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Undergraduate Programs

| Accounting | Economics | Finance | Industrial Technology and Packaging | Packaging Program | Entrepreneurship | Management and Human Resources | Information Systems | Marketing | Minors |

Accounting Picture

Location:
03-403
Phone:
805-756-1543
Area Chair:
Doug Cerf
Admin. Coordinator:
Amanda Santos

Accounting

Cal Poly’s Accounting Area has developed a sterling reputation for preparing superior graduates who are in high-demand in business. Faculty build curriculum with the industry in mind to give students a thorough knowledge of accounting and tax laws along with the confidence to use those skills in leading a business toward success. The program is built upon a commitment to career readiness that empowers students to Learn by Doing through working with clients, tackling complex tax cases, and serving the community. Year after year, the Big Four firms and other international, national, regional and boutique practices flock to Cal Poly to recruit accounting students for dynamic careers, often resulting in nearly 100 percent employment, often with multiple offers. In the workplace, Cal Poly accounting alumni can rely on a strong network of colleagues who lead as firm partners, CFOs and CPAs.

The accounting concentration is open to business administration and economics majors. Orfalea College of Business students may also double concentrate if one of those concentrations is accounting. Students outside the college may also minor in accounting.

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Economics Picture

Location:
03-407
Phone:
805-756-2783
Area Chair:
Steve Hamilton
Admin. Coordinator:
Sheila Smith

Economics

Cal Poly’s Economics Area prepares career-ready business leaders to succeed in a wide variety of business and economic environments. Each day, students integrate quantitative analysis, statistical modeling, and sound economic theory in addressing industry and public policy’s most engaging problems. Students put concepts into practice through Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy as they work with live data, consult local clients and engage in internships that fine tune their skills. The Orfalea College of Business offers economics majors the chance to select a unique business concentration or concentrate in a specific economics discipline. Each economics concentration is tailored for growing industries that seek creative, collaborative leaders who can combine business acumen with technological skills to make strategic decisions.

The Orfalea College of Business offers a major in economics as well as concentrations in general economics, quantitative economics and real estate economics for those majoring in business administration or economics. Students can also minor in economics.

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Location:
03-406
Phone:
805-756-1472
Area Chair:
John Dobson
Admin. Coordinator:
Sheila Smith

Finance

Cal Poly’s finance concentration empowers students to lead in a fast-paced profession critical to our global economy. Through in-depth coursework, case students and unique Learn by Doing projects, students learn about everything from income securities to portfolio management with an emphasis on corporate finance. Each student can have a capstone experience in the Student Managed Portfolio Project or CFA Challenge. Finance students also gain valuable experience with computer science, accounting and economics to develop a well-rounded skill set. Classes are taught in Cal Poly’s Financial Analysis Resource Center, a special-purpose classroom with data terminals, financial software and real time display of stock prices. Cal Poly finance graduates are known for being career-ready and creative, bringing value to their companies from the first day on the job.

The finance concentration is open to business administration and economics majors.

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Location:
03-405
Phone:
805-756-2676
Area Chair:
Eric Olsen
Admin. Coordinator:
Sandy Edar

Industrial Technology and Packaging

Cal Poly’s Industrial Technology and Packaging Area incorporates a broad range of technical skills and business management knowledge to cultivate creative industry leaders. The area offers a major and two minors in either industrial technology or packaging.  Students develop a strong foundation in the disciplines of science, liberal arts, business and management, and excel at collaborative, project-based work in industrial operations and packaging. Through Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy, students are empowered to innovate and test new products, design prototype packaging solutions, conduct lean manufacturing analyses, and develop plans for technology commercialization. Graduates can confidently leverage their skills to improve the intersection between technology, people and organizations. Because of its small class sizes and hands-on approach, Cal Poly’s industrial technology and packaging degree is recognized as one of the strongest in the country. Leading companies in agriculture, technology and manufacturing seek its graduates for dynamic careers with some of the highest starting salaries of any Cal Poly graduate.

The Orfalea College of Business offers a major in industrial technology and packaging with an emphasis in either operations or packaging. Students can also minor in industrial technology or packaging.

