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Texas Common Course Numbering System
(Appendix A)

Degree and Course Abbreviations


 Chapter 3
 Business Administration

Robert G. May

David B. Jemison
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Urton L. Anderson
Associate Dean

Arthur T. Allert
Assistant Dean

Herbert A. Miller Jr.
Assistant Dean

General Information


The objective of the College of Business Administration is to provide a well-rounded professional education. Such an education should provide the student with the opportunity to develop at least the following: an understanding of contemporary business culture; an appreciation of its historical evolution and an awareness of the social and economic forces shaping its future; an ability to recognize and promote ethical and social values; an understanding of the major functional areas of business; an opportunity for specialization for a career in business; and preparation for advanced study.

Since the student of today is the leader of tomorrow, a well-rounded professional education must include a broad foundation in the liberal arts, investigation into the major functional areas of business activity, and the chance to develop proficiency in the use of analytical techniques, the ability to think through problems and arrive at logical solutions, and an appreciation of the organization's social responsibilities. Above all, a professional education should inspire the graduate to assume the kind of business and community leadership that will perpetuate the most desirable features of the modern business system.

The business curricula emphasize development of the ability to gather and use data, to reach sound business decisions, to communicate effectively, and to foster successful human relationships.

History and Facilities

The College of Business Administration was created as a school in 1922, the outgrowth of the work in business administration first offered in the College of Arts and Sciences in the fall of 1912. In 1945, the school was reorganized as a college. The degree of Bachelor of Business Administration was first offered in 1916- 1917. The Bureau of Business Research, organized in 1926 as one of the Extramural Divisions of the University, became the research division of the College of Business Administration in September, 1945. In addition to the Bureau of Business Research, the college includes the Departments of Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Science and Information Systems, and Marketing Administration. Coursework in business may lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master in Professional Accounting, and Doctor of Philosophy.

The College of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Business are housed in the George Kozmetsky Center for Business Education. This three-building complex includes modern classrooms and offices, lecture rooms with sophisticated multimedia equipment, and conference and study rooms, as well as lounges for informal student and teacher interaction. Computer and computer-access facilities are also available to students, faculty members, and staff members.

Financial Assistance Available through the College of Business Administration

Students in the College of Business Administration are eligible for scholarships and awards funded by industry, foundations, and individuals. Some of these awards are available college-wide, while others are restricted to students in one department. Since funds are limited, students selected to receive an award must demonstrate outstanding academic aptitude and a firm commitment to a business education.

Freshman scholarships range from four-year awards covering tuition and fees to one-time five-hundred-dollar or two-thousand-dollar awards. Freshman applicants should complete a University of Texas Application for Freshman Scholarships and return it to the Office of Student Financial Services. The deadline for submission is December 1 of the student's senior year in high school.

Most scholarships for continuing students are reserved for students who have declared a business major. Generally, seventy to eighty college scholarships are awarded annually, in amounts of $500 to $2,500; some are renewable. Criteria for awarding scholarships vary to meet the wishes of the donors but often include financial need, academic performance, major area of study, and hometown. Descriptions of college scholarships and applications for them are available in the Undergraduate Dean's Office, College of Business Administration Building 2.314, during January and February of each year. The deadline for submission is March 1 for scholarships for the following academic year. Recipients are selected by the Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee of the college and notified by mail, usually by the end of May.

Departmental scholarships are generally reserved for juniors and seniors majoring in a program of the department. Because departmental scholarships are normally funded by annual contributions, the number of scholarships and the amounts awarded vary among departments and over time. Criteria for departmental awards are specified by the donors and include the same kinds of characteristics as those established for college-wide awards; deadlines and other elements of the selection process also vary among departments. Interested students should contact the major department for further information.

Student Services and Academic Advising

The Undergraduate Dean's Office of the College of Business Administration provides administrative support and student services for the college. Student services include maintenance of student academic records, academic counseling by appointment and on a walk-in basis, development of official degree audits for students, and graduation certification.

In addition, academic advisers in the Undergraduate Dean's Office are available to assist all students with questions about scholastic progress, degree requirements, rules and regulations, and other available campus services such as career or personal counseling. Faculty advisers are also available in each department to help students choose coursework appropriate to their career goals.


