Business Curriculum

BUSINESS PREPARATION REQUIREMENTS

Offered every fall and spring

Introduction to financial accounting of the corporate entity, including generally accepted accounting principles underlying the analyzing and recording of transactions for preparation of the financial statements. Focus on understanding assets, liabilities, and equity accounts, as well as understanding internal control and the Sarbanes Oxley Act (2002) regulatory requirements. Introduction to financial statement analytical methods to assess the liquidity, solvency, and profitability of a business.

Offered every fall and spring

Prerequisite: ACCT 151.

Introduction to managerial accounting. Managerial accounting topics and concepts, cost-volume-profit analysis, contribution margin, capital budgeting, flexible budgets and profit planning, standard costs and variance analysis, decision making, responsibility accounting, job order costing and process costing.

Offered every fall and spring

The course examines the functions, objectives, organization and structure of business in a market economy and in a global context, including relationships among business, government, and the consumer. Course modules include business organization and management; pricing and distribution; human resources; accounting; financial management and investment; and the nature, causes and implications of international trade and multi-national business organizations.

Offered every fall and spring

Students learn to prepare effective written, verbal and digital presentations for a variety of business situations, including professional emails, memos, letters, individual and group oral and digital presentations, management briefs and reports. Attention is given to proficiency in the conventions of Standard Written English, well developed and well supported presentations, and strong delivery skills.

Offered every fall and spring

This course critically analyses the essential role of ethics in the American-Global business community. Topics for analysis include: the current ethical conditions in the business community; defining business; defining ethics; the necessary connection between business and ethics; the purpose/s of work; fair profits and wages; capitalism and its critics; global business practices; power and justice; corporate and employee responsibilities; business, sustainability, and the environment; ethics and global business relations.

Offered every fall and spring

This course focuses on practical skills such as writing resumes and cover letters, utilizing professional online networking resources, assessing career interests and researching internship opportunities.

Offered every fall and spring

Students use and manipulate data sets needed for analysis and presentation. Students will build and edit detailed electronic spreadsheets containing advanced features and functions such as financial formulas, pivot tables and charts, scenarios and data filters. Some statistical concepts and their applications within MS Excel are introduced. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in Excel through Microsoft Office Specialist certification examination. $45 lab fee required.

 

Offered every fall and spring

This course provides a comparative, multi-disciplinary overview of concepts, methods, and theories of development and growth. Global disparities in wealth, power and quality of life are analyzed, and alternative approaches to development are examined.

Offered every fall and spring

Essential principles of economic analysis from the viewpoint of choices to be made by individual economic units. Scarcity; supply, demand and elasticity; opportunity costs; cost theory; price and output determination under various market structures and factor markets; government regulation; comparative advantage; international trade. Application of economic theory to current economic problems.

Offered every fall and spring

Essential principles of economic analysis from the viewpoint of the aggregate economy. Market systems; macroeconomic equilibrium; national income accounting; money and financial institutions; competing economic theories; business cycles, including recession, unemployment and inflation; the role of government in developing and implementing fiscal and monetary policies; international trade and finance. These topics are developed and discussed in relationship to current economic problems and issues.

Offered every fall and spring

An introductory course in probability and statistics. It includes calculation and analysis of statistical parameters with statistical software for personal computers. Topics include sampling, measures of central tendency and variability, probability distribution, normal and binomial distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing. Application of a variety of statistical tests, including the sign test, z-test, t-test, chi-square analysis of variance, linear regression and correlation, and non-parametric tests. Comparable to PSY 235. Credit will not be given for both courses.

UPPER DIVISION BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS

Offered every fall and spring

A survey course that explores the art and science of organizational management, the class will examine classic theories, modern theories and applications. Students will learn to assess management activities as they apply to ethics, multiculturalism, social responsibility, and group dynamics. The class will introduce the concepts of scalable management principles as applied to small companies or multi-national corporations and will include techniques to evaluate the organization’s environment and plan appropriate structures, processes and controls.

