School of Management

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Undergraduate Programs

Binghamton University’s School of Management (SOM) is one of five professional schools on campus. Its programs allow students to appreciate the complexity of modern organizations, the intricate relationships that exist between organizations and the social frameworks of which they are a part, and the challenges of administration at its broadest levels. The curriculum offerings are diverse, and they prepare students for professional careers as well as for undertaking advanced academic work.

The undergraduate programs of the school have a pre-professional orientation and stress breadth of knowledge while allowing limited specialization. They provide students with a comprehensive management education aimed at developing and expanding their capacity for dealing with an increasingly complex business environment, on both a national and international level, and they familiarize students with the computer and its applications to the functional areas of management. As part of their graduation requirements, students take a course in management policy and strategy, which acts as a capstone experience.

The undergraduate business administration curriculum provides students with a strong liberal arts background; a sound foundation in the basic disciplines and functional areas of management; and an awareness of the legal, environmental and societal factors that affect decision making in organizations. In addition, the undergraduate business administration student has the opportunity to acquire greater depth of understanding in one or more functional areas by electing concentrations in those areas.

The undergraduate accounting curriculum option provides strong pre-professional training in the theory and practice of accounting, within the context of a sound general education that exposes the student both to the liberal and to the management arts. The program serves students interested in careers in public and corporate accounting, as well as students who intend to pursue advanced studies in various graduate and professional schools.

The School of Management also offers a PwC Scholars program to which highly qualified entering freshmen are offered entrance at the time of their admission to the School of Management.

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Admission

The procedure for individuals applying for admission to the School of Management, as either freshmen or transfer students, is the same as for other undergraduate components of the University. Specific information may be found in the Admissions section of the University Bulletin.

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Academic Policies

Students in SOM are subject to all general regulations listed in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Bulletin. In addition, the following policies also apply to management students.

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Courses Taken in Other Schools

Cross-disciplinary study is encouraged, and students are required to take approximately one-half of the coursework for their degrees in the other undergraduate components of the Binghamton campus (the various departments of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Community and Public Affairs, the Decker School of Nursing, the School of Education or the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science).

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Grading System

The following are valid grades in SOM undergraduate courses: A, A–, B+, B, B–, C+, C, C–, D, F, W, WF and I. The grade of P (Pass) may be given only in internship, teaching practicum, independent study or readings and research coursework. This grading option (P) is available for independent study and readings and research courses only with consent of both the instructor and the school’s advising office; whereas it is the default grading option for internship and teaching practica experiences. Students matriculated in SOM must adhere to this grading system in all courses taken in SOM.

When taking courses in other schools at Binghamton University, SOM students are permitted to take the grading option of those schools if they wish. They may also petition to be graded according to the SOM system, if the instructor is willing and if the school offering the course permits such petitions. Grades earned in other schools at Binghamton University by SOM students are entered into the student’s record and printed on transcripts as they are given.

Undergraduate students from other schools at Binghamton University who register for SOM courses may petition the respective instructors to be graded by the system existing in the school in which they are enrolled.

All graduate students taking an undergraduate course in SOM are graded according to the grading policies of the Graduate School.

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Academic Standing

To remain in good academic standing, students must demonstrate that they are passing courses at a satisfactory rate, and with satisfactory grades, to earn a bachelor’s degree in the usual period of time. To remain in good academic standing, students are required to maintain a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 in all courses taken for credit, as well as maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA for all SOM coursework. The SOM GPA requirement will not be taken into consideration until 12 credits of SOM coursework have been completed. Students who fail to meet these minimum criteria are placed on probation and are expected to raise their average to a 2.0 level or better within a semester or two of full-time study. Students who fail to raise their grade-point average to an acceptable level within the required period are subject to dismissal. Academic probation does not necessarily preclude a student from registering or from receiving financial aid; standards for financial aid eligibility are described in the Financial Information section of this publication.

While students may carry an overall grade-point average slightly below 2.0 and be allowed to continue their studies “on probation” for one or more semesters, those who fall considerably below a cumulative GPA of 2.0 are dismissed rather than allowed to continue. These decisions are made in accordance with the following guidelines.

