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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2006-2007



Dean: Carl C. Moore (251) 460-6419
Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies: John E. Gamble
       (251) 460-6418

Mitchell College of Business web site
  Department of Accounting
  Department of Economics and Finance
  Department of Management
  Department of Marketing
The Mitchell College of Business offers the degrees of Bachelor of Science, Master of Accounting and Master of Business Administration.
The foundation of the College is quality instruction in all undergraduate and graduate programs. Our instructional mission is to prepare our graduate and undergraduate students for professional careers in the fields of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and transportation through a curriculum designed for both broad exposure to each field and in-depth coverage within a specific field of choice.
To provide an internationally accredited business education program to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, to support the economic development of the region and contribute to the continuing success of the University. We accomplish this mission through quality instruction, faculty scholarship, and external services.
I. Instruction
The highest responsibility of the College is the instruction of its students and primary emphasis is placed on excellent teaching. In so doing, the College affirms its commitment to the University focus on excellence, lifelong learning and the education of the whole person. The College fulfills its instructional mission through the B.S. degree program for undergraduates and the M.B.A. and Master of Accounting programs at the graduate level.
II. Intellectual Contributions
The College encourages and supports faculty basic and applied scholarship as well as instructional development for the purposes of expanding knowledge, enhancing classroom instruction, and contributing to regional economic development. Scholarship is broadly defined to include investigative efforts that lead to the origination, the integration, or the application of knowledge pertinent to the various field of business. A program of continuing scholarship is the responsibility of each faculty member. The College is responsible for using its resources, including faculty recruiting, to encourage, support, and reward faculty scholarship.
III. Service
The College’s service mission is to engage in activities which support and contribute to the development of the University, community and region, and to provide a vehicle for the continuing development of faculty and staff through interaction with the College’s numerous constituents. This mission is accomplished through participation in the College’s external program, and through the efforts of individual faculty and staff.
The Business Resources Center directs the professional and management development programs of the College. These include a variety of business seminars and programs for professional organizations, industrial firms, and the business community.
The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) publishes a monthly newsletter showing trends in local business and visitor activities; maintains a community database; publishes faculty working papers; and undertakes applied business and economic research in cooperation with the state and local agencies.
The University of South Alabama Small Business Development Center is one of eleven Small Business Development Centers located in universities around the State. Funded jointly by the Small Business Administration and the University, the Center offers business services to business people in a six-county area of southwest Alabama. The SBDC provides free one-on-one counseling, and conducts workshops that address the problems of the business community.
The University Career Services Center acts as a liaison between employers and students. Business and professional firms of national significance visit the campus regularly to interview prospective graduates. The Center maintains an office in the Mitchell College of Business to assist students.
The Mitchell College of Business offers prestigious scholarships to entering freshmen students from Alabama who are majoring in the Mitchell College of Business. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services, (251) 460-6494, for application procedures, deadline dates and more information about the Abraham Mitchell Business Scholarships. In addition, scholarships for eligible students in the Mitchell College of Business are made available by local and regional firms in Accounting, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Transportation, and Data Processing. (Refer to Financial Aid section of this Bulletin for details.)
The Cooperative Education Program is available to students in the Mitchell College of Business. This program offers qualifying students opportunities to work part-time while attending school as a full-time student or alternate full-time employment with course work on a rotating semester basis. For details write the Director, Career Services Center, 6420 Old Shell Rd., University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002, (251) 460-6188.
Students may transfer from other colleges in the University to the Mitchell College of Business. Degree requirements are defined by the University Bulletin in effect for the semester of entry into the College.
A student’s counseling file must be available for evaluation of courses required for a degree in Business.
The Office of Student Services of the Mitchell College of Business evaluates for credit all courses transferred from other colleges and universities. Degree credit will be given only for those courses which meet the requirements for the degree program of the College.
Students transferring from a junior college may have a maximum of 64 semester hours accepted toward the degree program. No junior- or senior-level courses listed in the curriculum of the Mitchell College of Business will be accepted from a junior college for degree credit.
