The following programs have certain elements that are shared among them.

  • Accounting, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Business, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), finance, human resource management, management (and sub-concentrations), risk management and insurance, and supply chain management and analytics concentrations
  • Economics, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Information Systems, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Marketing, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), general marketing, integrated marketing communications, personal selling and business marketing, and product and brand management concentrations
  • Real Estate, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Learning goals

The mission of the shared undergraduate business curriculum, in conjunction with universitywide general education requirements, is to provide students the knowledge, skills, opportunities and experiences needed as a framework for the various major programs of study.

The goals of the shared curriculum are:

  • Effective communication
  • A broad-based knowledge of business functions and processes
  • Quantitative skills
  • Critical-thinking and development of creative solutions to business problems
  • A solid foundation for making responsible and ethical business decisions

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know how to do the following:

  • Communicate successfully in a variety of business situations
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic functions of business
  • Use data to support decision-making
  • Lead and work effectively in teams
  • Apply creative problem-solving techniques to business problems
  • Use ethical principles while making business decisions

Special requirements

The foundation program specifies course work required during the freshman and sophomore years. Students are eligible for admission into the advanced business program with a major in the School of Business upon meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and successful completion of:

A minimum of 54 credits in the foundation program54
ACCT   203
ACCT   204
Introduction to Accounting I
and Introduction to Accounting II
6
BUSN   201
BUSN   202
Foundations of Business I
and Foundations of Business II
6
BUSN   225Winning Presentations3
ECON   210Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON   211Principles of Macroeconomics3
INFO   160Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices1
INFO   161Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I1
INFO   162Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I1
Another INFO 16X course
SCMA   212Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business3
or MATH   200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II (with a minimum grade of C)3
UNIV   200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument (with a minimum grade of C)3

The admission requirements for the School of Business detail the deadlines for students to be admitted to the advanced business program with a major in the school. At least 30 hours of the required business courses for the Bachelor of Science must be taken at VCU.

Students may need to take additional mathematics courses as prerequisites to SCMA   212 or MATH   200. These credits will count as electives in the foundation program. The sample curriculum outline includes SCMA   171 since many of our students will need to complete this course.

The INFO   160, INFO   161, INFO   162 and INFO 16X requirements may be waived upon successful completion of a Knowledge Equivalency Test administered by the Undergraduate Studies Office. No more than two additional credits may be applied to the degree from the INFO 16x series.

No more than four credits in physical education courses may be applied to the degree.

Advanced business core flexible requirements are determined by the major program of study from the approved lists. See each program for specifics.

PSYC   214 and INTL   493 may not be counted toward a business degree.

Degree requirements for Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting, business, economics, information systems, marketing and real estate

Business foundation (63 credits)

General Education requirements
University Core Education Curriculum
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
UNIV   200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Approved humanities/fine arts3
Approved natural/physical sciences3-4
Approved quantitative literacy:3-4
Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business
Calculus with Analytic Geometry
Approved social/behavioral sciences3-4
Business general education requirement
BUSN   225Winning Presentations3
ECON   210Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON   211Principles of Macroeconomics3
INFO   160Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices1
INFO   161Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I1
INFO   162Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I1
INFO 16X software course as specified by major1
Business general education electives: Select credits from the approved list3
Total Hours37-40
Additional Business Foundation requirements
ACCT   203
ACCT   204
Introduction to Accounting I
and Introduction to Accounting II
6
BUSN   201
BUSN   202
Foundations of Business I
and Foundations of Business II
6
Electives11-14
Total Hours23-26

Advanced business program

Advanced business core – required for all majors
FIRE   311Financial Management3
MGMT   310Managing People in Organizations3
MGMT   434Strategic Management (capstone)3
MKTG   301Marketing Principles3
SCMA   301Business Statistics I3
SCMA   325Organizational Communication3
Advanced business core – flexible by major
Business law and ethics, as specified by the major3
Information systems, as specified by the major3
Interpersonal skills, as specified by the major3
Quantitative approaches to business, as specified by the major6
Major requirements
Major requirements24
Total Hours57

