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BS. in Business Administration Degree Plan – 48 Business Total Credits

UL = Upper Level Credit

LL = Lower Level Credit

Courses are lower level unless otherwise specified.

MIN SUBJ REQ'TS MIN CREDITS REQ'D SUGGESTED TEST/COURSE

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CREDITS
Pre-requisites
Intro To Macroeconomics

Note: Both Macroeconomics and Microeconomics are good subjects to have under your belt for general knowledge and also if you want to do an MBA. Macroeconomics tends to be a little easier than Microeconomics.

3 Straighterline, Penn Foster CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics, or any college 3
Intro To Microeconomics

Note: Both Macroeconomics and Microeconomics are good subjects to have under your belt for general knowledge and also if you want to do an MBA. Macroeconomics tends to be a little easier than Microeconomics.

3 Straighterline, CLEP Principles of Microeconomics Penn Foster, or any college 3

Courses to Fulfill B.S. in Business Administration Requirements

Business Statistics

Note: This is the only math course needed for the B.S. in Business Administration. Although some people don't like math, statistics is a very useful and powerful to have for life and for any career and if you need to take Quantitative Analysis in an MBA program. It's a descriptive math, and doesn't require any advanced algebra, calculus, trig, or anything. The ALEKS course is nice because it's self-paced, practically free, and non-proctored, but if you want to supplement your learning, check out Udacity's free Intro. to Statistics course.

3 ALEKS Business Statistics 3
Business Law 3 Saylor Business Law & Ethics (only $25)

CLEP Introductory Business Law

3
Accounting
Financial Accounting (ACC 101)

Note: Even though this is a lower level course, students often find this course requires a little more prep due to the nature of the subject. It is also typically a pre-req for MBA programs. It is recommended that you find out what best option is for yourself.

3 Straighterline Financial Accounting, CLEP Financial Accounting, Penn Foster Financial Accounting , or any college 3
Managerial Accounting (ACC 102)

Note: Even though this is a lower level course, students often find this course requires a little more prep due to the nature of the subject. It is also typically a pre-req for MBA programs. It is recommended that you find out what best option is for yourself.

3 Straighterline Managerial Accounting, Penn Foster Managerial Accounting, UExcel Managerial Accounting, or any college 3
Finance

Penn Foster Financial Management*

OR

DSST Principles of Finance*

*Highly recommend Penn Foster course (~$237) as it's much easier than the DSST which has a reputation for being hard. Both count for lower level credit.

3 Penn Foster Financial Management (LL)

DSST Principles of Finance (LL)

3
Management Info. Systems (MIS)
CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications


OR

DSST Management Information Systems

(No coursework older than 10 years)

3 CLEP Information Systems & Computer Applications (LL)

DSST Management Information Systems (LL)

3
Management
Principles Of Management 3 Saylor Principles of Management (only $25)

CLEP Principles of Management

3
Organizational Behavior 3 UExcel Organizational Behavior (counts as upper level, which is better than DSST version which is lower level) 3 (UL)
Marketing
Principles of Marketing 3 Saylor Principles of Marketing (only $25)

CLEP Principles of Marketing

3
Business Capstone (Final Business Course)
Strategic Management Capstone

(Must be taken through COSC)

Notes: 1) You must have completed 30 credits in business major requirements (excludes Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Business Law, and Business Statistics) including Management, Marketing, Financial Management, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Organizational Behavior, and Management Information Systems before you can take this course.
2) The textbook is expensive ($250). It's "Strategic Management" by John Pearce latest edition. I highly recommend obtaining the international edition of the exact same textbook on eBay.com which goes for about $50. It's the same exact book, except it has a soft cover. If you can't find the latest edition, a previous much cheaper edition of this book should be fine as the information in the textbook never changes & it seems that the textbook company just updates the case studies according to Amazon reviews.
3 COSC MGT 499 Strategic Management Capstone Course 3 (UL)
12 Credits in Upper Level Business Electives
Must be Business or Business-Related courses. These business electives on the right have been found to be relatively easy, interesting, & with >94% pass rates.
Notes:
1) UExcel Human Resource Management has significant overlap with UExcel Organizational Behavior and a little with UExcel Labor Relations. This makes it easy to study for one after the other.
2) Penn Foster's Employee Benefits $237 course is suggested because many of the options remaining for the 4th UL business elective are not that great. They are generally either considered hard, lacking good prep materials, test taker data, and/or practice exams. If there is an UL business exam that you think you'll pass or want to take, by all means go for it.
DSST

Business Ethics & Society (also counts for Ethics Gen. Ed. Requirement)

3 (UL)
UExcel Human Resource Management 3 (UL)
UExcel Labor Relations 3 (UL)
Penn Foster Employee Benefits 3 (UL)

(Check w/ Registrar before enrolling & get it in writing/e-mail)

General Education Degree Plan – 40 Credits Required

This plan provides the general education credits required to complete a degree at COSC. You will still need to complete a major or concentration of study like the business major above, and the COSC IDS 101 Cornerstone course. Also, by following the plan below, you could obtain an Associate's Degree by getting an additional 20 - 23 credits in random electives like the free FEMA, or TEEX credits or any credits you wish to obtain.

