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The Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems

Declaring a Business Information Systems Major

The Business Information Systems major was approved and offered for the first time in Fall 2003 as a four-year alternative to the Business Administration major. The Business Information Systems major requires completion of a Pre-Business Information Systems Core (PBIS Lower Division Core) prior to taking upper division courses. Students must receive a verified grade of C or better in each Pre-Business course in order to advance beyond Pre-Business status. If students receive a grade of C- or lower in one of the Pre-Business courses, that course must be repeated until a grade of C or better is attained. The courses are listed under Course Requirements for the Major. Although MATH 109 and 120 are accepted, students are advised to take MATH 107 for that particular requirement.

Successful completion of the Pre-Business Information Systems Core allows students to advance to the Upper Division Core that continues their general background in Business and to their specialty Option. Business Information Systems currently offers Options in Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Systems.

You can find more information about College of Business programs, with helpful advising information for first-year and transfer students, at http://www.csuchico.edu/cob/.

If you have questions about Business Information Systems programs or questions on approved transfer equivalents, please contact:

Business Student Advising
Glenn Hall 321
530-898-4480
Email: BusinessAdvisor@csuchico.edu

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See Bachelor's Degree Requirements in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. You can view MAPs on the Degree MAPs page in the University Catalog or you can request a plan from your major advisor.

General Education Pathway Requirements: 48 units

See General Education in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Pathway Requirements and course offerings.

Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See Diversity Requirements in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education .

Literacy Requirement:

See Mathematics and Writing Requirements in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major, which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or higher to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130I or JOUR 130I (or equivalent) with a C- or higher before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 81-87 units

Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, is required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option are outlined following the major core program requirements.

Pre-Business Information Systems Major

Pre-business information students achieve Business Information Systems status upon completion of MATH 107 and MATH 105 and ENGL 130 with a grade of C or better.

Major Core Program: 57 units

Lower-Division Core: 33 units

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course provides students with an introduction to what a business is and how one operates. The focus is on the global context of business. The course ensures that all freshmen possess introductory basic business survival skills such as computer literacy, information research competence, written, oral and electronic presentaion skills, and team building skills. 3 hours lecture. (020421)
Students who have had limited experience with computers should take CSCI 101 before CSCI 111. CSCI 101 provides an overview of the fundamentals of computer science. Number systems and data representation are introduced. An overview of hardware, including the control unit, memory, the ALU, and I/O is provided. Software is introduced with an overview of operating systems, programming languages, applications, and software tools. Students are exposed to common operating systems and applications. Student also design and implement several programs. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (002280)

10 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Introductory study of the information system that measures, records, and communicates the economic activity of an entity, in monetary terms, to stakeholders outside of the organization. The study of assets, liabilities, owners' equity, revenues, expenses, gains, and losses as they relate to the preparation of financial statements communicating an entity's financial position, results of operations, and cash flows. 3 hours discussion. (000077)
Prerequisites: ACCT 201 (or ABUS 261 for ABUS majors only).
Introductory study of the process of identification, measurement, accumulation, summarization, preparation, interpretation, analysis, and communication of financial and non-financial information to assist managerial planning, controlling, and decision-making within an organization to assure appropriate use of and accountability for the organization's resources. Students study terminology, cost behavior, cost estimation, cost assignment, cost accounting systems, cost of quality, financial and operational budgeting, performance evaluation, profitability analysis, pricing methodologies, and short-term and long-term decision-making techniques. 3 hours discussion. (000078)
An introductory survey of macroeconomic analysis. Use of fundamental economic concepts to analyze the over-all economy. Determination of gross national product, rates of unemployment, problems of inflation, recession, and the use of governmental policies. Discussion of current problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002636)
An introductory survey of microeconomic analysis. Analysis of individual economic units: household, firms, and markets. Analysis of individual decision making. Supply and demand analysis. Type of market organization: competition, oligopoly, and monopoly. Discussion of current problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002638)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
A study of technical writing and presentation skills in business and scientific environments, including audience analyses, writing processes, genres of technical and business discourse, visual communication, collaboration, professional responsibility, clear and correct expression. Students write and revise several documents and give oral reports. 3 hours discussion. (003453)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
Summary of numerical data, elementary probability, distributions, and introduction to statistical inference. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005501)
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
Solutions to systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, combinatorics, probability, binomial and normal distributions. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005521)
Study of fundamental database design principles and techniques, including data modeling with Entity-Relationship diagrams and normalization. Study of SQL (Structured Query Language) database management systems capabilities. Study of the relational data model and relational operations. Study of database security mechanisms. Introduction to PL/SQL. Application of concepts and techniques to practical business scenarios. 3 hours lecture. (005814)
An introduction to data communications and local area networks. This course provides a background in standards and protocols used in communications and their functions within a business information system environment. The class combines lectures, writing assignments, group work, and class discussion to develop a fundamental knowledge of data communications and its importance to the business information systems environment. 3 hours lecture. (005815)
A practical course in clear thinking and sound reasoning, which includes training in recognizing and avoiding the most commonly made mistakes in reasoning. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (007151)

