Kelley Undergraduate Program

Minors and Certificate

Business Foundations Certificate Program

The Kelley School offers a 30 credit hour certificate program in the fundamentals of business. All courses required in the Business Foundations Certificate Program are introductory and may be applied toward a four-year degree. Students who are not pursuing four-year degrees, may also complete the Business Foundations Certificate as non-degree-seeking students.

Policies and criteria for the Business Foundations Certificate are;

  • Achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all IU courses; if EX is used for any IU courses, the EX policy of the student’s home school will be honored in calculating the overall GPA.
  • Achieve a passing grade in all courses required for the certificate.
  • Achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all courses counting toward the BFC; if courses are retaken or extra electives are taken, the set of courses with the highest grades will be used to calculate the cumulative BFC GPA.
  • A maximum of two courses, counting toward the BFC, may be taken at a campus other than IU Bloomington.
  • All 300 and 400 level course work must be completed on the IU-Bloomington campus.  
  • Online or hybrid courses offered within a semester context, with homework deadlines and instructor interactions may be used.  However, none of the coursework may be taken in a self-paced, independent study format.
  • All exceptions should be referred to the Kelley School of Business Petitions Committee.

Requirements for the Business Foundations Certificate are:

Required courses (15 credit hours)
  • BUS-A 200 or BUS-A 201 or BUS-A 202 (3 cr.)
  • BUS-F 260 (3 cr.)
  • BUS-X 100 or BUS-G 100 (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 201 (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 202 (3 cr.)

Elective Business Courses (6 credits required):
  • BUS-C 204 (3 cr.)
  • BUS-F 300 (3cr.)
  • BUS-G 300 (3 cr.)
  • BUS-J 306 (3 cr.)
  • BUS-K 201 with a minimum grade of C (3 cr.)*
  • BUS-L 100 (3 cr.)
  • BUS-L 201 (3 cr.)
  • BUS-M 300 (3 cr.)
  • BUS-P 300 (3 cr.)
  • BUS-R 300 (3 cr.)
  • BUS-W 212 (3 cr.)
  • BUS-W 300 (3 cr.)
  • Successfully complete nine additional elective credits to reach a total of 30 credits. 
    • These credits may be taken from any department on the IU Bloomington campus.
    • Remedial courses will not count in this area.

In addition to satisfying course requirements, candidates for the Business Foundations Certificate must apply online at

Questions about the Business Foundations Certificate should be directed to

*CSCI majors may substitute CSCI-C 211 or CSCI-H 211 for BUS-K 201 but if they change majors or become business majors, they must take BUS-K 201.

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