Business Administration: Concentration in General Business

Major department advisors answered a few questions to assist you with your first-semester class selection. 

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?

The concentration in General Business is designed for students who are interested in running their own business or taking over their family business. 

While there may be more courses that can be taken to count as concentration electives across the various departments within the College of Business (e.g., select courses in DS, ECON, ISYS, etc. can all be taken to meet General Business electives), there may be fewer options to choose from within a specific department due to the number of course prerequisites.

Currently ACCT, FIN and MGMT restrict their upper-division concentration courses to only students declared in their specific major/concentration (e.g, ACCT 513 is restricted to only accounting majors). General Business students should work very closely with an academic advisor in the College of Business Student Services Center (CoBSSC) to select courses every semester and seek advising on whether the concentration in General Business is the best fit.

When a class is full and additional students are requesting to add via permission number, instructors may give students declared in a specific concentration enrollment priority if a spot opens up (e.g., a student with a declared ISYS concentration also trying to add an ISYS course required for the major).

When should I first meet with my major department? Information on major requirements and recommended courses to take for the first semester are discussed at new student orientation. If you attended orientation and seek assistance planning out courses to take for the following term/s, it is best to inquire after the first semester Add/Drop period. For the fall term, it is after mid-September.  For the spring, it is after mid-February.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? All business majors can meet with any academic advisor in the College of Business Student Services Center (CoBSSC) located in BUS 112. Drop-in hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where can I find information about major advising? http://cob.sfsu.edu/resources/undergraduate
 Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Students who have taken courses that are not listed in ASSIST.org to meet course prerequisites will need to see an advisor in the College of Business Student Services Center located in BUS 112 for further instructions. This often involves meeting with one of our designated faculty members for course evaluation.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? Take lower or upper division general education courses. Best to also touch base with an academic advisor in the College of Business Student Services Center (CoBSSC) located in BUS 112.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?

The earlier a student seeks advising assistance when they have a question or encounter an issue, the easier it will be to support the student.

We highly encourage students to meet with an academic advisor in BUS 112/the College of Business Student Services Center (CoBSSC) at least once a semester.    

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

IBUS 330, MGMT 405 and MKTG 431: these three courses do not have any prerequisites as long as the student is in junior standing.

We do not recommend that students enroll in FIN 350 and DS 412 in the same semester. Both courses are very quantitatively intense. Students who do not have strong quantitative skills often struggle with these two courses and perform better if they are able to focus on each course separately across two different terms.

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

Ideally, it is best if a transfer student has already completed all the lower division business core course sprior to transferring to SF State. These include: ACCT 100, ACCT 101, DS/MATH 110, DS 212/MATH 124/ISED 160, ECON 101, ECON 102, ISYS 263 and/or ENG 214/215.

If not, that’s OK.  Any lower division business core courses not completed prior to transferring to SF State should be taken as soon as possible.

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them?

Auto prerequisite checking is active for all courses in the Business Core. If a student believes there is an error when trying to register for a course in the Business Core (e.g., they have met the course prerequisite by taking an equivalent course), the student should see an advisor in the College of Business Student Services Center located in BUS 112 for further instructions.  This may involve meeting with one of our designated faculty members for course evaluation.

Students in the concentration in General Business do not have priority registration for courses in these three departments: ACCT, FIN & MGMT. Student will need to wait until the first day of the semester to see if the instructor is able add more students. If so, the instructor will provide the student with a permission number.

Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes. Please note that the ONLY approved ADT in the College of Business is for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in General Business.

[Click here for ADT Roadmap for students with 12-units of lower division major coursework satisified in transfer.]

[Click here for ADT Roadmap for students with 21-units of lower division major coursework satisified in transfer.]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

English, Math and *ECON 101

*ECON 101 is recommended for students who are eligible to take ENG 114

The Economics department recommends that studentstake ECON 101 first, even though it is not an official prerequisite for ECON 102.

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

If a student needs developmental studies in English and Math, ECON 101 and ECON 102 are NOT recommended. ECON 101 and ECON 102 should be taken after developmental studies in English and Math have been completed.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
 

AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics with a minimum score of “3”.

DS 212 will be met with a score of 3 or better on the AP Statistics test (Business Admin. students only).

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College of Business Student Success Center

Services provided for: undergraduate students in College of Business majors and minors.

Services include: General education, non-major graduation requirements, graduation check, academic probation, study abroad and academic scholarship and honors.

Phone: (415) 405-3531
Website: cob.sfsu.edu/resources/undergraduate
Location: BUS 112
Drop-in hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.