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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

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In order to graduate with an undergraduate business degree from CSULB, a student must complete a minimum of 120 units. A majority of the upper division business courses, including economics and statistics, must be completed at this university. For details, refer to the CBA Policy on Course Transfers/Substitutions.

All undergraduate students officially admitted to the College of Business Administration (all options) are required to complete all remaining lower division major requirements in a timely fashion. The lower division major courses must be completed within two academic semesters (excluding summer and winter session) to continue with the major. An exception will be made for the undergraduates in the Accountancy option who elect to take CBA 400 or PHIL 400, instead of PHIL160 to satisfy the Ethics requirements.

All CBA majors must maintain major GPAs of 2.0 or higher. A student whose GPA in the major falls below 2.0 will be advised that they are at risk of being dismissed from the major and granted one semester to raise their major GPA(s) to 2.0. Students who do not successfully raise their major GPA(s) must meet with an advisor to declare another major or submit an appeal to the CBA Center for Student Success explaining why they need one additional semester. Students whose major GPAs remain below 2.0 after this additional semester must declare a new major.

1. Lower Division:

Take all of the following:

  • ACCT 201 Elementary Financial Accounting (3)
    *"C" or better required.
    Prerequisite: None
  • ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting (3)
    *"C" or better required.
    Prerequisite: ACCT 201.
  • ECON 100 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    *"C" or better required.
    Prerequisites: MATH 103 or higher; one GE Foundation course.
  • ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    *"C" or better required.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 103 or higher.
  • MATH 115 Calculus for Business (3)
    *"C" or better required.
    Prerequisite: Appropriate ELM score, ELM exemption, or MAPB 11.
  • STAT 118 Intro to Business Statistics (3)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate ELM score, ELM exemption, or MAPB 11.

2. Ethics Course Requirements:

Choose one of the following:

  • PHIL 160 Introduction to Ethics (3)
  • CBA/PHIL 400 Business Ethics (3)

3. Critical Thinking Course Requirements

Any critical thinking course (GE category A3); IS 100 is recommended.

4. All business and pre-business majors shall demonstrate computer literacy and competency. Complete one of the following:

  • A. Passing score (70%) on the Computer Proficiency Examination (CPE).
  • B. IS 233 Office Productivity Software (3) with Credit (Cr).
    Prerequisite: None
  • C. Transfer equivalent course with a "C" or better grade.

5. Upper Division:

A. Take all of the following:

  • CBA 300 International Business (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • FIN 300 Business Finance (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • BLAW 320 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • IS 300 Management Information Systems (3)
    *"C" or better required.
    Prerequisite: IS 233 or equivalent.
  • IS 301 Business Communications (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • IS 310 Business Statistics (3)
    Prerequisite: STAT 118
  • HRM 360 Organizational Behavior (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • MGMT 300 Principles of Management (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (3)
    Prerequisite: None

B. The following Capstone course must be taken at CSULB as a senior and after the upper-division prerequisite core courses have been completed:

  • MGMT 425 Business Strategy and Policy (3)
    Prerequisites: ACCT 202 or ACCT 320; MGMT 300, MKTG 300, FIN 300 and IS 301.

6. Elective courses to total 120 units. Students are encouraged to select electives for expansion of knowledge and intellectual interests as well as for preparation for business employment.

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