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Business, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in management/business administration

Special requirements

The foundation program specifies course work required during the freshman and sophomore years. Students are eligible for admission into the advanced business program with a major in the School of Business upon meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and successful completion of:

  • A minimum of 54 credits in the foundation program
  • ACCT 203 and 204 Introduction to Accounting I and II
  • BUSN 201 and 202 Foundations of Business I and II
  • BUSN 225 Winning Presentations
  • ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • INFO 160, 161, 162 and another 16x course
  • SCMA 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business (or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry )
  • UNIV 111 and 112 Focused Inquiry I and II, and UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument (with a minimum grade of C in UNIV 112 and 200)

The admission requirements for the School of Business detail the deadlines for students to be admitted to the advanced business program with a major in the school. At least 30 hours of the required business courses for the Bachelor of Science must be taken at VCU.

Students may need to take additional mathematics courses as prerequisites to SCMA 212 or MATH 200. These credits will count as electives in the foundation program. The sample curriculum outline includes SCMA 171 since many of our students will need to complete this course.

The INFO 160, 161, 162 and 165 requirements may be waived upon successful completion of a Knowledge Equivalency Test administered by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. No more than two additional credits may be applied to the degree from the INFO 16x series.

No more than four credits in physical education courses may be applied to the degree.

PSYC 214 and INTL 493 may not be counted toward a business degree.

The activity of management is concerned with setting an organization’s strategic goals and formulating processes to achieve them. Managers carry out their administrative roles by handling such duties as preparing and administering budgets, planning and directing operations, and coordinating employees’ activities.

The management/business administration concentration provides students with a broad-based study of management and other business disciplines. The course options in the curriculum give students flexibility in developing a program of study that can lead to a variety of entry-level positions in private and public organizations.

Learning goals

The goal of the curriculum for the management concentration is to prepare students for careers that require general skills in business and management.

Degree requirements for Business, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in management/business administration

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  1. Prepare a written analysis of situations requiring managerial decision-making.
  2. Use advanced quantitative reasoning and statistical ability.
  3. Understand the basic functions and responsibilities of human resource management.
  4. Evaluate the international business environment and explain the challenges facing multinational firms.
  5. Work with small firms, start up a small firm and understand entrepreneurial concepts useful in organizations of any size.
Business Foundation (63 credits) Credits
General Education Requirements  
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy (SCMA 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry) 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Business General Education requirement (16 credits)  
BUSN 225 Winning Presentations 3
ECON 210 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
INFO 160 Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices 1
INFO 161 Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I 1
INFO 162 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I 1
INFO 165 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheet Skills II 1
Business General Education elective (Select credits from the approved list.) 3
Additional Business Foundation requirements (23-26 credits)  
ACCT 203 and 204 Introduction to Accounting I and II 6
BUSN 201 and 202 Foundations of Business I and II 6
SCMA 302 Business Statistics II 3
Open electives 8-11
Advanced business program (57 credits)  
Advanced business core (33 credits)  
ECON 303 Managerial Economics 3
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3
INFO 360 Business Information Systems 3
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3
MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior 3
MGMT 434 Strategic Management (capstone) 3
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3
SCMA 301 Business Statistics I 3
SCMA 320 Production/Operations Management 3
SCMA 323 Legal Environment of Business 3
SCMA 325 Organizational Communication 3
Major requirements (24 credits)  
MGMT 331 Human Resource Management 3
MGMT 389 Managerial Skills Development 3
SCMA 302 Business Statistics II 3
Approved financial markets elective 3
Approved global elective 3
Approved management elective 3
Approved supply chain and analytics elective 3
Approved systems and marketing elective 3
Total minimum requirement 120

Business general education electives

Additional University Core Education Curriculum approved courses
Any foreign language course
Any honors-designated course taught outside of the School of Business
Any of the following UNIV courses:
UNIV 211 Food for Thought
UNIV 213 The Truth About Lying
UNIV 217 Finding Your Voice in Contemporary Society
UNIV 222 Pseudoscience
UNIV 299 What’s the Big Idea?

Approved financial markets electives
ECON 307 Money and Banking
FIRE 305 Principles of Real Estate
FIRE 309 Risk and Insurance
FIRE 317 Investments

Approved global electives
BUSN 401 International Consulting Practicum
ECON/INTL 329 International Economics
MGMT/INTL 418 International Management
MKTG/INTL 320 International Marketing
SCMA 329/INTL 327 Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Approved management electives
BUSN 400 Principles of Consulting
MGMT 321 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
MGMT 420 Labor and Employment Relations
MGMT 431 Strategic Human Resource Management
MGMT 433 Compensation Management
MGMT 491 Topics in Management (variable, with no more than 6 credits total)
MGMT 493 Internship in Management
SCMA 427 Employment Law

Approved supply chain and analytics electives
SCMA 339 Quantitative Solutions for Management
SCMA 350 Introduction to Project Management
SCMA 386 Introduction to Supply Chain Management
SCMA 439 Introduction to Quality Management and Six Sigma

Approved systems and marketing electives
INFO 361 Systems Analysis and Design
INNO 460 Product Innovation: da Vinci Project
MKTG 340 Retail Management
MKTG 442 Services Marketing
SCMA 346 Technology and the Management Process

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