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COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Mission Statement

The College of Business is dedicated to creating and sharing knowledge that enhances the translation of theory to practice. The College combines rigor with relevance and provides innovative solutions to global business challenges.

General Information

The College of Business welcomes all students dedicated to academic success in the study of business. The College is accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International and is one of only 75 programs internationally with separate accreditation at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels in accounting. With 17 majors and 21 minors in the undergraduate program, the College of Business seeks to give students a competitive edge in obtaining and securing employment. The College offers comprehensive advising, career preparation and services provided through the Center for Professional Development and Advising offices.

The College of Business offers a wide variety of programs on campus and abroad to develop students’ international business skills. On-campus programs include the Global Business Club for networking and career development. International faculty come to campus each semester and provide lessons for success in diverse cultures. For travel study, the College offers traditional and innovative programs to fit different student needs. Traditional study abroad programs are offered for students who want to spend a semester studying in a foreign country. The College of Business faculty also takes groups of students for international immersion study at locations where they meet executives, take classes and experience an international culture for themselves. Students who participate in College of Business international programs will develop skills to help them succeed in business anywhere in the world.

The Leadership Challenge program, in partnership with the Honors College, provides high-achieving students, primarily in business-related disciplines, with an opportunity to explore and enhance their leadership skills and capacities. Admission to this program is highly competitive, based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, faculty nominations and personal interviews. The program is housed in the College of Business’s Center for Professional Excellence. Class selection occurs each Spring Semester for the program, which spans the following Fall and Spring semesters. The program involves participation in experiential activities, dialogues, reflective writing and a community service project. Honors College students are required to register for 1 semester credit hour (HON 4941) in the Fall Semester, and for 3 semester credit hours (MGT 4953) in the Spring Semester. Non-Honors students have the option of registering for 1 semester credit hour in the Fall (MGT 4951), but are required to register for 3 semester credit hours (MGT 4953) in the Spring.

A specific B.B.A. major cannot be guaranteed and will depend on departmental resources. Changes of major must be made through the College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center and approved by the department chair.

Students in the College of Business may not enroll in specified 3000- and 4000-level courses in the College of Business before declaring a major. Students majoring in fields outside the College of Business may not take more than 27 semester credit hours in this college without approval of the Dean of the College of Business. Students with majors outside of the College of Business may not seek more than one business minor.

College of Business Undergraduate Admission Policy for the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree


Admissions Philosophy

The College of Business (COB) at UTSA seeks to use available resources in ways that best prepare as many qualified students as possible for careers in business. Because there are many more students interested in the study of business than the College has resources for, the undergraduate admission policy gives all interested students a specified time to show they can succeed in the College of Business. Students who meet admission requirements may declare their B.B.A. major. Students who do not meet the requirements for declaration of a B.B.A. major are exited from the College but may complete requirements for any other major at UTSA for which they are eligible. A business minor is available to all UTSA students who seek a strong foundation in business.

Qualifying as a Prebusiness Student in the College of Business

All students seeking to be Prebusiness (PRB) in the College of Business must:

  • have successfully completed evaluation under the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), and
  • qualify for enrollment in MAT 1033 (Algebra with Calculus for Business or a higher level mathematics course) and
  • qualify for enrollment in WRC 1013 (Freshman Composition I or higher)

Students who do not meet the criteria above will be classified as undeclared (UND) until they are college-ready in math and English. Undeclared (UND) students may not register for College of Business courses until they qualify to be PRB.

Students seeking to transfer to the College of Business from another College at UTSA and who have a UTSA and/or COB grade point average below 2.0 must appeal to the College for consideration to be admitted as a PRB student.

Academic Standing for Prebusiness Students

Every semester the College of Business (COB) reviews the academic performance of its students. Prebusiness students are evaluated to ensure that they have completed the required courses for declaration of major and have not exceeded the 12-hour rule. Students in violation of this policy are subject to exit.