Upper-Division Core: 24 units

8 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: BSIS 105 or CSCI 101; MINS 235 (may be taken concurrently).
This course introduces students to the concept of information systems as the application of technical resources to support organizational processes. Given this foundation, students build an integrative, process-oriented understanding of information systems and their deployment, management, and use within distributed and global organizations. Projects focus on introductory enterprise systems, client-server database systems management, corporate data networking, and advanced Web programming. For this course students are expected to have demonstrated proficiency in the use of microcomputers and office automation software, including word processing, spreadsheets, and desktop databases. A proficiency exam is given during the first week of each semester, and students are encouraged to take this exam in advance of the semester they intend to enroll in the class. 3 hours lecture. (001331)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, ENGL 230 with a grade of C- or higher.
Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of all other courses in upper-division core. A senior seminar with an emphasis on strategy and management of adoption, implementation, and use of information systems in business. An integrative course serving to organize the information learned from earlier information systems and business school courses. The class combines lectures, directed structured and semi-structured readings, case analysis, writing assignments, group work, and class discussion to provide an understanding of key and current information systems topics. Legal, ethical, environmental, and cultural issues related to selection and use of systems are addressed. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (001335)
Prerequisites: At least junior standing.
Increasingly, managers are faced with legal and ethical challenges in their decision making. This course adopts an integrative strategy which explores the legal and ethical environments of business by focusing on those issues which most affect the major functional areas of business (accounting, marketing, information systems, human resource management, etc.). Students learn strategies which can later be employed not only to avoid litigation but also to pursue more effectively strategic goals of business. This course applies to those working in organizations which employ only a few employees as well as to those which employ thousands. 3 hours lecture. (001342)
Prerequisites: ACCT 201, ECON 103.
An introduction to financial management, providing a background in the areas of financial institutions, the time value of money, analysis of financial statements, working capital management, financial structure of the firm, capital budgeting, and related tools of financial analysis. 3 hours lecture. (003729)
Using a combination of theory and application, this course focuses on the human side of organizations, including issues of 1) making good decisions, 2) enhancing performance, 3) steering through a turbulent global environment, 4) combining and unifying multiple business functions and 5) enabling change. Students gain an understanding of management and how and why organizations are structured. The themes of quality, technology, ethics, and adaptation are emphasized. 3 hours lecture. (005704)
Prerequisites: MINS 235. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of ENGL 230 (for BSIS majors).
An in-depth examination of tools, techniques, and processes used to support the systems analysis portion of the systems development life cycle. Emphasis is given to requirements gathering, gap-fit analysis, development of the business case for systems development projects, as well as tools and techniques that plan, identify, model and communicate conceptual systems to both end users and programmers. Both case studies and real projects are used to develop hands-on experience with conducting business analysis studies from object, data, and process perspectives. 3 hours lecture. (005818)
Nature and functions of marketing systems and marketing in the individual firm. Study of the marketing mix, marketing institutions, and the environments in which marketing decisions are made. 3 hours lecture. (005872)
Prerequisites: Business Administration or Business Information Systems status required for business majors. Completion of GE Pathway Foundation Quantitative Reasoning required for all majors.
An overview of the operations function in organizations; topics include operations strategy, manufacturing philosophies, process selection, supply chain management, inventory management, forecasting, production planning and control, capacity planning, material requirements planning, quality management and project management. 3 hours lecture. (005774)

Major Option Course Requirements: 24-30 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.  Use the links below to jump to your chosen option.



