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Business Administration Courses


BA 140 The American Workplace (4.00 SH). An introduction to the nature of work and organizations. The course will explore the functions of managers in work environments, and the issues that shape contemporary management such as global competition and information technology. This course cannot be taken for credit if you have received credit ?for BA 310 (or are currently enrolled). This course is not open to junior or seniors except by permission.

BA 220 Statistics (4.00 SH). An introductory course in the analysis and interpretation of quantitative data. Attention is given to the binomial distribution, the normal distribution, sampling, introductory probability theory, and hypothesis testing. Real world applications are used with computer software for statistical analysis. Not available to students with credit in BIO 206, MTH 335, PSY 201, PS 301, SSC 251, or SSC 252. Prerequisite: MTH 130 or 131 (or concurrent enrollment in MTH 131). (Also listed as ECO 220.)

BA 221 Marketing Research Methods (4.00 SH). A course in the commonly used statistical methods. Broad coverage is given to research design and hypothesis testing. Included are chi-square test of independence, analysis of variance, multiple regression and correlation analysis, and non-parametric statistics. Applications are used with computer software for statistical analysis. Prerequisites: BA/ECO 220 (or equivalent) and MTH 131.

BA 230 Business Law (4.00 SH). A study of law as it pertains to business. Legal principles pertaining to a variety of topics, including the Uniform Commercial Code, will be presented and applied to business entities. Text and case study will emphasize legal reasoning processes.

BA 240 Entrepreneurship (4.00 SH). This course addresses theory and practice fundamental to launching a new business venture. Students will be introduced to the nature of entrepreneurship, opportunity analysis, entry strategy, and financing and marketing problems related to business start-ups in the formative years. Each student will prepare and defend a comprehensive business plan commonly used in attracting investor interest and financing. Prerequisites: BA 140 and ECO 150.

BA 305 Marketing (4.00 SH). A study of the process by which products or services are brought to targeted consumers. The discussion includes consumer behavior, formation of a marketing plan and strategy, and marketing ethics. The approach is from the position of a business; however, consumer issues and concerns will also be discussed. Prerequisites: BA 140 or PR 101 or ECO 150.

BA 310 Organizations and Management (4.00 SH). A course that studies the behavior of people in a work organization. Topics include motivation, leadership, group processes, job and organizational design, communications, effectiveness and ethics in the workplace. Prerequisites: ECO 150 and junior standing.

BA 325 Management Information Systems (4.00 SH). The course provides a basic understanding of how organizations develop, use, manage, and secure their information systems. The course examines the impact of information systems at the strategic and operational levels of an organization. Key system applications, such as electronic commerce and enterprise information systems, are examined as well as the technological infrastructure that supports them. Prerequisites: ACC 201, ACC 202, BA/ECO 220 (or equivalent), and MTH 131.

BA 326 E-Commerce Marketing (4.00 SH).

BA 330 Business Forecasting (4.00 SH). Introduction to econometric modeling; estimation and testing economic relationships, forecasting; detailed analysis of classical linear regression models; discussion of serial correlation, collinearity, specification errors, and dummy variables. Popular computer software packages are used in real world applications. Prerequisites: ECO 150, two other ECO courses (except ECO 220), MTH 131, and BA/ECO 220 (or equivalent). (Also listed as ECO 601.)

BA 350 Finance (4.00 SH). A study of the financial principles involved in operating a business enterprise. Topics include asset management, creditor relationships, owners’ equities, budgeting for future capital needs and cash requirements, and the management of income and expenses. Prerequisites: ECO 150, ACC 201, ACC 202, BA/ECO 220 (or equivalent), and MTH 131.

BA 360 Human Resources Management (4.00 SH). A study of activities necessary for the recruitment, retention, development, and motivation of an organization’s human resources. The course covers typical personnel functions as well as theory on human behavior in organizational settings. Prerequisite: BA 140 or consent of instructor.

BA 365 International Finance (4.00 SH). An introduction to theories and policies concerning international trade, open economy macroeconomics, and international finance. Topics include traditional and modern theories of international trade, trade policies in advanced and developing countries, the balance of payments, fixed and flexible exchange rates, arbitrage and hedging, monetary and fiscal policies, currency areas, international debt, and the global capital market. Prerequisites: ECO 150 and ECO 152. (Also listed as ECO 365.)

BA 380 Investments (4.00 SH). A course which presents a realistic picture of investment problems and the means for their successful solution. Description of the basic investment instruments is provided. Prerequisites: ACC 201 and ACC 202. BA 350 is strongly recommended.

BA 388 Corporate Credit Analysis (4.00 SH). This course provides a working knowledge of corporate credit analysis and its practical implementation. Topics include: financial statement and credit-related ratio analysis; qualitative analysis; cash flow forecasting; valuation methods; structuring and restructuring; legal documentation review; and use of ratings as a measure of credit risk. Prerequisites: ACC 201 and 202. (Also listed as ECO 388.)

BA 390 Buyer Behavior (4.00 SH). Study of major theories of consumer and industrial buying behavior, consumerism, and the ethics of marketing. Prerequisites: BA 220 and 305

BA 410 Global Marketing Management (4.00 SH). An introduction to the complexities of marketing goods and services to international consumers. The environment of international marketing will be addressed from conceptual and applied perspectives. Topics include the various economic, social, political and legal dimensions confronted in international marketing. Prerequisites: junior standing and BA 305.

