The business administration 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 Administration Minor

There are no additional admissions requirements once enrolled at CSU, but students are required to attend a minor declaration seminar – held multiple times each semester – to add the minor. See dates and details (PDF). Once you attend a seminar, it may take up to five business days for the minor to be processed, and then you can register for business administration 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 ACT 205 and BUS 405.


You will need to complete 24 credits to earn a business administration minor; 12 or more of those credits must be from upper-division (300- to 400-level) courses.


The courses below reflect the 2018-2019 Colorado State University catalog, published in August 2018 for students enrolling during the 2018-2019 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.

AREC 202 or ECON 202
Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)
Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)
Total Credits
ACT 205
Fundamentals of Accounting
BUS 205
Legal and Ethical Issues in Business
ECON 204
Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)
Total Credits
FIN 305
Fundamentals of Finance
MGT 305
Fundamentals of Management
MKT 305
Fundamentals of Marketing
Total Credits
Select one from the following:
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
Total Credits
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. Always consult with an academic advisor to stay informed of curriculum details.


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Kailee Reed

“Even in the 'science' world, you still encounter basic business issues, especially management, finances, and accounting.”

Kailee Reed, equine sciences major


Business Administration Minor