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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About the College of Business Administration (CBA):

Q: What undergraduate degrees are offered?
A: The College of Business Administration offers one undergraduate degree – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – with department-based specializations: Accountancy, Finance, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Operations & Supply Chain Management.
Q: What minor degrees are offered?
A: Minor programs of study in business administration, each requiring 18 or more units, are available in the following areas: Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. CBA will be offering a minor in Finance starting Fall 2012.
Q: What graduate degrees are offered?
A: The College of Business Administration offers graduate study leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA). The degree offered by the College of Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB – International.
Q: Is the College Business Administration accredited?
A: Yes, Undergraduate and graduate programs are nationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
Q: How many CBA faculty members are there and what is their teaching style?
A: In spring 2011, the College of Business Administration had a total complement of 98.3 full-time-equivalent (FTE) faculty and 32 FTE staff. The faculty includes 66 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 12 full-time lecturers with the remaining faculty members being lecturers with part-time appointments. In the past 5 years, 33 new tenure-track faculty members have been hired. Faculty embraces student-centered cross-disciplinary learning, a University philosophy that emphasizes meeting each student’s needs
Q: How many students attend the College of Business Administration?
A: In spring 2011, CBA had 3,500 undergraduate majors, including 812 lower-division pre-business students and 192 minors, and 259 MBA students for a total of 3,759. One out of every eight Cal State Long Beach students is pursuing some form of business education. Source: Institutional Research & Assessment
Q: Is the College Business Administration “impacted"?
A: Yes, the undergraduate Business Administration program is “impacted”. This simply means that there are more students who want to major in Business Administration than the CBA can accommodate. Therefore, enrollment in upper division (300/400) Business Administration courses is limited to students who meet certain supplemental requirements.

About the CBA Advising Center:

Q: Who is my major advisor?
A: Once a student has formally been declared a business major, he or she is advised by the Advising Center advisors. Advising appointments are made through our on-line student system.
Q: How often should I meet with my advisor?
A: According to the “University-Wide Advising Plan” all students will need to have an advising contact annually that is based on integrated degree advising (advising for general education, major and university requirements). You are welcome to meet with your CBA advisor anytime during the semester regarding major requirements and other important academic issues. Students are advised to check with advisors for current and relevant information.
Q: Why is it IMPORTANT to meet with an advisor in CBA?
A: The relationship between you and your advisor is one of shared responsibility. Though you are ultimately responsible for the choices you make in college, we realize that in order to make informed decisions, you need the mentoring and advice of academic advisors and others in the University community. Your major advisor is your primary resource regarding major program of study, developing a suitable “educational plan” and attaining realistic academic goals. If you keep your major advisor informed about your interests, progress, concerns, and decisions, your CBA advisor can assist you in researching academic programs and opportunities and in making your own decisions.
Q: I’m not sure what to major in, is that okay?
A: Yes, being undecided about your major is very common for new students. Unless you are very sure on what you wish to major in, we encourage you to remain undecided during your freshman year. In fact, most students will change their majors 3 to 5 times! If you are unsure about what you want to major in please take advantage of the many outstanding academic programs and resources at CSULB. Advisors in the University Center for Undergraduate Advising (UCUA) can help you explore your options. The Career Development Center provides resources and strategies for choosing a college major – that is a primary function of their office! Check out the Majors Fair. For information, call (562) 985-4151, visit Career Center Website or go to Brotman Hall, Room 250.
Q: I’ve chosen “Business Administration” as my major; how can I get more information about choosing an “Option”?
A: All Business Administration majors must select an option. Research the different options and/or careers prior to making a commitment to a particular option. For additional information on the options you can: 1) read the description of the various options in the University Catalog, 2) visit the Career Development Center and, 3) gather information from your professors, friends and people already working in the field.
Q: Where can I find out what courses are required for a specific business option?
A: To determine what classes are needed to complete a specific business option please refer to the University Catalog and/or CBA – Program Planners. We recommend that you meet with your major advisor to discuss course planning and determine correct catalog year.

Questions about Grading Policies:

Q: Can students earn a “D” grade in their major courses and still graduate?
A: For undergraduate students, a D grade is considered a passing grade, as long as you maintain a grade point average of 2.0 (C) in your major cumulative and upper division GPA. Except for students who choose accounting as their option, all prerequisites for Accountancy courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Contact your major advisor for more information.
Q: I know my past grades and grade point average, but I want to calculate my GPA to include the grades I expect to receive this semester. How can I do this?
A: Borrow the GPA calculator on the CSULB Academic Advising website to input your grades and it will do the calculation for you.
Q: What happens if I don’t do well in my classes?
A: There are consequences to doing poorly in your classes. Issues such as progress toward graduation, financial aid, and living group status can all be affected by a low GPA. Students with campus GPA below 2.0 are placed on academic probation or subject to dismissal if not resolved.

CBA advisors and campus resources are specifically designed to help students overcome academic obstacles. Do not hesitate to take advantage of CSULB’s campus resources. CBA advisors can talk to you about these services and help you outline a plan for academic success.