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Bachelor of Science
in Business Administration

The accelerated program in business administration prepares students for a wide variety of careers in finance, banking, marketing and management. This major also provides students with a strong foundation for entering a graduate school program.

Interim Academic Program Coordinator: Melissa Wells
email: mwells@alb.edu


Yvette Johnson, business administration major and art dealer, realized there was no good reason not to complete her degree... and with DCP’s unique cohort system, she was able to do just that and balance all the moving parts of her life, career, and education. Read Yvette’s story (as well as watch her in this video) and learn how the Accelerated Degree Programs can help bring all the pieces together for you.

What is Business Administration?

Business administration is one of the broadest, most popular fields in business, but it is also one of the most difficult to define. Concerned with the management and operations of business, business administration practices apply to almost every organization—from major corporations to small businesses, from environmental nonprofits to property development companies. Business administration deals with the day-to-day operation of an organization as well as with industry-changing economic trends, business technologies, ethical leadership and effective management. Put simply, business administration is a holistic approach to creating a successful, efficient and well-run company.

Course Descriptions

BUS 905 & 910 Management Concepts and Applications I & II

These courses will address the four functions of management; planning, leading, organizing and controlling, and their application to the work environment. Management Concepts and Applications I addresses topics such as the history of management, leadership, motivation, communication, teamwork, organizational structure, change management, human resource management and diversity. Management Concepts and Applications II addresses strategic planning, emphasizing strategy formulation and strategy evaluation, as well as entrepreneurship and small business management. Both courses are taught from a strategic perspective and emphasize the creation of a high-performing organization. 905 is a prerequisite for 910.

BUS 941 Business Statistics

The main thrust of this module is to use spreadsheet software to create and solve mathematical models, and to introduce students to basic statistics such as: Descriptive Statistics, Probability and Probability distributions, and Inferential Statistics.

BUS 942 Production Management

The main thrust of this module is to introduce students to Production and Operations Management concepts and related quantitative methods practiced in a typical business organization. This course will focus on the strategic importance of operations and its relationship to other business functions. It will also familiarize the student with project management, forecasting, Just-in-Time & Lean operational principles, inventory management, Six Sigma, capacity planning, the management of the supply chain and ensuring a quality product or service. 941 is a prerequisite for 942.

BUS 952 Management of Information Systems

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the how and why of managing contemporary computer-based information systems particularly as it relates to business. The course introduces and analyzes the nature of the various information systems that are currently being used in organizations and the managerial level and business value they support and features an extensive investigation of current and future trends. The course aims to provide a practical understanding of topics such as: The Internet, Intranet, Extranet, Web 2.0, Organizational Systems and Development, Electronic Commerce, Information Systems infrastructure, ERP, Ethical issues and Security. As acting managers of an organization, the students will learn to identify the challenges facing their firms; understand the technologies that will help them meet these challenges; design business processes to take advantage of the technologies; and create management procedures to implement the required changes.

BUS 930 Applied Macroeconomics

This course will focus on the principles of macroeconomics, and more importantly, their application to management decisions making. Topics covered will include (but not limited to) macroeconomic policy issues, business cycle analysis, economic indicators, forecasting and structural changes in the U.S. economy.

BUS 915 Managerial Economics

This course will focus on the principles of microeconomics, and more importantly, their application to management decision making. Topics covered will include (but not limited to) pricing decisions, consumer theory, demand estimation, production theory, cost analysis, risk analysis and market structure analysis. 930 is a prerequisite for 915.

BUS 920 & BUS 925 Marketing Management I & II

This course is designed to introduce the learner to the basic, time-tested concepts of marketing and their application in the workplace. It is also taught from a strategic perspective so that we can integrate the principles to ascertain how companies can attract and maintain customers while maintaining a competitive advantage. The student will have an opportunity to comprehensively apply the marketing principles in the second marketing module by creating a product/service concept and then developing a marketing plan for it. Topic areas for this module include: the marketing concept, marketing environment, marketing research, market segmentation and target marketing, product strategy, price strategy, distribution strategy, promotion strategy and real-world ethics. 920 is a prerequisite for 925.

BUS 935 & 936 Accounting for Management Decision Making I & II

Accounting I, together with Accounting II, will introduce the basic financial accounting principles that are critical to a thorough evaluation of managerial decisions in the business world. Through a combination of readings, exercises, practical applications and exams, students will learn the fundamentals of accounting, the common language of business. 935 is a prerequisite for 936.

BUS 941 Business Statistics

The objective of this course is to review basic business, mathematical skills, use spreadsheet software to create and solve mathematical models, and to introduce students to basic statistics such as: descriptive statistics, probability, probability distributions and inferential statistics.

BUS 942 Production Management

This course introduces students to production and operations management concepts and related quantitative methods practiced in a typical business organization. This course will focus on the strategic importance of operations and its relationship to other business functions. It will also familiarize the student with the facility design, the management supply chain and ensuring the quality product or service.

BUS 945 & 950 Financial Management I & II

These courses will cover both the basics of corporate (managerial) finance and selected topics from advanced finance courses. Topics covered will include (but not limited to) financial statement analysis, risk and return, time value of money, bond and stock valuation, cost of capital, capital budgeting, cash flow estimation, leverage and capital structure, working capital management and forecasting. 945 is a prerequisite for 950.

BUS 955 International Aspects of Business

This course introduces and analyzes a wide variety of international business topics and issues through the study of the history and phases of globalization. The course develops an understanding of the organizational aspects that make international business function, focusing on areas such as Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, and Accounting. The course also explores the impact of culture, ethics, political/legal/governmental systems, and the economic factors that affect international business.

BUS 960 Business & Society

This course will cover the ethical and legal issues facing business people today. Emphasis will be on both the ethical behavior of the individual and the social responsibility of the organization. Special attention will be paid to the relationship between morality and law. Topics will include employee issues, environmental issues, informational and intellectual property issues and consumer welfare.

BUS 965 Integrative Capstone Course

This final course in the curriculum is designed to integrate and synthesize the knowledge conveyed throughout all previous courses in the curriculum, utilizing an applied project concept in which students work in teams to create a comprehensive business plan for a unique market opportunity they have identified and researched.