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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2001-2003

Business Administration Major

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Degree Requirements
Students majoring in business administration must complete four groups of courses: (1) prerequisites, (2) corequisites, (3) the business core, and (4) a specialization of their choosing (accounting, finance, management, marketing, or pre-law). See Course Requirements for the Business Administration Major and Course Grade and GPA requirements for the Major in Business Administration below for details. Additionally, students are required to participate in program assessment activities as described in Participation in Assessment Activities below. Students without significant work experience relevant to business administration are strongly encouraged to also complete at least one internship experience.

Declaring the Business Administration Major
Admission to the business administration major is competitive and based on GPA in the prerequisite courses. (See Prerequisite Course Requirements below.) Students must complete all prerequisite courses, with an overall prerequisite GPA of at least 2.5, and no prerequisite course grade lower than "C-," to be guaranteed admission to the program. Students not meeting the 2.5 GPA standard may, under certain conditions, be admitted to the program on a space-
available basis; contact the department for details. Forms for declaring a major are available in 119 Hartwell Hall.

Students must formally declare a major in Business Administration immediately after completing the prerequisite course requirements. Full-time students are expected to complete their prerequisite requirements by the end of their sophomore year, and no later than the first semester of their junior year. Transfer students with an associate's degree in business should complete the prerequisites in their first semester at SUNY Brockport. Part-time students should, when possible, complete prerequisite courses before progressing into the business core courses.

Students Who Intend to Major in Business Administration, but who have not yet completed the prerequisite courses, must indicate their intent by filing an Intent to Major form, available in 119 Hartwell Hall. Freshmen students intending to major in business should complete the Intent to Major form by the beginning of their second semester at Brockport. Transfer students complete the Intent to Major form when they first register at SUNY Brockport.

Course-Grade and GPA Requirements for the Major in Business Administration
Students pursuing the business administration major must satisfy four course-grade and GPA requirements as follows:

  1. A student's cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses is used to determine whether a student will be admitted to the major. Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses, with no grade lower than "C-," to be guaranteed admission to the major in business administration.
  2. Students must earn a grade of at least "C-" in each SUNY Brockport course used to satisfy a business administration major requirement. This applies to the prerequisite, corequisite, business core, and specialization course requirements described in Course Requirements for the Business Administration Major below. To satisfy this grade requirement, students may take a course up to three times. Students who are unable to earn a grade of "C-" after the third attempt will no longer be eligible for program matriculation.
  3. Students must earn an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in the SUNY Brockport courses used to satisfy the corequisite, business core, and specialization course requirements described in Course Requirements for the Business Administration Major below.
  4. All general education, upper division coursework, and GPA requirements of the College must be met, including an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all SUNY Brockport course work used to meet bachelor's degree requirements.

Transfer Course and Grade Policy: Business administration students may request transfer credit for (1) any prerequisite course, and (2) any 300-level business course not restricted by residency requirements. The College and the department must approve transferred courses as equivalent to required courses, and the number of courses transferred is subject to the residency requirements of the College and department. A grade of "C-" or higher is required for transferred courses used to satisfy prerequisite, corequisite, business core, and specialty course requirements.

In general, 400-level courses cannot be transferred. After matriculating at SUNY Brockport, students must take all 400-level accounting, business, and economic courses at SUNY Brockport. Freshman-level courses taken at two-year colleges generally cannot be transferred as equivalent to 300-level courses, and no two-year college coursework will be transferred as equivalent to any 400-level course. Students must complete BUS 475 Strategic Management at SUNY Brockport.

Time Limitation: Courses completed more than 10 years prior to matriculation (admission) to the College cannot be used to satisfy business program requirements. Courses completed more than 10 years prior to matriculation must be repeated. Under some circumstances, students may request the opportunity to earn course credit by exam rather than repeat the course; contact the department for details. This policy applies both to courses taken at SUNY Brockport and other institutions.