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Academic Dismissal Indexes

Hours Completed

(including advancedminimum standing)

CumulativeGPA

1-34

1.440

35-51

1.625

52-68

1.715

69-85

1.800

86-102

1.875

103-119

1.950

120+

2.000

At the very least, students are expected to carry the cumulative GPA indicated for their respective levels of progress. Failure to meet the minimum GPA specified above results in the student’s dismissal.

The GPA used for academic standards purpose is also used in the determination of graduation honors and reflects all coursework attempted. It is calculated by assigning the following point values to the respective grades:

A

=

4.0

C

=

2.0

A–

=

3.7

C–

=

1.7

B+

=

3.3

D

=

1.0

B

=

3.0

F

=

0.0

B–

=

2.7

WF

=

0.0

C+

=

2.3

P, W and similar grades generate no grade points and are not included in the GPA calculation.

A student who has been dismissed for academic reasons for the first time may apply for immediate readmission. In some instances, this may be granted. In other cases, the school may stipulate that the student must wait for a semester or two before being readmitted. A student may be readmitted only by formal petition to the Office of the Dean of SOM. The student must explain any extenuating circumstances that contributed to the poor record.

Readmission requires students to sign an academic contract, the provisions of which they must fulfill. Such a contract normally requires them to complete specified amounts of coursework in a specified period of time at a specified level of performance. The object of this contract is to raise the student above the minimum acceptable grade-point average for his or her stage of degree completion, as indicated on the preceding academic dismissal chart. Failure to satisfy the conditions of this academic contract will result in the student being dismissed for a second and final time.

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Incomplete Policy

A notation of Incomplete, rather than a grade, may be reported by the instructor when a student has made substantial progress but has not been able to complete a course. The student must have a valid reason, such as, illness or other justifiable circumstances, for requesting an Incomplete. The issues of substantial progress, potential to pass the course and the reason for the request are decided by the instructor. When giving an Incomplete, the instructor must:

  • complete a contract, which is signed by the instructor and the student, which specifies the work needing to be done in order to complete the course and receive a grade;
  • submit the contract to the SOM Advising Office along with the submission of the Incomplete grade;
  • specify in the contract how and when the course will be completed. The student must be in compliance with SOM rules regarding the number of Incompletes a student may carry at one time (a student may not carry more than eight credit hours of Incompletes at any time without the specific approval of the Dean’s office);
  • indicate in the contract, in any extenuating circumstances (e.g., sabbatical), the signature of any additional instructor needed for successful completion of the course. This signature is to be obtained by the originating faculty member, not the student.

An Incomplete grade becomes a grade of “F” 72 hours after the last scheduled final in the next regular semester following the issuance of the Incomplete, unless a change of grade is submitted by the instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to ascertain that the coursework has been completed according to the contract and that a new grade is submitted. An extension of this deadline must be approved by the instructor and the Dean’s Office and is approved only in highly unusual circumstances. Contracts and other required forms may be obtained from the SOM Advising Office by the instructor.

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Withdrawal Regulations

If they wish for their records to indicate good standing, students who withdraw from the University must follow a formal withdrawal procedure. Mere absence from class does not constitute due notice of withdrawal. Withdrawal applications may be obtained from the School of Management office. When students withdraw entirely from SOM, and also simultaneously withdraw from all courses for which they are registered, there is no academic penalty associated with the withdrawal from courses. A grade of W is assigned to each course, and a notation indicating withdrawal from the University is placed on the transcript.

Formal readmission is necessary for any student who has not been in attendance for one or more semesters. Students who officially withdraw during the regular academic year are eligible to register for the next academic semester without requesting a formal readmission.

The following regulations govern withdrawals from individual SOM courses:

  • As indicated in the University regulations section, on the subject, students may withdraw from a course without restriction and with no recorded grade until the end of the second week of class. After that, and until the end of the official University withdrawal deadline, a grade of “W” is recorded.
  • Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the withdrawal deadline and still receive a grade of “W,” rather than a failing grade, are required to provide evidence, in a timely manner, that extraordinary circumstances beyond their control occurred after the withdrawal deadline. Poor class performance and/or poor judgment are not considered appropriate reasons for a late withdrawal. Petitions for late withdrawals should be submitted to the SOM undergraduate advisor who will review them with the respective instructor and obtain final approval from the Dean’s office.
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Transcript Policy

