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Undergraduate: Business Management

  • Program Overview

    Business Management (BUS)

    The College of Business offers undergraduate students a major and a minor in Business Manage­ment.

    The major program offers students a solid foundation of essential business concepts and applications. In addition to courses in statistics, decision sciences, and general management, students study the fundamentals of seven business functions: accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, marketing, management and operations, and sustainable business. Majors have an opportunity to concentrate in one of these seven business functions. The knowledge gained in the specialization assists students in finding employment in that area of a business.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Major in Business Management (BUS)

    NOTE: EFFECTIVE FALL 2018, THE BUSINESS MINOR IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING ADDITIONAL STUDENTS

    Acceptance to the Major in Business Management

    Qualified freshman and transfer students who have indicated their interest in the major on their applications are accepted directly into the major upon admission into the University. Students who did not apply for the major and those who were not accepted into the major when they entered the University may apply to the major provided that their cumulative grade point average (including, for transfer students, college course-work complete at other institutions) is 3.0 or higher. Applications must be submitted to the College of Business Office of Student Services in accordance with the Registrar’s deadlines for processing major/minor declaration forms. Application forms are available on the College of Business website. 

    Requirements for the Major

    The major in Business Management leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Completion of the major requires 49 credits.

    Transfer Credit Policy for students in the Business Major

    Students may apply a maximum of 21 transfer credits toward the Business Major. Of the total 21 credits, only 6 credits may used to fulfill an area of specialization.

    A. Core Courses

    • BUS 115  Introduction to Business 
    • ACC 210  Financial Accounting
    • BUS 215  Introduction to Business Statistics (see Note)
    • BUS 220  Introduction to Decision Sciences (see Note)
    • BUS 301  Business Communications
    • BUS 326  Organizational Behavior
    • BUS 330  Principles of Finance 
    • BUS 346  Operations Management
    • BUS 348  Principles of Marketing
    • BUS 353  Entrepreneurship or BUS 383 Social Entrepreneurship or BUS 441 Business Strategy
    • BUS 446  Ethics: Critical Thinking through Film or BUS 447 Business Ethics
    • ECO 108  Introduction to Economics (see Note)

    Note: MAT 122 Overview of Calculus with Applications satisfies DEC C/QPS and must be completed as a prerequisite for ECO 108, BUS 215 and BUS 220.

    B. Area of Specialization

    One of the following specializations must be chosen at the start of the junior year. The details are available in the College of Business Office of Stu­dent Services.

    Choose one specialization from the following areas:

    1. Accounting

    a. Required courses

    • ACC 214 Managerial Cost Analysis and Applications
    • ACC 310 Intermediate Accounting I
    • ACC 311 Federal Income Taxation I

    Note: For business majors, successful completion of the accounting minor will satisfy the accounting specialization requirement. However, only the accounting minor will be reflected on the student’s academic transcript.

    b. Select one from the following:

    • ACC 313 Intermediate Accounting II
    • ACC 314 Federal Income Taxation II
    • ACC 315 Accounting for the Small Business Entrepreneur
    • ACC 400 External Auditing
    • BUS 488 Internship

    2. Entrepreneurship (Advisory prerequisite BUS 353 or BUS 383)

    a. Required course

    • BUS 337 Entrepreneurship Across Countries

    b. Select one from the following:

    • BUS 364 How to Build a Start-Up
    • BUS 369 New Product Development
    • BUS 488 Internship

    c. Select one from the following:

    • BUS 399 Intellectual Property Strategy
    • BUS 401 Negotiation Workshop

    d. Select one from the following:

    • BUS 331 International Finance
    • BUS 332 Entrepreneurial Finance
    • BUS 336 Mergers and Acquisitions

    3. Finance

    a. Select four from the following:

    • BUS 331 International Finance
    • BUS 332 Entrepreneurial Finance
    • BUS 333 Introduction to the Business of Real Estate
    • BUS 336 Mergers and Acquisitions
    • BUS 355 Investment Analysis
    • BUS 356 Financial Engineering
    • BUS 365 Financial Management
    • BUS 366 Money and Financial Institutions or ECO 360 Money and Banking
    • ECO 383 Public Finance
    • BUS 468 Risk Arbitrage
    • BUS 488 Internship

    4. International Business

    a. Select four from the following:

    • BUS 331 International Finance
    • BUS 337 Entrepreneurship Compared Across Countries
    • BUS 362 Principles of International Marketing
    • BUS 440 International Management
    • BUS 488 Internship

    5. Marketing

    a. Required courses

    • BUS 358 Marketing Research
    • BUS 359 Consumer Behavior
    • BUS 448 Marketing Strategy

    b. Select one from the following:

