Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration

Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

(CIP Code 52.0201)

Program Description:

The purpose of the online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree is to prepare students for entry-level management positions in business, industry and non-profit organizations. The accredited online courses provide the foundational background for students seeking to acquire a high-level of knowledge from a broad base of business concepts to create solutions to contemporary business problems.

Concentrations Available:

  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Management
  • Marketing

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students will acquire the critical knowledge and skills needed to integrate management, marketing, accounting, and finance concepts to develop strategies to improve short-, medium-, and long-term organizational performance. In this program, you will:

  • Apply advanced verbal and written communication skills to research, evaluation, and presentation in appropriate business situations.
  • Use critical thinking skills to identify, categorize, and distinguish ideas, concepts, theories and practical approaches to solving moderately complex business problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve global problems using analytical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Apply technology and other resources to remain current in the student’s chosen business field.
  • Use appropriate analytical and critical thinking processes to make effective business decisions.
  • Identify, analyze, and address legal and/or ethical issues that arise in business practices and institutions.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills in a business environment.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of business knowledge and technical skills that support and facilitate lifelong professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Interpret and analyze quantitative information and draw conclusions for application in business.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Degree Map:

Term Zero: Orientation
Allied Online Orientation+
This course provides tutorials and instructions to help you better understand AAU’s Learning Management System. While this orientation course does not provide semester credit hours, your completion of this course provides the foundation for proper completion of further courses.
Term 1
English Composition I **+
This course is designed to help students master the traditional five-paragraph essay along with its variations. Students will learn how to support a thesis with specific evidence and how to write an effective introduction, conclusion, and title. Students will learn how to develop the nine patterns of essay development. Throughout the course, students will review all the basic grammar rules, and they will also review and apply proper APA Style.
Prerequisite: ENG 105
MS Office Fundamentals+
This course will help students develop basic proficiency with Microsoft® Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint® through the completion of hands-on projects.
Term 2
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
College Algebra**+
This course provides students a working knowledge of college-level algebra. Algebra is the study of equations, inequalities, and functions. This course concentrates on linear and quadratic equations, word problems, polynomials, and rational and radical equations. The students also learn graphs and applications of algebra to the real world.
Prerequisite: MAT 110
Term 3
English Composition II**+
In this course, emphasis is on creating arguments that persuade, convince, and inspire. The goal is to develop writing skills that will enable students to develop powerful and persuasive arguments. Students will learn the fixed types of questions that an argument can address, helping them develop answers to significant questions concerning facts, definitions, causes, values, and actions.
Prerequisite: ENG 160
Essentials of Management+
This course offers a skill-based and practical approach to management education. It provides a concrete understanding of how processes such as planning and decision-making, theories of organization, leadership, and motivation relate to business activity. Through exercises and case studies, the student will develop managerial skills and sharpen critical thinking skills.
Term 4
Introduction to Macroeconomics+
In this introductory course, students learn basic economic concepts and analyze individual and economy-wide decisions, using the supply and demand framework. The course also focuses on aggregate economic behavior through the study of economic growth, inflation, unemployment, and money supply. It addresses a number of policy questions and issues related to the way these variables affect the health of the economy in the near and long terms.
Physical /Biological Science Lower Division 3
Term 5
Principles of Speech Communication+
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of public speaking and how to prepare and present a variety of speeches. Effective communication skills will be emphasized throughout the course, and students will learn how to organize a successful speech. Audience demographics, such as size, heterogeneity, status as captive or voluntary, and composition, will be focused upon.
Accounting I**+
This course provides a strong foundation in accounting principles. It introduces the critical role of accounting in business and answers the need for business students to understand the essentials of accounting: the basic accounting problem, various accounting issues and concepts, and related practical applications.
Prerequisite: MAT 115 or MAT 120
Term 6
Introduction to Microeconomics+
