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Bachelor of Science in Business Degree Requirements

The School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business (B.S.B.) with majors in accounting, business administration, finance, information systems, management and leadership, marketing, and supply chain management. Each major consists of the following components: general education courses, core business classes, international dimension requirement, major courses, and advanced business electives. Degree requirements are subject to change. It is the student’s responsibility to stay informed of requirements. To receive the B.S. in business degree, a student must complete the degree requirements in effect at the time he or she is admitted to the school.

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General Education Requirements


2 courses, ENGL 101 Composition (or ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English) and ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing, are required. Students must enroll in English immediately and continuously until they have completed ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or their equivalents. See the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements page.

Communication Studies

1 course, COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication (or an English course numbered 200 or higher) is required. Students may be exempted (but will not earn credit) if they meet 1 of the following conditions:

  1. Students with 2 high school courses (totaling one full credit) in speech or debate with a grade of B or higher in both are exempt. Take official high school transcripts to the Department of Communication Studies, 102 Bailey Hall. The exemption is noted on each student’s record.
  2. Students who do not meet exemption criteria and who do not wish to take any of the courses listed above may choose to take the oral communication exemption examination, which consists of a written test over public speaking concepts and a public speaking performance evaluation. It is given in September in the fall semester and in February in the spring semester. No exemption examinations are scheduled during the summer session. A student wishing to take the oral communication exemption examination must register his or her name, address, and telephone number with the staff in the communication studies office, 102 Bailey Hall. This should be done early in the semester the examination is to be taken. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required to register for the examination. Students may pick up a complete description of the examination procedures and judging criteria in 102 Bailey Hall. Students who pass the examination receive a letter verifying the exemption.


3 courses — MATH 101, MATH 115/MATH 121 Calculus I, and MATH 116/MATH 122 Calculus II — are required. See the Placement Table for Initial Enrollment in Mathematics.


3 courses from 3 categories are required:

  1. HT (historical studies)
  2. HL (literature and the arts)
  3. HR (philosophy and religion)
  4. Western Civilization I
  5. Western Civilization II

View the list of principal courses.

Social Sciences

2 courses are required:

  1. PSYC 104 General Psychology
  2. 1 principal course designated SC (culture and society)

Note: These should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. View the list of principal courses.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

2 courses from 2 different categories are required, including a 4- to 5-credit-hour laboratory science (a lecture course with an associated lab that constitutes 4 to 5 credit hours is accepted):

  1. NB (biological sciences)
  2. NE (earth sciences)
  3. NP (physical science)

NM (mathematical sciences) does not satisfy the natural sciences requirement. View the list of principal courses.

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Requirements for All Majors

International Dimension Requirement

The International Dimension Requirement (IDR) is required of all students graduating from the KU School of Business. To complete the IDR, students must choose 1 of the following options:

Option 1. Foreign Language. Complete through the fourth level (intermediate II) of courses in a modern foreign language or earn equivalent proficiency as determined by the appropriate language department. International students who have completed the English proficiency requirement through the Applied English Center may use this to fulfill Option 1.

Option 2. International Studies. 6 credit hours of courses completed in 1 or a combination of the following categories:
(a) Study abroad credit hours from any study abroad program approved by KU.
(b) Contemporary regional/international studies/international business courses must be selected from a list available online and may be double-counted to meet General Education requirements. Courses in this category may be doubled-counted toward the corresponding business major and/or concentration.

Core Courses and Capstone Course

After admission to the School of Business, all majors must complete the following courses:

Core Courses (18 hours)

BE 301 Managerial Economics 3
BLAW 301 Legal Aspects of Business 3
FIN 310 Finance 3
MGMT 310 Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 310 Marketing 3
SCM 310 Management Science and Operations Management 3

Capstone Course (3 hours)

MGMT 498 Business Policy and Strategy 3
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Within the Bachelor of Science in Business degree, students may earn major(s) in accounting, business administration, finance, information systems, management and leadership, marketing, or supply chain management. In addition to the core courses and capstone course, students must complete the core courses for the major.

Program guides are available on the school's website.

Accounting Major

The KU accounting program develops students with superior management and accounting skills and a well-rounded education in the liberal arts. This program produces qualified graduates who are responsive to the needs of the profession in academia, government, industry, and public accounting. The primary objectives are to produce entrepreneurs with a fundamental understanding of accounting, provide an adequate foundation for graduate study in accounting, and provide an adequate foundation for securing positions in private accounting and industry. Those seeking positions in public accounting may need 150 hours of college credit (state requirements vary) and should consider the Master of Accounting program.