The Registrar’s Office maintains a single transcript for all Binghamton University students, which serves both internal and external purposes. As an external transcript, it is the official record of the student’s performance and is forwarded to prospective employers and graduate schools. As an internal transcript, in conjunction with a degree audit report, it is used by the University and SOM for administrative and academic advising purposes. The following reflects SOM policy on transcripts:

  • The semester and cumulative grade-point averages recorded on the transcript are based on the student’s academic work in all units of Binghamton University;
  • SOM students who complete all of their academic work at Binghamton University are limited to 16 credit hours of "Pass," "Satisfactory" or similar grades in non-SOM coursework during their undergraduate programs. Those who transfer from other institutions are limited to the equivalent of one such grade for each year of attendance at Binghamton University. Courses with a mandatory Pass/Fail grade option are excluded from this limit.

All grades are recorded on the student’s transcript as they are received in courses.

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Independent Study, Teaching Practica and Internships

While independent study is a useful and important adjunct to a student’s academic preparation, no student is allowed to present more than eight credit hours of independent study, internship and/or practicum in college teaching coursework in fulfillment of SOM degree requirements. Independent study, internships and practicum in college teaching generally are taken on a Pass/Fail basis.

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Physical Education

Physical education for SOM students is governed by the General Education policies in place at the time of matriculation. At this time, all SOM students are required to complete a minimum of 2 credits of physical education, one credit of which must have a wellness component and one credit which must have an activity component. No student is allowed to present more than six credits in physical education/health and wellness in fulfillment of their SOM degree.

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Writing Requirement

The writing requirement consists of completion of two composition courses from within Harpur College or equivalent courses transferred from other colleges or universities. Such courses carry a General Education indicator of C. One of these C courses serves as the General Education Composition course. Joined courses (Gen Ed J) are also acceptable as these courses combine the Composition component with an Oral Communication component.

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Academic Honors

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Graduation Honors

Undergraduate students with outstanding academic records are awarded graduation honors at Commencement. Determinations are made in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Selections are made on the basis of the student’s entire academic career at Binghamton University.
  • Individual designations are determined as follows:
    • Students with cumulative grade-point averages of 3.85 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) receive the designation summa cum laude;
    • Students with cumulative grade-point averages of between 3.70 and 3.84 receive the designation magna cum laude;
    • Students with cumulative grade-point averages of between 3.50 and 3.69 receive the designation cum laude.
  • Students who have entered Binghamton University after completing a portion of their degree requirements at another institution must present cumulative GPAs of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for all coursework taken at other institutions, and must complete at least 60 credit hours in residence at Binghamton University, with GPA equivalent to those specified above, in order to be eligible for graduation honors.
  • As indicated above, four-year students may present no more than 16 credit hours of Pass (“P”) grades. Transfer students are limited to four credit hours of Pass grades per full year of attendance at Binghamton University.

Students who fail to satisfy any of the above criteria are not considered for graduation honors unless an exception is granted through the Dean’s Office.

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Dean’s List

At the end of each regular semester, SOM students who have earned exceptional grades during that semester are accorded Dean’s List recognition. Such recognition is limited to those students having the highest semester grade-point averages while completing at least 14 credit hours for letter grades. A minimum grade-point average of 3.75 is required.

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Awards

See the Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships section of the University Bulletin.

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Requirements for BS Degree

In order for students to receive a bachelor of science degree from SOM, they must have:

  • earned a minimum of 126 credits;
  • a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0, both overall and in SOM courses;
  • completed a minimum of 50 percent of the business administration/accounting coursework at Binghamton University;
  • no more than one non-SOM course with a grade of Pass (“P”) for each full year of attendance at Binghamton University (mandatory P/F graded courses are excluded from this limitation);
  • fulfilled the General Education requirements for Binghamton University;
  • fulfilled the core SOM requirements and any specified requirements of the area in which they are candidates for a degree;
  • been in residence at Binghamton University during the last 30 credit hours immediately preceding graduation, unless specifically exempted from this requirement by the SOM Academic Advising Office;
  • paid or satisfactorily adjusted all University dues;
  • not be under any disciplinary action;
  • be duly recommended by the school’s faculty;
  • be admitted to the degree by the State University Trustees, by formal action.