Students who have been enrolled in the College of Business Administration for at least one semester are permitted to self-advise and therefore to register on-line or by telephone without consulting an academic adviser. To be eligible to self-advise, the student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.00; to self-advise for registration for a long-session semester, he or she must register for a normal course load. Like all other students, those who self-advise are responsible for knowing the requirements of the degree program they have chosen, for enrolling in courses appropriate to that degree program, for meeting the prerequisites of the courses selected, and for taking courses in the proper sequence to ensure orderly and timely progress toward the degree.

Business Career Services

The College of Business Administration Career Services Office offers job placement assistance to business students and alumni. The purpose of the office is to help students determine their career goals, develop a plan for achieving these goals, and select and obtain employment commensurate with their goals, interests, and training. To help students prepare for their career search, the office presents workshops on résumé writing, interviewing, conducting a job search, presenting a professional image, offer evaluation, and career interest areas (marketing, accounting, management, and finance). The office maintains a library of company literature, videotapes, employment information, and general business publications for students' use and arranges about fifteen thousand individual interviews annually with employers in business, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Several hundred firms conduct on-campus interviews at the College of Business Administration each year.

To assist employers, the office provides résumé searches of participating graduating students; these are sent to organizations nationwide that request them. The Jobline is a weekly publication listing current openings with employers who do not conduct on-campus interviews. To assist companies in their recruiting efforts, the office also coordinates about two hundred receptions and information sessions each year.

Additional information about the office is available at http://www.cso.bus.utexas.edu/.

As a complement to the assistance available from the college, the University Career Center provides comprehensive career services to all students. The center offers professional assistance to students in choosing or changing their majors or careers, seeking an internship, and planning for the job search or for graduate study.

The University makes no promise to secure employment for each graduate.

Student Organizations

Student organizations play an important role in the educational experience offered by the college. Becoming involved in extracurricular organizations helps students gain experience in teamwork, time management, and other practical areas. This experience, when combined with the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom, allows students to develop a well-rounded set of skills for use academically, professionally, and personally.

The Undergraduate Business Council (UBC) is the governing body for student activities in the college. It comprises representatives from each business student organization, an executive board, representatives elected by the student body, and members appointed by the executive board. The UBC acts as a representative of all undergraduate business students and sponsors such programs as Parents' Day and the VIP Lecture Series.

Business student organizations sponsor professional activities such as guest lectures, field trips, and faculty "fireside chats"; many offer social activities as well. Undergraduate business organizations are Asian Business Students Association, International Association of Students in Economics and Commerce (AIESEC), Alpha Kappa Psi (professional business fraternity for men and women), CBA Today (student-run news publication), Engineering Route to Business Association, Freshman Business Association, Honors Business Association, Hispanic Business Students Association, Internet Express (student-run Web consulting), Management Information Systems Association, National Association of Black Accountants, National Student Business League, Phi Beta Chi (professional business fraternity for men and women), Phi Chi Theta (professional business fraternity for men and women), University Accounting Association, Undergraduate Business Career Association, University Finance Association, Undergraduate Management Consulting Association, and University of Texas Management Association.

Admission and Registration

Requirements for Admission to the College of Business Administration

Admission and readmission of all students to the University is the responsibility of the University director of admissions. Information about admission to the University is given in General Information.

Each year there are more qualified applicants to the College of Business Administration than can adequately be instructed by the faculty or accommodated within existing facilities. To provide students with the best educational experience possible, the college must limit undergraduate admission. Therefore, admission to the college is extremely competitive and admission requirements are more stringent than those of the University. As a result, a student may be admitted to the University but denied admission to the college. The student must be admitted to the College of Business Administration to pursue a degree program described in this chapter.

Admission to the College of Business Administration is granted for the fall semester only. Admitted students are expected to attend orientation the summer before they enter the college.