Note: For BSIS majors, Business Information Systems status is required to register for all option classes.

The Option in Accounting Information Systems: 27-28 units

Admissions to the Option in Accounting Information Systems is currently suspended. Please contact the Accounting and Management Information Systems Department to learn the current status of this program.

The Option in Management Information Systems: 27-30 units

Advising is mandatory to understand class sequencing and prerequisite requirements.

MINS Foundation: 18 units

6 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: BSIS 301 or MINS 301.
Application of Project Management (PM) concepts and tools to systems projects. Students work in teams and apply PM concepts to projects and actual problems in organizations. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (001334)
Prerequisites: BSIS 301 or MINS 301.
Introduction to the basic problem- solving skills needed to create and maintain business-oriented software. This course provides an overview of business information systems, their use in business contexts, and object-oriented design of applications. Coverage includes a survey of basic data structures and the standard algorithms used to manipulate and work with them. Students are expected to build and test a number of programs using an integrated development environment. 3 hours lecture. (005819)
Prerequisites: BSIS 301, MINS 235.
Study of database application development concepts and techniques. Advanced data modeling and SQL for complex business applications. Stored procedures and database triggers. Application of concepts and techniques to practical business information processing environments. Development of a fully integrated database application. Study of Web database interface capabilities. 3 hours lecture. (005821)
Prerequisites: BSIS 301, MINS 245.
An in-depth analysis of current managerial issues related to business data communications, networks, and distributed processing. The topics covered in this course directly impact the analysis, design, and implementation of management information systems for both private organizations and government. Mainstream and emerging standards, products, and protocols are examined as well as an in-depth study of the Internet Protocol. 3 hours lecture. (005829)
Prerequisites: CSCI 111 or MINS 325 and BSIS 301 or MINS 301.
This course provides students with an in-depth exposure to business information systems and their applications. The course exposes students to issues, problems, and strategies for developing advanced business applications using object-oriented methodology. Emphasis is placed on projects that integrate diverse systems in order to manage business information. Students are expected to design, implement, and test non-trivial business applications in a small team environment. 3 hours lecture. (005820)
Prerequisites: BSIS 444, MINS 325, MINS 350.
Developing and documenting information-processing requirements. Record layout design and determination of primary and alternate file access paths. Data integrity and security considerations. Development of system test requirements and user documentation. 3 hours discussion. (005827)

MINS Electives: 9-12 units

3 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: MINS 301 or BSIS 444 or MINS 350 and SCMS 306 or MGMT 430 or MKTG 471.
This course focuses on setting up an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for use in a global organization. Students learn how to configure a large system to support a global organization with multiple companies. Concepts, issues, current trends, and decision making are addressed through a cross-functional view of the enterprise. Project management skills are enhanced as the students work in cross-functional teams in order to configure and use a multi-company ERP system. 3 hours lecture. (001332)
Prerequisites: At least one year of high school algebra and strong computer skills or CSCI 101.
A first-semester programming course, providing an overview of computer systems and an introduction to problem solving and software design using procedural object-oriented programming languages. Coverage includes the software life cycle, as well as algorithms and their role in software design. Students are expected to design, implement, and test a number of programs. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (002281)
A comprehensive introduction to using the UNIX/Linux operating system and the Windows based Cygwin Linux emulator. The course includes hands-on experience with commands, files, and tools. Topics include basic UNIX/Linux commands, filename expansion, command history, command editing, using the UNIX file system (files, file protection, directories), I/O redirection, network utilities, text utlities (editors, office tools), managing processes, pipes, regular expressions, basic shell programming, and advanced utilities (sed, grep, awk). 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (002302)
Prerequisites: CSCI 111 with a grade of C- or higher.
A second semester object-oriented programming course in computer science that emphasizes problem solving. This course continues the study of software specification, design, implementation, and debugging techniques while introducing abstract data types, fundamental data structures and associated algorithms. Coverage includes dynamic memory, file I/O, linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, recursion, and an introduction to the complexity of algorithms. Students are expected to design, implement, test, and analyze a number of programs. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (002282)
Prerequisites: CSCI 211 with a grade of C- or higher, CSCI 217 or MATH 217 recommended.
This course focuses on object-oriented methodologies in designing and implementing a variety of data structures and algorithms. Coverage includes recursion, trees, search structures, hashing, heaps, sorting algorithms, and graph algorithms. Data structure and algorithm combinations will be studied and analyzed along with their relative merits using both mathematical and empirical measurements. The course includes a number of large programming assignments focusing on object-oriented software engineering and algorithm development. Students will be required to design, implement, test, and analyze their programs in at least one object-oriented language. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (002325)
Prerequisites: Grade of C- or higher in either CSCI 144 or CSCI 211.
Shell programming provides an easy means to perform a wide range of text/data manipulation, system administration, network administration, and software development tasks in the UNIX, Linux, and Windows environments. This course provides an introduction to shell programming and the types of problems for which it is well suited. Topics include regular expressions, advanced UNIX/Linux utilities, the Bash scripting language, and the Perl programming language. Students solve a variety of tasks using UNIX/Linux utilities, Bash Script, and Perl. This course is recommended for students pursing careers in software development, information technology, and information systems. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (002330)
Prerequisite: MINS 235. Open only to BADM, BSIS and MBA majors
Advanced instruction of business intelligence and data warehousing. The course covers business intelligence functionality with an emphasis on data warehouse design and development. Students demonstrate a working knowledge of business intelligence and data warehouse design development and performance management via hands on assignments and a culminating project. 3 hours lecture. (020585)
Prerequisites: Senior standing.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. For advanced students who wish to investigate business problems in specialized areas. Application of research methods. 3 hours supervision. (005839)