All petitions that request modification of academic requirements must be approved by the school’s dean or designee(s).

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Elective Courses, Specializations, Concentrations

Students who wish to specialize in accounting to qualify for the CPA license in New York state are urged to elect the degree program in accounting and to confer with the SOM Academic Advising Office no later than their sophomore year. Students completing the baccalaureate program in accounting are eligible to sit for the CPA examination but would not yet be eligible for the CPA license. A degree program consisting of a minimum of 150 credit hours is required to qualify for the CPA license. SOM offers a combination BS/MS in accounting program to satisfy the requirements for the NYS CPA license. Students who wish to obtain a CPA license in another state should consult the regulations for that state to see whether or not the Binghamton curriculum is satisfactory. Students who wish to have a career in accounting other than with public accounting firms are also advised to elect the BS/MS in Accounting degree program. For further information, consult with the school’s advising office.

Students in the business administration baccalaureate program may elect one or more concentrations, preferably by the end of the fifth semester. A concentration consists of four (4) or more courses designed to provide depth in a specialized area, in addition to the broad program provided by the core requirements. Through judicious selection of a concentration and the remaining electives, a student may tailor a program of study to meet specific needs and goals. The student’s concentrations are recorded on the official transcript at the time of graduation. Guide sheets on all concentrations are available in SOM Advising and on the SOM website. Completion of a second concentration generally requires one or two additional electives beyond the minimum required for the degree.

Students who intend to continue their studies in graduate school should consider the fact that many graduate programs may require additional competence in mathematics and statistics. Consequently, students with this goal may want to select as electives additional courses from these areas.

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BS in Accounting

The following courses, or their equivalent(s), are required for the major and must be completed before the junior core of classes: MATH 220 or MATH 224 and 225. If students do not place into MATH 220 or 224, then MATH 108 or MATH 223 (or the equivalent) is also a required course for completion of the major. If students do not place into MATH 108, then MATH 107 is also required for completion of major.

To be granted the bachelor of science degree in accounting from SOM, students must complete the following courses:

A.

Liberal Arts

1.

Requirements

• ECON 162. Macroeconomics

• MATH 220 orMATH 224 and225. Calculus

2.

Electives

• Liberal arts electives (to include most General Education coursework, two compositioncourses and a minimum of three (3) Upper Level electives inthe Liberal Arts, to a minimum of 64 credits.*

B.

School of Management

1.

Requirements

• CQS 111. Computer Tools in Management**

• MGMT 111.Intro to Decision Making in Management**

• BL&S 111-112. Legal Environment of Management I and II

• CQS 112. Statistics for Management**

• IBUS 311. International Business

• MGMT 311. Organizational Behavior

• FIN 311. Financial Management

• MIS 311. Management Information Systems

• MKTG 311. Introduction to Marketing

• OPM 311. Operations Management

• CQS 311. Advanced Computer Tools for OPM and MIS

• MGMT 411. Global Strategic Management

• ACCT 211. Financial Accounting

• ACCT 305. Cost Accounting****

• ACCT 311. Intermediate Accounting Theory I

• ACCT 312. Intermediate Accounting Theory II

• ACCT 460. Auditing

• ACCT 476. Taxation for Entities

• ECON 160. Micro-economics

C.

Physical Education (two credits)*****

*Students must take two writing-emphasis courses (Gen Ed indicators C or J) in liberal arts to fulfill the writing requirement. The term “upper level” refers to those courses for which there are prerequisites and/or courses numbered above 300. A course with no prerequisite and a number below 300, but specified as being intermediate or advanced in nature by the department teaching the course, may be used as an upper level elective.

**CQS 111 and/or MGMT 111 may be waived for transfer students at the discretion of the academic advising office.

***SOM recommends that students take CQS 112 as their required course in statistics. No more than one introductory statistics course may count toward the degree.

****No credit is granted in the accounting curriculum for ACCT 212: Managerial Accounting.

*****Students must take two credits and may elect to take up to four more credits to substitute for an elective under Part A2.

