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College of Business
Brent A. Hathaway, Dean
310 Business Building
Phone: (307) 766-4194, Fax: (307) 766-4028
The College of Business prepares students for careers by providing quality education in business disciplines, creating and disseminating knowledge, and assisting in Wyoming's economic development. The College of Business expects the highest level of integrity from our administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
The College of Business grew from roots established in 1899 when the UW School of Commerce was founded. While the programs offered have changed over the years, the college remains firmly committed to academic excellence and positive student experiences.
The college has three academic departments: accounting; economics and finance; and management and marketing. The college also houses the College of Business Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Career Center and Online Programs Office which are instrumental in maintaining the college's link with the business world.
These units are committed to preparing all College of Business students to enter our rapidly-changing world. Successful graduates are fully prepared to compete in their chosen professions or in graduate school. More importantly, they are well-educated individuals prepared to live fulfilling lives, and to meet the challenges presented by the complex ethical, moral and cultural contexts of our times.
College of Business Learning Outcomes
The College of Business expects that its graduates:
- Understand the nature of the various disciplines within business and how these disciplines fit together.
- Possess in-depth knowledge of his or her discipline and use this disciplinary knowledge to solve business problems.
- Possess the professional skills and personal attributes necessary for a successful career in their chosen field.
The business degree programs offered by the College of Business are accredited by AACSB-International. AACSB standards ensure that College of Business students are provided comprehensive, high-quality, well-rounded degree programs. The "Common Course Work" and the "Advanced Business Standing Prerequisites" (ABS) described on the following pages have been developed to meet the AACSB accreditation standards. Per accreditation guidelines, non-College of Business majors are limited to 30 hours of business courses.
A minimum of 50% of COB courses required for the major must be taken from the degree-awarding institution.
Programs of Study
Bachelor of Science
Master of Science
Master of Business Administration
Doctor of Philosophy
Marketing with an emphasis on sustainability
All College of Business undergraduate students, except economics majors, are advised by professional academic advisers in the College of Business Academic Advising Office (COB/AAO) in room 175, Business Building. Economics students are advised by David Finnoff, room 229, Business Building. CBEC majors will be advised by COB/AAO.
All career advising is conducted by College of Business faculty members and the Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Career Center. Students are encouraged to request career advice from their assigned faculty mentor. The COB/AAO assigns students to an appropriate faculty member for career advising.
The Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Career Center
Jo Chytka, Director
The College of Business Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Career Center offers business students comprehensive career planning services.
Services include job search strategies, resume and interview preparation, networking, internship resources, and self-marketing skills development. Individual appointments may be scheduled by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone, (307) 766-6271.
College of Business students are responsible for knowing and meeting requirements for graduation. In addition to degree requirements, all College of Business students must complete the advanced business standing requirements prior to enrollment in most upper-division (3000/4000-level) College of Business courses (see Advanced Business Standing Prerequisites section).
All students must have already completed any prerequisites listed (in addition to ABS for COB students), including having the appropriate class standing. Class standing means for a 2000-level course, the student has earned a minimum of 30 hours; 3000-4000-level, the student has earned a minimum of 60 hours. Students not meeting the prerequisites are identified and administratively dropped from those courses each semester.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Business must meet university, college, and departmental requirements. In addition to the university requirement that degree candidates hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00, degree candidates for the B.S. degree in the College of Business also must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average and a 2.50 grade point average in College of Business courses at the time of graduation. In addition, economics majors also must hold a minimum 2.50 grade point average for all economics courses.
A minimum of fifty percent of the students' four year program must be in non-business coursework. Up to nine hours of economics may be included in the non-business component.
College of Business degree candidates must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours depending on major including:
I. University Studies Requirements:
All first year students who enter the University of Wyoming (UW) and students who enter a Wyoming Community College (CC) are required to meet the USP 2003 requirements for graduation. Wyoming CC students transferring to UW with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree will have course work evaluated per the General Education Articulation Agreement between the University of Wyoming and Wyoming Community Colleges. Non-resident transfer students and Wyoming CC transfer students without an associate's degree will have course work evaluated on a course-by-course basis, based on all approved USP courses.
