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Academic Program Guide

Business Administration

College: Business
Degree: B.S
Limited Access: YES

Contact: Undergraduate Programs Office & Advising Center
Address: 328 Rovetta Business Building, FSU PO Box 3061110
Phone: (850) 644-3892 FAX: (850) 644-7332

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is ONLY available at the Panama City, FL campus. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The Business Administration program at FSU Panama City is committed to providing students the general education and technical knowledge necessary to enter the business environment and to pursue a successful professional career. It is a challenging journey that explores both the business and government sectors and the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow.

In the first two years at FSU, students should take courses to complete the following requirements: General Education requirements, Diversity requirements, and Prerequisite Coursework requirements. Some courses may fulfill requirements in multiple areas. Electives in the first two years should focus on gaining additional exposure to the social and behavioral sciences, and on improving communication and analytical reasoning skills. The Business Administration degree is flexible, with 9 to 12 hours of general (outside the major) electives.

Prerequisite Coursework

The following courses must be completed with a C minus or better: (21 hours)
ACG X021 (3) Introduction to Financial Accounting
ACG X071 (3) Introduction to Managerial Accounting
CGS X100 (3) Microcomputer Applications for Business or CGS X518 (3) Spreadsheets for Business
ECO X013 (3) Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO X023 (3) Principles of Microeconomics
MAC X233 (3) Calculus for Business and Non-Physical Sciences
STA X023 (3) Business Statistics

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of


Admission to the limited access business programs requires the following:
1) Completion of at least 52 semester hours;
2) A cumulative grade point average on all college work attempted of at least 2.300; and
3) Satisfactory completion of all required prerequisite coursework.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (48 hours)

*Courses taken at a Community College may not be substituted for 3000/4000 level courses.

Lower-Division Requirements: (4 hours)
These courses are Term 5 milestones. Transfer students must complete them in their first term of enrollment at FSU.

RMI 2302 (3) Risk in Business and Society
GEB 1030 (1) Intro. to Professional Development

General Business Core Requirements for Business Administration Majors: (18 hours)
BUL 3310 (3) The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
FIN 3403 (3) Financial Management of the Firm
GEB 3213 (3) Business Communications
ISM 3541 (3) Introduction to Business Analytics
MAN 3240 (3) Organizational Behavior
MAR 3023 (3) Basic Marketing Concepts

General Business Breadth Requirements for Business Administration Majors: (9 hours)
Each of the following:

FIN 3244 (3) Financial Markets, Institutions, and International Finance Systems
MAN 4720 (3) Strategic Management and Business Policy

Plus one (1) course from the following list*:
ISM 3003 (3) Foundations of Management Information Systems
MAN 3600 (3) Multinational Business Operations
MAR 3231 (3) Retail Management
MAR 3400 (3) Professional Sales
QMB 3200 (3) Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions
REE 3043 (3) Real Estate
RMI 3011 (3) Risk Management/Insurance

*The same course cannot be used to satisfy a Business Administration Breadth requirement above and a major requirement below.

Major Area Requirements for Business Administration Majors: (18 hours)
One FIN course, one MAN course, and one MAR course chosen from the following:

FIN 4XXX (3) Any Finance Course (FIN prefix at 4000-level or QMB3200)
MAN 4XXX (3) Any 4000-level Management Course
MAR 4XXX (3) Any 3/4000-level Marketing Course (MAN3600 is considered a Marketing course)

Plus three (3) additional business electives from the following:
4000 level Finance course
3000/4000 level Management Information Systems course
3000/4000 level Management course (excluding MAN3025)
3000/4000 level Marketing course
3000/4000 level Real Estate course
3000/4000 level Risk Management course

Digital Literacy:(0 hours beyond prerequisites)
CGS 2100 (3) or CGS 2518 (3) meets this requirement for this major.

Oral Communication Competency: (0 additional hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. Business majors must complete GEB 3213, which meets this requirement.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hours Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 21*
Major Coursework 48-51
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 0 beyond prerequisites
Oral Communication Competency 0 beyond major

Electives to bring total credits to 120 (must complete at least 60 credits outside of business

*Some Prerequisite courses may also be counted as part of General Education.


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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, at least 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. At least half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University. After enrolling at this University, all remaining major course requirements must be completed at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. Courses used to satisfy General Business Breadth requirement cannot be used to satisfy other requirements.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Management Trainee, Supervisor Owner, Supervisor, Budget Officers, Department Manager, General Manager, Forms & Management Analyst, Planning Analyst, Sales Manager, Operations Director.

Representative Employers: Manufacturers, Insurance Companies, Retailers, Investment Firms, Government Agencies, Banks.

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