Pre-Business Course Requirements 

All students who enter the Business Administration major start as Pre-Business. You must complete all of the following pre-business requirements prior to enrolling in any upper-division (300 or 400 level) Business Administration core or concentration courses.

    1.  Complete the Computer Competency Requirement. 

    All pre-business majors must complete the computer competency requirement prior to being changed to upper divison Business Administration. To complete the requirement students must demonstrate an intermediate or advanced level of spreadsheet knowledge through completing one of the following options:

    • Current Sonoma State students may take CS 101. Students have to pass the course with a C or better and earn at least a cumulative score of 70% on the designated Excel portions. Incoming or current students may complete an approved intermediate level Excel or spreadsheet course at another school (see below) and transfer the credit in.
    • Transfer Students may complete an intermediate level Excel or spreadsheet course offered at your school. For a list of the approved courses take a look at the Advisory Transfer List. your skills!!

    If you feel you already have an intermediate knowledge of spreadsheet software, an Excel exam is offered off-campus by Nelson Staffing in Santa Rosa for a $40 administrative fee and by appointment only. Access a flyer with further details about this option (pdf). 

    Test your skills!! Access a list of tasks that you'll need to have mastered in order to demonstrate your computer competency.

    2.  Complete the Pre-Business Preparatory Courses. (Note: You must
           receive a letter grade of "C" or better. These units are necessary but DO NOT count
           toward the major.)

    • GE Area A
    • ECON 204 Introduction to Macroeconomics (4 units)
    • ECON 205 Introduction to Microeconomics (4 units)
    • MATH 131 Introduction to Finite Mathematics (3 units) or MATH 161 Calculus (4 units)
    • BUS 211 Business Statistics or MATH 165 Elementary Statistics or ECON 217 Statistics for Econ & Bus (4 units) (Preparatory requirement for 2018-19 catalog and beyond)

    3.  Complete the Pre-Business Core Courses. (Note: You must receive a
    grade of "C" or better. These units count toward the major.) 

    • BUS 211 Business Statistics or MATH 165 Elementary Statistics or ECON 217 Statistics for Econ & Bus (4 units) (Core requirement for catalogs prior to 2018-19)
    • BUS 225 Legal Environment of Business (4 units)
    • BUS 230A Financial Accounting (4 units)
    • BUS 230B Managerial Accounting (4 units)

    4.  Complete a Request for Change of Status to Business Administration Form

    Students must request thier change of status during the last semester they are enrolled in Pre-Business courses in order to register for upper division Business Administration courses. 

    Download the request form (Change of Status Form) here and email it to the School of Business and Economics at with supporting documentation.

    5. Take the next step!

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