Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The Questrom School of Business introduced a substantial revision to its curriculum in the 2013−14 academic year. Students who entered the School prior to Fall 2013 should see below for the policies pertaining to them.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) requires that students complete coursework in both management and the liberal arts, and that they complete no fewer than 129 credits, plus additional seminars in career development. Students normally take four academic courses each semester. These courses are distributed as follows:

  • 16 required courses in the Questrom School of Business
  • Four management concentration electives
  • Four required liberal arts courses
  • Seven Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements and Liberal Arts Electives (as described here)
  • One Non-Management Elective (as described here)
  • In most cases, two Free Electives to ensure the minimum 129 credits necessary to graduate
  • Plus career development seminars. Students who begin as freshmen in the Questrom School of Business take SMG SM 108 in their freshman year, followed by SM 208 (concurrently with OB 221), SM 308 (junior year), and SM 408 in their senior year. Students who transfer into Questrom replace SM 108 and SM 208 with SM 209, which combines the content of SM 108 and SM 208. These credits are not included in the 129 credits necessary to graduate.

Freshman Year

Students in their freshman year take three required management courses: Business, Society & Ethics, Introduction to Finance; and Creating Value in the Global Economy. The intent of the three courses is to provide a philosophical, economic, and applied foundation for ethical decision-making in finance and business. Concurrently, 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 100 Writing Seminar (or level of English composition course(s) as determined by the CAS Writing Program)
  • CAS MA 121 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I or CAS MA 123 Calculus I
  • SMG FE 101 Introduction to Finance (2 cr)
  • SMG SM 131 Business, Society, and Ethics
  • Please note: All Questrom students who enter as freshmen in September must complete SMG SM 131 and SMG FE 101 with a grade of no lower than B- to remain in good standing. Non-Questrom students must have completed at least one semester of matriculated college coursework to enroll in SMG SM 131 or FE 101. Ultimately, all Questrom students must receive a minimum of B– or better in SMG SM 131 and SMG 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.
  • SMG SM 151 Creating Value in the Global Economy (2 cr)
  • SMG SM 108 Career Management Seminar 1 (1 cr)
  • Two liberal arts distribution requirements or liberal arts electives (8 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; 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.

  • SMG AC 221 Financial Accounting
  • SMG AC 222 Managerial Accounting
  • SMG IS 223 Introduction to Information Systems
  • SMG LA 245 Introduction to Law
  • SMG OB 221 The Dynamics of Leading Organizations
  • SMG QM 221 (formerly SM 221) Probabilistic and Statistical Decision Making for Management
  • SMG QM 222 (formerly SM 222) Modeling Business Decisions and Market Outcomes
  • SMG SM 208 Career Management Seminar 2 (1 cr) [or SMG SM 209 (2 cr) if did not enter as a freshman]
  • One liberal arts elective (4 cr)

Junior Year

Juniors at Questrom devote an entire semester to SM 323 The Cross-Functional Core. This unit is the cornerstone of the School’s philosophy of teaching management as a system. It combines three functional courses (on finance, marketing, and operations and technology management) with a further extension of our students’ quantitative skills (business analytics) into a coherent unit that stresses the interrelationships among them. An integral part of the unit is a team project to develop a full business plan for the introduction of a new product.

  • SMG FE 323 Financial Management
  • SMG MK 323 Marketing Management
  • SMG OM 323 Operations and Technology Management
  • SMG QM 323 Business Analytics
  • SMG SM 333 Business Plan: Applications in FE, MK, & OM (1 cr)
  • SMG SM 308 Career Management Seminar 3 (1 cr)
  • Two liberal arts electives (8 cr total)
  • Two management concentration electives (8 cr total)

Senior Year

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

  • SMG SI 422 Strategy, Innovation, and Global Competition
  • Two liberal arts electives (8 cr total)
  • Two management concentration electives (8 cr total)
  • One non-management elective (non-management course) (4 cr)
  • Two free electives (8 cr total, though they may need more credits to reach the 129-credit total if any coursework transferred in on a non-four-credit system)
  • SMG SM 408 Career Management Seminar 4 (1 cr)

Students who entered Questrom Sept. 2011–Jan. 2013

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) requires that students complete coursework in both the liberal arts and management, and that they complete no fewer than 136.5 academic credits (if they begin as freshmen in the Questrom School of Business and complete SMG SM 121 and SM 122) or 134.5 credits (if they transfer into the Questrom School of Business and complete SMG SM 299). Students normally take four academic courses each semester. These courses are distributed as follows:

