2021-2022 Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business and Administration Undergraduate Programs

Students are held to basic standards of performance established for their classes with respect to attendance, active participation in coursework, promptness in completion of assignments, correct English usage-both in writing and speech, accuracy in calculations, and general quality of scholastic workmanship. In general, examinations are required in all courses for all students.

To be in good standing, a minimum scholastic cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted, a 2.0 GPA for all business courses attempted, and a 2.0 term (semester) GPA. These grade point averages apply to work taken at all University of Colorado campuses. Remedial coursework is not included in the overall average. Students are responsible for being aware of their academic status at all times; late posting of grades and/or late notification by the College does not waive this responsibility.

A student’s business program/catalog year is the one in effect at the time the student is admitted to the UCCS College of Business and Administration.

Undergraduate Admission Procedures


Class Rank and Test Scores
Students who rank in the upper 50th percentile of their high school graduating class with a 3.0 high school GPA and who satisfy the suggested high school units and the entrance test score requirements are assured admission. Test score requirements generally mirror the minimum requirements for placement into Rhetoric and Writing I and College Algebra.

Suggested High School Course Units

  • English - 4 (including one year of speech/debate and two years of composition)
  • Mathematics - 3 (including at least two years of algebra and one year of geometry)
  • Natural Science - 3 (laboratory science courses)
  • Social Science - 2
  • Foreign Language - 2
  • Academic electives - 1

(additional course in English, foreign language, mathematics, natural or social sciences; not to include business courses)

Total 15 course units

Transfer Students

To be eligible for admission for the College of Business, transfer students must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and have successfully completed, with a C grade or better, a college level composition course and at least college algebra. Applicants with less than 15 semester hours of college level work will be required to submit a high school transcript and SAT or ACT test scores. Applicants with 30 semester hours or more of college level work may or may not be required to submit high school transcripts and/or test scores for admission purposes, but a high school transcript is required to be on file per the Admissions Guidelines. Additional credentials may be required in individual cases. The College of Business and Administration does not allow students who already possess a Bachelor’s degree in a business area to pursue a second Bachelor’s degree in Business. Students who already have a Bachelor’s degree in Business are encouraged to inquire about admission criteria for the College of Business and Administration graduate programs.

Intra-University Transfer (IUT)

Students who wish to transfer to the College of Business are admissible when the following set of requirements outlined below are completed:

1) Completion of Rhetoric & Writing I course (ENGL 1310 or equivalent) with C grade or better

2) Completion of College Algebra course (MATH 1040 or equivalent) with C grade or better

3) Completion of 15 credits taken at UCCS

4) 3.0 or higher cumulative University of Colorado GPA

Transferring into the College of Business is recommended early in the degree plan. College of Business admittance should occur prior to the sophomore course levels. All business courses numbered 2010 and above (except MGMT 3300 and MKTG 3000) are reserved for College of Business students, as are all online undergraduate business courses. 

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 30 hours of business coursework must be completed after admission to the College of Business and Administration, including 18 -24 hours in the area of emphasis and BGSO 4000 & STRT 4500. Coursework taken prior to admission to the College will not be accepted toward area of emphasis requirements.


The College of Business and Administration adheres to the University Minimum Academic Preparation Standards that are listed in the Admissions  section of the Catalog

Undergraduate Programs

Business, BS  


Bachelor of Innovation™ (BI) Degree  

Undergraduate Academic Policies

Course Load
The normal scholastic load for a full-time undergraduate business student is 15 semester hours, 18 hours is the maximum during the fall/spring semesters and 12 hours in the summer session. An approved College of Business Petition is required to take courses in excess of the stated maximum.

Minimum Grade Requirements
All Business students are required to attain a grade no lower than C- for all Skills Courses (ACCT 2010 & 2020, ECON 1010 & 2020, ENGL 1310, MATH 1040 & 1120, and QUAN 2010 & 2020), Junior Core Courses (FNCE 3050, INFS 3000, MKTG 3000, OPTM 3000 & MGMT 3300), Area of Emphasis/Major courses and Capstone courses (BGSO 4000 & STRT 4500). Students may petition the College of Business to have one skills or junior core grade below C- accepted so long as the course is passed (a D grade is passing) and not in their major field of study and if the student has attempted the course at least twice and if the student has successfully passed subsequent courses that require the course in question as a prereq.  

