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Business Administration On Ground Weekdays

Bachelor of Science in Business

Competitive 21st century global employers want graduates with the worldly perspective and confidence that comes from a strong liberal arts background as well as a solid business foundation—the Business Administration program at Bay Path provide both! From the very first semester, students are taught what it takes to work with and become leaders in this rapidly changing world—to assess their strengths and help them develop personal growth strategies that will allow them to succeed.

We recognize the important leadership roles that are opening for women in virtually every segment of business and industry. As Baby Boomers retire, seasoned women move up in the management ranks and well educated young women are filling those positions. We prepare our students for those jobs by exploring opportunities in and out of the classroom, through job shadowing, field trips, conferences, mentoring, networking, and mandatory internships.

Bay Path University Business graduates will qualify for an array of leadership positions in private, public, and nonprofit organizations, including digital marketing, operations analysis, quality management, finance, accounting, and human resources management—the possibilities are endless in large and small businesses. Some graduates venture into starting lifestyle businesses of their own, creating success from the ground floor up!


Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
ACC100 Intro to Financial Accounting 3

This courses objective is to develop the ability to read, interpret, identify the differences and the relationships between the primary financial statements. This objective is met not only by analyzing the effect of business transactions on financial statements and financial ratios but also by recording essential transactions, measuring the amounts of assets, liabilities, owners equities, revenues, and expenses, and preparing the primary financial statements. This course also explains the difference between the cash and accrual bases of income measurement, the use of t-account analysis in determining important measures of business activity, and how the time value of money affects the measurement of liabilities. This emphasis on financial statements is facilitated by a semester-long study of the content of corporate annual reports culminating in a comprehensive annual report project. Prerequisite: sophomore status with the exception of highly qualified first-year accounting majors. Offered in the Fall semester.

ACC101 Intro to Managerial Accounting 3

ACC 101 (3 credits) Introduction to Managerial Accounting The primary objective of this course is to explore how accounting information is used to help managers make decisions with an emphasis on their planning and control activities. This objective is accomplished by exploring the terms that are used to classify costs, key business cost behavior patterns, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, raw materials and direct labor variance analysis, short-run decision making using relevant costs, and performance evaluation. Students are also introduced to how product costs are determined in manufacturing, merchandising, and service businesses. Prerequisite: ACC 100

ACC200 Accounting Information Systems 3

The primary objective of this course is to introduce the use and control of computerized and non-computerized accounting information systems. This objective is facilitated by using the small business software QuickBooks to illuminate course concepts. Key course topics include internal control, documentation, transaction cycles, database management systems and network technology, control procedures in automated environments, an introduction to the new digital syntax called XBRL mandated for use in financial reports, and ethical considerations in accounting information systems. Students are required to build a small accounting system using both QuickBooks and Excel. Prerequisite: ACC 101 Offered in the fall semester

BUS120 Business in Society 3

This course provides the 21st Century foundation for business students who will need newly shaped perspectives, solid research and communication skills, positive ethical spirit, and new technological resources to work and make decisions in global economy. Through experimental learning, reflective observations, active conceptualization, hands-on research projects and multiple field trips, students learn the basics of business, the process of innovation and the role that business plays in society. Students are encouraged to develop their own innovative capacities, whether they want to start up a business of their own, augment the capabilities of a small business, step up to the myriad of non-profit challenges, or excel in corporate America. Students learn how to think systematically as business professionals, innovators and/or entrepreneurs. By first exploring the economics of business, in this country and beyond, students begin to recognize that all businesses are subject to ongoing trends, discoveries and breakthroughs that must be accommodated. Some represent threats; others opportunities. None can be ignored. Learning that the form of a business should follow the functions it must provide, students discover the range of options available to them as they contemplate career paths that may be of interest to them. Finally, students are provided with insight into each of the areas of functional expertise found in all organizations; i.e., finance and accounting, marketing and sales, customer support, operations, logistics, et. al. This course was formerly known as Innovations in Business. BUS 120 is the prerequisite for all business courses. Offered in the fall semester

BUS226 Principles of Marketing 3

A survey of the marketing structure for the creation, research, and distribution of goods and services for all types of corporations is examined. Specifically, the fundamentals of the marketing mix: product development, promotion activities, price objectives and placement of goods or services will be explored. Students will also examine how communication, distribution, and exchange activities affect consumer behaviors. Offered in the spring semester

BUS235 Dynamics of Management 3

This course is an introduction to the basic functions and theories of management in the context of a dynamic environment. Emphasis is on the role of managers in making organizations effective and efficient, in part through developing an understanding of how to assess and capitalize on the changing internal and external environments, but most of all how to deal with the complexities of human behavior in the context of organizational management. Offered in the fall semester

BUS260 Integrated Mkt Comm 3

Integrated Marketing Communications This course presents media-oriented analysis of advertising and sales promotion related to the marketing of goods and services. Budgeting, reach and frequency as well as the development of multimedia advertising campaigns highlight this theoretical, yet practical approach. Prerequisite: BUS 226