UL = Upper Level Credit

LL = Lower Level Credit

Courses are lower level unless otherwise specified.

SKILL/KNOWLEDGE AREA CREDITS REQUIRED SUGGESTED TEST/COURSE

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COSC's IDS 101 Cornerstone Seminar 3 Required course through Charter Oak State College
Written Communication (e) 6 CLEP College Composition
Literature and Fine Arts (a) 3 CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (worth 6 LL credits & very easy)

CLEP Humanities (6 LL & satisfies non-U.S. History Requirement)

There are a lot of options available just look at the Master Exam List

Social/Behavioral Sciences (b) 3 CLEP Macroeconomics (Part of business degree)

CLEP Microeconomics (Part of business degree)

UExcel Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3 UL)

UExcel Abnormal Psychology (3 UL)

UExcel Social Psychology (3 UL)

Saylor Western Political Thought

CLEP American Government (also satisfies U.S. History Requirement)

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Intro to Sociology

DSST General Anthropology

DSST Criminal Justice

There are a lot of options available just look at the Master Exam List

Ethical Decision-Making (d) 3 DSST Business Ethics & Society (3 UL & part of business degree)

DSST Ethics in America (3 LL)

There are a lot of options available just look at the Master Exam List

Information Literacy (y) N/A Automatically fulfilled with COSC Cornerstone course.
Oral Communication (o)* 3* DSST Principles of Public Speaking

*Can be waived if you have public speaking experience and write a letter to the Provost - more about this here.

Non-U.S. History or Culture (n) 3 DSST Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (3 UL & also satisfies Global Understanding History requirement)

CLEP Humanities (3 LL & satisfies Literature & Fine Art Requirement)

DSST Intro to World Religions (3 LL & also satisfies Global Understanding Requirement)

DSST A History of the Vietnam War (3 LL & also satisfies Global Understanding Requirement)

DSST Introduction to the Modern Middle East (3 LL & also satisfies Global Understanding)

DSST Western Europe Since 1945 (3 LL & also satisfies Global Understanding)

There are a lot of options available just look at the Master Exam List.

U.S. History/Government (u) 3 DSST Civil War & Reconstruction (3 UL)

CLEP History of the United States I

CLEP History of the United States II

CLEP American Government (also satisfies Behavorial Sciences Requirement)

Global Understanding (g) 3 DSST Environment & Humanity (3 LL & also satisfies science requirement)

DSST Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (3 UL & also satisfies Non-U.S History requirement)

DSST Intro to World Religions (3 LL & also satisfies Non-US History Requirement)

DSST Introduction to the Modern Middle East (3 LL & also satisfies Non-U.S. History or Culture)

DSST Western Europe Since 1945 (3 LL & also satisfies Non-U.S. History or Culture)

Mathematics (q) 3 ALEKS Business Statistics (3 LL)

ALEKS Trigonometry (3 LL).

CLEP College Math (6 LL).

Note: ALEKS courses are nice because they are easy, free/cheap, and not proctored. There's also ALEKS Intermediate College Algebra, and some other ALEKS worth looking into.

Natural Science (s)*

*Must have a 1 credit lab in same subject as exam/course i.e. Saylor Bio101B + Straighterline Biology Lab OR Saylor Chem 101 + Straighterline General Chemistry Lab. You do not need to take a 2nd lab course.

7 Saylor Bio101B: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology (3 LL & only $25) & Straighterline Introduction to Biology Lab (1 LL)

Saylor Chem 101: General Chemistry 1 (3 LL & only $25) & Straighterline General Chemistry I Lab

CLEP Biology (3 LL) & Straighterline Introduction to Biology Lab (1 LL)

DSST Environment & Humanity (3 LL & also satisfies Global Understanding Requirement)

DSST Astronomy (3 LL) & Astronomy Lab (1 LL)

Alternative Sources for 1 Credit Lab Requirement.

Associate's Degree (A.A. or A.S.) in General Studies

An A.A. is essentially the General Education Degree Requirements + the IDS 101 Cornerstone course + some free electives which ends up being an extra 17 - 20 credits or so for a total of 60 credits.

Free Electives CLEP Social Sciences 6 Credits
Free Electives CLEP College Mathematics 6 Credits
Free Electives FEMA or TEEX credits  5 - 8 Credits
Total 17 - 20 Credits

If price is an issue (and the student was ok with an A.S. instead of an A.A.), the student could drop the CLEPs in the Free Elective Section and add additional FEMA or TEEX credits, which are free, to fill those missing 12 credits.

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