Entrepreneurship Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Courses

Required Courses

(All courses are 4 units unless otherwise noted)

  • ENTR 100 – Exploring Entrepreneurship. What is entrepreneurship? Who are entrepreneurs? How does one become an entrepreneur? Course examines the key questions encountered by individuals considering the path of business ownership. Focus on examining the history and role of entrepreneurs in the economy, characteristics of entrepreneurs, career paths of entrepreneurship and one's personal potential as an entrepreneur.
  • ENTR 442 – Small Business Management. Managerial considerations for the small business entrepreneur. Acquisitions, location, legal considerations, finances, taxation, labor relations and other topics.
  • ENTR 541 – Commercializing Entrepreneurial Innovation. Examines the process of commercializing innovations and emerging technologies in entrepreneurial driven companies. Focus on understanding the transition from basic development stages to commercial venture, examining the role of innovation assessment, intellectual property protection, technology transfer and licensing.
  • ENTR 543 – New Venture Opportunity Analysis. Study of the process of defining and identifying the difference between ideas and opportunities. Examines the role of the entrepreneur, ideas, pattern recognition, and the evaluation and screening process that leads to successful commercialization of business concepts and ideas.
  • ENTR 544 – New Venture Development. Introduction to the process of developing a new venture concept. Examines key issues in new venture creation, including the role of the entrepreneur in transitioning ideas to business opportunities. Special emphasis on developing a rapid opportunity analysis, identifying a sustainable business model, and business planning. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENTR 543.
  • ENTR 545 – New Venture Resource Requirements. Examines the strategies and techniques employed by entrepreneurs to identify and access critical resources. Special emphasis on marshaling internal and external resources such as advisors, board of directors, social networks and other key tangibles and intangibles. NOTE: We recommend you take this course concurrently with ENTR 543 or ENTR 544.
  • ENTR 547 – Managing a Growing Business. Study of the basic strategy and tactics to manage growing enterprises while still maintaining an entrepreneurial spirit. Examines the role of management decision making, management control systems, short- and long-run planning, and entrepreneurship in managing growing companies.
  • ENTR 549 – Launching the Entrepreneurial Venture. Process and methods involved in starting and growing new enterprises with emphasis on the attributes of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial careers and positioning an enterprise for sustainable growth.
  • MGMT 515 – Business Consulting. Supervised consulting assignments designed to provide meaningful business assistance to businesses. Prerequisites: Senior status, consent of instructor and college.
  • MGMT 575 – Internship in Management. Supervised work and study in private or public organizations. May be repeated once for credit. A total of two College of Business and Public Administration 575 courses may be applied toward graduation. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and the department's internship coordinator.

Graduate Courses

(All courses are 4 units unless otherwise noted)

  • ENTR 620 – Business Law for Entrepreneurs. Critical analysis of the impact of administrative law and policy on entrepreneurial decision-making and strategy. Integrates legal, political, regulatory and ethical issues encountered by entrepreneurs.
  • ENTR 621 – Entrepreneurship and New Ventures. Study of the entrepreneurial process. Focus on the characteristics and mindset of entrepreneurs, ideation and innovation, startup models, analyzing emerging opportunities, resource creativity and managerial challenges for new and growing companies.
  • ENTR 623 – Piloting the Entrepreneurial Venture. Study of the exploration process for new venture concepts. Focus on examining the tools and processes involved in developing a new venture, including formulation of a sustainable business model, performing a comprehensive feasibility analysis, and concept testing.
  • ENTR 625 – New Venture Planning and Strategy. Interdisciplinary study of the policies, strategies, and planning processes involved in entrepreneurship. Integrates important technical and innovative considerations with traditional managerial theories to establish a modern approach to the development of business plans, strategies and policies for new ventures. Prerequisite: ENTR 621 and ENTR 623
  • ENTR 626 – International New Venture Development. Study of the entrepreneurial process in a global context. Examines the perceived complexity of international entrepreneurship as it relates to recognizing ideas, marshaling resources, developing networks and creating the strategy for a new venture.
  • ENTR 998 – Reflective Essay. Submission of a reflective essay based on specified program guidelines. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: completion of or concurrent enrollment in all courses in the Entrepreneurship focus area courses.

Graduate Electives

NOTE: The following 500-level courses are available to be taken in the Graduate program as elective courses:

  • ENTR 541 – Commercializing Entrepreneurial Innovation.
  • ENTR 545 – New Venture Resource Requirements.
  • ENTR 547 – Managing a Growing Business.
  • MGMT 515 – Business Consulting.