4. College of Business

Mission Statement 

The College of Business is dedicated to creating and sharing knowledge that enhances the translation of theory to practice. The College combines rigor with relevance and provides innovative solutions to global business challenges. 

General Information

The College of Business welcomes all students dedicated to academic success in the study of business. The College is accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International and is one of a select group of programs internationally with separate accreditation at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels in accounting. With 12 majors and 14 minors in the undergraduate program, the College of Business seeks to give students a competitive edge in obtaining and securing employment.

The College offers comprehensive career preparation and services provided through the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD). The CSPD is devoted to transforming business students into business professionals and to meeting the recruitment needs of employers locally and globally. The Center enhances the business curriculum by helping students build the skills and knowledge that will help them be more confident and polished when they enter the business world. Workshops and events are woven into the academic curriculum of the College.

The College of Business offers a wide variety of programs on campus and abroad to develop students’ international business skills. For travel study, the College offers traditional and innovative programs to fit different student needs. Traditional study abroad programs are offered for students who want to spend a semester studying in a foreign country. The College of Business faculty also takes groups of students for international immersion study at locations where they meet executives, take classes and experience an international culture for themselves. On-campus programs include courses with high-impact experiential learning modules, professional development for international careers and the Global Business Club. Students who participate in College of Business international programs will develop skills to help them succeed in business around the world.

College of Business Undergraduate Admission Policy for the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

Admissions Philosophy

The College of Business (COB) at UTSA seeks to use available resources in ways that best prepare as many qualified students as possible for careers in business. Because there are many more students interested in the study of business than the College can accommodate, the undergraduate admission policy gives all interested students a specified time to show they can succeed in the College of Business. Students who meet admission requirements may declare their B.B.A. major. Students who do not meet the requirements for declaration of a B.B.A. major are not admitted to the College but may complete requirements for any other major at UTSA for which they are eligible.

A business minor is available to all UTSA students who seek a strong foundation in business.  Students with majors outside of the College of Business may not seek more than one business minor. 

Qualifying as a Prebusiness Student

All students seeking to qualify as a prebusiness (PRB) student must: 

  • have successfully completed evaluation under the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), and
  • qualify for enrollment in MAT 1033 Algebra with Calculus for Business or a higher level mathematics course, and
  • qualify for enrollment in WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (Q) or higher.

Students who do not meet the criteria above will be classified as undeclared until they are college-ready in math and composition. Undeclared students may not register for any College of Business courses until they qualify to be prebusiness.

Gateway Course

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (B.B.A ) must successfully complete MAT 1033 Algebra with Calculus for Business, the Gateway Course, with a grade of "C-" or better in no more than two attempts. A student who is unable to successfully complete this course within two attempts, including dropping the course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution, will be required to change his or her major outside of business.

Admission to the College of Business

All students seeking admission to the College of Business must meet the requirements of the College of Business as set forth in this catalog. To declare a B.B.A. major, students must be designated as prebusiness. Prebusiness students must complete a total of seven required courses—21 semester credit hours including 15 business credit hours. 

In the semester that a prebusiness student completes the 15 required business hours, he or she will be evaluated for admission to the College of Business. The 15-hour rule requires that by the time students complete their 15th business hour, they must have taken the required two nonbusiness courses and the required five business courses from List 1 (see below). If any of the required business courses have been completed prior to entering UTSA, students must take additional business courses at UTSA from List 2 in order to meet the 15-hour rule. Students who earn 15 business hours without completing List 1 forfeit their chance to be evaluated for admission to the College of Business and they must choose another major outside of business. 

The size of the newly admitted class is decided by the College each semester and is determined by the available enrollment capacity, and the size and quality of the application pool. Therefore, admission to the UTSA College of Business is not guaranteed. 

Students will have one chance to be evaluated for admission once they earn 15 business hours. At that time they must have completed the required seven courses (five business and two nonbusiness courses) and they will be admitted based on their COB grade point average (GPA), students in good standing with the highest GPAs being admitted first until the incoming class is filled. The COB GPA includes only business courses taken at UTSA with the exception of ACC 2003, FIN 3003 and ECO 2003 which are courses that may not be counted toward a business major.

Admission decisions will be sent to the email address on file with the University. Students in the College of Business may not enroll in specified 3000- and 4000-level courses until they are admitted to the College of Business and declare their major.

Students who are not admitted to the College in the semester they are evaluated are not eligible to complete a bachelor’s degree in business at UTSA. They will be changed from prebusiness (PRB) to undeclared (UND) and may select any nonbusiness major for which they qualify. 