BUS262 Talent Management 3

This course examines the array of initiatives and tools to effectively managing talent with the goal of supporting organizational outcomes and fit. The student will be exposed to methodologies utilized in planning, recruiting, selecting, hiring, orienting, managing and retaining employees. Performance management in diverse industries is included as a focus of study. Prerequisite: BUS255

BUS300 Organization Develop and Change 3

Organizational Development and Change provides students with the opportunity to learn critical theory and application in the field of Organizational Behavior and Change and how to use that knowledge to improve organizational development to adapt quickly and effectively to change. Students apply proven methods to help organizations achieve goals and build capabilities to meet future challenges. Prerequisite: BUS235

BUS301 Organizational Behavior 3

Organizations are made up of human beings with frequently different agendas. How can an organization reach its goals if policies and procedures dont keep people in line? This course studies human behavior in organizations with respect to enhancing individual and organizational effectiveness. The emphasis is on the application of behavioral science research in such areas as leadership, individual teamwork, work teams, motivation, communication, conflict resolution, decision-making, and organizational change. Experiential exercises and a team project help connect theory and practice. Prerequisite: BUS 235

BUS308 Communicating in Business 3

This course builds a bridge from students general education to the work they do in the field of business. With the aim of preparing students for both professional life and graduate work, this writing-intensive course introduces disciplinary strategies for preparing routine business correspondence, for investigating provocative issues, and for communicating to others about them. In this way, the course offers students time to learn and to practice more advanced skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening; in using appropriate software support in presentations; and in mastering information literacy in the field of business. The course emphasizes fundamental principles of communication with time-on-task and real world, discipline-specific models for communication tasks. Prerequisites: ENG 114, ENG 122, and ENG 124

BUS327 Financial Management 3

In this course students will learn the concepts, tools, and the analytical techniques that are essential in conducting financial analysis. The course is targeted to teach students financial analysis and its linkage to business performance. The course will cover one of financial ratios to identify potential risks and opportunities, analyzing financial performance of a company, conducting financial forecast, time value of money, cost of capital and return on investments. Prerequisite: MAT112, ECO212, ACC101, Basic use of Excel Offered in the fall semester

BUS334 Operations Management 3

BUS491 Strategic Management & Policy 3

This course is all about connecting the dots, linking various functions of business and understanding the interdependency between marketing, sales, advertising, operations/supply chain and other business functions. The purpose of this course is to enable the student to integrate the lessons learned in previous business, accounting, finance, international business and management courses through the use of case studies analyzed from the general managers point of view. Students will also learn the importance of score card and metrics that are essential for running a business. Prerequisite: ECO212, BUS327 Offered in the fall semester

BUS499 Business Internship 6

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) Senior business students gain work experience in multi-varied business organizations, i.e., insurance, manufacturing, banking, advertising, personnel, marketing, international trade, etc. Students obtain on-the-job training supervised by both professional managers and college faculty. Prerequisites: A minimum cgpa of 2.0, senior status, and approval of department chair

COM130 Computer Applications 3

COM 130 (3 credits) Tech Tools for the Professions. This course provides the student with a hands-on exercise-oriented approach to learning. Understanding file management and functions of the operating system, developing a thorough knowledge of Excel, and acquiring database management skills will be covered. Students will be provided with practical examples that demonstrate the computer as a useful tool for presenting business data and solving problems. Topics will include creating professional-looking worksheets; using templates; building formulas and functions; creating and modifying charts, including pivot tables; working with Excel lists; managing multiple worksheets and workbooks; developing customized applications with macros and visual basic; utilizing financial functions, goal seeking, and what-if assumptions. Students will also design, create, and modify databases, run queries; and produce reports.

ECO211 Macroeconomics 3

This course examines the elementary principles of economics involving individual and social choice, economic analysis, supply, demand, the market and the price mechanism. Major concentration is on macroeconomic principles relative to money, the banking system, national income analysis, inflation, unemployment and the dilemma of stabilization, competing theories in contemporary times and world trade, development issues and alternatives, and evolving economic systems. Offered in the fall semester

ECO212 Microeconomics 3

Microeconomics studies theories of specialization, trade, income distribution and consumer choice; the theory of the firm; real-world market analysis; the problems of modern society; and the overview of evolutionary growth and change in the American economy.

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG122 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG124 Research/Writing in Discipline 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

LAW220 Business Law 3

This course studies the legal environment of business, including an examination of the format and characteristics of corporations, partnerships, and agency law. The law of contracts is studied in detail. Prerequisite: LAW 103

MAT112 Applied College Mathematics 3

This course is designed for diverse students to acquire a solid foundation in non-calculus mathematics. It uses practical mathematics to develop problem solving and analytical skills. Topics include linear equations, linear inequalities, matrix and its application, linear programming, and the simplex method. Prerequisite: MAT 104 or appropriate placement test score

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters