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School of Business

Shared undergraduate business curriculum

  • Accounting, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Business, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), business administration and management, finance, and human resource management concentrations
  • Economics, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Information Systems, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Marketing, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Real Estate, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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 203-204 Introduction to Accounting
  • BUSN 201-202 Business Foundations I-II
  • BUSN 225 Winning Presentations
  • ECON 210-211 Principles of Economics
  • INFO 160, 161, 162 and another 16X course
  • MGMT 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 MGMT 212 or MATH 200. These credits will count as electives in the foundation program. The sample curriculum outline includes MGMT 171 since many of our students will need to complete this course.

The INFO 160, 161, 162 and 16X requirements may be waived upon successful completion of a Knowledge Equivalency Test administered by the Department of Information Systems. No more than two credits may be applied to the degree from INFO 163, 165, 166, 167, 168 and 169.

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

Advanced business core flexible requirements are determined by the major program of study from the approved lists. See each program for specifics.

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

Learning goals

The mission of the shared undergraduate business curriculum, in conjunction with universitywide general education requirements, is to provide students the knowledge, skills, opportunities and experiences needed as a framework for the various major programs of study.

The goals of the shared curriculum are to provide students with:

Degree requirements for Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting, business, economics, information systems, marketing and real estate

Learning outcomes

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

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 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
   
Business general education requirement (13 credits)  
BUSN 225 Winning Presentations 3
ECON 210-211 Principles of Economics 6
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 16X software course as specified by major 1
   
Business general education electives 0-3
Select credits from the approved list.  
   
Additional Business Foundation requirements (29 credits)  
ACCT 203-204 Introduction to Accounting 6
BUSN 201-202 Business Foundations I and II 6
MGMT 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business
or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry (satisfies University Core Education Curriculum quantitative literacy)
3
Electives 14
   
Advanced business program (57 credits)  
 
Advanced business core – required for all majors (18 credits)  
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3
MGMT 301 Business Statistics I 3
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3
MGMT 325 Organizational Communication 3
MGMT 434 Strategic Management (capstone) 3
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3
 
Advanced business core – flexible by major (15 credits)
Business law and ethics, as specified by the major 3
Information systems, as specified by the major 3
Interpersonal skills, as specified by the major 3
Quantitative approaches to business, as specified by the major 6
 
Major requirements (24 credits)
   
Total minimum requirement 120

Sample business draft curriculum outline Credits
   
Fall semester, freshman year  
INFO 160 Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices 1
INFO 162 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I 1
MGMT 171 Mathematical Applications for Business 3
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
University Core Education Curriculum approved courses 6-8
Total 14-16
   
Spring semester, freshman year  
BUSN 225 Winning Presentations 3
INFO 161 Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I 1
MGMT 212 Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 3-4
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
University Core Education Curriculum approved course 3-4
Total 16-18
   
Fall semester, sophomore year  
ACCT 203 Introduction to Accounting I 3
BUSN 201 Business Foundations I 3
ECON 210 Principles of Economics (micro) 3
INFO 16X as specified for majors 1
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Elective 0-3
Total 13-16
   
Spring semester, sophomore year  
ACCT 204 Introduction to Accounting II 3
BUSN 202 Business Foundations II 3
ECON 211 Principles of Economics (macro) 3
MGMT 301 Business Statistics I 3
Elective 3
Law and ethics, as specified by the major 3
Total 15
   
Fall semester, junior year  
MGMT 310 Managing People in Organizations 3
MGMT 325 Organizational Communication 3
MKTG 301 Marketing Principles 3
Major course 3
Quantitative approaches to business, as specified by the major 3
Total 15
   
Spring semester, junior year  
FIRE 311 Financial Management 3
Elective 3
Information systems, as specified by the major 3
Interpersonal skills, as specified by the major 3
Major course 3
Total 15
   
Fall semester, senior year  
Electives 6
Major courses 6
Quantitative approaches to business, as specified by the major 3
Total 15
   
Spring semester, senior year  
MGMT 434 Strategic Management 3
Electives 3
Major courses 9
   
   
Total 15
   
Total minimum requirement 120

Business general education electives

Additional University Core Education Curriculum approved courses
Any CHEM, ENVS, GEOG, INSC or PHYS course
Any ARTH, DANC
Any AFAM, ANTH, CRJS, GSWS, MASC, MATH, PSYC (except PSYC 214), POLI, SOCS, SOCY or WRLD course
ANY HIST, PHIL or RELS course
Any foreign language course
Any honors-designated course taught outside of the School of Business
Any INNO course
Any INTL course (except INTL 493)
Any MATH course
Any MASC course
Any of the following ENGL courses:
ENGL 201 Western World Literature I
ENGL 202 Western World Literature II
ENGL 203 British Literature I
ENGL 204 British Literature II
ENGL 205 American Literature I
ENGL 206 American Literature II
ENGL 211Contemporary World Literature
ENGL 236 Women in Literature
ENGL 241 Shakespeare’s Plays
ENGL 291 Topics in Literature
ENGL 295 The Reading and Writing of Fiction and Poetry

Approved flexible advanced business core courses

Business law and ethics
MGMT 323 Legal Environment of Business

Information systems
INFO 360 Business Information Systems

Interpersonal skills
MGMT 319 Organizational Behavior

Quantitative approaches to business
ECON 303 Managerial Economics
MGMT 320 Productions/Operations Management

 

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