2012-2013 Catalog 
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2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business and Administration Undergraduate Programs

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Students are held to basic standards of performance established for their classes with respect to attendance, active participation in course work, 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 course work attempted and  a 2.0 GPA for all business courses attempted. These grade point averages apply to work taken at all University of Colorado campuses. Remedial course work 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 or to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences with a pre-business designation. Transfer students from Colorado Community Colleges may follow the graduation requirements in effect during the academic year the student began study at the community college if they complete the AA Business Option (restrictions apply, please see UCCS Student Success Center).

Students transferring from both two- and four-year public higher education institutions in Colorado should consult the articulation agreements and transfer guides that are in effect between the College of Business and Administration and these institutions.

Undergraduate Admission Procedures


Class Rank and Test Scores
Students who rank in the upper 30th percentile of their high school graduating class and who satisfy the suggested high school units and the entrance test score requirements are assured admission. Test scores for assured admission are as follows:

  • SAT: a combined score of 1080 or above
  • ACT: a composite score of 24 or above, with an English minimum score of 24 and a math minimum score of 22.

Students not meeting the above standards will be considered on the basis of a combination of several factors including class rank and performance in college prep classes.

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 one (additional courses in English, foreign language, mathematics, natural or social sciences; not to include business courses)
  • Total 15

Students with strong mathematics and verbal skills are encouraged to apply even though their test scores and/or class rank may vary from the indicated admissions criteria.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to the College of Business and Administration from another institution. Transfer students must demonstrate proficiency in English and mathematics and will require the Admissions Committee approval before being admitted to the College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 to help assure admission; applicants who have a cumulative GPA between 2.3 and 2.69 will be considered. 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. 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 undergraduate and graduate certificate programs, and MBA programs.

Intra-University Transfer (IUT)

Students who wish to transfer to the College of Business and Administration from another degree program at UCCS must apply to transfer in the Student Success Center upon completion of at least 15 semester hours of graded work at UCCS. The student must complete (successfully pass with a C- or better) a college level Math class (1040 or higher) and ENGL 1310 to be considered. Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 for admission; those with a GPA between 2.3 and 2.69 will be reviewed by the Business Admissions Committee.  Performance in business courses will also be considered.

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 30 hours of business course work must be completed after admission to the College of Business and Administration, including 18 hours in the area of emphasis and BUAD 4000 & 4500. Course work taken prior to admission to the College will not be accepted toward area of emphasis requirements, nor are pre-Business (PRBU) students in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (LAS) permitted to enroll in upper-division Business courses. Furthermore, declaration as a PRBU major does not guarantee transfer into the College of Business and Administration or application of any business credits earned while a LAS student.



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.  A College of Business Petition approval is  required to take courses in excess of the stated maximum.

To apply for an undergraduate internship for academic credit, students must be in good academic standing in their junior or senior year, with a 2.5 Business GPA, 2.5 Emphasis GPA, and a 2.5 overall CU GPA. Additionally, students must have completed all skills courses and at least one emphasis course in the discipline in which they are applying for credit. Internships are 1-3 credit hours, pass/fail only, 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 Internship and Career Placement 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.

Minimum grade requirements
All Business and LAS pre-Business students are required to attain a grade no lower than C- for all Skills Courses (ACCT 2010 & 2020, BUAD 3000, ECON 1010 & 2020, ENGL 1310 MATH 1040/1110 & 1120, & QUAN 2010 & 2020), Junior Core Courses (FNCE 3050, INFS 3000, MKTG 3000, OPTM 3000 & MGMT 3300), Area of Emphasis/Major and Capstone courses (BUAD 4000 & 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 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 course work 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.

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 or Business GPA falls below a 2.0.  Any student earning all failing grades (earning a semester GPA of 0.00) for any semester will be placed on probation.

Students may remain on probation so long as they achieve a minimum CU and Business GPA of 2.25 each semester and obtain no grades below a C-.

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 shall be considered a semester only if any course work is 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 the Business GPA have been raised to 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 by the College of Business Petition Process. 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 again 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 courses offered by the College of Business and Administration and will be subject to administrative drops. Suspended students who transfer into another degree program of the University are rarely readmitted to the College of Business and Administration, and then only by special consideration through petition to the College.

Registration and Enrollment Status

Prerequisites as listed for individual courses in the Course Description section of the current catalog 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 the Student Success Center at (719) 255-3260 or success@uccs.edu. 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. Transfer students must take a minimum of 30 semester hours of business courses including the six area of emphasis courses and BUAD 4000 and 4500 in residency at UCCS after admission to the undergraduate degree program of the College of Business and Administration. A maximum of 60 semester hours of credit may be accepted from a community or junior college. Transfer students must be aware of the upper division minimum credit requirement of 45 semester hours for the Business degree.

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

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

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.

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. Generally, CLEP credit is appropriate only for (a) lower division non-business requirements and (b) non-business electives. A maximum of 6 hours of credit in any one course area is allowed. CLEP may not be used in course areas where credit has already been allowed. General examinations are not acceptable. Credit for CLEP must have prior approval in writing from the business advisor.

ROTC Credit
Students who complete the ROTC program may apply a maximum of 11 hours of advanced ROTC credit toward Area Elective requirements for the business degree. Students must be enrolled as official ROTC students in order to receive degree credit for ROTC courses. The ROTC advisor can provide more detailed information.

Graduation Requirements

Each candidate for the Bachelor of Science-Business degree in the Professional Program must complete the prescribed courses in an area of emphasis comprising a minimum of 18 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, BUAD 4000 & 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 Admissions and Records, and credentials must appear on the student’s official University of Colorado transcript. Credit listed on these documents is then evaluated by the appropriate College of Business and Administration advising 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. At this time, students are required to file a diploma card giving notice of intention to complete 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 minor in a second business area or may choose a minor through the Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Sciences; Engineering; or Nursing (18 credit hours). 

All 9 credit hours of business courses for the minor 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 open electives. A minor GPA of 2.5 must be earned, and minor courses must have a C- grade or better.

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 minor degree requirements to earn the minor. 

Accounting Minor (Business Students) 
Finance Minor (Business Students) 
Human Resources Minor (Business Students) 
Information Systems Minor (Business Students) 
International Business Minor (Business Students) 
Management Minor (Business Students) 
Marketing Minor (Business Students) 
Service Management Minor (Business Students) 


Undergraduate Certificates in Business


For students already holding a bachelor’s degree, the College of Business offers certificates in several undergraduate areas of emphasis; each certificate requires 15-21 hours of specific course work.

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in Business can pursue a certificate in accounting, information systems, marketing, organizational management, and service management. Those students who hold a BA or BS in a discipline other than business may pursue certificates in business administration, human resource management, and management. Priority for registration in business courses is given to business degree students. A certificate GPA of 2.5 must be earned, with no grades below a C-. Please contact the Program Director, Undergraduate Programs in the College of Business to apply for admission.

Accounting Certificate 
Business Administration Certificate 
Finance Certificate 
Human Resources Management Certificate 
Information Systems Certificate 
Management Certificate 
Marketing Certificate 
Service Management Certificate 


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