The entrepreneurship and innovation minor helps students develop an entrepreneurial mindset

CSU students who have a strong desire to be engaged in entrepreneurship can pursue this 24-credit minor developed for business and non-business students. This cross-disciplinary program has a limited, competitive enrollment to facilitate a high-touch learning environment. Students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and gain the deep technical knowledge to thrive in startups, ventures, and the entrepreneurial ecosystems.

How to Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A student takes part in entrepreneurship eventApplications for the entrepreneurship and innovation minor are accepted during a limited time frame in fall and spring (prior to the start of the following term’s registration). To apply for the minor, students must:

  • be of sophomore standing (i.e. 30 credits completed, including in-progress coursework)
  • have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application
  • submit a completed application prior to the stated deadline

The application review period may take up to two weeks, and newly accepted students will not be able to register for most minor courses until three to five business days after notification of acceptance.

Application Timeline

The application period for the entrepreneurship minor will open January 21, 2020. View the full application details and timeline (PDF).


Students need to complete 24 credits to earn an entrepreneurship and innovation minor; 12 or more of those credits must be from upper-division (300- to 400-level) courses. The curriculum is a combination or required entrepreneurship courses and electives across campus, selected due to their entrepreneurial nature.

The courses below reflect the 2019-2020 Colorado State University catalog, published in August 2019 for students enrolling during the 2019-2020 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.

Sophomore standing required for acceptance into the minor.
Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.500 for acceptance into the minor.

Students must complete each course in the minor with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses:
FIN 309
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurial Finance
MGT 330
Creativity, Innovation, and Value Creation
MGT 340
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Select one course from the following:
ENGR 422
Technology Entrepreneurship
MGT 420
New Venture Creation
MGT 424/IDEA 424
Ventures in Social Entrepreneurship
Select one course from the following:
MGT 360
Social and Sustainable Venturing
MGT 440
New Venture Management
MGT 487
Select two courses from the following:
BUS 205
Legal and Ethical Issues in Business
ECON 202
Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)
ECON 204
Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)
MGT 305
Fundamentals of Management
MKT 305
Fundamentals of Marketing
Select one course from the following not taken elsewhere in the minor:
AM 373
Apparel Design and Retail Entrepreneurship
AREC 328
Small Agribusiness Management
or AREC 428
Agricultural Business Management
Biomedical Design Practicum: Capstone Design I
BUS 205
Legal and Ethical Issues in Business
CBE 451
Chemical and Biological Engineering Design I
CIVE 402
Senior Design Principles
ECE 401
Senior Design Project I
ECON 202
Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)
ECON 204
Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)
FTEC 400
Food Safety
HES 145
Health and Wellness
LEAP 310
Creative Industries Career Management
Engineering Design Practicum: I
MGT 301
Supply Chain Management
MGT 360
Social and Sustainable Venturing
MKT 370
Digital Marketing
Program Total Credits:

Students can only choose 2 courses from their major area to apply to a minor. 

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.


View more details about the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor (PDF).


Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor