The Bachelor of Science in Business

The Bachelor of Science in Business is designed to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of business professionals by linking their experiences with concepts from various business disciplines. Students learn how to apply business concepts in solving problems, synthesizing information as reflective practitioners, and integrating knowledge learned in real-world and classroom settings. The themes of ethics, communication, critical thinking, and organizing global knowledge from a cultural and geographic perspective are woven into the program and demonstrated in course projects. The program culminates in the development and presentation of a capstone paper. Assessments will be conducted at the onset and prior to completion of the program.

Learning Outcomes 
Learning outcomes for this program may be found at:

The major program consists of fifteen required core courses totaling 60-semester credits. Course descriptions are found in the section of this Catalog titled Course Descriptions. To graduate, students must complete all of the requirements of their degree programs and earn at least 120 credits of academic credit. 

Core Courses (15 courses/ 60 credits)

Core Courses include 15 courses for a total of 60 credits. Students may choose between BUSB 342 and INTB 470. For the capstone, students may choose between BUSB 485, BUAD 495, INTB 495, or INTB 470.

BUSB 300 Ethical and Legal Environment of Business (4 Credits)

Examination of moral and legal business issues in domestic and international contexts with emphasis on contemporary problems.

BUSB 301 Critical Analysis: Written and Oral Communication (4 Credits)

Deepens students’ analytical skills in written and oral communication. Focus on purpose, depth, organization, research, style, and effectiveness. Special attention is paid to contemporary business contexts, as well as historical perspectives.

BUSB 145 Mathematical Foundations for Business (4 Credits)

Introduction of mathematical foundations with applications for decision-making in business, economics, finance, business statistics, and operations management. Focus is on mathematical concepts, including functions and their graphs, systems of equations and inequalities, linear programming, mathematics of finance, and basic probability and statistics.
Prerequisite: successful completion of the Math Readiness Evaluation or ALEKS PPL (Placement, Preparation, and Learning Assessment).

BUSB 330 Managing and Leading Organizations (4 Credits)

Overview of organizational behavior and theory. Focus is on the behavior of individuals and groups within organizations. The study of organizational decision-making, organizational design, culture, leadership, power and politics, and management of change. Ethics, diversity, and globalization are integrated throughout the course. 
Prerequisite: BUSB 301 or equivalent.

BUSB 230 Economics for Business (4 Credits)

Introductory study of macroeconomics and microeconomics. Microeconomics studies decision-making by individual firms and consumers in regard to the allocation of scarce resources, supply and demand basics, and optimum output determination. Macroeconomics includes coverage of the national and global economy, the impact of economic aggregates, and government action.

BUSB 333 Business Information Systems (4 Credits)

Introductory organizational and managerial overview of information systems. Assessing and constructing data and information for decision-making, designing interactive and spatial information systems, and assessing their ethical implications. Communicating effectively in a systems development environment.

BUSB 232 Data Driven Decision-Making (4 Credits)

Introduction to basic statistical concepts, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, frequency distributions, probability distributions, sampling distributions, and estimation. Also application in statistical inference, one- and two-sample hypothesis testing, chi-square, analysis of variance, and multiple regression models. 
Co-requisite: BUSB 145 or equivalent.

BUSB 340 Principles of Marketing (4 Credits)

Introduction to the concept of marketing and marketing principles. Focus on creating value for customers. Develops an understanding of the four elements of the marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and place/distribution) with application to product, service, profit, and not-for-profit enterprises in local, national, and international environments.
Prerequisite: BUSB 301 or equivalent.

BUSB 260 Financial and Managerial Accounting (4 Credits)

Examines accounting information as an economic decision-making tool. This course presents the concepts, policies, and procedures that govern accounting information systems. Students use that understanding to improve resource allocation by managers, owners, and creditors of an organization. 
Prerequisite: BUSB 145 or equivalent.

BUSB 342 International Business (4 Credits)

Examination of developments within international markets and the effects of the activities of business enterprises. Students study the effects of increasing international linkages on the role and conduct of domestic and international business functions. This course may be substituted by the study-abroad programs in INTB 470. 
Prerequisite: BUSB 301 or equivalent.

BUSB 361 Financial Management (4 Credits)

Principles of financial planning, control, and analysis of the firm and the role of the financial manager within the firm. 
Prerequisites: BUSB 145 and BUSB 260 or equivalent.
Co-requisite: BUSB 260 or equivalent.