Course Repetition
Repetition of College of Business coursework is permitted only with prior permission from the College.

President and Dean’s List Criteria
To qualify for semester honors, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 graded hours during a regular semester (Fall or Spring). Students who achieve a 3.75-3.99 grade point average will be placed on the Dean’s List. Students who achieve a 4.0 grade point average will be placed on the President’s List.
Online Courses and Program
The online program at UCCS follows the same format as our on-campus classes - each course is offered in the “regular” semester format - the courses are not correspondence courses.  Students enrolled in the online program or in any online course are required to meet and follow all College of Business rules and policies that are in place for the College to include classroom attendance, academic misconduct enforcement, student code of conduct, and classroom behavior guidelines. Business online courses are restricted to College of Business students. 

To apply for an undergraduate internship for academic credit, students must be in good academic standing in their sophomore, junior, or senior year, with a 2.5 overall CU GPA. Internships are 1-3 credit hours, pass/fail only (a passing grade for internship is a C or better; a failing grade for internship is a C- or below), and may be used as open elective credit, business elective credit, or as area of emphasis credit (if internship credit is approved for the area of emphasis). Internships are approved through an application process obtained from the College of Business Career Development Center. Students must apply prior to beginning their internship duties, and should register for credit during the semester in which the internship is being completed. A maximum of 6 credit hours of internship may be applied to a business degree.

Probation and Suspension

Any College of Business and Administration student who has attempted 12 or more hours at any CU campus, and/or has attempted 12 or more hours of College of Business coursework, shall be immediately placed on probation when their University of Colorado, Business and/or Semester Term GPA falls below a 2.0. In the case where a student’s semester GPA falls below a 2.0 for the first time, the student will be given a one semester warning before being placed on probation.

During their entire academic career in the College of Business and Administration a student may be on probation for a maximum of four semesters; probationary terms are not necessarily consecutive (summer is considered a semester only if 6 or more credits are attempted). Students on probation will have their registration blocked for subsequent semesters until grades are posted and minimum standards (2.25 term GPA and no grade below a C-) are achieved.

  • Failure to meet probationary provisions will result in Indefinite Suspension.
  • A student may be removed from probation when the cumulative University of Colorado GPA and/or the Business GPA are a 2.0 or above.

Students placed on Indefinite Suspension are not eligible to enroll in College of Business and Administration courses at any University of Colorado campus for one calendar year from the time of their Indefinite Suspension.

A student who has been under indefinite suspension for one calendar year may apply for readmission to the College of Business and Administration.  The student must submit the College of Business Petition and a formal letter for consideration for readmission to the College of Business. If readmitted, that readmission will be on a probationary status. After being readmitted under such probationary status, students who fail to comply with the requirements of their probation will be subject to Permanent Suspension.

Any student who is placed on suspension more than once will be placed on Permanent Suspension from the College of Business and Administration and may not attend any campus of the University of Colorado as a business student.

Students who have been on Indefinite Suspension at any time by the College of Business and Administration will automatically be placed on Permanent Suspension if their cumulative CU or Business GPA falls below 2.0.

All suspended College of Business and Administration students who transfer into another degree program will not be eligible to enroll in any business courses offered by the College of Business and Administration and will be subject to administrative drops.

Registration and Enrollment Status

Prerequisites are enforced for all students. In addition, College of Business students should complete all Skills Courses (with a grade of C- or better) prior to enrolling in the Junior Core and Emphasis classes. Priority for registration in business classes is given to business degree students. Students uncertain about eligibility for enrollment in a business course should contact Academic Advising at (719) 255-3260 or www.uccs.edu/~advising. Students enrolled in one section of a business course while attending a different section will receive a final grade of F for nonattendance. Students attending business classes for which they are not enrolled will not be added after the add period is over without the approval of the instructor and the Dean of the College of Business.