    • BUS 302 Social Media Marketing Strategy
    • BUS 334 Consumer Advertising and Promotion
    • BUS 335 Business Advertising and Promotion
    • BUS 357 Principles of Sales
    • BUS 360 Business Marketing
    • BUS 361 Retail Management
    • BUS 362 Principles of International Marketing
    • BUS 363 Brand Management
    • BUS 369 Marketing of New Products
    • BUS 449 Marketing Client Project
    • BUS 488 Internship

    6. Operations Management

    a. Required course

    • BUS 340 Information Systems in Management

    b. Select three from the following:

    • BUS 370 Lean Practices in Operations
    • BUS 371 Supply Chain Management
    • BUS 372 Quality Management
    • BUS 393 Principles of Project Management
    • BUS 488 Internship

    7. Sustainable Business

    a. Select four from the following:

    • BUS 358 Marketing Research
    • BUS 368 Marketing New Sustainable Products
    • BUS 370 Lean Practices in Operations
    • BUS 373 Supply Chain and Environmental Management
    • BUS 374 Environmental Impact of Business
    • BUS 448 Marketing Strategy
    • BUS 488 Internship

    Note: BUS 475, BUS 476 Undergraduate Teaching Practicum I, II, and BUS 487 Independent Research will count toward the total University credit requirement, but not toward the business major.

    D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

    BUS 301 contains the necessary writing components which satisfy the Upper Division Writing Requirement for the business major, and also satisfies the Stony Brook Curriculum learning objective WRTD.

    Grading

    All courses taken to satisfy the business management major requirements must be taken for a letter grade. All students accepted to the business management major in the fall 2005 semester and subsequent must complete all BUS courses, ECO 108, and MAT 122 with a grade of C or higher in order to satisfy the requirements for the major. Students accepted to the business management major prior to fall 2005 must complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher in order to satisfy the requirements for the major: BUS 110, BUS 210, BUS 220 (formerly BUS 249), BUS 340, BUS 346, BUS 347, BUS 348, BUS 440, and BUS 441; AMS 102, ECO 108, MAT 122 or MAT 123, PSY 103 or SOC 105.

    Business Research Program

    The Business Research Program (BCP) is for high achieving business majors who have an interest in conducting original research on a business topic. Conducting research is helpful for those considering a career in business research and who want to make novel theoretical and applied contributions to the area of business at a graduate (MBA) or doctoral level.

    Academic research in business can take many forms. For example, some academic research in business stems from a review of the literature that results in a need to address open critical questions, followed by the statement of hypotheses, collection of data (field or lab data in a controlled study) to test the hypotheses, and conclusions that build or extend the theory. Other research in business may involve the development of new methods or the modification of existing methods to solve important business problems, or perhaps the application of existing methods to novel applications in business. Still other research may rely on analyses from several existing sources, such as financial and accounting databases.

    Students who engage in research and write a thesis will graduate with honors, will attend the university honors baccalaureate, and will be designated as such graduation and on their diplomas.

    Students in the BRP program work with a PhD faculty member. The business faculty member will serve as an advisor to assist with research design and implementation that is showcased at the Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (URECA) Campus wide poster symposium.

    Eligible Students:

    This program requires an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher and students must have successfully completed BUS 115 Introduction to Business and WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop (each with a grade of B or higher). To graduate with honors, students must complete requirements of the BRP program and have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better. Students’ progress and performance will be monitored throughout the program. Students who perform poorly (below a cumulative 3.3 GPA) in their academic studies will be counseled and warned that they are in jeopardy of being dropped from the program. Following at least one warning, such students will not be permitted to continue in the program. Students entering as a Business major, either as an existing Stony Brook student or transfer student, will be evaluated under the same criteria for curriculum and admittance to the program.

    Required Courses (each 3 credits):

    • BUS 380
    • BUS 495
    • BUS 496 

    Acceptance: Students must be recommended by a faculty member. 

    Business Leaders Program

    This program is for high achieving business majors who aspire to be entrepreneurs or top executives in established organizations in business, government, or nonprofit sectors.

    The students in the BLP program will receive a College of Business Leaders award (certificate) at the College of Business graduation ceremony.

    Students in the BLP program partner with a corporate sponsor to design an experiential program for their senior year that promotes the synergies of what they learn in the classroom with the notion of applying these lessons in the context of the corporation with whom they are working. This capstone requires a well thought out project/plan with a reflection piece that is shared with the employer and the COB. Another option allows for students to complete a business plan working with a faculty member on an innovation or social entrepreneurship project. Creating a project that entails leadership on the Stony Brook University Campus requires the use of planning, organizing and orchestrating an idea from conception to a measurable end result. Therefore, this capstone will require a written implementation of a proposal incorporating research, analysis and an implementation plan.