MINS 498 must be taken for 3 units

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: MINS 235, MINS 245.
This course focuses on advanced system support issues related to an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that is used in global organizations. Students learn how to provide basic systems administration support of the operating system, database, and application system software levels within a large ERP system used to support a global organization with multiple companies. Concepts, issues, current trends, decision making, and trouble shooting are addressed through a multi-layered view of the system. 1 hour discussion, 4 hours activity. (005835)
Prerequisites: MINS 235.
Study of the tasks and responsibilities of the database administrator, including configuring memory and disk space, establishing security, providing for backup and recovery, performance monitoring and tuning, and setting up client-server network capabilities. Study of advanced database design principles and techniques. Study of advanced SQL (Structured Query Language) and database management system capabilities. Application of concepts and techniques to practical database system administration environments in business. 3 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (005833)
Prerequisites: MINS 245.
This course covers a broad range of information security topics. The course theme is the protection of information resources from disruption, destruction, or disaster as well as unauthorized access. The course covers controls designed to (1) protect information assets, (2) detect the loss of information, and (3) correct information loss situations. Students study the use of authentication and authorization systems, firewalls, encryption systems, redundant disk arrays, and othr tools desigend to prevent loss of information. Students also study intrusion detection systems, file-fingerprinting tools as well as other methods and controls designed to detect information loss. Finally, students study backup strategies and controls designed to ensure the recovery of lost information. Single-site redundancy as well as the use of backup data centers and redundant communications systems are studied to address the protection of user access to information resources. Risk assessments, security policies, and formal controls processes are used to apply the information learned in the course to real world scenarios. 3 hours lecture. (005832)
Prerequisites: MINS 245.
This course focuses on issues of planning, design, configuration, implementation, and management of large scale distributed systems. Recent standards, development, issues, methods related to the Internet are discussed in detail. Students configure a set of switches and routers to form virtual local area networks and a large scale data network. Students investigate different networking technologies such as Fast Ethernet, ATM, and Voice over IP. Students also configure DHCP, DNS, and SNMP. 3 hours lecture. (005830)
Prerequisites: MINS 350; prior completion or concurrent enrollment in MINS 345.
The study of electronic commerce and distributed business systems from the perspective of layered client server models. Development and implementation trends, issues, methods, and tools are discussed with respect to distributing data, application processes, and user services in a variety of global corporate settings. Practical use of Internet and client server technology, such as Oracle, is a major activity in the course, from both server and client design and implementation perspectives. 3 hours lecture. (005834)

Note: Prerequisites for CSCI courses are waived for BSIS option students, but course content is unchanged.