Students who do not maintain a UTSA and/or COB grade point average of at least 2.0 are placed on academic probation with the College of Business. Students have one semester to return to good academic standing. If they do not raise their UTSA and/or COB grade point average to at least a 2.0, they will be exited from the College of Business and classified as undeclared (UND). Exited students may not return to the College for an undergraduate degree but they may pursue other majors in the University if they meet UTSA requirements for good academic standing. They may also pursue College of Business minors for which they are eligible. Under urgent and unusual circumstances, exited students may appeal their exit. The deadline for appeal is no later than four weeks into the semester immediately following their exit. See the College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center for required forms. For further information, refer to “Academic Probation in the College of Business” in this catalog.

Admission to the College of Business as a Declared Major

As of Fall 2014, all students seeking to declare a major must follow the admission requirements of the College of Business as set forth in this catalog. To declare a B.B.A. major, prebusiness students must complete six required courses (18 semester credit hours) and meet two grade point average (GPA) requirements within a specified time. The two GPA requirements include a 2.0 in all coursework taken at UTSA and a 2.2 in all College of Business coursework taken at UTSA within a specified time.

In order to declare a B.B.A. major, students must:

  1. Complete the following or equivalent nonbusiness courses (6 semester credit hours):

    COM  1053  Business and Professional Speech
    MAT  1033  Algebra with Calculus for Business (MAT 1214 Calculus I for majors in Actuarial Science)

  2. Complete the following or equivalent business courses (12 semester credit hours), including one of the two economics courses:

    ACC  2013  Principles of Accounting I

    ECO  2013  Introductory Macroeconomics
    or
    ECO  2023  Introductory Microeconomics

    IS   1403  Business Information Systems Fluency
    MS  1023  Business Statistics with Computer Applications I (STA 1053 Basic Statistics for majors in Actuarial Science)

  3. Meet the following grade point average standards:

    • a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all UTSA coursework
    • a grade point average of at least 2.2 for all UTSA College of Business courses.

12-Hour Rule

Students will be evaluated according to the 12-hour rule in order to declare their major. The 12-hour rule requires that by the time students complete their 12th business hour, they must have taken the following two non-business courses (COM 1053 and MAT 1033) and the following business courses (IS 1403, MS 1023, ACC 2013, and ECO 2013 or ECO 2023) and meet the GPA requirements. If any of the required business courses have been completed prior to entering UTSA, students must take additional business courses at UTSA in order to meet the 12-semester-credit-hour requirement.

Students who do not meet the requirements to declare a B.B.A. major after completing 12 semester credit hours of business courses at UTSA will be exited from the College. Once exited, a student’s major will be changed to undeclared and students must choose a major other than a business discipline. Exited students may elect to complete a business minor approved for nonbusiness students and will only be permitted to take additional business courses that are required for these minors.

Declaration of Major Policy for the Bachelor of Arts in Economics and the Bachelor of Science in Statistics

Students seeking a B.A. in Economics or a B.S. in Statistics must have a 2.0 UTSA GPA and transfer students must have a 2.0 transfer GPA to declare the major. Declaration of major forms may be submitted to the College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center. Students seeking these degrees are subject to the academic standing policy of the College of Business.

Academic Standing for Declared Business Majors

College of Business majors (B.B.A. degrees, B.A. degree in Economics and B.S. degree in Statistics) must maintain good academic standing in the College of Business. This requires that the student:

  • maintain a UTSA grade point average of at least 2.0 every semester and meet all University regulations related to good academic standing
  • maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in College of Business courses taken at UTSA.

In order to graduate, all College of Business majors must be in good academic standing (i.e., students must maintain a UTSA, College of Business, and Major GPA of 2.0).

Academic Probation in the College of Business

Every semester the College of Business (COB) reviews the academic performance of its students. Students who do not maintain a UTSA and/or COB grade point average of at least 2.0 are placed on academic probation with the College of Business. Students on College academic probation have one subsequent semester (Fall, Spring or Summer) to achieve good academic standing in the College (i.e., raise their UTSA and/or COB GPA to at least 2.0).

