The Business and Technology Management BS program requires 127 or 128 credits for graduation. To remain in good standing, you must satisfy the following requirements, in addition to the School of Engineering requirements for a minimum term and cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses:
- An average of C (2.0) or better in all MG courses
- A course in which the grade of I is received may not be used to satisfy any prerequisites until the incomplete is resolved
- 56 credits in management
- 32 credits in courses in humanities and social sciences
- 12 credits in courses in mathematics
- 8 credits in “restricted” electives chosen from math, science, social sciences and humanities
- 7 credits in science
- 4 credits in computer science
- 4 credits in a “technical” elective
- 1 credit in the Engineering and Technology Forum
- 3 or 4 credits Free Elective
See the Typical Course Schedule for an example of what your schedule might look like as a student in the BTM program. (About course numbering.)
Currently, management courses for the BS in BTM are each 4 credits. This new curriculum accommodates 3-credit courses in humanities and social sciences, as well as 3-credit courses in the sciences.
You may focus your study in 1 of 2 areas of concentration, which focus on particular issues and strategies that apply to business and technology management:
- Technology Innovation Strategy enables you to develop effective skills for conducting strategic analysis addressing marketing, logistics, channel, and operations management issues, as well as relevant best business practiced in the technological arena. In this concentration option, you will complete MG 3304 in your 6th semester and MG 4004 in your 7th semester.
- Technology and Innovation in Finance will prepare you to understand financial theory and how firms use modern finance for strategic and tactical decision-making. In this concentration option, you will complete MG 3214 and MG 4204 in your 6th and 7th semesters.
Honors Capstone (Including Thesis and Honor's Thesis)
If you earn a 3.6 GPA or better in MG courses through your junior year of study, you will qualify for an optional MG4904 BS Thesis in Business and Technology Management honors capstone. You are advised to meet with the BTM Program Director before completing you junior year if you qualify. (You are free to not elect this project sequence.)
Courses at other schools may or may not be granted transfer credit and require an evaluation of the content and level of material covered. Periodic reevaluation of courses at other institutions may lead to a variation in the number of credits granted from year-to-year. Thus, students completing the same program, but in different years, may receive different amounts of transfer credit. Transfer students must present their records for evaluation at least 2 weeks before the regular registration period for their first semester.
Minor in Management
You may obtain an undergraduate minor in management by completing 14 credits of management courses with an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the classes, one of which must be MG1002. Additionally, you must take at least 8 of the 14 credits at the School of Engineering.
BTM courses are numbered with the following schema:
- The first digit of a course number corresponds to the year in which a BTM student would take the course (1 = freshman, etc.)
- The second digit reflects the primary nature of the course material. Courses numbered with a second digit of “0” are focused primarily on processes in management
“1” are oriented toward organizational behavior
“2” are quantitative in nature
“3” describe a firm’s relationships with external forces
“4” study innovation
“5” are capstone courses
“6” are Internship and Service courses
Thus, MG 3304 Introduction to Supply Chain Management is a 4-credit junior-year course focusing on external relationships.
- Foundations of Management MG-UY 1002
- This course introduces the principles and practices of management. Management is viewed as a system of tasks and activities, including environmental scanning, planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Within each major task, is a series of processes, which show how to do what has to be done. Management is a science and an art; both aspects of management are covered in this course. Major emphasis is on management history, philosophy and the theory and practice of management planning, decision making, organizing, motivating and leading.
- Management of Information Technology and Systems MG-UY 2004
- This course provides a foundation to understand the role and potential contributions of information technologies and systems in business organizations–what they are, how they affect the organization and its employees, and how they can make businesses more competitive and efficient. The course focuses on the current state of IT in organizations; challenges and strategic use of IT; IT infrastructure and architecture; building, implementing and managing IT applications; and emerging issues such as intelligent systems, business-process reengineering, knowledge management and group-support systems.
- Operations Management MG-UY 2014
- A firm has the opportunity to create competitive advantage through proficient operations management. To do so, the firm first must recognize and establish the strategic role of its operations within the organization. Then, at the more detailed operational level, the firm must execute effectively and efficiently. This course examines the strategic role that the operations function can play and offers specific tools and techniques that a firm can use during implementation.
Prerequisite: 4 credits of calculus.
- Organizational Behavior MG-UY 2104
- This course focuses on the study of human behavior in innovative organizations. Emphasis is on teams, leadership, communication theory and organizational culture and structure. The course includes analyses of organizational behavior problems through case studies and participation in experiential learning.
