Undergraduate Requirements

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Degree requirements for every program offered in the John Cook School of Business consist of four groups of classes:

  • Arts and Sciences Core requirements (48 credits)
  • Business Common Body of Knowledge requirements (45 credits)
  • Courses specific to the major (15 to 21 credits)
  • Elective courses (six to nine credits)

Arts and Sciences Core Requirements

Forty eight credits in courses from the College of Arts and Sciences are required for all business majors.

English

Nine credits as follows:

  • ENGL 1900: Strategies of Rhetoric and Research (must be completed by end of sophomore year)
  • ENGL 2250, 2350, 2450, 2550, 2650, 2750, 2850 or foreign language literature credit
  • English Literature, ENGL 4000 (highly recommended), or a fine and performing arts credit (an upper division foreign language may be substituted; however, students for whom English is a second language may not complete requirements in their native language)
Communication

Three credits as follows:

  • CMM 1200: Introduction to Public Speaking (must be completed by end of sophomore year)
Social Sciences

Twelve hours as follows:

  • HIST 1110 or HIST 1120: Origins of the Modern World
  • PSY 1010: General Psychology
  • Two additional courses selected from the African American Studies, American Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology or Women’s Studies departments
Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Twelve hours as follows:

  • MATH 1200: College Algebra (students exempt from MATH 1200 must replace the course with another approved math course)
  • MATH 1320: Survey of Calculus (course requirement must be met by the end of sophomore year or students will not be allowed to register for any business classes; MATH 1510 (Calculus 1) or higher level calculus course may be substituted.)-
  • One natural science course
  • One additional approved math or natural science course
Philosophy and Theology

Twelve hours as follows:

  • PHIL 1050: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2050: Ethics
  • THEO 1000: Theological Foundations
  • An additional 2000-level theology course

Business Common Body of Knowledge Requirements

Forty-five credits in business must be completed through the John Cook School of Business by all undergraduate business majors, regardless of their program.

Accounting

Six credits as follows (three credits each):

  • ACCT 2200: Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 2220: Accounting for Decision Making
Business

Three credits as follows (one credit each):

  • BIZ 1000: Business Foundations
  • BIZ 3000: Career Foundations
  • BIZ 4000: Business Capstone*

All other common body of knowledge courses must be completed before taking BIZ 4000 and MGT 4000 in the last semester of study.

Economics

Nine credits as follows (three credits each):

  • ECON 1900: Principles of Economics
  • ECON 3120: Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 3140: Intermediate Microeconomics
Finance

Three credits as follows:

  • FIN 3010: Principles of Finance
Information Technology Management

Three credits as follows:

  • ITM 2000: Information Technology Management with Supply Chains
International Business

Three credits as follows:

  • IB 2000: Introduction to International Business
Management

Nine credits as follows (three credits each):

  • MGT 2000: Legal Environment of Business I
  • MGT 3000: Management Theory and Practice
  • MGT 4000: Strategic Management and Policy *

All other common body of knowledge courses must be completed before taking BIZ 4000 and MGT 4000 in the last semester of study.

Marketing

Three credits as follows:

  • MKT 3000: Introduction to Marketing Management
Operations Management

Six credits as follows (three credits each):

  • OPM 2070: Introductory Business Statistics
  • OPM 3050: Introduction to Management Sciences and Operations Management

Majors

Undergraduate business students can pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree while selecting a major to focus on throughout the program.

Choose a major that fits you:

Students can choose to pursue two business majors simultaneously, but they must complete both sets of requirements. A double major within the business school, however, is not considered a double undergraduate degree; students completing more than one major within the business school will receive one Bachelor of Science degree with the transcript indicating the majors. Courses that are in common in the two areas can be counted only once, not towards both majors.

In addition to the business major, business students may also pursue a major or minor outside of the Cook School. Refer to the department offering the major or minor for those requirements.

Electives

Electives are courses selected by the student. Electives are not limited to business courses and may be chosen from any area of study within the University, giving students an opportunity to diversify their backgrounds.

The number of electives required depends upon the business major chosen, with a minimum of 120 credits required for the degree. In addition, a minimum of 48 credits of arts and sciences courses and 45 credits of business common body of knowledge courses must be taken.

For in-depth information regarding the degree program, course listings, and business school opportunities, see the Undergraduate Programs Book.

Cook Business Scholars Program

Incoming freshmen with a 30 ACT or 1390 SAT and a 3.75 GPA are eligible to participate in the Cook Scholars program and earn a bachelor’s of science in only three years. Students must maintain a cumulative SLU GPA of 3.5 to remain in the program.

The Cook Business Scholars program features the same curriculum and degree as our four-year plan and is available for all business majors. Participants can take advantage of guaranteed enrollment in business classes (but not specific sections) for as long as they are in the program. Participants can also take part in special advising and mentoring.

Qualifying students indicating a business major as their program of study on the application for freshman admission will receive additional information about the Cook Business Scholars Program in the spring, including an invitation to apply to the program.

Review a sample Cook Scholars academic schedule