Declaring a Concentration in Business Administration

Declaring a Concentration

NOTE: All MCBE students must complete the Ethics Requirement before an application to declare a concentration can be submitted. For more information about the MCBE Ethics Requirement, please go to: www.business.fullerton.edu/ethics


All students in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics first enter their major as pre-business, pre-economics or pre-international majors, whether they are entering freshmen,  transfers, or returning students.

Students whose major is pre-business, pre-economics, or pre-international business are eligible to declare their upper-division concentration once the common lower-division core courses are successfully completed with grades of “C” (2.0) or better. During the fall and springs semesters, students may also declare on a conditional basis if the final lower-division courses are currently in-progress (conditional declarations are not permitted in the summer). Students entering upper-division international business must also demonstrate intermediate competency in their foreign language.

The common lower-division core requirements are:
Accounting 201A Financial Accounting (3)
Accounting 201B Managerial Accounting (3)
Bus Ad 201 Business Writing (3)
Economics 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
Economics 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
Management 246* Business & Its Legal Environment (3)
ISDS 265 Intro to Information Systems and Applications (3)
Math 135 or 130 Business Calculus (3 or 4)

*not required for the BA in Economics major

Lower-division courses taken at other schools must be approved by CSUF as equivalent before they may be used to satisfy the above course requirements. If you have taken courses at a school in which Cal State Fullerton has an established articulation agreement, your transfer credits will appear on your  TITAN Degree Audit (TDA). If you believe that you have completed required courses and they do not appear on your TDA, these transfer courses will have to be evaluated. Please come to the Business Advising Center for further instructions.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY

NOTE: All MCBE students must complete the Ethics Requirement before an application to declare a concentration can be submitted. For more information about the MCBE Ethics Requirement, please go to: www.business.fullerton.edu/ethics

Option 1- In-Person

After you have completed the above MCBE Ethics Requirement, you may come in-person to the Business Advising Center, at either the Fullerton campus or Irvine campus. An advisor will review your record and assist you with the application process. If transfer courses need to be evaluated, it will be done at this time.

Option 2- On-Line

After you have completed the above MCBE Ethics Requirement, check your TDA. As long as your TDA is up-to-date and correct, you may declare your concentration with the on-line application. If your TDA is incomplete, you will need to visit the Business Advising Center and apply in-person.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT DECLARING A CONCENTRATION

When should I declare? See the section below that fits your situation.

1. All of my lower division courses have already been completed .
You can apply immediately and declare your concentration.

2. I'm taking the last lower division courses in the fall semester.
You may conditionally declare your concentration beginning the second week of October. The declaration of your concentration will be effective for spring registration. Please note that the process to declare your concentration takes three to five working days before it becomes effective in our computer system. Conditional declarations are contingent upon the successful completion of your required courses in the fall semester. Students completing courses at other schools must submit final grades by designated deadline date in January.

3. I'm taking the last lower division course(s) in the spring semester .
You may conditionally declare your concentration beginning the second week of March. The declaration of your concentration will be effective for summer and fall registration. Please note that the process to declare your concentration takes three to five working days before it become effective in our computer system. Conditional declarations are contingent upon the successful completion of your required courses in the spring semester. Students completing courses at other schools must submit final grades by designated deadline date in June.

4. I'm taking the last lower division course(s) in the summer.
You must complete the lower division course(s) and have verification of your final grade before you can declare. You should be aware that the change of concentration takes three to five working days to be processed. In addition, if you take courses in the second summer session, you will not be able to register into restricted fall classes until you have your final summer grades. I most cases, you will have to petition into your fall restricted courses.

Can I take upper division core courses if I haven't declared a concentration?
Yes. As long as you meet the specific course prerequisites and corequistes, you may enroll in upper division core courses.

Can I take upper division concentration courses if I haven't declared my concentration?
No. All concentration courses are restricted. You must first declare and be admitted into your concentration before the computer will allow you to register into any concentration courses.

Can I change my mind after declaring a concentration?
Yes. Students can change their concentration at any time.

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