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Standard Curriculum Sequence for Accounting Option

The following represents the normal sequence of courses that SOM students are expected to follow in completing degree requirements in accounting during their four years at Binghamton University. It reflects the school’s belief that professional coursework must be preceded by a sound liberal arts background combined with coursework in necessary foundation areas. Three courses, OPM 311, MIS 311 and CQS 311, constitute the S-Core and must be taken together in the same semester during the sophomore year. FIN 311, MGMT 311, MKTG 311 and IBUS 311 constitute the J-Core and must be taken together in the same semester during the junior year. Transfer students should consult their academic advisors to determine where and how their previous work fits into this sequence. Each course is four credits unless noted.

First Semester (16 hours)

  • MATH 220 orMATH 224 and 225. Calculus
  • CQS 111. Computer Tools for Management (2 cr.)
  • MGMT 111. Intro to Decision Making in Management (2 cr.)
  • ECON 162. Macroeconomics
  • Liberal Arts elective

Second Semester (17 hours)

  • CQS 112. Statistics for Management
  • BLS 111. Legal Environment of Business I (3 cr.)
  • Liberal arts elective*
  • ECON 160. Microeconomics
  • Physical education (2 cr.) (Physical education may be taken any semester)

Third Semester (17 hours)

  • Liberal Arts elective
  • Liberal Arts elective
  • OPM 311. Operations Management (3 cr.)
  • MIS 311. Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
  • CQS 311. Advanced Computer Lab in OPM & MIS (3 cr.)

Fourth Semester (15 hours)

  • BLS 112. Legal Environment of Business II (3 cr.)
  • ACCT 211. Financial Accounting
  • Liberal arts elective
  • Liberal arts elective

Fifth Semester (16 hours)

  • ACCT 311. Intermediate Accounting Theory I
  • FIN 311. Financial Management (3 cr.)
  • MGMT 311. Organizational Behavior (3 cr.)
  • MKTG 311. Introduction to Marketing (3 cr.)
  • IBUS 311. Introduction to International Business (3 cr.)

Sixth Semester (16 hours)

  • ACCT 305. Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 312. Intermediate Accounting Theory II
  • Liberal arts elective
  • Liberal arts elective

Seventh Semester (16 hours)

  • ACCT 476.Taxation of Entities
  • Liberal arts elective
  • Liberal arts elective
  • Liberal arts elective

Eighth Semester (13 hours)

  • ACCT 460. Auditing
  • MGMT 411. Global Strategic Management
  • Liberal arts elective
  • Liberal arts elective (1 or more credits)

*Students must take two composition courses (C) in liberal arts to fulfill the writing requirement.

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BS in Business Administration

The following courses, or their equivalent(s), are required for the major and must be completed before the junior core of classes: MATH 220 or MATH 224 and 225. If students do not place into MATH 220 or 224, then MATH 108 or MATH 223 (or the equivalent) is also a required course for completion of the major. If students do not place into MATH 108, then MATH 107 is also required for completion of major.

To be granted the bachelor of science degree in management from SOM, students must complete the following courses.

A.

Liberal Arts

1.

Requirements

•MATH 220 or MATH 224 and 225. Calculus

• ECON 160. Microeconomics

• ECON 162. Macroeconomics

• CQS 112.* Statistics for Management

2.

Electives

Liberal arts electives (To include two composition courses anda minimum of three (3) upper-level electives, to a minimum of 64 credits)**

B. School of Management
1.

Requirements

• CQS 111. Computer Tools for Management***

• MGMT 111. Intro to Decision Making in Management***

• ACCT 211-212. Financial and Managerial Accounting

• BL&S 111. Legal Environment of Management I

• IBUS 311. International Business

• MGMT 311. Organizational Behavior

• FIN 311. Financial Management

• MKTG 311. Introduction to Marketing

• OPM 311. Operations Management

• MIS 311. Information Systems and Their Applications

• CQS 311. Advanced Computer Tools for OPM and MIS

• MGMT 411. Global Strategic Management

2.

Concentration courses (4 or more courses required for the concentration)

C.

Electives as needed or second concentration

D. Physical education (two credits)****

*SOM recommends that students take CQS 112 as their required course in statistics. No more than one introductory statistics course may count toward the degree.

