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The two-year, college-level academic Business Administration major is designed to provide instruction in business administration that fulfills the requirements of various levels of responsibility higher than that held by high school graduates.


This program also is designed to articulate with Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved Tech Prep programs. Secondary school Tech Prep business students who have graduated from a program covered by a signed Penn State Tech Prep Articulation Agreement may be eligible for special admission procedures and/or advanced placement. Contact your local Penn State campus for more information.

The primary objective of this major is to provide a managerially oriented program with sufficient communicative and mathematical skills, socially relevant course work, and options composed of advanced courses in specific business specialties to develop a well-rounded and technically knowledgeable graduate.

Only one option is available for the Penn State Shenango student:

  • Business Option

Graduates of this program may also qualify for admission to baccalaureate degree programs in Business or related fields at all Penn State campuses. It articulates particularly well with the Bachelor of Science in Business degree offered by Abington College, Altoona College, Berks-Lehigh Valley College, and the University College.

For the Associate in Science degree in Business Administration, a minimum of 68 credits is required.


Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(9 credits of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 56-57 credits (This includes 3 credits of GQ General Education courses and 6 credits of GWS General Education courses.)


(Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 (GWS) RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION ( 3) Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose. Prerequisite: ENGL 004 or satisfactory performance on the English proficiency examination

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

(Sem: 3-4)
CAS 100(used to be SPCOM 100) (GWS) EFFECTIVE SPEECH ( 3) Introduction to speech communication: formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages.

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.

ENGL 202D (GWS) EFFECTIVE WRITING: BUSINESS WRITING ( 3) Writing reports and other common forms of business communication. (A student may take only one course for credit from ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, and 202D.) Prerequisite: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030 ; fourth-semester standing

MIS 204 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS ( 2) Introduction to the use of information systems in business organizations.

ADDITIONAL COURSES (19-20 credits)

(Sem: 1-2)
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.

or CMPSC 203(4)[75] (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

(Sem: 3-4) Pick one of each in selection 1, 2, 3, and 4:
1. ECON 002 GS or ECON 004 GS(3)

ECON 002 (GS) INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND POLICY ( 3) Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution.

or ECON 004 (GS) INTRODUCTORY MACROECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND POLICY ( 3) National income measurement; aggregate economic models; money and income; policy problems.

2. FIN 100(3)[1] or FIN 301(3)[1]

FIN 100 [1] INTRODUCTION TO FINANCE ( 3) The nature, scope, and interdependence of the institutional and individual participants in the financial system. 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 both FIN 100 and B A 301. Prerequisite: third-semester standing

or FIN 301 [1] 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

3. MGMT 100(3)[1] or MGMT 301(3)[1]

MGMT 100 [1] SURVEY OF MANAGEMENT ( 3) Introduction to organizational factors relevant to management processes, including leadership, motivation, job design, technology, organizational design and environments, systems, change. May not be used to satisfy Smeal College baccalaureate degree requirements. Not available to students who have taken B A 304 or MGMT 301.

or MGMT 301 [1] 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

4. SCM 200(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4)

SCM 200(4) (Currently MS & IS 200 until spring 2007)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

or STAT 200 ELEMENTARY STATISTICS ( 4) Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation. Prerequisite: 2 units in algebra

(Not all options are available at every campus.)



Select 9-12 credits in business courses (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3- 6 credits in consultation with your adviser in business or other University-wide offerings that enhance competence in the option (Sem: 1-4)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[75] Students who elect CMPSC 203 will complete a minimum of 69 credits.

For more information, contact the program coordinator:





Joy M. Bursey
Instruction in Business Administration
Email: jmp3@psu.edu

Phone: (724) 983-2951

For admissions information, contact the Penn State Shenango Admissions
Office at (724) 983-2803.