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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 16 majors and 19 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. Students who want to demonstrate their professional language skills can earn a Bilingual Business Certificate in Spanish. 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 take 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.

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.

College of Business 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.

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.

Direct Admission Criteria

  1. Applicants entering UTSA from high school and transfer students who have completed fewer than 30 hours of transferable college credit will be directly admitted to any College of Business major if they:

    • meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements
    • are ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school graduation class
    • 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.)
  2. Applicants who have completed 30 or more hours of transferable college credit will be directly admitted to any College of Business major if they:

    • meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements
    • have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better for all college-level courses completed
    • have successfully completed the following or equivalent courses:

      COM  1053  Business and Professional Speech
      IS     1403  Business Information Systems Fluency
      MAT  1033  Algebra with Calculus for Business (MAT 1214 Calculus I for majors in Actuarial Science).

Indirect Admission Criteria for Applicants Who Do Not Meet Direct Admission Criteria

Applicants who do not meet the criteria for direct admission stated above shall be candidates for the College of Business and designated as prebusiness (PRB) students. Note that in order to qualify as PRB, UTSA students must have a UTSA GPA of a 2.0 and transfer students must have a transfer GPA of 2.0 plus 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). Students who do not meet the above criteria will be classified as undeclared (UND) until they are college-ready in math and English.

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.

Students will be evaluated for declaration of a major when they complete the required four business courses. Therefore, students must complete the two nonbusiness courses by that time. Students who successfully meet the course and GPA requirements by the time they have completed the four business courses (12 hours) will be eligible to declare a major. 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.

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.

Criteria for a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Statistics

Prebusiness students pursuing a B.A. in Economics or a B.S. in Statistics can declare their major with a 2.0 UTSA GPA and transfer students can declare their major with a 2.0 GPA.

Academic Standing of All Business Majors and Prebusiness Students

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

  • meets all University regulations related to good academic standing, to include a UTSA grade point average of at least 2.0
  • maintains a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in UTSA College of Business courses.

Students who do not meet these requirements are placed on College academic probation. College of Business grade point averages (GPAs) are computed according to University policy (see UTSA Information Bulletin). Students on College academic probation have one subsequent semester (Fall, Spring or Summer) to achieve good academic standing in the College.

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.

All College of Business majors must be in good academic standing in the College in order to receive a bachelor’s degree offered by the College of Business. This policy does not pertain to students pursuing a minor in the College of Business.

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 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: Minor in Actuarial Science; Minor in Adaptive Decision Models for Business; Minor in Applied Statistics; Minor in Economics; Minor in Electronic Commerce; Minor in Infrastructure Assurance and Security; Minor in Information Systems; Minor in Digital Forensics; Minor in Network and Data Center Management; and Minor in Management Science.

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

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

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

Bilingual Business Certificate – Spanish

The Bilingual Business Certificate – Spanish is designed to prepare business students with the language and cultural skills necessary for successful international business careers between Spanish-speaking and English-speaking countries. It certifies to employers that students awarded the certificate have completed coursework and field experiences that prepare them for business careers in Spanish-speaking and English-speaking countries. The certificate is granted upon graduation from the University to students with a major or minor in business.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Ability to read, write, and speak in Spanish
  • Minimum of a 2.5 grade point average

To earn a Bilingual Business Certificate – Spanish, students must earn 15 semester credit hours (9 of these must be upper division) as follows:

  1. 9 hours of business courses taught in Spanish – refer to list 1 for options
  2. 3 hours of comparative business courses – refer to list 2 for options
  3. 3 hours in a Spanish-speaking international program – refer to list 3 for options

To apply for the Bilingual Business Certificate – Spanish, students should consult with the College of Business International (COBI) program for specific information about program requirements and consult with their academic advisor to verify that they have met all requirements.

Business courses taught in Spanish may be taken at UTSA or transferred from an international institution. Candidates should consult with their academic advisor about transferring credits. Transfer credits are limited to 9 hours. Students must meet 6 hours of residency requirements for the Certificate.

List 1. Business courses taught in Spanish through the College of Business will be offered on a rotating basis. They may include but are not limited to:

ACC  2033  Principles of Accounting II
BLW  3013  Business Law
MKT  3013  Principles of Marketing
MS    3043  Business Statistics with Computer Applications II
MGT  3013  Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management

List 2. Comparative business courses include:

ECO  3193  International Economics
ECO  4303  Economics of Developing Countries
FIN   4613  Introduction to International Finance
MGT 4073  International Management
MGT 4083  Comparative International Management Practices
MKT 4073  International Marketing
Pre-approved UTSA courses with an international study component

List 3. Currently available international programs include:

  • one semester of study at an international university in a Spanish-speaking country
  • an internship in a Spanish-speaking environment
  • UTSA faculty-led study abroad “immersion” programs in a Spanish-speaking country

Enrollment in College of Business Courses

Enrollment in College of Business courses, with the exception of ACC 2003, ECO 2003, and FIN 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 and MS 1023 will be open to prebusiness and declared business majors and restricted to undeclared (BA-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 following exceptions: BLW 3013, FIN 3003, MGT 3013, and MKT 3013. These courses 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. 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.

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.

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 Economics 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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