Associate & Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Degree & Course Requirements

Business Administration

ODU's Business program provides the knowledge and skills required for success in the business world.

Coursework includes marketing, management, organizational behavior, insurance and risk management, and economics.

A.S. in Business

  • An Associate degree prepares students to advance to the Bachelor’s degree track in Business Administration or other business-related degree.
  • Course work includes business technology, marketing, management, organizational behavior, insurance and risk management, and economics.
  • An A.S. in Business including Insurance & Risk Management courses IRM210, IRM220 and IRM301 satisfies the Ohio Department of Insurance agent pre-licensing education requirements and provides complimentary waivers for CPCU520 and CPCU553.

Courses Credits
ENG 110 College Writing I 3
ENG 111 College Writing II 3
CORE 179H CORE: Are You Connected? 3
ART 279A CORE: Global Community in Art 3
ACT 210 Accounting for Financial Decision Making 3*
BUS 220 Principles of Marketing 3*
BUS 240 Management & Organizational Behavior 3*
ECN 207 Principles of Microeconomics 3*
Nine additional credits from the Division of Business Courses in ACT, BUS, ECN, FIN, IRM 9* 
Twelve credits distributed from the following divisions:
  • Theology, Arts & Ideas
  • Literature & Language
  • Social & Behavioral Science
  • Mathematics, Computer & Natural Sciences
Fifteen credits from general electives  15
Total Credits Required 60
*Used to calculate the Major GPA

B.S. in Business Administration

  • You can double major with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
  • Choose an emphasis in Marketing or Management.
    Minors available in Computer Science,
  • Entrepreneurship, Insurance & Risk Management, and Marketing.
  • 4 + 1 Program option to earn your B.S. and MBA in five years.

Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in addition to the major requirements listed below. 

Business Core Courses Credits
ACT 210 Accounting for Financial Decision Making 3*
ACT 220 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making 3*
BUS 220 Principles of Marketing 3*
BUS 240 Management & Organizational Behavior 3*
BUS 318 Business & Society 3*
BUS 343 Human Resource Management 3*
BUS 250 Legal Environment of Business 3*
BUS 479 CORE: Strategic Management 3*
ECN 207 Principles of Microeconomics 3*
ECN 208 Principles of Macroeconomics 3*
FIN 325 Managerial Finance 3*
Required Correlatives Credits
MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics 3
PHL 346 Principles of Business Ethics 3
CIS 107 Computer Applications 3
Emphasis Credits
Choose either Marking or Management 9*
Total Credits Required 51
* Used to calculate the Major GPA

By choosing an emphasis, students earning a B.S. in Business Administration can further tailor their curriculum to meet their individual career interests and needs.

Select an emphasis** in either Marketing or Management and complete 9 credit hours in that emphasis. Note: Not every course will be offered every term.

Marketing Emphasis 

Courses Credits
BUS 221 International Marketing
BUS 251 Retailing
BUS 270 Integrated Marketing Communications
BUS 370 Professional Selling 
BUS 371 Sales Force Management & Leadership 3
BUS 378 Marketing for Service Industries 
PRS 340 Internet Strategies, Social Media, e-Commerce & More 3

Management Emphasis 

Courses Credits
BUS 301 Conflict Resolution & Negotiation for Manager 3
BUS 305 Non-Profit Management 
BUS 312 Employee Training & Development  3
BUS 315 Gender & the Workplace  3
BUS 361 Starting a New Business Venture 
BUS 362 Building, Operating, and Passing on the Family Business
BUS 371 Sales Force Management & Leadership  3
BUS 373 Managing a Diverse Workforce 3
BUS 460 Contemporary Issues in Management 3
BUS 496 Advanced Readings & Topics in Management 3
ENV 279A CORE: Applied Sustainability 3

** An emphasis not required for students admitted to the MBA 4 + 1 Program or students completing an approved University minor (not to include business administration). 

Students are not permitted to complete both the minor in Management and the major in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management; they must choose one or the other.

ODU's Adult & Continuing Education program offers a variety of business minors to enhance any major:

  • Computer Science
    Provides a foundation in computer programming concepts, networks, database systems and analysis of information technology. 
  • Entrepreneurship
    Students gain the tools and insights necessary to launch a new venture, including marketing, finance, law and management.
  • Insurance & Risk Management
    Courses in insurance and risk management are complemented by courses in the functional areas of business and economics.
  • Marketing
    Students develop the perspectives and skills necessary to succeed in many fields, including business, marketing, sales, public relations and more.

View Minor Requirements

The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

Year 1
Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENG 110 ENG 111
CORE 179 ACT 220
ECN 207 BUS 220
ACT 210 THL 225
MTH 140 ECN 208
Year 2
Fall Semester Spring Semester
BUS 240 Emphasis Elective
LNG 242 Literature
BIO 279 or ENV 279A or HST course HST or BIO 279 or EVN 279A
THL at any level PHL 109 or PHL 170
CIS 107 Elective
Year 3
Fall Semester Spring Semester
BUS 318 BUS 343
FIN 325 Emphasis or Minor Elective
PHL 346 379 - Social Science
Art/Music/Theatre Elective
Elective Elective
Year 4
Fall Semester Spring Semester
BUS 345 BUS 479
Emphasis or Minor Elective Emphasis or Minor Elective
Emphasis or Minor Elective Emphasis or Minor Elective
Emphasis or Minor Elective Elective
Elective Elective
  • Emphasis options – Marketing, Management
  • Minor options – Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Insurance & Risk Management

Academic Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

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