The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially the small-business climates across most of the Commonwealth.
Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning.
The degree allows students throughout the Commonwealth to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered both within the University and throughout the Commonwealth.
The associate degree in business administration at Penn State articulates with the degree. Advanced-standing students from other accredited colleges or universities will be admitted only with specified grade-point averages established annually in accordance with University policy.
The following BSB related requirements and information were taken from the PSU (Blue Book) Programs Bulletin :
(For further information, please click on Programs Bulletin above; choose University College, then choose Majors and Minors[University College]; from here you can find all the majors and minors available here at Shenango campus.)
1. INDIVIDUALIZED BUSINESS OPTION: The selection of 18 credits of study based on an individualized plan of study submitted by the student and approved by an adviser. The option allows the tailoring of a program of study to suit specific student needs.
2. MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT OPTION: An emphasis on the skills and knowledge necessary for the business professional to function in community and regional centers of commerce.
For the B.S. degree in Business, a minimum of 122 credits is required, 15 of which must be at the 400 level.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)
UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)
WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
ELECTIVES: 5-16 credits
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 73-84 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses.)
COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 55-66 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (35-40 credits):
ECON 002 (GS) INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND POLICY ( 3) Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution.
ACCTG 211 FINANCIAL AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING ( 4) Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision making.
B A 243  SOCIAL, LEGAL, AND ETHICAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS ( 4) Explores the ethical, political, social, legal and regulatory, technological, and demographic diversity environment of business. A student may not receive credit toward graduation for both B LAW 243 and B A 243.
ECON 004 (GS) INTRODUCTORY MACROECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND POLICY ( 3) National income measurement; aggregate economic models; money and income; policy problems.
M I S 204 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS ( 2) Introduction to the use of information systems in business organizations.
B A 321  CONTEMPORARY SKILLS FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS ( 1 - 3) Technological and interpersonal skills for the contemporary business professional, stressing collaborative learning, electronic inquiry and communications, critical thinking, and problem solving. Prerequisite: ACCTG 211 , ECON 002 or ECON 004 , IST 110 or CMPSC 203 , M I S 204 , MS&IS 200 or STAT 200 . Prerequisite or concurrent: ENGL 202D ; MATH 022 , MATH 110 or MATH 140
B A 322  INDIVIDUAL AND INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS FOR THE BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL ( 1 - 3) Effectiveness of the business professional in team settings, especially the capacity to execute both technologically and cooperatively through group exercises. Prerequisite: B A 321
B A 420  PLANNING FOR INTERNSHIP, COLLABORATIVE PROJECT, AND RESEARCH IN BUSINESS ( 1) Planning, preparation, and decision making for students enrolling in either B A 495A, 495B, or 495C courses in their final semester. Prerequisite: B A 321 and sixth-semester standing
B LOG 301  BUSINESS LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT ( 3) Management of logistics/supply chain processes. Prerequisite: 3 credits each in mathematics and English; CMPSC 203 or equivalent; not available to baccalaureate business students in Smeal College. Please note:*Beginning with the Spring 2007 semester, current B LOG- Business Logistics courses will officially change to SCM- Supply Chain Management, i.e.- SCM 301(3).
FIN 301  CORPORATION FINANCE (3) The acquisition and management of corporate capital; analysis of operations, forecasting capital requirements, raising capital, and planning profits. May not be used to satisfy Smeal College baccalaureate degree requirements. A student may not receive credit toward graduation for both FIN 100 and 301, or for both B A 301 and FIN 301. Prerequisite: ACCTG 211 or ACCTG 201 , ACCTG 202 ; ECON 004 ; MS&IS 200 or STAT 200 ; CMPSC 203 , M I S 103 or equivalent
MGMT 301 BASIC MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS ( 3) Study of fundamental principles and processes applicable to the understanding of management. May not be used to satisfy Smeal College baccalaureate degree requirements. Not available to students who have taken B A 304 or MGMT 100. Prerequisite: ENGL 015 , MATH 021 ; ECON 002 or ECON 004
MKTG 301(3) PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING ( 3) Focuses on customer behavior, product, channels of distribution, promotion, and pricing with emphasis on a culturally diverse environment. Not available to students who have taken BA 303 or MKTG 221 (or MKTG 221W for 301W). Prerequisite: ENGL 015 , MATH 021 ; ECON 002 or ECON 004
B A 421  PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING FOR BUSINESS ( 1 - 2) Planning and preparation for field experience internship, senior thesis, or group project supplemented with exercises in project management. Prerequisite: B A 322
B A 422W  CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS SEMINAR ( 3) Presentations and discussion of contemporary business issues by students and visiting professionals; emphasis on effective business communications. Prerequisite: B A 421 , MGMT 301 , MKTG 301 , FIN 301 . Prerequisite or concurrent: B A 495A , B A 495B or B A 495C
ADDITIONAL COURSES (20-26 credits)
MATH 021 (GQ) COLLEGE ALGEBRA I ( 3) Quadratic equations; equations in quadratic form; word problems; graphing; algebraic fractions; negative and rational exponents; radicals. Prerequisite: MATH 004 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination
and MATH 022  (GQ) COLLEGE ALGEBRA II AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY ( 3) Relations, functions, graphs; polynomial, rational functions, graphs; word problems; nonlinear inequalities; inverse functions; exponential, logarithmic functions; conic sections; simultaneous equations. Prerequisite: MATH 021 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination
or MATH 110 (GQ) TECHNIQUES OF CALCULUS I ( 4) Functions, graphs, derivatives, integrals, techniques of differentiation and integration, exponentials, improper integrals, applications. Students may take only one course for credit from MATH 110, 140, 140A, and 140B. Prerequisite: MATH 022 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination
or MATH 140  (GQ) CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I ( 4) Functions, limits; analytic geometry; derivatives, differentials, applications; integrals, applications. Students may only take one course for credit from MATH 110, 140, 140A, 140B, and 140H. Prerequisite: MATH 022 , MATH 026 ; or MATH 040 or MATH 041 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination
CMPSC 203 (GQ) PRINCIPLES OF PROGRAMMING WITH BUSINESS APPLICATIONS ( 4) Programming in a high-level language; introduction to computers; packaged software: statistical packages and spreadsheets; designed for business students. Prerequisite: 2 entrance units in mathematics
or MIS 103 MICROCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN BUSINESS ( 3) Introduction to current business uses of the microcomputer, including spreadsheets, database management, word processing, and decision-making models.
