Marketing Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)

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Prepare for a successful career with a well-rounded business education.

Enter the job market with a strong portfolio of business knowledge and skills. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at PennWest California offers you courses that focus on business fundamentals along with specialized skills in marketing so you're ready for an evolving business environment.   

The bachelor's degree in business administration program is built on business core courses that provide a solid foundation. In addition, you'll choose a discipline for in-depth study: the marketing bachelors program is one of seven concentrations that give business students the opportunity to develop focused expertise.    

Learn practical applications of marketing principles.   

Specialized courses in marketing examine such topics as customer relations management, e-marketing, principles of selling and more. The Principles of Marketing course, for instance, serves as an introduction to the marketing discipline, covering such topics as identification of target markets, understanding population demographics and psychographics, the four Ps (product, price, place, promotion) of marketing, social responsibility, marketing segmentation, and more. 

In the business administration program, business study is enhanced with PennWest California's focus on developing quantitative, critical thinking and analytical skills.  You will graduate not only with a demonstrated competence in your subject area, but also the ability and tools to apply that knowledge. 

Business administration students are also required to have a minor:

  • Some students choose a business discipline other than their concentration.
  • Other popular choices include psychology, communication studies, public relations, statistics, computer information systems, leadership, women's studies, Spanish and Arabic.
  • Students also may choose to complete dual majors or dual degrees with international studies or math.

 PennWest California business graduates are ready for a wide range of career opportunities. Recent PennWest California business and marketing graduates also have gone on to graduate business programs at such top schools as the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University and the College of William and Mary, and to graduate economics programs at Youngstown State and Florida State.

Learn about our accelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Business Administration

Focused major: PennWest California students can earn a business administration degree with business marketing as their major. Students who complete the required major courses in marketing graduate with an important specialization as well as general business knowledge.    

Solid foundation: Completing PennWest California's 120-credit-hour bachelor's degree in business administration prepares students for many paths to business careers. Your business core courses ensure that you know the basics of business and business analytics. PennWest California business students also work on professional skills such as critical thinking, communication and teamwork.   

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Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in business administration, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

The bachelor's degree in business administration program integrates business study with the liberal arts, natural and behavioral sciences, and modern quantitative and information technology methods. Along with studying the fundamentals in your business core courses, you'll add a valuable specialization with your marketing major. Instruction in the program focuses on student engagement and active learning, keeping you involved and engaged with your instructors and classmates. All courses in the program consider the critical role of globalization and rapid technological advance in all aspects of the business environment. You'll be ready to explore many professional career opportunities.

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Graduate Outcomes

Employment of advertising, promotions and marketing managers is projected to grow 9% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations; these areas are essential to organizations that seek to maintain and expand their share of the market, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. PennWest California business graduates also are well-equipped to succeed in a range of careers and professions, including  accountant, banker, city manager, general manager, government agency administrator, hospital administrator, industrial relations manager, insurance agent, office manager, production manager, purchasing agent, sales manager, securities analyst and stock broker.  Among the many companies and industries who choose to hire PennWest California business graduates are Aflac, Allegheny Steel, Bank of America, Clear Channel Media, Jackson Hewitt, T-Mobile, Tyco Electronics, U.S. Postal Service and Walmart.



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Expert Faculty

Our highly qualified business and economics faculty members have significant industry experience, as well as advanced degrees in their fields. They are dedicated to teaching PennWest California students the skills necessary for success in business. Our professors have earned MBAs and doctorates from such top schools as American University, City University of New York, George Washington University, Northeastern University, The Ohio State University, University of Rhode Island and Wayne State University.

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Research Focus

PennWest California's undergraduate business administration program emphasizes the value of doing research. Students can work one-on-one with individual faculty members, or as part of the discipline-specific research methods course. Students also have the opportunity to work with PennWest California's Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. The Center is PennWest California's one-stop shop for all things related to starting and maintaining a successful business. 

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Student Recognition

Student achievement in the business administration program is recognized in several ways. Qualified students can become members of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an honorary economics fraternity; Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Leaders; Student Accounting Association;  Economics Club; Finance Club; American Marketing Association; and the Society for the Advancement of Management. Outstanding graduating seniors are recognized with awards for excellence.


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Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
CDC 101  Public Speaking
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
MIS 201  Management Info Systems
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Science Course
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 211  Business Writing  OR  ENG 102  Composition II
  • MAT 225  Business Statistics
  • BUS 281  Management Science I
Business Core Courses 30
ACC 200  Financial Accounting 3
ACC 321  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 242  Business Law I 3
BUS 381  Management Science II 3
BUS 499  Integrated Strategic Capstone 3
ECO 201  Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO 202  Principles of Macroeconomics 3
FIN 301  Financial Management 3
MGT 300  Principles of Management 3
MKT 300  Principles of Marketing 3
Required Major Courses 18
MKT 320  Principles of Selling 3
MKT 341  Non-profit Marketing 3
MKT 351  Advertising Mgt 3
MKT 401  Marketing Mgt 3
MKT 421  Consumer Behavior 3
MKT 431  Marketing Research 3
Related Electives 9
MKT 492  Marketing Internship 3
ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT courses, 300-level or above not already included in the "Business Core Courses" or "Required Major Courses" above 6
Required Minor/Certificate* 12
Free Electives 10 to 11
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): BUS 499 and MKT 431 Marketing Research
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): BUS 381 Management Science II

* Required Minor/Certificate: Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Human Resource Management, Management, or Management Information Systems, or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business. Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their adviser, in which case the 9 credits of "Related Electives" may be fulfilled with courses required for the minor.

These minors are 21 credits; however, 9 of these credits are required in the “Business Core Courses” above. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate requires 15 credits; however, 3 credits are included in the major courses above.

Program Note: Students who complete dual degrees or dual majors do not have to complete a minor or certificate.

B.S., Business Administration - Concentration

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing