Business Core

The Business Core is comprised of four core courses all Smeal College of Business undergraduate students must take before they graduate.   The courses are:  MGMT 301, MKTG 301, FIN 301 and SCM 301.

MGMT 301, MKTG 301 and FIN 301 are 3-credit entrance-to-major courses and prior to exceeding the Smeal entrance to major cumulative credit window with a grade of "C" or higher in each.

SCM 301 is not an entrance-to-major course, but it may be taken in the Sophomore year.  Supply Chain majors, Risk Management Real Estate majors and Risk Management Enterprise Risk Management majors are required to achieve a grade of "C" or higher in SCM 301.

Students need to plan carefully to make sure they have completed the required prerequisites prior to taking the Business Core courses.  All pre-requisities are strictly enforced.  ACCTG 211; SCM or STAT 200; ENGL 15 or 30; and ECON 102 or 104 all must be completed by the end of Fall of the Sophomore year, as they are required prerequisites for FIN 301.  Please refer to the Pre-major planning link for suggested academic plans in the Freshman and Sophomore years.

The Business Core courses administer their exams electronically in the University Testing Facility in Pollock, a state-of-the-art testing facility on campus.  A Penn State ID card is required for admittance to all exams. The Business Core Office is here to assist students with all administrative aspects of the Business Core classes. This includes assisting students with:  Business Core course scheduling, Business Core exam scheduling, approval for Business Core makeup exams, special exam accommodations, and Business Core policy questions.

Contact Information

Smeal College Business Core Office
Smeal College of Business
The Pennsylvania State University
202 Business Building
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-CORE (814-865-2673)
E-mail: core@smeal.psu.edu