Students who complete 15 hours in business without completing the required courses for admission will no longer be candidates for the College of Business. Students will be changed from prebusiness (PRB) to undeclared (UND) and must choose a major other than a business discipline. 

Non-admitted students may elect to complete a business minor approved for nonbusiness students and will only be permitted to take additional business courses that are required for these minors

Required Courses for COB Admission – List 1

ACC 2013Principles of Accounting I (grade of "C-" or better)3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics (grade of "C-" or better)3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics (grade of "C-" or better)3
IS 1403Business Information Systems Fluency (grade of "C-" or better)3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business (or equivalent or higher course with grade of "C-" or better. MAT 1214 Calculus I for majors in Actuarial Science, grade of "C-" or better.)3
MS 1023Business Statistics with Computer Applications I (grade of "C-" or better. STA 3003 Applied Statistics for majors in Actuarial Science, grade of "C-" or better.)3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (grade of "C-" or better)3

If any of the required business courses have been completed prior to entering UTSA, students must take additional business courses at UTSA from List 2 below in order to meet the 15-hour rule. Students who begin courses on List 2 before completing List 1 and reach 15 business hours will forfeit their right to be evaluated for admission to the College of Business.

Required courses for COB Admission – List 2. (May be selected only after List 1 courses are completed.)

ACC 2033Principles of Accounting II3
FIN 3013Principles of Business Finance3
GBA 2013Legal, Social and Ethical Issues in Business3
IS 3003Principles of Information Systems for Management3
MGT 3003Business Communication and Professional Development3
MGT 3013Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management3
MKT 3013Principles of Marketing3
MS 3043Business Statistics with Computer Applications II (Actuarial Science majors must take STA 3513 in lieu of MS 3043)3
MS 3053Management Science and Operations Technology3

Declaration of Major Policy for the Bachelor of Arts in Economics and the Bachelor of Science in Statistics

Students seeking a B.A. in Economics or a B.S. in Statistics must have a 2.0 UTSA GPA and transfer students must have a 2.0 transfer GPA to declare the major. Declaration of major forms may be submitted to the student's primary academic advisor.  Students seeking these degrees are subject to the academic standing policy of the College of Business.

Academic Standing for Declared Business Majors

College of Business majors (B.B.A. degrees, B.A. degree in Economics and B.S. degree in Statistics) must maintain good academic standing. This requires that the student maintain a UTSA grade point average of at least 2.0 every semester and meet all University regulations related to good academic standing. Students on probation with UTSA may remain in the College of Business, however, students who are dismissed from UTSA for low academic performance may not return to the College of Business. If the student chooses to return to UTSA, the student must select a new major outside of business.

In order to graduate, all College of Business majors must be in good academic standing (i.e., students must maintain a UTSA, College of Business, and Major GPA of 2.0).

Business Honors

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) majors who have been admitted to the Honors College may earn Business Honors if they maintain a minimum UTSA grade point average of 3.25 and complete an Honors section of five of the following Common Body of Knowledge courses: ACC 2013, ACC 2033, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, FIN 3013, GBA 2013, IS 3003, MGT 3013, MGT 4893, MKT 3013, MS 1023, and MS 3043. These undergraduate courses are offered once per year, and enrollment is targeted for B.B.A. degree program majors seeking University Honors. Contingent upon available space, students with outstanding academic records, including exceptional freshmen and transfer students, can apply for admission into these classes subject to approval by the faculty member, department chair, and Dean of the College of Business. Honors classes emphasize class discussion, presentations, and business research.

Scholarships

The College of Business has many scholarships available to assist students in reaching their educational and career goals. The scholarship program within the College is managed generally by the College of Business Office of the Dean. Students should visit the College of Business website for information and application procedures for all scholarships within the College. Detailed information and eligibility requirements for specific scholarships administered through the College are available at http://business.utsa.edu/undergraduate/. Other scholarship information is available through the UTSA Scholarship Office. The number and amounts of scholarship awards vary. Additionally, scholarship eligibility requirements differ, but may include considerations of grade point average, financial need, number of semester credit hours completed, enrollment status, activities, residency status, or bilingualism. Students must complete the application process and submit required documentation by the deadlines stated on application materials. Students will be considered for all awards for which they meet the eligibility criteria. Award amounts are generally disbursed equally among the semesters covered by the scholarship as long as recipients continue to meet grade point average, enrollment, and other scholarship criteria.

