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While studying the core subjects, students will examine in-depth a wide spectrum of business-related issues, such as how to organize and run a business; how to identify business opportunities and to create value; how to understand the changing definitions of profit and success in a global and diverse marketplace; and the causes of business success and failure. The BSB also provides a pathway to graduate study such as the MBA, the Master of Science degrees in Taxation or Finance, and the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology or Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

The BSB implements a flexible course of study designed to build skills in the quantitative and analytical areas needed for success while maximizing the number of transfer credits that can be counted toward the degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) requires completion of 120 units as follows: 36 units of general education and liberal studies coursework, 54 unitsrequired for the major, and 30 units of electives courses, including courses taken toward minors. (See Declaring Minors be-low for more information.) Each course listed carries three semester units of credit, unless otherwise noted. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 “C” or higher is required in all courses taken at Golden Gate University.

All degree-seeking undergraduate students must complete their English, mathematics and critical thinking requirements within their first 27 units at Golden Gate University, unless they have already earned credit for the equivalent courses from another institution and have had those courses accepted in transfer by Golden Gate University. If either Math or English requirements for the degree have not been satisfied, newly enrolled students must take placement tests to ensure proper placement in the appropriate Math or English course. Students may also choose to waive the placement tests and enroll in the first course in either series, which are ENGL 10A and MATH 10. (See the course descriptions below to identify courses that have prerequisite course requirements.)


Lifelong Learning and Self Development - 3 units

UGP 10
Gateway to Success

Communication and Critical Thinking - 9 units

Critical Thinking
Research Writing
Plus one of the following:
Speech Communication
Understanding Communication

Quantitative Reasoning - 3 units

Applied Intermediate Algebra

Liberal Studies - 21 units

Contemporary Arts & Culture (or any other ARTS course offered)
Contemporary American Economic History (or any other HIST course offered)
HUM 50
Examining the Humanities (or any other HUM course offered)
LIT 10
LIT 10 Foundations of Literary Study
Professional & Personal Ethics (or any other PHIL course offered)
MGT 180
Global Human Resources 
SCI 50
Science, Technology & Social Change (or any other SCI course offered)
American Government in the 21st Century (or any other SOSC course offered)


Introduction to Psychology (or any other PSYCH course offered)


Foundation Courses - 24 units

Introductory Financial Accounting (*MSADA foundation course.)
Introductory Managerial Accounting (*MSADA foundation course.)
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
ENGL 120
Business Writing
College Algebra
MATH 104
Quantitative Fluency for Business Managers and Leaders

*Students who intend to pursue the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) must earn a “B” or better in these courses in order to satisfy the program’s foundation requirement.

Business Courses - 30 units

FI 100
Financial Management
ITM 125
Management Information Systems
MGT 100
Manager as Communicator
MGT 140
Management Principles
MGT 145
Law of Contracts, Sales & Commercial Transactions
MGT 156
Management Policy & Strategy (capstone course to be taken in final term of program)
MGT 173
Human Resource Management
MGT 179
Introduction to International Business
MKT 100
Principles of Marketing
OP 100
Principles of Operations Management

Elective Courses - 30 units

Select ten additional upper- or lower-division courses from any subject for a total of 30 units. Note: courses used to completeminors also count toward this requirement.

Declaring Minors

To be eligible to declare minors, students must have already completed the required coursework, or be able to complete it intheir final terms without requiring waivers, substitutions, or directed study courses, unless they are approved in advance by thedepartment chair, program director, or dean.

Students may declare minors when they have completed the required coursework, or after the “Last Day to Drop Course with-out Tuition Charge” (per the Academic Calendar) for their final terms.

Students may declare up to two minors in a given degree program. Students seeking to declare more than two minors will be re-quired to appeal to the dean for approval. Students’ diplomas will list the minors that they had successfully completed at thetime their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional minors after their degrees have been conferred.

The following minors are available for this major:

  • Accounting Minor
  • Business Minor
  • Data Analytics Minor
  • Finance Minor
  • Human Resource Management Minor
  • Information Technology Minor
  • International Business Minor
  • Law Minor
  • Literature Minor
  • Management Minor
  • Marketing Minor
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management Minor
  • Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development Minor
  • Psychology Minor
  • Public Administration Minor

Business Minor

With an emphasis on the quantitative and analytical skills that are core to the business environment, the Business Minor providesan introduction to the functional aspects of business organizations including management, finance, operations, marketing, andinternational business.

Required Courses - 15 units

Select five of the following:

ITM 125
Management Information Systems
MGT 100
The Manager as Communicator
MGT 140
Management Principles
MGT 145
Law of Contracts, Sales and Commercial Transactions
MGT 156
Management Policy and Strategy
MGT 156
Management Policy and Strategy
MGT 173
Human Resource Management
MGT 179
Introduction to International Business
MKT 100
Principles of Marketing
OP 100
Principles of Operations Management


Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Business will be able to:
  • Construct written communications that articulate and promote business ideas, arguments, or solutions.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills through persuasive speech, and in providing clear directions, instructions, and guidelines within a business setting.
  • Address a complex business problem applying methods and tools from finance and accounting.
  • Demonstrate ethical decision-making in business and develop strategies, practices, and policies that advance ethical management practices and corporate social responsibility.
  • Locate, evaluate and apply information, using a variety of research tools, in analysis of a complex business problem.
  • Apply statistical concepts, methods and tools to analyze and interpret data in the formulation of business strategies and tactics.
  • Demonstrate the self-awareness and habits required to identify, integrate, and apply new information and skills that increase personal and professional effectiveness in business contexts.
  • Integrate and apply concepts, theories, strategies, and tactics of business management to develop actionable solutions to business problems.
  • Apply knowledge of the global economy in analyzing business problems.

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