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The Bachelor of Science in Commerce is housed in the Department of Economics and Finance within the Jennings A. Jones College of Business. Admission to the program requires approval of the Dean of the Jones College of Business. The B.S. in Commerce is a flexible degree plan designed to provide a broad-based course of study in business while maintaining the flexibility necessary for the modern college student. Adult degree completion candidates, especially those candidates with significant professional experience and/or military service educational credit, can apply that prior learning toward an AACSB-accredited business degree. The Commerce major allows students to select a variety of educational delivery methods including face-to-face, online, and hybrid delivery modes.


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Convert military experience into college credit

The B.S. in Commerce allows military veterans and reserve military the opportunity to use college credit earned for military education. The Jones College dean’s office will review transferable military college credits after receiving a Joint Services transcript, a Community College of the Air Force transcript, or approved and recognized military training transcript.  College credit for military education allows service members up to 24 hours of elective credit, which apply to the 120 hours required for a bachelor's degree.  Efficient utilization of military service credits allows veterans and reservists the opportunity to move into a commissioning program with specific time limitations, like Green to Gold, or into a graduate program.

MTSU offers a high-quality commerce program that is well respected in the business community. Many different employers visit the MTSU campus each year to recruit commerce, economics, and business majors, and our graduates are employed in a variety of settings.

Examples include:

  • Agency underwriter
  • Appraiser
  • Banker
  • Benefits administrator
  • Compliance specialist
  • Construction manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Facilities coordinator
  • Hospitality administrator
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Retail manager
  • Sales manager

A major in Commerce leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and is a good fit for small-business owners, administrative employees, managers, entrepreneurs, and sales representatives. Admission to the program requires approval of the Dean of the Jones College of Business. The major consists of 24 hours.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

The department also offers the B.B.A. with majors in Finance and Risk Management and Insurance.

A Real Estate concentration is also available.

Undergraduate

The Department of Economics and Finance also offers two undergraduate degrees with a major in Economics: a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The B.S. in Economics is offered through the College of Liberal Arts.

Graduate

Graduate students have a number of options in the Department of Economics and Finance. They can earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance, choosing among concentrations in Corporate Finance, General, or Investments. Or they can earn Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Economics.

Commerce, B.S.

Economics and Finance 
615-898-5117
Sean Salter, program coordinator
Sean.Salter@mtsu.edu

The Bachelor of Science in Commerce follows the University's general requirements for baccalaureate degrees and requires a minimum 2.00 inclusive GPA. Appropriate prior learning assessment credit and/or military education credit may count for a maximum of 24 semester hours toward the degree.

This includes a built-in Business Administration minor; however, a  minor is not required for this major. Another minor may be chosen, but it may require total hours for graduation to exceed 120.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Commerce, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Commerce Common Body of Knowledge (31 hours)

All students must complete the Commerce Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) which requires 31 hours. A choice of ECON 2410 or ECON 2420 is included in the CBK and will also satisfy 3 hours from the Social/Behavioral General Education requirement.

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Accounting cycle given minor emphasis; financial statement analysis and managerial uses of accounting given major emphasis. May be used for general business minors or M.B.A. candidates who have had no previous accounting courses. (Not open to Accounting majors and students with credit in ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120.)

  • BLAW 3400 - Legal Environment of Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and potential liabilities of business persons. Presentation of the dynamic nature of law in responding to the changing social, ethical, political, regulatory, and international environment. Includes the development and nature of the legal system; business crimes; the law of torts and product liability; constitutional limitations on regulatory powers; legislative, judicial, and administrative control of business activity through the laws of business organizations, securities regulations, antitrust laws, employment laws, labor and safety laws, and consumer protection.

  • BUS 4000 - Senior Seminar in Commerce  1 credit hour  (must be taken last semester) 

    BUS 4000 - Senior Seminar in Commerce

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: Must be taken in the final semester of the B.S. in Commerce program. A capstone course involving creative, critical, ethical, and logical problem solving in business context; synthesis of knowledge of major business disciplines; relationships between internal and external business factors; communication as it relates to the business environment; and professionalism. Restricted to B.S. in Commerce majors only.

  • FIN 3010 - Principles of Corporate Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theory of corporate finance, emphasizing wealth creation, valuation, risk, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • MKT 3820 - Principles of Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Survey of the functions, processes, and institutions involved in the distribution of consumer and industrial goods and services. Decision making in marketing management introduced.

 

  • BIA 3620 - Introduction to Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIA 2610 or equivalent, junior standing. Corequisite: BIA 3621. Introduction to the concepts and application of data analytics in business. Spreadsheet software and associated analytic tools will be utilized to visualize, model, and analyze business data using a hands-on-approach.

 

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

Statistics (3 hours)

  • BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods  3 credit hours  OR 

    BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods

    3 credit hours

    The application of collecting, summarizing, and analyzing data to make business decisions. Topics include measures of central tendency, variation, probability theory, point and interval estimation, correlation and regression. Computer applications emphasized.

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics  3 credit hours  OR 

    MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics. TBR Common Course: MATH 1530

  • Equivalent 3 credit hours

Communication for Commerce (3 hours)

  • BCED 3510 - Business Communication  3 credit hours  OR 

    BCED 3510 - Business Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Keyboarding skills helpful.) A review of the theory and processes in oral and written business communication. Emphasis on the extensive functions of written and electronic communications.

