Below is the orientation information for Corvallis campus majors.  Please use the following links if you are looking for information to:

To change your current College of Business major, or add a 2nd COB major, you must meet request to declare the program of choice with an advisor. 

How and When to Make Changes

You can change or add a College of Business major at any time.  However, declarations must be completed by approximately week 6 to register for major classes during your priority registration time for the subsequent term. To declare, schedule an appointment with a COB advisor. 

Requirements to Earn a COB Degree

In order to earn your degree, various categories of classes must be completed.  Below is a diagram of how the 180 credits needed to earn a degree in business/design are typically distributed.  Additional information can be found in Earning Your Credits.

In addition to the OSU Baccalaureate Core, credit, and grade requirements, the College of Business (COB) has additional GPA requirements and standards.  Students must satisfy both OSU and COB standards to earn their college of business degree.  The COB Progression Standards require: 

  • complete all required and elective courses with a C- or better (C required in some) within business/design degree program (incluing transfer class grades)
  • no S/U grades for any Business or Design Core or Major-specific coursework, including classes which double count in the major and bacc core (e.g. Comm 111)
  • fifty percent (50%) or more of business/design program and major specific coursework must be taken at OSU
  • have a 2.50 College of Business GPA (OSU COB grades only)

  • For repeated classes, the second grade earned is always used in GPA calculations  
  • If the course was first completed at OSU, it must be repeated at OSU to replace the previous grade

Apparel Design & Interior Design Application 

  • Full description of application and eligibility requirements
    • Pre-Apparel Design and Pre-Interior Design eligibility is 2.50 AID GPA, however admisison into the Apparel or Interior Design majors have additional GPA requirements as stated on the application page.  Acceptance to either of the two studio design majors greatly increases if competitive GPA is met or exceeded.
  • Why an application? They are studio majors
    • Limited classroom space (drafting tables, sewing machines)
    • More hands-on/project work
  • Majors are competitive
    • Grades in major classes are important
    • Projects from design classes are required for the application

Majors and Grade Information


You must earn at least a "C" grade in specific prerequisite courses in order to progress through the major, as noted in the chart below.

  Available Campus Grade Requirement1 Grade Requirement2
BUSINESS MAJORS Corvallis E-Campus Prereq "C" or better Major Course Prereq "C" or better Major Course
Accountancy* Yes No

BA 211
BA 213

ACTG 317


Business Analytics Yes Yes BA 223 or BA 390 300/400 Level MRKT courses BA 352 300/400 Level MGMT courses
Business Information Systems Yes No

BA 352

MGMT 364    
Finance Yes No BA 240 or BA 360 or FIN 340 300/400 Level FIN courses    
Management Yes No BA 352 300/400 Level MGMT courses    
Marketing Yes No BA 223 or BA 390 300/400 Level MRKT courses    
Business Administration** Yes Yes        
No Yes BA 223 or BA 390 300/400 Level MRKT Courses    
Yes No BA 223 or BA 390 If you choose to take a MRKT Elective    

Family Business Option

Yes Yes BA 223 or BA 390 300/400 Level MRKT Courses BA 352 300/400 Level MGMT Courses
No Yes BA 223 or BA 390 If you choose to take a MRKT Elective BA 352 If you choose to take a MGMT Elective
No Yes BA 223 or BA 390 300/400 Level MRKT Courses    
Yes No DSGN 276 DSGN 372

BA 223 or BA 390

and BA 352

300/400 Level MRKT Courses

MGMT 364

No Yes BA 223 or BA 390 300/400 Level MRKT Courses BA 352 300/400 Level MGMT Courses
Yes Yes BA 352 300/400 Level MGMT Courses    

*Additional Accountancy Requirements:

​Accountancy majors will be also expected to sign the Accountancy program Statement of Ethics on the first day of class in ACTG 317.

**Additional Business Administration Major Information:

  • This major, without an option, is a stand-alone major and cannot be combined with any other business major.
  • Suggested elective credits to reach the 180 total needed to graduate include completing an option in International Business through a COB international business exchange OR completing a non-business minor.

If you plan to pursue multiple COB majors, you can request those at the same time. Online students are not eligible to double major with an on-campus business major.


You must earn at least a "C" grade in specific prerequisite courses in order to progress through the major, as noted in the chart below.  Design majors are currently for Corvallis campus students only.  Schedule an appointment with a COB advisor to declare a non-studio program.

  AID GPA Requirement Grade Requirement1 Grade Requirement2
DESIGN MAJORS Eligible GPA Competitive GPA Prereq "C" or better Major Course Prereq "C" or better Major Course
Required of all Design majors:     BA 223 or BA 390 300/400 Level MRKT Courses BA 352 MGMT 364

Design & Innovation Management

Apparel Design Major** 2.50 2.75        
Interior Design Major** 2.75 3.00        
Merchandising Management     DSGN 276 DSGN 372    

AID GPA: The AID GPA is your All-Inclusive Design GPA. It consists of grades from all the Design Program Coursework including those taken at OSU and transfer institutions.

Eligibility AID GPA:  To be eligible to apply to a major, students must have an AID that is equal to or higher than the Eligibility AID GPA. 

Competitive AID GPA: This is the minimum AID GPA needed in order to be competitive when applying for a given major.

Other Options Available

International Business (IB)- You can add an IB option to any Business major listed above by successfully completing the Arthur Stonehill International Business Exchange Program. 

Accounting Information Systems (AIS) - Only Accountancy majors may apply to add the AIS option.

Additional Information



  • Make sure you check your ONID email account on a daily basis
  • Read the e-newsletter called "This Week in Business" each week for important COB information and updates
  • Students are expected to comply with the College of Business Code of Conduct incluing communicating with faculty, staff and fellow students in a professional, ethical and respectful manner

Advising Services

We are a centralized advising office with advisors for business and design majors.  Corvallis students are not assigned a specific advisor.

  • Please see an advisor regularly or at least once a year 
  • Regular appointments are 30 minutes. 10-minute walk-in appointments are available during the first few days of the term and registration. 
  • Advising can help you with: 
    • COB Information 
    • Program Planning 
    • Campus Resource Referrals
    • Internship Information 
    • Academic Success Strategies
    • International Exchange Information
    • Other questions regarding degree completion


International Exchange/Study Abroad Programs for College of Business majors

  • Courses taught in English
  • 15 different countries
  • Business students go on exchange either Spring of Junior or Senior year (Germany only) or Fall of Senior year
    • Australia and Italy are available as early as Sophomore year
  • Design students go on exchange or study abroad Fall term of their Junior year
    • Italy and Australia are available as early as Sophomore year
  • Successful completion of a Business Exchange program results in earning the International Business Option (not available with Australia or South Korea exchange)
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid may apply
  • Does not necessarily delay graduation


  • Visit the Career Success Center to learn about the many different opportunities available with well-known companies.
  • A 6-month MECOP internship is available to some majors. See your advisor before you start your junior year.
  • Students can receive credit for an internship - ask an advisor for more information before starting the internship.


  • One online application for most scholarships (visit ScholarDollars)
  • February 15 deadline for the following academic year for most scholarships
  • Additional funds may be available for students participating in Exchange programs through College of Business