B.S. in Business Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BS/BA) program provides students with the skills and knowledge to seek a vast array of career opportunities in business administration and management. Students complete a rigorous business core reflecting several professional components such as marketing, business finance, accounting, management, legal/social environment of business, economics, business ethics, international business, information systems, quantitative methods, and business policies. The strong business core is coupled with a rich general education foundation.  BS/BA Areas of Concentration (AOCs) include: Accounting, Finance, or Management.  Diverse elective courses allow students to broaden their general education interests or pursue specific minor courses of study in more than forty areas including: aviation safety, engineering science, global business, humanities, international relations, Mandarin Chinese, psychology, security and intelligence studies, and/or unmanned aircraft systems.

Active business/aviation related clubs on campus include Phi Beta Lambda (a business-focused organization providing students an opportunity to travel to state and national leadership conferences for participation in competitive events),  the American Association of Airport Executives (an aviation management-focused association, with prior travel to Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco, and Hong Kong), and the Aviation Business Networking Club (an organization for personal and professional development and networking).

Our students are encouraged to think beyond traditional academic boundaries and seek workplace and cultural experiences that will enrich and enlighten them on the evolving workplace and the business environment. Unique internships and cooperative educational experiences are available and encouraged, with staff assigned to assist students in position identification and placement. Numerous summer-abroad experiences are available for students wishing to increase their international perspectives. Previous summer-abroad academic programs have been offered in Paris, London, Italy, Poland, China, Germany, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, and Singapore.

A Business Industry Advisory Board provides guidance on the needs of business, government, and the aviation industry. Department-sponsored tutoring and labs are available. Dedicated faculty advisors assist BS/BA students in evaluating the many opportunities available to them in this program. Some courses may require prerequisite subject knowledge or particular class standing. Course descriptions, included in this catalog, should be reviewed prior to registering for classes, to ensure proper placement. Department-sponsored tutoring and labs are available.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree leverages diverse business courses within an experiential learning environment. Designed for students who want a strong business foundation taught by experienced faculty, the BS/BA degree equips students for future success in the business environment. This degree program reflects the ever-changing and demanding environment of the business industry. The curriculum is focused in emerging markets and designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills essential to their successful entry into business and society. Emphasis is placed on effective communications, quantitative skills, global awareness, social responsibility, information technology, critical thinking skills, teamwork, business functional skills, and a commitment to lifelong learning.

The BS/BA degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters. Students may select an Area of Concentration in Accounting, Finance, or Management. Students should declare their Area of Concentration at the beginning of their sophomore year. Students who participate in the Cooperative Education program may substitute up to 3 credit hours, if approved, toward the specified courses required in their Area of Concentration. Students enrolled in the Air Force or Army ROTC program may substitute AF or MSL courses for the open elective courses.

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott Department of Business is a member of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is in candidacy for accreditation. In order to be awarded a BS/BA degree, a student is required to complete a minimum of 80% of the business core and area of concentration in residence or transfer those credits from institutions approved by the Department Chair. The only business degrees that can be declared simultaneously are BS/BA or BS/ABA with BS/GB Language and Culture AOC.

General Education36-38
Business Core49
Area of Concentration18
Open Electives15-17
Total Credits120

General Education

Communication Theory and Skills9
Computer Science3
Humanities Lower-Level3
Social Sciences Lower-Level6
Humanities/Social Sciences Upper-Level3
Physical and Life Sciences (One course must include a laboratory)6-8
Total Credits36-38

Business Core

BA 121Software Based Bookkeeping1
BA 189Introduction to Business3
or BA 102 Introduction to Aviation, Aerospace and Global Business
BA 201Principles of Management3
BA 210Financial Accounting3
BA 311Marketing3
BA 312Managerial Accounting3
BA 319Managerial and Organizational Behavior3
BA 320Business Information Systems3
BA 325Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management3
BA 332Corporate Finance I3
BA 335International Business3
BA 352Business Quantitative Methods3
BA 390Business Law3
BA 420Management of Production and Operations3
BA 437Strategic Management and Consulting3
EC 211Macroeconomics3
EC 315Managerial Economics3
Total Credits49

Areas of Concentration


BA 334Investment Analysis3
BA 342International Finance3
BA 434Corporate Finance II3
Select three courses from the following:9
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
Personal Financial Planning
International Accounting
Airport Administration and Finance
International Trade and Regulations
Money and Banking
CEBA 395 Co-op or Internship, BA/EC Study Abroad Course, or any BA/EC Upper-level Elective
Total Credits18


BA 329Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination3
BA 340International Accounting3
BA 351Auditing Principles and Procedures3
BA 439Federal Taxation3
Select two courses from the following:6
Personal Financial Planning
Investment Analysis
International Finance
International Trade and Regulations
Money and Banking
CEBA 395 Co-op or Internship, BA/EC Study Abroad Course, or any BA/EC Upper-level Elective
Total Credits18


Management Designated Electives18
Students must select 6 Upper level BA/EC courses which reference "Management," "Managerial," or "Administration" in the course title or description. One of these courses may be satisfied by 3 credits of the following: CEGB 396 Co-op or Internship, BA/EC Study Abroad Course or any BA/EC Elective
Total Credits18
Open Electives (may include UNIV 101)15-17
Total Degree Requirements120

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
BA 189 Introduction to Business 3
Introduction to Aviation, Aerospace and Global Business
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
College Mathematics for Aviation I
Any HU 14X Course 3
Lower-Level Social Science 3
Physical and Life Sciences w/ Lab 3
Open Elective 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal28.0
Sophomore Year
BA 121 Software Based Bookkeeping 1
BA 210 Financial Accounting 3
BA 311 Marketing 3
BA 222 Business Computer Applications 3
BA 352 Business Quantitative Methods 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 222 Business Communication 3
Technical Report Writing
Intelligence Writing
EC 211 Macroeconomics 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
Physical and Life Sciences 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Junior Year
BA 312 Managerial Accounting 3
BA 319 Managerial and Organizational Behavior 3
BA 320 Business Information Systems 3
BA 332 Corporate Finance I 3
BA 335 International Business 3
EC 315 Managerial Economics 3
Upper-Level HU/SS Course 3
Concentration Courses 6
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Senior Year
BA 325 Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management 3
BA 390 Business Law 3
BA 420 Management of Production and Operations 3
BA 437 Strategic Management and Consulting 3
Concentration Courses 12
Open Electives 7
 Credits Subtotal31.0
 Credits Total: 120.0

Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physical and Life Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met with permission of advisor. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified above in the Business Administration vertical outline. Other courses may also be used with permission of the Department of Business Chair.

Communication Theory and Skills9
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 222Business Communication3
or COM 221 Technical Report Writing
or COM 223 Intelligence Writing
Computer Sciences3
BA 222Business Computer Applications3
Humanities and Social Science12
Any HU 140 Series Course
EC 210Microeconomics3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Psychology
World History
U.S. History
History of Aviation in America
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Sociology
HU/SS Upper-Level Course
MA 120Quantitative Methods I3
or MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I
MA 222Business Statistics3
Physical and Life Sciences6-8
Select any two of the following (of which one course must include a laboratory):
Any BIO/CHM/PS/WX course, or3
SIS 220Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science4