2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Business Management (BSM)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Students enrolled in the Business Management (BSM) program are exposed to the functional areas of management and gain the various managerial and analytical skills necessary to successfully administer human, natural, and technological resources within an organization. A study of financial analysis, marketing principles, operations management, manufacturing, strategic management, economics, organizational behavior, information systems, and the legal aspects of business is introduced in this program. In addition, Business Management (BSM) students have the opportunity to select a four course optional concentration in either Project Management or Entrepreneurship. The management skills that students acquire are applied during two required cooperative work semesters.

The discipline of management requires of practitioners both technical knowledge and the skills to communicate. From the first year through the senior year, BSM students are required to compile an electronic career portfolio (ECP) of their work in consultation with their academic advisors. The ECP requirement guidelines are available in the Management and Facilities Department office. In the spring semester of the senior year, seniors register for their final graded portfolio assessment.

Graduates of the Business Management (BSM) program may seek entry-level management positions in project management, marketing and communications, IT management, accounting and finance, entrepreneurship, human resources, and research and operations management. They may also pursue positions as field service engineers, product support specialists, MIS specialists, or quality assurance analysts. It is possible for students to pursue graduate degrees in business, law, public administration, and other related fields.

By the time of graduation, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles in the functional areas of business.
  • explain the global dimensions of business.
  • apply ethical principles to leadership decisions.
  • apply quantitative decision-support tools in decision making.
  • demonstrate effective professional communication skills.
  • integrate learning to address real world problems.

Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 134-135

This is a four-year program, which starts in the fall semester of the student’s first year and is planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Additionally, students in this major complete four courses in either Project Management, Entrepreneurship or directed business management studies as part of the degree requirements.

Business Management (BSM)

  • Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)
  • MGMT1000, Introduction to Management
  • MGMT1025, Computers and Business Applications
  • MATH1000, College Mathematics I
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • MGMT1500, Decision Analysis for Business
  • MGMT2750, Integrative Financial Accounting
  • SCIENCE ELECTIVE, Lab Science
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • MGMT2000, Management Information Systems
  • MGMT2100, Management Communications
  • MGMT2200, Research Methods in Business
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • MGMT2500, System Analysis and Design
  • MGMT3250, Managerial Accounting
  • MGMT2850, Principles of Marketing
  • MGMT ELECTIVE, Concentration Course I
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18-19)

  • MGMT3000, Managing and Leading Organizations
  • MGMT3650, Business Law
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below **
  • MGMT ELECTIVE, Concentration Course II
  • GENERAL ELECTIVE, General Elective

Junior Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 19)

  • MGMT ELECTIVE, Concentration Course III
  • MGMT3500, Financial Management
  • MGMT3700, Human Resources and Labor Management
  • MGMT3900, Operations Management
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • MGMT4250, Strategic Management
  • MGMT4300, Integrative Seminar
  • MGMT4400, Business Negotiation Principles
  • MGMT ELECTIVE, Concentration Course IV

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 14)

  • MGMT5500, Senior Project
  • MGMT4000, International Business
  • MGMT ELECTIVE, Management Elective
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *

The following program elective courses will be offered if there is sufficient student interest and enrollment. Students select courses from Project Management electives listed below with the consent of the faculty advisor.

  • MGMT2060, Introduction to Technology Project Management
  • MGMT3060, Technology Acquisition Project
  • MGMT3560, Group Processes & Team Building
  • MGMT4060, Technology Project Management Seminar
  • Total Credits for Optional Project Management Concentration 14

The following elective courses will be offered if there is sufficient interest and enrollment. Students select courses from Entrepreneurship electives listed below with the consent of the faculty advisor.

  • MGMT2065, Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT3065, Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • MGMT3565, Technology Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT4165, Creating New Ventures
  • Total Credits for Optional Entrepreneurship Concentration 14

ENGL/HSS Note:

Day program students are required to complete at least: 

  • One course in Humanities 
  • One course in the Social Sciences 
  • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category

Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.  For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog.

Of the six listed humanities and social science electives, BSM students must include the following HSS Directed Electives:

  • Microeconomics, ECON4154
  • Macroeconomics, ECON4152
  • An Ethics elective

Minor—Business Management

There are three options for the Business Management minor. Each option includes three common core courses and two additional courses, for a total of five courses accounting for 17 to 19 credits, depending on the courses taken.

3 Required Minor Courses:

  • MGMT2700, Financial Accounting
  • MGMT3000, Managing & Leading Organizations
  • MGMT2850, Principles of Marketing
  • Option 1: General Business, choose 2 of the following courses:
  • MGMT2500, Systems Analysis & Design
  • MGMT3650, Business Law
  • MGMT3700, Human Resources & Labor Management
  • MGMT4400, Business Negotiation Principles

Option 2: Entrepreneurship, 2 required courses:

  • MGMT2065, Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT4165, Creating New Ventures

Option 3: Project Management, 2 required courses:

  • MGMT2060, Introduction to Technology Project Management
  • MGMT3560, Group Processes & Team Building

Total minor credits: 17-19 depending upon option selected.