B.S. in Business Administration


The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in one or more areas of concentration, prepares students for imaginative and responsible citizenship and leadership in society--domestic and worldwide. The degree includes a pre-business program, a set of core course requirements, and a broad range of fields of concentrations to choose from based on individual interests and career plans.

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Degree Requirements Declare Pre-Business Computer Competency


There are six main concentrations for Business Administration majors. In addition, students have the option to select and design a Special Concentration in consultation with a faculty advisor (must be approved by the Special Concentration Area Chair.).

Requirements for Completing the Business Administration Degree

A minimum of 120 semester units is required to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. A total of 55 units with a minimum 2.00 GPA is required for the major; 14-15 additional units are needed in preparatory courses, some of which might apply toward general education requirements. In addition to general education and the major, most students need to take other coursework to fulfill unit requirements for the degree. Such courses may be selected from the entire university curriculum and may be used to explore other disciplines, complete a minor, or take more classes in the major.

NOTE: The information in this sheet is provided for guidance only and is not an official representation of your graduation requirements. Students should refer to their individual Academic Requirements Report (ARR) to ensure all University graduation requirements are met. It is strongly suggested students meet with their faculty concentration advisor well in advance of registration.

1. Fulfill Pre-Business Preparatory Courses

  • GE Area A
    *GE Area A is not included in the Pre-Business Requirements for Students whose ARR plan indicates a requirement (Catalog) Term of Fall 2020 or later
  • ECON 204 Introduction to Macroeconomics (4 units)
  • ECON 205 Introduction to Microeconomics (4 units)
  • BUS 211 Business Statistics or MATH 165 Elementary Statistics or ECON 217 Statistics for Econ & Bus (4 units)
    Core Requirement for catalogs prior to 2018-19
  • MATH 131 Introduction to Finite Mathematics (3 units) or MATH 161 Calculus (4 units)

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2. Pass Computer Competency Test

All pre-business majors must complete the computer competency requirement prior to being changed to upper-division Business Administration.

Please note: Computer Competency is not included in the Pre-Business Requirements for Students whose ARR plan indicates a requirement (Catalog) Term of Fall 2022 or later.

Computer Competency

3. Complete Pre-Business Core Requirements

You must receive a letter grade of "C" or better. These units count toward the major.

  • BUS 225 Legal Environment of Business (4 units)
  • BUS 230A Financial Accounting (4 units)
  • BUS 230B Managerial Accounting (4 units) *BUS 230A is a prerequisite

4. Submit "Change of Status" Form

In the semester the student is completing the Pre-Business requirements, the student must file a Change of Status form to indicate how all Pre-Business requirements were or are being satisfied.

"Change of Status" Form

5. Fulfill Business Core Requirements & Concentration Courses

All business students must complete these core requirements (coursework in the selected area of concentration usually may be taken concurrently):

  • BUS 316 Production/Operations Management (4 units)
  • BUS 319 Management Information Systems (4 units)
  • BUS 320 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation (4 units)
    *Students whose ARR plan indicates a requirement (Catalog) Term of Fall 2018 or later are required to take BUS 320.
  • BUS 344 Organizational Behavior (4 units)
  • BUS 360 Introduction to Marketing (4 units)
  • BUS 370 Introduction to Managerial Finance (4 units)
  • BUS 491 Seminar in Management Strategy and Policy (4 units)
    This is the capstone course in the business administration major designed to be taken in the student's final semester. Prerequisite: completed all other core courses and have applied for graduation.
  • 5 courses from your chosen concentration.

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6. Complete Electives

If students need additional units in the major beyond the core and concentration to complete the 55-unit requirement for the program, they may elect to take additional coursework from their own or another area of concentration or from other approved courses offered within the business curriculum, such as BUS 295, 296, 385, 388, 466, 495, and 499.

It is recommended that students familiarize themselves with the major requirements as stated in this catalog and consult with a faculty advisor prior to choosing elective courses intended to meet major requirements.

Students who need additional units to fulfill the 120-units required to graduate can take BUS 295 and BUS 296.