Offered every fall and spring

Prerequisite: BUS 110.

A foundation course in marketing theory and applications. Topics covered will include consumer research, product development, positioning, branding, market segmentation, pricing, communication, promotion, and distribution, with emphasis on the firm’s own planning and strategic context.

Offered every fall and spring

Prerequisite: BUS 110. Recommended corequisite: BUS 300. Recommended: knowledge of computer technology and Microsoft Office applications.

An intensive and in-depth study of the rapidly evolving field of Business Information Systems. Students will analyze the role of technological, economic and market forces that have changed the US from a manufacturing industrial country to an information and service provider country. Emphasis is on identifying opportunities and understanding the challenges for startup businesses and the important role that user-friendly Business Information Systems play in the success of these startup companies.

Offered every fall and spring

Prerequisites: ACCT 151 and MTH 270. Familiarity with Excel is recommended.

This course introduces concepts and techniques of financial analysis with emphasis on corporate finance, although the financial principles explored in the course are useful for small business and personal financial decisions. Topics include financial statement analysis, corporate valuation, the time value of money and net present value, capital structure, and project analysis. These techniques can be applied to financial management in both the profit and non-profit sectors.

Offered every fall and spring

Prerequisite: Senior standing, BUS 300 and Math 270.

This course focuses on studying the practice of competitive strategy from the manager’s perspective. During this course, students will develop the skills to apply classic and modern tools for strategic analysis, planning and execution. Students will learn techniques for conducting quantitative business analytics, evaluating economic value/cost structures, and decision-making techniques and assess their relevance to a firm’s competitive advantage. In addition, students will enhance business communication and presentation skills.

CONCENTRATION OPTIONS

CONCENTRATION OPTIONS (3 classes): Students must choose at least 1 of 7 options.

Select 3 courses, minimum 12 units from:

ACCT 340 – Accounting Information Systems (4 units)

Offered every fall
Prerequisite: ACCT 151
Students will explore topics in AIS to understand and use technologies in making decisions in areas of the accounting profession, such as managerial accounting, financial accounting, auditing, and tax accounting. An introduction to the information systems used in accounting including: the flow of data from source documents through the accounting cycle into reports for decision makers, the use of enterprise resource planning software (ERP), the principle of internal control, flowcharting and systems narratives and the use of database systems in accounting. Additionally, students will gain experience in Microsoft Excel as well as integrated software designed to handle general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial statement analysis, fixed assets, sales order processing, inventory, and payroll.

ACCT 351 – Intermediate Accounting I (4 units)
Offered every fall
Prerequisite: ACCT 201
This course provides students with a comprehensive examination of financial accounting and reporting. Topics include: conceptual framework, preparation and presentation of financial statements, revenue recognition, percentage of completion and comprehensive income, recording and reporting of cash, receivables and inventory valuation issues, plant assets, intangible assets, current liabilities and contingent liabilities.

ACCT 352 – Intermediate Accounting II (4 units)
Offered every spring
Prerequisite: ACCT 351
This course is the second of the two-course intermediate accounting sequence. Topics include: long-term liabilities including bonds valuation, off-balance sheet financing, construction contracts, leases, pensions/postretirement benefits issues and reporting, deferred income taxes, stockholders’ equity including complex capital structures, dilutive securities and earnings per share, investments equity and fair value accounting, and the preparation of statements of cash flow. Students will also become familiar with reporting requirements including: disclosure requirements, interim reporting requirements, projections and pro-forma financial statements.

ACCT 353 – Federal Income Taxation I (4 units)
Offered every fall
Prerequisite: ACCT 201
This course focuses on federal income taxation as it is applied to individuals, sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. Topics include: determination of basis regarding the formation of corporations and partnerships, the federal income taxation of corporations, the taxation of estates, gifts and trusts, corporate tax returns as well as tax issues involving S-corporations. Gain or loss rules regarding distributions, sale of interest and dissolution are also covered.

