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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program is 36 months in length and consists of 12 quarters of study. A bachelor degree in Business Administration prepares graduates with essential skills in accounting, statistics, quantitative systems, finance, law, marketing, computer/information systems, strategy and economics, plus advanced skills in human resources, leadership, and behavior in organizations and operations management. Graduates are well-positioned to become effective and ethical leaders in many different types of businesses in the dynamic changing business environment, as well as, to be leaders in their communities, and society.

Key Benefits

  • Pittsburgh Technical College Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration is a career focused, comprehensive program designed to provide graduates with practical business skills to succeed in today’s business environment.
  • Crafted by business advisory board members to insure that the curriculum is current with industry demand, this career-focused program builds on the hands-on expertise PTC is known for combined with practical simulations, and real world business cases.
  • The degree is available both online and on campus to offer students the maximum in flexibility. In addition, the program offers an in-field internship to provide additional focused study and experience. Students may complete the Bachelor’s Degree in as little as three years.
  • Specific courses in the program include managerial accounting, supply chain management, managing complex projects, strategic marketing, and strategic corporate management. As well as the areas of finance, marketing, leadership, international business, and strategy.
  • The goal of this B.S.B.A. program is to provide you with comprehensive and industry-relevant experiences that prepare you for competitive fields in a variety of business sectors.

Key Skills

The PTC business program is designed to prepare you with the following skills:    

  • Work in a team environment to make pertinent strategic decisions, which impact the organization’s environment.
  • Appraise the resources and capabilities of a firm to build sustainable competitive advantages and formulate strategies that leverage a firm’s core competencies.
  • Develop organizational marketing initiatives including product development, pricing strategies, promotional campaigns, and customer service initiatives.
  • Evaluate a firm’s external environment to include consumer markets, competition, market segments, positioning, product and branding, services, pricing, promotion, and evaluation.
  • Design and implement international business strategies, considering cultural differences, trade agreements, governmental influences, policy determinations, and international relations.
  • Develop solutions for supply chain management and apply information technology solutions to supply chain optimization.
  • Implement human resources strategies including work design and workforce planning, managing employee attitudes and behaviors, and managing employee competencies.
  • Recognize the legal implications of business decisions including the basics of employment law, contracts, intellectual property, trade secrets, negligence, compensation, corporate governance, the risk of liability, and fiduciary duty.
  • Establish appropriate investment objectives, develop optimal portfolio strategies, estimate risk-return tradeoffs, and evaluate investment performance.
  • Use generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and procedures to report organizational costs to management for decision making.
  • Design and complete a business and marketing plan to present to investors or financial institutions for purposes of investment strategic initiatives.
  • Examine quality management practices in organizations to facilitate organizational effectiveness.

More information about Bachelor of Science in Business Administration below

Careers:

 

  • Operations Manager
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Senior Accountant
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Analyst

BUSINESS FOUNDATION COURSES

Financial Accounting 1
This course introduces the basic principles and procedures of accounting. Emphasis is placed on analyzing business transactions, cataloging, journal entries, posting to the general ledger, and preparing financial statements (income statement, owner's equity statement, and balance sheet).
Financial Accounting 2
In this course, students will examine additional accounting concepts as they relate to sales and purchase transactions through the use of subsidiary ledgers, cash management and banking procedures, and payroll computations and taxation. In addition, students will get in-depth instruction for accruals and deferrals. The course will wrap up with preparing the financial statements and closing procedures for a merchandising business. Prerequisite: A 'C' grade or higher in ACC100.
Managerial Accounting
Corporate Finance & Investments
Introduction to Business
This course provides a thorough survey of major business functions, focusing on modern business procedures. Topics include international business, economics, management, marketing, accounting, social responsibility and ethics, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Computer Applications
This course provides the student with an introduction to multiple office-based applications. The student will use the knowledge gained in this course as a foundation for implementing and developing projects in various applications including spreadsheets, word processing, presentation software, and the PTC network.
Principles of Management
This course provides an overview of the major functions of operational and human resources management. Upon completion of this course, the students should be able to integrate behavioral and systems approaches with traditional analysis and demonstrate Total Quality Management and Continuous Quality Improvement methods in the management process.
Small Business Management
This course will provide an opportunity for students to blend the theory of investments with the practical demands of investment management. The course objectives include an understanding of the process of establishing a portfolio strategy with a real portfolio, gaining knowledge of the mechanics of trading, principles of equity valuation and technical analysis. Students actively manage a portfolio through the semester.
Business and Employment Law
This course is designed to give students a broad view of advertising principles and their relationship to product marketing. The students will focus on the creative functions of advertising by preparing rough layouts and writing copy for various types of ads.
Supply Chain Management
Global Business Strategy
Managing Complex Projects
Capstone Strategic Corporate Management
Principles of Finance
This course focuses on financial techniques used in making business decisions. Fundamental principles of finance provide students with the basic tools necessary to analyze projects and justify investment in them. Students learn how to use a variety of capital budgeting techniques which shed light on the financial impact of choosing between various projects.
Principles of Marketing

BUSINESS EMPHASIS COURSES

Students must complete a minimum of 32 credits in Business Emphasis courses.

