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B.S. in Business Administration

Contact Person:
Joe Timmerman, Chair
212 Dunn, (315) 267-2219,

42 credit hours required. Plus 9 credits of cognates.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 30)
ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 202 Principles of Accounting II
FINA 301 Finance
MGMT 301 Principles of Management
MKTG 301 Principles of Marketing
MGMT 310 Organizational Behavior and Ethics
MGMT 330 Legal Environment of Business
MGMT 340 Information Systems for Business
MGMT 410 Operations Management
MGMT 490 Strategic and Global Management

Elective Courses: four courses from the following (Credits 12)
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 360 Federal Individual Taxation
ACCT 385 Managerial Accounting
ACCT 395 Special Topics in Accounting (1-12 credits)
ACCT 450 Fraud Examination
ACCT 485 Cost Management
ACCT 491 Internship
ACCT 495 Special Topics in Accounting (1-12 credits)
FINA 320 Management of Risk and Insurance
FINA 395 Special Topics in Finance (1-12 credits)
FINA 410 Investments and Portfolio Analysis
FINA 460 Financial Statement Analysis
FINA 491 Internship
FINA 495 Special Topics in Finance (1-12 credits)
MGMT312 Ethical Issues in Business
MGMT 320 International Business
MGMT 360 Corporate Law
MGMT 370 Entrepreneurship
MGMT 395 Special Topics in Management (1-12 credits)
MGMT 420 Leadership in Organizations
MGMT 445 Mergers and Acquisitions
MGMT 491 Internship
MGMT 495 Special Topics in Management (1-12 credits)
MKTG 320 Principles of Advertising and Promotion
MKTG 330 Marketing Research
MKTG 370 Business-to-Business Marketing
MKTG 395 Special Topics in Marketing (1-12 credits)
MKTG 430 Global Marketing Management
MKTG 491 Internship
MKTG 495 Special Topics in Marketing (1-12 credits)

Cognate Requirements (Credits 9)
ECON 105 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics
MATH 125, STAT 100, or CIS 125 Statistics Course

Special Notes

  1. Business administration students must meet the same General Education requirements as students pursuing Bachelors of Arts degrees at SUNY Potsdam. However, Bachelor of Science students only need 65 credit hours outside the Department of Business Administration, instead of 70. Courses with subject codes ACCT, FINA, MGMT and MKTG are considered inside the department.
  2. Business administration majors must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in every required, elective, and cognate course counted toward the major. Students may not elect the S/U option for any required, elective, and cognate course.
  3. Occasionally, special topic courses in business administration are offered in ACCT, FINA, MGMT and MKTG with codes 395 or 495. These courses may be counted as business administration electives. Students must consult with their advisers.
  4. Student may not double-count more than two common courses between any majors or minors in the Department of Business Administration and any other department. Cognate requirements are excluded from this rule.
  5. Students must take a minimum of 9 courses (27 credits) for the business administration major at SUNY Potsdam. Of these, they must have taken a minimum of 5 upper division courses (15 credits of 300- or 400-level courses) for the business administration major at SUNY Potsdam.
  6. Students pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees must complete a minimum of 75 credits of liberal arts courses. Non-liberal arts courses are designated in course descriptions with the “@” symbol.
  7. All 300 and 400 level ACCT, FINA, MGMT, and MKTG courses require at least junior standing with the exception of courses numbered 301.
  8. Up to 3 credits of internship in ACCT, FINA, MGMT, and MKTG may be counted toward the electives.
  9. MGMT 301 is Speaking-Intensive (SI) unless taken online.
  10. MGMT 490 is Writing-Intensive (WI). It is also the capstone course that must be taken in senior year.
  11. Under advisement other courses may count as business electives. Students should consult their adviser.