Internships: The Department of Business Administration and Economics encourages student participation in internship experiences relevant to their degree. However, the Department limits its support for internship experiences to two internship experiences with a maximum of 15 total credits. Students interested in completing an internship should contact the Department's internship coordinator several weeks prior to beginning the internship and complete the appropriate registration forms.

Advisement: Students will be assigned a business faculty advisor when their Intent to Major form is processed (see Students Who Intend to Major in Business Administration paragraph above). Business faculty advisors assist students in academic and career planning, but each student is ultimately responsible for knowing and understanding the degree requirements as specified in this catalog. Advisors assist students by reviewing the courses that the student selects each semester and by answering questions about degree requirements, course sequencing, transfer coursework, electives, careers, and graduate school. In order to support working and non-traditional students, the department also provides academic advisement in the evening and for students whose work or class schedule conflicts with their advisor's office hours. Students who are having difficulty scheduling a meeting with their advisor should call (585) 395-2623 to schedule an appointment with the department's advisement staff.

Evening Students: Complementing the day program is an extensive offering of evening courses. All of the courses required to complete the business administration degree with a specialization in finance, management, or marketing are offered in the evening at the main campus on a rotating basis. A list of anticipated evening course offerings, projected for the next two years, is available in 119 Hartwell Hall.

Participation in Assessment Activities: The Department of Business and Economics administers various assessment instruments throughout the curriculum. Assessment instruments, which may take the form of exams, exercises, or surveys, are used for quality control and program improvement. Business administration majors are required to participate in all assessment exercises administered by the department. Additionally, satisfactory performance on the two exams described below is required by the department.

  1. The first exam, which assesses a student's knowledge and skills in key topics covered in prerequisite courses, should be taken soon after completing the prerequisite courses described in Course Requirements for the Business Administration Major below. Students are expected to take this exam before, or concurrent with, taking BUS 325 Principles of Finance.
  2. The second exam, which assesses a student's knowledge and skills in key topics covered in the 300-level business core courses, should be taken soon after completing the 300-level core courses described in Course Requirements for the Business Administration Major below. Students are expected to take this exam before, or concurrent with, taking BUS 475 Strategic Management.

There are several opportunities for students to take the aforementioned assessment exams each semester, and students have an opportunity to retake exams if they perform poorly. Additional information, including exam scheduling and sign-up procedures, is available from the student's business advisor or from the department office.

Course Requirements for the Business Administration Major
Students must satisfy prerequisite, corequisite, business core, and specialization course requirements as specified below. Students may complete multiple specializations, but should remember that a maximum of 54 credits of coursework with a BUS prefix, including transferred courses, internships, and independent studies, can be applied towards the 120 hours required to graduate.

1. Prerequisite Course Requirements (21 credits. Must be completed before declaring the major)

Prerequisite courses provide a foundation for upper-division coursework. As described in Course Grade and GPA Requirements for the Major in Business Administration above, grades in prerequisite courses are used to determine admission to the major.

 
Credits
CIS 106 End User Computing
3
ECN 201 Principles of Economics (Micro)
3
ECN 202 Principles of Economics (Macro)
3
ECN 204 Introduction to Statistics
3
ACC 281 Introduction to Financial Accounting
3
ACC 282 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
3
MTH 2XX Math requirement
3
Total:
21
   

Notes:

  1. It is expected that full-time students will complete all prerequisite courses no later than the first semester of their junior year. Part-time students should complete prerequisites before undertaking a substantial number of 300-level business courses.
  2. The MTH 2XX requirement is typically satisfied by taking Calculus I (MTH 201), Business Calculus (MTH 221), or Finite Math (MTH 245). However, any mathematics course at or above the level of MTH 201 can be used to satisfy the math requirement (excluding MTH 243, 313, and 441).
  3. An introductory statistics course from another discipline (e.g. psychology) may be substituted for ECN 204. However, credit towards graduation will be allowed for only one introductory statistics course.

