Business Administration

Preparation for the Modern Business Environment

Business Administration Major

At BC, you’ll develop the critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills needed for the 21st century global business world. And you’ll be valuable to a diverse group of employers, who are looking for talented, ethical employees who adapt well to a changing work environment. Ready to get started? Select your emphasis and see all that we have to offer.

Business Administration Major

Consists of 45 credit hours (15 three-credit courses), comprised of the following 13 required courses:

Introduces a variety of business principles and practices as a foundation for students majoring in Business Administration and for non-business majors interested in acquiring basic understanding of the business world. Addresses aspects of leadership and personal assessment and development through a semester-long business plan project helping students to assess their interest in and aptitude for various business disciplines.

Unit(s): 3

Basic descriptive statistics probability hypothesis testing correlation and regression. Statistical computer software is used to analyze data. Prerequisites MATH 118 MATH 110 MATH 115 or satisfactory performance on placement test

Unit(s): 3

Introduces scarcity opportunity cost and supply and demand analysis with special emphasis on aggregate economic growth unemployment inflation and fiscal and monetary policies. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education 2014 Social Sciences

Unit(s): 3

Analysis of individual choice and market behavior with special emphasis on price and output relationships and the economics of the firm. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education 2014 Social Sciences

Unit(s): 3

Accounting for sole proprietorships and corporations accounting records processing accounting information and financial statement content. 2015 Summer Session II offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3

Accounting for partnerships time-value of money applications cash flows budgeting cost determination responsibility accounting and decision-driven financial information. Prerequisite BUS 201 2015 Summer Session II Online Course

Unit(s): 3

General overview of the principles of planning organizing leading and controlling human and other resources for the achievement of an organizations goals. Examines the impact and role of communication motivation group dynamics and organization culture conflict and change as the context for current management practices. Uses written and oral reports to develop student writing and speaking skills. Prerequisites BUS 120 ENG 110 or permission of the instructor 2015 Summer Session II offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3

Explores the principles and practices of how goods services and ideas are developed and distributed in order to satisfy individual and organization needs wants and objectives. Emphasis is placed on the micro-marketing perspectives including product price promotion and place. Prerequisites BUS 120 and COMM 100 or permission of instructor ECON 210 recommended but not required

Unit(s): 3

Theory and practice of managerial finance including financial statement analysis financial planning and control working capital management and capital budgeting. Prerequisites BUS 202 ECON 200 and 210 MATH 140

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to information system theory and application with special emphasis on information systems design in the functional areas of management marketing accounting and operations management. Prerequisites BUS 202 and 300 MATH 140 Credit may not be received for both BUS 330 and CIS 250.

Unit(s): 3

Introduces essential quantitative techniques and their use in business decision-making including decision analysis forecasting linear programming project scheduling inventory cost minimization and queuing analysis. Emphasis on the practical application of these techniques to production and operations management and other business problems. Prerequisites BUS 300 and MATH 140 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

The U.S. legal and regulatory environment including the sources of law the resolution of disputes the Uniform Commercial Code the laws of torts contracts agency partnerships corporations employment and equal opportunity and laws regulating competition. Prerequisite BUS 120 ENG 110 and junior or senior standing

Unit(s): 3

Emphasizes general principles of entrepreneurship and small business management for students interested in developing their own business. Provides practical experience through service learning written and oral reports. Prerequisites COMM 100 and BUS 200 or 202 300 310 and junior or senior standing Experiential Learning Course

Unit(s): 3

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A seminar-style capstone course for Business Administration majors that integrates the functional areas of business (accounting finance management and marketing) through analysis forecasting and developing solutions to complex business scenarios. The course uses a combination of readings discussion case studies and a team-based computer simulation to focus on managing strategically and responsibly. Prerequisites BUS 300 310 320 330 340 350 and senior standing or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3

Plus 6 additional credit hours in ECON or BUS courses numbered 300 or above

Students double-majoring in business administration and economics are not eligible to select the business track for the economics major. Students may count up to ONE course (beyond any courses required for both programs) towards both programs.

Activities and Clubs

Join clubs like:

  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO)
    Gain inspiration, resources and networking opportunities as a budding student entrepreneur
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    Participate in mock interviews, resume development and networking with professional hiring managers
  • Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise)
    Become a socially responsible business leader as you apply business concepts to community projects that help people in need

Travel to places like China and Europe as part of the cross-cultural issues in business class.

Study abroad for a semester in one of dozens of different countries.

Complete an internship for employers such as:

  • Banks
  • CPA firms
  • Federal government agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Insurance firms
  • Investment management firms
  • Law offices
  • Local governments
  • Manufacturing firms

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with your business administration degree?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • College of William and Mary, Mason School of Business
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • James Madison University
  • Radford University
  • Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • University of Richmond, Robins School of Business
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech

Or pursue a career with employers such as:

  • Accenture
  • Brown, Edwards, and Company
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Dell Computers
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • KPMG
  • PBGH Certified Public Accountants
  • Peace Corps
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Ryan Homes
  • S.B. Hoover & Company
  • Sentara RMH (Rockingham Memorial Hospital)
  • Sun Trust Bank
  • Virginia Financial Group
  • World Bank
  • YNBP Certified Public Accountants