Accounting for Partnerships and Corporations
In this course, students will expand into accounting for partnerships and corporations. The concepts addressed will include and understanding of the entity and accounting for profits and losses. The second part of this course will cover financial statement analysis; vertical, horizontal and ratio, and in-depth look at the statement of cash flow and introduction to departmentalizing and profit centers. Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher in ACC121.
Federal Taxes 1: Individual Taxation
This course is a study of the Internal Revenue Code as it affects individuals and sole proprietorships. Basic competence in tax research, terminology, and tax calculation are emphasized. Appreciation, confidence, enthusiasm, and interest in tax topics is a hoped for outcome of students.
Federal Taxes 2: Tax for Business Entities
This course continues the study of the Internal Revenue Code as it affects partnerships, corporations (including S corporations), and estates and trusts. Basic competence in tax research, terminology, and tax calculations are emphasized. Prerequisite: ACC122
Payroll Accounting
In this course, students will learn all aspects of payroll procedures. Students will learn processing, tax withholding, pre-tax benefit plans, W-2 completion, W-4 completion, payroll tax filing and journal entry recording. Prerequisite: ACC110
Accounting Information Systems
This course provides the students with hands-on experience in applying fundamental accounting principles within a computerized environment. Using computer technology, students gain experience setting up and maintaining accounts, recording transactions in the general and special journals, preparing payroll, completing the accounting cycle, and setting up accounting records for new companies.
Auditing
Cost Accounting
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II
International Business
The study of international business concepts is designed to better prepare students to master the aspects of worldwide business functions. The course covers international trade, the international monetary system, and their relationship to business. Students also evaluate countries as potential sites for business operations.
Spreadsheet Applications
This course guides students with little spreadsheet experience and enables them to become knowledgeable, confident spreadsheet designers and users. The course utilizes hands-on examples, tutorials, and reinforcement to develop spreadsheet design in a wide variety of disciplines, including marketing, accounting, finance, and operations.
Human Resource Management
This is an introduction to the principles, policies and procedures of personnel management. The course focuses on the acquisition, training, and maintenance of human resources for organizations. Topics include legal principles for human resource managers, salary and benefits, workplace diversity, equal employment opportunity, recruitment and selection, orientation/training, appraisal of performance, and discipline.
Database Applications for Business
This course introduces students to the design and use of databases for business applications. Using database computer software, students will plan and develop a variety of databases for business. Topics covered include database planning, creation of records, searching for data using database queries, development of forms for data entry, and report design.
Leading Organizational Change
Social Media in Communications
Electronic Commerce Strategies
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Electronic Commerce Strategies
Organizational Behavior
Government and Public Policy
Operations Management
Labor Relations and Employment
International Marketing
Business Intelligence and Analysis
Financial Management
Financial Management will present the necessary tools required to objectively approach and solve financial problems. The course facilitates the student's ability to synthesize and incorporate the presented tools as well as other academic and professional experiences into a standard yet flexible model for solving financial management problems. This course will discuss and teach the tools required to objectively make: capital budgeting, capital structure and working capital decisions. Through case studies, lectures, videos, readings and exams, students learn the basic concepts and how to apply them in financial decision making. As the course progresses, new topics and skills are integrated into a more sophisticated framework of financial understanding.
Investment Management
This course will provide an opportunity for students to blend the theory of investments with the practical demands of investment management. The course objectives include an understanding of the process of establishing a portfolio strategy with a real portfolio, gaining knowledge of the mechanics of trading, principles of equity valuation and technical analysis. Students actively manage a portfolio through the semester.
Financial Institutions and Markets
Hospitality Supervision
This course focuses on managing people from the hospitality supervisor's viewpoint. It includes techniques for increasing productivity and controlling labor costs, time management, and managing change. It also stresses effective communication and charts key responsibilities of a supervisor in a lodging or food service operation. Students refine strategies designed to motivate employees and resolve conflicts with staff, guests, and suppliers.
Resort Management
This course offers a complete approach to the operation of resort properties. Beginning with historical development, details are presented in planning, development, financial investment management, and marketing that deal with the unique nature of resort business
Information Systems Management
Professional Selling