- Financial Accounting MG-UY 2204
- This course provides a solid foundation in constructing and interpreting financial statements. Topics include: accounting terminology, financial-statement preparation and analysis, liquidity and credit-risk ratios, depreciation calculations, revenue recognition, accrued liabilities and asset valuation. Also covered are the effects of equity transactions, cash flows and various accounting methods on financial statements.
- Marketing MG-UY 2304
- This course is an undergraduate introduction to marketing. It discusses the fundamentals of marketing; e.g., the marketing mix, the role of the customer, marketing research and survey techniques. In addition, emerging marketing paradigms, like relationship marketing and online marketing, are introduced.
- Project Management MG-UY 3002
- This course provides students with practical and best-practice project management theory, concepts and (hands-on) practical experience so that they may contribute effectively to and lead multicultural team projects framed for the new global economy. The practical component includes a team-based project that spans the duration of the course.
- Management of Data Communications and Networking MG-UY 3024
- This course introduces the fundamentals of modern telecommunications and networking such as components of data communication, data transmission, open-system interconnection (OSI), TCP/IP and other models, data link and network layers and local area networks (LANs). The course focuses on managerial issues related to the management of data communications and networking technologies.
Prerequisite: MG-UY 2004.
- Introduction to Finance MG-UY 3204
- This course introduces business finance for BTM majors. It emphasizes the financing and investment decisions of the financial manager, with special emphasis on examples from technological environments. Included are topics such as time value of money, asset valuation, risk analysis, financial statement analysis and capital budgeting.
Prerequisites: 6 credits of calculus and MG-UY 2204.
- Advanced Corporate Finance MG-UY 3214
- This course builds on the principles of basic corporate finance covered in MG-UY 3204. It prepares students to understand financial theory and how firms use modern finance for strategic and tactical decision-making. The critical issue of how these decisions affect the value of a firm and the returns of assets is addressed. Major topics include bond valuation, the CAPM model, portfolio design and modeling and option pricing using the Black-Scholes model. A strong emphasis is placed on using spreadsheets as a financial-modeling tool.
Prerequisites: MA-UY 1252 and MG-UY 3204.
- Introduction to Supply Chain Management MG-UY 3304
- This course provides an undergraduate-level introduction to supply-chain management. The underlying objective is to introduce key supply-chain management concepts and examine relevant business practice. This course enables students to develop useful skills, in an increasingly global context, to analyze marketing, logistics, operations and channel-management issues.
Prerequisites: MG-UY 2004, MG-UY 2304 and (MA-UY 2054 or MA-UY 2212 with MA-UY 2222).
- Innovation Management MG-UY 3404
- This course examines the key managerial features of technology-enabled innovation and new product development. It focuses on accessing innovative capabilities through R&D, acquisition, alliances, joint ventures and innovation-friendly cultures and organizations. The key perspective underlying this course is managerial. Although the innovation activities studied are overwhelmingly technology-enabled ones, success is largely determined by managerial factors. The interplay between the technology and management leading to innovation is a major concern of the discussion and work in this course.
- Management Strategy in Technology Sectors MG-UY 4004
- This course provides an overview of the process of implementing a successful management strategy in an information-, technology- and knowledge-intensive environment. Fundamental topics include the development of strategic vision, objectives and plans; implementation of strategy and the evaluation of performance; industry and competitive analysis; SWOT analysis and competitive advantage and sustained advantage. Advanced concepts include strategic positioning in global markets, Internet strategy, strategy in diversified firms, and interactions between organizational structure and strategy and between ethics and strategy.
Prerequisites: MG-UY 3204 and MG-UY 3404.
- Introduction to E-Business MG-UY 4014
- Since its introduction, the Internet has changed how businesses work. In addition to creating new opportunities, the Internet has revolutionized existing businesses and entire industries. This course provides an undergraduate-level introduction to e-business. The main objectives of this course are to (1) provide a hands-on introduction to the emerging area of e-Business, (2) discuss the major business concepts and issues in this domain and (3) develop high-quality content based on team discussion and individual/group research.
Prerequisites: MG-UY 3204, MG-UY 3002, MG-UY 3304/MG-UY 3214 and MG-UY 3404.
- Management Science MG-UY 4204
- This course teaches students to create mathematical models of managerial problems. Types of models discussed include linear programming, integer-linear programming, non-linear programming, queuing models, decision-tree models, game-theoretic models, simulation models, inventory models and more. Each model is discussed in the context of the assumptions necessary for modeling and the robustness of the model’s managerial recommendations.