Minors in the College of Business

The following College of Business minors are open to any UTSA major: Actuarial Science; Adaptive Decision Models for Business; Statistics; Digital Forensics; Economics; Cyber Security; Information Systems; Network and Data Center Management; and Management Science.

Students with majors outside of the College of Business may not seek more than one business minor.

The following College of Business minors are open to B.B.A. majors only: Finance, Marketing, and Sport Management. 

The following College of Business minors are open to nonbusiness majors, B.A. in Economics majors, and B.S. in Statistics majors only: Business Administration and Technology Management.

Supporting Business Competencies in the College of Business

Students admitted to the College of Business will have the opportunity to include a supporting business competency.  A supporting business competency is a multidisciplinary collection of elective courses which together provide the student with an opportunity to pursue a specialized market-based skill. Supporting business competencies will not appear as a credential on student transcripts. The College of Business currently offers the following six supporting business competencies.

Once students have been admitted to the College, declare their major, and are considering completing a competency, they should be aware of prerequisite courses when planning their degree. 

Analytics (9 semester credit hours) – Students who complete the Analytics competency will prepare to properly collect, process and analyze data; to generate and interpret results, and to draw and communicate informed conclusions in order to support business and economic decision making.

Select three courses from the following:

ECO 3123Introduction to Econometrics and Business Forecasting3
FIN 4873Computer Modeling of Financial Applications3
MKT 4953Special Studies in Marketing3
MS 3073Business Analytics3
MS 3313Business Applications of Statistics3
MS 4383Applied Forecasting in Operations3

Entrepreneurship (9 semester credit hours) – Students who complete the Entrepreneurship competency will prepare to participate in the creation, launch and management of new business ventures.

ENT 3123Innovation and Entrepreneurship3
And two of the following:
BLW 3013Business Law3
ENT 4123Commercialization and Enterprise Planning3
ENT 4903Business Venture Practicum3
FIN 4333Business Finance for Entrepreneurs3
MKT 4053New Product Development3

International Business (9 semester credit hours) – Students who complete the International Business competency will prepare to understand international marketing, strategic, financial and economic issues that confront managers of multinational enterprises.

Select three courses from the following:

ECO 3193International Economics3
FIN 4613Introduction to International Finance3
GBA 4873Global Business Immersion I3
MGT 4073International Management3
MGT 4083Comparative International Management Practices3
MKT 4073International Marketing3

Leading Change (9 semester credit hours) – Students who complete the Leading Change competency will prepare to lead teams of professionals to plan projects, deliver solutions and improve efficiency and effectiveness in the contemporary organization.

MGT 4923Leading Organizations and Making Decisions3
And two of the following:
MGT 4433Introduction to Business Negotiations3
MGT 4943Managing Teams and Avoiding Conflict3
MOT 4143Introduction to Project Management3
MS 4313Six Sigma and Lean Operations3

Modeling (9 semester credit hours) – Students who complete the Modeling competency will prepare to perform, through proper use of quantitative and computer models, problem solving and decision analysis in support of business functions in a real world environment.

Select three courses from the following:

ECO 3123Introduction to Econometrics and Business Forecasting3
FIN 4873Computer Modeling of Financial Applications3
MS 3063Decision Support Systems3
MS 4383Applied Forecasting in Operations3

Risk Management (9 semester credit hours) – Students who complete the Risk Management competency will prepare to identify sources of risk in an enterprise and manage this risk in a prudent manner.

Select three courses from the following:

FIN 4523Introduction to Risk Management3
FIN 4813Property-Liability Insurance Finance3
FIN 4823Life and Health Insurance Finance3
ACC 4103Business Process Management and Control3

Enrollment in College of Business Courses

Enrollment in College of Business courses, with the exception of ACC 2003, FIN 3003 and ECO 2003 (which are courses that may not be counted toward a business major), is restricted to students who have successfully completed evaluation under the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and qualify for enrollment in MAT 1033 Algebra with Calculus for Business (or a higher level mathematics course) and WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (Q) (or higher). Additionally ACC 2033 will be open to prebusiness and declared business majors and restricted to undeclared (UND) majors. 

A specific B.B.A. major cannot be guaranteed and will depend on departmental resources.

College of Business courses at the 3000- and 4000-level are restricted to College of Business majors or to students who require the courses for their particular degree, with the exception of  FIN 3003, MGT 3013, and MKT 3013,  which are open to all students who meet course prerequisites.

