General Business

The Nichols College Bachelor of Science in Business Administration was specifically designed with working individuals in mind. It prepares students to become business leaders by taking evening and online courses, your choice of a variety of locations, and accelerated formats. Blending theory and application, the program provides directly applicable real-world business knowledge.

Interested in several subject areas? Not sure which one is right for you?

Nichols Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in general business gives you the flexibility to design a curriculum that’s based on your career goals and prepare you for management by giving you a preview of what other specializations involve.

Simply select two courses from three advanced business elective areas: management, finance, marketing, and human resource management. Along with our foundation courses, real-world classroom discussions and casework, you’ll be well-prepared to make your next move in business.


General Business majors must complete 121 credit hours (approximately 40 courses), including courses from Nichols base business curriculum and these required specialization courses.

Foundation Courses

MGMT 100 Business & Society

This course provides an introductory understanding of business. Offered to all first-year and transfer students, regardless of intended concentration, the course defines business, explores the role of business in and its relationship to society, presents an overview of business management theories and practices, and previews the disciplinary functions of business, including accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, and human resources.

ENGL 105 Expository Writing

This introductory writing course is designed to build writing skills and to increase students’ enjoyment of writing through extensive practice. The course focuses on teaching students to discover and develop ideas they wish to communicate, and then on the numerous technical skills necessary to make communication effective and engaging. Students will develop their voices, their styles, and their mechanics through multiple writing projects and through a focus on revision. Readings will illustrate the styles and organizational patterns of effective student and professional writers. Upon completion of this course a student will not be permitted to take ENGL 212 - Analytical Writing.

ITM 123 Digital Applications

This course prepares students to use a variety of hardware and software to develop technology-based communication skills needed for personal and professional activities. Students will learn the capabilities and operation of hardware and software and will develop a familiarity with a variety of hardware and software, including photo editing, office productivity and web creation tools. Students will utilize a variety of tools routinely found on many business and home computer systems to hone their digital communication skill set. A student may take either MIS 123 or MIS 109 but not both.

MATH 117 College Mathematics

Designed for students with three years of high school mathematics, which includes two years of high school algebra or its equivalent. Topics include real numbers, , linear equations, , functions, slope, equations of lines, systems of equations, quadratic equations,  exponential and logarithmic functions. Practical applications of the material will be stressed.

Prerequisite: MATH-090.

ECON 221 Principles of Microeconomics

An introductory course in microeconomics focusing on individuals as consumers, producers, and resource owners operating in a market system. The supply and demand model is used to analyze how prices and output are determined in both the product and factor markets. Decision making in the firm is studied under different market structures.

ENGL 252 Effective Speaking

This course will establish the fundamental principles of effective speaking, which will be practiced in informative and persuasive speeches. Students are responsible for written critiques of one another?s speeches.

HIST 208 World Civilizations II

This course focuses on the five centuries after 1450 as technology and military and political organizations resulted in the creation of international trade systems and power alliances, leading to the decline in western imperialism and reemergence of major Asiatic civilizations.

SEM 444 Professional Development Sem

This course is designed to enhance the student’s professional and communication skills in order to develop and maintain a positive environment at work while preparing for future advancement opportunities. As a seminar course, the classes are highly interactive and will cover the following topics: interpersonal communication, critical decision making, negotiation and conflict management, the ethics of management, leadership strategies and effective public speaking.

Focused Choices


  • Advanced Writing: 1 course to be selected from ENGL 320, ENGL 321, ENGL 342, ENGL 345, ENGL 346
  • Environmental Science: ESCI 243
  • Human Behavior: 2 courses to be selected from Psychology or Sociology
  • Humanities: 2 courses to be selected from Humanities, Literature, Philosophy
  • Social Science: 1 course to be selected from Economics, History or Political Science

Business Core

ACCT 238 Financial Accounting

A basic course focusing on the accounting systems, preparation of financial statements, selected balance sheet items and financial statement analysis as applied in various business organizations. This course will assist the organization manager with decision making.

ACCT 239 Financial Accounting Lab

Financial Accounting Lab will help students apply fundamental accounting concepts and principles to realistic business events through the use of a commercially available accounting software product. It provides a computerized environment in which students learn to analyze, interpret, and investigate accounting information to make usiness decisions.

ACCT 240 Managerial Accounting

Examines the uses of accounting data for planning and control in organizations. Topics include cost classification, profit planning, activity based costing, flexible budgets, marginal and break-even analysis. Computer usage is integrated. Not open to accounting majors.