MS&IS 200(4)* or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4):
MS&IS 200(4) INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS ( 4) Introduction to business statistics including topics in probability theory, sampling, inference, quality assurance, regression, forecasting, and simulation. Prerequisite: MATH 018 , MATH 110 , or MATH 140 . Please note:*Beginning with the Spring 2007 semester, current MS & IS courses will officially change to SCM- Supply Chain Management, i.e.- SCM 200(4).
or STAT 200 (GQ) ELEMENTARY STATISTICS ( 4) Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation. Prerequisite: 2 units in algebra
Select 6-9 credits (Sem: 7-8) from:
B A 495A  INTERNSHIP IN BUSINESS ( 3 - 9) Guided professional practicum in business administration involving an internship with a business organization; practice of business skills in field setting. Prerequisite: B A 322 , B A 420
B A 495B  COLLABORATIVE PROJECT IN BUSINESS ( 3 - 9) Guided professional practicum in business administration involving a group project; application of business skills in collaborative setting. Prerequisite: B A 322 , B A 420
or B A 495C  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN BUSINESS ( 3 - 9) Guided student research in business administration; application of analytical or research techniques to business problems. Prerequisite: B A 322 , B A 420
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTIONS: 18 credits 
(Not all options are available at every campus.)
1. INDIVIDUALIZED BUSINESS OPTION: (18 credits)
Prepare an individualized plan of study consisting of 18 credits to be submitted for approval
by an adviser (at least one course must be at the 400 level). (Sem: 5-8)
2. MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING OPTION: (18 credits)
PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
ENGL 419(3) (Sem: 7-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (Sem: 5-8) (15 credits)
Select 12 credits from the following (at least 3 credits in MGMT and at least 3 credits in MKTG):
BA 250 PROBLEMS OF SMALL BUSINESS ( 3) Analysis of problems of the small firm, particularly for the student who wishes to venture into business. Prerequisite: 3 credits in economics
MGMT 321 LEADERSHIP AND MOTIVATION ( 3) Applies organizational behavior theories, concepts, and skills to leading and motivating individuals and groups. Prerequisite: B A 304 , MGMT 100 , or MGMT 301 ; or 3 credits of psychology, sociology, or cultural anthropology
MGMT 341 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ( 3) Introduction to the strategic planning and implementation of human resource management, including staffing, development, appraisal, and rewards. Prerequisite: B A 304 , MGMT 100 , or MGMT 301
MKTG 220 PERSONAL SELLING ( 3) Principles underlying the sales process and practical application of these principles to selling situations. Studies role of selling in total marketing process. Prerequisite: third-semester standing
MKTG 327 RETAILING ( 3) Management of marketing institutions in distribution channels from producers to consumers. Emphasis on retail institutions: location, personnel, merchandising, control, promotion. Prerequisite: B A 303 or MKTG 221
MKTG 422 ADVERTISING AND SALES PROMOTION MANAGEMENT ( 3) Perspectives and models of the key decisions involved in managing advertising and sales promotion campaigns. Prerequisite: MKTG 342
CAS 250 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION ( 3) Skill development in the areas of group discussion, leadership, and teamwork.
CAS 252 BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION ( 3) Interviewing, briefing, conferring, and decision making; analyzing and evaluating formal and informal patterns of communication in organizations.
or CAS 352 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION ( 3) This course examines the function and structure of communication in both formal and informal situations.
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified
in Senate Policy 82-44.
 Abington College, Altoona College, and University College students are required
to take MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) and CMPSC 203 GQ(4).
 B LAW 243(3), FIN 100(3), MGMT 100W(3), and MKTG 221(3) may be
substituted for B A 243(4), FIN 301(3), MGMT 301(3), and MKTG 301(3), respectively,
with the approval of the college.
 Berks-Lehigh Valley College students are required to take MATH 021 GQ(3)
and MATH 022 GQ(3) and CMPSC 203 GQ(4) or M I S 103(3).
You can also find the BSBCC program listed above at the following Penn State campuses:
Abington College (BSB)
Altoona College (BSBAL)
University College (BSBCC): Penn State Beaver, Penn State Delaware County,
Penn State DuBois, Penn State Fayette, Penn State Hazleton, Penn State Mont Alto,
Penn State McKeesport, Penn State New Kensington, Penn State Shenango,
Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Penn State Worthington Scranton, Penn State York
If you are interested, please contact:
Instructor in Business Admisistration
For admissions information, contact the Shenango Admissions Office at (724) 983-2803.