ACCT 450 – Advanced Accounting & Analysis (4 units)
Offered fall 2020, 2022
Prerequisite: ACCT 351 & ACCT 352 This course presents financial accounting theories and practices related to business combinations and consolidated financial reporting. Topics include the development of complex business structures, the forms of business combinations, financial reporting for inter-corporate acquisitions and operations as well as accounting for affiliated companies. Students will also become familiar with accounting and reporting issues in the multinational business environment. The course will culminate in group project and report in which students will demonstrate mastery in financial statements analysis.

BUS 385 – Portfolio Management and Investing (4 units)
Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024
Prerequisite: ACCT 151
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental theories and methodologies utilized by academics and professionals in the field of portfolio management and investing. It will begin with an introduction to such topics as risk and return, diversification, the basics of valuation, trading costs, taxes and market efficiency. Subsequently, the course will introduce several well-known investment philosophies focusing on value investing, indexing and growth investing. Students will have the opportunity to work in teams to prepare a prospectus presenting their investment philosophy as well as the team’s proposed portfolio of 28 stocks.

At least 2 units from:

BUS 391AF/491AF An Internship in Accounting & Finance
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Internship Application.
A supervised off-campus practical experience in a community, company or institutional setting. Application of core concepts in an academic field with an On-Site Supervisor and an MCU Instructor of Record.

and/or

BUS 396AF/496AF A Practicum in Accounting & Finance
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Practicum Application.
Student participates in an MCU on-campus experience with a Marymount faculty member, department or office. Focus of the practicum is related to Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) developed by the student and the Instructor of Record.

Required:

CS 195 – Programming and Problem Solving (4 units)
Offered spring 2021, 2023
Lecture and Laboratory.
Prerequisites: prior experience with basic programming concepts recommended. Elements of good programming design, style, documentation and efficiency. Methods for debugging verification.

Fundamental techniques for solving problems using C++ programming language. Principles and use of object-oriented programming, including overloading, data abstraction, templates, inheritance and polymorphism.\

Choose a minimum of 8 units from the following

CS 183 – Computer Information Systems (4 units)
Lecture and Laboratory.
The analysis, design, implementation, development and ongoing management of computer-based information systems; related software, hardware and networking issues for business and industry; end-user customization of applications and interfaces; and selection of information, via query and scripting languages. Programming languages and fundamentals of programming. Computer issues in the workplace and society.

CS 196 – Introduction to Java Programming (4 units)
Offered Fall 2019, 2021, 2023
Prerequisite: prior experience with basic programming concepts recommended.
This course is an introduction to the Java programming language and the Object-Oriented Programming paradigm (OOP). Students will write programs to solve problems in business, mathematics and other subjects, working with character strings, arrays, functions and procedures. Java browser applets will also be covered.

CS 210 – Introduction to C Programming Language (4 units)
Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024
Fundamentals of the C programming language and its application to problem solving. Topics include structured programming techniques, variable types, control statements, built-in and user-coded procedures and functions, arrays, pointers, full handling, and use of the C library.

AM 104 – Introductory HTML & PHP (4 units)
Class hours: 2 lecture; 2 laboratory.
Students learn the basics of reading and writing HTML. Basic hand coding skills are acquired using Adobe Dreamweaver. Students will also learn introductory PHP scripting skills. Website administration methods and server technologies are also explored. $150.00 lab fee required

AM 120 – Digital Foundations (4 units)
Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory.
A digital design class, which explores elements and principles of Art and Design using media disciplines: video, animation, graphic design, website design, and ethics of art production. $225.00 lab fee required.

AM 204 – Website Design I (4 units)
Offered every spring
Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory.
Introduces students to Adobe Dreamweaver to create basic Web page layouts. Students learn the basics of HTML, CSS and Adobe Photoshop to prepare photography and create graphics for Websites. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency, content development and design style. Basic Internet vocabulary and industry standards are covered. $200.00 lab fee required.

