Business Administration

Major Requirements

Major: Business Administration

Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum Credits Required for Degree: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable.  Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Major Requirements

All courses taken for the Business Administration Major require a grade of C or better. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for admission to the major program, to enroll in 300-400 level courses and to graduate.
Admission to the Major Program Requirements
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking (May satisfy general education category C)3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (May satisfy general education category B and G)3
or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
ENGL 120College Composition II (May satisfy general education category C)3
MATH 144Mathematics for Business4
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (May satisfy general education category B)3
or SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology
Business Administration Major Requirements
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II3
TL 116Business Software Applications3
PHIL 216Business Ethics (May satisfy general education category A)3
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)3
STAT 331Regression Analysis2
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics 13
or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology 13
or SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology
ENGL 320Business and Professional Writing (May satisfy general education category C)3
Admission to the major program required prior to taking the following courses:
FIN 320Principles of Finance 23
MGMT 320Foundations of Management 23
MRKT 320Foundations of Marketing 23
MIS 320Management Information Systems 23
BUSN 430Legal and Social Environment of Business 23
BUSN 489Strategic Management 23
BUSN 340International Business3
BUSN 431Business Law I-Contracts, Property and Torts3
MGMT 470Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management3
Business Administration Electives (300 - 400 level)21
These 21 credits must include at least three different CoB prefixes: BUSN, MGMT, MRKT, ACCT, FIN, MIS, ENTR (includes courses cross-listed with CoB courses). TL 320, TL 360, and TL 462 are eligible business administration electives.
Business Administration Elective (300 - 400 level)3
This 300 - 400 level elective can be external to the CoB and must be satisfied with a single 3-credit 300 - 400 level course. It cannot be used to satisfy other requirements (includes courses cross-listed with CoB courses).
Total Credits93

Take the second course of the pair, which was not taken for admission to the professional program.


Denotes Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) course.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • Students follow the published curricula for the business administration program of study from the semester/year of entrance in the College of Business (CoB) to graduation, provided enrollment at NDSU has not been discontinued for more than one year. Students who change their major are subject to meeting the curricular requirements in effect at the time the new major is declared.
  • Business courses from programs that do not hold AACSB International accreditation cannot be used for major or minor requirements in the CoB; such courses may be eligible for use as free electives.
  • The CoB accepts a maximum of nine credits of non-NDSU 300-400 level business courses from AACSB programs with the approval of the department.
  • Admission to the business administration major is required to enroll in advanced 300 or 400 level CoB courses.
  • A grade of 'C' or better is required in transfer courses accepted for all accounting, business administration, finance, management, management information systems, and marketing courses.
  • No courses for the major may be taken with Pass/Fail grading.  
  • Of the credits completed in residence at least 30 credits must be in 300-400 level CoB courses.
  • Students must be accepted to the Business Administration major prior to the completion of the last 30 credits in 300 and 400 level CoB courses.
  • For multiple majors within CoB, at least 15 unique credits of 300-400 level CoB courses must exist between the majors.
  • Internship and cooperative education credits may be applied toward the total credits required for graduation as non-major electives.
  • Student may choose to take the Supply Chain Management Track within the Business Administration major:
SCM 320Integrated Supply Chain Management3
SCM 462Modeling the Supply Chain3
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Transportation & Logistics
Sales and Personal Selling
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Sales Technology
Marketing Strategy
Production & Operations Management

Minor Requirements

Minor: Business Administration

Minimum Credits: 24

Minor Requirements

Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Accounting
Elements of Accounting I
Select one of the following:3
Elements of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Select two of the following:6
Principles of Finance
Foundations of Management
Foundations of Marketing
Elective Courses 112
BUSN 300-400 Level
FIN 300-400 Level
MGMT 300-400 Level
MRKT 300-400 Level
ENTR 300-400 Level
Management Information Systems
Integrated Supply Chain Management
Production & Operations Management
Modeling the Supply Chain
May also include courses cross-listed with College of Business course at the 300-400 level
Total Credits24

 The following courses are excluded from the 300-400 level electives: BUSN 413, and ENTR 496. 

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • This minor is not available to students with majors in the College of Business. 
  • To enroll in 300/400 level college of business courses, students must have 2.5 minimum institutional cumulative GPA.
  • Departmental approval is required for any course (including Tri-College) NOT completed at NDSU and used to satisfy the minor requirements (6 credits maximum).
  • Students must earn a 2.50 minimum GPA, which is based upon the courses used to satisfy the minor requirements. Minors must satisfy all course prerequisites.