Core Business Courses - A Solid Foundation in Technology

In Saunders, you get core business courses that provide you with a solid foundation in technology as can only be offered at RIT. You gain the technological skills and knowledge that have become an integral part of all businesses around the globe.

The business core begins with The Freshman Experience: Biz 1+2, a two-course sequence where you will form teams to develop new business ideas.  You will go through Biz 1+2 along with all other first-year students, allowing you to establish relationships at the beginning of your business education.Undergraduate Technology infused Business Core

Taught by both full-time professors and industry practitioners, the business core will provide a solid foundation and an understanding of what our hands-on curriculum consists of by taking courses across all major disciplines.

Business curriculum at a glance

The Bachelor of Science programs within Saunders College have four major components:

In addition to the business core, you have access to a wide range of courses to prepare you for managing a constantly-evolving business environment. You will learn the collection, organization, and presentation of financial and accounting information for effective decision-making at any level.

A visual worksheet of courses is available to track required credits and classes for all business majors within Saunders.

Required Courses for All Business Majors

ACCT 110: Financial Accounting

An introduction to the way in which corporations report their financial performance to interested stakeholders such as investors and creditors. Coverage of the accounting cycle, generally accepted accounting principles, and analytical tools help students become informed users of financial statements.

3 Credit Hours

ACCT 210: Management Accounting

Introduction to the use of accounting information by managers within a business. Explores the value of accounting information for the planning and controlling of operations, assessing the cost of a product/service, evaluating the performance of managers, and strategic decision making.

3 Credit Hours

DECS 310: Operations Management

A survey of operations and supply chain management that relates to both service- and goods- producing organizations. Topics include operations and supply chain strategies; ethical behavior; forecasting; product and service design, including innovation and sustainability; capacity and inventory management; lean operations; managing projects; quality assurance; global supply chains; and the impacts of technology.

3 Credit Hours

FINC 220: Financial Management

Basic course in financial management. Covers business organization, time value of money, valuation of securities, capital budgeting decision rules, risk-return relation, Capital Asset Pricing Model, financial ratios, global finance and working capital management.

 3 Credit Hours

MGIS 101: Computer-based Analysis

This course provides students with hands-on experience with the analytical software tools and techniques that are used in today's businesses. Emphasis will be placed on the application of spreadsheet models for supporting management decision-making. A variety of spreadsheet-based cases in market research, financial analysis, accounting applications and other business domains will be utilized to show how to effectively analyze and solve business problems using the spreadsheet tool.

1 Credit Hour

MGIS 130: Information Systems & Technology

To be successful in our globally-networked business environment, contemporary management professionals must have a strong grounding in the principles of information and information technology. This course provides an introduction to the field of management information systems (MIS), including the tools and techniques for managing information and information technologies within organizations. We place a particular emphasis on the nature of systems, the role of information in business processes, the management of data, and the planning of MIS design projects.

3 Credit Hours

MGMT 101: Business 1: Ideas & Business Planning

This is the first of a two-course sequence comprising the freshman integrated experience.  In Business 1 students will be introduced to the key functional areas of business, the evaluation of new business opportunities, and the business plan process.   By applying the creative process, students will conceive new business ideas that will be developed In Business 2.

3 Credit Hours

MGIS 102: Business 2: Business Planning & Professional Development

This course, the second course in the First-year Business Sequence, applies technology tools to create well defined and complete business plans. Students will develop websites and other marketing and process tools to take their business concept outlined in Business 1 to a final business plan for review with an outside board.

3 Credit Hours

MGMT 215: Organizational Behavior

As an introductory course in managing and leading organizations, this course provides an overview of human behavior in organizations at the individual, group, and organizational level with an emphasis on enhancing organizational effectiveness. Topics include: individual differences, work teams, motivation, communication, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational change.

3 Credit Hours

MGMT 560: Strategy & Innovation

A capstone course drawing upon major business functions, accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, and organizational theory, as well as the key concepts of innovation. The course provides an integrated perspective of business organizations toward the achievement of enhanced profitability and a sustainable competitive advantage. Topics include the analysis of business environments, industry attractiveness, competitive dynamics, and innovation management. Students learn how to formulate and implement effective business-level, corporate-level, global, and innovation strategies.

3 Credit Hours

MKTG 230: Principles of Marketing

An introduction to the field of marketing, stressing its role in the organization and society. Emphasis is on determining customer needs and wants and how the marketer can satisfy those needs through the controllable marketing variables of product, price, promotion and distribution.

3 Credit Hours

MGMT 035: Careers in Business (for non-Accounting majors)

This course consists of a series of workshops designed to introduce business students to the skills needed to be successful in job and coop searches and applications to graduate schools. Students will establish their career goals, create material (e.g., resume, cover letter), and acquire skills needed to achieve these goals.

0 Credit Hours

Special Note: Please visit the Office of the Registrar for historical course catalogs for download to view official degree requirements.