AM 214 – Website Design II (4 units)
Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024
Prerequisite: AM 204;
Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory.
Studio course covers intermediate through advanced design and production methods for developing and publishing CSS Websites with Adobe Dreamweaver software. Students generate custom CSS code for Website and incorporate dynamic media into Web pages. Students learn how to generate dynamic content for Web pages with XML and acquire basic PHP scripting skills. Website promotion and SEO will also be explored. $150.00 lab fee required.

AM 334 – Website Technologies (4 units)
Prerequisite: AM 204;
Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory.
Advanced course covers various technologies for Website development. Students learn how to add sophisticated functionality to Websites with various coding and server technologies including PHP, Javascript, MySQL, Content Management Systems (CMS). Server administration and management is also covered. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency. $150.00 lab fee required

At least 2 units from:

BUS-CIS/CS 391, 491
An Internship in CIS
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Internship Application.
A supervised off-campus practical experience in a community, company or institutional setting. Application of core concepts in an academic field with an On-Site Supervisor and an MCU Instructor of Record.

and/or

BUS-CIS/CS 396, 496 A Practicum in CIS
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Practicum Application.
Student participates in an MCU on-campus experience with a Marymount faculty member, department or office. Focus of the practicum is related to Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) developed by the student and the Instructor of Record.

 

Students choose 3 upper division or graduate courses from ACCT, BUS, ECO or CD 500, ID530, ID545, ID 550, ID 580, (minimum 12 units)

Minimum of 12 units from:

REQUIRED

BUS 315 – Principles of Entrepreneurship (4 units)
Offered fa;; 2-2-, 2022
Recommended pre- or corequisite: BUS 300.
The course will set the framework for the principles and practices necessary for the formation and development of a new enterprise. In addition, students will learn what investors look for when assessing a business opportunity.

Select 2 courses from:

BUS 260 – Business Law (4 units)
Offered Spring 2020, 2022, 2024
Law and its relationship to business. Concepts and cases involving the legal system, disputes, resolution, torts, contracts and other areas of commercial law.

BUS 312 – The Fundamentals of Sales (4 units)
Offered every fall
This course will introduce students to the principles and practices of sales and selling. It will focus on the history of sales, the value created by sales, and the methodologies necessary to succeed in sales and selling. Also addressed will be the interdependence of marketing and sales, the importance of customer relationships, and the role of modern technology in the selling process. The course will be applicable to anyone who will be utilizing sales techniques and skills in their lives and careers.

BUS 415 – Entrepreneurship for Social Change (4 units)
Offered spring 2022, 2024
Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field which asserts that the problems of the world cannot be solved by governments or economic markets. To make real changes, entrepreneurs must act as stewards of their communities and undertake ventures which add social value. This interdisciplinary course is targeted to those students who believe they may seriously consider a social entrepreneurial opportunity early in their careers, although the skills developed will benefit any career direction. This course will include a field project with significant social service value-added.

BUS 454 – New Product Development (4 units)
Offered spring 2021, 2023
Prerequisite: BUS 350.
This course will use readings, case analysis and projects to examine the processes, tools, and best practices used in developing new products and services. Topics include concept identification, market feasibility, technical feasibility, financial feasibility, new product adoption, and life-cycle management.

At least 2 units from:

BUS 391AF/491AF An Internship in Accounting & Finance
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Internship Application.
A supervised off-campus practical experience in a community, company or institutional setting. Application of core concepts in an academic field with an On-Site Supervisor and an MCU Instructor of Record.

and/or

BUS 396AF/496AF A Practicum in Accounting & Finance
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Practicum Application.
Student participates in an MCU on-campus experience with a Marymount faculty member, department or office. Focus of the practicum is related to Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) developed by the student and the Instructor of Record.

