Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) provides a holistic approach to exploring business by leveraging business courses as well as those from across the University through the BU Hub. Students are exposed to business and functional disciplines, the increased interdependence of these disciplines, the larger role of business in society, and essential skills such as teaming, career management, and critical thinking. From the moment they enter the program, BSBA students begin a rigorous set 18 core courses across business disciplines. This includes the innovative cross-functional core—an integrated semester comprised of four coordinated courses that challenge student teams to research, develop, and present a business plan and solve cross-disciplinary issues.

All BSBA students complete at least one functional concentration, which presents a deep exploration of a specific functional area in the study and practice of management. Students may also explore additional academic options, including the Questrom Honors Program, minors, independent studies, study abroad opportunities, and the option of pursuing a dual degree. Graduates of the BSBA program achieve strong placement outcomes across business and nonprofit settings and are guided by a set of required career management courses across their program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BSBA program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • An ethical perspective
    • Identify ethical issues in their personal, local, and global business environments.
    • Demonstrate that they understand the impact of business on society through their ability to use common frameworks and decision-making analysis to develop ethical decision-making skills as an engaged contributor, manager, and leader.
    • Recognize conditions and strategies for acting effectively on values.
  • Core business knowledge
    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of accounting, marketing, operations and technology management, finance, organizational behavior, information systems, law, quantitative analysis, and strategy.
    • Apply critical and analytical thinking to management situations/challenges.
  • Core business skills
    • Discuss with or present to diverse audiences the results of analysis in cogent and concise oral presentations.
    • Use basic business application software.
    • Write to diverse audiences a clear, concise, and complete summary or analysis.
    • Use self-assessment and professional exploration frameworks to develop a specific, personal career development strategy.
  • Leadership and collaboration
    • Understand and assume leadership responsibility.
    • Give and receive constructive feedback to enhance performance.
    • Participate effectively and efficiently in collaborative activities with diverse team composition.
  • A systems perspective
    • Demonstrate that they have considered cross-functional issues when developing solutions to business problems or challenges.
    • Identify and manage risk when developing solutions to business problems or challenges.
  • A global perspective
    • Demonstrate that they have considered global cultural, regulatory, managerial, and ethical issues when developing solutions to business problems or challenges.
  • An innovative approach
    • Recognize the role of innovation in value creation and its impact on firm and industry.

Requirements

All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements are flexible and can be satisfied in many different ways, through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Business Administration will ordinarily, through coursework in the major, satisfy BU Hub requirements in Quantitative Reasoning and the Intellectual Toolkit as well as some of the requirements in Scientific and Social Inquiry; Diversity, Civic Engagement, and Global Citizenship; and Communication. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

The following requirements apply to students who enter Questrom School of Business as freshmen beginning in the Fall 2018 academic year. Students who entered the school prior to Fall 2018 should see the Bulletin archive for the specific policies and curriculum requirements pertaining to them.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) requires that students complete coursework in business and the liberal arts, as well as seminars in career development, and that they complete no fewer than 133 credits while also meeting all requirements of the BU Hub. Students normally take four academic courses each semester. Though there are many ways to progress through the Questrom Undergraduate curriculum, ultimately every student must complete the same graduation requirements. These courses are distributed as follows:

  • 15 required courses in the Questrom School of Business
  • Three required executive skills (ES) courses in career development
  • Four business concentration electives
  • Five electives or 20 credits from the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
  • Three electives or 12 credits from outside of Questrom
  • Two electives or 8 credits from any school/college within Boston University
  • In some cases, additional electives to ensure the minimum 133 credits necessary to graduate or to meet remaining BU Hub requirements
  • Students take the following career development seminars: QST ES 110 (1 credit) in their freshman year, followed by QST ES 210 in their sophomore year (1 credit), and concluding with QST ES 310 (1 credit) in their junior year. Students who transfer into Questrom replace ES 110 and ES 210 with ES 215 (2 credits), which combines the content of ES 110 and ES 210. Career development seminars are included in the 133 credits necessary to graduate.