Transfer Credit-Undergraduate

Business Courses
The College will limit transfer credit for business courses taken at a lower division level to such courses as the College offers at that level. A maximum of 60 semester hours of credit may be accepted from a community or junior college.

Student transfer agreements between the UCCS College of Business and Administration and the two-year public institutions in the Colorado system of higher education have been established and may be accessed through the advising offices of each institution. The College adheres to the Business Statewide Articulation Agreement. This agreement varies depending on the student’s specific catalog year.

Information systems courses older than five years will not apply toward any Bachelor of Science in Business degree requirement, but those course credits can be applied towards open elective requirements.

Accounting courses in transfer need to be current (less than 10 years old).

Current business students who wish to take coursework at another institution or another campus of the University of Colorado and apply the work toward the degree must have the prior approval from the College via a College of Business Petition.

Correspondence Credit
Area of emphasis courses may not be taken by correspondence. All correspondence courses are evaluated to determine their acceptability. Approval for degree credit is required prior to registration.

Credit by Examination
See the Admissions  section of this catalog for information about Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit.

Graduation Requirements

Each candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Business degree in the Professional Program must complete the prescribed courses in an area of emphasis comprising a minimum of 18 - 24 semester hours taken at UCCS. A minimum CU GPA of 2.5, with no grade below a C- is required for all business courses including Skills Courses, Junior Core, BGSO 4000 & STRT 4500, and Emphasis Courses, as is a 2.0 overall CU GPA. Students who graduate with area of emphasis and/or business grade point averages from 2.0 to 2.49 will not earn a Professional Area of Emphasis and will graduate as General Business majors.

Degree Credit: To be considered for the degree, students must report all academic credentials to the Office of the Registrar, and credentials must appear on the student’s official University of Colorado transcript. Credit listed on these documents is then evaluated by the appropriate office for degree applicability.

Senior Audit: By the beginning of the first semester of their senior year, students must schedule a senior audit with a business academic advisor to determine status with respect to graduation requirements. Failure to complete the senior audit in a timely manner may delay a student’s graduation.

Commencement: Students seeking to participate in commencement and other academic ceremonies will need to complete ALL academic requirements in advance. Participation in academic ceremonies that recognize or honor students for the completion of an academic program or specific academic accomplishment is based on the understanding that all requirements have been completed. Every effort will be made to determine eligibility in advance, and only students who have met requirements will be permitted to participate.

Latin Honors: Upon recommendation of the faculty, undergraduate students who demonstrate superior scholarship are given special recognition at graduation. To qualify for Latin Honors, students must have a minimum of 60 hours at the University of Colorado. Students must achieve an overall CU grade point average of 3.7 and a grade point average of 3.9 in all business courses taken at the University of Colorado to be considered for summa cum laude. Those who achieve an overall CU grade point average of 3.5 and a grade point average of 3.7 in all business courses taken at the University of Colorado will be considered for magna cum laude. An overall CU grade point average of 3.3 and a business course average of 3.5 qualify a student to be considered for cum laude.  

College of Business and Administration Minor Programs of Study

Minors for Business Students

Professional Program students (students graduating with a 2.0 overall, 2.5 in Business, and 2.5 in emphasis) may earn a minor.

Business students may minor in a second business area or may choose a minor through the Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Sciences; Engineering; or Nursing (at least 18 credit hours). 

For College of Business minors, all 9 credit hours of business courses must be taken in residence in the College of Business and Administration and must not already be counting toward the area of emphasis. If the 9 hours are not unique courses, then a student cannot earn a minor. Courses taken for the minor can count toward business electives and/or open electives. A minor GPA of 2.5 must be earned, and minor courses must have a C- grade or better. All attempts of minor courses will be calculated into a students GPA. To be eligible to earn the business minor, business students must also earn their professional area of emphasis (2.0 overall CU GPA, 2.5 Business GPA and 2.5 Area of Emphasis GPA).

If a student is pursuing a “non-business” minor, 9 hours must be unique from courses already required for the business degree and the student must fulfill the specific minor degree requirements to earn the minor.