​Business Administration Curriculum

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Business Administration Major

Students majoring in business administration must satisfy the USD core curriculum requirements as set forth in the catalog, the lower-division business courses in preparation for the major, the major requirements (i.e., the Business Component and the Major Component), and the Professional Development Passport Program.

Lower Division Preparation for the Major 

Students must earn a C- or better in all lower-division business preparatory courses for the major.

Students who are pursuing a business major are expected to complete all lower-division business preparatory courses before earning 60 units. Students who have completed 45 – 59 units will receive an email reminding them of the policy that business majors need to complete all lower-division business preparatory courses by 60 units and recommending that they meet with a business advisor if needed.  Students, who have completed 60-74 units but still have outstanding lower-division business preparatory courses, will have an advisor hold placed on their account and must meet with a business advisor before registering for any upper-division business courses.  If a student has earned 75 or more units and still has not completed all of the lower-division business preparatory courses then the student will not be able to register for any upper-division business courses until the lower-division business preparatory courses have been successfully completed with a C- or better.

ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3-4
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics1-4
or ECON 217 Applied Regression Analysis
ECON 217 is restricted to incoming transfer students and must receive pre-approval
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130Survey of Calculus3
or MATH 150 Calculus I
Total Units19-23

Major Requirements

The business administration major prepares students for careers in business management, public administration, and entrepreneurial ventures, as well as graduate study in business. 

The courses in the business administration major serve two purposes:

  1. they give students a broad background in the major functional areas of business administration, i.e., the Business Component; and,
  2. they give students electives to explore their interests in the field of business administration, i.e., the Major Component.
BUSINESS COMPONENT:
DSCI 300Prescriptive Business Analytics3
DSCI 303Operations Management3
ETLW 302Business and Society3
or PHIL 332 Business Ethics
ETLW 311Business Law I3
FINA 300Financial Management3
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 497Strategic Management3
MKTG 300Fundamentals of Marketing3
or MKTG 303 Fundamentals of Marketing Alternative
Business Component Total Units24
MAJOR COMPONENT:
Elective Courses
Select a Finance elective from the following (a total of three units):3
FINA 401-409; FINA 411-494
Select a Management elective from the following (a total of three units):3
MGMT 301-494
Select a Marketing elective from the following (a total of three units):3
MKTG 301-494
Select two additional School of Business upper-division classes (a total of six units):6
ACCT 300-494; BSCM 300-499; BUSN 300-499; DSCI 304-499; ECON 300-499; ETLW 312-499; FINA 301-409; FINA 411-499; ITMG 300-499; MGMT 301-499; MKTG 301-499; or REAL 300-499
Elective Courses Total Units15
Total Units39

The business administration major requires a minimum of 24 upper-division units in the major be completed at USD, of which 12 upper-division units must be in the major component.

Recommended Program of Study, Bachelor of Business Administration

Freshman Year
Semester IUnits
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
MATH 115College Algebra3
Core or general electives9
Semester IIHours
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
ITMG 100Information Systems3
MATH 130
or 150
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
3-4
Core or general electives6
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON 216Statistics for Business and Economics4
Core or general electives9
Semester IIHours
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
FINA 300Financial Management3
MKTG 300Fundamentals of Marketing3
Core or general electives6-9
Junior Year
Semester IHours
ETLW 302
or PHIL 332
Business and Society
Business Ethics
3
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
Core or general/major electives9-12
Semester IIHours
DSCI 300Prescriptive Business Analytics3
ETLW 311Business Law I3
Core or general/major electives9
Senior Year
Semester IHours
DSCI 303Operations Management3
Core or general/major electives12-15
Semester IIHours
MGMT 497Strategic Management3
Core or general/major electives12

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Minor Requirements

Required Lower-Division Courses
ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
Required Upper-Division Courses
MGMT 300Organizational Behavior3
Elective Courses
Select two upper-division business electives (a total of six units)6
BSCM 300-494; BUSN 300-494; DSCI 300-494; ETLW 300-494; FINA 300-409; FINA 411-494; ITMG 300-494; MGMT 301-494; MKTG 300-494; REAL 300-494
Total Units18