Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program is a comprehensive four-year program which includes a liberal arts and science foundation, a business administration core curriculum, a major, and a choice of elective courses.

The undergraduate curriculum is divided into the lower and upper division. The lower division is the first two years of courses (courses numbered 100-299); the upper division is the last two years (courses numbered 300-499). To prepare students for the challenges of the future, the College's program provides a solid foundation in the diverse academic disciplines related to the needs of business, industry, and government. At the undergraduate level students concentrate the first two years of study on general course work in composition, the humanities and fine arts, history, social and behavioral sciences, and natural and physical sciences and mathematics. Successful completion of these courses broadens intellectual awareness and enhances the development of cultural literacy and analytical thinking. This general education component, along with the pre-professional business administration core curriculum, prepares the student for upper-division course work in the College of Business Administration.

The remaining two years of course work develops the student's understanding of the diverse functions of business in the U.S. and world-wide economy. This is accomplished by studying the essential concepts of business administration as well as focusing on one of the major disciplines. The student may declare a major in accounting, finance, management, information systems, or marketing. Students enrolling in the College's programs who have already chosen the major they wish to pursue may designate that major when they register. Students who are undecided about what major they wish to pursue should indicate Management in the registration process.

To be awarded a BSBA degree, each student must meet the following degree requirements established by the university and the faculty of the College of Business Administration:

  1. Complete the lower-division general education requirement;
  2. Complete the lower-division pre-professional business administration core curriculum;
  3. Complete the upper-division general education requirement;
  4. Complete the upper-division business administration core curriculum;
  5. Complete the courses required for the major;
  6. Complete a minimum of 128 semester hours of work with a minimum of 39 semester hours in courses numbered 300 and above;
  7. Attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) in all course work attempted;
  8. Attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) in the business administration core curriculum (42 semester hours).
  9. Attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) in the major.
  10. Complete the Competitive Strategy course (MGT 499) with a minimum grade of "C"; and
  11. Comply with University residence requirements.

Three levels of requirements must be completed in order to receive the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree:

  1. University general education and graduation requirements,
  2. College of Business Administration core requirements, and
  3. College of Business Administration major requirements.

The recommended sequence of courses is presented in the following sections.

Charger Foundations
College General Education Requirements41
Lower Division Courses 1
Pre-Professional Business Core Curriculum
IS 146COMPUTER APPL IN BUSINESS3
MSC 287BUSINESS STATISTICS I3
MSC 288BUSINESS STATISTICS II3
BLS 211LEGAL ENVIRON/BUSINESS3
ACC 211PRINC OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING3
ACC 212MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING3
Upper Division General Education Requirements 2
EH 300STRATEGIES FOR BUSINESS WRIT'G 33
or EH 301 TECHNICAL WRITING
CM 313BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL COMM3
Select any Economics (ECN) course level 300-499 43
MA 120CALCULUS WITH APPLICATIONS3
Upper Division Business Administration Core Curriculum
FIN 301PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE3
MGT 301MANAGING ORGANIZATIONS3
IS 301INFO SYSTEMS IN ORGANIZATIONS3
MKT 301PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING3
MSC 385OPERATIONS ANALYSIS3
MGT 450INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 53
MGT 499COMPETITIVE STRATEGY3
Select one upper division business elective (300-400 level)3
Major
See individual majors for specific requirements21
Free Electives
Select 12 semester hours of free electives 612
Total Semester Hours128
1

The lower-division courses provide a foundation for advanced study. While students broaden their intellectual background through the general education requirements, they also develop basic business skills in the pre-professional business administration core curriculum. The general education requirements expose students to composition, humanities and fine arts, natural sciences and mathematics, and history, social and behavioral sciences.

2

Work in the last two years of study builds upon the foundations established by the general education requirements and the pre-professional business administration core curriculum. Upper-division requirements include upper-division general education courses, the business administration core curriculum, and courses in the major.

3

 It is recommended that EH 300 or EH 301 be taken the first semester of the Junior year.

4

For the Upper Division Economics requirement a student may not choose an economics course required in their major.

5

International Business Requirement: Business majors acquire a broad knowledge of international business and economic theories, problems, and practices by taking MGT 450 and through the integration of global issues in the business administration core curriculum.

6

No more than 6 semester hours of HPE courses below the 200 level may count toward graduation.