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

English Composition 1
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
English Composition 2
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students' evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
American Literature
Professional Communications
Art History
This general studies course focuses on the history of art and design. Lessons and projects provide students with approaches to creative thinking, understanding visual communication, and discovering meaning through discussion and research. Lectures and other activities are designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the relationship between historical developments and artistic production.
History of Technology
This general studies course exposes students to the evolution of technology and its impact on society. The course will emphasize the overall impact of major technological innovations and inventions that fundamentally altered the world as well as look at some of the great thinkers that helped advance technologies throughout history.
American Government & Politics
Social & Cultural History of the United States
International Relations
College Algebra *
Physical Science
GEM170 Physical Science 4 Credits This General Education course surveys the foundational concepts behind classical physics, exploring basic principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, waves, and optics. This course is intended for programs that require little or no science background. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination or GEM100
Personal Finance
This course blends financial theory with financial applications while providing an understanding of the U.S. financial structure. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, personal income and expenditures, present and future value calculations, personal financial statements, and finance and credit alternatives.
Pre-Calculus*
Statistics
Finite Mathematics and Applied Calculus*
Psychology
This course introduces the student to basic psychological principles. Topics include neuroscience and behavior, states of consciousness, learning, development, personality, health psychology, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
Ethics
This general studies course focuses on ethical and legal principles and social responsibilities as they relate to everyday challenges. Students explore modes of applying ethical standards to issues such as personal accountability, environmental problems, interpersonal relations, and emerging social systems.
Critical Thinking
In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Social Problems
This course involves analysis of major social problems confronting American society with special emphasis on critical thinking abilities in evaluating causes, effects, and various approaches in dealing with social problems. Discussion includes such topics as mental illness, crime, juvenile delinquency, race relations, pollution, population, urbanization and influences detrimental to family stability: divorce, alcoholism, gambling, and drug use.
Human Relations
This general studies course focuses on effective human relations in organizations. Specific areas of study include work relationships, ethical choices, team building, conflict management strategies, diversity in the workplace, and work-related stress.
Principles of Microeconomics
This course involves analysis of major social problems confronting American society with special emphasis on critical thinking abilities in evaluating causes, effects, and various approaches in dealing with social problems. Discussion includes such topics as mental illness, crime, juvenile delinquency, race relations, pollution, population, urbanization and influences detrimental to family stability: divorce, alcoholism, gambling, and drug use.
Cultural Diversity
This course encourages understanding and appreciation among people of divergent backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Topics covered include technological changes, travel, political systems, immigration, and religious beliefs that have created a world in which people from different cultures increasingly interact. The course will explore similarities and differences through different media such as movies, documentaries, magazine articles, and more.
Leadership Principles
Students will understand the concepts of leadership and supervisory roles, planning, decision-making, performance management, strategic management, team building, group and organizational dynamics, and functions in an organization. This class teaches how to 56 be an effective leader in a dynamic, diverse, and continuously evolving business environment. Concepts of goal-setting, motivation, time management, and other interpersonal skills are taught. Students will become familiar with successful leadership practices through case studies and research practices.
Principles of Macroeconomics
Social Psychology
Ethical Issues in Business & Industry

* Required Courses

CAREER SKILLS COURSES

Students must complete a total of 12 credits of Career Skills courses.

Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
Steps to Career Success
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Internship
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.

CAREER SKILLS COURSES

Student must complete a minimum of 8 credits of Elective courses within any school to broaden their skills in area(s) of interest.

Careers:

 

  • Operations Manager
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Senior Accountant
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Analyst

Pittsburgh Technical College is active in the National Bookkeepers Association Education and Certification Program. Students in the business program are prepared to take four core area certification texts and can achieve their Certified Public Bookkeeper (CPS) designations. 

Careers:

 

  • Operations Manager
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Senior Accountant
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Analyst

PTC offers a dedicated Career Services department, staffed with more than 12 career advisement professionals, to assist you with your career search. 

Careers:

 

  • Operations Manager
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Senior Accountant
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Analyst

PTC hosts a collegiate DECA organization to encourage business Administration students to participate in activities to enhance their business skills.


PTC is active in Alpha Beta Gamma, an international business honor society that encourages scholarship among two-year college students in business


PTC partners with the Pittsburgh Social Exchange, which offers monthly networking events and an educational lunch & learn series.

Careers:

 

  • Operations Manager
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Senior Accountant
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Analyst

PTC business students study entrepreneurship as part of their management curriculum and may participate in a Shark Tank – style experience. In this program business students prepare a business plan and present it to a group of investors for review to hone their entrepreneurship skills.

Careers:

 

  • Operations Manager
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Senior Accountant
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Analyst

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