Individualized Business

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Interdisciplinary Program
College of Business Administration

The Individualized Business (I-Business) specialization is designed for students who want to obtain a broad business background or who want a business program tailored to their specific needs. The individualized business specialization may be chosen by a student who is interested in general management, small business, family business, entrepreneurial firms, or interested in a particular industry or sector of the economy. A wide range of study areas, courses, and careers are possible.

Career Opportunities

Students in this program are able to tailor their studies directly to their career goals. This provides the opportunity to develop their passion, combining it with their business degree.

The resources of the College of Business Administration and BGSU’s Career Center are available to students interested in job prospects in business. Students will be able to secure positions in banking, sales, insurance, and management training. Some companies that have hired recent I-Business graduates include National City Corporation, Marathon Ashland Petroleum, State Farm Insurance, and Sherwin Williams.


Approximately half of the coursework required of the individualized business student meets the general requirements of BGSU and the College of Business Administration. The BG Perspective requirements include courses in humanities and arts, natural sciences and social and behavioral sciences.

To meet the College of Business Administration requirements, students complete admission and business core courses focusing on various areas of business.

Individualized Business students take an additional 18 to 24 hours of coursework (six to eight courses). Course selection is completed by the student working with an academic advisor, focusing on the student’s career goals.

College Highlights

The College of Business Administration offers outstanding academic programs, nationally recognized chapters of professional student organizations, a large base of scholarship support and a tradition of success based on providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a competitive business environment. The college maintains close ties with regional and national businesses.

The undergraduate and master’s business programs are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Less than 500 colleges and universities worldwide that confer business degrees have achieved this recognition for assuring quality and continuous improvement in their programs, faculty and resources.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

Entrance to the College of Business Administration

Entrance to the College of Business Administration as a pre-business or economics student is selective. New freshman and new transfer students may apply for entrance to the College with their application for University admission. Math and composite ACT scores (or equivalent SAT scores) are used in the selection process.

Admission to BSBA Program

Admission to BGSU does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program (BSBA). Students enroll in the College of Business Administration as pre-business students. Full admission to the BSBA program requires completion of calculus and a set of introductory business courses with a satisfactory grade point average. The BSBA degree will be granted only to those students who achieve BSBA admission and fulfill all degree requirements.

Students who have questions should contact undergraduate student development in the College of Business Administration, 419-372-2747.

Sample Program

The following is a sample of courses appropriate for all BSBA students. Actual courses taken will vary depending upon personal interests and electives selected.

For a complete listing of course requirements, please refer to the BGSU undergraduate catalog:

Requirements for Transfer Students

Generally, non-business courses taken at either two-year or four-year institutions are accepted for transfer credit by the College of Business Administration.

For students who transfer to BGSU from a two-year institution, courses that match introductory business courses offered by the CBA are acceptable for transfer credit.

Ordinarily, transfer credit is not accepted for business courses beyond the introductory level that require junior or senior standing at BGSU. However, students who believe that they have sufficient background in the subject matter of a course may be permitted by the appropriate department to take an examination for credit in the course.

For students who transfer to BGSU from a four-year institution, equivalent lower-level, introductory and business core courses are often accepted for transfer credit. Upper-level business courses in an area of specialization may be accepted up to a maximum of 50 percent of the coursework required within a given area of specialization.

Minor in General Business

The general business minor is designed for students who are majoring in non-business fields and want a foundation in business. The general business minor is available to all students except those completing a BSBA degree or majoring in business education or marketing education in the College of Education and Human Development. The minor consists of 24-26 hours of math and business courses. For more information, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Minor in Applied Statistics

The applied statistics minor is available to all students except those majoring in statistics. The minor consists of 24 hours of math and statistics courses. For more information, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Individualized Business, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: