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San Diego State University

Fowler College of
Business Administration

Undergraduate Program Requirements

Lower Division refers to students who are enrolled as pre-business majors. Upper Division refers to students who have met the impaction criteria and have declared an upper division major.

Required Courses in the Major

Required Courses in the Pre-Business Major

All students wishing to major in Business are admitted to SDSU as pre-business majors. Students usually spend the first half of their college work (whether at SDSU or another college) working on the pre-business impaction requirements.

Students must meet the following impaction criteria to be admitted to an upper division business major:

You must have completed at least 60 college units

(SDSU and transfer combined)

You must complete

the following 9 prep courses (8 for Accounting majors) with a C or better in each (no C- and no CR/NC grades allowed)

  • ACCTG 201: Financial Accounting
  • ACCTG 202: Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 101: Principles of Economics (Macro)
  • ECON 102: Principles of Economics (Micro)
  • FIN 240: Legal Environment of Business
  • MIS 180: Principles of Information Systems
  • RWS 290: Business Communications (formerly BA 290; not required for Accounting majors)
  • MATH 120 or MATH 150: Calculus for Business Analysis
  • STAT 119 or ECON 201: Elementary Statistics for Business or Statistical Methods

If you took or are currently enrolled in one or more of these courses at another school, the course you took must be approved by SDSU as equivalent to the SDSU course before you can declare your upper division major. Please visit for course equivalencies.

You must have a 2.90 overall GPA.

Please be sure your SDSU Degree Evaluation (Degree Audit) is viewable online before you declare upper-division. If you cannot access it from your WebPortal please visit the Office of Advising and Evaluations, SSW 1551. This Evaluation must show the grades that you earned in your prep courses.

Visit the Business Advising Center to Declare

If you meet the requirements to declare an upper division major you should visit the Business Advising Center (EBA 448, phone 619-594-5828) during the declaration period, which can be found in the Important Dates.

Note: You will need to bring a copy of your degree evaluation if you can not view it via webportal. The Academic Advising Center (SSW 1551) can print a copy for you.

Choose your major and catalog year from the list below.

In general, your catalog year is the year you began at SDSU as a pre-business major. If you entered SDSU as another major, your catalog year is the year you changed your major to Business. (Declaring an upper division major does not change your catalog year.)


International Business

International Business is a joint major between the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Business Administration. Requirements for declaring a major in International Business differ from those for Business. Consult the International Business Office for more information.

Minors in the College of Business Administration

The minors in the College of Business Administration are intended to give students a structured introduction to a specific area of Business Administration. Students who wish to minor in Business Administration may choose from the following available minors:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration (general)
  • Entrepreneurship (Student must attend a mandatory workshop to get information about this minor. Dates available at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.)
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate

Students who are majoring in any area of Business Administration, International Business, or Hospitality and Tourism Management may minor in Business with some adjusted requirements. See the requirements of the minor or meet with a business advisor for more information.

Students who meet the requirements for the minor should come to the Business Advising Center (EBA 448) to declare the minor. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may waitlist for the minor. The waitlist is processed each semester during the declaration period, which can be found in the Important Dates.

Download the Minor Application and the requirements of the minor.

AACSB accredited

The Fowler College of Business Administration is fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business