Business Analytics (B.S.)

Business analytics is the set of tools and techniques that makes it possible to translate data into insight and information for efficient decision making. Business analytics
majors are in high demand in well-paying jobs.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics major focuses on applying machine learning to business problems and opportunities. It provides a hands-on introduction to
state-of-the-art technologies and techniques, allowing the analysis of large and complex datasets to obtain business insights.

Admissions requirements: Students transferring into the major from the Business Administration or Accounting majors need a 2.7 GPA. Students transferring into the
major from other programs need a 3.0 GPA.

120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.70 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.70 major GPA. Students in the degree
must also earn a grade of B- or better in INFO 240 – Statistical Methods in Business (or equivalent course taken at MSU or other institutions).

Program Requirements Overview 

General Education Requirements30
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements66
Free Electives21-15
Total Credits120

 Program Requirements

Required Business Administration Courses
Business Fundamentals
BCOM 280Strategic Business Communications3
INFO 290Technology in Business3
ACCT 204Fundamentals of Accounting3
Integrated Core
FINC 300Integrated Core: Finance3
INFO 300Integrated Core: Operations Management3
MGMT 300Integrated Core: Management3
MKTG 300Integrated Core: Marketing3
Collateral Courses
ECON 101Applied Macroeconomics3
ECON 102Applied Microeconomics3
INFO 173Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions3
INFO 240Statistical Methods in Business3
Business Analytics Major Requirements
Business Analytics Core
INFO 210Database Systems3
INFO 257Programming for Business3
INFO 265Foundations of Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence3
INFO 266Data Analysis and Visualization3
INFO 302Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence: Ethical and Legal Issues3
INFO 366Managing Big Data and Cloud Computing3
INFO 367Introduction to Data Mining3
INFO 395Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Strategy3
INFO 401Text Mining3
INFO 495Business Analytics Capstone Practicum3
Major Electives
Complete three credits from the list below.3
Career Learning
BUGN 310Campus to Career Transition I0
BUGN 320Campus To Career Transition II0
Total Credits66


INFO 360MIS Co-Op3
INFO 390Digital Transformation3
INFO 391Blockchain Technology3
INFO 414Information Security System Management3
INFO 416Business Process Analysis and Enterprise Systems3
INFO 470Electronic Commerce: Creating Business Value Using Information Technology3
INFO 491Independent Study in Information Systems3
INFO 492Special Topics in Information Systems1-3
FINC 361Financial Technology3
HSET 354Analytics for Sports and Entertainment Industries3
MKTG 322Customer Relationship Management Practicum3
MGMT 436Strategic Project Management3
ECON 390Applied Econometrics3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions (Fulfilled in the major.)
H. Mathematics
Statistical Methods in Business (Fulfilled in the major.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Applied Macroeconomics (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Applied Microeconomics (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits30

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing3GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory4
CMST 1013GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
ECON 1023INFO 2403
INFO 1733ECON 1013
MATH 100 (if needed, or Free Elective)3 
 16 16
Second Year
ACCT 2043GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3World Language I3
BCOM 2803INFO 2103
INFO 2653INFO 3023
INFO 2903INFO 2573
 BUGN 3100
 15 15
Third Year
FINC 3003GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3
MGMT 3003GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3
MKTG 3003World Language II3
INFO 3003INFO 3663
INFO 2663INFO 3673
 15 15
Fourth Year
World Cultures3GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1
INFO 3953INFO 4953
INFO 4013Major Elective 3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
BUGN 3200 
 15 13
Total Credits 120