Academic advisers will help students select the appropriate courses to satisfy university studies requirements. Some College of Business requirements also meet university studies requirements.
A. Basic skills
a. USP Writing I course (WA) - 3
b. USP Writing II course-Mid-level writing or 2000-4000-level writing intensive course-Choose from list of approved courses (WB) - 3
c. USP Writing III course-Upper-level writing or 3000-4000-level writing intensive course-choose from list of approved courses (WC) - 3
2. Mathematics and quantitative reasoning
a. Passing Math Placement Exam at level 3 or completion of MATH 1400 (QA) - 3
b. MATH 2350 or 2200 (QB) - 4
3. Oral Communications
a. COJO 1010 (O) - 3
B. Science: Two approved courses from one or more of the following categories (one must include a lab):
1. Biological science - (SB)
Choose from list of approved courses
2. Integrated science - (S)
3. Physical science - (SP)
Choose from list of approved courses
4. Earth science - (SE)
Choose from list of approved courses
Total hours of science - 6
C. Intellectual Community and Information Literacy
1. ACCT 1010 (I) - 3
2. ACCT 1020 (L) - 3
D. Cultural Context: Four courses required. Must include one course from each area.
1. Humanities-Choose from list of approved courses (CH) - 3
2. ECON 1010 & 1020 (CS) - 6
3. Arts (CA) - 3
E. U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions (V) - 3
F. Diversity in US: One course required.
Choose from list of approved courses (D) - 3
G. Global Awareness: One Course Required (G) - 3
H. Physical Activity and Health (P) - 1
The number of hours of elective credit varies by department, and there is a limit on the number of military science and aerospace studies courses that may be taken. ROTC courses will not count as upper division electives. Students should consult their academic advisers.
Students may not take courses for S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) credit to satisfy university studies or college requirements, course requirements in the major, or courses outside the college required by the major department curriculum.
Advanced Business Standing Prerequisites
College of Business students must satisfy the following advanced business prerequisites prior to enrolling in most upper-division (3000/4000-level) College of Business courses:
- Achieve junior standing by completing a minimum of 60 semester hours;
- Complete 10 specific courses with a grade of C or better in each. These ten courses are: ECON 1010 and 1020, USP Writing I and II courses, ACCT 1020, IMGT 2400, ACCT 1010, MATH 2200 and 2205 or MATH 2350 and 2355 and STAT 2010.
- Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50.
Common Course Work
College of Business majors take a common set of courses that expose them to the basic concepts, processes and technical skills necessary to complete a well-rounded high quality business education. The common course work includes FIN 3250, BADM 1040, DSCI 3210, IMGT 2400, MGT 3210, 4800, MKT 3210, ACCT 1010, and 1020.
Requirements for Non-College of Business Majors
Students in non-College of Business majors who wish to enroll in College of Business upper-division courses need not meet the advanced business standing prerequisites. However, they are required to meet individual course prerequisites listed in the bulletin, including class standing. This means for 2000-level courses, they must have earned a minimum of 30 hours. For 3000-4000-level courses, they must have earned a minimum of 60 hours.
In accordance with AACSB standards, students in non-College of Business majors may take no more than 25 percent of courses (30 hours) required for their degree programs in the College of Business.
Acceptance of Transfer Credit
The College of Business complies with UW policies regarding transfer credit discussed in the front section of this bulletin. The college has special course transfer arrangements with Wyoming community colleges that allow some courses taken at community colleges at the lower-division (freshman-sophomore) level to transfer for upper-division (junior) credit. Wyoming community college transfer students should contact the College of Business Academic Advising Office for details.
Students transferring to the College of Business from community colleges outside Wyoming and non-AACSB accredited colleges and universities may validate some courses for which upper-division business credit is sought. Students transferring from other AACSB accredited colleges and universities will have their courses reviewed for transfer on a case-by-case basis.
The College of Business does not accept transfer credits for COB courses with equivalents at UW when the grade earned was less than a C.