Prerequisite: ACCT-238.

ECON 222 Principles of Macroeconomics

An introduction to the macroeconomic concepts of employment, income, and output, with an emphasis on their measurement and determination. The impact of policy decisions on the business cycle is investigated.

FIN 203 Principles of Finance

General principles of business finance focusing on markets, analysis, interest rates, the time value of money, the valuation of securities and capital allocation within the system. A brief exposure to mergers and international finance is included.

Prerequisites: ACCT-238, MATH-117 MATH-122, and MATH-190.

MKTG 202 Principles of Marketing

A comprehensive introduction to the various facets of marketing in current business applications. Topics include product development, pricing, distribution channels, and promotion; as well as the environments in which marketers work in the United States and in other markets.

MATH 215 Statistics I

A first course in probability and statistics covering descriptive statistics, statistical graphs, probability, probability distributions, and sampling, and hypothesis testing. Elements of regression and correlation are potential topics. Statistical tables and the Microsoft Excel software package will be used throughout the course.

Prerequisites: MATH-117, MATH-122 and MATH-190.

MGMT 226 Management & Org'l Behavior

This course will introduce the study of management theory and practice. The managerial process, organizational dynamics and behavior, as well as other selected topics including entrepreneurship and careers in management will be presented.

MGMT 365 Operations Management

This course provides a set of Operations Management concepts and tools for your use in managing your organization and in gaining competitive advantage. The course is structured to provide you with practical and relevant applications of these tools. It recognizes the key role of processes in business and explores the elements which impact these business processes. It is equally suited for either the manufacturing sector or the service sector. Key elements include operations strategy, process design and improvement and process layout, capacity management, technology, the role of quality and quality systems, and the management of the supply chain, including inventory, forecasting and scheduling.

Prerequisite: EPS 227 or MGMT 226, and ECON 221    

MGMT 485 Strategic Management

An interdisciplinary capstone course for business administration majors that is designed to integrate divergent but relevant business issues, interrelationships, and corporate and managerial agendas. Various stakeholders are identified and studied. Requires case analysis and an end-of-semester project dealing with a major strategic analysis and presentation of a Fortune 500 corporation.This course is available to students with senior standing.

Prerequisite: MGMT 365  

LSB 227 Business Law I

Business Law I is a broad introduction to the American legal system concentrating on issues related to commerce. The course begins with an overview of the judicial system and a look at the difference between dispute resolution through litigation (court) and alternate methods such as mediation and arbitration. That?s followed by an exposure to the fundamental law of the land, the U.S. Constitution. After a brief look at criminal law the course focuses on the areas of civil law that are most significant to business. These include contracts, torts (non criminal wrongs), warrantees and product liability, employment law and intellectual property (patents and copyrights). The course finishes with an in depth study of the most important piece of business legislation passed in the last 50 years, the Sarbanes-Oxley act of 2002.

Prerequisite: MGMT-100.

ITM 309 Principles of Information Systems

This course introduces students to the world of management information systems from a manager’s perspective. Hardware, software and network technologies that support a firm’s operations will be studied. Real world cases and contemporary issues brought about by computers will be discussed.

Prerequisite: ITM-123.

PSCI 315 Business, Gov't and Regulation

This course focuses on the interplay between business activities and their relationships with society and governmental institutions.

Prerequisites: ECON-221, ECON-222 MGMT-226, and MKTG-202.

Required General Business Concentration Courses


  • HRM 213 Human Resource Management

General Business Program Requirements

Select two courses from three of the following areas: management, finance, marketing, and human resource management. Each course may only meet a requirement in one area.


  • FIN 325 Corporate Finance
  • FIN 330 Investments
  • FIN 432 Financial Planning
  • ACCT 402 Federal Taxes or ECON 307 Money, Banking & Economy
  • ECON 307 Money, Banking & Economy

Human Resource Management

  • HRM 305 Labor Economics
  • HRM 343 Assessment, Staff & Employees
  • HRM 344 Developing & Motivating
  • HRM 443 Compensation and Benefits


  • MGMT 337 Project Management
  • MGMT 378 Entrepreneurial Management
  • MGMT 388 International Management
  • MGMT 389 Management of Innovation and Change


  • MKTG 361 Consumer Marketing
  • MKTG 362 Business Marketing
  • MKTG 434 International Marketing
  • MKTG 435 Marketing Communications
  • MKTG 436 Sales Management


18 credit hours of free electives