  • 14 required courses in the Questrom School of Business
  • Four management electives
  • Five required liberal arts courses
  • Seven Level A and Level B liberal arts electives (as described here)
  • Two non-management Level C electives (as described here)

Students who entered Questrom prior to Sept. 2011

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program consists of 33 courses in both the liberal arts and management. Students normally take four academic courses each semester. These courses are distributed as follows:

  • 14 required courses in the Questrom School of Business
  • Four management electives
  • Five required liberal arts courses
  • Seven Level A and Level B liberal arts electives (as described here)
  • Two non-management Level C electives (as described here)
  • One free elective (as described here)

Freshman Year

  • CAS EC 101 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis
  • CAS EC 102 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (or level of English composition course[s] as determined by the CAS Writing Program)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar
  • CAS MA 121 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I or CAS MA 123 Calculus I
  • SMG SM 121/122 Management as a System
  • One liberal arts elective (4 cr)

Sophomore Year

  • SMG AC 221 Financial Accounting
  • SMG AC 222 Managerial Accounting
  • SMG LA 245 Introduction to Law
  • SMG OB 221 The Dynamics of Leading Organizations
  • SMG SM 221 Probabilistic and Statistical Decision Making for Management (6 cr)
  • SMG SM 222 Modeling Business Decisions and Market Outcomes (6 cr)
  • SMG SM 411 Charting Your Career Path (.5 cr)
  • Two liberal arts electives (8 cr total)

Junior Year

  • SMG FE 323 Financial Management
  • SMG IS 323 Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • SMG MK 323 Marketing Management
  • SMG OM 323 Operations and Technology Management
  • Four liberal arts electives (16 cr total)

Senior Year

  • SMG SI 422 Strategy, Innovation, and Global Competition
  • Four management electives (16 cr total)
  • Two Level C electives (non-management courses) (8 cr total)
  • One free elective (4 cr) (for students entering the Questrom School of Business before September 2011)

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 management. Functional Concentrations include:

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

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)
  • 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 management 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 SMG prefix. See concentration sections below for those concentrations also having CAS requirements.

Functional Concentrations

Accounting

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

AC Required Courses

All Accounting concentrators must take the following:

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

AC “B” List

And 8 credits from the following list:

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

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.

Entrepreneurship

Four courses in total are required.

EP “A” List

Three courses are required from the following list:

  • SMG SI 443 The Art of the Start
  • SMG SI 444 Entrepreneurship
  • SMG SI 445 Managing the Growing Enterprise
  • SMG SI 471 International Entrepreneurship

EP “B” List

Concentrators who take three courses from the “A” list above must take one courses from the “B” list below.
Those who take four courses from the “A” list do not need to take a course from the “B” list.

  • SMG FE 450 Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
  • SMG FE 455 Financing New Ventures
  • SMG FE 469 Real Estate Finance
  • SMG IS 472 Electronic Commerce
  • SMG LA 360 Real Estate Law
  • SMG LA 430 Entertainment Law (offered only in Los Angeles)
  • SMG MK 463 Services Marketing and Management
  • SMG OB 448 Negotiations
  • SMG OB 456 Leadership & Management of Social Enterprises
  • SMG PL 430 U.S. Health Reform in the 21st Century
  • SMG  SI 435 Entertainment Management (offered only in Los Angeles)
  • SMG SI 451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
  • SMG SI 453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability
  • SMG  SI 468 Strategy in High Technology Environments
  • SMG SI 469 Real Estate Development
  • SMG SI 482 Strategy for Technology-Based Firms

Students may also seek permission for approval of a fourth course not listed on the above “B” list by petitioning the Entrepreneurship Concentration Liaison.

Finance

Four courses in total are required.

FE Required Courses

All Finance concentrators must take the following:

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

FE “B” List

Finance concentrators must choose their remaining elective from among the following courses:

  • SMG AC 414 Financial Statement Analysis
  • SMG AC 445 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • SMG FE 427 International Financial Management
  • SMG FE 429 Futures, Options, and Financial Risk Management
  • SMG FE 450 Private Equity: Leveraged Buyouts
  • SMG FE 454 Investment Banking
  • SMG FE 455 Financing New Ventures
  • SMG FE 456 Fixed Income Analysis
  • SMG FE 469 Real Estate Finance
  • SMG FE 498 Directed Study: Finance (4-cr version)

General Management

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.