Minimum 12 units from:

REQUIRED

BUS 460 – Project Management (4 units)
Offered every spring
Prerequisite: CS 280.
Introductory project management. Topics include organizing and managing project teams, planning, scheduling and cost management. Emphasis on developing and organizing team projects from conception to conclusion. Students work with Microsoft Project.

Select 2 courses, minimum from:

BUS 301 – Management for Sustainability (4 units)
Offered fall 2019, Spring 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
The course examines what we mean by sustainability, how businesses as agents of change can integrate sustainability into strategic planning, and how they can recognize opportunity and build success by doing so. Topics include organizational culture and incentives, systems thinking, sustainable strategies and policy, innovation, efficiency, stakeholder engagement, partnerships, cradle to cradle design, product development, product life cycle assessment, environmental accounting, product declarations, management metrics, sustainability targets, training, and promotion. The class works collaboratively on a case study that benefits a local project or organization.

BUS 325 – Organizational Behavior (4 units)
Offered every fall
A study of performance, behavior and group formation as it impacts organizational effectiveness. Students examine the social, psychological and theoretical factors that influence the management of groups and individuals in work settings. Topics include leadership, communication, power, organizational culture and politics.

BUS 378 – Healthcare Administration (4 units)
Offered spring 2021, 2023
An overview of the healthcare industry and introduction to healthcare management in the United States. Topics include industry structure, legal context, insurance and funding models, cost management, physician practice organization, evidence-based medicine, quality assurance and patient safety, patient rights and responsibilities, healthcare marketing and current issues in the delivery and management of healthcare.

BUS 401 – Operations Management (4 units)
Offered every fall
Prerequisite: BUS 300.
This course examines the detailed functions, planning, processes, and practices used to effectively oversee/manage the ‘value-adding’ activities within a business. This includes a solid overview of the history and evolution of said processes & practices, including an introduction to the Theory of Constraints which is a proven systems-based tool for more effectively managing ‘value-adding’ activities. From here, the students will be exposed to other systems-based processes and practices for other aspects of organizational management. These include: models and practices involving logistics including transportation, warehousing, and distribution channels. This course will also work with supply side management. It is the overall goal of this class to provide the student with a solid understanding of the approaches to Operations Management through a real world current operational and managerial challenges team projects.

At least 2 units from:

BUS 391AF/491AF An Internship in Accounting & Finance
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Internship Application.
A supervised off-campus practical experience in a community, company or institutional setting. Application of core concepts in an academic field with an On-Site Supervisor and an MCU Instructor of Record.

and/or

BUS 396AF/496AF A Practicum in Accounting & Finance
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Practicum Application.
Student participates in an MCU on-campus experience with a Marymount faculty member, department or office. Focus of the practicum is related to Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) developed by the student and the Instructor of Record.

 

Selet 3 courses, minimum 12 units from:

BUS 312 – The Fundamentals of Sales (4 units)
Offered every fall
This course will introduce students to the principles and practices of sales and selling. It will focus on the history of sales, the value created by sales, and the methodologies necessary to succeed in sales and selling. Also addressed will be the interdependence of marketing and sales, the importance of customer relationships, and the role of modern technology in the selling process. The course will be applicable to anyone who will be utilizing sales techniques and skills in their lives and careers.

BUS 452 – Marketing Analytics and Forecasting (4 units)
Offered spring 2021, 2023
Prerequisite: BUS 300 and BUS 350 and MTH 270.
Applications of quantitative techniques, qualitative analyses, and software modeling for the optimization of marketing decision-making and market predictions. Students will learn empirical applications of market data analysis, pricing optimization, market forecasting, channel optimization, segmentation, perceptual mapping, return on promotion, OLAP, and market response models.

BUS 456 – Integrated Marketing Communications (4 units)
Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024
Prerequisite: BUS 230.
An overview of the components and tactics involved in creating an integrated marketing communications strategy. This course is designed for students who will become decision makers in profit or non-profit organizations which engage in advertising, public relations, promotions, Internet marketing, point-of-purchase materials, media and client communications. Special attention will be placed on effectiveness and measurable results, and the role communication plays in the marketing environment.

