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The Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) is an upper-division, professionally oriented business degree for individuals who are seeking general preparation in business. The degree combines the theoretical underpinnings of core business disciplines, notably management, marketing, finance, and logistics, with applied study in a practical setting, especially the small-business climates across most of the Commonwealth. Through the choice of an 18-credit option, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning. The degree allows students throughout the Commonwealth to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered both within the University and throughout the Commonwealth.

The associate degree in business administration at Penn State articulates with the degree. Advanced-standing students from other accredited colleges or universities will be admitted only with specified grade-point averages established annually in accordance with University policy.


Degree Options

Through the choice of one of several 18-credit options, students develop a specialty related to a key business sector. Students also develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and engage in active and collaborative learning. The degree allows students throughout the Commonwealth to become familiar with the unique business environments of their local communities, a design that sets the degree apart from other business degrees offered throughout the Commonwealth.

Marketing and Management Option

Places an emphasis on the skills and knowledge necessary for the business professional to function in community and global centers of commerce. Two Recommended Academic Plans (RAP sheets) are offered, one with a Management focus and one with a Marketing focus. Students should work with their advisers to follow the recommended academic plan that closely follows their intended discipline of interest.

Marketing Focus Recommended Academic Plan

Management Focus Recommended Academic Plan

Accounting Option

Recommended Academic Plan in Accounting

Program Entrance Requirement

To be eligible for entrance into the BSBCC program, a student must have completed Math 22 or higher, as this is the program’s Entrance to Major requirement. Students cannot proceed into the BA series of classes (300-400 level) without completing the Entrance to Major requirement.

Careers for BSB program graduates

The BSB program graduates work in a variety of industries including, but not limited to, accounting, banking, economics, finance, investing, marketing, and management. Graduates of our program may also go on to graduate level degrees (i.e., M.B.A., M.S.).


For students who began their program of study prior to fall 2011, please follow the degree requirements specified in the University Bulletin.

Recommended Academic Plans for students who entered prior to 2012. (requires Acrobat Reader)