May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, B.S.: Human Resources Management & Organizational Behavior Concentration (Self-Support Only)(Online)

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This program is only offered through Self-Support. Self-Support refers to programs offered through Continuing Education. Separate registration, enrollment, and/or fees may be required for programs offered through self-support.  See also “Continuing Education” in the glossary .

Business Administration, B.S. Program (120 units)

Program Description

The College of Business and Economics, which offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) program, is committed to providing life-changing, quality business education to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to become successful business professionals and leaders. The B.S.B.A. program imparts students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the changing global business environment and to prepare students for success in their professional careers.

The B.S.B.A. major program is structured around a set of core courses enabling students to develop general business perspective and skills. Students are required to choose an area of specialization, i.e., concentration, corresponding to their desired career path. In addition, the program allows students flexibility to customize their specialization by choosing business elective courses. These electives may be chosen to further strengthen their preparation in their chosen concentration.

The undergraduate and the graduate programs in the College of Business and Economics are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).  Online Accounting, Finance, General Management, Human Resources Management & Organizational Behavior, Information Technology Management, and Operation & Supply Chain Management concentrations will apply through Continuing Education:

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration will be able to:

  • Recognize and integrate foundation knowledge across functional areas.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to solve business problems.
  • Understand and apply quantitative methods and tools in evaluating business problems and making effective business decisions.
  • Apply technology to analyze data and provide solutions to business problems.
  • Apply effective oral communication skills in a diverse and global environment.
  • Apply effective written communication skills in a diverse and global environment.
  • Apply effective team skills to work in a diverse and global environment.
  • Identify and assess ethical issues and properly articulate ethical decisions.

Program Roadmaps

These program roadmaps represent recommended pathways through the program. Please see an advisor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs.



4-Year Freshmen Roadmaps



2-Year ADT Roadmaps

Expiration of Courses

Upper division major/concentration requirement courses will expire ten years after completion of the term in which they are earned. However, if a student has been continuously enrolled at Cal State East Bay since the courses were taken, they will not expire. If a student receives transfer credit for a course before it is ten year old and maintains enrollment, the course will not expire. Expired courses cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements and must be replaced by current credits. Requests for waivers of the ten-year limit for extenuating circumstances, other than mere failure to register, are made to the department chair in which the course resides and the director of undergraduate programs.

Transfer of Courses

Upper division courses will only be considered for equivalency or transfer credit if they are from AACSB accredited institutions. Exceptions will be made for programs that have current and signed agreements with the College of Business and Economics.

Degree Requirements

The B.S. degree requires a total of 120 units. In addition to General Education courses and other graduation requirements, the Business Administration major requires three sets of courses: (I) lower division core courses, (II) upper division core courses, and (III) courses to fulfill concentration requirements. 

Degree Requirements Unit-Outline

  • A baccalaureate of science degree requires a total of 120 units:
    • The major requirements consists of 75 units;
    • General Education (GE) & Graduation Requirements (GR) consists of 57 units;
    • Free Electives may consist of 0 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units).

Note: It may be possible to double-count units within the graduation requirements or that a course may satisfy both a graduation requirement and a major requirement.  Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an integral part of your undergraduate education. The Academic Advisors are here to assist you in achieving your academic goals through a concept of shared responsibility. The advisors will share their knowledge, provide support and collaborate with you throughout your academic journey.

  • For students in the on-campus programs:

CBE Office of Undergraduate Advising

Valley Business & Technology Center, Room 129

(510) 885-3323

  • For students in the online degree completion program:

CBE BSBA Online Office

Valley Business & Technology Center, Room 365

(510) 885-3376

Business Administration Major Requirements (75 units)

Note the following:

  • All lower division core, upper division core, and concentration courses are 3 semester units each, and must be taken for a letter grade.  Credit/No Credit is not accepted.
  • All courses for the major (including lower division, upper division, concentration, and capstone courses) must be completed with a letter grade of “C-” or better.

Lower Division Core Courses

The following 21 units of lower-division coursework are required:

Upper Division Core Courses

Twenty-four (24) units of upper-division coursework is required. 

Concentration Requirements

Students must select one (1) concentrations for 30 units: (Students who do not select a concentration will automatically be placed in the General Management concentration).

  • See the by College  page for concentration listings

Human Resources Management & Organizational Behavior Concentration

The coursework in the Human Resources Management/Organizational Behavior (HRM/OB) concentration centers on how firms can best utilize their most critical resource, their employees, to create a work environment that promotes excellence. It prepares students for careers in HRM and also general management by providing a depth of knowledge in HRM functions, and also a breadth in the soft skills necessary for effective leadership, in a variety of organizations. Coursework is concerned with recruiting and selecting the best employees, determining fair compensation, learning how to comply with employment laws, performance management, people analytics, negotiations, leadership, creativity and managing diverse teams.

Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University’s baccalaureate requirements for graduation, which are described in the Undergrad Baccalaureate & Program Requirements  chapter of this catalog. 

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