The business minor is broad and adaptable. It offers valuable knowledge and skills that can give students a competitive edge in many career and academic pursuits.

CSU students can pursue this 24-credit, broad business foundations minor developed specifically for non-business students. Minor courses will explore many aspects of business including accounting, finance, marketing, and management. The business minor is not available to students pursuing a major in business.

How to Become a Business Minor

There are no additional admissions requirements once enrolled at CSU, but students are required to attend a business minor declaration seminar – held throughout the semester – to add the minor. See dates and details (PDF). Once you attend the seminar, it will take at least three business days for the minor to be processed, and then you can register for business minor courses.

From Minor to Major

If you have started the minor program and decide you want to become a business major, you can transfer all minor courses into the major except FIN305 and BUS405.

Curriculum

You will need to complete 24 credits to earn a business minor; 12 or more of those credits must be from upper-division (300- to 400-level) courses. You must maintain at least a C average in all required courses.

Courses

The courses below reflect the 2017-2018 Colorado State University catalog, published in August 2017 for students enrolling during the 2017-2018 academic year. Courses listed are updated each summer for incoming students.

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

A minimum grade of C is required for all business courses in the minor to receive the credential.

Freshman
AREC 202 or ECON 202
Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)
Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)
Credits3
Total Credits
Credits3
Sophomore
ACT 205
Fundamentals of Accounting
Credits3
BUS 205
Legal and Ethical Issues in Business
Credits3
ECON 204
Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)
Credits3
Total Credits
Credits9
Junior
FIN 305
Fundamentals of Finance
Credits3
MGT 305
Fundamentals of Management
Credits3
MKT 305
Fundamentals of Marketing
Credits3
Total Credits
Credits9
Senior
Select one from the following:
Credits3
BUS 405A
Contemporary Business Topics: Entrepreneurship
BUS 405B
Contemporary Business Topics: International Business
BUS 405C
Contemporary Business Topics: Business Information Management
BUS 405D
Contemporary Business Topics: Real Estate
Total Credits
Credits3
Total Credits
Credits24

This course listing is provided through the Colorado State University catalog and is updated each summer. New or modified courses offered for spring or summer may not be included, but you can find complete course information via the class schedule on RAMweb. Offerings are subject to change, and the University reserves the right to make changes in catalog information when necessary and to correct errors.

View more details about the business minor (PDF).

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