    Students in the program will be mentored by the director of the BLP program who will track their progress and arrange for group activities, including guest speakers, visits to organizations, and social action initiatives that represent leadership development opportunities. 

    Eligible Students:

    This program requires an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher and students must have successfully completed BUS 115 Introduction to Business and WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop (each with a grade of B or higher). Students entering as a business major, either as an existing Stony Brook student or transfer student, will be evaluated under the same criteria for curriculum and admittance to the program.

    Required Courses (each 3 credits):

    • BUS 495
    • BUS 496

    Acceptance

    Applicants must complete the BLP application which includes a 500-750 word essay. The deadline is March 15, however applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply at any time prior to March 15.

    Requirements for the Minor

    NOTE: EFFECTIVE FALL 2018, THE BUSINESS MINOR IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING ADDITIONAL STUDENTS

    The Business Management minor is intended for students pursuing other majors who seek a foundation in business studies. The minor complements their chosen major by introducing them to principles and techniques used in business and management. Students may apply to the BUS minor any time during their academic career provided that their cumulative grade point average is a 3.0 or higher. Applications must be submitted to the College of Business Office of Student Services in accordance with the Registrar’s deadlines for processing major/minor declaration forms. Application forms are available on the College of Business website. 

    The minor can be completed with 22 credits, assuming the appropriate prerequisite courses have been taken. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C or higher.

    Transfer Credit Policy for Students in the Minor

    Students may apply a maximum of nine transfer credits toward the Business Minor.

    Requirements for the Minor

    • ACC 210 Financial Accounting
    • BUS 115 Introduction to Business
    • BUS 215 Introduction to Business Statistics
    • BUS 326 Organizational Behavior
    • BUS 330 Principles of Finance
    • BUS 348 Principles of Marketing
    • ECO 108 Introduction to Economics

     

  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Business Management

    A course planning guide for this major may be found hereThe major course planning guides are not part of the official Undergraduate Bulletin, and are only updated periodically for use as an advising tool. The Undergraduate Bulletin supersedes any errors or omissions in the major course planning guides.  

    FRESHMAN

    FALL Credits
     First Year Seminar 101 1
     WRT 102 3
     MAT 122
     BUS 115 3
     HUM course 3
     ARTS course 3
    Total 16
     
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
    ECO 108 4
    BUS 215 3
    SNW course  3 
    LANG course 4
       
     Total  15
     
    SOPHOMORE

    FALL Credits
    ACC 210  3
    BUS 220 3
    USA course  3
    GLO course  3
    STAS course
     3
     Total  15
     
    SPRING Credits
    BUS 330  3
    BUS 346  3
    BUS 348  3
    TECH course  3
    EXP +, SBS +, or HFA + course  3
     Total 15
     
    JUNIOR

    FALL Credits
    EXP +, SBS +, or HFA + course  3
    Specialization course 3
    BUS 301 (SPK, WRTD)  3
    BUS 326  3
    Upper-division elective  3
     Total  15
     
    SPRING Credits
    Specialization course 3
    Specialization course 3
    Elective 3
    Elective 3
    Upper-division elective (ESI)  3
     Total  15
     
    SENIOR

    FALL Credits
    BUS 441 or BUS 353 or BUS 383
    Specialization course  3
    Elective  3
    Elective 3
    Upper-division elective  3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    BUS 447 (CER, WRTD, SPK) or BUS 446 (CER, WRTD, SPK)  3 
    Elective 3
    Elective  3 
    Upper-division elective  3
    Upper-division elective
     3
      Total  15

     

    NOTE: Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the student to verify that all course prerequisites have been satisfied prior to registration for a specific course.

    This is only a suggested and not a required curriculum plan. Students should make decisions and course selections based upon their specific needs and circumstances. Those students seeking additional guidance should consult their faculty advisor or contact the Office of Student Services, Room 109 Harriman Hall.

  • Contact

    Business Management (BUS)

    Major in Business Management

    College of Business

    Dean: Manuel London
    Associate Dean for the Business Program and Accounting Minor: Dmytro Holod
    Director of Undergraduate Studies: Richard Laskowski

    Office of Student Services: 109 Harriman Hall
    Phone: (631) 632-7171
    E-mail: cobadvising@stonybrook.edu
    Fax: (631) 632-8181
    Web address: http://www.stonybrook.edu/business

    Minors or other majors of particular interest to students majoring in Business Management: Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS), Computer Science (CSE), Economics (ECO), Information Systems (ISE), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSY), Technological Systems Management (TSM)

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