Freshman Year

Students who begin Questrom in their freshman year take two required business courses: Business, Society & Ethics and Introduction to Finance. The intent of the two courses is to provide a philosophical, economic, and applied foundation for ethical decision-making in finance and business. Collectively, the courses are designed to launch the development of the student’s writing, presentation, and team skills.

  • CAS EC 101 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis
  • CAS EC 102 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis
  • CAS WR 120 (or equivalent) First-Year Writing Seminar (or other level of writing course as determined by the CAS Writing Program)
  • CAS MA 121 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I or CAS MA 123 Calculus I
  • QST ES 110 Explore Your Career (1 cr)
  • QST FE 101 Introduction to Finance (2 cr)
  • QST SM 131 Business, Society & Ethics
    • All Questrom students who enter as freshmen must complete both QST SM 131 and QST FE 101 with a grade of no lower than B– in each to remain in good standing. Non-Questrom students must have completed at least one semester of matriculated college coursework to enroll in QST SM 131 or FE 101. Ultimately, all Questrom students must receive a minimum of B– or better in QST SM 131 and QST FE 101 to continue on in our curriculum, and should they fail to meet this requirement, they will be allowed one opportunity to retake one or both courses. If a student repeats a gateway course, the average of the two grades for the course must be at least 2.70. Only the first two graded attempts of a gateway course, including any attempt that results in a W, will be considered for the purposes of fulfilling this gateway criterion.
  • Three electives (may fulfill BU Hub requirements (12 cr total)

Sophomore Year

Students in their sophomore year develop the analytical tools of financial and managerial accounting, management information systems, and statistics; study organizational behavior; develop their business communication skills; and learn the institutional realities of business law. Informed by their freshman experience, students more readily comprehend the importance of these analytical tools, see the need to extend their team skills, and recognize the practical importance of the institutional perspective of business law.

  • QST AC 221 Financial Accounting
  • QST AC 222 Managerial Accounting
  • QST ES 210 Build Your Career Toolkit (1 cr) [or QST ES 215 (2 cr) if did not enter as a freshman]
  • QST ES 275 Management Communications (4 cr)
  • QST IS 223 Introduction to Information Systems
  • QST LA 245 Introduction to Law
  • QST OB 221 The Dynamics of Leading Organizations
  • QST QM 221 Probabilistic and Statistical Decision Making for Management
  • QST QM 222 Modeling Business Decisions and Market Outcomes

Junior Year

Juniors at Questrom devote an entire semester to SM 323 The Cross-Functional Core. The Core is one of the key elements differentiating Questrom’s undergraduate curriculum. The unit consists of four courses—Marketing, Operations, Finance, and Business Analytics—which are integrated into a unique one-semester sequence through a common semester-long team project focused on new product or service development.

  • QST FE 323 Financial Management
  • QST MK 323 Marketing Management
  • QST OM 323 Operations and Technology Management
  • QST QM 323 Business Analytics
  • Two electives (may fulfill BU Hub requirements) (8 cr total)
  • Two business concentration electives (8 cr total)

Senior Year

During the senior year, students take the final core business requirement—a course in strategy and policy—and business electives. To graduate, students must take their remaining business electives, along with any remaining non-business electives.

  • QST SI 422 Strategy, Innovation, and Global Competition
  • Three electives (may fulfill BU Hub requirements) (12 cr total)
  • Two business concentration electives (8 cr total)
  • Two free electives (8 cr total, or more if needed to reach the 133-credit total or to satisfy BU Hub requirements)

Functional and Cross-Functional Concentrations

The Questrom School of Business offers flexibility in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program, allowing students to customize the degree by choosing from concentration options from within and across a number of disciplines.

Questrom students must all complete at least one Functional Concentration; Functional Concentrations present a deep exploration of a specific functional area in the study and practice of business. Functional Concentrations include:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • International Management
  • Law
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations & Technology Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategy & Innovation

Students may also choose to complete a Cross-Functional Concentration, which provides a breadth of exposure regarding a particular industrial sector or an area of business, through a cross-section of related courses from within Questrom and across the University.

