Pre-Major Planning

Students pursuing a Smeal College major enroll in foundation business courses, related courses, first-year seminar, foreign language, and general education courses during their first two years at Penn State. Course requirements and minimum grade standards are set according to the year and semester you begin at Penn State. These first two years are considered the pre-major years and students follow the standards and requirements in place at the time they first enter Penn State.

For Students Entering Penn State Summer 2017, Fall 2017, or Spring 2018

Entrance to a Smeal College major is based on University policy, which outlines strict procedures for applying to and being offered enrollment in a Smeal College major. Offers are competitive and decisions are based on the following:

  • Must be enrolled at Penn Stat as a pre-major student in the Smeal College of Business (BA) or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
  • Complete or be currently enrolled in all Entrance-to-Major courses: ECON 102 , [ENGL 015 or ENGL 030], [MATH 110 or MATH 140], ACCTG 211, [SCM 200 or STAT 200], MGMT 301, MKTG 301, and FIN 301.
  • Obtain grades of "C" or better in [MATH 110 or MATH 140], ACCTG 211, [SCM 200 or STAT 200], MGMT 301, MKTG 301, and FIN 301.
  • Additional requirements for the Actuarial Science option in the Risk Management major include MATH 140 and MATH 141 with grades of "C" or better.
  • Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or higher for all majors except Finance (FIN) which requires a GPA of 3.50.  This cumulative GPA must also be met at the conclusion of the entrance to major process.
  • Attain a GPA of 3.20 in the entrance to major courses for all majors except Finance (FIN) which requires a GPA of 3.50 in these courses.
  • Students may only apply for a Smeal College major upon earning a minimum of 44.0 cumulative credits but no more than 59.0 cumulative credits at Penn State and meeting the entrance to major criteria.

Recommended Academic Plan

Two Year Recommended Academic Plan

1st Semester

2nd Semester

PSU 006 (1-2)
§ ENGL 015 or ENGL 030 (GWS) Composition (3)
§ MATH 110 or MATH 140 (GQ) Calculus (4)
§ ECON 102 (GS) Microeconomics (3)
Foreign Language 001 (4)

§MGMT 301 Basic Mgmt Concepts (3)
§SCM 200 or STAT 200 (GQ) Statistics (4)
Foreign Language 002 (4)
General Education Natural Science (GN) (3)

3rd Semester

4th Semester

§MKTG 301 Principles of Marketing (3)
§ACCTG 211 Fin/ Managerial ACCT (4)
US Cultures (GA/GH/GS) (3)
ECON 104 Macro-economics or General Ed (GH/GS/GA) (3)
Foreign Language 003 (4)

§FIN 301 Corporate Fin (3)
SCM 301 Supply Chain Mgmt or ENGL 202D (GWS) - Business Writing (3)
CAS 100 (GWS) Speech Communication (3)
Gen. Education Natural Science (GN) (3)
International Cultures (GA/GH/GS) (3)


§ Entrance-to-Major requirement.


Courses highlighted in BOLD require a grade of "C" or better.

Courses italicized fulfill general education requirements.