Course Descriptions

BUSINESS (BU)


BU 200 Introduction to Business (3)

This course provides a survey of business functions, principles, and practices; managerial tools for analysis; people’s behavior in organizations; practical applications in problem solving and decision-making. The course is designed for students interested in careers in organizations and for those intending to major or minor in business. Offered every semester.

BU 224 Applied Business Statistics (3)

The course introduces students to the use of statistical information for business decision-making. Topics include summary measures, frequency distributions, probability, sampling, statistical inference and simple regression. Emphasis is given to the interpretation and meaning of statistical information. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: MA 103.

English 102 and Communication 101 are prerequisites for all upper-division courses.

BU 308 Professional Writing and Presentation (3)

Letters, proposals, reports, and presentations are often the vehicles through which professionals get their ideas accepted and their contributions valued. This course teaches students the rhetorical principles and writing and presentation practices required for effective communication in business. The course focuses on format, layout, and design strategies for developing informative documents and presentations that use business data to address specified audiences in a variety of professional situations. Offered every semester.

BU 324 Quantitative Methods in Business (3)

Each of the business disciplines uses quantitative information in its planning, operations, and performance evaluation. This course introduces students to a variety of methods and tools for using quantitative data effectively: linear programming, Bayes Decision Rules, forecasting, multiple regression, network models, utility measures and inventory models. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: MA 103, BU 224.

BU 362 Legal and Ethical Issues in Business (3)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the legal and ethical issues business decision makers face in determining appropriate policies and actions. Focus is given to the effect of decisions on stakeholders including employees, customers, investors, and society. Topics include application of moral philosophies to common business dilemmas, professional codes of ethics, and elements of business law including contracts, the Uniform Commercial code, and agency. As part of this class students will have the option to participate in activities that integrate meaningful business-related service to the community with course learning. Service-Learning Course. Offered every semester. Cross-listed with AC

BU 402 International Business (3)

This course is designed to provide students an understanding of the global environment in which international business takes place, as well as the role and behavior of the multinational firm in responding to the environment. The course seeks to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and sensitivities to engage business activities more effectively in the complex international context. Topics include trade theory, import and export strategies, international investment, negotiations and diplomacy, and global supply chain management. Offered every semester. Prerequisite: BU 200.

BU 416 Career Development (3)

Starting one’s career is often both an exciting goal and a mystifying, overwhelming challenge. This course provides students with the knowledge and tools needed for successful career planning and entry. The course covers developmental issues, theories, and activities useful for career exploration. Also included are approaches to making career and lifestyle choices, societal trends that may affect career decisions, and self-management skills at work. Students develop an action plan for initiating their career and personal portfolio of resources for use in job search. Offered every semester. Prerequisite: BU 308. Cross-listed with AC 416.

BU 469 Business Strategy (3)

This capstone course for business majors provides students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge gained in their business course work to better understand and engage the work of organizations. Topics include organizational assessment; organizational “visioning” and mission compositions; strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation; and the coordination of resources, core competencies, and processes to achieve competitive advantage and provide social value. Student teams conduct and present rigorous case analyses of exemplar organizations. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: BU 200, AC 202, EC 201, EC 202, FIN 301, MKT 301, MGT 306 and BU 308.

BU 470 Senior Field Experience (3)

This course is designed to connect students’ course work in business to the operations of a real-world organization and to facilitate their transition from student to professional. Student teams function as consultants, with the guidance of a Faculty Supervisor, to analyze an organizational situation, develop recommendations, and implement an appropriate project in a sponsoring community organization. Teams accomplish their project, complete a project report and group process assessment, and present their results. Service-Learning Course. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: BU 469

BU 480 Special Topics (3)

Special topics in business that are presented as announced. Prerequisites vary according to course.

BU 487 Business Internship (3)

This course involves the student engaging in a minimum of 150 hours of professional work experience that is related to the student’s career goals and approved by the instructor. The student meets regularly with the instructor during the term and completes a report documenting the work experience and its relationship to the student’s business education. This course may be repeated, but a new work experience must be undertaken. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing in business and minimum 2.00 GP.A

BU 499 Directed Study (1 to 3)

Individualized study on a student-selected topic arranged through the program advisor. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and consent of program advisor.