Students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business must receive prior approval from the Dean’s Office before taking 300 and 400 level business courses at another institution. If the course is a concentration requirement, approval of the appropriate Department Chair is also required. Transient course approval may be granted based on one of the following conditions.
1. Students who are not residents of the area and who leave USA to return home for one or more semesters.
2. Students who move to another area prior to completing all degree requirements but who have met the residency requirements for the Mitchell College of Business.
3. Students who are scheduled to graduate and the course is not offered at USA during the final term.
Failure to obtain prior approval may result in loss of transfer credit for the course work. Transient Course Approval forms may be obtained in the Office of Student Services.
Each student is responsible for meeting all requirements of the degree program. Before registering for any course, students must complete any prerequisites listed in course descriptions in this Bulletin. The Office of Student Services is available to all students for the evaluation of their degree-program record. When an exception is made in a student’s program, written approval of the exception by the Associate Dean must be placed in the student’s file. Failure to properly document exceptions may delay graduation.
Each student enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business must complete or be in the process of completing the following Basic Business Techniques Core before enrolling in any course of the 300 or 400 series.
ACC 211, ACC 212 CIS 250 CA 110
BUS 245, BUS 255 MA 120  
ECO 215, ECO 216 EH 101, EH 102
All students enrolled in the College will list their major area as Business Administration until they have completed the Basic Business Techniques Core listed above with a 2.0 average in the area. Upon entering the 300 series each student must declare a major concentration area selected from the fields of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, or General Business. After declaring a major concentration area, students will be advised by a faculty advisor from that area.
Students attending other colleges, including junior colleges, who are planning to enter the Mitchell College of Business must take at least fifty percent of the required business credit hours and at least five (5) out of eight (8) major courses at the University of South Alabama.
Undergraduate students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business who plan to add a second major to their curriculum must meet all requirements for the second major. Courses included in the business core requirements and the first major cannot be counted toward the second major requirements. A minimum of 15 semester hours in the second major must be taken in addition to degree requirements.
Students not enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business and interested in a dual major in business must meet with an adviser in the Office of Student Services for information.
Students in other colleges may elect, with the approval of their department chair, a minor in the Mitchell College of Business. Students are required to take the following eight courses:
ACC 211 BUS  245 or ST 210
ACC 212 MGT 300
ECO 215 MGT 310
FIN 315 MKT 320
A 2.0 GPA is required for the eight (8) courses applied toward the General Business Minor. Students must complete at least 50% (4 out of 8) of the courses counted towards the minor at the University of South Alabama.
A 2.0 GPA is required for the seven (7) courses applied toward the Economics MInor. Students must complete at least 50% (4 out of 7) of the courses counted toward the minor at the University of South Alabama.
The courses designated for the minor will meet the needs of students who desire a knowledge of economics to support major study in another field.
A minimum of 21 semester hours in Economics including:
ECO 215 ECO 216
ECO 315 ECO 316
Plus nine semester hours of other upper-level courses numbered 301 or above.
All students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business are required to take specified Business courses and courses in other Colleges of the University. Additionally, a major field of study must be selected in either Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management or Marketing. Students who attend evening classes only may select a major in General Business or Accounting. The General Business major is also available in the evening at the University of South Alabama Baldwin County Campus. Phone: (251) 928-8133. Other majors are not available in the evening.
To graduate, you must have a minimum of 128 semester hours with an overall institution grade-point average of 2.0. In addition, a 2.0 grade-point average is required in the 200-level business courses, a 2.0 grade-point average is required in the 300-level business courses, and a 2.0 grade-point average is required for all courses counted in the Major.
All students enrolling in the Mitchell College of Business must complete at least fifty percent of all business credit hours and at least five of the eight courses counted toward the major at the University of South Alabama.
All students must petition for graduation according to University requirements explained elsewhere in this Bulletin.
Requirements for a degree in the Mitchell College of Business are detailed below. The sequence, as outlined, is intended as an example schedule only. Freshman and sophomore students may take lower division courses in any combination which meets prerequisite requirements. Each student must comply with Course Prerequisite Requirements as listed in the course description sections of the current University Bulletin.