  • Health & Life Sciences Sector (Questrom concentration)
  • Real Estate (Questrom concentration)
  • Retailing (Questrom concentration)
  • Sustainable Energy (University minor)

Concentration requirements are in addition to the courses required as part of the basic program of study. Students use their four business electives to fulfill the concentration requirements. Students may also use their free electives to fulfill concentration requirements. Any course taken for a concentration must have the QST prefix. See concentration sections below for those concentrations also having CAS requirements.

Functional Concentrations

Sixteen credits in total are required. All courses are four credits except as noted.

AC Required Courses

All Accounting concentrators must take the following:

  • QST AC 347 Intermediate Accounting I
  • QST AC 348 Intermediate Accounting II

AC “B” List

And 8 credits from the following list:

  • QST AC 414 Financial Statement Analysis
  • QST AC 430 Accounting Research (2 cr)
  • QST AC 445 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • QST AC 469 Principles of Income Taxation I
  • QST AC 541 Advanced Accounting
  • QST AC 555 Not-for-Profit Accounting (2 cr)
  • QST AC 565 Auditing
  • QST AC 579 Principles of Income Taxation II
  • QST LA 450 Law and Risk Management

Please Note: Requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state to state. Students should check with the state in which they intend to practice to ensure they have met specific requirements.


Four courses in total are required.

All Entrepreneurship concentrators must take the following:

  • QST SI 444 Entrepreneurship: Solving Problems in a Dynamic World

EP “A” List

Concentrators must take at least two courses from the “A” list, but no more than three from the “A” list in fulfillment of the concentration:

  • QST OB 456 Leadership and Management of Social Enterprises
  • QST SI 445 Managing a Growing Enterprise
  • QST SI 451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
  • QST SI 471 International Entrepreneurship
  • QST SI 482 Strategy for Technology-Based Firms

EP “B” List

Concentrators who take SI 444 and three courses from the “A” list do not need to take a course from the “B” list. Those students who take only two courses from the “A” list must take at least one course from the “B” list, for a total of four courses:

  • QST FE 450 Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
  • QST FE 455 Financing New Ventures
  • QST FE 469 Real Estate Finance
  • QST IM 471 Made in Italy (offered only in Padua)
  • QST IS 472 Electronic Commerce
  • QST LA 360 Real Estate Law
  • QST LA 430 Entertainment Law (offered only in Los Angeles)
  • QST MK 435 Intro to Music Business & Music Marketing (offered only in Los Angeles)
  • QST MK 463 Services Marketing and Management
  • QST MK 466 Selling and Partnership Development
  • QST MK 487 Branding
  • QST OB 448 Negotiations
  • QST OB 460 The Leadership Challenge
  • QST OM 467 Global Supply Chain Management
  • QST PL 425 Introduction to the Health Sector: Issues and Opportunities
  • QST PL 430 The US Health Care System in Transition
  • QST QM 450 Business Analytics
  • QST SI 438 Talent Representation and Management (offered only in Los Angeles)
  • QST SI 453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability
  • QST SI 464 Intellectual Property Strategies
  • QST SI 475 Global Management Experience


Four courses in total are required.

FE Required Courses

All Finance concentrators must choose two of the following:

  • QST FE 442 Money, Financial Markets, and Economic Activity
  • QST FE 445 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • QST FE 449 Corporate Financial Management

FE “B” List

Finance concentrators must choose two remaining electives from among the following courses:

  • QST AC 414 Financial Statement Analysis
  • QST AC 445 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • QST FE 427 International Financial Management
  • QST FE 429 Futures, Options, and Financial Risk Management
  • QST FE 430 Entertainment Finance (offered only in Los Angeles)
  • QST FE 442 Money, Financial Markets, and Economic Activity (if not already taken)
  • QST FE 445 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (if not already taken)
  • QST FE 449 Corporate Financial Management(if not already taken)
  • QST FE 450 Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
  • QST FE 454 Investment Banking
  • QST FE 455 Financing New Ventures
  • QST FE 456 Fixed Income Analysis
  • QST FE 458 Equity Security Analysis
  • QST FE 469 Real Estate Finance
  • QST FE 498 Directed Study: Finance (4-cr version)
  • QST LA 365 Securities Regulation and White Collar Crime
  • QST PL 350/CAS PS 510 The Psychology of Decision Making: Implications for Business and Public Policy


Four courses in total are required.

