General Business

Degree Offered

  •     Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

General Business Program Objectives

The General Business program is for students who may desire an “individualized,” (i.e., less prescriptive) business major or for students who successfully maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 but do not qualify for admission into other majors with more competitive admission standards. For instance, a student interested in working for a market research firm may want to combine courses from both management information systems (MIS) and marketing. 

Under the program, the major in General Business is comprised of twenty-four semester hours of upper‐division business core course work (required of all candidates for the degree of B.S. in Business Administration) and twenty-seven semester hours of upper division business and economics electives.  The twenty-seven semester hours of course work must be approved by the academic advisor and will not exceed more than nine semester hours in one academic discipline (e.g. MTKG).

Students interested in pursuing the General Business major should contact an academic advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Programs and Advising, 3rd Floor, Business and Economics Building to prepare a matriculation plan that satisfies the requirements for the degree and academic major and that compliments their professional career interests. 

Admission

Students who are direct admitted to the major as first-time freshmen or first time transfers must possess an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and have completed the course prerequisites listed in the table below with minimum grade of C-, unless otherwise noted, to be eligible to enroll in upper-division course work. 

Students who are not direct admitted to the major (i.e. Business) must formally apply for admission to the major at the beginning of the semester in which they satisfy the course prerequisites listed below.  Applicants also must possess an overall GPA of at least 2.0 at the time of application to be considered for admission to the major.

ACCT 201
ACCT 202
Principles of Accounting
and Principles of Accounting
6
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications4
ECON 201
ECON 202
Principles of Microeconomics
and Principles of Macroeconomics
6
ECON 225Elementary Business and Economics Statistics3
or STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
6
or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing
Choose one of the Following:3-4
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
Choose one of the Following:3-4
Applied Calculus *
Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Total Hours31-33

Students who are direct admitted to the major and meet the requirements listed above are guaranteed permission to enroll in upper-division course work.  Students who are not direct admitted to the major will be admitted in order of descending GPA, calculated using all (transferable) baccalaureate coursework attempted at regionally accredited institutions.  The College will accommodate as many General Business majors as resources are available.  Students who are denied admission to the General Business major because of GPA may apply for admission in a future application period.    

*

A minimum grade of D- in Math 150 or a higher level of college calculus satisfies the calculus requirement for admission to the program. 

General Business Program Requirements

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Degree Requirements

To qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-General Business students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
  • Possess an overall GPA of 2.0.
  • Possess a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all major courses (i.e. ACCT, MANG, MKTG), calculated using all attempted GPA hours unless excluded by the D/F repeat policy.
  • The College of Business and Economics accepts all baccalaureate transferable course work completed at public and private colleges in West Virginia and other regionally accredited institutions.  Since the College is AACSB accredited, upper-division courses (courses equivalent to 300/400 level at WVU) must be evaluated by the Dean or designee before they may count toward business core, major core and major restricted electives in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or Bachelor of Science in Economics program. 

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum Overall GPA of 2.0 is required
Possess a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all major courses (i.e. ACCT, MANG, MKTG), calculated using all attempted GPA hours unless excluded by the D/F repeat policy.
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting (Minimum grade of C-)3
ACCT 202Principles of Accounting (Minimum grade of C-)3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (Minimum grade of C-; may fullfill GEF 2A)4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (Minimum grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 4 or 8)3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics (Minimum grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 4 or 8)3
Select one of the following (Minimum Grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 3):3
Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
Elementary Statistical Inference
Select one of the following (Minimum Grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 1):6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
GEF 2A, Science & Technology3
GEF 5, Human Inquiry & the Past 3
GEF 6, The Arts & Creativity3
GEF 7, Global Studies & Diversity3
Select one of the following; minimum grade of D- in MATH 150 or D- in MATH 154 or higher3
College Algebra 5-Day
and Applied Calculus
College Algebra 4-Day
and Applied Calculus
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
and Calculus 1
Applied Calculus
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Calculus 1
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (May fulfill GEF 4 or 8)3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology (May fulfill GEF 4 or 8)3
BCOR 199Introduction to Business (Fulfills First Year Seminar requirement)3
BCOR 299Business Communication (Fulfills Writing and Communication Skills Requirement)3
BCOR 320Legal Environment of Business3
BCOR 330Information Systems and Technology3
BCOR 340Business Finance3
BCOR 350Principles of Marketing3
BCOR 360Operations Management3
BCOR 370Managing Individuals and Teams3
BCOR 380Business Ethics3
BCOR 460Contemporary Business Strategy3
Major Electives *27
Unrestricted Electives17
Total Hours120
*

The twenty-seven semester hours of major electives that form the General Business major must consist of upper-division business and economics courses in disciplines such as Accounting (ACCT), Economics (ECON), Finance (FIN), (HTOR) Hospitality and Tourism Management, Management (MANG), Management Information Systems (MIST), Marketing (MKTG) and (GSCM) Supply Chain Management. No more than nine semester hours in one of the aforementioned disciplines may apply toward the major. General Business majors may apply for up three credit hours of Professional Field Experience toward the major electives and the remaining three credit hours toward unrestricted electives.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BCOR 1993ACCT 2013
CS 101 (GEF 2A)4ECON 201 (GEF 4)3
Select one of the following:3ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
 Select one of the following:3
  