Prerequisites: 6 credits of calculus and (MA-UY 2054 or MA-UY 2212 or MA-UY 3012).
- Financial Strategy MG-UY 4214
- This course deals with the financial strategy of modern firms. Topics include planning and implementation of financial strategies for start-up businesses and the utilization of venture capital; diverse issues related to designing financial strategies of rapidly growing companies after experiencing an IPO; challenges in constructing a financial strategy while undergoing a major corporate restructuring; key components of financial strategies for companies facing rapidly changing technological and competitive environments; and development of financial strategies for mature companies and declining business.
Prerequisites: MG-UY 2204 and MG-UY 3204.
- Entrepreneurship MG-UY 4404
- This course focuses on key aspects of entrepreneurship as a critical engine for innovation. It also treats entrepreneurship as a state of mind that is not limited to small firms. Students discuss current theories and practices related to starting and managing entrepreneurial enterprises, emphasizing firms in technology- , information- and knowledge-intensive environments. Particular attention is paid to the critical issues of (1) identifying opportunities that provide competitive advantage; (2) the development of a solid business plan; (3) the marketing of new ventures; (4) entrepreneurial business operations, including human-resource and process management; (5) ethical and social issues in entrepreneurial firms; and (6) financial management and fund raising for entrepreneurial firms.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior student status.
- Special Topics in Management MG-UY 4114
- Special Topics in Management MG-UY 4113
- Special Topics in Management MG-UY 4112
- Special Topics in Management MG-UY 4111
- Global Perspectives On Technology Management: A Capstone Project Course MG-UY 4504
- This course provides students with knowledge of current theories and practices related to managing international and multinational firms. Students study the ways in which international management differs from the management of a firm residing solely within domestic boundaries. Topics covered include planning, organizing, HR management, communication and negotiation and coordination and control of international endeavors. Case studies are used extensively to focus the class on technological examples of problems in international management. Students undertake a term project that either (1) develops a business plan for a technological international venture, (2) creates a case study of a technological firm’s challenges in international management or (3) analyzes an technological industry’s position vis-à-vis international management.
Prerequisites: MG-UY 3002, MG-UY 3024, MG-UY 3204, MG-UY 3304/MG-UY 3214 and MG-UY 3404.
- Honors Capstone Project in Tech, Innovation and/or Information Management & Entrepreneurship I MG-UY 4514
- In this course, qualified honors students work with a faculty member (and perhaps graduate students) on an advanced topic in technology, innovation and/or information management or entrepreneurship. This effort may be directed toward developing theory, developing case material, or developing a business plan and business strategy for a new venture, or another project of this caliber. A Thesis or Honor’s Thesis may compose part of this Honor’s Capstone course.
Prerequisites: senior status, 3.6 GPA or better through the junior year in major; all courses specified by the project adviser.
- Honors Capstone Project in Tech, Innovation and/or Information Management & Entrepreneurship II MG-UY 4524
- In this course, qualified honors students work with a faculty member (and perhaps graduate students) on an advanced topic in technology, innovation and/or information management or entrepreneurship. This effort may be directed toward developing theory, developing case material or developing a business plan and business strategy for a new venture, or another project of this caliber. A Thesis or Honor’s Thesis may compose part of this Honor’s Capstone course.
Prerequisites: senior status, 3.6 GPA or better through the junior year in major; all courses specified by the project adviser including MG-UY 4514.
- Technology Management—internship and Service MG-UY 4603
- This course provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn by working in the field under faculty supervision. This course exposes undergraduates to relevant, state-of-the-art and best practices in modern technology management from the perspective of reflective involvement and interaction in the field. In addition, a service often may be a significant part of this course. The course occurs largely in the field. This course may be taken only once. A member of the TM & I faculty oversees this course; but other faculty members may be involved in directing specific field assignments. This course is open to all undergraduates. Admission for BTM majors requires the permission of the Program Director of the BTM Program.
- Bs Thesis in Business & Technology Management MG-UY 4904
- BTM students who earn an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.4 GPA or better in technology management courses through their junior year of study qualify for an optional thesis. They are advised to meet with the TM & I Dept. Head or BTM Program Director in advance of completing their junior year. Before registering for the BTM Thesis, the student must find a Technology Management and Innovation Department faculty member agreeing to serve as thesis advisor and then receive the TM & I Dept. Head’s approval in writing before proceeding. BTM Thesis students are permitted to replace either the Honor's Capstone Project I MG-UY 4514 or Honor's Capstone Project II MG-UY 4524 with MG-UY 4904. This course cannot be repeated.