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The College of Business offers courses of study leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees. All degree

programs in the College of Business are fully accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance

Collegiate Schools of Business.

The undergraduate curriculum that leads to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration is composed of several segments: (1) broad general education in the arts, humanities and sciences;

(2) the common body of knowledge for management responsibilities; and (3) specialized majors in Accounting, Advertising, Economics, Finance, General Business, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. Through flexibility in its requirements, the College is able to satisfy the different interests and career objectives of students with diverse backgrounds. Graduate programs in the College are described in the USF Graduate Catalog.

The College of Business is located near the corner of Maple Street and Alumni Drive on the south-central side of campus. To access information about the College online, use the following web address: www.coba.usf.edu.

Undergraduate Admission to the College Admission to the College of Business is based upon availability of faculty and space within each discipline. The College is an upper-level, limited access college, which means that it has admission requirements in addition to those of the University in general. Students interested in pursuing a degree in the areas offered by the College of Business must complete the required prerequisites for entering the College in addition to other related criteria listed in 1-4 below.

Requirements for Admission to the College of Business

1. Students must satisfy the following criteria:

a. Minimum of 60 semester hours of college credit earned.

b. Minimum of a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on all college-level work and a minimum of 2.00 on all credit attempted at USF, including any prior to renewal. NOTE: Beginning Fall 2013, (applies for all students beginning as FTIC Fall 2011) and for each admission cycle (academic year) a minimum grade point average (GPA) will be established by the College of Business to limit enrollment to a number of students consistent with the available faculty and space. However, the minimum overall GPA for admission to the College of Business will not exceed 2.75.

c. Completion of the following State Mandated Common

Prerequisites (or equivalents) with a grade of C- or higher in each course and an overall 2.00 GPA:

* ACG X021/ACG X022 Financial Accounting (or ACG X001 & ACG X011) * ACG X071Managerial Accounting (or X301) CGS X100¹Computers in Business (oracceptable Substitute, i.e., CGS X100C, CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X531, CGS X0000, MAN X812) ECO X013 Principles of Macroeconomics ECO X023 Principles of Microeconomics MAC X233 Elementary Calculus or MAC 2230 STA X023 Introductory Statistics or QMB X100 (or STAX122 although STA X023 and QMB X100 are preferred).

* accounting majors must earn a C not C- in ACG 2021 & 2071 ¹or demonstrated competency.

d. In computing entry grade point average all business and economics courses taken for S or U grades will be converted to C or F, respectively.

2. Students working toward meeting the limited access criteria will be permitted to enroll in all foundation courses in Business (listed below) except GEB 4890, provided they have completed 60 semester hours, a minimum of 2.40 overall GPA, and have met course prerequisites.

3. A minimum score of 550 on paper and pencil or 213 on computerized TOEFL is required, when applicable.

4. Students must be admitted to the College of Business at least one term before their anticipated graduation date.

Computer Requirement All students entering the College of Business are required to have a laptop computer that they can use in their classes and labs. The laptop computer must be capable of connecting to the internet wirelessly and accessing software applications through a central server.

Transfer Students Transfer credits will be accepted from accredited institutions; however, all hours earned may not be applied toward USF business degree requirements. Individual courses will be evaluated by an academic advisor and appropriately

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credited toward requirements in the student’s program at USF.

Florida public junior/community college students enrolled in an Associate of Arts (AA) program should normally complete the general education requirements and the State Mandated Common Prerequisites at a Florida College System institution. As a rule, AA students should avoid taking any business courses at the junior/community college that are listed as 3000- and 4000-level courses at USF. Normally, courses in finance, marketing, management, and accounting, as well as other business administration and economics courses, taken at the lower division level that are offered as upper division courses at USF will not be accepted for upper division credit in business administration or economics. In general, business courses taken at the lower level, at technical schools, or as part of professional or military training, are not applicable to the degree programs of the College of Business. Exceptions to this policy will be made only upon proper validation of such courses. Validation consists of successfully completing specified advanced courses in the discipline.

Florida College System students pursuing an Associate of Science (AS) program in Business Administration are fully admissible to USF. Please see a business advisor to determine the articulation courses, discuss admission to the College of Business and prepare a program plan for degree completion. Students transferring to the College of Business with an A.S. in Business Administration may earn a major in General Business Administration only.

Florida College System students pursuing an Associate of Science (AS) program in any other discipline should contact the Director of the BSAS program in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, SVC 2003, (813) 974-4051, for information regarding course transferability and degree articulation.