At least 2 units from:

BUS 391AF/491AF An Internship in Accounting & Finance
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Internship Application.
A supervised off-campus practical experience in a community, company or institutional setting. Application of core concepts in an academic field with an On-Site Supervisor and an MCU Instructor of Record.

and/or

BUS 396AF/496AF A Practicum in Accounting & Finance
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Practicum Application.
Student participates in an MCU on-campus experience with a Marymount faculty member, department or office. Focus of the practicum is related to Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) developed by the student and the Instructor of Record.

CAR 401 – Social Media in Marketing (4 units)
Offered every spring
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
In this course students learn how to use social media for marketing with a global perspective. Through examining case studies and interactive class exercises students learn best practices and technical skills in order to connect business objectives with social media strategies, platforms and tactics.

Minimum 12 units from

REQUIRED

BUS 375 – The Business of Sports (4 units)
Offered fall 2019, 2021, 2023
Utilizing the general principles of management, marketing and economics, this course introduces students to the sports industry. It offers a broad overview of athletics at the collegiate, Olympic and professional levels. Examples of topics which may be explored include: market structures, labor market issues, leagues and franchises, corruption, antitrust, and the public financing of stadiums.

Select 8 units from the following:

BUS 391AF/491AF An Internship in Accounting & Finance
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Internship Application.
A supervised off-campus practical experience in a community, company or institutional setting. Application of core concepts in an academic field with an On-Site Supervisor and an MCU Instructor of Record.

and/or

BUS 396AF/496AF A Practicum in Accounting & Finance
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Practicum Application.
Student participates in an MCU on-campus experience with a Marymount faculty member, department or office. Focus of the practicum is related to Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) developed by the student and the Instructor of Record.

PSY 470 – Sports Psychology (4 units)
Offered spring 2021, 2023
Prerequisite: PSY 150.
This course will cover various psychological principles associated with sport. Exploration of which psychological variables can hinder athletic performance and which variables can enhance performance. Introduction to psychological techniques that can enhance sport performance.

SCI 233 – The Science of Human Performance (4 units)
Offered every fall
Prerequisite: one course from SCI 130, 132, 133, 135, 145, 150, 155, 160, 240, 241, 242 or 246.
Principles of physiology and nutrition as they relate to physical activity and human performance. The course offers an overview of the study of kinesiology-the study of human movement. The course is for students who want a better understanding of the positive effects of physical activity and nutrition on health, exercise performance and longevity.

SCI 334 – Ergogenic Aids in Sports (4 units)
Offered every spring
The purpose of this course is to increase understanding of commonly known nutritional supplements, drugs, and ergogenic aids used to enhance athletic performance. Coffee, drugs, and anabolic steroids are all examples of ergogenic aids. The risks and benefits associated with the use of ergogenic aids in sport performance and weight and fat loss will also be discussed as well as principles and policies of doping control.

MCU BA CORE COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS OUTSIDE OF MAJOR

ENG 112 – College Composition 1: Expository Writing (4 units)
Prerequisite – ENG 108, if required, with a C or higher
The course introduces students to the requirements of academic writing: the use of quotation, summary, paraphrase and to the conventions of documentation, using a variety of approaches, including enumeration, definition, comparison/contrast. Students are required to complete at least three major assignments, including a limited research paper or documented essay.

ID 230Information Literacy (1 unit)
Learn to construct a research strategy and use research resources for academic and career endeavors. Examine information technology’s impact on the individual and society.

MCU 100Freshman Seminar (1-3 units)
An academic orientation to MCU and a critical reflection on personal values, qualities, and attitudes for the purpose of developing the skills, knowledge, and strategies for success in College and in life.

or

MCU 200Academic Development: Transitioning to MCU (1 unit)
Prerequisite: by placement.
The course is required of students transferring to MCU with 30 or more transfer units. It assists students in planning their MCU experience and accessing MCU’s resources to achieve their academic goals.