All accounting majors must complete 6 hours of advanced business electives. ABE courses are numbered 320 and higher and have prerequisites.

The accounting major must complete the following core courses with a grade-point average of at least 2.5:

Accounting (25 hours)

ACCT 303 Introduction to the Accounting Profession 1
ACCT 311 Information Systems for Accountants 3
ACCT 320 Financial Accounting II 3
ACCT 325 Managerial Accounting II 3
ACCT 330 Introduction to Taxation 3
ACCT 410 Financial Accounting III 3
ACCT 543 Introduction to Auditing 3
Advanced business electives 6

Business Administration Major

This major offers a broad interdisciplinary approach. Discovering solutions to complex problems in a globalized marketplace requires a multidisciplinary and integrated approach. The major prepares students for a variety of job markets and career paths. The program is flexible, allowing students to develop in-depth skills in such areas as accounting, business law, finance, information systems, management and leadership, marketing, and supply chain management.

This major changes the way students learn by shifting the emphasis from the traditional, discipline-based approach to a more comprehensive, integrative approach to business problems and opportunities. Students acquire the skills, attitudes, and flexibility needed to be competitive in a global marketplace. Students can expect to live in a dynamic world where a series of career changes over a lifetime is probable and where change and the unknown are inevitable. In such a world, proficiency in a number of related disciplines becomes a survival tool.

Creativity is enhanced by knowledge of related disciplines, and new insights are gained by applying the methods of one discipline to another. This program offers students the academic tools and interdisciplinary perspective that allow them to prosper in a business environment. Concentrations in entrepreneurship, human resource management, information systems, international business, and supply chain management are available.

The major requires 21 hours of advanced business credit from courses numbered 320 or above. The 21 hours must be distributed across at least three of the following prefixes, with a minimum of 3 hours in each of the three prefixes selected: ACCT, BE, BLAW, DSCI, ENTR, FIN, IBUS, IST, MGMT, MKTG, and SCM.

The student must satisfy all business graduation requirements for the B.S. and have a grade-point average of at least 2.2 in the 21 advanced business credit hours selected for the major.

Finance Major

Students with finance majors often pursue careers in commercial or investment banking or become internal financial managers for corporations or government entities. The program is concerned with such areas as

  1. Investments and asset pricing—the behavior and determinants of security prices, including stocks, bonds, options, and futures;
  2. Corporate finance—the financing and investment decisions of firms;
  3. Corporate governance—how best to govern corporations while enhancing both corporate accountability and the creation of wealth;
  4. The management and regulation of financial institutions; and
  5. International finance.

Majors also take courses in accounting, economics, and the liberal arts. The finance major must complete the following core courses with a grade-point average of at least 2.5:

Finance (21 hours)

ACCT 321 Intermediate Accounting for Finance (3) or
ACCT 410 Financial Accounting III (3)
FIN 410 Investment Theory and Applications 3
FIN 415 Corporate Finance 3
FIN 400 or higher electives 12

Information Systems Major

The information systems major exposes students to a range of studies focused on the effective use of information technologies in settings typical of business, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of specific technologies as well as an appreciation of challenges involved with the application of such technologies in dynamic environments. The major equips graduates with both technical and managerial skill sets needed to begin careers in major business and governmental entities or with major information systems consulting firms.

The information systems major must complete the following core courses with a grade-point average of at least 2.5:

Information Systems (21 hours)

IST 320 Fundamentals of Software Development 3
IST 325 Systems Analysis and Design 3
IST 326 Database Management Systems 3
IST 330 Fundamentals of Business Computer Networking 3
IST 410 IT Project Management 3
IST 400 or higher electives 6

Management and Leadership Major

The management and leadership major gives students the knowledge and skills to be successful leaders and managers of people and organizations. Students learn to design and modify organizational structure, strategy, and processes to enhance organization performance in a socially and ethically responsible manner. They learn how to influence and direct change through a better understanding of organization politics, vision, and values. Students learn to influence and lead others effectively through skill development in communication, motivation, and conflict resolution. They develop self-awareness and an appreciation for individual differences, leading to more successful work relations. They learn to lead and follow in team settings and to use team-based problem-solving skills. Students learn to create competent and committed teams and organizations through the use of effective systems for employee hiring, development, compensation, and performance management. They also learn about the challenges of competing globally, including how to adapt organizational structures, processes, and functions such as production, marketing, finance, and human resources so that they function more effectively cross-culturally. Student learning is enhanced through supporting activities such as clubs, consulting projects, case competitions, and study abroad opportunities.