**Students must take two writing emphasis courses (Gen Ed indicators C or J) in liberal arts to fulfill the writing requirement. The term “introductory level” refers to those courses for which there are no prerequisites and/or courses numbered below 300. A course with no prerequisite and which is numbered below 300, but specified as being intermediate or advanced in nature by the department teaching the course, may be used as a non-introductory elective.

***CQS 111 and/or MGMT 111 may be waived for transfer students at the discretion of the academic advising office.

****Students must take two credits and may elect to take up to four more credits to substitute for an elective under Part A2 or Part C.

Each student in this degree program may elect one or more concentrations by the junior year by filing a Declaration of Concentration form in the SOM Advising Office.

The concentrations and their requirements are:

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Consulting and Leadership Concentration

  • LEAD 351. Leadership Skills and Development
  • LEAD 352. Team and Group Leadership
  • LEAD 353. Organizational and Strategic Leadership
  • One additional elective from the list of approved courses available from the SOM Advising Office.

The purpose of this concentration is to prepare students for entry-level consulting positions in areas such as human resource management, management information systems or marketing. Courses in the concentration focus on individual leadership and influence, team and shared leadership, and strategic leadership and change management. Communication technologies such as the Internet, e-mail, groupware collaborative systems and videoconferencing are used extensively. Students usually combine this concentration with a second concentration in areas such as marketing or management information systems.

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Entrepreneurship

The focus in these courses is on the identification and evaluation of new venture opportunities; the development of effective business plans; and financing, establishing and operating new businesses. Four courses are required: ENT 460 and three additional electives chosen from MKTG 325, FIN 324, MIS 480, and LEAD 351.

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Finance

  • FIN 322. Investments
  • FIN 324. Corporate Finance
  • Two FIN concentration electives: one (1) additional undergraduate FIN elective above FIN 311, excluding independent studies, and one (1) elective from the list of acceptable FIN concentration electives are required (see FIN guidesheet). Students should consult with the Finance faculty for guidance in choosing appropriate FIN electives for their intended career paths. The Finance guide sheet found in the SOM Advising Office and on the SOM website also provides guidance.
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Quantitative Finance (formerly Financial Engineering)

Recent innovations in financial markets have led to an increased demand for analytically skilled students. Understanding pricing models in derivatives and other exotic securities requires knowledge in finance and also statistics, stochastic processes and differential equations. The quantitative finance program is designed to provide students with opportunities to pursue a mathematically challenging program of study.

In addition to meeting the usual School of Management requirements, students in the quantitative finance concentration complete courses in the following groups:

  • Additional Math requirements
    • MATH 222 or (MATH 226 and 227). Calculus 2
    • MATH 304. Linear Algebra
  • Additional Economics Course
    • ECON 466. Introduction to Econometrics
  • Finance Courses
    • FIN 322. Investments
    • FIN 450. Derivatives
    • FIN 465. Arbitrage Strategies
  • Finance Elective: One (1) additional undergraduate FIN elective as defined by the Quantitative Guide Sheet available in the SOM Advising Office.
  • SCM 360. Advanced Spreadsheet Modeling

The program is designed for placement of students in investment banks. Only outstanding undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA above 3.5 will be admitted. It is in their best interest to maintain that GPA while they are in the program.

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Marketing

Select MKTG 320 - Marketing Research, anytwo (2) undergraduate MKTG electives above MKTG 311, excluding independent studies, and a fourth elective chosen from MKTG or other suggested courses. Students should consult with faculty or the advising office to select courses that reflect their career choices. See the Marketing guide sheet, available in the SOM Advising Office and on the SOM website, for information on suggested courses for the various Marketing career paths.

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Global Management

Contact School of Management Advising Office for details on this concentration.

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Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems students must take MIS 323 (Systems Analysis and Design) and any three additional courses from the set of MIS electives that are offered, excluding independent study and internship. The MIS guide sheet, available in the SOM Advising Office and the SOM website, identifies various career tracks with suggested courses.

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Supply Chain Management

In addition to meeting the usual School of Management requirements, students in the Supply Chain Management concentration must complete courses in the following groups

  • SCM 365
  • SCM 360
  • SCM 460 or MKTG 475
  • One additional SCM course above the 311 level
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General Management

Students may take any four undergraduate management electives above the 311 level.

