Business Administration | Academic Advising Handbook

The College of Business offers a major and minor in Business Administration. Students majoring in Business Administration select an area of concentration from the following: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, International Business, or Management.

Students who have decided to major in Business Administration should select a faculty advisor in Business Administration before their junior year. Juniors and seniors in Business Administration must be advised preferably by a faculty member in their area of concentration.

Whenever possible, students are strongly encouraged to complete coursework according to the following timetable.

Year Business Administration Major

Econ 101
Econ 102


ACCT 201
ACCT 202
MATH 207 or SOC 301 or PSY 350


BA 305
BA 306
BA 309
BA 350
BA 360
Electives in area of concentration


Electives in area of concentration
BA 405
BA 490


  • Many business courses have prerequisites. Students should review course descriptions in the catalog before registering for courses.
  • Econ 101 and 102 are stand-alone courses and can be taken in any order; however students are advised not to take both courses concurrently
  • Students must take ACCT 201 before ACCT 202.
  • Math 207 has a prerequisite of Math 122, so students whose math placement is “I” (Math 122) should begin Math 122 immediately and then complete Math 207 (statistics).
  • BA 405 and BA 490 should be taken concurrently and must be taken in the senior year. BA305, BA 309, BA350 and BA 360 are prerequisites for BA 405 and 490 and therefore all must be taken before BA 405 and 490.
  • Students are encouraged to take additional math courses, writing courses and computer literacy courses, since the skills strengthened by these courses are essential to careers in business.


Students intending to minor in Business Administration must complete Econ 101 or Econ 102, and ACCT 201 or ACCT 202 as early as possible (Freshman and Sophomore years). Some upper-division BA courses require both Econ 101 and 102 and ACCT 201 and 202 as prerequisites. Completing all four of these foundational courses will give students more flexibility in choosing upper-level electives.

Areas of Concentration

Students majoring in Business Administration are required to select a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Management

Students planning a career as a Certified Public Accountant must complete 150 semester hours of college course work prior to taking the CPA exam.

3-Year Business Scholars Program

A student that has been accepted into the accelerated 3-year Business Scholars program should be advised immediately by the program director or chair of the College, because appropriate scheduling and sequencing of courses is essential. In most cases, all courses listed above as either Freshman or Sophomore year courses need to be completed during the student’s first year at Pacific.

Rev 2019