2019-20 Catalogs

BS in Business Administration - Business Management Major with Sustainable Business Track

The business management major with a track in sustainability (15 credits) prepares business administration students for developing, launching, growing, and managing triple bottom line businesses. By balancing social and environmental responsibilities with financial profitability, students learn approaches to creating businesses that do well by doing good. Courses in this concentration are offered in the School of Business as well as in a number of programs around USM including economics, environmental science, and food studies. Students are encouraged to hone their skills by taking part in an internship or practicum to round out their educational experiences.

In addition to meeting all University requirements, students must earn a minimum grade of C- in 100-200 level courses, and a C in 300-400 level courses in all Business Core courses applied toward the degree. To ensure that students graduate with a current understanding of their field, upper-level courses taken more than 10 years before the degree is awarded must have Departmental approval for use in the Business Core or the major.

Students may declare or change a major by completing a form available at the Registrar's office. Double majors are possible as long as no more than one course (3 credit hours) applied toward one major is applied toward the second major. Under no circumstances can more than one course (3 credit hours) be double-counted for two program options (e.g., major, minor, track, or concentration) within the School of Business.

Before enrolling in their first School of Business course (ACC, BAN, BUS, FIN, or RMI designations) requiring junior standing, students majoring in a School of Business major must have junior standing (54 credits completed) and a minimum grade point average of 2.33 in USM courses. This minimum GPA requirement supersedes any course-specific GPA requirement lower than 2.33.

Overview of course requirements

  • Core Curriculum (USM requirement)
  • Non-Business Core (School requirement)
  • Business Core (School requirement)
  • Major Requirements
  • General Electives

USM Core Curriculum Requirements

(up to 45 credits, minus credit counted elsewhere) please see USM Core Curriculum section of this catalog for details. School of Business specific Core courses are noted below.

  • Entry Year Experience – EYE required for students entering with fewer than 24 credit hours
  • College Writing
  • Quantitative Reasoning: MAT 210 Business Statistics (credits counted in the non-business core).
  • Creative Expression
  • Socio-cultural Analysis: ECO 101 Macroeconomics (credits counted in the non-business Core)
  • Cultural Interpretation
  • Science Exploration
  • Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship; May be fulfilled with BUS 347 Triple Bottom Line Business
  • Diversity
  • International: May be fulfilled and double counted in the Business Core section by successful completion of BUS 335 International Business or BUS 361 International Marketing.
  • Thematic Cluster or a minor of 15 credits or more or a double major of 15 or more unique credits (Note: The Professional Practices Cluster includes Business Core courses; one of which may be counted in the Business Core and in the Professional Practices Cluster.)
  • Engaged Learning &Capstone: BUS 450 Business Policy and Strategy (credits counted in the Business Core)

Non-business Core Requirements (14-17 credits)

  • Spreadsheet proficiency: demonstrated by passing BUS 195 Spreadsheets and Problem Solving with a grade of C or higher or by successfully passing a School of Business spreadsheet proficiency exam or passing Excel certification. Proficiency must be demonstrated to graduate.
  • ECO 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECO 102 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • MAT 108 College Algebra with C- or higher grade (Substitutes include a C- or higher grade in MAT 140 or approved higher level math course or passing a CLEP exam)
  • MAT 210 Business Statistics with C- or higher grade or C- or higher grade in prior credit for MAT 120, or in another approved statistics course (http://usm.maine.edu/sb/stats).   

Business Core Requirements (33 credits)

A minimum of 50 percent of business core courses must be taken at USM, and the student must achieve a minimum grade in each course (listed below).      

  • ACC 110 Financial Accounting Information for Decision Making (C- or higher)      
  • ACC 211 Managerial Accounting Information for Decision Making (C- or higher)      
  • BUS 260 Marketing (C- or higher)     
  • BUS 280 Legal Environment of Business (C- or higher)      
  • BUS 301 Business Analytics (C or higher)     
  • BUS 340 Managing Organizational Behavior (C or higher)      
  • BUS 345 Information Technology/Management Information Systems (C or higher)      
  • BUS 375 Production/Operations Management (C or higher)      
  • BUS 450 Business Policy and Strategy (C or higher)      
  • FIN 320 Basic Financial Management (C or higher)      
  • Select one of the following international courses:          
    • BUS 335 International Business (C or higher)          
    • BUS 361 International Marketing (C or higher)          
    • BUS 382 International Business Law (C or higher)
    • BUS 388 Launching a Global Social Enterprise (C or higher)         
    • FIN 330 International Financial Management (C or higher)

Major Requirements (15 credits)

Students are encouraged to take ESP 101/102 as their Core science course and obtain a minor or certificate related to sustainability, applied energy, or nature tourism. Required courses in this track may not be available at night. At least 50 percent of credit hours applied to the major must be taken at USM. No more than 3 credits of internship can count toward the major. Students must earn a grade point average of 2.33 or higher in the 15 credits applied toward the major.

  • BUS 347 Triple Bottom Line Business
  • Select 3 credits from:
    • BUS 348 Sustainable Business Practicum
    • BUS 384 Enactus Project Leadership
    • BUS 391 Internship in Sustainable Business
  • Select 3 credits from:
    • BUS 362 Market Opportunity Analysis
    • BUS 385 Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation
  •  Select 3 credits from:
    • BUS 387 Design Thinking 
    • ECO 326 Environmental Economics
    • ECO 327 Natural Resource Economics
    • ECO 335 The Political Economy of Food
    • ESP 275 Energy Use and Societal Adaptations
    • ESP 308 Global Environmental Problems and Sustainability
    • FSP 200 Food, Power, and Social Justice
    • FSP 210 Food and the Environment
    • RMI 320 Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance
    • SOC 370 Sociology of the Environment
    • TAH 231 Introduction to Sustainable Tourism
    • TAH 331 Sustainable Hospitality Management
    • TAH 341 Tourism, Development, and Sustainability
  • Select 3 credits from:
    • Any 300-level or higher ACC, BAN, BUS, FIN, or RMI course.

General Electives (remaining credits for 120 credit minimum)

The exact number of general elective credits varies and is dependent upon choices made in University core requirements.

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