The E. J. Ourso College of Business Undergraduate Program offers specialized professional training in several areas of business in addition to a program of general business administration. Each curriculum is constructed to ensure that students receive a broad general education and a sound foundation in the basic areas of business knowledge. At the same time, students may obtain limited specialization in a particular area of business. The objective of the college is to provide training in the functional fields of business administration so students will be qualified to hold positions of leadership, trust, and responsibility in business and industry.
The Bachelor of Science in accounting is a 120-hour program that trains students to show proficiency in accounting technology, demonstrate research skills, defend proposed solutions to accounting problems, and improve communication skills.
This interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare students attending the LSU A&M campus and online to gather, analyze, document, and monitor data to help streamline business processes and improve business products. Graduates from this program will be well-positioned to begin careers as data scientists, market research analysts, business analysts, and various functional areas in business, which are in high demand by employers.
The Bachelor of Science in economics is a 120-hour program that teaches students to: identify the role of supply and demand in a market economy; identify the necessary conditions for market economies to function well; discuss market system advantages and pricing; understand the economic role of government policy and the Federal Reserve; define and analyze economic problems using algebraic and statistical methods; and identify the benefits and costs of a global economy.
Concentration available: Empirical Economic Analysis
The Bachelor of Science in international trade & finance is a 120-hour program that teaches students to: identify the role of supply and demand in a market economy; identify the necessary conditions for market economies to function well; discuss market system advantages and pricing; understand the economic role of government policy and the Federal Reserve; identify policy options and their effectiveness; and understand the importance of international relations to trade and finance.
Concentration available: Empirical Economic Analysis
The Bachelor of Science in finance is a 120-hour program that teaches students to: obtain a broad functional knowledge of basic theory and practice of finance; access and analyze financial statements to evaluate the financial health of the firm and the strategies it employs to create value for its shareholders; develop and apply financial modeling skills for the valuation of the firm and of individual capital assets, securities, and other investment vehicles; apply principles of asset allocation and diversification to formulate portfolio strategies through experiential learning; understand and apply various measures to evaluate portfolio performance; and demonstrate effective skills in written and oral communication, and in teamwork.
BS Finance students can also opt to get both their BS Finance and their MS Finance in 4-4.5 years by participating in the Accelerated MS Finance program.
General Business allows students to build a curriculum around one of more than a hundred possible minors in and outside of the E. J. Ourso College of Business. This curriculum allows students to turn their passion into their degree, as they select a minor and classes that make sense for their personal career goals.
ISDS, or Information Systems and Decision Sciences, is the study of technology, business processes, people and organizations, and the relationships among them. ISDS students develop skills in project management, data management, structured thinking, and management of IT resources. ISDS graduates place in various types of career roles. ISDS is a people-oriented field with an emphasis on service through technology.
To earn a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship, students are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours by pairing the entrepreneurship degree with any other Bachelor's from LSU. Anyone pursuing this track will: study how to operate, grow, and manage his or her own business; learn how to be creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial in an existing organization; learn how to generate new wealth and create social change that results in improved quality-of-life, greater morale, and economic freedom in the development of his or her community.
The Bachelor of Science in management is a 120-hour program that teaches students to: evaluate a firm’s competitive environment; evaluate a firm's resources and capabilities; identify important managerial issues; address issues of implementation; and communicate managerial issues and arguments effectively.
Concentrations available: Human Resource Management, International Management, Strategic Leadership
The Bachelor of Science in marketing is a 120-hour program that teaches students to understand market segmentation and targeting, consumer behavior, marketing research and ethical considerations in marketing, relationship management, strategic planning, and global marketing.
The Center for Internal Auditing consists of three-five courses with an emphasis in internal auditing. Students must take a minimum of three or four courses to be considered as qualifying for the specialization designation. Several departments have differing course requirements for an internal audit specialization. Students should consult with their department for specifics. The program begins in January and ends in December. The Internal Audit specialization is open to any LSU major.