Risk Management, B.S.

Program Code: RM_BS

Program Description

The Risk Management major prepares students for careers in a wide range of private industries and public service agencies involving such areas as operations, property development, financial strategy, and government. The major is integrative in nature by crossing traditional business boundaries while offering specific areas of study in enterprise risk management, and real estate. High profile risks are faced by leaders and managers up and down the corporate ladder and require specialized skills, knowledge and preparation. The Risk Management major prepares students for this along with a chance to study risk from three different perspectives by offering specialty courses along with a common pool of risk management courses. This structure assures that the students in the risk management major are equipped with the common tools of risk analysis while at the same time permitting the students to tailor the specifics of their training through the selection of a particular option.

Enterprise Management Option

The Enterprise Risk Management Option prepares students to identify, quantify and qualify the regulatory, legal, financial and contractual aspects of enterprise risk; the management of such risks; and the application of risk financing techniques to control risk exposures in organizations. Emphasis is also placed on the understanding of the principles and risks underlying complex business contracts.

Real Estate Option

This option is designed to prepare the student for a wide range of professional opportunities in corporate real estate management, real estate brokerage, appraisal, property management, mortgage lending and banking, development, and governmental service.

What is Risk Management?

Organizations face a wide array of risks in today's rapidly changing and complex business environment. Operations can be disrupted by a variety of unanticipated factors, ranging from external forces like natural disasters and political risks to internal factors like faulty product design and flawed financial systems. CEOs make risky strategic decisions in an increasingly competitive marketplace where the cost of missteps is high. In recent years, firms have encountered new risks in the form of terrorism, global litigation, and the growing costs of human resources. Corporations and nonprofits have turned to enterprise risk management in an effort to protect themselves from the adverse consequences of all of the above risks.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RISK MANAGEMENT

Entrance to Major

To be eligible for entrance into the Risk Management major, a degree candidate must be enrolled in the Smeal College of Business or the Division of Undergraduate Studies and satisfy the requirements for entrance.

Administrative Enrollment Controls

This program currently has administrative enrollment controls. Administrative Enrollment Controls are initiated when limitations of space, faculty, or other resources in a major prevent accommodating all students who request them. Students must follow the administrative enrollment controls that are in effect for the semester that they enter the university.

First-Year Students Entering Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, students must satisfy the following requirements:

Students Who Entered Prior to Summer 2021

Students who entered the University from Summer 2018 through Spring 2021 should view the administrative enrollment controls in the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin archive. Students who entered the University prior to the summer 2018 semester should view the administrative enrollment controls for the semester that they entered the university on the Academic Advising Portal.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Risk Management, a minimum of 120 credits is required with at least 15 credits at the 400 level:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 14
Requirements for the Major 73

12 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GWS courses (ENGL 202D); 6 credits of GQ courses (MATH 110 or MATH 140 and SCM 200 or STAT 200); 3 credits of GS courses (ECON 102).

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
BA 342Socially Responsible, Sustainable and Ethical Business Practice3
BA 411Analyzing Business and Industry3
BLAW 341Business Law I: Introduction to Contracts, Liability Issues, and Intellectual Property3
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
MIS 250Introduction to Problem Solving with Spreadsheet Analysis and Information Systems Management3
SCM 301Supply Chain Management3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
ENGL 202DEffective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
FIN 301Corporation Finance3
MGMT 301Basic Management Concepts3
MKTG 301Principles of Marketing3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
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
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Attainment of 12th credit level proficiency in a single foreign language. Proficiency must be demonstrated by either examination or coursework.4
Requirements for the Option
Select an option24

Requirements for the Option

Enterprise Risk Management Option (24 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
RM 301Risk and Decisions3
RM 320WRisk Management and Insurance3
RM 405Corporate Risk Management3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Business Law II: Agency, Employment and Business Structure
Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
Risk, Strategy, and Decision Making
Quantitative Analysis for Business
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits of supporting coursework from an approved department list.6
Real Estate Option (24 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
RM 330WReal Estate Risk Analysis3
RM 450Contemporary Issues in Real Estate Markets3
RM/FIN 460Real Estate Financial Analysis3
RM/FIN 470Real Estate and Capital Markets3
RM 475Quantitative Analysis for Business3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
Real Estate Law
Business and Environmental Regulation
International Real Estate Markets
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits of supporting coursework from an approved department list.6

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.

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University Park

Advising Center
Smeal College Undergraduate Education
202 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-1947
SmealAdvising@smeal.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).

Enterprise Risk Management Option: Risk Management, B.S. at University Park 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
PSU 61MGMT 3011,23
(MATH 110 or MATH 140) or (SCM 200 or STAT 200) (GQ)1,24(SCM 200 or STAT 200) or (MATH 110 or MATH 140) (GQ)1,24
ENGL 15, 30H, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 137H1,23World Language - Level Two34
ECON 102 (GS)23General Education Course (US)43
World Language - Level One34 
 15 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MKTG 3011,23FIN 3011,23
ACCTG 2111,24SCM 3013
ECON 1043CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T13
World Language - Level Three34MIS 2503
General Education Course (IL)43General Education Course43
 17 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RM 320W13RM 30113
ENGL 202D13Additional RM_ERM Option Course13
BLAW 341 or BA 3423BA 342 or BLAW 3413
General Education Course (N)43General Education Course43
General Education Course43General Education Course43
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Additional RM_ERM Option Course13RM 40513
BA 411 (or Additional RM_ERM Option Course)13BA 411 (or Additional RM_ERM Option Course)13
Two-Piece Sequence (see Department List)3Two-Piece Sequence (see Department List)3
General Education Course (Z)43General Education Course43
Elective42Elective43
 14 15
Total Credits 120

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.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College and Department Notes:

  1. The Smeal College of Business requires that the following entrance-to-major courses be taken at Penn State: ACCTG 211, MGMT 301, MKTG 301, and FIN 301.
  2. Pursuant to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation standards, the Smeal College of Business requires that all upper division courses within the departments sponsoring the major be completed in residence at University Park under the instruction of Smeal College faculty.