Based on career or graduate school plans, or to develop a broad, generalized program students may prefer to take courses in an area in which no concentration is offered. In these instances, students may choose a General Management concentration.

Any four Questrom elective courses can be used to fulfill the requirements for this option. Students who concentrate in General Management cannot double concentrate.


Five to nine courses in total are required, depending on the foreign language requirement.

IM Required Courses

All International Management concentrators must take the following two courses:

  • QST FE 427 International Financial Management
  • QST IM 345 International Business Environment (also offered in London)

IM “B” List

One course from the following list is required as well as one additional course as explained at the end of this section:

  • QST IM 445 Multinational Management
  • QST MK 467 International Marketing Management
  • QST OB 444 Leading in a Global Economy
  • QST OM 467 Global Supply Management
  • QST SI 471 International Entrepreneurship

Upper-Division Questrom Course

Students completing the International Management concentration are required to take one additional Questrom elective in order to satisfy their fourth Questrom elective requirement. This elective may be taken in any Questrom department.

Language Requirement

Students concentrating in International Management must demonstrate knowledge of a language other than English by:

  1. Completing a language other than English through the fourth-semester level
    or
  2. Obtaining a certificate of proficiency in a foreign language from CAS
    or
  3. Earning a score of 560 or above on an SAT II foreign language exam as described in the foreign language section of the Bulletin

CAS International Relations Course

All International Management concentrators must also complete one CAS International Relations course.

Study Abroad

All International Management concentrators must complete a study abroad program sponsored by Boston University Study Abroad or a non-BU study abroad program of no less than 6 to 8 credits approved by the Questrom Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center and BU Study Abroad. Please note that only students considered to be international according to University regulations may fulfill this requirement through participation in Boston University’s programs in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles.


Four courses in total are required.

LA “A” List

Three courses are required from the following list:

  • QST LA 346 Business, Justice and Responsibility
  • QST LA 349 Intellectual Property, the Internet, and Public Policy
  • QST LA 355 Employment Law and Public Policy
  • QST LA 360 Real Estate Law
  • QST LA 365 Securities Regulation and White Collar Crime
  • QST LA 430 Entertainment Law (offered only in Los Angeles)
  • QST LA 450 Law and Risk Management
  • QST PL 350/CAS PS 510 The Psychology of Decision Making: Implications for Business and Public Policy
  • QST PL 430 The US Health Care System in Transition

LA “B” List

Law concentrators are required to take one additional 300-level or higher Questrom elective. Concentrators should choose this fourth elective after consulting with a member of the law faculty. It is strongly recommended but not required that this fourth elective be a non-law course.


Five courses in total are required.

One of the following CAS programming courses is required:

  • CAS CS 108 Introduction to Application Programming
  • CAS CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science I

MIS Required Courses

All Management Information Systems concentrators must take the following:

  • QST IS 465 Managing Data Resources
  • QST IS 467 Agile Development Methodologies
  • QST IS 469 Designing Information Systems

MIS “B” List

The applications knowledge requirement can be fulfilled by taking one of the following management information systems applications courses:

  • QST IS 428 Managing Information Security
  • QST IS 472 Electronic Commerce
  • QST IS 474 Information Products, Property, and Privacy
  • QST IS 479 Innovating with Information Technology (offered only during the summer)
  • QST IS 498 An approved 4-credit directed study with an IS faculty member
  • QST SI 451 Organizing for Design and Innovation

Students pursuing the MIS concentration as part of a double-concentration with Accounting, Finance, or Marketing may use a course from their second concentration to fulfill their MIS B-list requirement.


Four courses in total are required.