Students who do not meet requirements for good academic standing in the College at the end of one subsequent enrolled semester will be exited from the College of Business and classified as undeclared (UND). Exited students may not return to the College for an undergraduate degree but they may pursue other majors in the University if they meet UTSA requirements for good academic standing. They may also pursue College of Business minors for which they are eligible. Under urgent and unusual circumstances, exited students may appeal their exit. The deadline for appeal is no later than four weeks into the semester immediately following their exit. See the College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center for required forms.

Business Honors

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) majors who have been admitted to the Honors College may earn Business Honors if they maintain a minimum UTSA grade point average of 3.25 and complete an Honors section of five of the following Common Body of Knowledge courses: ACC 2013, ACC 2033, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, FIN 3014, IS 3003, MGT 3013, MGT 4893, MKT 3013, MS 1023, and MS 3043. Certain 5003-numbered courses in the M.B.A. degree program may, subject to approval, substitute for Common Body of Knowledge courses. These undergraduate courses are offered once per year, and enrollment is targeted for B.B.A. degree program majors seeking University Honors. Contingent upon available space, students with outstanding academic records, including exceptional freshmen and transfer students, can apply for admission into these classes subject to approval by the faculty member, department chair, and Dean of the College of Business. Honors classes emphasize class discussion, presentations, and business research.

Scholarships

The College of Business has many scholarships available to assist students in reaching their educational and career goals. The scholarship program within the College is managed generally by the College of Business Office of the Dean. Students should visit the College of Business Web site for information and application procedures for all scholarships within the College. Detailed information and eligibility requirements for specific scholarships administered through the College are available at http://business.utsa.edu/undergraduate/. Other scholarship information is available through the UTSA Scholarship Office. The number and amounts of scholarship awards vary. Additionally, scholarship eligibility requirements differ, but may include considerations of grade point average, financial need, number of semester credit hours completed, enrollment status, activities, residency status, or bilingualism. Students must complete the application process and submit required documentation by the deadlines stated on application materials. Students will be considered for all awards for which they meet the eligibility criteria. Award amounts are generally disbursed equally among the semesters covered by the scholarship as long as recipients continue to meet grade point average, enrollment, and other scholarship criteria.

Minors in the College of Business

The following College of Business minors are open to any UTSA major: Actuarial Science; Adaptive Decision Models for Business; Statistics; Digital Forensics; Economics; Entrepreneurship-Nonbusiness; Infrastructure Assurance and Security; Information Systems; Network and Data Center Management; and Management Science.

Students with majors outside of the College of Business may not seek more than one business minor.

The following College of Business minors are open to B.B.A. majors only: Entrepreneurship; Finance; International Management; Management; Marketing; Real Estate; and Technology Management.

The following College of Business minors are open to nonbusiness majors, B.A. in Economics majors, and B.S. in Statistics majors only: Business Administration and Technology Management.

The following College of Business minors are open only to students pursuing the B.B.A. in Real Estate Finance and Development: Construction Management; and Facility and Property Management.

Enrollment in College of Business Courses

Enrollment in College of Business courses, with the exception of ACC 2003 and ECO 2003 (which are courses that may not be counted toward a business major), is restricted to students who have successfully completed evaluation under the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and qualify for enrollment in MAT 1033 (Algebra with Calculus for Business or a higher level mathematics course) and WRC 1013 (Freshman Composition I or higher). Additionally ACC 2033 will be open to prebusiness and declared business majors and restricted to undeclared (UND) majors. Other majors must have departmental approval and may seek approval through the undergraduate advising center.

College of Business courses at the 3000- and 4000-level are restricted to College of Business majors or to students who require the courses for their particular degree, with the exception of BLW 3013, FIN 3003, MGT 3013, and MKT 3013, which are open to all students who meet course prerequisites. Enrollment in upper-division statistics courses is open to all students who meet prerequisites. Enrollment in all other 3000- and 4000-level College of Business courses may be open to nonbusiness majors with at least an overall UTSA grade point average of 2.75, contingent upon approval of the faculty member teaching the course and the department chair. Enrollment in MGT 3003 is restricted to Prebusiness students and declared business majors only. See the College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center for the required form. In addition, students majoring in fields outside the College of Business may not take more than 27 semester credit hours in the College without approval of the Dean of the College of Business.