Beginning fall 2004, students must have a minimum 2.50 grade point average to transfer into the College of Business from across campus.
Business Administration Online Program
The College of Business offers students a business administration degree accredited by AACSB International and delivered through Online UW, the university's Internet campus. The program is designed to help students maximize their flexibility in the business world as it focuses on all functional areas in business.
After completing UW approved general education courses and business administration prerequisites at a community college or university, students are eligible to apply for admission into the online undergraduate business administration degree program.
Students will be required to apply to UW, have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average, and advanced business standing before being considered for admission into the business administration online program. The application for admission into the business administration degree program must be completed on or before March 15 for fall enrollment, October 15 for spring enrollment, and March 1 for summer enrollment. Students must also attain a 2.50 GPA for graduation for both College of Business and UW courses, and must take the ETS exam to graduate.
To ensure you the availability of required courses in this program, enrollment into courses is managed and approved by the College of Business Academic Advising office.
College of Business Minors
Minors are available to on-campus students through the College of Business in the areas of accounting, banking and financial services, business (not available to College of Business majors), decision science, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, marketing, marketing communication, real estate finance, and sustainable business practices. Minors requirements may often be met by simply focusing the elective credits available in a student's major.
The minors program consists of course requirements ranging from 18 to 24 hours of study. A minimum grade of C must be earned in each course. Certification of a successful minor program completion occurs as part of the CAPP progress report, and the registrar notes the completion of the minor on student transcripts. Minors must be approved by the appropriate department chair prior to graduating semester.
To earn a College of Business minor, students must first apply for admission to the minors program in the College of Business Academic Advising Office in 175 Business Building no later than the first semester of their senior year. To be admitted to College of Business minors program, students must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative UW GPA. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.50 GPA in the required College of Business courses for the minor to be awarded. Non-College of Business students must meet the individual course prerequisites listed in this Catalog, although they need not meet the advanced business standing requirements.
College of Business Student Intern Program
Local, regional, national and international internship opportunities are available to College of Business majors through the Student Intern Program located in the Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Career Center (181 Business Building).
Internships match the needs of students for early experiences in business with the needs of participating organizations for managerial talent.
Cooperative Undergraduate Programs
The Concentration in Environment and Natural Resources
College of Business majors may earn a cross major in Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) in cooperation with the UW School of Environment and Natural Resources. The appropriate use of natural resources and awareness of environmental consequences of decisions have become major issues for business. Exposure to ideas, skills and sensibilities in these areas is critical to future business people. Students majoring in economics may elect an environment and natural resources concentration in which an economics approach to problem solving is stressed. For more information call the ENR office at (307) 766-5089.
The College of Business is comprised of three academic departments: accounting, economics and finance, and management and marketing. The faculty of these departments cooperate in the presentation of graduate work leading to the following degrees:
Master of Business Administration
Master of Science in Accounting
Master of Science in Economics
Master of Science in Economics and Finance
Master of Science in Finance
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
Doctor of Philosophy in Marketing with an emphasis on sustainability
The College of Business faculty is firmly committed to the excellence of its graduate programs. The graduate programs in the College of Business are accredited by AACSB-International.
The three academic departments coordinate course offerings to support all of the graduate degree programs; the M.B.A. program in particular is a college-wide effort.
Minor in Environment and Natural Resources
College of Business graduate students may earn an interdisciplinary minor in environment and natural resources (ENR) in cooperation with the UW School of Environment and Natural Resources. The appropriate use of natural resources and awareness of environmental consequences of decisions have become major issues for all areas of business and economics. The School of Environment and Natural Resources is designed to move beyond the strictly disciplinary design and management of their long-term solutions. The school seeks to attract outstanding graduate students from a variety of disciplines, who are eager to pursue careers that engage other professionals, policymakers, and the public in finding innovative ways to resolve complex environmental and natural resource issues. To pursue a minor in ENR, students must first be admitted to another master's or doctoral degree program offered at the University of Wyoming. For more information call the ENR office at (307) 766-5080.