Freshman Admission Requirements for Texas Residents

To be considered for admission to the college, Texas-resident high school students must be granted regular admission to the University. However, because enrollment is limited by the availability of instructional resources, admission requirements for business degree programs are more restrictive than those of the University. High school rank and SAT I or American College Testing Program (ACT) scores are among the factors used in making admission decisions. Students may be placed in a deferred decision category until they submit additional information. A student who is admitted to the University but denied admission to the college may seek admission to another academic program at the University.

Freshman Admission Requirements for Nonresidents

Because of enrollment restrictions dictated by the availability of faculty and facilities in the college and limitations on nonresident enrollment imposed by the Board of Regents, nonresident applicants are considered individually.

Application Procedures for Freshman Admission

The student initiates the freshman application process by designating the University as a recipient of SAT I or ACT scores. Upon receiving the scores from the testing agency, the Office of Admissions sends the student a freshman application form to be completed and returned with an official high school transcript showing class rank. Students may also apply for admission on-line through the Office of Admissions Web site at http://www.utexas.edu/student/admissions/. To be considered for admission to the College of Business Administration, the student should specify business as his or her intended major on the application form. All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the deadline to apply for admission to the University for the fall semester; this date is given in General Information.

Students in Other Divisions of the University

Students enrolled in other degree programs at the University who wish to enter a degree program described in this chapter must submit an application for a change of major to the Undergraduate Dean's Office by June 1 to be considered for admission in the following fall semester. The student must have completed at least thirty semester hours of college coursework by the end of the spring semester to be eligible for consideration. Admission is granted on a space-available basis and may not be possible if instructional resources are not compatible with enrollment demands. A student with a grade point average of less than 3.00 is unlikely to be admitted to the college.

Transfer Admission

A student seeking to transfer to the College of Business Administration from another university should list business as his or her intended major on the Undergraduate Application for Transfer Admission to the University. Because students are not admitted to the college for the spring or summer, application materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline for the student to be considered for admission in the following fall semester. To be considered, the student must have completed at least thirty semester hours of transferable college coursework. Because of enrollment restrictions dictated by the availability of faculty and facilities in the college and limitations on nonresident enrollment imposed by the Board of Regents, an applicant may be denied admission even though he or she meets University transfer requirements. Such an applicant may seek admission to another academic program at the University.

Claiming a Major

The student is admitted to the College of Business Administration as an undeclared major. The student may claim a specific business major when he or she has completed thirty semester hours of coursework, including Business Administration 101, Economics 304K and 304L, and Mathematics 403K and 403L; has completed or registered for Business Administration 102; and has fulfilled the foreign language requirement for the BBA degree. All students are required to claim a major before completing seventy-five semester hours. To claim a major, the student should file a Request to Declare a Major form in the Undergraduate Dean's Office. A student seeking admission to the Professional Program in Accounting or the Honors Program must complete a separate application.

Admission with Deficiencies

Students who were admitted to the University with deficiencies in high school units must remove them by the means prescribed in General Information. Credit used to remove a deficiency may not be counted toward the degree. It may be earned on the pass/fail basis. Students may not claim a major until high school unit deficiencies have been removed.

Foreign Language Proficiency

Each student must provide evidence that he or she has fulfilled the foreign language proficiency requirement for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Students may not claim a major until the foreign language proficiency requirement has been met.

Admission-to-Major Requirements for Students Previously Enrolled in the College

A former student who was most recently enrolled in the College of Business Administration and who is readmitted to the University reenters the major in which he or she was last enrolled. However, a former business student who has earned a BBA degree at the University is readmitted with the classification "degree holder but nondegree seeker."

A former student who was most recently classified as a prebusiness administration student or an undetermined business administration student will be readmitted to the prebusiness classification. The student may then apply for admission to a business major according to the procedures given in the section "Students in Other Divisions of the University."


General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transfer from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule, published before registration each semester and summer session, includes registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are sold at campus-area bookstores. They are also published on the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site, http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/.

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Contents  |  Chapter 1  |  Chapter 2  |  Chapter 3  |  Chapter 4
Chapter 5  |  Chapter 6  |  Chapter 7  |  Chapter 8  |  Chapter 9
Chapter 10  |  Chapter 11  |  Chapter 12  |  Chapter 13
Texas Common Course Numbering System (Appendix A)
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