University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Business Program



Core Courses


The Core Business Courses

Every business major, regardless of concentration, must take a set of core courses for their degree. These courses set up the competitive background in basic business and management practices needed to succeed in any area of business.

The core courses introduce the student to the functional areas of business, including classes in:

  • Marketing
  • Management science
  • Production and operations management
  • Corporate finance and investment
  • Cost and management accounting
  • Organizational behavior
  • Required Classes

    BUS 100W: Management Writing &Communication

    Focuses on writing and communication methods in a business environment. Topics include written and oral presentations, interpersonal skills, teamwork in a multicultural setting, and effective use of communication technologies.

  • BUS 101: Information Technology Management

    Topics include computer hardware and software, business data processing, databases, telecommunications, systems analysis and design, cost-benefit analysis, and systems applications in business. Includes database and spreadsheet projects.

  • BUS 102: Ethics & Law in Business & Society

    Analyzes the legal, ethical, political, and social aspects of the business environment. Topics include ethics and social responsibility, government regulation, corporate governance, and global management issues.

  • BUS 103: Marketing & Distribution Management

    An introduction to the role of marketing in society with emphasis on concepts, marketing methods, and institutions.

  • BUS 104: Decision Analysis & Management Science

    Survey of deterministic and probabilistic models for decision making. Topics include linear programming and extensions, networks, dynamic programming, decision trees, queuing models, and simulation. Uses of these models in decision making are discussed. Use of the computer is emphasized.

  • BUS 105: Production & Operations Management

    Deals with the issues of design and control of production systems in manufacturing and service organizations. Covers product and process selection, capacity planning, location and layout design, project and job scheduling, inventory control, material planning, and quality control.

  • BUS 106: Introduction to Financial Management

    Covers the foundation materials for both corporate financial management, and investment and portfolio analysis. Topics include time value of money, capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model, and market efficiency.

  • BUS 107: Organizational Behavior

    Studies organizations from the behavioral science perspective. Topics include motivation, leadership, communication, groups, organization structure and culture, and control in complex organizations.

  • BUS 108: Financial Evaluation & Managerial Analysis

    Study of accounting data used for managerial planning and controlling of business operations. Provides an introduction to manufacturing operations and cost accounting systems, cost-volume-profit analysis, relevant costing, standard costing and variance analysis, as well as budgeting.

  • BUS 109: Competitive & Strategic Analysis

    An integrative course which provides an understanding of strategic decision-making processes in organizations, the interrelationships among functional areas, and how decision making is affected by internal and external environments. Teamwork and case studies are emphasized.

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