Business Program
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Program Director: William H. Prado, D.B.A.
Division of Environmental Studies & Management

Programs offered:

  • B.S. in Business
  • B.S. in Business Administration (online)
  • Minor in Business
  • Minor in Entrepreneurship

The Business program at Green Mountain College provides graduates with a solid foundation in management fundamentals. But what sets our program apart is its emphasis on the rapidly-growing field of sustainability, which we define as the social, environmental, and economic success of firms and organizations. Specifically, experiences both inside and outside of the classroom challenge our students to learn the skills and knowledge required to apply social and environmental stewardship to maintain competitive advantage in 21st century profit and nonprofit organizations, The program prepares graduates for successful careers in a variety of management settings from small sustainable business start-ups to large companies, as well as non-profit and public sector organizations. Guiding students throughout the program, our professors have extensive real-world experience –not only in management generally but specifically in economically successful sustainable businesses.

Bachelor of Science in Business
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Business Program learn critically important management skills and knowledge needed to succeed in 21st century profit and nonprofit organizations. Whether interested in starting a new venture, or in joining an existent organization, students learn current practices related to leadership, marketing, financial management, and strategy, among others.

Coverage of fundamental business subjects emphasizes sustainability. In classroom and other program experiences such as internships, field trips, guest speakers, independent studies, and study away, the focus is on green marketing, triple-bottom-line metrics, sustainable supply chain management, and other practices used by dynamic sustainable enterprises. Maintaining competitive advantage based on social and environmental stewardship is a central feature of Green Mountain College's approach to management education and of the experiences of our students throughout the program.

Learning Outcomes for Business Majors
The successful student will:

  • Conceptualize a complex management issue into a coherent written statement and oral presentation.

  • Comprehend core management disciplines including marketing, operations, and finance, and be able to apply this understanding to organization situations.

  • Comprehend operating standards, enterprise planning, social responsibility, and sustainable management techniques.

  • Appreciate ethical issues in economic competition, managing organizations and multiple stakeholders.

  • Understand and be able to use team building, collaborative behaviors, and project management in the accomplishment of group tasks.

  • Select and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative tools and methodologies to make reasoned recommendations.

  • Recognize and analyze problems and choose and defend resolutions for practical situations that occur in organizations operating within a global economy.

Requirements for a BS in Business

By fall of their junior year, students declare one of these two tracks: General Electives
Total electives vary depending on total of other credits.
Credits: 39

ELA Requirements
See ELA section of this catalog for details.
Credits: 36-37

Total credits for BS in Business: 120-121
Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses).

Business Tracks

Bachelor of Science in Business (Online Degree Completion Program)
In 2013, Green Mountain College announced the launch of a new online undergraduate degree completion program, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. The program builds on GMC’s demonstrated strengths in online learning and national leadership in sustainable business. Students will have the choice of two concentrations: entrepreneurship and sustainable business leadership.

The fundamental strengths of the program will be grounded in the same educational experience our residential students receive, which includes small classes, close mentoring by knowledgeable and committed faculty members, and career opportunities that result from joining an active and well-connected learning community.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program is designed to help working professionals who have already completed at least 48 credits of undergraduate courses complete their undergraduate education. To graduate, students will complete an additional 48 credits of core curriculum. Students can submit work life credits based on their background by preparing a portfolio with a third party that can help define work accomplishments, experiences and strengths to potentially satisfy core coursework.

Learn more and see course requirements online here.

Entrepreneurship Minor

Minor in Managing for Sustainability
The Managing for Sustainability minor is designed to provide students who have majors outside the sustainable business program with a background in fundamentals of sustainable business and non-profit organization management. The minor is open to all Green Mountain College students other than those in the sustainable business degree program.

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