Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Major

The major in Business Management leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Completion of the major requires 49 credits.
Transfer Credit Policy for students in the Business Major
Students may apply a maximum of 21 transfer credits toward the Business Major. Of the total 21 credits, only 6 credits may used to fulfill an area of specialization.

A. Core Courses

  • BUS 115  Introduction to Business for Business Majors
  • ACC 210  Financial Accounting
  • BUS 215  Introduction to Business Statistics (see Note)
  • BUS 220  Introduction to Decision Sciences (see Note)
  • BUS 301  Business Communications
  • BUS 326  Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 330  Principles of Finance or ECO 389 Corporate Finance
  • BUS 346  Operations Management
  • BUS 348  Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 353  Entrepreneurship or BUS 383 Social Entrepreneurship or BUS 441 Business Strategy
  • BUS 446  Ethics: Critical Thinking through Film or BUS 447 Business Ethics
  • ECO 108  Introduction to Economics (see Note)

Note: MAT 122 Overview of Calculus with Applications satisfies DEC C/QPS and must be completed as a prerequisite for ECO 108BUS 215 and BUS 220.

B. Area of Specialization

One of the following specializations must be chosen at the start of the junior year. The details are available in the College of Business Office of Stu­dent Services.
Choose one specialization from the following areas:

1. Accounting 

a. Required courses

  • ACC 214 Managerial Cost Analysis and Applications
  • ACC 310 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 311 Federal Income Taxation I

Note: For business majors, successful completion of the accounting minor will satisfy the accounting specialization requirement. However, only the accounting minor will be reflected on the student’s academic transcript.

b. Select one from the following:

  • ACC 313 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 314 Federal Income Taxation II
  • ACC 315 Accounting for the Small Business Entrepreneur
  • ACC 400 External Auditing
  • BUS 488 Internship

2. Entrepreneurship (Advisory prerequisite BUS 353 or BUS 383)

a. Required course

  • BUS 337 Entrepreneurship Across Countries

b. Select one from the following:

c. Select one from the following:

  • BUS 399 Intellectual Property Strategy
  • BUS 401 Negotiation Workshop

d. Select one from the following:

3. Finance

a. Select four from the following:

4. International Business

a. Select four from the following:

  • BUS 331 International Finance
  • BUS 337 Entrepreneurship Compared Across Countries
  • BUS 362 Principles of International Marketing
  • BUS 440 International Management
  • BUS 488 Internship

5. Marketing 

a. Required courses

b. Select one from the following:

6. Management and Operations

a. Required course

  • BUS 340 Information Systems in Management

b. Select three from the following:

Note: BUS 475BUS 476 Undergraduate Teaching Practicum I, II, and BUS 487 Independent Research will count toward the total University credit requirement, but not toward the business major.

D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

BUS 301 contains the necessary writing components which satisfy the Upper Division Writing Requirement for the business major, and also satisfies the Stony Brook Curriculum learning objective WRTD.


All courses taken to satisfy the business management major requirements must be taken for a letter grade. All students accepted to the business management major in the fall 2005 semester and subsequent must complete all BUS courses, ECO 108, and MAT 122 with a grade of C or higher in order to satisfy the requirements for the major. Students accepted to the business management major prior to fall 2005 must complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher in order to satisfy the requirements for the major: BUS 110, BUS 210, BUS 220 (formerly BUS 249), BUS 340BUS 346, BUS 347, BUS 348BUS 440, and BUS 441; AMS 102ECO 108MAT 122 or MAT 123PSY 103 or SOC 105.