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Lower-Division Core Courses

The following lower-division core courses for Business Administration or Business Information Systems majors require a C or better and must be completed prior to moving on to upper-division courses. These along with general education requirements are recommended for the first three to four semesters at CSU, Chico.


Business Administration Majors

  • ACCT 201 - Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 202 - Managerial Accounting
  • BADM 101 - Understanding Global Business
  • ECON 102 - Macroeconomics *
  • ECON 103 - Microeconomics *
  • MATH 107 - Finite Mathematics *
  • MATH 105 - Statistics or MATH 108 - Statistics of Business and Economics *

*Note double counting opportunities (meeting two requirements with one course) within business and general education. MATH 105/108 or MATH 107 fulfills the A4 Quantitative Reasoning requirement. ECON 102 fulfills the D2 Societal Institutions requirement (in the Global Development or International Studies pathways) and ECON 103 fulfills the D1 Individual and Society requirement (in the Ethics, Justice, and Policy pathway).

For major academic plans (MAPs) to guide you toward graduation in four years, see the University catalog as well as meet with your advisors. Business Student Advising can help with major requirements and Academic Advising can help with general education and graduation requirements.


Business Information Systems Majors

  • ACCT 201 - Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 202 - Managerial Accounting
  • BSIS 105 - Introduction to Computers in Business
  • ECON 102 - Macroeconomics *
  • ECON 103 - Microeconomics *
  • MATH 105 - Statistics *
  • MATH 107 - Finite Mathematics *
  • MINS 235 - Database Design
  • PHIL 102 - Logic and Critical Thinking *

*Note double counting opportunities (meeting two requirements with one course) within business and general education. MATH 105/108 or MATH 107 fulfills the A4 Quantitative Reasoning requirement. ECON 102 fulfills the D2 Societal Institutions requirement (in the Global Development or International Studies pathways) and ECON 103 fulfills the D1 Individual and Society requirement (in the Ethics, Justice, and Policy pathway). PHIL 102 fulfills the A3 Critical Thinking requirement.

For major academic plans (MAPs) to guide you toward graduation in four years, see the University catalog as well as meet with your advisors. Business Student Advising can help with major requirements and Academic Advising can help with general education and graduation requirements.


AP Tests/Transfer Work

If you took AP tests in the following areas and scored a three of higher, you have earned credit for the following business requirements. You will not need to take that course at CSU, Chico. Turn in your AP test scores to the Office of Admissions (SSC 130) during the time of your application or the Office of the Registrar (SSC 110) if you are already attending to receive credit. Other AP test information can be found in the University catalog.

  • AP Calculus AB or BC = MATH 107 (which also meets area A4 of general education)
  • AP Economics-Macro = ECON 102 (which also meets area D2 of general education)
  • AP Economics-Micro = ECON 103 (which also meets area D1 of general education)
  • AP Statistics = MATH 105 (which also meets area A4 of general education)

**Note double counting opportunities (meeting two requirements with one course) within business and general education. MATH 105/108 or MATH 107 fulfills the A4 Quantitative Reasoning requirement. ECON 102 fulfills the D2 Societal Institutions requirement (in the Global Development or International Studies pathways) and ECON 103 fulfills the D1 Individual and Society requirement (in the Ethics, Justice, and Policy pathway).

If you took or plan to take any of the lower-division courses listed above at a California Community College, you can use www.assist.org to see if they are transferable to meet our degree requirements. Feel free to contact Business Student Advising for further assistance.


Choosing Your Option

Within the BADM or BSIS degree, you choose your option (area of specialization) based upon your career interests and personal goals.  The Business Student Advising staff would love to talk with you about the academic options in the college and help you find the one that best fits you. Remember all of your lower core must be completed with a C or better before moving into upper-division core or option courses. The upper-division business core courses will begin to introduce you to the various  options and help you confirm your decision. We encourage you to investigate what options we offer and continue to meet with us for course planning strategies.  You can also see our Getting to Graduation page for more suggestions on how to find your option.