MSU Billings Course Descriptions

BGEN - General Business - Business Administration

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* BGEN 105 Introduction to Business

[formerly BUS 101 Introduction to Business]

3 cr. (F, Sp, Su)  Surveys several aspects of business including the U.S. economic environment, social responsibility of business, small business and alternative forms of ownership.  Presents concepts of general management, human resource management, marketing, finance, accounting and management information systems for decision making.


BGEN 235 Business Law

[formerly BUS 205 Business Law I]

3 cr. (F, Sp, Su)  Covers the nature, origin and philosophy of law and civil procedure.  Provides a comprehensive treatment of contracts and also emphasizes the advantages and disadvantages of different organizational forms.


BGEN 294 Seminar

[formerly BUS 292 Seminar]

V1-3 cr.  Provides students an opportunity to investigate topics pertinent to the field of Business.


BGEN 298 Internship

[formerly BUS 285 Experiential Learning]

V1-9.  Provides university credit for work experience in the business area, supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).  One hour of seminar per week.


BGEN 299 Capstone:  Brewing & Fermentation

2 cr. (90 hours) (P/NP)

Provides students an individual opportunity to engage in education and training not covered by regular coursework.  Students will be working directly for a brewery, distillery, or winery.  Students, through advising with course instructor, must select either the 90 hour professional internship or professional project option (business, scientific, brew house/mechanical, etc.) in consultation with the site supervisor for their capstone experience.


BGEN 315 Applied Business Decisions

[formerly BUS 315 Applied Business Decisions]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to upper division standing. (F, Sp)  Provides opportunity to reinforce and integrate fundamental business knowledge including accounting, economics, quantitative and technology in applied decision making.  Focuses on commonly used, business decision-making practices including financial statement analysis, market analysis using descriptive statistics, and risk analysis.  Students will participate in an integrated business simulation using business knowledge and technology.

BGEN 360 International Business

[formerly MGMT 456 International Business]

3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to upper division standing and BMGT 335 or consent of department. (Sp)  Engages students with the complexities and challenges of doing business in a global economy.  Emphasis is on learning about cultural diversity and different approaches to management and negotiation, theories of international trade, exchange rates, and an introduction to elements of importing and exporting.  Country analyses and a cross national negotiation simulation are required.


BGEN 405 Laws, Regulations and Research

[formerly BUS 405 Business Law II]

3 cr. Prerequisites: Admission to upper division standing and BGEN 235. (Sp)  Covers legal topics, such as a professional’s legal liability and ethical issues, secured transactions, debtor-creditor relationships, agency, bankruptcy, and negotiable instruments.  Coverage also includes additional topics such as administrative law, consumer, labor, and includes employment, antitrust, landlord tenant, real and personal property and insurance law.

BGEN 440 Business and the Environment

[formerly BUS 440 Business and the Environment]

3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to upper division standing and BMGT 335 or consent of instructor. (F)  Investigates the interaction between business and its physical environment.  Material comes from a variety of sources and perspectives, including ecology, economics and public policy.  Emphasis is on the evolving concept of sustainability, and emerging best practices in areas of eco-efficiency, product/service design, and closed loop manufacturing.


BGEN 450 Business and Society

[formerly BUS 450 Business and Society]

3 cr. Prerequisite:  BMGT 335 or consent of department chair.  Analyzes changing expectations and relationships between business and society as well as the responsibilities of business to society and its impact on decision making.  Topics include the role of business organizations in society, business and government in a global society, impacts of technological and social changes, building relationships with stakeholders, and business and ethical considerations.


BGEN 494 Seminar

[formerly BUS 492 Seminar]

V1-3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to Upper Division Standing. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides advanced students an opportunity to intensively investigate topics pertinent to the field of Business.


BGEN 498 Internship

[formerly BUS 490 Internship]

V1-9 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to upper division standing. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides student managerial level work experience integrating theoretical and applied learning in a business setting.  Requires written assignments and classroom participation supervised by faculty.  Position and student must be approved through the Guidelines outlined by the College of Business.  (Guidelines available in the COB Student Service Center or the Career Services.)


BGEN 499 Capstone

[formerly BUS 485 Capstone]

3 cr. Prerequisite: All 200 and 300 level courses in the online Business degree. Offered ONLY Online.(Sp)  Covers strategic analysis and planning for managerial decision making through integration of the functional areas of business.  Theoretical class work is applied through multiple pediological methods.  The course is the capstone business course in the online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major with an option in General Business.


BUS 486 Advanced Business Geographics

3 cr. Prerequisites: BMIS 352 or BMIS 360.  Emphasizes application of business of business geographics techniques to client projects.  More advanced applications will be covered.  Capstone course for students completing the minor in Business Geographics.