SMG Curriculum

School of Management Curriculum for students who entered the School of Management in Fall 2013

The School of Management curriculum is balanced between a core of requirements and a broad variety of electives. Our aim is to develop competence with flexibility. As of September 2013, in addition to completing all specific requirements outlined below, students who begin their studies as freshmen in the School of Management must complete a total of 129 credits plus a series of Career Management Seminars.

Our curriculum was designed to allow flexibility for students who take coursework outside of Management in areas of specific interest to them.

Please Note: The curriculum is subject to change by the faculty of the School of Management.

Curriculum in Depth

Listed below are the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Some requirements are fulfilled by the completion of a single course, while others are categories to be completed by multiple courses. Please bear in mind that students who have external credits (from Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, another college, etc) may be able to use this credit to satisfy some of these requirements, thus decreasing the actual number of courses to be completed over the four years of the program.

I. The School of Management Core
(denoted in red on the Curriculum Synopsis below)

The required core of the curriculum consists of sixteen courses. The freshman year is made up of the introductory management sequence: Business, Society, and Ethics (SMG SM131), Introduction to Finance (SMG FE101), and Creating Value in the Global Economy (SMG SM151). In the second year, courses are taken in both Financial and Managerial Accounting (SMG AC221 and SMG AC222), Business Statistics (SMG SM221 and SMG SM222), Management Information Systems (SMG IS223), Organizational Behavior (SMG OB221), and Business Law (SMG LA245). The junior-year Cross Functional Core (SMG SM323) consists of four closely linked courses in Finance (SMG FE323), Management, Operations & Technology Management (SMG OM323), Marketing (SMG MK323), and Analytics (SMG SM321), plus a one-credit Business Plan (SMG SM333). This program of courses, (entitled the “Cross-Functional Core”), is team-taught by faculty members from these four different departments. Finally, in the senior year, students complete the Global Strategy and Policy course (SMG SI422).

Students in the School of Management complete a series of Career Management Seminars to complement the Management courses described above.  These courses are designed to equip our students with the necessary knowledge, tools, and skills needed to build a foundation of career management capabilities.

II. School of Management Electives
(denoted in orange on the Curriculum Synopsis below)
A minimum of four School of Management (SMG) electives must be completed in residence. These are defined as any four-credit courses offered by the School of Management that are not one of the fifteen required courses described above. Only courses listed in the Boston University Undergraduate Programs Bulletin with an SMG prefix (e.g. SMG FE442) will be accepted to fulfill this requirement. The SMG electives are used to fulfill concentration requirements.


III. Liberal Arts Electives
(denoted in blue on the Curriculum Synopsis below)
Students take a minimum of twelve liberal arts electives towards their degree requirements. The liberal arts requirements are comprised of the following categories:

  • Writing Requirement: Students must satisfy writing composition by taking CAS WR100. International Students must take a Writing Assessment to determine the appropriate level writing course in which to begin, but native English speakers will begin by taking WR100. Writing courses below the CAS WR100 level will satisfy Liberal Arts Electives or the Non-Management Elective.
  • Math Requirement:
    • Students must complete CAS MA121 (Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I) or CAS MA123 (Calculus I). An on-line math diagnostic exam is available to aid in determining placement. Depending on their placement score and background in mathematics, some students will take CAS MA120 (Applied Mathematics for Social and Management Sciences) before taking MA121 or MA123. These students can use MA120 to fulfill a Liberal Arts Distribution Requirement: Natural Sciences/Mathematics and Computer Science Elective (see below).
  • Economics: All School of Management students must take both CAS EC101 (Microeconomics) and CAS EC102 (Macroeconomics) in the freshman year.
  • Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements: There are three courses in this category. Students must take one of each of the following:
    • Humanities – See Required Non-Management Courses for a list of courses that will satisfy the Humanities Elective Requirement
    • Social Sciences – See Required Non-Management Courses for a list of courses that will satisfy the Social Sciences Elective Requirement
    • Natural Sciences/Mathematics and Computer Science – See Required Non-Management Courses for a list of courses that will satisfy the Natural Sciences/Mathematics and Computer Science Elective Requirement
  • Liberal Arts Electives: These are four courses beyond the Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements that can be taken from any department within the College of Arts and Sciences. Please see Required Non-Management Courses for further details.

IV. Non-Management Elective
(denoted in green on the Curriculum Synopsis below)
There is one non-management elective in the curriculum that can be taken at any other school or college within the University other than SMG. This elective is defined as any four-credit academic elective taken in addition to the required seven College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) electives and four SMG electives. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the variety of courses available at any of Boston University’s other Schools and Colleges. Physical Development Program (PDP), Officers Training Program (OTP), and College of Fine Arts (CFA) musical instrument courses do not count toward degree credit.

V. Free Elective

(denoted in purple on the Curriculum Synopsis below)

As of September 2013, in addition to completing all specific requirements outlined, students  must complete a total of 129 credits plus a series of Career Management Seminars.

Free electives are courses that students take beyond the requirements specified above in order to reach the required number of credits.

Students should be aware that the same restrictions concerning course repetition and sequencing – along with the exclusion of PDP, ROTC, and certain CFA courses – that apply to Level B and Level C Electives (described above) also apply to the Free Elective.

Curriculum Synopsis

Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year SM131
Business, Society and Ethics
EC101
Introductory Microeconomics
MA121 or 123
Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I
or Calculus I

SM108
Career Management Seminar 1

FE101 (2 cr.) and SM151 (2 cr.)
Introduction to Finance; Creating Value in the Global Economy
EC102
Introductory Macroeconomics
Liberal Arts Elective
Second Year AC 221
Financial Accounting
IS 223
Introduction to Information Systems
LA 245
Introduction to Law
SM 221
Probabilistic and Statistical Decision Making for Management

SM208
Career Management Seminar 2

AC 222
Managerial Accounting
OB 221
The Dynamics of Leading Organizations
SM 222
Modeling Business Decisions and Market Outcomes

Liberal Arts Elective
Third Year SM 323 Cross Functional Core:
FE 323 Financial Management
MK 323 Marketing Management
OM 323 Operations & Technology Management
SM 321 Analytics
SM 333 Business Plan (1 cr.)

SM 308 Career Management Seminar 3

Four Courses -
Students may choose from SMG electives,
remaining CAS electives, Level C electives and/or Free elective
Fourth Year Four Courses -
Students may choose from SMG electives, remaining Liberal arts electives, Non-Management Electives and/or Free elective

SM408 Career Management Seminar 4

SI 422
Strategy and Policy

Three Courses
-
Students may choose from SMG electives, remaining Liberal Arts Electives, Non-Management Electives and/or Free elective

CAS = College of Arts and Sciences (liberal arts courses)
SMG = School of Management

This is only a sample curriculum of a student entering SMG as a freshman. Your actual path will depend on your concentration, as well as other academic opportunities such as a minor or study abroad. This outline doesn’t include advanced placement (AP, IB, etc.) or other transfer credit.
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