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Standard Curriculum Sequence for Business Administration Option

The following represents the normal sequence of courses that SOM students are expected to follow in completing degree requirements in management over their four years at Binghamton University. It reflects the school’s belief that professional coursework must be preceded by a sound liberal arts background combined with coursework in necessary foundation areas. Three courses, OPM 311, MIS 311 and CQS 311, constitute the S-Core and all must be taken together during the same semester, generally during the sophomore year. FIN 311, MKTG 311, MGMT 311 and IBUS 311 constitute the J-Core and all must be taken together during the same semester, generally during the junior year. Transfer students should consult with their academic advisors to determine where and how their previous work fits into this sequence.

First Semester (16 hours)

  • CQS 111. Computer Tools for Management
  • MGMT 111. Intro to Decision Making in Management
  • Non-management elective*
  • MATH 220 or MATH 224 and 225. Calculus
  • ECON 162. Macroeconomics

Second Semester (17 hours)

  • ECON 160. Microeconomics
  • Non-management elective
  • BLS 111. Legal Environment of Business I (3 cr.)
  • CQS 112. Statistics for Management
  • Physical Education (2 cr) (may be taken any semester)

Third Semester (17 hours)

  • OPM 311. Operations Management (3 cr.)
  • MIS 311. Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
  • ACCT 211. Financial Accounting
  • CQS 311. Advanced Computer Tools in OPM & MIS (3 cr.)
  • Non-management elective

Fourth Semester (16 hours)

  • ACCT 212. Managerial Accounting
  • Non-Management elective
  • Non-Management elective
  • Non-Management elective

Fifth Semester (16 hours)

  • FIN 311. Financial Management (3 cr.)
  • MKTG 311. Introduction to Marketing (3 cr.)
  • MGMT 311. Organizational Behavior (3cr.)
  • IBUS 311. Introduction to International Business (3 cr.)
  • Non-management elective

Sixth Semester (16 hours)

  • Concentration elective
  • Concentration elective
  • Non-management elective
  • Non-management elective

Seventh Semester (16 hours)

  • Concentration elective
  • Non-management elective
  • Non-management elective
  • Free elective

Eighth Semester (12 hours)

  • MGMT 411. Global Strategic Management
  • Concentration elective or free elective
  • Free elective
*Students must take two writing-emphasis courses (GenEd C or J) to fulfill the writing requirement.
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PwC Scholars Program

The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Scholars Program is focused on developing future leaders through Academic Excellence, Professional Development, Community Service/Fundraising, and Unique Networking Opportunities. The goal is to attract superior students and challenge them to reach their full potential. PwC Scholars augment the normal SOM curriculum with additional requirements geared to better prepare them to excel in their careers. PwC Scholars are provided with special opportunities to enhance both their written and oral communication skills. To facilitate oral communication skills, Scholars are required to participate in reading and discussion sections each semester.

PwC Scholars are required to complete additional coursework in their primary field of management concentration, complete a second concentration in another management area, or minor in another university discipline. Additional benefits of the program include the opportunity to participate in the Scholars Junior Level International Experience and the Sophomore Level Case Competition. In addition, the Scholars have the opportunity to hear from a variety of successful speakers as part of the Scholars Speaker Series.

Completion of the PwC Scholars Program is noted on the student's official transcript and through a PwC Scholars Program certificate issued by SOM.

Admission to the program is competitive and is limited to no more than 10 percent of the entering freshman class. Students are invited to participate in the program when they are accepted for admission to the University. Those freshmen who are not admitted upon entry to the University are offered a chance to apply as sophomores if their freshman Grade Point Average is 3.5 or higher.


Additional SOM Requirements for PwC Scholars Students:


SOM requirements that are unique to the PwC Scholars Program are designed to further enhance students' breadth and depth of knowledge in management and their area of specialization. While it is not required, it is expected that many of the participants in the honors program will have earned college credit prior to their enrollment at Binghamton University. These credits may partially or fully offset the additional credit requirements.

PwC Scholars students augment their programs with the following additional requirement:

  • Scholars Seminars: Students must participate in the PwC Scholars seminars during each semester in which they are enrolled in the PwC Scholars Program. One credit each.
  • Additional Writing Course: Students are required to take at least one additional writing course (GenEd C or J) beyond the standard two-course SOM requirement.
  • Scholars Courses: MGMT 150 Ethics in Business, MGMT 251 Scholars Case Competition and MGMT 350 Community Service Project are required of all PwC Scholars.

