Degree blends science and business to fill demand for tech savvy businessmen
May 11, 2012
Lisle, Illinois~ For today’s generation, not knowing how to use a computer and other electronic devices is like not knowing how to breathe.
Striving to implant the breath of life within new businesses, Benedictine University offers two majors aimed at merging technologically-savvy students with business fundamentals.
A Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Business with Science Applications addresses the growing demand for highly-capable, technology-based and cross-trained employees in the high-tech business world, said Bob Nelson, director of the B.B.A in Business with Science Applications.
“This exclusive program helps develop an integrated leader who can be the bridge between business leaders and scientists or engineers,” Nelson said.
The Business with Science Applications major prepares graduates who are interested in both science and business management disciplines. To complete the degree, traditional students take core courses in business such as accounting, finance and economics alongside courses in biology, chemistry and physics. Graduates of the program will help fill demand for project, program, product and sales managers in high-tech industries.
Additionally, the University will offer a related degree new for the Fall 2012 term– the B.B.A. in Business Analytics. This program focuses on equipping traditional and adult undergraduate students with analytical skills coupled with fundamental business knowledge to fill needed roles such as management and business analysts who work to improve organizational performance, said Rick Cali, associate dean for the Benedictine’s College of Business.
Top-performing organizations use analytics five times more than lower performing organizations, according to a recent survey by the MIT Sloan School of Management and IBM Institute of Business Value.
University officials say the degrees exemplify Benedictine’s commitment to educating and training students, equipping them with skills to be able to immediately meet the needs of employers after college.
###Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.