Effective Fall 2021

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration prepares students with the skills necessary to meet the business demands of today and the future. The curriculum provides a solid business core that includes an extensive background in the functional areas of marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, operations, and management. The major focuses on integrating theory and practice so that graduates possess an understanding of the internal and external business environment, including economic, legal, behavioral, ethical, and strategic aspects. The ability to communicate, integrate and synthesize information from the various business disciplines using knowledge and skills in information systems, decision making, quantitative analysis and financial modeling complete the major.

The program allows, but does not require, students to select one of five specialization tracks described below. Each specialization requires a specific series of six business track electives which could include accounting, finance, management, marketing, information systems, small business management, healthcare, entrepreneurship, and sport and event management. Students will work closely with their advisers to select the appropriate courses to meet their career goals. Students may use foundational coursework in the first two years to determine what type of specialization appeals to their career interests. Some popular specialization options available for students are listed below.

Digital Marketing/Marketing Specialization 

Students selecting this specialization take business track electives in social media, international marketing, marketing research, advertising, digital marketing, and marketing data analysis.

BIM 120 Social Media in Business and Society
MKT 310 International Marketing
MKT 320 Marketing Research
MKT 330 Advertising
MKT 360 Introduction to Digital Marketing
MKT 365 Marketing Data Analysis 

Sport and Event Management

Students selecting this option take business track electives in professional event planning, sport management, economies of sports and events, event management and coordination, event promotion, and issues in sport and event management.

FHD 278 Professional Event Planning
MKT 314 Event Promotion
SEM 305 Sport Management
SEM 312 Economies of Sports and Events
SEM 325 Event Management and Coordination
SEM 405 Issues in Sport and Event Management

Banking and Finance

Students selecting this option take business track electives in computerized accounting, principles of banking, financial planning, investments, retirement and insurance planning, and international finance.

ACC 201 Computerized Accounting
FIN 150 Principles of Banking
FIN 305 Fundamentals of Financial Planning
FIN 360 Investments
FIN 395 Retirement and Insurance Planning
FIN 370 Money and Banking or FIN 450 International Finance

Management

Students selecting this option take business track electives in small business management, supervision, international business, leadership, customer relations in management, and forensic accounting.

ACC 470 Forensic Accounting
MGT 216 International Business
MGT 248 Supervision and Human Relations
MGT 249 Small Business Management
MGT 325 Leadership
MKT 350 Customer Relationship Management

Healthcare Management

Students selecting this option take business track electives in supervision and leadership, healthcare systems and administration, quality assurance, and healthcare ethics and policy.

MGT248 – Supervision & Human Relations
MGT325 – Leadership
HTH311 – Medical Practice Administration
HTH325 – Healthcare Delivery Systems
HTH332 – Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers
HTH382 – Ethical & Legal Issues Related to Medicine

Custom Specialization


Pennsylvania College of Technology recognizes that students often have specific learning goals related to businesses and industries in which they are already involved or interested. This business administration degree allows students who do not select a specialization, with help from program faculty advisers, to select coursework from a wide variety of electives that will focus on the skills and abilities required for many discipline areas. This option also allows students to easily acquire a minor in a specialty field of interest.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have employment opportunities in a wide variety of supervisory/management positions, including administrative services, first-line supervisors, industrial production and manufacturing, and purchasing managers, buyers, and agents. Most graduates are employed with locally owned firms, including family businesses. Course specializations will also provide avenues to careers in sport and event management, management, healthcare management, digital marketing and banking and finance areas. Opportunities to participate in a global experience program in Austria afford graduates the skills and abilities to seek positions with multi-national corporations, and internship opportunities with a business of the student's choice which further increases a graduate's marketability.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • explain how managers perform the basic functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling within an organizational setting.
  • demonstrate effective business etiquette, emotional intelligence, written and oral communication skills and collaboration.
  • apply ethical principles that encompass the needs of all stakeholders.
  • differentiate the various functions of a business and explain the integrative nature of the functions, which enables the business to generate positive outcomes for stakeholders.
  • apply the skills and techniques needed for problem solving and decision making.
  • apply the strategic management process to analyze the current business environment, identify appropriate forecasting trends, and make recommendations on preferred courses of action to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity.
  • develop and analyze information sources to effectively design strategies for handling marketing and promotion, laws and regulations, risk assessment, site analysis, and contingency activities.
  • employ technical/digital tools needed to identify and analyze marketing problems.
  • analyze effective financial decision making utilizing current research, technology, and data sources.

Curriculum

First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
MGT115Principles of Management 33 MREQ
MTH113Business Mathematics 33 SREQ
SPCSpeech Elective 3 SSPC
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACC113Introduction to Financial Accounting 33 MREQ
ECO111Principles of Macroeconomics 33 SREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
SCIScience Elective 3 SSCI
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3 SHIP
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACC123Introduction to Managerial Accounting 33 MREQ
MIS211Business Computer Applications Using Spreadsheet 33 MREQ
MKT240Principles of Marketing 33 MREQ
INV201Principles of Innovation 33 MREQ
MTH157Business Statistics 33 SREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ECO112Principles of Microeconomics 33 SREQ
MKT243Sales 33 MREQ
MGT215Introduction to Business Analytics 33 MREQ
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3 SARP
MGT301Business Law I 33 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FIN350Finance 33 MREQ
MGT355Quantitative Methods for Business 33 MREQ
HRM300Human Resource Management 33 MREQ
BTEBusiness Track Elective 3 MBTE
BTEBusiness Track Elective 3 MBTE
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Sixth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
PHL210Ethics 33 SREQ
BTEBusiness Track Elective 3 MBTE
BTEBusiness Track Elective 3 MBTE
SCLScience Elective with lab 4 SSCL
FITFitness & Wellness Elective 1 SFIT
TOTAL CREDITS 14
Summer SessionCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
MGT360Business Administration Internship 1 MREQ
TOTAL CREDITS 1
Seventh SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FIN450International Finance 33 MREQ
or
FIN370Money & Banking 33 MREQ
MGT410Management of Organizational Behavior 3Writing Enriched Requirement3 MREQ
MKT325Consumer Behavior 33 MREQ
MGT345Business Planning & Operations 33 MREQ
or
MGT320Purchasing Management 33 MREQ
OEEExploration Elective 3 SOEE
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Eighth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
MGT497Business Policy & Strategy 33 MREQ
BTEBusiness Track Elective 3 MBTE
BTEBusiness Track Elective 3 MBTE
OEEExploration Elective 3 SOEE
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Business track elective is any adviser approved ACC, BIM, BWM, FHD, FIN, HRM, INV, LAS, MGT, MKT, MIS or SEM course at the 200-level or higher.