Questrom

Sample Pathway

Below is an example of a four-year plan of a College of General Studies student pursuing a degree in business administration. Students will work with their CGS academic advisors and the Questrom School of Business to plan their own pathway to a business administration degree.

Gap Semester Recommended external course: introductory microeconomic analysis (equivalent to CAS EC 101) or calculus (equivalent to CAS MA 121). Follow the pre-approval process for transferring courses.
  Semester I Semester II
Freshman Year CGS HU 103
CGS RH 103
CGS SS 103
CGS MA 121/CAS MA 121 or CAS EC 101
CGS Required Courses (London or Boston-New England semester)
Sophomore Year CGS Required Courses
QST SM 131*
QST SM 132* (2cr)
CAS EC 102
CGS Required Courses
QST AC 221* or CAS EC 102
QST QM 221*
QST ES 215 (2cr)
Junior Year QST AC 222** or QST AC 221*
QST QM 222/QST BA 222*
QST MO 221*
QST SM 275*
QST SM 323 (4 Courses):

QST ES 310 (1cr)

Senior Year QST IS 223**
QST LA 245**
QST AC 222 if not taken prior to CORE
QST Concentration Course
QST SI 422
QST Concentration Course
QST Concentration Course
QST Concentration Course

*Prerequisite to QST SM 323: The Cross-Functional CORE (Students take BA222 in lieu of QM222 if considering the Business Analytics concentration or in lieu of CS105, CS108, or CS111 if considering Information Systems concentration.).

†QST QM 221 not required if student has AP credit equivalent to MA115 or has taken MA113, MA115, MA213, EC203, or PS211 PRIOR to continuation to Questrom

**Not a prerequisite to QST SM 323: The Cross-Functional CORE (IS 223 is a prerequisite to the Management Information Systems Concentration).

***Prerequisite to most upper-level Questrom electives

Major Requirements

Course Descriptions for Questrom School of Business courses can be found in the Boston University Undergraduate Bulletin. All courses with the exception of Microeconomics (CAS EC 101), Macroeconomics (CAS EC 102) and Calculus (CAS MA 121must be taken in residence at the Questrom School of Business. Prior approval must be granted for all external coursework. Please note that external courses may not be used to fulfill BU Hub requirements.

Advising

Students who need additional guidance should consult Sally E. Ward, Assistant Director, Suite 102, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, 617-353-2650. Also, please visit the Undergraduate Development Center (UDC) website.

College of General Studies Program Requirements

  • Two rhetoric courses: CGS RH 103 and CGS RH 104
    • CGS RH 104 is taken during the London semester
  • Two natural science courses: CGS NS 201 and CGS NS 202
  • Three social science courses:
    • CGS SS 104 is required and is taken during the London semester
    • Students select at least two additional SS courses and will work with their academic advisor to determine course selection
  • Three humanities courses:
    • CGS HU 104 is required and is taken during the London semester
    • Students select at least two additional HU courses and will work with their academic advisor to determine course selection

Note: The CGS required courses will cover Questrom liberal arts electives (5 courses), non-business electives (3 courses), and free electives (2 courses).

Continuation Requirements

  • Completion of CGS required courses and appropriate electives
  • Cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.00
  • CGS Class of 2027: Completion of Questrom’s suite of gateway courses having earned a minimum grade of C in five of the following courses, and no less than C- in the sixth course – CGS RH 104 (WR120), CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123, CAS EC 101, CAS EC102, QST SM 131 and QST SM 132.
  • CGS Class of 2028: Completion of Questrom’s suite of gateway courses having earned a minimum grade of C in four of the following courses, and no less than C- in the fifth course – CGS RH 104 (WR120), CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123, CAS EC 101, QST SM 131 and QST SM 132.
    • If you do not earn a C (or C- in one of the courses) you may retake the course(s) one time. 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. You have one opportunity to retake the course(s) and must retake the course(s) in one of the two academic semesters following the semester of the first attempt. Students who do not earn the grades required in any of the six courses are not eligible to continue to the Questrom School of Business. 
  • Students will not be accepted for continuation with any incomplete grades (‘I’ grades) in academic courses on their transcript

Graduation Requirements

  • BU Hub requirements
    • Students continuing from CGS to Questrom will ordinarily, through coursework in CGS, fulfill the following Hub areas: First-Year Writing Seminar; Writing, Research and Inquiry; Critical Thinking; Philosophical Inquiry; Aesthetic Exploration; Historical Consciousness; Scientific Inquiry I; Social or Scientific Inquiry II; The Individual in Community; Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy (1 unit satisfied by CGS SS 104 or CGS SS 201); Writing-Intensive Course (1 unit satisfied by CGS SS 201 or CGS SS 202). All other Hub areas will be satisfied through the required Questrom curriculum
  • Minimum grade requirement
    • Students need a grade of C- or better for all required courses towards the degree. This is in addition to the grade requirement for the suite of courses required to continue to Questrom.

Concentrations

All Questrom students must complete at least one concentration. Concentrations present a deep exploration of a specific functional area in the study and practice of management. Two Concentrations (Global Business; Real Estate) provide 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. Regardless of concentration selection, all Questrom students must take four Questrom electives to fulfill degree requirements.  Students are required to declare a Concentration by March 1st of their junior year.

This is a sample pathway to be used in consultation with your CGS Academic Advisor.

It is subject to change according to course availability and individual circumstances.

Last revised: 5/10/24