PwC Scholars students are also required to fulfill one of the following options:

  • Major Area Requirement (four additional credits): Experiential learning course as defined by Degree Works audit. This additional coursework may include independent studies or courses not listed on the Degree Works audit with the approval of the program director.
  • Concentration in business: Four courses in the desired concentration.
  • Minor: A Minor may be completed without taking extra courses by careful utilization of liberal arts electives. See the Bulletin/Catalog section for the department offering the desired minor for requirements.

Participants in the PwC Scholars Program are expected to successfully complete a minimum of 16 credits per semester. They are also expected to maintain and graduate with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. If the student's cumulative GPA is below 3.5 for two consecutive semesters, the student may not continue in the program. Scholars coursework may also be counted toward the traditional SOM degrees, therefore discontinuation of participation in the program does not normally result in additional coursework requirements or delay the completion of a degree program in the School of Management.
For more information about the program contact the SOM Advising Office at 607-777-2316.

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SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOM AND NON-SOM STUDENTS

SOM offers opportunities to further students’ understanding of and exposure to the arena of international management.

Opportunities for study in England, Australia, Italy, Scotland, China, Korea and other countries have provided students in accounting and in management with an opportunity to study management practices at prestigious business schools in these countries. Students interested in any of these programs should contact the school’s advising office or the respective program directors. School of Management academic study trips are offered to India (Winter Session) and China (Summer Session).

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Adjunct Management Option

This special program responds to requests by non-SOM students for the opportunity to complete a limited selection of courses in SOM while completing degree requirements in their chosen school. The adjunct management option gives a limited number of students an introduction to basic subject matter in the areas of management and accounting. It is not in any way equivalent to an academic major or minor, but rather is a supplement to appropriate majors in another school. The adjunct option consists of the completion of four specific courses which are offered on a distance learning basis during the winter and summer sessions. The four courses are: ACCT 211 (Financial Accounting), FIN 311 Principles of Finance, MKTG 311 Principles of Marketing and MGMT 311 Introduction to Organizational Behavior. In order to properly prepare for taking the Finance, Marketing and Organizational Behavior courses, students should have junior standing and have completed the appropriate prerequisites as part of their non-SOM course work. These include calculus, statistics, microeconomics and macroeconomics.

To qualify, non-SOM students must:

  • apply at the SOM Advising Office.
  • meet the following general entrance criteria:
    • completion of at least 24 academic hours, thereby having sophomore standing;
    • a GPA of 3.2 or better.

Students who successfully complete this special program option will have this fact reflected on their transcripts upon graduation.

Note: Students should be aware that the adjunct management option is not related to the five-year program described in this publication. Students who contemplate study for the MBA degree are well advised to complete their regular liberal arts degrees and to put off their professional studies until entering graduate school or to consider the Combined Degree programs noted below.

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Accounting Five-Year Program

The accounting five-year program provides an opportunity for qualified students to complete their BS and MS degrees in accounting within a five-year period. In addition, the five-year program meets the requirements for the 150-credit-hour degree that is required for licensing in New York State.

To be eligible for admission into this special program, students must possess academic qualifications that allow admission into the graduate programs at the end of their senior year. Interested students may begin the application procedure in the fall of in their senior year bysubmitting a completed graduate application to the University’s Graduate School. The GMAT exam is also required for all spring applicants. Further information about the five-year program for accounting may be obtained from the SOM Advising Office or at http://www2.binghamton.edu/som/graduate/mba-ms-programs/ms-accounting.html.

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Combined-Degree Programs

  • Harpur College/School of Management Fast-Track MBA Program
  • Watson School of Engineering/School of Management Fast-Track MBA Program

These special programs allow a limited number of highly qualified and well-motivated undergraduate students from the above stated programs the opportunity to combine their undergraduate studies with graduate work in Binghamton University’s School of Management, whereby they may complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree within a five-year period. The combined program is more completely described in the SOM graduate portion of this publication.

Further information about the combined program for Harpur College students may be obtained from the Harpur College Academic Advising Office or the SOM Advising Office.