BA 591 Field Experience/Internship (1.00 SH). Will not be counted in the minimum number of courses needed in the major. All grading S/U. Prerequisites: six courses in accounting, economics and/or business, junior or senior standing, consent of department, and a GPA of at least 2.0.

BA 592 Field Experience/Internship (2.00 SH). Will not be counted in the minimum number of courses needed in the major. All grading S/U. Prerequisites: six courses in accounting, economics and/or business, junior or senior standing, consent of department, and a GPA of at least 2.0.

BA 593 Field Experience Internship (3.00 SH). Will not be counted in the minimum number of courses needed in the major. All grading S/U. Prerequisites: six courses in accounting, economics and/or business, junior or senior standing, consent of department, and a GPA of at least 2.0.

BA 594 Field Experience/Internship (4.00 SH). Will not be counted in the minimum number of courses needed in the major. All grading S/U. Prerequisites: six courses in accounting, economics and/or business, junior or senior standing, consent of department, and a GPA of at least 2.0.

BA 601 Strategic Management (4.00 SH). A capstone course that focuses on general management skills involved in choosing an organizational strategy, committing critical resources to implementation, and appropriately reevaluating that strategy as internal and external organizational environments change. The course integrates the major business functions using top management’s generalist view. The primary method of instruction is case analysis. Prerequisites: BA 305, 310 and 350.

BA 611 Advanced Topics (4.00 SH).

 

Supporting Courses


ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I (4.00 SH). A two-semester study of the basic principles and concepts underlying the measurement of financial activity, and the preparation and use of financial statements. Among the topics will be basic accounting theory, transaction analyses, income determination, asset and liability valuation.

ACC 202 Principles of Accounting II (4.00 SH). A continuation of the basic accounting concepts, plus issues that relate to the financial management of a company, cost behavior, cost control, capital budgeting and profit planning. Prerequisite: ACC 201 for ACC 202.

ECO 150 Economic Reasoning (ST) (4.00 SH). Fundamental economic concepts and theories of supply and demand, resource allocation, taxation, international trade, externalities, public goods, market models, and labor markets. An emphasis on applications in both public policy and individual decision making will be recurrent throughout the course. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

ECO 220 Statistics (4.00 SH). An introductory course in the analysis and interpretation of quantitative data. Attention is given to the binomial distribution, the normal distribution, sampling, introductory probability theory, and hypothesis testing. Real world applications are used with computer software for statistical analysis. Not available to students with credit in BIO 206, MTH 335, PSY 201, PS 301, SSC 251, or SSC 252. Prerequisite: MTH 130 or 131 (or concurrent enrollment in MTH 131). (Also listed as BA 220.)

ECO 365 International Trade & Finance (4.00 SH). An introduction to theories and policies concerning international trade, open economy macroeconomics, and international finance. Topics include traditional and modern theories of international trade, trade policies in advanced and developing countries, the balance of payments, fixed and flexible exchange rates, arbitrage and hedging, monetary and fiscal policies, currency areas, international debt, and the global capital market. Prerequisites: ECO 150 and 152. (Also listed as BA 365.)

ECO 388 Corporate Credit Analysis (4.00 SH). The course provides a working knowledge of corporate credit analysis and its practical implementation. Topics include: financial statement and credit-related ratio analysis; qualitative analysis; cash flow forecasting; valuation methods; structuring and restructuring; legal documentation review; and use of ratings as a measure of credit risk. Prerequisites: ACC 201 and 202. (Also listed as BA 388.)

ECO 601 Econometrics (4.00 SH). This capstone course emphasizes the creative nature of economics by examining the ways that economists identify issues, test theories and deal with the limitations of their discipline. The course will integrate the student’s previous work with readings that emphasize the range of applications addressed by the discipline. In addition, students will be expected to define an appropriate research topic, learn how others have addressed the issue, and formulate and carry through their own investigation of the topic. Prerequisites: ECO 150, two other ECO courses (except ECO 220), MTH 131, and BA/ECO 220 (or equivalent). (Also listed as BA 330.)

MTH 131 Applied Calculus (QR) (4.00 SH). A one-semester study of applications of differential and integral calculus with emphasis on polynomials, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, business and economics applications. This course is for individuals with a good high school background in mathematics. This course does not provide the background for a student to continue on to Calculus II. Not available to students who have credit for MTH 150, MTH 152, or MTH 250. Prerequisites: C or better in MTH 130 or permission of the instructor or department chair. (Offered every semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

MTH 150 Calculus I (QR) (4.00 SH). This course will focus on the fundamentals of differential calculus. Topics considered include functions, limits, continuous functions, differentiation and integration of functions with one real variable, applications of differentiation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will be introduced to some basic calculus proofs. This course is suggested for all students who expect to continue for any advanced degree including finance, law, and medicine. (Offered every semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

MTH 152 Calculus II (QR) (4.00 SH). This course will focus on the fundamentals of integral calculus, including techniques and applications of integration. Other topics include infinite series and introductory topics from differential equations. Prerequisite: C- or better in MTH 150 or the permission of the instructor. (Offered every semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

MTH 250 Calculus III (QR) (4.00 SH). An introduction to the calculus of several variables. Topics include the geometry of three-dimensional space, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and vector calculus. Prerequisite: C- or better in MTH 152. (Offered Fall semester.) Meets Quantitative Reasoning Intellectual Perspective requirement (QR).

 

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