Students earning the Bachelor of Science degree in Business will enter the business world with a sound understanding of the nature and practices of contemporary business, the basic skills needed to begin their professional careers, and the broad educational foundation necessary to facilitate long-term professional development.
The degree offers a distinctive and flexible curriculum that provides opportunity for students to:
- Build a sound understanding of the nature and practices of contemporary business
- Develop the basic skills needed to begin their professional lives
- Pursue a concentrated course of study in an area of interest
- Establish a broad educational foundation to facilitate long term professional development
The Bachelor of Science in Business requires 120 credit hours. Sixty-six credit hours are devoted to courses in business and related areas. All students take a common core of courses in business and related areas and select a major area of specialization (accounting, economics, management, or marketing) to allow each student to develop a particular area of expertise in business or a related field of study. The program begins by establishing a foundation in mathematics, statistics, computer technology, communication, and economics. On this foundation the student will build a working knowledge of basic business functions of accounting, finance, marketing, organization behavior and management.
The program integrates this knowledge with an understanding of the social, legal, international and economic contexts within which business operates as a strategic entity. Additional coursework facilitates the development of basic skills in communications and quantitative analysis needed for success in the program and in positions in business.
Graduates are prepared to assume general business management positions and positions within their concentration at entry or middle level positions.
PNC General Education Core (30 credits)
Refer to PNC General Education Core
for full listing of courses.
Composition and Communication (9 credits)
Quantitative Reasoning (6 credits)
MA 15300 or higher and STAT 30100 or higher become requirements for the BS in Business if students have met the Quantitative Reasoning component of the General Education Core with other courses. MA 11100 does not count towards the Bachelor of Science in Business.
Natural Sciences and Technology (6 credits)
Choose two courses from Natural Science
Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)
Choose one course from Humanities
and one course from Social Sciences
Humanities, Social Sciences, or FYE (3 credits)
Serves as Freshman Year Experience (FYE) course for this degree.
Total Credit Hours: 30
PNC Supplemental Core (12 credits)
Composition and Communication elective (3 credits)
Choose One (1) of the following:
U.S. Traditions (3 credits)
See U.S. Traditions
Western Heritage or Social Ethics (3 credits)
See Western Heritage
or Social Ethics
Literature and the Arts (3 credits)
See Literature and the Arts
Additional Requirements (6 credits)
Required Courses (72 credits)
Common Business Core (36 credits – all concentrations)
Additional Business Core (6 credits)
(A is required for accounting students, and B is required for all other Business majors):
A) To complete the Accounting Concentration, students must also take (6 credits):
B) To complete any other Concentration, students must also take (6 credits):
Choose two courses, three credit hours each of free electives.
Select one of the following concentrations (15 credits)
Any three (3) 30000 or 40000 level courses in Economics (9 credits)
Accounting (approval of faculty mentor required)
Five (5) 30000 or 40000 level courses in Accounting (15 credits)
No Option (approval of faculty mentor required)
Any five (5) courses relevant to a student's interest
Specialization Electives (15 credits)
Select any five courses supporting an area of interest or minor.
Total Credit Hours: 120
A key factor in your continued academic and future career success is developing positive relationships not only with your advisor and faculty mentor but with select members of the faculty as well. They can help keep you on track to graduate in a timely manner and provide insight into various career paths, even working to support an internship or other experiential learning opportunity. The following policies apply to students pursuing a degree in the College of Business:
- When you select a major or change your degree objective (CODO) to a program offered by the College of Business, you will be placed on the plan of study in effect at the time you make the change. If you are following one plan of study and another becomes available, you may upgrade to the newest plan but then must follow that plan in its entirety. You may not drop back to a former plan once you have made the change.
- You must earn at least a “C” in all business core courses, courses for the major/specialization and any prerequisites for business core courses. You will need a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 to graduate.
- Complete a minimum of 32 credit hours at Purdue to receive a degree from Purdue. In addition, if you have transferred from another institution, you will need to make sure that you complete at least 32 credit hours at the junior level or higher if you intend to earn a Bachelor’s degree.
- Consider an internship to enhance your education as well as your resume.