2. Major Course Requirements
Completion of the business major requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the corequisite, core, and specialty area courses requirements specified in 2a, 2b, and 2c below. Students must earn a grade of at least "C-" in each course to satisfy degree requirements.

2a. Corequisites Requirements (9 credits)
Credits
  ENL 308 Business Writing
3
  ECN 304 Intermediate Statistics
3
                  and one of the following four analysis courses:
3
  ECN 301 Intermediate Microeconomics
  ECN 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  ECN 305 Managerial Economics
  BUS 461 Production and Operations Management
3
  Total:
9

Notes:

  1. ECN 301 and ECN 305 may not both be taken for credit.
  2. ECN 302 is required for students that elect the finance specialty area.
  3. BUS 461 is also a management specialty elective. It may be used by management students to satisfy the corequisite requirement, or as a management specialty course, but not both.
2b. Business Core Requirements (21 credits)
Credits
  BUS 325 Principles of Finance
3
  BUS 335 Principles of Marketing
3
  BUS 345 International Business Environment
3
  BUS 366 Organizational Behavior
3
  BUS 375 Business Law I
3
  BUS 378 Business, Government, and Society
3
  BUS 475 Strategic Management
3
  Total:
21
     

Note: BUS 475 must be taken at SUNY Brockport.

2c. Business Specialty Options (12-15 credits)
A minimum of four courses must be successfully completed in one of the specialty areas described below. Students may take additional specialty courses on an elective basis. If the accounting or pre-law specialization is selected, at least five courses must be completed. Regardless of which area of specialization is selected, students should consult with their business advisor to determine which combination of specialty area courses is most consistent with the student's professional goals. After matriculating at SUNY Brockport, students must take all 400-level business and economics courses at SUNY Brockport.

Accounting Specialty (15 credits)
The accounting specialization is intended for students who have an interest in an accounting related career, but who are also certain that they do not wish to pursue licensing as a Certified Public Accountant. Students with an interest in accounting should give serious consideration to completing the Major in Accounting. The Major in Accounting satisfies the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA exam in New York State and also provides a general business education similar to that provided by the Business Administration degree. To complete the accounting specialty, students must successfully complete a minimum of five courses from the list below.

Accounting Specialty Courses
Credit
  ACC 385 Intermediate Accounting I
3
  ACC 386 Intermediate Accounting II
3
 

ACC 388 Cost Accounting

3
  ACC 485 Federal Income Tax
3
  ACC 486 Advanced Accounting
3
  ACC 487 Auditing
3
  ACC 488 Federal Income Tax II
3
  ACC 489 Accounting for Non-profit Entities
3

Note: (1) A minimum of 12 credits of upper-level accounting must be taken at SUNY Brockport, including all 400-level accounting courses.

Finance Specialty (12 credits)
Finance specialty courses are appropriate for students that have an interest in a finance related career, including corporate financial analysis, cash management, brokerage, banking, investment banking, marketing financial instruments and insurance, and personal financial and estate planning. In addition to providing a sound foundation for graduate work in business and finance, the specialty also prepares students to pursue professional certification, including the Certified Cash Manager (CCM®) exam, required for the CCM® designation. To complete the finance specialty, students must take four courses as described below.

Finance students must take the following two courses:

   
Credits
  BUS 421 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
3
  BUS 422 Corporate Financial Policy
3

Finance students must also select two electives from the list below. At least one elective course must be in Group A.

Group A Finance Electives
Credits
  BUS 420 Short-term Financial Management
3
  BUS 428 Seminar in Finance
3
  BUS 445 International Financial Management
3
   

Group B. Finance Electives Credits

  ACC 385 Intermediate Accounting I
3
  ACC 388 Cost Accounting
3
  ECN 321 Money and Banking
3
  ECN 425 Financial Institutions
3

Notes:

  1. Finance students must take ECN 302 to satisfy their corequisite requirement.
  2. Only one course from Group B may be used to satisfy finance specialty requirements. However, finance students are encouraged to take additional Group B courses as electives or to complete the economics minor.

