With an emphasis on the quantitative skills needed in the business environment, the Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) provides a solid foundation in the disciplines of accounting, finance, operations, management and business analysis. While studying the core subjects, students will also examine in depth a wide spectrum of business-related issues, such as how to run a business (including their own, should entrepreneurship be the goal); how to understand the changing definition of profit in today’s global marketplace; and the causes of business success and failure. The BS in business also provides a fast track for admission to the MBA, as well as Master of Science degrees in Taxation, Finance and Marketing as well as the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and 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 counted toward the degree. The choice of nine concentrations allows students to align coursework with their career interest, ensuring students develop the skills needed 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 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 BSB requires completion of 123 units as follows: 60 units of general education coursework (includes 21 units of liberal studies core and 21 units of foundation courses in preparation for the major), 30 units required for the major and 33 units of general electives or a combination of concentration and general elective units. 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 Requirements - 60 units
Liberal Studies Core - 21 units
Major Requirements - 30 units
Accounting Concentration - 33 units
The concentration in accounting prepares students for a career in the areas of financial and managerial accounting, internal and external auditing, consulting and taxation. It satisfies the education requirements for the CPA and CMA examinations. Beyond technical accounting skills, students will graduate with a sound foundation in economics, law, finance, management, information systems, quantitative methods and communications. Students who wish to engage in an accounting internship are encouraged to include ACCTG 198 in the general electives required for the program.
Required Courses - 21 units
Elective Courses - 12 units
Four 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject.
Path2CPA and Elective Courses - 12 units
The Path2CPA option makes the journey to an advanced degree quicker and less expensive. Students can earn a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) or Master of Science in Taxation in as little as one year after completing GGU’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting or Bachelor of Science in Business with Accounting Concentration. The Path2CPA option can also satisfy the 150-hour education requirement for CPA licensure. Pursuing this option eliminates the requirement to apply for either of these Master’s programs and no GMAT/GRE test score is required.
The Path2CPA electives include two designated graduate-level courses and three 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject. The graduate-level courses will be included in the unit totals and GPAs for both applicants’ undergraduate Accounting and graduate-level Accounting or Taxation degree programs. Students whose average GPA in the two graduate-level courses falls below a 3.00 GPA will be conditionally admitted to either of these Master’s programs.
Choose one pathway program:
Master of Science in Accounting
Master of Science in Taxation