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The minor in general business is for nonbusiness majors and requires a minimum of 18 credits. Students must attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in these courses.

It is suggested that students take the foundation courses first.

ACCT 202 and ECON 203 are the recommended courses. If a student wishes to become a business major, ACCT 202 cannot be applied to the business program. ECON 203 with a minimum grade of B can be applied to the business program. Also note that students may receive credit for only two of the following three courses: ECON 203, ECON 210 or ECON 211. ACCT 205 and ECON 205 are recommended for engineering students.

FIRE 311 has the following prerequisites: SCMA 212 or MATH 200; and ACCT 203 or ACCT 202 (for nonbusiness majors). This course is restricted to students who have completed at least 54 credit hours (junior standing) or 24 credits with minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Junior standing is required for INFO 360 and MGMT 319.

All students entering junior-level business and economics courses are expected to have competency in computer-based word processing and spreadsheet skills.

Students who would like to apply transfer credits toward the general business minor will be limited to no more than one-half the total required number of credits.

Course requirements for minor in general business

Course Title Hours
Foundation courses
Select one of the following accounting courses:3
Accounting for Non-business Majors
Introduction to Accounting I
Introduction to Accounting II
Introductory Accounting Survey
Fundamentals of Accounting
Select one of the following economics courses:3
Introduction to Economics
The Economics of Product Development and Markets
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Finance/insurance elective
Select one of the following:3
Personal Financial Planning
Principles of Real Estate
Risk Management and Insurance
Financial Management
General business electives
Select three of the following:9
Legal Environment of Business
Principles of Consulting
International Consulting Practicum
Business Information Systems
Managing People in Organizations
Survey of Entrepreneurship
Marketing Principles
Total Hours18