Management Specialty (12 credits)
The management specialization prepares students for success in a wide variety of management related careers. These include general management, retail management, operations management, human resource management, information management, and small business management. The specialty is also ideal for students seeking a general management degree in preparation for graduate school or in support of a promotion in their current career.

To complete the management specialty, students must take the following two courses:

  Credits
BUS 368 Management Skills
3
BUS 369 Survey of Current Topics in Management
3
AND two electives from the list below
BUS 317 Management Information Systems
3
ECN 361 Labor Market Analysis
3
BUS 417 Systems Analysis and Design
3
BUS 461 Production and Operations Management
3
BUS 462 Quality Management Systems
3
BUS 463 Small Business Management
3
BUS 464 Electronic Entrepreneurship and Commerce
3
BUS 465 Human Resources Management
3
BUS 467 Employment Law and Compliance
3
BUS 468 Advanced Human Resources Management
3

Marketing Specialty (12 credits)
The marketing specialty prepares students for successful careers in business or marketing. Career opportunities in marketing include opportunities in consumer and industrial sales, supply chain management, direct marketing, marketing management, marketing research, merchandising, promotion, public relations, sales management, and retail management. In addition, the marketing specialty provides an excellent foundation for students pursuing graduate studies in business or marketing. To complete the marketing specialty, students must successfully complete a minimum of four courses from the list below.

 
Credits
BUS 432 Sales Management
3
BUS 433 International Marketing
3

BUS 434 Direct Marketing

3
BUS 435 Consumer Behavior
3
BUS 436 Marketing Research
3
BUS 437 Integrated Marketing Communications
3
BUS 438 Marketing Channels and Logistics
3
BUS 439 Retail Management
3
BUS 440 Business-to Business-Marketing
3
BUS 441 Marketing Management
3

Pre-law Specialty (15 credits)
Business administration is one of the most popular pre-law degrees. The pre-law specialization is designed specifically for business students interested in attending law school. Students completing the specialization are able to make informed decisions about pursuing a law degree, elevate skills and cognitive abilities that are key to success in a law degree program, and develop a fuller understanding of various aspects of the law, the legal profession, and the legal environment. Students who choose not to enter a law program are able to pursue business-related careers and graduate programs.

To complete the pre-law specialty, students must take the following three courses:

 
Credits
BUS 376 Business Law II
3
PLS 320 Law and the Legal Process OR
CRJ 305 The Adjudication Process
3
CRJ 311 Criminal Law
and at least two electives from the list below
ECN XXX: Any upper level economics course not used to meet corequisite requirements
3
BUS 467 Employment Law and Compliance
3
CRJ 313 Constitutional Criminal Procedure
3
CRJ 315 Constitutional Law of the Detained
3
CRJ 438 Security Law
3
ENL 305 Advanced Composition
3
PHL 305 History of Modern Philosophy
3
PHL 342 Business Ethics OR
PHL 321 Medical Ethics
3
PLS 324 Constitutional Law I
3
PLS 326 Constitutional Law II OR
CRJ 483 Fair Trial/Free Press Conflicts
3

Notes:

  1. Students may substitute an approved six credits (or greater) internship for one of the elective courses listed above. PLS 492, PLS 493, PLS 495, and OAP 413 (in law practice), are all approved internship experiences. Other experiences may be used, provided that they are approved, in writing, by the student's business advisor.
  2. Students completing this specialty should take PHL 102, PHL 104, or PHL 202 to satisfy a general education humanities requirement. Students should consider taking all three courses on an elective basis.
  3. Students in the pre-law specialty are encouraged to complete a minor in economics, criminal justice, philosophy, or political science. Students may also wish to complete a second specialization in the business administration program.