Welcome to the Smeal College of Business at Penn State

SMEAL COLLEGE
BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS CERTIFICATE

A program to help Penn State undergraduates
build knowledge in critical business areas

EARN SMEAL CREDITS

By completing the certificate, you will earn a Smeal-specific designation on your University transcript.

BROADEN YOUR UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE

Designed for non-Smeal majors, the Smeal College Business Fundamentals Certificate from Penn State's internationally ranked College of Business offers the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to enhance your degree and prepare you for the future.

BUILD A BUSINESS FOUNDATION

The Penn State Smeal College Business Fundamentals Certificate is comprised of three prerequisite courses, four core courses, and one business elective.

Curriculum Details

PREREQUISITE COURSES

Begin taking any business core or elective course once the prerequisite(s) for that specific course have been completed. It is not necessary to complete all three prerequisite courses before starting the prescribed courses.

PRESCRIBED COURSES

Complete four core courses, and then pick from one of two electives.

  • Finance

    B A 301: Financial markets and institutions, investments, and financial decision making in organizations

  • Supply Chains

    B A 302: An overview of supply chain management focusing on the strategic importance of source, make, and deliver processes

  • Marketing

    B A 303: Customer behavior, service/product development, pricing and promotion in diverse markets

  • Management and Organization

    B A 304: Key concepts for the design and management of organizations

  • Elective 1: Legal Environment of Business

    B LAW 243: Basic policies underlying individual and contractual rights in everyday society

  • Elective 2: International Business Operations

    I B 303: Major aspects of international business environment and operations

TAKE YOUR NEXT STEP

To apply, tell us your intended non-business major and the semester and year you
intend to graduate.

Applying Business to Other Majors

"When you're developing a new product for a company, there's a lot more you need to consider than just the food itself. It's important to understand the product's market, potential consumers, and costs, among other things. The marketing class I took as part of the Business Certificate program gave me a great foundation in the principles I will need in my career."

Lisa Keim
Food Science Major

ANNOUNCEMENTS & COURSE SCHEDULE

Keep up-to-date with program announcements, events, and current course schedule.

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS

The Smeal College of Business is at the heart of business education and research at Penn State. We offer a vibrant intellectual community and are a leading source of knowledge influencing the business practices of tomorrow.