Exploratory Business

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    In Exploratory Business, you’ll take stock of your options and opportunities by exploring majors such as accounting, management, marketing, finance, and information technology. With an accounting job fair that is the largest in the region and a student-managed portfolio, business-savvy students have told us attending IUP is an excellent return on investment.

    As an explorer, you’ll get advice from advisors and build connections with other students as you learn more about the world of business.

    First-Year Course Guidelines

    Below, you’ll find the typical first-year courses taken by students in Exploratory Business. Your courses may be slightly different, based on placement testing and courses you've already taken through dual enrollment or Advanced Placement (AP).

    First Semester (Fall)

    • MATH 107/108 (or placement - See Math sequence for business, below) (3-4cr)
    • IFMG OR COSC 101 OR IFMG 110 (3cr)
    • ENGL 101 OR ENGL 100 (based on placement) (3cr)
    • FIN 143   Financial Wellness** (3cr)
    • MGMT 105  Introduction to Business** (3cr)
    • NOTE:  Business Honors students take ACCT 201 and HBUS 101 in the fall, and should not be placed in the linked courses.

    Second Semester (Spring)

    • MATH 214 (or next in math sequence) (3cr)
    • HIST 196 OR HIST 197 OR HIST 198 (3cr)
    • Fine Arts Course (3cr)
    • Natural Science course (see options below) (3-4cr)
    • Social Science Course (see options below) (3cr)

    ** Courses are part of the required First Year Experience (FYE)

    Math Sequence for Business

    Programs in business require a calculus-based course followed by two statistics courses. See your placement on the test scores report for needed preparatory courses and sequencing. For students who need preparation, the following courses are offered:

    • Developmental Studies (DVST) courses (083, 093)
    • MATH100 Intermediate Algebra 

    The required sequence for Business includes:

    • MATH107/108 Business Mathematics 
    • MATH214 Probability and Statistics for Business
    • QBUS215 Business Statistics

    Do not defer math without specific discussion with your advisor today. As a Business major you need to take math every semester to complete your math sequence by the end of your sophomore year.

    Social Science Electives - Business

    Students must complete three alternatives in fulfilling social science requirements. All business students must take ECON121, PSYC101 and one of the remaining courses (GMA) listed below that may also fulfill the Global and Multicultural Awareness requirement. It is not necessary to take a social science now, but if you have room in your schedule, this is one area to consider. Note that you may use a prefix only once.

    • ANTH110     Contemporary Anthropology (GMA)
    • ANTH211     Cultural Anthropology (GMA)
    • GPL/GEOG103 Global Cities: Issues in Planning and Development (GMA)
    • GEOG104    World Geography/Global Context (GMA)
    • PLSC101     World Politics (GMA)
    • SOC 161     Foundations of Sociology (GMA)

    Note: SOC151 is not taken by Business majors. Do NOT self-advise into this course. 

    Natural Science Electives

    The required Natural Science Electives can be completed one of two ways. Either option usually begins with a laboratory course, but Option 2 may start with a non-laboratory course.

    1. Option 1 (8 cr): two laboratory courses, may be non-sequential -OR-
    2. Option 2 (7 cr): one laboratory course (4 cr) and one non-laboratory course (3 cr)

    Listed below are some of the options for lab sciences you might want to consider. All of these courses are open to non-majors. A list of additional non-lab courses can be found in the undergraduate catalog under Graduation Requirements/Liberal Studies Requirements.

    • BIOL103 Life on Earth
    • BIOL104 Human Biology: How the Human Body Works
    • BIOL106 Human Genetics and Health
    • GEOS101/102 The Dynamic Earth + lab
    • GEOS103/104 Oceans & Atmospheres + lab
    • GEOS105/106 Exploring the Universe + lab
    • GEOS201 Foundations of Geology*
    • PHYS111/121 Physics I + lab
    • SCI105 Physical Science I (physics)
    • SCI107/117 Chemistry for Everyone *

    * Typically restricted to certain majors or minors; on limited occasions others may receive special permission. CHEM113 requires that students be able to enroll in a calculus course – students not meeting this requirement should be advised to schedule CHEM111.