  • BUS 3000 - Dale Carnegie Communications and Human Relations Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and major in the Jones College of Business. Uses the proven content and design of a Dale Carnegie seminar which includes lecture, in-class activities, case studies, reflective exercises, and role-play experiences. Helps students develop self confidence and leadership ability, strengthen ability to relate to and motivate others, enhance ability to communicate effectively, reduce stress, and present a positive attitude.

  • MGMT 3620 - Supply Chain Operations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Focuses on the integration between supply chain operations strategies/decisions and their impact on other business functions in an organization. Examines operations management concepts using a global supply chain perspective. Covers topics such as inventory management, lean/just in time, project management, and supply-demand matching. Overarching goal of using supply chain operations strategies to develop a business competitive advantage reinforced. This is a writing-intensive course.

Business Electives (24 hours)

All students must complete 24 semester hours of business elective courses (chosen from courses with ACTG, BCED, BIA, BLAW, BUS, ECON, ENTR, FIN, INFS, LEAD, MGMT, or MKT prefixes).  At least 18 of these 24 semester hours must be upper-division hours. A student may not count more than 6 semester hours from any one academic discipline, and a student may not count more than 12 semester hours from any one academic department. 

General Electives (24 hours)

All students must complete 24 semester hours of general elective courses, which may include business and/or non-business courses. PRST 3010 may be used to satisfy 3 of the required 24 semester hours.  At least 21 of these 24 semester hours must be upper-division hours.

Curriculum: Commerce

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Mathematics (Math) 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

 

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods  3 credit hours  OR 

    BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods

    3 credit hours

    The application of collecting, summarizing, and analyzing data to make business decisions. Topics include measures of central tendency, variation, probability theory, point and interval estimation, correlation and regression. Computer applications emphasized.

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics  3 credit hours  OR 

    MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics. TBR Common Course: MATH 1530

  • Equivalent statistics course 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

 

  • Electives 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Accounting cycle given minor emphasis; financial statement analysis and managerial uses of accounting given major emphasis. May be used for general business minors or M.B.A. candidates who have had no previous accounting courses. (Not open to Accounting majors and students with credit in ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120.)

  • FIN 3010 - Principles of Corporate Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theory of corporate finance, emphasizing wealth creation, valuation, risk, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

 

  • BIA 3620 - Introduction to Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIA 2610 or equivalent, junior standing. Corequisite: BIA 3621. Introduction to the concepts and application of data analytics in business. Spreadsheet software and associated analytic tools will be utilized to visualize, model, and analyze business data using a hands-on-approach.

 

  • BCED 3510 - Business Communication  3 credit hours  OR 

    BCED 3510 - Business Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Keyboarding skills helpful.) A review of the theory and processes in oral and written business communication. Emphasis on the extensive functions of written and electronic communications.

  • BUS 3000 - Dale Carnegie Communications and Human Relations Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and major in the Jones College of Business. Uses the proven content and design of a Dale Carnegie seminar which includes lecture, in-class activities, case studies, reflective exercises, and role-play experiences. Helps students develop self confidence and leadership ability, strengthen ability to relate to and motivate others, enhance ability to communicate effectively, reduce stress, and present a positive attitude.

  • MGMT 3620 - Supply Chain Operations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Focuses on the integration between supply chain operations strategies/decisions and their impact on other business functions in an organization. Examines operations management concepts using a global supply chain perspective. Covers topics such as inventory management, lean/just in time, project management, and supply-demand matching. Overarching goal of using supply chain operations strategies to develop a business competitive advantage reinforced. This is a writing-intensive course.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • BLAW 3400 - Legal Environment of Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and potential liabilities of business persons. Presentation of the dynamic nature of law in responding to the changing social, ethical, political, regulatory, and international environment. Includes the development and nature of the legal system; business crimes; the law of torts and product liability; constitutional limitations on regulatory powers; legislative, judicial, and administrative control of business activity through the laws of business organizations, securities regulations, antitrust laws, employment laws, labor and safety laws, and consumer protection.

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • MKT 3820 - Principles of Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Survey of the functions, processes, and institutions involved in the distribution of consumer and industrial goods and services. Decision making in marketing management introduced.

  • Business electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • PRST 3010 - Prior Learning Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalent; permission of instructor. Students will be required to prepare a portfolio of their college-level experiential learning for credit assessment; participate in a formal assessment process, and pass course PRST 3010. Students should consult their advisors to determine if experiential learning credit might be an option for them. Prior-Learning Assessed credit may be applied to the B.S. in Integrated Studies, Professional Studies, and Liberal Studies. PLA credit may also be applied to other degree programs. Check with your college advisor.

  • Elective 3 credit hours

 

  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division business electives 9 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • BUS 4000 - Senior Seminar in Commerce

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: Must be taken in the final semester of the B.S. in Commerce program. A capstone course involving creative, critical, ethical, and logical problem solving in business context; synthesis of knowledge of major business disciplines; relationships between internal and external business factors; communication as it relates to the business environment; and professionalism. Restricted to B.S. in Commerce majors only.

  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division business electives 9 credit hours

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Contact Information

Gretchen Leming
Gretchen.Leming@mtsu.edu
615.898.2764

Who is My Advisor?

Gretchen Leming
Gretchen.Leming@mtsu.edu
615.898.2764

Mailing Address

Office of the Dean
Jennings A. Jones College of Business
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 101
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Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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