Enterprise Risk Management Option: Risk Management, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

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
First-Year Seminar (if required by Campus)1-0MGMT 3011,23
(MATH 110 or MATH 140) or (SCM 200 or STAT 200) (GQ)1,24(SCM 200 or STAT 200) or (MATH 110 or MATH 140) (GQ)1,24
ENGL 15, 30H, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 137H1,23World Language - Level Two34
ECON 102 (GS)23General Education Course (US)43
World Language - Level One34 
 15-14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MKTG 3011,23FIN 3011,23
ACCTG 2111,24ENGL 202D1,23
ECON 1043CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T13
World Language - Level Three34General Education Course43
General Education Course (IL)43General Education Course (N)43
 17 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RM 320W13RM 30113
SCM 3013Additional RM_ERM Option Course13
BLAW 341 or BA 3423BA 342 or BLAW 3413
MIS 2503General Education Course43
General Education Course43General Education Course43
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Additional RM_ERM Option Course13RM 40513
BA 411 (or Additional RM_ERM Option Course)13BA 411 (or Additional RM_ERM Option Course)13
Two-Piece Sequence (see Department List)3Two-Piece Sequence (see Department List)3
General Education Course (Z)43General Education Course43
Elective42-3Elective43
 14-15 15
Total Credits 120

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.

College and Department Notes:

  1. The Smeal College of Business requires that the following entrance-to-major courses be taken at Penn State: ACCTG 211, MGMT 301, MKTG 301, and FIN 301.
  2. Pursuant to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation standards, the Smeal College of Business requires that all upper division courses within the departments sponsoring the major be completed in residence at University Park under the instruction of Smeal College faculty.

Real Estate Option: Risk Management, B.S. at University Park 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
PSU 61MGMT 3011,23
(MATH 110 or MATH 140) or (SCM 200 or STAT 200) (GQ)1,24(SCM 200 or STAT 200) or (MATH 110 or MATH 140) (GQ)1,24
ENGL 15, 30H, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 137H1,23World Language - Level Two34
ECON 102 (GS)23General Education Course (US)43
World Language - Level One34 
 15 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MKTG 3011,23FIN 3011,23
ACCTG 2111,24SCM 3013
ECON 1043CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T13
World Language - Level Three34MIS 2503
General Education Course (IL)43General Education Course43
 17 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RM 330W13RM 45013
ENGL 202D1,23RM 47513
BLAW 341 or BA 3423BA 342 or BLAW 3413
General Education Course (N)43General Education Course43
General Education Course43General Education Course43
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RM/FIN 46013RM/FIN 47013
BA 411 (or Additional RM_REST Option Course)13BA 411 (or Additional RM_REST Option Course)13
Two-Piece Sequence (see Department List)3Two-Piece Sequence (see Department List)3
General Education Course (Z)43General Education Course43
Elective42Elective43
 14 15
Total Credits 120

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.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College and Department Notes:

  1. The Smeal College of Business requires that the following entrance-to-major courses be taken at Penn State: ACCTG 211, MGMT 301, MKTG 301, and FIN 301.
  2. Pursuant to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation standards, the Smeal College of Business requires that all upper division courses within the departments sponsoring the major be completed in residence at University Park under the instruction of Smeal College faculty.

Real Estate Option: Risk Management, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

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
First-Year Seminar (if required by Campus)1-0MGMT 3011,23
(MATH 110 or MATH 140) or (SCM 200 or STAT 200) (GQ)1,24(SCM 200 or STAT 200) or (MATH 110 or MATH 140) (GQ)1,24
ENGL 15, 30H, ESL 15, ENGL 137H, or CAS 137H1,23World Language - Level Two34
ECON 102 (GS)23General Education Course (US)43
World Language - Level One34 
 15-14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MKTG 3011,23FIN 3011,23
ACCTG 2111,24ENGL 202D1,23
ECON 1043CAS 100, ENGL 138T, or CAS 138T13
World Language - Level Three34General Education Course43
General Education Course (IL)43General Education Course (N)43
 17 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RM 330W13RM 45013
SCM 3013RM 47513
BLAW 341 or BA 3423BA 342 or BLAW 3413
MIS 2503General Education Course43
General Education Course43General Education Course43
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
RM/FIN 46013RM/FIN 47013
BA 411 (or Additional RM_REST Option Course)13BA 411 (or Additional RM_REST Option Course)13
Two-Piece Sequence (see Department List)3Two-Piece Sequence (see Department List)3
General Education Course (Z)43General Education Course43
Elective42-3Elective43
 14-15 15
Total Credits 120

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.

College and Department Notes:

  1. The Smeal College of Business requires that the following entrance-to-major courses be taken at Penn State: ACCTG 211, MGMT 301, MKTG 301, and FIN 301.
  2. Pursuant to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation standards, the Smeal College of Business requires that all upper division courses within the departments sponsoring the major be completed in residence at University Park under the instruction of Smeal College faculty.

Accreditation

The Smeal College of Business B.S. degree in Risk Management (RM_BS) is recognized by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) as an accredited program after completing a meticulous internal review and meeting all AACSB standards and requirements.

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Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF RISK MANAGEMENT
355 Business Building
814-865-4172
rm@smeal.psu.edu

https://www.smeal.psu.edu/risk-management

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