All degrees in the College of Business require 120 hours. If a student elects to take a course that satisfies both a University Core Curriculum and COB requirement, students may need to take an additional course to meet the 120 hours.

College of Business Academic Credit Internship Policy

The policy for undergraduate students to enroll in internships for academic credit includes the following provisions:

  1. The student must be a declared major in the College of Business and in good academic standing at UTSA and in the College of Business.
  2. The student must:
    • Have completed a minimum of 75 semester credit hours, of which a minimum of 15 credit hours have been completed at UTSA.
    • Meet all internship course prerequisites, including the minimum grade point average required for enrolling in the internship.
  3. The internship must be in (or related to) the student’s declared major. The student should consult his/her major degree requirements for specific details.
  4. Each student must meet the requirements of his/her catalog of graduation regarding the total number of semester credit hours that may be earned through internships for academic credit, and meet the following provisions:
    • Each 3-credit-hour academic internship must be completed with a different company/organization.
    • An academic credit internship with a firm at which a student is currently employed may be considered, but only if clear evidence shows that the internship is substantially and programmatically different from such employment.

Independent Study

In order to qualify for an independent study, students must have a COB GPA of 3.0, permission in writing from the instructor, Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in addition to any departmental prerequisites.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Field of Study Curriculum for Business

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has mandated a field of study curriculum for Business which consists of seven (7) courses with the following Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCN). UTSA courses satisfying this requirement are listed in parentheses (see Appendix B in this catalog for a list of TCCN courses).

2 courses in Accounting:

TCCN: ACCT 2301 (ACC 2013 Principles of Accounting I)
TCCN: ACCT 2302 (ACC 2033 Principles of Accounting II)

1 course in Computer Literacy:

TCCN: BCIS 1305 (IS 1403 Business Information Systems Fluency)

2 courses in Economics:

TCCN: ECON 2301 (ECO 2013 Introductory Macroeconomics)
TCCN: ECON 2302 (ECO 2023 Introductory Microeconomics)

1 course in Mathematics:

TCCN: MATH 1325 (MAT 1033 Algebra with Calculus for Business)

1 course in Speech:

TCCN: SPCH 1321 (COM 1053 Business and Professional Speech)

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

All students seeking a B.B.A. degree in the College of Business must complete the following Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses in addition to the Core Curriculum.

 
Course Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
ACC  2013 Principles of Accounting I 3
ACC  2033Principles of Accounting II 3
BLW 3013 Business Law 3
COM 1053 Business and Professional Speech 3
ECO 2013 Introductory Macroeconomics (satisfies Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum requirement) 3
ECO 2023 Introductory Microeconomics 3
FIN  3014 Principles of Business Finance 4
GBA 2013 Social and Ethical Issues in Business 3
IS    1403 Business Information Systems Fluency 3
IS    3003 Principles of Information Systems for Management 3
MAT 1033 Algebra with Calculus for Business
(satisfies Mathematics Core Curriculum requirement)
(Actuarial Science majors must take MAT 1214 in lieu of MAT 1033)
3
MGT 3003 Business Communication and Professional Development 3
MGT 3013 Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management 3
MGT 4893 Management Strategy (taken in semester of graduation) 3
MKT 3013 Principles of Marketing 3
MS   1023 Business Statistics with Computer Applications I
(Actuarial Science majors must take STA 1053 in lieu of MS 1023)
3
MS   3043 Business Statistics with Computer Applications II
(Actuarial Science majors must take STA 3003 in lieu of MS 3043)
3
MS   3053 Management Science and Operations Technology 3

Students completing degree course requirements with fewer than 120 semester credit hours will augment their program with electives.





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