Total minimum requirement 120 credits

Sample business draft curriculum outline

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
INFO   160 Digital Literacy: Computer Concepts, Internet, Digital Devices 1
INFO   162 Digital Literacy: Spreadsheets Skills I 1
SCMA   171 Mathematical Applications for Business 3
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
University Core Education Curriculum approved courses 6-8
 Term Hours: 14-16
Spring semester
BUSN   225 Winning Presentations 3
INFO   161 Digital Literacy: Word Processing Skills I 1
INFO 16x as specified by major 1
SCMA   212
Differential Calculus and Optimization for Business
or Calculus with Analytic Geometry
3-4
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
University Core Education Curriculum approved course 3-4
 Term Hours: 14-16
Sophomore year
Fall semester
ACCT   203 Introduction to Accounting I 3
BUSN   201 Foundations of Business I 3
ECON   210 Principles of Microeconomics 3
UNIV   200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Business general education elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
ACCT   204 Introduction to Accounting II 3
BUSN   202 Foundations of Business II 3
ECON   211 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
SCMA   301 Business Statistics I 3
Elective 0-3
Law and ethics, as specified by the major 3
 Term Hours: 15-18
Junior year
Fall semester
MGMT   310 Managing People in Organizations 3
MKTG   301 Marketing Principles 3
SCMA   325 Organizational Communication 3
Major course 3
Quantitative approaches to business, as specified by the major 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
FIRE   311 Financial Management 3
Elective 2-3
Information systems, as specified by the major 3
Interpersonal skills, as specified by the major 3
Major course 3
 Term Hours: 14-15
Senior year
Fall semester
Electives 3
Major courses 9
Quantitative approaches to business, as specified by the major 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
MGMT   434 Strategic Management 3
Electives 3
Major courses 9
 Term Hours: 15
 Total Hours: 117-125

Business general education electives

Additional University Core Education Curriculum approved courses
Any AFAM, ANTH, ANTZ, ARTH, BIOL, BIOZ, CHEM, CHEZ, CRJS, DANC, ENGL, ENVS, FRSC, FRSZ, GEOG, GEOZ, HIST, INNO, INSC, INTL (except INTL   493), MASC, MATH, PHIL, PHYS, PHYZ, POLI, PSYC (except PSYC   214), RELS, SOCS, SOCY, USRP or WRLD course
Any foreign language course
Any honors-designated course taught outside of the School of Business
Any of the following UNIV courses:
Food for Thought
The Truth About Lying
Finding Your Voice in Contemporary Society
Pseudoscience
What's the Big Idea?

Approved flexible advanced business core courses

Business law and ethics

SCMA   323Legal Environment of Business (unless otherwise specified)3
Business major with risk management and insurance/corporate concentration:3
Insurance Law
Business major with risk management and insurance/financial planning concentration:3
Legal Environment of Business
Insurance Law
Information systems major:3
Ethical, Social and Legal Issues in Information Systems
Real estate major:3
Real Estate Law

Information systems

INFO   360Business Information Systems (unless otherwise specified)3
Accounting major:
Accounting Systems
Information systems majors:3
Systems Analysis and Design

Interpersonal skills

MGMT   319Leadership (unless otherwise specified)3
Accounting major: Select one of the following:3
Research and Communication for Accountants
Principles of Consulting
International Consulting Practicum
Leadership
Business major with finance, risk management and insurance, or supply chain management and analytics concentrations:3
Leadership
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Economics major:3
Contemporary Economic Issues
Information systems major:3
Information Systems Planning and Project Management
Marketing major with personal selling and business marketing concentration:3
Introduction to Personal Selling
Real estate majors: Select one of the following:3
Leadership
Introduction to Personal Selling
Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Quantitative approaches to business

ECON   303
SCMA   320
Managerial Economics
and Production/Operations Management (unless otherwise specified)
6
Accounting majors: Select two of the following:6
Accounting Decision Analytics
Managerial Economics
Business Statistics II
Production/Operations Management
Business major with finance or risk management and insurance concentrations:6
Financial Modeling
and Investments
Business major with human resource management or management concentrations:6
Business Statistics II
and Production/Operations Management
Economics major:6
Introduction to Mathematical Economics
Business Statistics II
Introduction to Econometrics
Business Statistics II
Information systems majors:6
Business Intelligence and Data Mining
and Business Statistics II
Marketing major:6
Information for Marketing Decisions
Business Statistics II
Production/Operations Management
Real estate major:6
Financial Modeling
and Business Statistics II