English Composition Requirements                                                       Semester Hours
EH 101 - English Composition I * 3
EH 102 - English Composition II * 3
General Education Requirements  
MA 120 - Calculus and Its Applications * 3
CA 110 - Public Speaking * 3
Literature (EH 215-EH 216, EH 225-EH 226, or EH 235-EH 236) 3
                   2nd Literature course of sequence 3
Fine Arts (ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100, ARH 103,
ARH 123, ARH 240, or ARH 242)
History (HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, or HY 136) 3
PSY 120 - General Psychology 3
Science Requirements  
Natural Science with lab  
(Select from BLY 101 or BLY 121, BLY 102 or BLY 122,
CH 101, CH 103, CH 131, CH 132, CH 141,
GEO 101, GEO 102, GY 111, GY 112,
PH 101, PH 104, PH 114 or PH 201, PH 115 or PH 202)
Non-Business Electives (12 Hours Required)  
These courses are required of all incoming freshmen and any entering transfer student with less than 15 hours.  
__________________ (Bus 101 required here for Incoming Freshman) 3
__________________ (Bus 150 required here for Incoming Freshman) 3
____________________________________ 3
____________________________________ 3
200 Level Core (2.0 Average is required in this area)
ACC 211 - Accounting Principles I * 3
ACC 212 - Accounting Principles II * 3
BUS 245 - Applied Business Statistics I * 3
BUS 255 - Applied Business Statistics II * 3
CIS 250 - Advanced Computer Applications * 3
ECO 215 - Principles of Microeconomics * 3
ECO 216 - Principles of Macroeconomics * 3
* Courses which must be completed before student can declare a major.
300 Level Core (2.0 GPA is required in this area)
BUS 305 - Information Systems & Technology 3
FIN 315 - Business Finance 3
MGT 300 - Management Theory & Practice 3
MGT 305 - Organizational Communication (W) 3
MGT 310 - Legal Environment of Business I 3
MGT 325 - Operations Management 3
MKT 320 - Principles of Marketing 3
Major Courses (24 hours - 5 of the 8 must be taken at USA)
                             (2.0 GPA is required in this area)
____________________________________ 3
____________________________________ 3
____________________________________ 3
____________________________________ 3
____________________________________ 3
____________________________________ 3
____________________________________ 3
____________________________________ 3
International Core: Select two courses from
(ECO 330, FIN 332, MGT 334, MKT 336)
Business Electives (300 - 400 level)
____________________________________ 3
____________________________________ 3
Business Policy Requirement
MGT 485 - Business Policy in a Global Economy (W) 3
MGT 486 - Undergraduate Comp Exam (MGT 485 Co-Req.) 0
TOTAL BUSINESS CURRICULUM                                                 128 SEMESTER HOURS
The major in general business is designed for students planning careers in small business management, institutional management, human resource management, or sales. Areas of concentration are pursued in the junior and senior years.
Required General Business Major Courses
MGT 311 - Legal Environment of Business II
MGT 340 - Organizational Behavior
MGT 351 - Human Resource Management
MKT 374 - Buyer Behavior
MKT 379 - Retailing
Elective Courses (Select three for the major and two as business electives)
MGT 345 - Small Business Management
FIN 300  - Personal Finance
FIN 420  - Investments
MKT 345 - Real Estate
MKT 346 - Real Estate Valuation
ACC 331 - Taxation of Individuals
MKT 481 - Sales Management and Personal Selling
NOTE: Each elective may not be offered each academic year; however, all electives will be offered at least once every two years at Baldwin County campus.
If a course in the Mitchell College of Business is completed with a grade of "C" or better, the course cannot be repeated for credit. Any grade received will not be counted in the calculation of the Grade Point Average (GPA).
The Master of Business Administration degree program is designed to enable individuals to study advanced concepts of business, industry, and government operations. This program is intended for both the active manager or technical supervisor as well as the recent graduate who is interested in advanced study in the field of business. The program includes accounting, finance, quantitative methods, marketing, economics, human behavior, and labor-management relations.
