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BSAN Minor

Advisors: Ms. Katrina Spickler (spicklkm@jmu.edu) and Dr. Susan Palocsay (palocssw@jmu.edu)

Application for BSAN Minor

BSAN Letter of Recommendation Form

BSAN Minor Checklist

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)
*COB 191 and MATH 205 or equivalent are prerequisites for COB 291.  A grade of "B-" or higher in COB 291 (or equivalent) and junior or senior standing are prerequisites for taking the subsequent required courses (BSAN 391, BSAN 392, and CIS/BSAN 393) in the Business Analytics minor.


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.

Core Courses After Admittance (3 credits each):
  • BSAN 391          Quantitative Business Modeling
  • BSAN 392          Descriptive & Predictive Analytic Methods
  • CIS/BSAN 393   Predictive Analytics and Data Mining
  • One elective:
    • 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.