Early Admissions, Living-Learning Community, Honors Program Early Admissions Program – The Bulls Business Network Membership in the Bulls Business Network (BBN) is open to first time in college students who have completed a USF application and declared an intent to major in business. Select freshmen are admitted directly to the College of Business upon admission to USF (while most students are fully admitted to the business college after two years of general course requirements). BBN members are eligible to live in the Bulls Business Community, a residential program described in the following section. BBN students have the opportunity to avoid mass lecture classes as smaller sections of core business classes are reserved exclusively for BBN members (availability is limited and determined by academic performance each semester). Students in the BBN may apply for special business scholarships as well as join business student organizations normally restricted only to juniors and seniors. For admission criteria visit www.coba.usf.edu/bbn Living-Learning Community - The Bulls Business Community Most freshmen are required to live on campus for the first year. As part of the Bulls Business Network, students are eligible to apply to the business-themed living learning community, the Bulls Business Community (BBC). Here, students are offered very different programming opportunities. An exclusive academic advisor and graduate assistant aid students as they navigate the university and the college. Dinners with the dean, meetings with CEO’s of various Tampa Bay businesses, improv sessions, study abroad opportunities, company tours and etiquette dinners are just a few of the beyond the books experiences provided to the 105 business students living on one floor in Juniper-Poplar Hall. In addition, all BBC students have the opportunity to apply to the Honors Program in Business.

For further information about the BBC, please visit http://www.coba.usf.edu/bbn The Honors Program in Business Exclusively for our best and most motivated students, this highly-selective program is designed to assist, accelerate and ensure the growth and development of our future leaders in academia and business. Business honors students will learn from USF’s best business research faculty, blending smaller classes, rigorous coursework and research efforts with unique applied learning opportunities.

To graduate from the Honors Program in Business, students must fulfill all program requirements listed below:

• Sign and abide by the program’s Honor Pledge

• Live in the Bulls Business Community for two years

• Facilitate a service-learning project within a Business Honor’s cohort

• Participate in a study abroad experience with a Business Honor’s cohort

• Participate in at least one meaningful internship

• Complete all requirements for an honor’s thesis

• Maintain a 3.40 overall GPA Upon completion of the requirements above, students will be identified at graduation and the statement “Business Honors Program” will be placed on the diploma and transcript.

Students should apply as seniors in high school. Alternatively, students may also apply after completion of their


UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA 2011-2012 UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG freshmen year in college from USF or outside USF. Students who complete an associate’s degree are also eligible for consideration into this program. For further information, please contact the program director, Kevin Renshler at Renshler@usf.edu.


General Requirements for B.A./B.S. Degrees in Administration Business Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 semester hours. Of the minimum 120, at least 60 hours must be business courses, and a minimum of 54 hours must be non-business courses (i.e., all courses not normally offered in the College of Business). Additional electives may be required to reach a minimum of 120 hours and can be either business or non-business.

As a part of the 120-hour requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree, the following criteria also apply:

GPA: A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 must be achieved in the following areas:

• The major and minor fields

• College foundation courses

• All USF coursework

• Overall GPA (USF and all transfer work) Gordon Rule: Students must have satisfactorily completed the writing and computation course requirements of the Board of Governor’s Regulation 6.107 (“Gordon Rule”).

Foreign Language: For a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must demonstrate competency in a foreign language (refer to the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog). The College of Business does not approve American Sign Language for the Foreign Language Exit Requirement.

Residency: College of Business residency requirements for graduation exceed the minimum requirements established for USF. Students are required to complete satisfactorily at USF-Tampa a minimum of 50 percent (30-33 semester hours depending on major) of required business courses, including 12-18 semester hours in the major field.

In addition, USF COB students must meet COB residence requirements from the degree granting campus. Normally, independent study and independent research courses do not fulfill this requirement.

International Course Requirement: All business students are required to select at least one course that deals with contemporary international topics. This course can be included in the business, non-business, or elective category. Consult with a business advisor for approved courses.

No S/U courses in major or minor: All courses in the major or minor field and all foundation coursework in business must be taken on a graded basis; the S/U option is not available.

Academic Dismissal: Students dismissed more than once from the USF System for academic reasons will not be readmitted to the College of Business - Tampa.

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3. Speech/Writing Requirements for Business Majors a. SPC 2608 Public Speaking or COM 3110 Communication for Business 3 and the Professions b. ENC 3250 Professional Writing or ENC 3310 Expository Writing or equivalent 3

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* Accounting majors must earn C not C- in ACG 2021 & 2071 ** Information Systems (ISM) majors must earn C not C- in ISM 3011 *** Marketing majors must earn C not C- in MKT 3023

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*Waiver examination administered by the College only may be substituted for CGS 2100. See Advisor for details.

Student Advising and Records

The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Programs (located in Ferguson Hall, BSN 2102) provides the following:

1. Orientation for freshmen and transfer students.

2. Academic advising and program information for:

a. pre-business students who have applied to the College of Business and declared business as their intended major.

b. students who meet all College of Business admission requirements.

3. Evaluation of undergraduate transcripts for all declared and admitted business transfer students.

4. Maintenance of academic advising records.

5. Certification of graduation.

Advising Offices

Location: BSN 2102, (813) 974-4290 or schedule an advising appointment on-line:


Office Hours 8am-6pm Monday-Thursday.

8am-4pm on Fridays.

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While the University provides advising services to assist students with academic planning, the responsibility for ensuring that all graduation requirements are met ultimately rests solely with the student.

• GENERAL BUSINESS (GBA) The General Business major provides students with substantial preparation in two functional areas of business and prepares them for positions in a business world that is increasingly interdisciplinary and values cross-functional abilities.

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