Major in Business Systems and Processes

The program consists of 18 units in lower-level required courses, 32 units of upper-level business required courses, and 18 units of courses within the major. All major requirements must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. In order to assure that students have retained critical information from prior courses, students take a comprehensive examination on business content as part of the capstone course, MNGT 481. The results of this examination serve as 10 percent of the MNGT 481 grade.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Business Systems and Processes requires a minimum of 120 earned units, which must include successful completion of the university Core Curriculum requirements, the Business Systems and Processes requirements and electives.

Students are responsible for monitoring their own progress toward graduation. Students must consult with their assigned advisers each term to ensure that prerequisite courses are taken in proper sequence to meet the student’s target completion date for the degree. Prerequisites are monitored during registration. Please note that not all Business Systems and Processes courses are offered every term. Students need to create a plan in conjunction with their advisors based on the planned course offerings.

Students may additionally earn an industry certification, SAP Student Recognition Award, as part of completing selected courses in the program.

International students may benefit from the program's STEM designation, which supports an optional practical training (OPT) extension of two years.

Requirements for Admission to the Business Systems and Processes Major

Students are admitted to the major in Business Systems and Processes after first being admitted to Towson University. Admission to TU does not guarantee admission to the major. In order to be admitted, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher for all course work.
  2. Grade of C or higher in each of the Courses Required for Admission to Major (required courses can be viewed in the requirements section). 
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.70 in the Courses Required for Admission to Major.

No more than two courses may be repeated, of which no more than one course may be repeated twice.

Degree candidates intending to major in Business Systems and Processes are designated as “pre-Business Systems and Processes” until admission into the full major. Students are required to meet each term with their assigned faculty adviser to evaluate their progress toward completing the requirements for admission to the major and the degree.

At the start of each term and before registration, the CBE Student Academic and Career Services office will notify pre-major students of their admission status by email to their TU email addresses.

This is a screened program. See the Admission section for information. 

Courses Required for Admission to the Major
Admission to the Business Systems and Processes major requires an average GPA of 2.7 or higher in the six courses required for admission. A grade of C or higher is required in each individual course.
ACCT 201PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING3
or ACCT 211 HONORS ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES I
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
or ECON 203 HONORS MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES
ECON 202MACROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
or ECON 204 HONORS MACROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES
LEGL 225LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS3
MATH 211CALCULUS FOR APPLICATIONS3-4
or MATH 273 CALCULUS I
And one of the following:3
STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I
BASIC STATISTICS
HONORS BASIC STATISTICS
Total Units18-19
Required CBE Courses
ACCT 202PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING3
or ACCT 212 HONORS ACCOUNTNG PRINCIPLES II
BUSX 301BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS 14
EBTM 250PROBLEM SOLVING IN BUSINESS I1
EBTM 251PROBLEM SOLVING IN BUSINESS II1
EBTM 337ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
FIN 331PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT3
MKTG 341PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING3
MNGT 361LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT3
Required CBE Courses (open to Admitted Business Systems & Processes majors)
BUSX 460PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE3
EBTM 350BUSINESS ANALYTICS3
EBTM 365PRINCIPLES OF OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT3
MNGT 481STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (must be taken at TU)3
Business Systems and Processes Courses
EBTM 310INTRODUCTION TO ERP SYSTEMS3
EBTM 360ENTERPRISE RESOURCE SYSTEMS CONFIGURATION3
EBTM 340APPLIED CRM SYSTEMS3
EBTM 370ERP SIMULATION AND APPLICATIONS3
EBTM 400APPLIED DATA ANALYTICS3
Select one of the following two courses:3
BUSINESS SYSTEMS & PROCESSES PRACTICUM
BUSINESS ETHICS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Total Units51

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ECON 201 or 203 (Core 6)3ECON 202 or 2043
Prerequisite for MATH 211 or MATH 273 (Core 3)3MATH 211 (may substitute MATH 273)3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 43Core 83-4
Core 53Core 103
 15 15-16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ACCT 201 or 2113ACCT 202 or 2123
ECON 205 or MATH 2313EBTM 2501
LEGL 2253EBTM 2511
EBTM 3103Core 74
Core 113Core 123
 Core 133
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BUSX 301 (Core 9)4EBTM 3503
FIN 3313EBTM 3653
EBTM 3373EBTM 3703
MKTG 3413Elective3
MNGT 3613Elective3
 16 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MNGT 482 (recommended Core 14)3BUSX 4603
EBTM 3403EBTM 4973
EBTM 3603MNGT 4813
EBTM 4003Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 121-122
  1. Apply Business Knowledge in the Context of Professional Employment
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of business concepts and theories
    2. Complete a quality, mentored, reflective professional experience, in preparation for future employment.
  2. Communicate Properly and Effectively
    1. Write professional business documents that follow accepted conventions of design, organization, grammar, punctuation, and style.
    2. Make articulate, persuasive, and influential oral presentations
  3. Apply Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills to Organizational Decision Making
    1. Conduct internal and external analyses of organizations, formulate strategies, and identify issues with implementing these strategies.
    2. Practice creative ideation.
    3. In a realistic organizational decision context,  develop comprehensive, justified conclusions that result from systematic application of relevant information and decision criteria to decision alternatives.
  4. Use Technology Effectively in Business Settings
    1. Demonstrate competency in use of analytical software.
    2. Use software for state-of-the-practice business applications.
  5. Work Effectively Toward Achieving Common Goals within Diverse Teams
    1. Guide teams, as leaders and followers, to achieve team goals while maintaining group cohesion, follower satisfaction, and efficient operations.
    2. Treat others with respect and show sensitivity to their views, values and customs.
  6. Distinguish Between Ethical and Unethical Conduct in the Professional Lives
    1. Explain how ethical conduct of managers affects individuals’ motivation and organizations’ performance.
    2. Apply ethics in business decision-making, considering the impact of ethical conduct on multiple stakeholders.