1 course from the following:

REL 102Roots of Western Religious Literature I (4 units)
The literature of ancient Hebrew civilization and of the early Christian movement, as preserved in the Bible, from a culture very different from our own. The course aims to capture a sense of what this literature meant to the people of its time by studying its historical, cultural and literary background. This provides depth and perspective for a student’s personal interpretation of the Bible.

REL 103Roots of Western Religious Literature II (4 units)
The literature of the early Christian movement, as preserved in the New Testament of the Bible, was produced in a culture very different from our own. The course aims at reading this literature through the eyes of key persons of that time. The student will thus obtain a fresh perspective that will provide context and enrichment for personal reading of scripture literature.

REL 112 – Theology of the Nicene Creed (4 units)
An introductory survey of traditional Christian belief as expressed in the Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed. (Replacing REL 110).

REL 120 – Introduction to Catholic Thought (4 units)
Students will examine various themes in Catholic theology and how they relate to perennial human questions and aspirations. Theology can be understood as reflection upon faith experience, which in turn leads to the formulation of structures of belief. Students will gain an appreciation of the Catholic understanding of the human person, approach to revelation and mystery, and contribution to moral reasoning. In this conversation with the Catholic tradition, students will explore their own approach to foundational spiritual and ethical questions.

REL 130 – World Religions (4 units)
Introduction to the history, literature and thought patterns of the major religions of the world.

REL 230 – Catholic History & Thought (4 units)
Survey covering Catholic history, with a focus on thought, doctrine, ritual, and other aspects to provide students with a basic knowledge of the Church, its origins, development, and contemporary situation in a global context.

REL 310 – Catholic Social Teaching (4 units)
Studies the complex social problems facing the modern world by investigating the ways the Catholic Church, Catholic thinkers and activists have applied Christian principles to social issues, with special emphasis on official church documents since Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum (1891). Students are not required to accept Catholic social teaching, but to enter into dialogue with it. PS1

 

1 course with a SCI prefix (Other than 136, 321, 342, 443, 497, 498 and 1-unit lab
classes)

or

BUS 301 – Management for Sustainability (4 units)
The course examines what we mean by sustainability, how businesses as agents of change can integrate sustainability into strategic planning, and how they can recognize opportunity and build success by doing so. Topics include organizational culture and incentives, systems thinking, sustainable strategies and policy, innovation, efficiency, stakeholder engagement, partnerships, cradle to cradle design, product development, product life cycle assessment, environmental accounting, product declarations, management metrics, sustainability targets, training, and promotion. The class works collaboratively on a case study that benefits a local project or organization.

CJ 200 – The Fundamentals of Forensic Science Investigations (4 units)
This course studies the fundamentals and applications of the forensic sciences. This crime scene management course will survey fundamental topics in biology and chemistry that are relevant to forensic science. Topics include Management of Crime Scenes, Medicolegal Death Investigation, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Biological samples, DNA, PCR, Genetics, Proteins and Enzymes, Cellular Biology, Structure and Reactivity of Chemical Compounds, and Ethics and Forensic Science. This course is designed for forensic investigators, police officers, private or public investigators, or other students or professionals with an interest in forensic investigation.

ECO 400 – People, Profit, Planet (4 units)
Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
An interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of meeting human needs in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner. The course expands on classical economic models by integrating consideration of a triple bottom line of profitability, social equity, and physical sustainability in the broader context of resources, systems, and values.

ECO 410 – Resource Economics (4 units)
Prerequisite: upper division standing.
This course explores historical analysis of population economics and resource management. It will examine aspects of local, national and global markets for resources and the implications for future resource policy. Private-sector and public-sector solutions will be debated. Particular emphasis may be placed on timely topics such as the demand and supply of water and various energy sources.

GEO 108 – Physical Geography (4 units)
Physical Geography is the study of planet Earth as a system of interrelated parts, exploring its major subsystems – land, water and air – and their interactions. Topics include weather and climate, the hydrologic cycle, land forms, soils, and vegetation.