The management and leadership major must complete the following core courses with a grade-point average of at least 2.5:

Management and Leadership (21 hours)

MGMT 410 Human Resources Management 3
MGMT 437 Personal Skills for Managing People 3
MGMT 455 General Management Processes and Change 3
IBUS 480 International Management 3
9 hours of courses at the 400 level or above with ENTR, MGMT, or IBUS as a prefix, or BLAW 505 9

Marketing Major

The marketing major gives students the concepts and tools needed to succeed as marketing managers skilled in the creation, evaluation, and refinement of marketing programs that lead to valuable exchanges between channel partners, firms, and customers. Core concepts and tools are primarily provided through four required foundation courses: Marketing Management, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Research, and Marketing Strategy. The major offers numerous electives to reflect the breadth of the marketing function and to allow students to tailor their programs to individual preferences and career goals. Such opportunities as the marketing club, consulting projects, case competitions, and study abroad further enhance the learning experience.

The marketing major must complete the following core courses with a grade-point average of at least 2.5:

Marketing (21 hours)

MKTG 411 Introduction to Consumer Behavior 3
MKTG 415 Marketing Research for Managers 3
MKTG 435 Marketing Strategy 3
MKTG 400 or higher electives 12

Supply Chain Management Major

Supply chain management professionals integrate the flow of materials, finances, and information from suppliers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and retailers to the final consumer and back again. The major gives students the basic skills to do this work. The demand for professionals in the field is rapidly growing as firms realize improved efficiency from good SCM practices. The field continues to evolve to become a proactive, strategic enterprise, often with global partners. Students typically have opportunities for internships and other experiential activities with businesses while they are in the program. The major offers a set of required core courses and electives.

The supply chain management major must complete the following core courses with a grade-point average of at least 2.5:

Supply Chain Management (21 hours)

SCM 401 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3
SCM 402 Procurement and Supplier Management 3
SCM 403 Logistics, Transportation, and Warehouse Management 3
SCM 404 Management of Integrated Information System/ERP 3
9 hours of SCM-related electives 9

Business Concentrations

Students may choose to complete a business concentration. Concentrations require a minimum of 12 hours and are available in entrepreneurship, information systems, international business, and human resources. For specific concentration requirements, see the school’s website.

C.P.A. Certification

For more information on requirements to sit for the C.P.A. examination and to qualify for the certificate and permit to practice with reduced experience, visit the CPA Requirements page. See also the Master of Accounting section of the online catalog.

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School of Business Undergraduate Program

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
English: ENGL 101/ENGL 105, and ENGL 102 Managerial Economics: BE 301
Communication Studies: COMS 130 or an ENGL course numbered above 200 Legal Aspects of Business: BLAW 301
Humanities: 3 courses (see options in text) Marketing: MKTG 310
Social Sciences: PSYC 104 and one principal course designated SC (culture and society) (strongly recommended) Management Science and Operations Management: SCM 310 Business Policy and Strategy: MGMT 498
Natural Science: 2 courses including 1 lab science (see text) Finance: FIN 310
Mathematics: through calculus II Organizational Behavior: MGMT 310
  Accounting: ACCT 303
Accounting Major: ACCT 320, ACCT 325, ACCT 330, ACCT 410, ACCT 543, ACCT 311, and 6 hours of advanced business electives
    Business Administration Major: 21 hours of advanced business courses numbered 320 or above distributed across three of the following prefixes, with a minimum of 3 hours in each: ACCT, BLAW, DSCI, ENTR, FIN, IBUS, IST, MGMT, MKTG, SCM
  Statistics: DSCI 301 Finance Major: ACCT 321 or ACCT 410, FIN 410, FIN 415, and 12 hours numbered FIN 400 and above
  Information Systems: IST 301 Information Systems Major: IST 320, IST 325, IST 326, IST 410, IST 330, and 6 hours numbered IST 400 and above
  Financial Accounting: ACCT 200 Management and Leadership Major: MGMT 410, MGMT 437, MGMT 455, IBUS 480, and 9 hours numbered 400 or higher with MGMT, ENTR, or IBUS as a prefix, or BLAW 505
  Managerial Accounting: ACCT 201 Marketing Major: MKTG 411, MKTG 415, MKTG 435, and 12 hours numbered MKTG 400 and above
  Microeconomics: ECON 142 Supply Chain Management Major: SCM 401, SCM 402, SCM 403, SCM 404, and 9 hours of SCM-related electives
  Macroeconomics: ECON 144 Residence Requirement: 30 hours of professional course work (BUS and ECON) must be completed after admission to the School of Business

International Dimension Requirement: (see options under Requirements for All Majors)
This chart depicts the approximate order in which students complete the requirements for a B.S. in Business degree.

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