  
  
SOCA 101 (GEF 8)3 
GEF (Choose from 2A, 5, 6 or 7)3GEF (Choose from 2A, 5, 6 or 7)3
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ACCT 2023BCOR 2993
ECON 202 (GEF 8)3BCOR 3203
Select one of the following:3BCOR 3303
ECON 225 (GEF 3)
 BCOR 3503
 BCOR 3703
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3 
PSYC 101 (GEF 8)3 
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BCOR 3403BCOR 3803
BCOR 3603Major Elective3
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Major Elective3GEF (Choose from 2A, 5, 6 or 7)3
GEF (Choose from 2A, 5, 6 or 7)3Unrestricted Electives3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Major Elective3BCOR 4603
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Unrestricted Electives6Unrestricted Electives5
 15 14
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

general business

The objective of providing a foundational education in general business at the undergraduate level cannot be realized without appropriate curricula content, effective teaching, and ultimately, learning. Within the undergraduate general business major, we subscribe to the following learning goals for each of our undergraduate students

  • Graduates will be able to think critically and solve problems in business settings.
  • Graduates will be able to deal with the dynamics of individuals and teams within organizations and to motivate, lead, and inspire employees toward achieving organizational goals.
  • Graduates will be able to use computer and information technology in solving problems and perform functions commonly seen in managing businesses and other organizations.
  • Graduates will recognize the opportunities and challenges associated with the global marketplace.
  • Graduates will have an appreciation of the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues impacting the decision-making process.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate recommendations to management and other constituencies, orally and in writing.

Courses

BCOR 185. Building a Business Mindset. 3 Hours.

This course helps students begin to develop a professional business mindset. For this course, a mindset is the set of assumptions, views, attitudes, and behaviors related to the subject.

BCOR 199. Introduction to Business. 3 Hours.

This course introduces the student to the major business disciplines, basic business communications, and the University environment.

BCOR 289. Internship. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Supervised professional experience in a a business, economics or related field. Internships are organized, administered, and evaluated jointly by faculty, student, and sponsoring organization. Minimum 50 actual work hours for the employer per hour of credit awarded.

BCOR 293A. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not vovered in regularly scheduled courses.

BCOR 299. Business Communication. 3 Hours.

PR: (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102) or ENGL 103. Students will develop facility with business communication genres, such as memos, letters, proposals, reports, interviews, and oral presentations. Includes research and client projects.

BCOR 315. Professional Development. 1 Hour.

The development of essential skills for professional placement, including resume development, interviewing skills, and job search skills.

BCOR 320. Legal Environment of Business. 3 Hours.

Explores the relationship of law, government and ethics to business enterprise. Provides overview of legal and ethical issues relevant to business decision-making and planning and the government regulations of business.

BCOR 330. Information Systems and Technology. 3 Hours.

PR: CS 101. Introduces essential information systems concepts for managing competitive firms in a global environment. Utilizes the Internet and builds skills in decision-making using spreadsheets, oral communication using presentation graphics, and data management using database software.

BCOR 340. Business Finance. 3 Hours.

PR: ACCT 202 and ECON 202 and (ECON 225 or STAT 211) with a minimum grade of C or better. Activities of the finance manager in the planning, acquisition, and administration of funds used in a business enterprise.

BCOR 350. Principles of Marketing. 3 Hours.

PR: ACCT 202 and ECON 202 and (ECON 225 or STAT 211) with a minimum grade of C- in each. Overview of marketing and the interrelationships between marketing and other business disciplines. Topics include the management of the product, communication, price, and distribution variables as well as introduction to buyer behavior and marketing research.

BCOR 360. Operations Management. 3 Hours.

PR: BCOR 330. The course acquaints students with a variety of production and operations management concepts and techniques. Productivity, competitiveness, operations strategy, capacity, location, layout, inventory, forecasting, and supply chain management are key concepts covered.

BCOR 370. Managing Individuals and Teams. 3 Hours.

Topics include traditional management functions, employee motivation, leadership, team dynamics, individual and group decision-making, and individual differences. Additional topics include social responsibility and ethics, diversity, organizational structure and design, organizational control, and managing innovation and change.

BCOR 380. Business Ethics. 3 Hours.

PR: ACCT 202 and CS 101 and ECON 202 and (ECON 225 or STAT 211) and ENGL 102 with a C- or better, and (MATH 150 or MATH 154 or MATH 155 or MATH 156) with a D- or better. This course first provides a comprehensive survey of the ethical issues challenging professional and corporate conduct in today's business world.

BCOR 460. Contemporary Business Strategy. 3 Hours.

PR: BCOR 320 and BCOR 330 and BCOR 340 and BCOR 350 and BCOR 360 and BCOR 370 and BCOR 380. The course focuses on the total organization and strategy development and execution that lead to the achievement of the organization's objectives and a superior position in the competitive environment in which it operates.

BCOR 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

BCOR 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.