The Option in Supply Chain Management Systems: 24 units

Supply Chain Management Foundation: 18 units

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: BSIS 301 or MINS 301.
Application of Project Management (PM) concepts and tools to systems projects. Students work in teams and apply PM concepts to projects and actual problems in organizations. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (001334)
Prerequisites: MGMT 303 or faculty permission.
Creating team effectiveness and developing project management skills. Includes coverage of the nine project management body of knowledge areas required for professional certification by PMI, the professional code of ethics, and the benefits of diversity on team performance. The course requires use of information technology including spreadsheets, Web-based file storage and sharing, electronic presentations and use of project management software. 3 hours lecture. (005731)

5 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: SCMS 306.
An overview of the purchasing function and supply chain management. Topics include strategic sourcing decisions in a supply chain, supply chain drivers and metrics, supply chain performance, supply chain strategy and design, supply chain risk management, information technology and coordination in a supply chain. The use and applications of information systems (SAP ECC systems) in the purchasing and logistic functions is included. 3 hours discussion. (007744)
Prerequisites: SCMS 306.
An in-depth study of inventory management and material requirements planning (MRP). Topics include the study of inventory systems and modeling, master production scheduling, and purchasing systems and control. 3 hours discussion. (005785)
Prerequisites: SCMS 306.
Study of quality control, capacity planning, Just-In-Time (JIT) production systems, and production planning and control. Topics include quality assurance and control, production forecasting, capacity management and control, production system simulation, the application of JIT, and production systems performance analysis. 3 hours lecture. (005786)
Prerequisites: SCMS 306 or faculty permission.
This course is also offered as SMFG 451 .
The study and application of the quality management process in both the manufacturing and service sectors of the economy. Topics include process analysis and improvement, statistical process control, cost of quality, quality measurement, and quality in the global marketplace. 3 hours lecture. (005784)
Prerequisites: MKTG 371.
This course is also offered as MKTG 471 .
The course includes a study of distribution and its role in the marketing system, economics of distribution, financing competing carriers, rate determination, government regulation subsidization, carrier organization, operation, and traffic control. 3 hours lecture. (005878)

Supply Chain Management Systems Electives: 6 units

2 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: MINS 301 or BSIS 444 or MINS 350 and SCMS 306 or MGMT 430 or MKTG 471.
This course focuses on setting up an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for use in a global organization. Students learn how to configure a large system to support a global organization with multiple companies. Concepts, issues, current trends, and decision making are addressed through a cross-functional view of the enterprise. Project management skills are enhanced as the students work in cross-functional teams in order to configure and use a multi-company ERP system. 3 hours lecture. (001332)
Prerequisites: MGMT 303.
Comprehensive investigation of knowledge management, the innovation process, and change management within the context of corporate entrepreneurship. Focus is on building a learning organization, developing organizational structures that facilitate innovation and change, facilitating the innovation process, and managing change in new and established organizations both domestically and internationally. Various methodologies for creating innovation and change in organizations are examined. 3 hours lecture. (005696)
Prerequisites: BSIS 301, MINS 235.
Study of database application development concepts and techniques. Advanced data modeling and SQL for complex business applications. Stored procedures and database triggers. Application of concepts and techniques to practical business information processing environments. Development of a fully integrated database application. Study of Web database interface capabilities. 3 hours lecture. (005821)
Prerequisites: Senior standing and faculty permission.
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Students must register directly with a supervising faculty member. For students who wish to gain practical work experience with participating firms/organizations. This course enables a student to study policy, control, and decision making in a specialized work environment. The faculty advisor will determine each student's performance requirements, assignments, and methods of evaluation prior to undertaking the internship. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (005777)

Note: SCMS 489 must be taken for 3 units.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Senior standing.
This is a special topics course offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time basis and varies from term to term and from one section to another. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. For advanced students who wish to investigate business problems in specialized areas. Application of research methods. 1 hour seminar. (005790)

Note: SCMS 498 must be taken for 3 units.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

Consult the Business Advising Office (Glenn 321) for specifics.

Honors in the Major:

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are:

  1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
  2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
  3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
  6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.

Honors in Business

Students may apply for admission to the Honors in the Major Program in the College of Business through any of the options offered. An honors student must meet all the requirements of the chosen option with a grade point average that places him or her in the top five percent of students enrolled within the option or must have at least a 3.5 grade point average in the business major. Each honors student must also complete 6 units of the honors courses in his or her option with a grade of B or better. These units must result in a research paper which is publicly presented. See BADM 499H and courses numbered 499H in each option of the course offerings section. Please consult your department for specific information.

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