Enrollment in all other 3000- and 4000-level College of Business courses may be open to nonbusiness majors provided that (a) the course applies to their degree plan, (b) the student has a UTSA GPA of 2.75, and (c) the student meets all prerequisites. If all of these conditions are met, the student may submit their petition to take the course through their advisor. Approval of the Department Chair and College Dean is required. Enrollment in MGT 3003 is restricted to prebusiness and declared business majors only. Students majoring in fields outside the College of Business may not take more than 27 semester credit hours in the College without approval of the Dean of the College of Business.

All degrees in the College of Business require 120 hours.  If a student elects to take a course that satisfies both a University Core Curriculum and COB requirement, students may need to take an additional course to meet the 120 hours.

College of Business Academic Credit Internship Policy

The policy for undergraduate students to enroll in internships for academic credit includes the following provisions:

  1. The student must be a declared major in the College of Business and in good academic standing at UTSA and in the College of Business.
  2. The student must:
    • Have completed a minimum of 75 semester credit hours, of which a minimum of 15 credit hours have been completed at UTSA.
    • Meet all internship course prerequisites, including the minimum grade point average required for enrolling in the internship.
  3. The internship must be in (or related to) the student’s declared major. The student should consult his or her major degree requirements for specific details.
  4. Internships at all for-profit companies must be paid at an hourly rate equivalent to the minimum wage to be in compliance with the Department of Labor guidelines.
  5. Each student must meet the requirements of his or her catalog of graduation regarding the total number of semester credit hours that may be earned through internships for academic credit, and meet the following provisions:
    • Each 3-credit-hour academic internship must be completed with a different company/organization.
    • An academic credit internship with a firm at which a student is currently employed may be considered, but only if clear evidence shows that the internship is substantially and programmatically different from such employment.
  6. The internship must last at least 200 work hours within the term of enrollment in which the student is seeking academic credit. 

Independent Study

In order to qualify for an independent study, students must have a COB GPA of 3.0, permission in writing from the instructor, Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in addition to any departmental prerequisites.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Field of Study Curriculum for Business

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has mandated a field of study curriculum for Business which consists of seven (7) courses with the following Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCN). UTSA courses satisfying this requirement are listed in parentheses (see Appendix A in this catalog for a list of TCCN courses).

2 courses in Accounting:
TCCN: ACCT 2301 (ACC 2013 Principles of Accounting I)
TCCN: ACCT 2302 (ACC 2033 Principles of Accounting II)

1 course in Computer Literacy:
TCCN: BCIS 1305 (IS 1403 Business Information Systems Fluency)

2 courses in Economics:
TCCN: ECON 2301 (ECO 2013 Introductory Macroeconomics)
TCCN: ECON 2302 (ECO 2023 Introductory Microeconomics)

1 course in Mathematics:
TCCN: MATH 1325 (MAT 1033 Algebra with Calculus for Business)

1 course in Speech:
TCCN: SPCH 1321 (COM 1053 Business and Professional Speech)

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

All students seeking a B.B.A. degree in the College of Business must complete the following Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses in addition to the Core Curriculum.

ACC 2013Principles of Accounting I3
ACC 2033Principles of Accounting II3
COM 1053Business and Professional Speech3
or COM 1063 Digital Business Communication
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics (satisfies Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum requirement)3
FIN 3013Principles of Business Finance3
GBA 2013Legal, Social and Ethical Issues in Business3
IS 1403Business Information Systems Fluency3
IS 3003Principles of Information Systems for Management3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business (satisfies Mathematics Core Curriculum requirement, Actuarial Science majors must take MAT 1214 in lieu of MAT 1033)3
MGT 3003Business Communication and Professional Development3
MGT 3013Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management3
MGT 4893Management Strategy (taken in semester of graduation)3
MKT 3013Principles of Marketing3
MS 1023Business Statistics with Computer Applications I (Actuarial Science majors must take STA 3003 in lieu of MS 1023)3
MS 3043Business Statistics with Computer Applications II (Actuarial Science majors must take STA 3513 in lieu of MS 3043)3
MS 3053Management Science and Operations Technology3
Note: Students must have earned at least 31 hours to enroll in any 3000 and 4000 level courses listed above.

Students completing degree course requirements with fewer than 120 semester credit hours will augment their program with electives.

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Cyber Security – Online Degree

The minimum number of semester credit hours for the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Cyber Security is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the University Core Curriculum requirements, the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) requirements, and the degree requirements, which are listed under the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security section of this catalog.

