Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)

Program Objectives:

The objective of the BSBA program is to help students bridge the intersection where business, technology, and people come together. With a balanced mixture of business knowledge and information science students will be able to holistically blend modern management principles, best professional practices, data management techniques, business analytics, and computer scripting to address the needs of business in the age of ubiquitous data, ecommerce, and automation.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students graduating with a BSBA degree are expected to demonstrate the following program learning outcomes -

  • Written Communication - Use written language that communicates complex business concepts and enabling technology approaches.
  • Oral Communication - Orally explain to one's peers complex business and supporting technology concepts.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Apply (computer and non-computer assisted) quantitative methods in a comprehensive manner in a business setting.
  • Information Literacy - Access, review and then meaningfully apply information in business and management decision making.
  • Critical Thinking - Analyze business issues and recommend solutions which apply business concepts and technology practices.
  • Specialized Knowledge - Apply business concepts in the areas of management, finance, accounting, marketing, and information technology to various business scenarios. Evaluate and propose information technology solutions to improve an organization's operational efficiency.

Graduation requirements:

A minimum of 120 units are required for graduation. They include the following:

  1. 36 units of general education courses including 12 units in English and communications, 6 units in humanities, 9 units in mathematics and natural sciences, and 9 units in social sciences,
  2. 60 units of major courses, and
  3. 24 units of electives.

BSBA Curriculum
(Total of 120 Units)

1. General Education (minimum 36 units)

The purpose of general education is to give breadth to the student’s education. With a general background in English and communications, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and the social sciences, the student will be prepared for his/her roles both in society and at work. Students who have not completed the general education requirements upon entering a degree program at NPU are required to observe the following curriculum to meet the general education requirements.

(a) English Language Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)

(ENGL101, ENGL115, AND ENGL425 are required courses. Other listed courses are suggested subjects.)

ENGL101 Expository Writing (3)
ENGL102 Critical Thinking (3)
ENGL115 Public Speaking (3)
ENGL220 Small Group Communication (3)
ENGL320 Intercultural Communication (3)
ENGL425 Modern American Literature (3)

(b) Mathematics and Natural Sciences(9 units)

(MATH208 is required, at least 3 units in Natural Sciences, plus 3 additional units in Mathematics and Natural Sciences)

PHYS101 Introduction to Physical Sciences (3)
PHYS201 Physics –I (3)
PHYS201(L) Physics Lab –I (1)
PHYS202 Physics –II (3)
PHYS202(L) Physics Lab –II (1)
PHYS301 Introduction to Device Physics (3)
MATH201 Calculus – I (3)
MATH202 Calculus – II (3)
MATH203 Linear Algebra (3)
MATH208 Probability and Statistics (3)

(c) Arts and Humanities (6 units)

(The students can select any 6 units from the following suggested subjects.)

HU210 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
HU230 Art Appreciation (3)
HU240 Music Appreciation (3)
HU280 Principles of Ethics (3)
HU420 Critical Analysis of Film (3)
HU450 Information Literacy for Academics, Life, and the Workplace (3)

(d) Social Sciences (9 units)

(The students can select any 9 units from the following suggested subjects.)

SOC201 California History (3)
PSY210 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOC215 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC235 Multiculturalism in the United States (3)
SOC250 Public Administration (3)
SOC260 Civilization and Urbanization (3)
SOC275 The American Experience (3)
HIST340 Modern American History (3)
HIST400 Early American History (3)
SOC450 Emotional Intelligence (3)

2. Major Requirements
(minimum 60 units = 45 major course units + 15 units from the list below)

The purpose of the major courses is to provide students with specialized topic knowledge including; business administration and information technology courses and professional career development.

ACC110 Financial Accounting (3)
BAN199 Excel for Finance, Accounting & Analytics (3)
BLAW310 Introduction to Business Law (3)
BUS450 Professional & Technical Writing (3)
ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
FIN310 Fundamentals of Finance (3)
IT221 HTML & CSS Web Page Construction (3)
MGT310 Principles of Management (3)
MGT450 Organizational Behavior and Management (3)
MGT451 Agile Project Management (3)
MGT460 Production and Operations Management (3)
MGT480 Entrepreneurship (3)
MKT310 Principles of Marketing (3)
MKT450 Marketing Management (3)
P450 Career Development (1)

Plus 15 student selectable major units from the list below

ACC120 Managerial Accounting (3)
ACC450 Cost Accounting (3)
ACC490 Introduction to Taxation (3)
BAN460 Introduction to Business Analytics (3)
BAN470 Introduction to Machine Learning Based Prediction Modeling and Forecasting (3)
CPT401 Curricular Practicum (1)
CPT402 Curricular Practicum (2)
IT223 SQL & Relational Databases (3)
IT335 Python Introduction for Commerce (3)
IT337 JavaScript (3)
IT461 Interaction Design (IxD) (3)

3. Electives (minimum 24 units)

Free electives include any course offered for academic credit not already applied by the student towards the BSBA General Education or Major unit requirements. Free electives may include courses from General Education, the School of Business, the School of Engineering, courses bearing graduate level credit, and courses transferred in. Major courses not applied to the major unit requirement may be used towards Free Elective unit requirement.

Prerequisite/Corequisites requirements must be met when taking any course. Recommendations are optional recommendations.

BSBA students who are more interested in business administration may select courses in any field from the School of Business to fulfill this requirement and are encouraged to take management and marketing courses.

BSBA students who are more interested in Information Science are encouraged to take Computer Science courses from the School of Engineering. They are also encouraged to take BLAW482 Information Policy, Governance, and Compliance, IT455 Server-Side Infrastructure Using Python/PHP, and IT461 Interaction Design (IxD).

BSBA students who are considering a future career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) should; seek additional advising, study the California Board of Accountancy's (CBA – numerous requirements, and from the start of their studies focus where possible all electives and General Education choices towards meeting the CBA's numerous academic requirements. The CBA requires substantial additional academic education and professional training outside the scope of the BSBA program.

When applicable, the student may take Curricular Practicum Training (CPT) courses and engage in practical training to work on company projects that are directly related to the student’s course of study. The student must observe the rules required for taking the practicum courses.