B.S. Commerce: Small Business Management

124 Credit Hours Beginning Fall 2020, Catalog Year 2021

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First Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
ENG 111 English Composition 3
CMR 111 Introduction to Management 3
MPF IV Natural Science 3
MPF IIA Creative Arts 3-4
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15-16

MPF IV Natural Science

Recommended course options


  • MBI 111 Microorganisms & Human Disease
    Discussion of microorganisms and human diseases they cause, with particular emphasis on the impact of these relationships on the development of human societies' past, present, and future.
  • BIO 121 Environmental Biology*
    Local, regional, and global environmental issues examined in the context of current ecological theory and principles of resource use and management.


  • PHY 101/111/121/141 + PHY 103L
    • PHY 101 Physics and Society
      Introduction of fundamental principles of physics and discussion of the interaction of science and society, both today and in the past. Provides skills in thinking critically about societal problems which have a scientific or technological component.
    • PHY 111 Astronomy and Space Physics
      Study of space exploration, astrophysics, astronomy, and cosmology.
    • PHY 121 Energy and Environment
      Application of physics principles and models to societal uses of energy. Includes mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Energy topics include resources, environmental problems, global atmospheric challenges, nuclear power, solar energy, alternative energy systems, and energy conservation. Algebraic skills are required but no previous course in physics is needed.
    • PHY 141 Physics in Sports
      Various aspects of a dozen or more sports are treated using the laws of physics. Provides the non-science student with insight into principles governing motion, dynamics, and other elements of physics in sports.
    • PHY 103L Concepts in Physics Laboratory
      Laboratory course illustrating the basic concepts of physics. For the general student; complements physics lecture offerings at the nonspecialist level.
  • GLG 111/121/141 +GLG 115L
    • GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth
      Earth as a geophysical-geochemical unit and its internal and external processes. Formation of minerals and their relationships in rocks. Earth stresses and rock deformation, mountain building, and earthquakes. Geomorphic (landscape) evolution by mass wasting and wave, stream, wind, ground water, glacial, and volcanic activity.
    • GLG 121 Environmental Geology
      A survey of introductory geology with a sub theme of human interaction with the geologic environment. Topics include flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes, water quality and availability, energy, use and abuse of natural resources and land-use planning.
    • GLG 115L Understanding the Earth
      Laboratory course exploring Earth from multiple perspectives. Earth in the solar system; Earth in time; the solid Earth; Earth's surface in flux; Earth's atmosphere and hydrosphere. 
      Prerequisite or Co-requisite: any 100-level, 3 credit hour GLG course (students enrolled in these courses are not required to take the lab).

MPF IIA Creative Arts

Recommended course options

  • THE 123 Acting for Non-Majors: Text and Performance
    Introduction to the art of acting for the non-theatre major. Focuses on developing basic acting skills through improvisation and scene work; includes study of script analysis and acting theory. Credit cannot be applied to major degree in theatre.
  • ART 181 Concepts in Art
    Introduction to visual and thematic concepts as applied to art in various cultures and historical periods.
First Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
CMR 101 Introduction to Accounting 3
CMR 108 Introduction to Business Law 3
STA 261 Statistics 4
MPF IIB Humanities 3
MPF III Global Perspectives 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 16

MPF IIB Humanities

Recommended course options

  • MAC 143 Introduction to Media*
    Introduction to major mass communication theories as a context to examining some major issues surrounding mass media in American society.
  • HST 111 or 112 Survey of American History *
    Survey of the interplay of forces that have brought about evolutionary development of American economic, cultural, and political history from 1492 to the Era of Reconstruction, 1877. A functional and synoptic treatment of America's great historical problems.

MPF III Global Perspectives

Recommended course options

  • GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity*
    Application of human geography concepts to patterns and processes of economic, political, and cultural changes at global, regional and local scales. 
  • SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context*
    Designed to develop the sociological imagination - an imagination that allows students to place themselves in a larger, ever-changing global world.

Freshman are strongly encouraged to to take UNV 101 their first semester. 

Second Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
CMR 105 Introduction to Marketing 3
CMR 207 Management Planning and Control 3
CMR 211 Economics for Commerce 3
MPF IIC Social Science 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

MPF IIC Social Science

Recommended course options

  • ATH 175 Peoples of the World*
    Provides an appreciation of human cultural, social, and linguistic variation around the world and through time. Develops anthropological and ethnographic approaches to understanding cultural differences and similarities in political, social and economic organization; marriage and family patterns; environment and beliefs systems; and other aspects of globalized human cultural life. 
  • CMR 106 Intro to Business and the Economy*
    Introduction to various functional areas of business and everyday business and economic principles and problems including consumer choice, supply and demand, money, banking system, investment, growth, inflation, government policy, taxes, and employment.
Second Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
CMR 263 Sales and Promotions 3
CMR 244 Introduction to Global Business 3
CMR 282 Computer-based Business Analysis 3
MPF IV Natural Science 3-4
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15-16

Third Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
CMR 302 Financial Information for Managers 4
CMR 242 Management Small Business Operations 3
MPT Thematic Sequence 3
MP-AW Advanced Writing 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 16

MP-AW Advanced Writing

Recommended course options

  • EGS 215 Workplace Writing
    Practice in varieties of workplace correspondence and communication with emphasis on writing clear, concise, and accurate informal and formal reports, including email, resumes, cover letters, incident reports, accident reports, sales reports, marketing plans, activity reports, progress reports, change controls, evaluation/performance reports, recommendation reports, and white papers.
  • ENG 313 Technical Writing
    Introduction to the principles of technical writing. Attention to defining purpose, analyzing audience, developing document structure, creating visual design, drafting and revising communications. Practice in varieties of technical communication.
Third Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
CMR 301 Personal Organization Skills 3
CMR 361 Marketing for the Small Business 3
MPT Thematic Sequence 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
CMR 442 Current Issues and Innovation in Small Business 4
CMR 401 Leadership Decision Skills 4
MP-IP Intercultural Perspectives 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 17

MP-IP Intercultural Perspectives

Recommended course options

  • WGS 201 Introduction to Women's Studies
    Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of women which focuses on determinants and expressions of women's roles.
  • ASO 201 Intro to applied social resereach
    Social scientists (anthropologists, geographers, psychologists, sociologists, etc.) conduct empirical research in order to explain our social world. ASO 201 is the first course in a sequence of three foundational courses (ASO 201, ASO 301, ASO 401) that will provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to design, conduct, and interpret applied social research. In ASO 201, students gain an overview of the multiple theoretical approaches guiding social research. Students will examine approaches from multiple disciplines within the social sciences to determine how research is conducted within these fields to explore, understand, and implement practical solutions to important social issues.
Fourth Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
CMR 495 Strategic Management for Commerce 3
MPT Thematic Sequence 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Abbreviation Key

MP-EL = Experiential Learning

MPF I = English Composition

MPF IIC = Social Science

MPF V = Mathematics, Formal Reasoning, Technology

MPT = Thematic Sequence

MP-AW = Advanced Writing

MPF = Global Miami Plan Foundation

MPF IIB = Humanities

MPF IV = Natural Science

MP-IP = Intercultural Perspectives

MPF IIA = Creative Arts

MPF III = Global Perspectives