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Courses | B.S. in Business Management

Below are some of the courses you'll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of the types of available courses. Also, be sure to review core curriculum requirements and the official program requirements in the Biola University catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program's academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Program Core Courses

A Biola education is biblically centered and theologically integrated. Because we desire to equip you for your vocation and deepen your faith, we’ve specifically designed BUSN 319, 320, 376, 422 and 478 with professors from Biola’s Talbot School of Theology.

(Select 3 credits of BUSN elective courses).

Micro and macro economic theory with an emphasis on the application of this theory to current economic issues, including the study of those who developed the theory and their predecessors. Issues involving trade and finance among nations and their comparative economic systems will also be examined. Grade Mode: A.
Financial accounting concepts and techniques essential for all business majors and those seeking to learn the language of business; analyzing and recording transactions; preparation of financial statements; valuation and allocation procedures. Grade Mode: A.
Financial accounting for corporations; analysis of financial statements; international accounting issues; introduction to managerial accounting; product costing and cost allocation procedures; budgetary control and responsibility accounting; analysis and techniques for planning and managerial decision making. Grade Mode: A.

Students will study Information systems, their design, implementation and contribution to management planning, decision-making and control. The impact of information systems on the personal and spiritual lives of students as well as their impact on broader society will also be covered. Students will learn relevant business software applications through hands-on lab assignments. Grade Mode: A.

Introduction to the basic elements of modern marketing including the study of the marketing environment framework, target market, market segmentation, marketing ethics, and the marketing mix variables of product, promotion, price, public relations, and place/distribution. Notes: This course is intended for students that do not have marketing or marketing management as a concentration. Grade Mode: A.
The foundations and theories of ethics as related to the Bible, the market place, and the modern corporation. Case studies in modern ethics are discussed with a view to raising the moral consciousness of business professionals. Notes: This course does not meet Core Curriculum requirements. Grade Mode: A.

Students will explore various issues of management, including the recruiting, selection, and development of employees while emphasizing human dignity, the overall purpose of work, fulfilling one's calling, and the methods of placing the students and others in their most effective roles in the organization through the determining of their God-given gifts and talents.

Students will be introduced to the concepts of business analytics. Topics will include business modeling, optimization techniques, advanced spreadsheet techniques, and data visualization. Grade Mode: A.
Understanding the dynamics of human interactions and developing effective problem solving through sound communications; leadership, management or conflict, change and innovation; business ethics and societal relationships. Notes: Business Administration minors should see Crowell School of Business to add the course. Grade Mode: A.
This course introduces the student to the various dimensions of the world economy and to the characteristics of foreign countries that are important for economic activity. Topics covered in the course include: 1) the fundamentals of international trade and finance; 2) the role of culture, religion and politics in international business; and 3) the role of multinational corporations in the world economy. Grade Mode: A.

The legal and regulatory environment of business including a survey of the legal system, torts, contracts, employment and labor law, business organizations, administrative law and the regulatory process. Grade Mode: A.

An examination and evaluation of financial decision making in the Corporate environment valuing future cash flows, characterizing risk and return and evaluating options available to firms to finance their operations or fund growth opportunities. Students will learn how to analyze financial data to provide information to management on how to improve the financial performance of their firm. Grade Mode: A.

This course will explore the place of business people within God’s kingdom program for history. It will draw primarily from the Book of Acts, with special attention given to the activity of the early church – and its current expression –- in ministry and missions. Throughout the course, students will study contemporary examples of missional businesses, and will conclude by creating and presenting their own idea for using business to advance the cause of Christ in a less-developed or less-evangelized country. Grade Mode: A.

Students will examine leadership principles, concepts and theories that will allow them to reflect on their own leadership styles and apply what they learn to real-life situations and organizational challenges consistent with a Christian worldview. Grade Mode: A.

As the capstone course for students in the BS, Business Management program, this course willexplore advanced and current topics in management. Societal and biblical understandings of work and ofhuman nature as it relates to work; the role of the Christian in the workplace. Students will complete aproject related to career planning. Notes: No substitutions or transfers will be allowed in place of this course.Grade Mode: A.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses

The Core Curriculum requirement for Kinesiology and Health Science has been waived for this major. The following courses are required to fulfill the Core Curriculum for Behavioral Science and Writing Competency Requirement. Please be sure to review the complete list of core curriculum requirements for online bachelor's students.

A culmination of writing experiences and practices throughout the Core, this course uses discipline-specific texts and contexts for reading and discussion of ideas and methods in writing. Students will compare and critically analyze academic writing created by themselves and by experts; research and discover customs, values, and hallmarks of writing in their disciplines; use effective invention, drafting, revising, and proofreading methods for written work; learn to find, synthesize, and cite discipline-specific sources; and prepare essays and multi-genre artifacts useful in both academic and professional settings. 16-24 pages of polished prose, or its equivalent required. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - English.

Collection and presentation of business data, central tendency and dispersion measures for business analysis, sampling and inference for confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, business forecasting with simple regression. Core Curriculum: Approved for Core - Mathematics.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses (Bible Requirement)

The Bible requirement is completed through a series of biblical and theological studies courses, as well as biblical and theological studies integrated into regular program courses (BUSN 319, 320, 376, 422, 478).

Equipping to interpret and apply the Bible in accurate and dynamic ways for spiritual transformation and character formation. Notes: Must be completed during the first year. Grade Mode: A.

Introduction to theology with special emphasis on learning to do theology, understand the doctrine of Scripture, introduce the integration of various fields of knowledge with the Bible, and see the importance and development of a Christian worldview. Grade Mode: A.

An overview of the Old Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events, and practical application for Christian living. Grade Mode: A, C.

An overview of the New Testament with emphasis on the purpose of the writers; history and culture; literary genre, structure, and themes; persons and events; and practical application for Christian living. Grade Mode: A, C.

The biblical doctrines of God, Christ, man, sin, salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and last things with reference to the history and development of Christian theology.

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