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The Honors Program in business is available to outstanding students who have distinguished themselves by superior performance during high school or their first year(s) at the University and in other ways.
The designation University Honors, awarded at the end of each long-session semester, gives official recognition and commendation to students whose grades for the semester indicate distinguished academic accomplishment. Both the quality and the quantity of work done are considered. Criteria for University Honors are given in chapter 1.
Students who, upon graduation, have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement are eligible to graduate with University Honors. Criteria for graduation with University Honors are given in chapter 1.
The Alpha of Texas chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national scholastic honor society in the field of business and administration, was chartered in 1922. Membership, based on outstanding scholarship, is restricted to the top 7 percent of the junior class, top 10 percent of the senior class, and top 20 percent of graduate students. The objectives of Beta Gamma Sigma are "to encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment among students of business and administration, to promote the advancement of education in the art and science of business, and to foster integrity in the conduct of business operations."
While a minor is not required as part of the BBA degree program, the student may choose to complete a minor in either a second business field or a field outside the school. The minor consists of at least twelve semester hours in a single field, including at least nine hours of upper-division coursework. Six of the required hours must be completed in residence. A course used to fulfill the requirements of a minor may not be taken on the pass/fail basis unless the course is offered only on that basis. Only one business core course or one course counted toward the Bachelor of Business Administration degree requirements may also be counted toward the minor.
The Red McCombs School of Business allows the student to minor in any field in which the University offers a major. However, prerequisites and other enrollment restrictions may prevent the student from minoring in some fields. Before planning to take specific courses to fulfill the minor requirement, the student should consult the department that offers those courses.
The Business Foundations Program (BFP) is designed to provide a foundation in business concepts and practice for students in other majors. Any nonbusiness student with a University grade point average of at least 2.00 may take any BFP courses for which he or she meets the prerequisite. No admission process is required.
Nonbusiness students who wish to build a business course concentration may request certification in the BFP. Students who complete the following certification requirements and submit a request to the BFP director receive a certificate and a letter verifying completion of the program.
The certification requirements are
All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given in chapter 1. Business students must also fulfill the following requirements.
The student may request a degree audit in the Undergraduate Dean's Office when he or she enters a business major. The degree audit is prepared by comparing the degree requirements of the student's major with the student's University record, including transferred work. It shows the coursework required for the major, the courses completed that fulfill requirements, the hours of designated coursework that are still needed, grade point averages, and the residency requirements that have been fulfilled. In preparing the degree audit, every effort is made to avoid errors, but it is the student's responsibility to be aware of and to fulfill all graduation requirements.
A degree candidate must apply for the degree in the Undergraduate Dean's Office no later than the date given in the official academic calendar. No degree will be conferred unless the diploma application form has been properly filed.
Degree requirements are listed in "Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Requirements" and in "Program Degree Requirements." For a complete list of requirements for a degree, the student should combine the requirements in these two sections with the University-wide graduation requirements in chapter 1 and the school graduation requirements in this chapter.
Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. They may not be counted toward the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. However, they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the grade point average.
No more than twelve semester hours of air force science, military science, or naval science coursework may be counted toward the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. ROTC courses may be used only as lower-division electives and may be counted toward the degree only by students who complete the third and fourth years of the ROTC program and accept a commission in the service.
A business student may count toward the degree up to four one-semester courses in elective subjects outside the major taken on the pass/fail basis; only electives, nonbusiness electives, and upper-division nonbusiness electives may be taken on the pass/fail basis. The student may also take examinations for credit on the pass/fail basis; credit earned by examination is not counted toward the total of four courses that the student may take pass/fail. If a student chooses to major in a subject in which he or she has taken a course pass/fail, the major department decides whether the course may be counted toward the student's major requirements. Complete rules on registration on the pass/fail basis are given in General Information.
Students planning to take correspondence or extension courses should consult with the Undergraduate Dean's Office before doing so to ensure compliance with the following restrictions.
Although a student may earn credit in residence at another institution while enrolled in residence at the University, this credit will not be counted toward a degree unless it is approved in advance by the dean.
Two programs are available to students who wish to study accounting at the University. The first is the four-year major in accounting leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. The second is the five-year Professional Program in Accounting, which leads to the simultaneous award of the BBA and the Master in Professional Accounting degrees. The objective of the BBA accounting curriculum is to provide students with a broad overall education, solid grounding in the common body of knowledge of business administration, and exposure to accounting in sufficient depth to help them achieve entry-level competence for pursuit of a career in industry. The Professional Program in Accounting is designed for students who wish to concentrate in accounting and obtain education in an accounting specialization.
The requirements of this program are
The Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) is a three-year curriculum of undergraduate and graduate coursework. The professional curriculum, which usually begins in the student's junior year, includes specially designed accounting courses taught in relatively small classes by full-time faculty members.
The accounting faculty has designed three concentrations within the PPA: auditing/financial reporting, managerial accounting/control, and taxation. Each concentration is a sequence of courses that offers strong preparation for a particular career path. In addition, the student may choose a generalist curriculum.
Because PPA students are expected to become leaders in the accounting profession, highly motivated students with the personal qualities and intellectual capacity to establish successful careers in public accounting, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and higher education are encouraged to apply.
Students are admitted to the PPA according to the following requirements. Admission is granted only for the fall semester; June 1 is the application deadline for those who wish to begin the program the following fall. Students interested in the PPA must have met the foreign language requirement for the BBA degree; must have completed at least sixty semester hours of coursework, including Accounting 311 and 312, Business Administration 101, Economics 304K and 304L, and Mathematics 403K and 403L; and must have completed or be registered for Business Administration 102.
Admission is based on the applicant's University grade point average and SAT I or American College Testing Program score, as well as other relevant examples of academic ability and leadership. An applicant with a University grade point average of less than 3.00 is unlikely to be admitted to the PPA. Admission may be restricted by the availability of instructional resources.
Before beginning the fifth year, PPA students must be admitted to the Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) program. Application forms must be submitted by February 1 of the student's fourth year. Students must earn an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and have their test scores sent to the University's Office of Admissions. Students usually take the GMAT in the fall or winter of their fourth year.
Students in the PPA are expected to maintain a University grade point average of at least 3.00. A student whose grade point average falls below 3.00 is placed on probation for one semester. If the student's grade point average is still below 3.00 at the end of the probationary semester, the student may be dropped from the program. A student with extremely poor academic performance may be dismissed from the program without a semester on probation. A PPA student who does not make satisfactory progress is usually encouraged to complete work toward the bachelor's degree under the major program in accounting.
To receive an MPA degree, a PPA student must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 in all coursework taken as part of the minimum thirty-six-hour MPA degree. He or she must also have a grade point average in graduate accounting coursework of at least 3.00.
The requirements of this program are
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