reduce the total number of credits within the Knowledge Domains and at least 3 credits of single-domain coursework are required in each of the 5 Knowledge Domains.  Linked courses used for the Integrative Studies requirement must represent two different Knowledge Domains.

Entrepreneurship Option: Business, B.S. at Altoona Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 213MATH 223
General Education Course 3CAS 1003
General Education Course3General Education Course3
ECON 1023MGMT 301*3
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153General Education Course3
PSU 31 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SCM 200 or STAT 2004MATH 1104
ACCTG 2114ECON 1043
MKTG 301*3FIN 301*3
MIS 2043General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 15.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202D3BA 322*3
BA 321*3BA 2412
SCM 301*3BA 2422
ENTR 300*3ENTR 320*3
Elective3General Education Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 14.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IB 303*3BA 422*3
BA 420*1BA 495A*6
BA 421*3Entrepreneurship 400-level Course*3
Entrepreneurship 400-level Course*3Entrepreneurship 400-level Course*3
Elective1 
ENGL 419 or CAS 352*3 
 14 15
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Integrative Studies (either Inter-domain or Linked Courses)

Integrative Studies may be completed within the 30 Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.  For Inter-domain courses, credit may apply to both Knowledge Domain designations but does not reduce the total number of credits within the Knowledge Domains and at least 3 credits of single-domain coursework are required in each of the 5 Knowledge Domains.  Linked courses used for the Integrative Studies requirement must represent two different Knowledge Domains.

Management and Marketing Option: Business, B.S. at Altoona Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 213MATH 223
General Education Course3CAS 1003
General Education Course3General Education Course3
ECON 1023MGMT 301*3
ENGL 15 or 30H3General Education Course3
PSU 31 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SCM 200 or STAT 2004MATH 1104
ACCTG 2114ECON 1043
MKTG 301*3FIN 301*3
MIS 2043General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 15.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202D3BA 322*3
BA 321*3BA 2412
SCM 301*3BA 242*2
Management and Marketing Option Course*3Marketing and Management Option Course*3
Management and Marketing Option Course* or General Education Course3Marketing and Management Option Course*3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 14.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
IB 303*3BA 422*3
BA 420*1BA 495A or 495B*6
BA 421*3Management and Marketing Option Course*3
Management or Marketing 400-level Course*3Elective*4
General Education Course*3 
 13 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Integrative Studies (either Inter-domain or Linked Courses)

Integrative Studies may be completed within the 30 Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.  For Inter-domain courses, credit may apply to both Knowledge Domain designations but does not reduce the total number of credits within the Knowledge Domains and at least 3 credits of single-domain coursework are required in each of the 5 Knowledge Domains.  Linked courses used for the Integrative Studies requirement must represent two different Knowledge Domains.

Career Paths

In today's economic environment, the Bachelor of Science in Business allows companies to hire individuals who have a broad knowledge of all aspects of business. This broad knowledge give you the opportunity to be effective within many different types of organizations. You will also be well-positioned to pursue admission to graduate programs.

Careers

With a degree in business, you may specialize through options that may vary by campus. With an accounting option, you can work in the areas of financial and managerial accounting, systems and controls, taxation, and auditing. The entrepreneurship option provides the skills for you to start your own business or to work as an entrepreneur within a company. Health services provides the financial and administrative skills and knowledge necessary for you to become a health services managers. With an option in financial services you might pursue positions in wealth and risk management, estate planning or financial and retirement planning. With the management and marketing option you will be prepared for a career in retail management, small business management or in marketing, advertising and promotion. Finally, with an individualized option, you have flexibility to build specialized skills for your personal business career goals.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A baccalaureate degree in Business can lead to a Master's degree in Business (MBA) or other business-related masters degrees. MBA programs are offered at Penn State Great Valley, Penn State Erie, Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Berks, Smeal College of Business and through the World Campus.

Contact

Altoona

DIVISION OF BUSINESS, ENGINEERING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
Penn Building, 223
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5265
dxh41@psu.edu

http://altoona.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/business/request-information

Abington

DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
1600 Woodland Rd.
Abington, PA 19001
215-421-0030
tws16@psu.edu

https://abington.psu.edu/majors-at-abington

Beaver

100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-773-3892
tdh13@psu.edu

http://beaver.psu.edu/academics/degrees/business-accounting
http://beaver.psu.edu/academics/degrees/business-management

Berks

EBC DIVISION
Gaige Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6346
sxg38@psu.edu

http://berks.psu.edu/bs-business

Brandywine

Main, 207F
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
cmo16@psu.edu

https://www.brandywine.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/business

DuBois

171 Smeal Building
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-4800
lhp5@psu.edu

http://dubois.psu.edu/business

Fayette

2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA
724-430-4245

http://fayette.psu.edu/bachelor-science-business

Greater Allegheny

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

http://greaterallegheny.psu.edu/business-bs

Hazleton

301A Schiavo Hall
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3533
skr12@psu.edu

http://hazleton.psu.edu/bachelor-science-business

Lehigh Valley

2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-285-5117
maungkmin@psu.edu

https://lehighvalley.psu.edu/academics/degrees/business

Mont Alto

205 General Studies Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6027
hhh10@psu.edu

https://montalto.psu.edu/academics/bachelors/business-degree

New Kensington

Administration, 106
3550 Seventh Street Road
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6769
rum20@psu.edu

https://newkensington.psu.edu/ba-degree-information

Schuylkill

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6080
amb536@psu.edu

https://schuylkill.psu.edu/academics/degrees/bacc-degrees/business

Scranton

117 Business Building
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2643
jmw831@psu.edu

http://worthingtonscranton.psu.edu/business

Shenango

147 Shenango Ave.
309C Sharon Hall
Sharon, PA 16146
724-983-2942
gxm32@psu.edu

https://shenango.psu.edu/academics/majors-shenango/business/business-career-paths

Wilkes-Barre

44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9293
tmc12@psu.edu

http://wilkesbarre.psu.edu/academics/business

World Campus

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
111 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
610-892-1443
vmg3@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/business-bachelors/overview

York

206 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4189
axk19@psu.edu

http://york.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/business