BUSB 370 Managing Quality and Operations (4 Credits)

Operations management issues and techniques to analyze problems for organizations that provide services and manufacturing products. Strategic issues and practical applications include productivity, competitiveness, supply chain management, decision-making, quality management, process selection, linear programming, transportation models, forecasting, inventory management, enterprise resource planning, project management, and simulation. 
Prerequisites: BUSB 145 and BUSB 232 or equivalent.

BUSB 433 GIS for Business (4 Credits)

Overview of GIS and spatial analysis applied to organizations. Focus is on geographic information, location-based decision-making, spatial data, investment in and value of GIS, ethical aspects, and GIS strategies. Students learn through case studies and lab practice with spatial data.
Prerequisite: BUSB 333 or equivalent.

BUSB 481 Strategic Management (4 Credits)

Develops analytical tools critical to assessing environments, opportunities, and threats needed to build and sustain long-term competitive advantage. Addresses knowledge, skills, and approaches necessary to generate, evaluate, and implement strategic alternatives. Emphasizes interrelationships of various organizational functions. 
Prerequisites: In the BS Management program: BUSB 330, BAMG 334, BUSB 340, and BAMG 365 or their equivalents. In the BS Business program: BUSB 330, BUSB 333, BUSB 340, and BUSB 361, or their equivalents.
Co-requisite: BUSB 342 or equivalent.

BUSB 485 Capstone: Analysis and Integration in Business and Management (4 Credits)

Focuses on integrating knowledge and skills acquired during the program and applying them to an organizational analysis. Students develop and present a capstone paper that utilizes artifacts created in earlier courses, synthesizes principles and theories from a broad arena of learning, and demonstrates effective skills of critical inquiry. This course may be substituted by the study-abroad programs in INTB 470.
Prerequisites: BUSB 340 or equivalent and BUSB 342 or equivalent.
Co-requisite: BUSB 481 or equivalent.

BUAD 495 Business Consultancy Capstone (4 Credits)

Integrating prior coursework within the context of strategy formulation and implementation, student teams conduct a “live” consulting engagement with a domestic organization. Students develop the parameters of the engagement and apply appropriate theoretical knowledge in a practical setting to prepare and present a project report. May substitute for BUSB 485. 
Prerequisite: BUSB 481.

INTB 495 Global Business Consultancy Capstone (4 Credits)

Integrating prior coursework within the context of strategy formulation and implementation, student teams conduct a “live” consulting engagement with an organization in a foreign country. Students develop the parameters of the engagement and apply appropriate theoretical knowledge in a practical setting to prepare and present a project report. With Undergraduate Program Director approval, may substitute for BUSB 485. 
Prerequisite: BUSB 481.

INTB 470 International Area Studies (4 Credits)

Students intensively study a specific country or region in the world. They evaluate the characteristics of the analyzed area’s socioeconomic conditions, its policy environment, and its business activities. They then analyze how these factors jointly influence the international marketplace. Course combines lectures with overseas seminars, company/institutional visits, and cultural exposure. 
May substitute for BUSB 342 or BUSB 485.
Prerequisite: BUSB 301 or by permission. May be repeated for credit given different country or region.

The School of Business & Society and the School of Continuing Studies offer electives designed to assist undergraduate students in accomplishing their academic goals. This is done by providing elective courses in general education and business that enhance and complement the core program, offer academic depth and breadth in areas of interest, and enable students to earn academic credit toward degree completion. Weekend and evening courses are conveniently scheduled at regional campus locations throughout Southern California and on the main campus in Redlands. For further information please contact your Assistant Director of Student Success.

The Assessment of Prior and Experiential Learning
School of Business & Society undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn certified credit toward graduation requirements through assessed learning, which is the review of college-level learning acquired in some courses, as well as outside the environment of an academic institution.

Credits earned through the Registrar’s Office Assessed Learning process may be used to meet General Education category requirements and general graduation requirements. A maximum of 30 credits may be certified through faculty assessment of prior and experiential learning, including assessed prior learning credits from other institutions. The services of the Registrar’s Office Assessed Learning are available only to students in the School of Business & Society undergraduate programs. Assessed Learning credits will be published on a student’s academic transcript. However, the transferability of those credits is dependent upon the institution receiving them.

Study Abroad Programs
Students may choose from a growing number of study abroad programs. INTB 470, International Area Studies, may include programs in Asia, Europe and other regions of the world. This course can replace BUSB 342 International Business, or BUSB 485 Capstone: Analysis and Integration in Business and Management or can serve as an elective course. These programs are tailored to the schedules of working adults, concentrating the travel portion of the course over two weeks.