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BS in Business, Management and Leadership, FlexPath Option

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

Learners in the bachelor’s Management and Leadership specialization develop and apply the skills and competencies necessary to successfully coordinate, implement, promote, supervise, and lead people in a dynamic, global environment. Throughout the specialization, learners demonstrate the management, interpersonal, and professional thinking skills needed to impact organizational effectiveness as leaders and managers at all levels of their organizations. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn a BS in Business through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

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General Education Requirements

Choose 22.5 program points with a minimum of 2 program points from each category; see General Education Courses, FlexPath option.


Additional Program Requirements


Core courses


At least 21 program points

Developing a Business Perspective

In this course, learners build and strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in their program and the workplace. Learners engage in interactive activities that help them develop and demonstrate a business perspective and expand their organizational, research, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Other topics include ethics, team relationships, project creation, and writing effectively for business. For BS in Business, FlexPath option learners only. Learners may only earn credit for BUS3003 or BUS-FPX3006 or BUS-FPX3007. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

3 program points
Fundamentals of Management

 In this course, learners examine the fundamental principles of management and the characteristics that make an effective manager. Learners then apply these principles in management decision-making roles of planner, organizer, controller, and communicator.  Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS-FPX3011.

1.5 program points
Fundamentals of Leadership

This course is an introduction to principles and theories of leadership behavior and their application in business and community settings. Learners develop and demonstrate awareness of the characteristics, styles, and practices necessary for effective leadership. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS-FPX3012.

1.5 program points
Fundamentals of Business Law

In this course, learners explore and articulate the influences on businesses of statutory, contract, tort, and legal entity law. Learners evaluate the historical underpinnings and origins of the court system’s ability to adjudicate commercial disputes. Learners also develop and demonstrate their legal vocabulary, an understanding of core legal concepts, and basic legal research skills.

1.5 program points
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

This course is an introduction to modern concepts and practices of efficient supply chain management. Learners build their knowledge of and demonstrate the relevance of supply chain design in support of organizational strategy and assess the effectiveness of supply chains to meet customer demands. Through the use of case studies, learners also analyze existing supply chain systems and recommend improvements. 

1.5 program points
Fundamentals of Marketing and Sales

Learners investigate the fundamentals of marketing and sales, including market research and planning, product differentiation and positioning, marketing communications, differences between consumer and business markets, and relational marketing and sales strategy. Learners demonstrate course competencies by preparing and presenting a marketing and sales plan and a corresponding marketing and sales strategy for a simple product offering.

3 program points
Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

This course is a survey of the human resources management (HRM) field and its function and role in the organization. Learners develop their knowledge of fundamental HRM principles and demonstrate competencies in areas such as compensation and benefits, legal requirements, and training and development.

3 program points
Fundamentals of Organizational Communication

This course helps learners understand and apply the fundamentals of organizational communication. Learners analyze the interrelationship of organizational communication, symbols, culture, performance, and effective communication practices in relationships internal and external to the enterprise. Learners also examine how effective organizational communication contributes to successful organizational performance and the ways elements of organizational communication interact and function in an enterprise.

3 program points
Fundamentals of Accounting

This course is an introduction to the accounting function in modern business organizations. Learners define accounting terminology and explore its application to accounting principles. Learners also apply accounting cycle strategies to business financial events and prepare financial statements from accounting system data. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS-FPX3061.

1.5 program points
Fundamentals of Finance

In this course, learners gain and apply finance basics including the time value of money concepts, stock and bond valuation techniques, and capital budgeting processes. Learners also demonstrate ways the relationship of domestic and global financial environments affect financial markets. Learners who have received credit for BUS3060 may not take BUS-FPX3062.

1.5 program points


Specialization courses


At least 24 program points

BUS-FPX4011 *
Virtual Team Collaboration

Learners gain knowledge of and examine practical communication and collaboration skills necessary for effective participation in and leadership of teams in a virtual networked context. Learners also analyze various forms of collaborative leadership and participate in collaborative leadership experiences within a virtual networked organizational setting. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS-FPX3011 and BUS-FPX3012.

3 program points
BUS-FPX4012 *
Leadership in Organizations

In this course, learners create effective theories of leadership in the networked enterprise at different organizational levels and from different perspectives. Learners develop and demonstrate their knowledge of the skills that support personal characteristics of effective leaders, such as coaching strategies, personal integrity, trustworthiness, courage and generosity, and an ability to encourage others to participate in leadership. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS-FPX3011 and BUS-FPX3012.

3 program points
BUS-FPX4013 *
Organizational Structure, Learning, and Performance

Learners in this course analyze organizational structures and their influence on organizational intelligence, learning ability, and the practical performance of an enterprise. The course includes an emphasis on the adaptive and responsive organization and its relationship to enterprise stakeholders and environment. Learners evaluate a case study that illustrates the interrelatedness of organizational structure, learning, and performance in order to create a model of a high-performance organization. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS-FPX3011 and BUS-FPX3012.

3 program points
BUS-FPX4014 *
Operations Management for Competitive Advantage

This course is a survey of operations management. Learners analyze strategic product and service design, major capacity and location decision-making processes, and process and control system operations. Learners use case studies to build a working knowledge of the important concepts and decision-making tools. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS-FPX3011 and BUS-FPX3012.

3 program points
BUS-FPX4015 *
Strategic Planning and Implementation

Learners develop their understanding of strategic planning and implementation using case studies and simulations of various business planning processes and by exploring the unpredictable dimension of strategic business planning. Learners show how integrating unplanned developments into existing strategy is an important part of real-world strategic planning. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS-FPX3011 and BUS-FPX3012.

3 program points
BUS-FPX4016 *
Global Business Relationships

Within an international business research framework, learners use selected case studies and complementary theory to build and demonstrate a broad understanding of international business. Learners analyze multiple dimensions of international business including cultural; business structure; finance and trade; technology and communications; and political, economic, and legal perspectives to determine patterns and hierarchies in international business cultures. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS-FPX3011 and BUS-FPX3012.

3 program points
Ethics and Enterprise

The focus of this course is on the economic, social, and environmental effects of business decisions and policies. Learners identify significant ethical issues affecting today’s multicultural business environment and evaluate how businesses have responded to them through policy development. Through case studies and examples of current business practices, learners analyze successful and unsuccessful strategies for establishing ethical standards and corporate social responsibility.

3 program points
Change Management

In this course, learners acquire and demonstrate change management competencies by exploring change dynamics and identifying ways to facilitate change. In addition, learners identify knowledge and skills required to lead, facilitate, and support change management. Case studies help learners gain an understanding of the unfolding dynamics of planned and unplanned change in organizations from the multiple perspectives of various stakeholders. Trust building, fear containment, and broad participation in the change process receive special attention.

3 program points


Elective courses


At least 19.5 program points


Choose courses to fulfill total program points.


Capstone course


At least 3 program points

Taken during the learner’s final quarter:

Business Capstone Project

The capstone project is the culmination of the BS in Business degree program. Learners demonstrate their technical and applied business knowledge and competencies along with critical-thinking and communication skills. Learners also formulate ideas for a new business product or service, create a vision, and develop a strategic plan that describes how to implement their concept. For BS in Business, FlexPath option learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

3 program points






At least 90 program points, including a minimum of 27 program points from the 3000/4000 level

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

† Learners in this specialization choose general education, specialization, and elective courses from the FlexPath (-FPX) course list.

GuidedPath courses and FlexPath courses fulfill the program requirements and prerequisites for each delivery model.