With an emphasis on the quantitative and analytical skills needed in the business environment, the Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) provides a solid foundation in the functional aspects of business organizations including accounting, finance, operations, marketing, information technology, and data analysis. 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 choice of several minors allows students the option to specialize in a particular area, aligning coursework with their career interests to reach their professional goals.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the BSB, including the general education program, 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 by 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.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business
The degree requires completion of 120 units as follows: 36 units of general education, 54 units for the major, and 30 units of elective courses, including courses taken to earn minors. (See Declaring Minors below 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.)
General Education - 36 units
Lifelong Learning and Self Development - 3 units
Communication and Critical Thinking - 9 units
Quantitative Reasoning - 3 units
Liberal Studies - 21 units
Major Requirements - 54 units
Foundation Courses - 24 units
Business Courses - 30 units
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 complete minors also count toward this requirement.
Students may declare up to two minors for their bachelor’s degree programs. Students seeking to declare more than two minors will be required to appeal to the dean for approval.
Students will not be permitted to declare minors at the point of application but may do so following admission or prior to degree conferral. Students should make their minor declarations through their assigned academic advisors by submission of the Declaration of Minor form.
Students’ diplomas will list the minors that they had successfully completed at the time their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional minors after their degrees have been conferred.
Bachelor’s degree-seeking students may declare the minors shown below. Note: students may not declare minors that are the same as their majors.
Undergraduate Honors Program
The School of Undergraduate Studies’ honors program provides opportunities for students enrolled in all degree programs to engage in enriched learning experiences while they work toward earning their degrees. Students do not need to apply separately for this program, but may participate in it simply by registering for honors-designated course sections, as described below. Upon graduation, students who have completed the honors program must complete and submit the Honors Program Notation Request form to the Registrar’s Office to have the notation added to their transcripts.
Honors-designated course sections will emphasize the following learning outcomes: information literacy, quantitative fluency, oral/written communication, and critical thinking. Students will be required to complete advanced and more rigorous assignments that demonstrate learning beyond the articulated course outcomes. Additional assessments will be designed to emphasize core skills such as critical thinking, writing, research, and self-reflection.
To complete the honors program, students must complete honors-designated core requirement course sections and an honors-designated capstone course section for a total of 15 units, with a minimum GPA in the five honors courses of 3.00 and a minimum overall degree program GPA of 3.30. Note: honors course sections can be identified in the online course schedule with a section prefix beginning with the letter “A” (e.g., ASF1) and by information in the section comments field of the section details page. Students should contact their academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office if they need help identifying honors-designated course sections.
Honors sections of the courses below will be offered every term. In addition, students who transfer any of these courses into GGU may petition to have an honors section offered of other courses in order to satisfy the core requirement. Students should contact their academic advisor to begin the petition process.
Core Requirement - 12 units
Capstone Course - 3 units
Complete the honors section of the capstone course applicable to the student’s degree program.