Through your journey with us, you will work toward earning a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

Our business foundation encourages critical thinking while exploring modern management theories, relevant business practices, and current industry trends. You’ll discover your interests along the way and begin to focus your studies. Then you can choose from nine concentrations to merge your academic focus with your career goals.

9

Concentrations to choose from

120

Credits needed to graduate

3.26

Average undergraduate business student GPA

Degree and Course Requirements

The first two years of study include completion of the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) and the lower-division business core courses. Students must have junior or senior status and be admitted into the College of Business to take specialized course work in business concentrations.

Core curriculum sets the minimum course requirements for all business majors. With recommendations from your advisor, you will select supplementary courses to meet the total minimum of 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Science degree. 

All required freshman and sophomore courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with first enrollment in required junior and senior courses. By the beginning of your junior year, you must select a concentration.

Additional requirements that all business majors must complete are:

  1. One of the approved concentrations
  2. All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements
  3. Not using the satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option in any business concentration course and/or business core course (BUS and non-BUS subject codes) except when a course allows S/U grading 
  4. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in business courses as a graduation requirement. A student who has less than this average at the end of any term is subject to referral by the department head or college dean to the Faculty Council Committee on Scholastic Standards of CSU for consideration of academic dismissal from the College of Business


Please see our College of Business BSBA Degree Requirements (PDF) for more details.

Think the bachelor's in business administration is right for you?

Learn How to Apply 
Our entering students are self-starters, inquisitive, eager to learn, and ready to make a difference. They also have one of the highest average high school GPAs on campus.

Criteria for acceptance into the College of Business go beyond those for basic admission to the university. Your student type – new freshman, internal transfer, external transfer, or second bachelor/post-bachelor – will determine the process you'll follow to apply.

New Freshmen

You are considered a freshman if you’ve never attended college or if your college credits were earned prior to high school graduation.

Admission Criteria

CSU and the College of Business make admissions decisions using a holistic review of applications, which looks beyond GPA and standardized test scores. Your essay and letters of recommendation help us get a full picture of you.

Strong candidates for direct admission have a 3.2 cumulative GPA1and a SAT score of 1160-1190 (math and critical reading portions only) or an ACT score of 26. Additional factors include:

  • Academic rigor in high school courses completed
  • Trends in grades
  • Community service and leadership, work experience
  • Awards and recognitions
  • Ability to contribute to a diverse campus community
  • Unique and/or compelling circumstances

How to Apply

You will apply to Colorado State University and the College of Business simultaneously using the application provided by CSU Undergraduate Admissions. For more information about when to apply, how to apply, and what to expect, visit the CSU Undergraduate Admissions website

1. International freshmen must be in the top 5-10 percent of the applicant pool if your credentials cannot be converted to a 4.0 scale. 

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Internal Transfers

You are considered an internal transfer student if you already are a student at CSU and would like to transfer to the College of Business, or if you are an Undeclared-Business Interest student. (If you apply to the College of Business and are not admitted directly, you'll be offered admission as an Undeclared-Business Interest.)

Admission Criteria

  • Grades of B- or higher in:
    • MATH 141, Calculus in Management Sciences
    • ECON 202, Principles of Microeconomics or AREC 202, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • CSU cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a minimum of 15 graded, college-level credits2

How to Apply

Once you meet admission criteria, you can transfer to the College of Business by attending a Change of Major event, held three times a year at the end of each semester.3Contact your advisor for details. We suggest that you: 

  • Register for nonbusiness classes (including economics and statistics) before attending Change of Major.
  • Arrive early to have the best chance of getting into business courses.
  • Know your CSU ID number and which concentration you will declare.
  • Bring a copy of your schedule for the next semester.

2. If you do not meet admission requirements because of extenuating circumstances, you are eligible to appeal the admission decision. Download and submit the Appeal for Admission (PDF) to 110 Rockwell West by 3 p.m. on the Friday of finals week. Appeals are processed once grades have been posted for the semester, and students typically are notified the Wednesday or Thursday before the Change of Major event.

3. If you cannot attend the Change of Major event, you still may transfer to the College of Business by emailing undergradinfo@business.colostate.edu with your CSU ID number and the concentration you would like to declare.

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External Transfers 

You are considered an external transfer student if you’ve attended a regionally accredited college after high school graduation.

Admission Criteria

  • Grades of B- or higher in:
    • One semester of calculus (equivalent to MATH 141, Calculus in Management Sciences)
    • One semester of microeconomics (equivalent to ECON 202, Principles of Microeconomics or AREC 202, Agricultural and Resource Economics)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a minimum of 15 graded, college-level credits

How to Apply

You will apply to Colorado State University and the College of Business simultaneously using the application provided by CSU Undergraduate Admissions. For more information about when to apply, how to apply, and what to expect, visit the CSU Undergraduate Admissions website.

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Second Bachelor's/Post-Bachelor 

You are considered a second bachelor’s/post-bachelor applicant if you’ve completed an undergraduate degree and wish to complete a second degree or additional undergraduate course work for career enhancement or graduate/professional school preparation.4

Admission criteria

  • Grades of B- or higher in:
    • One semester of calculus (equivalent to MATH 141, Calculus in Management Sciences)
    • One semester of microeconomics (equivalent to ECON 202, Principles of Microeconomics or AREC 202, Agricultural and Resource Economics)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a minimum of 15 graded, college-level credits56

How to Apply

You will apply to Colorado State University and the College of Business simultaneously using the application provided by CSU Undergraduate Admissions. For more information about when to apply, how to apply, and what to expect, visit the CSU Undergraduate Admissions website.

4. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in business administration (any concentration) are not eligible for a second degree in Business Administration, even if the concentration is different. We encourage applicants with an undergraduate degree in business to contact us to discuss your options, which include pursuing graduate study.

5.  Candidates who earned a bachelor's degree from CSU-Fort Collins and do not have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher still may be admitted to the College of Business using the Re-Start Admission Policy (PDF).

Questions?

Undergraduate Programs
undergradinfo@business.colostate.edu
(970) 491-5103
110 Rockwell Hall - West