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The Business Administration Major prepares students to assume entry-level positions in an organization’s accounting, financial, marketing and management systems. It also offers excellent preparation for graduate or law school study. Students are able to specialize in accounting, finance, marketing, management, and pre-law.

Business Administration Degree Requirements
All business administration majors are bound by the policies, terms and conditions described earlier in the section above titled “Guidelines and Policies Pertaining to All Department Programs and Courses.” Business administration majors must complete all SUNY Brockport General Education requirements and degree requirements for students earning the Bachelor of Science. In addition to prescribed business course work, students majoring in business administration must complete a minimum of 60 credits of non-business, non-accounting course work. Up to nine credits of economics courses and up to six credits of statistics may be included in this 60-credit total. Students earning a degree 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” below for details.

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 the 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 granted admission to the major in business administration. Transfer grades are included in this GPA.
  2. Students must earn a grade of at least “C-” in each 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.
  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 (300/400 level) course work, and GPA requirements of SUNY Brockport 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.

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 course work with a BUS prefix, including transferred courses, internships, and independent studies, can be applied towards the 120 credits required to graduate.

1. Prerequisite Course Requirements (21 credits, must be completed before declaring the major): Prerequisite courses provide a foundation for upper-division course work. 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 201 Calculus I (or MTH 221 Calculus for Business)
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 beginning 300-level business courses.

(2) 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 AND
3
one of the following four courses:
3
BUS 317 Management Information Systems
BUS 461 Production and Operations Management
Total:
9

Note: BUS 317 and BUS 461 may be taken to satisfy the corequisite requirement, or as a management specialty elective, but not both. Each course meets only one requirement.

Corequisite Requirements for Finance Specialty  
ENL 308 Business Writing
3
ECN 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
3
ECN 304 Intermediate Statistics
3
Total:
9

 

2b. Business Core Requirements (21 credits)
Credits
BUS 325 Principles of Finance
3
BUS 335 International Business Environment
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)
Students must complete at least one of the specialty areas described below. Students may take additional specialty courses on an elective basis. Note that, 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 academic 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 a major in accounting. For details, see Majors in Accounting below.

 
Credits
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 Nonprofit 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 who 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 solid foundation for graduate work in business and finance, the specialty also prepares students to pursue professional certification, including the Certified Treasury Professional ® (formerly Certified Cash Manager, CCM) exam, required for the CTP ® designation.

Finance students must take the following two courses:

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

 

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

Group A Finance Electives  
BUS 420 Short-term Financial Management
3
BUS 428 Seminar in Finance
3
BUS 445 International Financial Management
3
Group B Finance Electives  
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. Management students’ career options may include general management, human resource management, information systems management, operations management, retail management, and small business management. The specialty is also ideal for students seeking a general management degree, and is especially appropriate for those who envision going to graduate school and/or seeking promotions in their current career paths.

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
BUS 415 Data Management
3
BUS 417 Systems Analysis and Design
3
BUS 418 Advanced MIS (formerly BUS 318)
3
BUS 461 Production and Operations Management
3
BUS 462 Quality Management Systems
3
BUS 463 Small Business Management
3
BUS 464 Electronic Commerce
3
BUS 465 Human Resources Management
3
BUS 467 Employment Law and Compliance
3
BUS 468 Advanced Human Resources Management
3

Note: Neither BUS 317 nor BUS 461 may be counted for both the corequisite requirement and the specialty requirement.

Marketing Specialty (12 credits)
The marketing specialty prepares students for successful careers in business or marketing. Career opportunities in marketing are extensive and diversified, including 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.

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 Supply Chain Management
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 law school, and develop a fuller understanding of various aspects of the law, the legal profession, and the legal environment. Students who choose not to enter law school are able to pursue business-related careers and graduate programs.

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

BUS 376 Business Law II
3
PLS 320 Law and the Legal Process OR CRJ 305 The Adjudication Process
3
CRJ 311 Criminal Law
3

and at least two electives from the list below:

ECN XXX: Any upper-division economics course not used to meet business 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-credit (or greater) internship for one of the elective courses listed above. PLS 492, 493, 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, 104, or 202 to satisfy a General Education humanities requirement. Students should consider using electives to take all three courses.
  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.
  4. Students may wish to consult with Dr. John Keiser, area coordinator for pre-law, in designing their program.