Business analytics is a technical approach to analyzing problems and making business-related decisions. It uses statistical methods, management science techniques and mathematical modeling to forecast the implications of various choices and identify the best alternatives. Business analytics focuses on the effective use of data and information to provide fact-based insights and drive positive business actions. The minor in Business Analytics prepares students to solve complex decision problems in a business environment with a combination of quantitative skills and hands-on expertise using current software applications.
Admission to the BSAN program is limited and competitive. Students seeking to add the BSAN minor must submit an application by November 1st in the fall or April 1st in the spring. Applications will be reviewed twice a year at the end of the fall and spring semesters. A complete application to the minor includes the following:
- A completed BSAN minor application form
- A letter of recommendation from COB 291 instructor
Admission to the BSAN minor is based on student's performance in the following four competency areas: calculus, statistics, management science, and economics.Prerequisite Competency Courses for Admission (3 credits each):
- One introductory calculus course (MATH 205, MATH 231, MATH 235, GISAT 151 or equivalent)
- One statistics course (COB 191, MATH 220, MATH 285, MATH 318, GISAT 251,or equivalent)
- One introductory management science course (COB 291 or equivalent)*
- One economics course (GECON 200 or ECON 201)
Students may use transfer and/or college credits that have been accepted by JMU to meet competency requirements. Admission is based on an average of a student’s highest grades in one course from each competency area and the letter of recommendation. Only grades earned at JMU and verified by the Registrar will be used; transfer transcripts will also be reviewed. More emphasis will be placed on grades than on the recommendation letter. Following review by the BSAN Admission Committee, students will be notified about their acceptance into the minor. If accepted, students will be eligible to register for BSAN courses.
BSAN 391 Quantitative Business Modeling
BSAN 392 Descriptive & Predictive Analytic Methods
CIS/BSAN 393 Predictive Analytics and Data Mining
- CIS 463 Business Intelligence
- CS/ISAT 344 Intelligent Systems
- ECON 385 Econometrics
- FIN 475 Financial Modeling and Risk Analysis
- MATH 322 Applied Linear Regression
A student must be able to take the 300-level BSAN courses on a schedule of one per semester in a three-consectutive semester period starting in the spring.