Bachelors of Science in Business Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration provides students with a firm understanding of the differing skills (accounting, finance, marketing and management) required to be successful in today’s competitive business environment.

The Business Administration program is designed to provide students with the flexibility to pursue personal interests while acquiring the skill sets necessary to pursue a career in business.

The culmination of the program is the capstone class Business Policy and Strategic Management (BUS440), where students complete a specific project that demonstrates the cumulative knowledge of the business discipline.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Business Administration Guided Pathway here.  View the 3-Year Pathway here.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration


Business Core

ACC101 Financial Accounting3Introduces students to generally accepted accounting principles and accounting process with regards to corporations, partnerships, and sole-proprietorships. The basic concepts, principles, and techniques used to generate accounting data, financial statements and the interpretation and use of financial data to enhance the decision-making process are covered.
BUS101 Introduction to Business3This introductory course provides the student with an overview of business and its environment. Topics include business trends, globalization, forms of ownership, business law, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, human resource management, marketing, decision making, accounting, finance, business ethics, and social responsibility.
BUS203 Business Communications3Investigates the role of effective communication in the continuously changing organizational environment. Topics include communicating in the workplace, small groups and teams, listening and non-verbal communication, email messages, report writing, memoranda, letters, résumé preparation, job interviews, and formal presentations. Prerequisite ENG101; knowledge of PowerPoint is recommended.
BUS205 Principles of Management3Introduces basic management principles used in the organizational environment. The four management functions studied are planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Other topics include the evolution of management theory, ethics, social responsibility, diversity, organizational structure, human resource management, motivation, leadership, groups and teams, communication, organizational conflict and change, operations management, information systems and technology, innovation, product development, and entrepreneurship.
BUS211 Business Finance3Studies the nature, history and functioning of money-creating institutions. Touches directly the most challenging problems facing our economy including inflation, unemployment and the balance of international payments. Blends theory with current and past actions of the Federal Reserve Bank.
BUS216 Human Resource Management3The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the philosophy, techniques, and role of assessment in designing and evaluating individual client treatment and agency-level programs within the area of human services. The course is designed to aid in the understanding of basic psychometric concepts and the interpretation of standardized tests.
BUS303 Business Law3Investigates the essential elements of business law and the legal environment. Topics include introduction to civil and criminal law, business ethics, the judicial system, torts, negligence, strict liability, contracts, Uniform Commercial Code, negotiable instruments, agency, business associations, intellectual property, employment law, consumer and environmental law, property, and legal case analysis.
BUS440 Business Policy: Strategic Management**3A capstone course for Business majors utilizes a case study approach to address contemporary issues in overall business management. It provides senior business majors an opportunity to demonstrate and enhance situation analysis and problem resolution skills through the application of knowledge from all spheres of business activity.
CIS305 Spreadsheet Applications3Discusses business oriented data management techniques using Microsoft Excel electronic spreadsheet. Topics include: planning a spreadsheet, entering labels, values, formulae, and functions; macros, databases, and graphics will also be covered.
CIS310 Management Information Systems3A study of systems providing quantitative-based information derived from one or more databases within and/or external to the organization and used to aid managers in the decision-making process. Theoretical concepts are applied to real world applications with an analysis of examples from specific organizations.
ECO207 Macroeconomic Principles3Presents the basic principles of macroeconomics including supply and demand. The course examines the national economy and its main components. Various theories of inflation, unemployment and GDP growth are explored, as well as the tools of macroeconomic principles. The role of the federal budget, money supply, interest rates in economic stabilization policies, global economic factors and international trade are emphasized. Sophomore standing.
ECO208 Microeconomic Principles3This course examines the theory of the consumer, utility, market structures, the theory of the firm, elasticity and resource allocation. The implications for government economic and social policies are presented.

Specific Business Administration Courses

ACC102 Managerial Accounting3This course covers materials relating to the accounting cycle and the preparation of a basic set of financial statements. Emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of accounting reports including ratios and cash flow analysis. The use of accounting information for managerial planning, control, and decision-making through budgeting, cost and variance analyses, and responsibility accounting.
BUS307 Organizational Behavior3Examines individuals, groups, and intergroup relations that occur within an organizational environment. Topics include leadership, motivation, and conflict resolution. Junior standing.
BUS309 Marketing3Examines the foundations of marketing principles with application of marketing concepts of the present and future. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking skills, ethics, and competition while studying the topics of market analysis, target marketing, product pricing, strategic promotion, and distribution.
BUS352 Introduction to e-Business & Commerce3Introduces the concepts of electronic business transactions and commerce through an examination of the evolution of the internet and world wide web. Topics include internet-related hardware and software, communication protocols, and the use of Structure Query Language for web database transactions.
BUS409 Organizational Design3Explores the theories of complex organizations and their application to designing and implementing a structural configuration for an organization. Topics include organizational structure, organizational development (OD), and the role of a change agent.
Business Electives9The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration requires students to take nine Business elective credits.

General Education Core

General Education Core40Business Administration majors must complete the general education core.

General Electives

General Electives20Business Administration majors must complete 20 credits in general electives.
Total 120
Nine credit limit in Business courses for general electives.
** Capstone class