MK Required Courses

All Marketing concentrators must take the following:

  • QST MK 447 Marketing Research

MK “B” List

Three courses from the following list are required:

  • QST IM 471 Made in Italy (offered only in Padua)
  • QST MK 435 Introduction to the Music Business and Music Marketing (offered only in Los Angeles)
  • QST MK 444 Business of Sports
  • QST MK 445 Consumer Behavior
  • QST MK 449 Business Marketing
  • QST MK 463 Services Marketing & Management
  • QST MK 465 Retailing and Online Distribution
  • QST MK 466 Selling and Partnership Development
  • QST MK 467 International Marketing Management (also offered in London)
  • QST MK 468 Advanced Marketing Strategy (offered only during the summer)
  • QST MK 469 Communications and Digital Media Strategies
  • QST MK 475 Luxury Brands
  • QST MK 487 Branding
  • QST MK 498 An approved 4-credit directed study with an MK faculty member


Four courses in total are required.

OM Required Courses

All Operations & Technology Management concentrators must take the following:

  • QST OM 440 Operations Strategy
  • QST OM 441 Operations Analysis

OM “B” List

At least one course must be chosen from the following “B” List:

  • QST OM 443 Supply Chain Modeling Practicum
  • QST OM 447 Service Operations Management
  • QST OM 453 Project Management
  • QST OM 465 Improving Quality: Six Sigma Certification
  • QST OM 467 Global Supply Management

The fourth elective may be chosen from the “B” list above (recommended) or, in consultation with the OM Concentration Liaison, from a selection of Questrom elective courses that have a cross-functional link to operations & technology management (the OM “C” list).

OM “C” List

  • QST AC 445 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • QST FE 449 Corporate Financial Management
  • QST IS 469 Designing Information Systems
  • QST MK 463 Services Marketing and Management
  • QST OB 441 Human Resource Management
  • QST OB 448 Negotiations
  • QST OM 498 An approved 4-credit directed study in OM
  • QST QM 450 Business Analytics
  • QST SI 451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
  • QST SI 453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability


Four courses in total are required.

OB Required Courses

All Organizational Behavior concentrators must take the following:

  • QST OB 460 The Leadership Challenge
  • QST OB 448 Negotiations

OB “B” List

One course must be chosen from the following electives:

  • QST OB 441 Human Resource Management
  • QST OB 442 Leading High-Performance Teams and Project Groups
  • QST OB 444 Leading in a Global Economy
  • QST OB 456 Leadership & Management of Social Enterprises

OB “C” List

The fourth elective can be one of the OB “B” list electives above or an approved, behaviorally oriented class from the following list. In addition, students may submit for approval an appropriate behaviorally oriented course in their discipline or from other schools within the University. Approved suggestions:

  • QST IS 472 Electronic Commerce
  • QST IS 479 Innovating with Information Technology
  • QST LA 346 Business, Justice and Responsibility
  • QST LA 355 Employment Law and Public Policy
  • QST MK 445 Consumer Behavior
  • QST MK 463 Services Marketing & Management
  • QST MK 466 Selling and Partnership Development
  • QST MK 467 International Marketing
  • QST MK 468 Advanced Marketing Strategy (offered only during the summer)
  • QST MK 469 Communications and Digital Media Strategies
  • QST OB 498 An approved 4-credit directed study with an OB faculty member
  • QST OM 440 Operations Strategy
  • QST OM 447 Service Operations Management
  • QST OM 453 Project Management
  • QST PL 350/CAS PS 510 The Psychology of Decision Making: Implications for Business and Public Policy
  • QST PL 430 The US Health Care System in Transition
  • QST SI 443 Art of the Start
  • QST SI 444 Entrepreneurship: Solving Problems in a Dynamic World
  • QST SI 445 Managing a Growing Enterprise
  • QST SI 451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
  • QST SI 453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability
  • QST SI 471 International Entrepreneurship


Four courses in total are required.