In this introductory course, students learn basic economic concepts, analyze the decision making process of individuals and firms within the supply and demand framework, and its effects on the micro economy. The course also focuses on the theories of firm behavior under different market structures and studies the process of resource allocation through the invisible hand of the market, sometimes helped by government regulation to ensure a balance between equity and efficiency.
Principles of Marketing+
This is an introductory course designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the bedrock concepts of marketing. It will introduce you to the basic principles of marketing that have existed for many years, plus the marketing principles that are on the cutting-edge of current marketing thinking. These cutting-edge subjects are largely being driven by technology and the Internet.
Term 7
Accounting II**+
This course is a continuation of Accounting I and builds on the foundation in accounting by introducing the managerial aspects of accounting. This course explores the critical role of management accounting in managing a business, and it answers the need for business students to understand the essentials of the subject: costing, management operations, reporting of assets, debt financing, and stocks and bonds.
Prerequisite: ACC 225
Free Elective 3
Term 8
Behavioral /Social Science Elective 3
Introduction to Psychology+
This course is the study of the facts, principles, and theories of psychology.
Term 9
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Principles of Business Law+
This course examines basic legal principles and issues that concern business. It includes an overview of contracts, the uniform commercial code, and bankruptcy law.
Term 10
Free Elective 3
Business Statistics I **+
This course introduces the role of statistics in business research and decision-making and lays the foundations of statistical analysis. Students will learn about distributions, measures of location and dispersion, probability, the normal probability distribution, sampling and testing methods, and decision analysis.
Prerequisite: MAT 120 or MAT 130
Term 11
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective Lower Division 3
Term 12
Physical/Biological Science Elective Lower Division 3
Free Elective 3
Term 13
Physical/Biological Science Elective Upper Division 3
Personal Finance+
This course provides decision making tools that are useful in personal financial activities such as spending, saving and borrowing. It helps students improve their current personal financial literacy, identify financial goals, and equips them with strategies to achieve these goals.
Term 14
Business Research and Communication+
This course examines real-world business communication issues such as ethics, cultural diversity, technology, teamwork, law, audience-centered messages, and the writing process. It teaches techniques, strategies, and writing forms used in the professional world in order to achieve business goals and provides an understanding of business research.
Free Elective 3
Term 15
Free Elective 3
Ethical Decision Making for Business+
This course is designed to acquaint students with the unique challenges of resolving ethical dilemmas and making ethical decisions in today’s complex business organizations. This course relies upon applying the perspective of the stakeholder and value-based management approach to situations that involve groups and individuals who often have competing demands and interpretations of a problem, crisis, or opportunity.
Term 16
Organizational Behavior+
This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the use of theory and research in organizational behavior. It is designed to introduce the student to real-world examples of situations and challenges that managers have faced in dealing with organizational behavior, particularly with today’s global marketplace and the extensive use of Internet technologies. Managers of companies competing in this expanding global arena need current and relevant skills to handle the organizational issues associated with the global workforce. Implementing new and improved organizational behavior techniques and practices to increase performance is on the minds of managers today.
Free Elective 3
Term 17
Free Elective 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective Upper Division 3
Term 18
Upper Division Business Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Term 19
Financial Management and Analysis I+
This course examines financial theory and its applications in controlling all aspects of a firm’s financial environment, including financial planning, investment management, valuation, and capital budgeting techniques.
Prerequisite: BUS 210, MGT 105
Business and Society+
This course examines the role of business in society. The broad social, ethical, political, environmental, and technological themes and trends are addressed along with their effects on business operations. This course also addresses a complex agenda of contemporary issues and their impact on business and its stakeholders.
Prerequisite: MGT 105
Term 20
Upper Division BUsiness Elective 3
Senior Capstone**+
The capstone project allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses to the work environment. The Senior Capstone emphasizes the student initiative in defining and investigating problems or projects focusing on integration and application of theory through research. Students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest to them and that will result in professional growth and benefit the organization.
Prerequisite: Completion of all major requirements or concurrent enrollment in last required course.

**Course has prerequisite requirement. Total Credits: 120

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