A Strong Foundation for YOUR Business

Business Prerequisite Courses

A business background is essential to any profession; but your business isn’t on Wall Street, or in corporate America. That is why our Business Prerequisite courses are so unique. We have taken the body of knowledge critical to understanding the key components of business and applied it to you and your real estate career.

Students who have not completed business coursework in their undergraduate program may need to complete up to 7 of the following Business Prerequisite courses to meet our degree requirements. Students without business coursework who have extensive professional experience may apply to waive one or more of these courses based on that experience.

BC510 - GENERAL ACCOUNTING

This course will provide students with an understanding of financial reporting and analysis techniques for business operations that affect profit, inventory, ethics, and taxation. Students will learn how to evaluate the impact of business decisions in financial statements and develop skills to interpret financial reports. Students will learn how to use and critically examine transaction and cash-flow decisions, accrual based and cash-based financial statements. Horizontal, vertical analysis, and sustainability concepts will be taught with emphasis on business planning strategies.  Prerequisite: None

BC520 - BUSINESS LAW

This course will focus on the overview of the fundamentals of commercial law and with a particular emphasis on the law of contracts. It will focus and develop general knowledge of the law as it relates to real estate both contractual and from a protection view point. A complete review of business transactions, contracts, and other common documents associated with conducting business in the United States. Concepts will be reviewed from drafting to contracts and leases.  Prerequisite: None

BC530 - MARKETING MANAGEMENT

This course presents students with a comprehensive approach to marketing and brand management, including marketing strategy and competitive differentiation; segmentation and targeting; management of brand and formulation of appropriate marketing strategies in the real estate environment. Students analyze the major decisions that marketers must make in their efforts to effectively use resources, apply analytics, and evaluate strategies. Students are asked to analyze how environmental variables affect marketing and how marketers must anticipate and respond to evolving changes related to these variables. Course assignments and discussions challenge learners to think strategically about the marketing process, evaluate the success or failure of the overall marketing strategy, and apply learning from the course to their work environment with a specific focus on marketing within the real estate environment.  Prerequisite: None

BC550 - FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

This course explores three principle areas of finance: financial management, capital markets, and investments. Topics include working capital management, financial planning and management, financing, tax, capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, valuation, risk analysis, mergers and acquisitions, liquidations, options and futures. The financial management of firms and investment decision-making in theory and practice will also be studied. Prerequisite: BC510

BC556 - MONEY AND BANKING

This course covers national and global capital markets; the role and function of the banking system and financial markets; monetary policy and regulations; financial markets and interest rates; and, institutional and non-institutional sources of capital, securitization and interest-rate determination.  Prerequisite:  BC560

BC560 - OVERVIEW OF ECONOMIC THEORY AND PRINCIPLES

This course is an introduction to macro-economic theory and the micro-economic principles of supply and demand; and the application of micro- and macro-economic principles for business (real estate market and management) forecasting and decision making.  Additional topics include national fiscal policy, monetary policy and global economics. Prerequisite: None

BC570 - BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

This course integrates theory and practice to allow students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to manage the real estate enterprise. Concepts covered in the course include a review of the fundamentals of organizational behavior, decision making, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, business communications, team management, change management, relationship management, professional development, project management, strategic planning, ethics, and sustainability.  Prerequisite: None