Strategy & Innovation “A” List (at least 1 of the following):

  • QST SI 432 Corporate Strategy: Formulation & Implementation
  • QST SI 482 Strategy for Technology-Based Firms

Strategy & Innovation “B” List

Strategy & Innovation concentrators who take both courses from the “A” list may take one from the “B” list:

  • QST IM 345 International Business Environment
  • QST SI 451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
  • QST SI 453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability
  • QST SI 464 Intellectual Property Strategies

Strategy & Innovation “C” List

Strategy & Innovation concentrators can choose one course from the “C” list. However, concentrators who take two “A” list courses and two “B” list courses, or one “A” list course and three “B” list courses, are not required to take a “C” list course:

  • QST FE 449 Corporate Financial Management
  • QST FE 450 Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
  • QST FE 455 Financing New Ventures
  • QST FE 469 Real Estate Finance
  • QST IM 445 International Management Policy
  • QST IS 472 Electronic Commerce
  • QST MK 467 International Marketing Management
  • QST MK 468 Advanced Marketing Strategy
  • QST MK 469 Communications and Digital Media Strategies
  • QST OB 444 Managing in a Global Environment
  • QST OB 448 Negotiations
  • QST OM 440 Operations Strategy
  • QST PL 430 The US Health Care System in Transition
  • QST SI 431 Media Disruption
  • QST SI 438 Talent Representation and Management (offered only in Los Angeles)
  • QST SI 469 Real Estate Development
  • QST SI 475 Global Management Experience

Cross-Functional Concentrations

All Health & Life Sciences concentrators must take the following:

  • QST PL 425 Introduction to the Health Sector: Issues and Opportunities

HS “B” List

And 12 credits from the following list:

  • CAS AN 210 Medical Anthropology
  • CAS EC 387 Introduction to Health Economics
  • CAS RN 209 Religion, Health, and Medicine
  • CAS SO 215 Sociology of Health Care
  • CAS SO 323 Markets in Biomedicine and Health Care
  • CAS SO 418 Sociology of Medicine
  • SAR HS 325 Introduction to Global Health
  • QST PL 430 The US Health Care System in Transition
  • SPH PH 510 Introduction to Public Health


A total of four 4-credit courses are required.

All Real Estate concentrators must take the following:

  • QST FE 469 Real Estate Finance

RE “B” List—Real Estate concentrators must choose at least one course from the following:

  • QST LA 360 Real Estate Law
  • QST SI 469 Real Estate Development

RE “C” List—Real Estate concentrators must choose two courses from the “C” list. If a student takes BOTH courses from the “B” list, then one course from the “C” list is required:

  • CAS AH 205 History of World Architecture
  • CAS AN 309 Boston: An Ethnographic Approach
  • CAS GE 100 Environmental Change and Sustainability
  • CAS GE 201 World Regional Geography
  • CAS GE/IR 304 Environmentally Sustainable Development
  • CAS GE 309 Intermediate Environmental Analysis and Policy (prerequisites: CAS GE 100 and EC 101)
  • CAS SO 244 Urban Sociology
  • CAS SO 306 Boston’s People and Neighborhoods


A total of four 4-credit courses are required.

All Retailing concentrators must take the following:

  • QST MK 465 Retailing and Online Distribution

Retailing “B” List—Retailing concentrators must choose one course from the following list:

  • QST OM 441 Operations Analysis
  • QST OM 447 Operations Management in the Service Sector

Retailing “C” List—Retailing concentrators must choose a total of 8 credits of the following courses, with at least four credits of the courses being non-Questrom.

Analytics:

  • CAS CS 105 Introduction to Databases and Data Mining
  • CAS GG 365 Geographical Information Systems
  • QST MK 442 Digital Marketing Analytics
  • QST MK 470 Pricing Strategy and Tactics
  • QST QM 450 Business Analytics

Design and Culture:

  • CAS AH 210 Learning to See
  • CAS HI 282 The Modern American Consumer
  • CAS HI 300 American Popular Culture
  • CAS SO 253 Sociology of Popular Culture
  • CAS SO 448 Culture, Markets and Inequality
  • CFA AR 581 Web Design (2 credits)
  • CFA TH 355 History of Period Styles (2 credits)
  • SHA HF 322 Hospitality Design

Note that only one course may be shared with another Questrom functional concentration.


Boston University offers a minor in Sustainable Energy. We list this minor here as an option for Questrom students because it also fulfills the objective of providing exposure to a specific industry sector through a cross-section of related courses from within Questrom and across the University. Sustainable Energy is listed as a minor on students’ transcripts.