Optional: Studying Away and Business

Sonoma State University students are encouraged to study away as a part of their academic experience! Studying away is where a student takes academic courses in another location, either in another state or territory in the United States through the National Student Exchange program, or abroad through various SSU study abroad programs, including CSU International Programs. SSU students can choose from a variety of semester and yearlong study away programs across the globe while taking classes toward graduation and using their financial aid. For more information on programs and locations available, and for information on the application process to study away, students should contact the SSU Global Engagement Office.

Pre-business or other students wishing to declare Business as a major can study away their sophomore year to take Business major pre-requisite courses. Students who have already declared their Business major can take upper-division business courses their junior year. Business majors can study away the Fall semester of their senior year as well, but should keep in mind that they must complete their Business Senior Capstone Course at SSU. Below are two example four-year plans for pre-business/non-declared and business major students to study away while staying on track for graduating in four years.

Studying Away & the Business Major


All students are required to pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) in order to graduate.

The GWAR can be fulfilled by taking and passing the WEPT or by completing a WIC course with a letter grade of C- or better.

Take a look at the Writing Center website for more information.

Writing Center Website


Declaring Pre-Business

Any student wishing to major in Business Administration starts by declaring Pre-Business as a major. SSU students wanting to declare Pre-Business must meet the following four requirements:

  1. Students wanting to declare the Business Administration major must attend a Pre-Business Workshop. Spring 2022 workshops will take place via Zoom Meetings. Students can access the Workshop Schedule and Zoom by clicking the button below:

    Pre-Business Workshop Schedule

  2. Change of Major forms must be submitted by the second Friday in October (Fall) or by the second Friday in March (Spring) to be processed in time for registration and only after the workshop is completed. Check-in with the main SBE office to find out the deadline for the current semester.
  3. Any class that meets a Pre-Business requirement must have a grade of C or higher or must be repeated to earn a grade of C or higher before declaring Pre-Business as a major.
  4. The student must meet the following requirements based on the number of units completed at the time the student declares Pre-Business as a major:
Pre-Business Requirements
Units Completed Requirements


  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 for college units earned



  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 for college units earned
  • Completed or enrolled in at least one of the following courses: Pre-Business math requirement, ECON 204, or ECON 205
  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 for college units earned
  • Completed or enrolled in at least two of the following courses: Pre-Business math requirement, ECON 204, or ECON 205
  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 for college units earned

  • Completed or enrolled in at least two of the following courses: Pre-Business math requirement, ECON 204, ECON 205, BUS 211/MATH 165/ECON 217, BUS 225, BUS 230A, or BUS 230B
60+ (Same as Transfer)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 for college units earned
  • Completed or enrolled in all of the following:
    • Finite Math (MATH 131) or Calculus (MATH 161)
    • Legal Environment of Business (BUS 225)
    • Statistics (BUS 211/MATH 165/ECON 217)

Computer Competency

All pre-business majors must complete the computer competency requirement prior to being changed to upper-division Business Administration. To complete the requirement students must demonstrate an intermediate or advanced level of spreadsheet knowledge through completing one of the following options:

  • Current Sonoma State students may take CS 101. Students have to pass the course with a C or better and earn at least a cumulative score of 70% on the designated Excel portions. Incoming or current students may complete an approved intermediate level Excel or spreadsheet course at another school (see below) and transfer the credit in.
  • Transfer Students may complete an intermediate level Excel or spreadsheet course offered at your school. For a list of the approved courses take a look at the Advisory Transfer List.

If you feel you already have an intermediate knowledge of spreadsheet software, an Excel exam is offered off-campus by Nelson Staffing in Santa Rosa for a $40 administrative fee and by appointment only. IMPORTANT NOTE: The office of Nelson Staffing is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To set up assessment testing, please call or email Morgan Manning at (415) 446-0201, mmanning@nelsonstaffing.com. The test is currently free of charge and can be completed at home via a unique link sent from eSkill. Scores are sent directly to the Office of the Registrar at Sonoma State; please follow up with them after completing the test.

Test your skills!! Access a list of tasks that you'll need to have mastered in order to demonstrate your computer competency.

Minor in Business Administration

Students may qualify for a minor by completing a 20-unit program.

More about the Minor in Business Administration

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate general business problem-solving skills
  • Employ ethical reasoning
  • Apply global perspectives
  • Interpret quantitative applications
  • Demonstrate written communication skills
  • Show oral communication skills

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