General Business BSBA

May 13, 2019
Next Start Date
Per Credit Hour


The online undergraduate degree in General Business, offered through the WVU College of Business and Economics, gives students an overall understanding of business and how organizations operate. They also learn business and management skills, including the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data. Graduates of this program are well prepared to enter corporate management training programs, or to apply their skills to virtually any industry.


Students must be admitted to the College of Business and Economics during the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms. They will plan a customized curriculum with their advisors, taking 27 credits of upper-level business courses, but no more than 9 credits in any specific discipline.


General business majors choose upper-level business course electives from accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and Management Information Systems courses.


Management courses include hospitality and tourism, small business, international business, and human resources management.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


New policy for entering freshmen:

  • Direct Admission to Major - 3.25 HS GPA, ACT Math 22 or SAT Math 570
  • Admission to Business - Admission to West Virginia University and an ACT Math 19, SAT Math 500, or a 30 or higher on WVU’s ALEKS math placement exam.

For current WVU students, new transfer students, and international students:

  • Those with fewer than 24 hours must be eligible to start in Math 122 (ACT Math 19 or SAT Math 500 or have the appropriate ALEKS score), with a minimum GPA of 2.25
  • Those with 24-59 hours must be eligible to take College Algebra, with a minimum GPA of 2.25
  • Those with 60+ hours must be eligible to take Math 150, and have a minimum GPA of 2.25
  • Students who have taken College Algebra or Math 150 must have the minimum grade required by their major.

Students can be admitted to the College of Business and Economics and take electives found within the general business degree program without formally declaring a major. Students cannot declare a major until they’ve completed all pre-business requirements with a 2.0, unless they have a 3.25 HS GPA and an ACT Math of 22. Students can declare a major before finishing pre-business if they have a 3.25 HS GPA and an ACT Math of 22.


* All prospective students must apply for admission to West Virginia University. For information on how to apply visit

Application Requirements

Applicants can apply online. Applicants must send official transcripts to the following address:


WVU Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009



Residents Non-Residents
Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2018-2019


Per Credit Hour


Per Credit Hour

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.


*Student must pay for all credits taken


The curriculum offered for this program by the College of Business and Economics consists of six-week courses. Please note that the majority of GEFs are 16-week courses unless taken over the summer.


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Note: Students with 29+ hours (transfer students) do not have to take BCOR 199.


Below is the recommended course sequence for first-time freshmen who plan to finish in eight semesters. Transfer students and those wanting to attend part-time will be able to develop a customized degree plan with their academic advisor.


1st Semester

  • BCOR 199 - Introduction to Business (3 credits)
  • CS 101 - Intro to Computer Applications (4 credits)
  • MATH 126, 129, 153 - College Algebra (3-4 credits)
  • SOCA 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • GEC - GEC Objective 2B, 3, 5, 9 (3 credits)

2nd Semester

  • ACCT 201 - Principles of Accounting (3 credits)
  • ECON 201 - Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • ENGL 101 - Composition and Rhetoric (3 credits)
  • MATH 150, 154, 155, 156 - Intro to Calculus or higher (3-4 credits)
  • GEC - Natural Science with Lab (4 credits)

3rd Semester

  • ACCT 202 - Principles of Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
  • ECON 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECON 225 - Business Statistics (3 credits)
  • ENGL 102 - Composition and Rhetoric (3 credits)
  • PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

4th Semester

  • BCOR 299 - Business Communications (3 credits)
  • BCOR 330 - Information Systems and Technology (3 credits)
  • BCOR 340 - Business Finance (3 credits)
  • BCOR 370 - Managing Individuals and Teams (3 credits)
  • GEC - GEC Objective 2B, 3, 5, 9 (3 credits)

5th Semester

  • BCOR 320 - Legal Environment of Business (3 credits)
  • BCOR 340 - Business Finance (3 credits)
  • Major Elective - Major Elective 1 (3 credits)
  • Major Elective - Major Elective 2 (3 credits)
  • GEC - GEC Objective 2B, 3, 5, 9 (3 credits)

6th Semester

  • BCOR 360 - Operations Management (3 credits)
  • Major Elective - Major Elective 3 (3 credits)
  • Major Elective - Major Elective 4 (3 credits)
  • Electives - Unrestricted Electives (3 credits)

7th Semester

  • BCOR 380 - Business Ethics (3 credits)
  • Major Elective - Major Elective 5 (3 credits)
  • Major Elective - Major Elective 6 (3 credits)
  • GEC - GEC Objective 2B, 3, 5, 9 (3 credits)
  • Electives - Unrestricted Electives (3 credits)

8th Semester

  • BCOR 460 - Contemporary Business Strategy (3 credits)
  • Major Elective - Major Elective 7 (3 credits)
  • Major Elective - Major Elective 8 (3 credits)
  • Major Elective - Major Elective 9 (3 credits)
  • Electives - Unrestricted Electives (3-5 credits)

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Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the BSBA in General Business have access to the WVU College of Business and Economics Center for Career Development. The CCD helps students with resume writing, interview prep and finding internships and full-time employment. For more information, visit


Graduates of the Online BSBA in General Business may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.


General and Operations Managers

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

Business Continuity Planners

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

Business Intelligence Analyst

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Agents and Business Managers

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Business Professor

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook


Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Sales Representative

Projected Growth: 5-9%
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).