Exploratory Studies: Business Interest


Students in this track have applied for admission into the College of Business. Students can work toward gaining admission or explore other majors that are business-related.

This is a guide and should be used in conjunction with advising.

MATH Placement:

Business Administration and most other business-related majors at CSU require the College Algebra sequence (MATH117,118,124 or 120). Some majors related to Business Administration require additional math courses. Students should complete Math Placement prior to enrollment and complete math in the first year.

English Composition Placement:

Students should consult the composition placement website to determine if the placement survey is needed and work with an advisor on building it into the first-year plan.  

Foundational First Year Courses

Semester 1:

CO150 College Composition (3 credits)*

MATH (0-3 credits) – see placement and consult with advising professional

  • work on ELM tutorial
  • MATH117, 118 and 124 (1 credit each – College Algebra)
  • MATH120 (3 credit – College Algebra)

First Year Seminar (1 credit)

AUCC or Exploratory Courses to get to 13-15 total credits

Semester 2

CO150 College Composition (3 credits) *

MATH (0-3 credits)

  • MATH117, 118 and 124 (whatever not completed in 1st semester)
  • MATH120 (3 credit College Algebra)
  • no math (if complete in 1st semester)

ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics or AREC202 Agriculture and Resource Economics

AUCC or Exploratory Courses to get to 13-15 total credits.

*Remember, CO150 should be done in the 1st year, not necessarily 1st semester.

Extra-curricular Exploration

Exploratory Studies students should engage in at least 2 exploration activities per semester

Check out the RamWelcome Street Fair

Attend the CSU Diversity Symposium    

Participate in the SLICE Office’s Involvement Advising 

Register to vote 

Visit a Career Counselor at the Career Center 

Join a Business-related student organization 

Schedule an Exploring Majors advising appointment

Walk through Rockwell Hall and look at their bulletin boards 

Participate in Fall Community Clean up

Use a professor’s office hours – ask them what they do and how they found their field. 

Sit in on a class in a field of study you are curious about.  

Exploratory Course Options

  • ACT210:  Introduction to Financial Accounting **majors only until release date (30 cred min)
  • AM101: Fashion Industries   
  • ANEQ101: F6ood Animal Science  **majors only**   
  • AREC224: Introduction to Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (fall only)   
  • BUS150: Business Computing Concepts and Applications
  • BUS205:  Legal and Ethical Issues in Business   **Open to USBU only (30 cred min)
  • CON101: Introduction to Construction Management   **majors only**   
  • CS110: Personal Computing
  • CS163 or 164: Java Programming
  • FACS320 – Personal and Family Finance  
  • FIN200 – Personal Finance  (30 cred min)
  • F322: Economics of the Forest Environment    
  • HORT100: Horticultural Science 
  • HORT310: Greenhouse Management  
  • JTC203: Television Studio Production  or 204: Radio Production    
  • JTC355: Advertising   
  • MKT 305: Fundamentals of Marketing **USBU/BUSQ major/minor only**  (30 cred min)
  • MGT 305: Fundamentals of Management **USBU/BUSQ major/minor only**  (30 cred min)
  • NRRT270: Natural Resource Tourism  
  • Assorted PSY classes: 300, 315 or 316 **majors only until release date**   
  • RRM101: Hospitality Industry  
  • RRM340: Restaurant Operations **majors only but can ask for override**  
  • Assorted WS classes: 269 or 270

6-12 CREDITS AUCC & Exploratory Courses each semester depending on foundational credits