Admission Requirements

1. First-Time Freshmen

You are a first-time freshman applicant if you have not graduated from high school at the time of application or you have graduated from high school, but did not enroll in a college or university since graduation.

Prospective first-time freshman students qualify for direct admission to the online Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Cyber Security if they:

     A. meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements,

     B. have graduated in the top quartile of their high school graduation class, or

     C. have graduated in the second quartile of their high school class and have an SAT score of at least 1100 (Reading and Math, old SAT), 1170 (Reading and Math, new SAT) or an ACT composite score of at least 24 

AND

     D. have successfully completed evaluation under the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), and

     E. qualify for enrollment in the following:

I.  MAT 1033 Algebra with Calculus for Business or a higher level mathematics course, and

II. WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (Q) or higher.

Students who do not satisfy the COB direct admission requirements for the online B.B.A. degree in Cyber Security program delineated in A-E above may be granted admission to the program through a holistic review process that will consider the information available in the Texas common application. 

2. Current UTSA Students

You are a current student if you have been admitted to UTSA and are enrolled in coursework. Current UTSA students need to meet the criteria below to be considered for direct admission to the online B.B.A. degree in Cyber Security:

     A. completed at least 12 semester hours of UTSA credit,

     B. earned a 2.75 overall UTSA GPA,

     C. successfully completed evaluation under the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), and

     D. qualify for enrollment in the following:

I. MAT 1033 Algebra with Calculus for Business or a higher level mathematics course, and

II. WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (Q) or higher.

Applying as a Current UTSA Student

Submit a Student Petition for Substitution/Waiver of University Requirement to the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security.

3. Transfer Students

Transfer students are applicants who have earned transferable credit hours from a college or university and have been out of high school for at least one semester (not including summer).

UTSA admission requirements for transfer students vary depending on the number of transferable credit hours completed at the time of application.

Prospective transfer students need to meet the criteria below to be considered for direct admission to the online B.B.A. degree in Cyber Security:

     A. meet all UTSA undergraduate transfer admission requirements,

     B. have a transfer grade point average of at least 2.75 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale in all transferable coursework and be eligible to return to the most recent institution,

     C. qualify for enrollment in or completed the equivalent of the following:

I. MAT 1033 Algebra with Calculus for Business or a higher level mathematics course, and

II. WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (Q) or higher.

Minor in Business Administration

The Minor in Business Administration is open to all University majors (including B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Statistics), except business students seeking a B.B.A. degree. The following 18 semester credit hours are required in the College of Business:

A. Required Courses
ACC 2003Foundations of Accounting3
or ACC 2013 Principles of Accounting I
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
FIN 3003Survey of Finance3
IS 1403Business Information Systems Fluency3
MGT 3013Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management3
MKT 3013Principles of Marketing3
Total Credit Hours18

To declare a Minor in Business Administration, obtain advice and seek approval of substitutions for course requirements with your academic advisor.

General Business Administration (GBA) Courses

GBA 2013. Legal, Social and Ethical Issues in Business. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

A study of the legal, social, and ethical responsibilities of business organizations and of the people who work in those organizations. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

GBA 4873. Global Business Immersion I. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of 9 semester credit hours of College of Business (COB) courses and official admission into the COB Business Immersion Program. This course provides students with first-hand experience into how business is conducted in the locations visited. The pre-departure activities provide students with an introduction to the local business climate and culture. The in-country activities include visits to local companies and workshops hosted by local professors. The post-immersion components engage students in reflection opportunities and applied project experiences. This course relies heavily on experiential components; as a result, attendance to all official course events is required.

GBA 4883. Global Business Immersion II. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of 9 semester credit hours of College of Business (COB) courses and official admission into the COB Business Immersion Program. This course provides students with first-hand experience into how business is conducted in the locations visited. The pre-departure activities provide students with an introduction to the local business climate and culture. The in-country activities include visits to local companies and workshops hosted by local professors. The post-immersion components engage students in reflection opportunities and applied project experiences. This course relies heavily on experiential components; as a result, attendance to all official course events is required.

GBA 4951. Special Studies in General Business Administration. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: MGT 3003 and consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor's degree.

GBA 4952. Special Studies in General Business Administration. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: MGT 3003 and consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor's degree.

GBA 4953. Special Studies in General Business Administration. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: MGT 3003 and consent of instructor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor's degree. Generally offered: Spring, Summer.