International Management

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:

  • SMG FE 427 International Financial Management
  • SMG 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:

  • SMG IM 445 Multinational Management
  • SMG MK 467 International Marketing Management
  • SMG OB 444 Managing in a Global Environment
  • SMG OM 467 Global Supply Management
  • SMG SI 471 International Entrepreneurship

Students concentrating in International Management must:

  1. Complete a language other than English through the fourth-semester level
    OR
  2. Obtain a certificate of proficiency in a foreign language from CAS
    OR
  3. Earn a score of 560 or above on an SAT II foreign language exam as described in the foreign language section of the bulletin

All International Management concentrators must also complete one CAS International Relations course.
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 Program office and the 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. 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.

Law

Four courses in total are required.

LA “A” List

Three courses are required from the following list:

  • SMG LA 346 Law and Ethics
  • SMG LA 349 Intellectual Property, the Internet, and Public Policy
  • SMG LA 355 Employment Law and Public Policy
  • SMG LA 360 Real Estate Law
  • SMG LA 430 Entertainment Law (offered only in Los Angeles)
  • SMG LA 450 Advanced Business Law
  • SMG PL 430 U.S. Health Reform in the 21st Century

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.

Management Information Systems

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:

  • SMG IS 465 Managing Data Resources
  • SMG IS 467 Networking and Data Communications
  • SMG 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:

  • SMG IS 428 Managing Information Security
  • SMG IS 472 Electronic Commerce
  • SMG IS 479 Innovating with Information Technology (offered only during the summer)
  • SMG IS 498 An approved 4-credit directed study with an IS faculty member
  • SMG 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.

Marketing

Four courses in total are required.

MK Required Courses

All Marketing concentrators must take the following:

  • SMG MK 447 Marketing Research

MK “B” List

Three courses from the following list are required:

  • SMG MK 435 Introduction to the Music Business and Music Marketing (offered in Los Angeles)
  • SMG MK 445 Consumer Behavior
  • SMG MK 449 Business Marketing
  • SMG MK 463 Services Marketing & Management
  • SMG MK 465 Retailing and Online Distribution
  • SMG MK 466 Selling and Partnership Development
  • SMG MK 467 International Marketing Management (also offered in London)
  • SMG MK 468 Advanced Marketing Strategy (offered only during the summer)
  • SMG MK 469 Communications and Digital Media Strategies
  • SMG MK 486 Digital Marketing Strategy
  • SMG MK 487 Branding
  • SMG MK 498 An approved 4-credit directed study with an MK faculty member

Operations & Technology Management

Four courses in total are required.

OM Required Courses

All Operations & Technology Management concentrators must take the following:

  • SMG OM 440 Operations Strategy
  • SMG OM 441 Operations Analysis

OM “B” List

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

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

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

Organizational Behavior

Four courses in total are required.

OB Required Courses

All Organizational Behavior concentrators must take the following:

  • SMG OB 441 Human Resource Management
  • SMG OB 460 The Leadership Challenge

OB “B” List

One course must be chosen from the following electives:

  • SMG OB 442 Leading High-Performance Teams and Project Groups
  • SMG OB 444 Managing in a Global Environment
  • SMG OB 448 Negotiations
  • SMG OB 456 Leadership & Management of Social Enterprises
  • SMG SI 445 Managing the Growing Enterprise

OB “C” List

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

  • SMG IS 472 Electronic Commerce
  • SMG  IS 479 Innovating with Information Technology
  • SMG LA 346 Law and Ethics
  • SMG LA 355 Employment Law and Public Policy
  • SMG MK 445 Consumer Behavior
  • SMG MK 463 Services Marketing & Management
  • SMG MK 468 Advanced Marketing Strategy (offered only during the summer)
  • SMG MK 469 Communications and Digital Media Strategies
  • SMG MK 486 Internet Marketing (offered only during the summer)
  • SMG OB 498 An approved 4-credit directed study with an OB faculty member
  • SMG OM 440 Operations Strategy
  • SMG OM 447 Service Operations Management
  • SMG OM 453 Project Management
  • SMG OM 465 Improving Quality: Six Sigma Certification
  • SMG SI 435 Entertainment Management (offered only in Los Angeles)
  • SMG SI 443 Art of the Start
  • SMG SI 444 Entrepreneurship
  • SMG SI 451 Organizing for Design and Innovation
  • SMG SI 453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability
  • SMG SI 471 International Entrepreneurship

 

Cross-Functional Concentrations

Health & Life Sciences Sector

All Health & Life Sciences concentrators must take the following:

  • SMG 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
  • SMG PL 430 The US Health Care System in Transition
  • SPH PH 510 Introduction to Public Health

Sustainable Energy

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
  • SMG 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 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)
  • SMG SI 453 Strategies for Environmental Sustainability (SMG SI 422 previous or concurrent)
  • SMG SI 480 The Business of Technology Innovation (prerequisites: junior standing, ENG students only)