GS 220 – Introduction to Sustainability (4 units)
Recommended preparation: prior college science course.
A survey of the theory and practice of sustainability, addressing human impacts on Earth’s natural and human resources through resource consumption, waste and pollution. Coverage includes philosophical rationales, scientific underpinnings, and applied measures to reduce unsustainable practices in business operations, public administration, household management, and other enterprises.

PSY 370 – Psychology of Health and Wellness (4 units)
Prerequisite: PSY 150. This course will explore the contributions of psychology to our understanding of health and illness. We will explore the relationship between psychological factors and the development of illnesses; the role that social, emotional, and behavioral factors play in the prevention of illness and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle; and we will examine how psychologists can assist in the management of chronic and terminal illnesses. We will also take a critical look at the current state of our healthcare system.

PSY 445 – Physiological Psychology (4 units)
Prerequisite: PSY 150 and PSY 240.
Study of the neurological and physiological foundations of behavior. Includes an introduction to functional neuroanatomy, as well as detailed study of the physiological bases of sensation, perception, emotion, motivation, learning, and higher mental functions. (Formerly PSY 335)

1 course from Arts & Media (AM exclusions: 107, 207, 307, 407, 450, 497, 498, Internship, and Practicum courses)

or

Music or Theology

BUS 315 – Principles of Entrepreneurship (4 units)
Recommended pre- or corequisite: BUS 300.
The course will set the framework for the principles and practices necessary for the formation and development of a new enterprise. In addition, students will learn what investors look for when assessing a business opportunity.

BUS 316 – Entrepreneurship II (4 units)
Prerequisite: ACCT 151, BUS 315.
A project-based course that will emphasize the hands-on business practices which are the major components of a full-cycle development of an idea into a successful enterprise. Students will refine their entrepreneurial skills and develop a business plan.

BUS 415 – Entrepreneurship for Social Change (4 units)
Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field which asserts that the problems of the world cannot be solved by governments or economic markets. To make real changes, entrepreneurs must act as stewards of their communities and undertake ventures which add social value. This interdisciplinary course is targeted to those students who believe they may seriously consider a social entrepreneurial opportunity early in their careers, although the skills developed will benefit any career direction. This course will include a field project with significant social service value-added.

BUS 454 – New Product Development (4 units)
Prerequisite: BUS 350.
This course will use readings, case analysis and projects to examine the processes, tools, and best practices used in developing new products and services. Topics include concept identification, market feasibility, technical feasibility, financial feasibility, new product adoption, and life-cycle management.

ENG 120 – Introduction to Literature (4 units)
Prerequisite: ENG 112.
A survey of literature by genre and/or chronology with the principal emphasis on representative works from English and American literature. Short stories, poetry, and at least one play and one novel are studied in critical detail.

ENG 125 – Literature and Film (4 units)
Prerequisite: ENG 112.
This course applies the principles of literary criticism and aesthetic analysis to the study of film and literature. Topics include the function of narrative in film, the relationship between the verbal and the visual image, and film as an effective medium for literary themes.

ENG 140 – Introduction to Drama (4 units)
Prerequisite: ENG 112.
A survey of dramatic works from the perspective of literature. Various types and forms of the drama as well as the artistic concerns of the dramatist are examined through selections from the history of the theatre.

ENG 310 – American Catholic Writers (4) Prerequisites: ENG 112, a lower division religion course, and a lower division literature course. This course examines American Catholic writers of the 20th Century, with an emphasis on Fiction, Drama, and Film. Students will learn how the author’s Catholic beliefs influence the characters, themes, and situations of the literary work, and understand how belief systems give unique perspectives on various aspects of American culture and society.

UNIT TOTALS

Any college level course listed in the Catalog or accepted as transfer credit may be taken as an elective to fulfill the 120 unit degree requirement in this BA program.

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