All Questrom students pursuing the Sustainable Energy minor must take the following beyond their required Questrom courses:

  • CAS GE 150 Sustainable Energy
  • ENG EK 225 Introduction to Energy Conversion and Environmental Engineering
  • QST SI 430 Multidisciplinary Sustainable Energy Practicum

SE “B” List

And one course from the following list:

  • CAS EC 571 Energy and Environmental Economics (CAS EC 201 or CAS EC 211 or CAS EC 501)
  • CAS EE 395 Sustainability Science: Earth House Practicum 1 and CAS EE 396 Sustainability Science: Earth House Practicum 2, combined (4 credits total)
  • CAS GE 250 The Fate of Nations: Climate, Resources, and Institutions
  • CAS GE 304 Environmentally Sustainable Development
  • CAS GE 460 Resource Economics and Policy (prerequisites: CAS GE 309 and CAS MA 121; MA 122 recommended)
  • CAS GE 512 Climate Change Policy Analysis and Modeling (prerequisite: CAS EC 303; CAS MA 121; CAS CS 111)
  • CAS GE 519 Energy, Society and Environment (prerequisite: CAS GE 304; or equivalent)
  • CAS GE 521 Environmental Law and Policy
  • CAS GE 555 World Oil Markets (prerequisite: junior, senior, or graduate standing. CAS EC 102 or equivalent recommended.)
  • CAS GE 560 Energy Transitions (prerequisite: CAS GE 309, which can be take concurrently; or graduate standing)
  • CAS IR 536 European Environmental Policy (prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor)
  • CAS IR 594 Global Environmental Policy and Negotiation
  • CAS IR 599 Science, Politics, and Climate Change
  • ENG EC/ME/SE 543 Sustainable Power Systems: Planning, Operation, and Markets (graduate/senior status and consent of instructor)
  • ENG EC/MS 573 Solar Energy Conversion (ENG EK 408; graduate standing or permission of the instructor. ENG EC 471 is suggested.)
  • ENG EK 133 Wind Energy
  • ENG EK 335 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • ENG EK 408 Introduction to Modern Energy Generation and Storage Technologies
  • ENG EK 546 Assessment of Sustainable Energy Technologies (prerequisites: CAS PY 105 or CAS CH 101 or CAS ES 105; or equivalent, CAS MA 121 or equivalent; graduate or junior/senior standing)
  • ENG ME 430 Energy Conversion (prerequisite: ENG ME 304)
  • QST SI 453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability (QST SI 422 previous or concurrent)
  • QST SI 480 The Business of Technology Innovation (prerequisites: junior standing, ENG students only)

Questrom Honors Program

The Questrom Honors Program curriculum builds upon the standard curriculum at the Questrom School of Business to give students a unique opportunity to explore areas of interest in greater depth.

Sophomore Year

  • Honors Program students participate in colloquia in the fall semester of their sophomore year, in which they research and discuss topics and issues in business, education, and other fields with the faculty director of the Questrom Honors Program.
  • The spring semester sophomores participate in an International Field Seminar, a semester’s worth of country analysis and study of culture, history, and economy, culminating in a weeklong international trip.

Junior/Senior Years

  • Honors Program students complete two 2-credit seminars taught by some of our most esteemed undergraduate and graduate faculty.

Community Service

  • Students in the Honors Program complete 10 community service projects during their four years at the Questrom School of Business.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of fields within the liberal arts or in other disciplines outside of business through the completion of a minor. Many Honors Program students also pursue study abroad and/or dual degree options. Periodic dinner meetings and other events bring together students, faculty, alumni, and administrators for informal discussions, panels, presentations, and social gatherings.

Students may apply to be considered for invitation to the program after the fall of their freshman year. In addition to a successful application and interview, acceptance to the program is contingent on earning a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.45 in at least 32 academic credits. Students successfully completing the requirements of the Honors Program will have the “Honors” designation on their Boston University transcript.

Further information about the program is available from the Questrom School of Business Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center and at http://questromworld.bu.edu/upo/academics/honors.