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Packing Program Director:
Jay Singh
Phone:
805-756-2129

Packaging Program

Cal Poly’s packaging program has become one of the most respected in the nation thanks to its emphasis on Learn by Doing. As the country’s only packaging program within a business school (not an agricultural or engineering school), this program is in a unique position to combine packaging design with supply chain management and business strategy to lead a $1 billion industry that touches nearly every business globally. Cal Poly’s curriculum encompasses packaging design and prototyping, materials testing, plastics, and packaging performance testing. Students are in high demand in industries like food and beverage, technology, supply chain logistics and manufacturing. The program boasts a near 100 percent placement rate at significant starting salaries. Looking ahead, the program aims to expand significantly with more resources to support this growing industry.

Within the Industrial Technology and Packaging major, students can emphasize in packaging. The consumer packaging solutions concentration is open to business administration and economics majors. Students can also minor in packaging.

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Entrepreneurship Program Director:
Jonathan York
Phone:
805-756-5188

Entrepreneurship

Cal Poly’s entrepreneurship curriculum goes far beyond just “starting a business.” The discipline encompasses a spectrum of business activity — marketing, sales, people management, technology, finance and accounting. The Orfalea College of Business helps young entrepreneurs sharpen their skill set, earning a deep understanding of business management practices, risk assessment and market strategy through all stages of a business. Entrepreneurship graduates are prepared for a variety of career paths: launching their own startup, tackling fast-paced positions in emerging technology hubs, leading a small business, or bringing innovative leadership to corporate positions. The entrepreneurship concentration aligns with a plethora of resources in Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (the CIE) to afford students collaborative Learn by Doing experiences with students from all disciplines on campus.

The entrepreneurship concentration is open to business administration and economics majors.

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Management and Human Resources Picture

Location:
03-405
Phone:
805-756-2012
Area Chair:
James Sena
Admin. Coordinator:
Sandy Edar

Management and HR Concentration Coordinator:
Benjamin Alexander
Phone:
805-756-5305

Management and Human Resources

The management and human resources concentration prepares students for general leadership and management positions, as well as careers in the more specialized field of Human Resource Management (HR). Through a resolutely experiential learning approach, the HR portion of the curriculum prepares students to become practicing professionals in basic HR functions such as recruitment, staffing, training and development, and compensation. The Management portion of the curriculum prepares students for entry-level leadership and management positions, including opportunities in management training programs in large corporations, management consulting, and managerial positions in family businesses and other small organizations. Students will master readily applicable management skills such as leadership, organizational design, development and change, global business management, and negotiation.

The management and human resources concentration is open to business administration and economics majors.

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Information Systems Concentration Coordinator:
Barry Floyd
Phone:
805-756-7661

Information Systems

The Orfalea College of Business’ information systems concentration combines the study of people, organizations and technology. At Cal Poly, information systems students develop a broad-based, sought-after skill set that combines a foundation of business principles and strategy with rigorous technological skills. Following the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy, students receive hands-on skill development with the latest software platforms and work on real-world collaborative projects along side their peers, faculty, and our corporate partners. With the current business environment that relies heavily on information technology, our students are well prepared for challenging careers in a global economy. Cal Poly’s graduates are in high demand among consulting firms, high tech firms, startups, and bio-tech firms, to name a few, and are able to command significant starting salaries.

The information systems concentration is open to business administration and economics majors.

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Marketing Picture

Location:
03-403
Phone:
805-756-1543
Area Chair:
Norm Borin
Admin. Coordinator:
Amanda Santos

Marketing

Cal Poly’s Marketing concentration cultivates agile marketers, who integrate data analytics, critical thinking and creativity. The curriculum is a conscious balance among the technical rigors of data, the nuance of creative strategy, and the finesse of customer relationship management. In each marketing course, faculty build opportunity for students to provide data-driven guidance and creative solutions to local startups, Cal Poly organizations, and the community. These experiences produce marketing graduates who are career ready, confident, and prepared to lead in an ever-changing marketing environment.

The marketing concentration is open to business administration and economics majors. Cal Poly also offers an integrated marketing communications minor open to all students.

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Minors

The Orfalea College of Business offers minors in a variety of business disciplines that complement many other courses of study. Options include minors in accounting, economics, industrial technology, packaging and integrated marketing communications. These programs survey core curriculum from each discipline to give students a solid foundation in business. Earning an Orfalea College of Business minor also connects you to leading business faculty and opens new career opportunities.

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