Earning Your Credits

OSU Bacc Core, business and design core, degree programs, blueprint ... all explained.

Understanding the credits you need

What your B.A. or B.S. is made up of

To make a long story short — you’ll earn your B.A./B.S. diploma from the OSU College of Business after completing 180 credits of approved degree coursework, generally achieving a grade of C- or C.

However, it gets pretty complicated quickly, and that's why your advising team meets with you frequently. To keep you on track. To help you sort through the different requirements. To answer questions. And help you get your degree on time.

Here's a quick look at the basics, and please visit our FAQ for answers to some questions you may have.

Breakdown of your credit counts





48-52 Credits

Baccalaureate core

The baccalaureate core — or bacc core — are the OSU general education classes that give broad foundational knowledge in a number of subjects. You’ll select one class from eight different categories, for example, western culture, literature and arts, cultural diversity, biological sciences and others to earn 48-52 credits towards your diploma.


98-101 Credits

Business and design core

You’ll take business core or design core classes through all four years of learning — to accrue a little more than half of all your degree credits — 98-101 credits. Business core and design core classes start in 100 levels in your first year, and move into 300- and 400-level courses as you advance. The sequential setup allows you the opportunity to prepare for the advanced learning of upper-level courses, sometimes through prerequisite coursework and also through class standing (e.g., sophomore, junior, senior).


12 Classes


Part of our re-designed core curriculum is an award-winning series of classes that focus on professional skills and leadership training, specifically designed to better prepare you for your college-to-career transition. Every student will graduate with the knowledge, skills and network needed to excel in the workplace. With a strong emphasis on financial literacy, students learn about financial goal setting, credit management, loan repayment, savings and investing, salary negotiations and more.


21-40 Credits

Majors, minors, options

En route to earning enough credits to reach 180 is where our students start choosing their program major, perhaps adding a double major or a minor, or gaining specialized knowledge through one of our options. We offer these majors, minors and options for 21 to 40 more credits.


You Decide


Electives are classes not included within degree requirements, and are used flexibly to complete internships or research projects, international study, or pursue academic subjects outside the College of Business.