The program requires fourteen (14) courses, each carrying three (3) semester hours credit. The normal load is two courses per semester. Students are expected to make appropriate arrangements with their employers to meet classes on time, avoid absences due to out-of-town travel, and provide sufficient time to complete library and other assignments as required.
The graduate program offered in Business Administration is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Students may earn a Master of Accounting degree in the Mitchell College of Business. The admissions requirements, academic regulations, and general degree requirements are the same as those required for the MBA Degree
Students are admitted each semester. The Regular Admission requirements are:
1. a bachelor’s degree,
2. a minimal grade-point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate work (A=4.0), and
3. a satisfactory score on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) based on the formula: 200 x GPA + GMAT = 1050
A student who has a bachelor’s degree with less than 3.0 but greater than a 2.5 (A=4.0) or a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 on the last 64 semester hours of college work may attain Provisional Admission provided the student has a satisfactory GMAT score based on one of the following formulas:
200 x GPA + GMAT = 1050 or
200 x UDGPA (last 64 hours) + GMAT = 1100
In addition all applicants must achieve a GMAT Analytical Writing score of 3.0 or higher.
The GMAT must have been taken in the last five years.
International students must submit documentary evidence showing TOEFL test scores of 525 or above or its equivalent.
The non-degree category is reserved exclusively for students with an MBA Degree Students in this category must obtain permission of the Director of Graduate Studies before registering for any graduate courses in the Mitchell College of Business.
A Provisional Admission student will qualify for Regular Standing upon completion of a minimum of nine semester hours taken for graduate credit (500 level) toward degree requirements provided at least a “B” average is maintained in all such work attempted.
The following regulations apply to all graduate students and encompass all work taken as a graduate student including all graduate degree courses (core, elective, concentration, business and accounting).
Any term, in which a graduate student drops below a 3.0 Program GPA, the student is placed on probationary status and has a period of two terms to attain a 3.0 Program GPA or be dismissed.
Courses taken outside the Mitchell College of Business which are not an approved part of the degree program will not be included in the computation of the grade-point average.
A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit earned in another institution may be considered for credit toward degree requirements in the graduate program. Transfer credit is approved only after completion of a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit (500 level) toward degree requirements at the University of South Alabama and the student has qualified for Regular Standing. Only grades of “A” or “B” may be accepted as transfer credit. Transfer credits are not used in the calculation for the grade-point average. Students transferring from other University of South Alabama graduate programs must complete a minimum of thirteen courses (39 semester hours) after formal admission into the Mitchell College of Business graduate programs.
Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration Program and the Master of Accounting program are expected to complete all requirements at the University of South Alabama. Students transferring from other accredited graduate programs may transfer a maximum of nine credit hours (three courses) to be counted toward USA graduate requirements. Once enrolled at USA, students are expected to complete the degree requirements at USA.
Transient student requests will be approved only under the following conditions:
1. The student is graduating and the specific course requirement is not offered at USA during that term
2. The student is moving from the Mobile area and can complete the degree requirements at another accredited institution (a maximum of nine hours if the student has not transferred other graduate credit to USA)
Transient approval will not be granted for students to enroll in graduate classes at other local (non-AACSB accredited) institutions.
Transient approval will not be granted for MGT 515 (Business Policy).
Should a student fail more than one course, he or she will be dismissed. In no case will a student be permitted to repeat a course more than one time.
All requirements for a master's degree must be completed within seven calendar years from admission as a graduate student at the University of South Alabama.
Graduate Assistantships are awarded on an annual basis and are granted for the academic year. The stipend for the two semesters is $6,000 and waiver of up to nine hours tuition. Out-of-state fees, if applicable, are also waived. Fees are paid by the student.
Application forms can be secured from the Director of Graduate Studies, Mitchell College of Business.
MBA students must satisfactorily complete fourteen (14) three semester-hour graduate courses. In addition, four Seminar courses must be completed. The Seminars offer no credit hours. Students seeking the Master of Accounting degree must complete ten (10) accounting courses.
To earn a Master of Business Administration degree from this University, a student must satisfactorily complete the following fourteen (14) graduate courses.
ACC 501- Survey of Financial Accounting
ACC 502 - Managerial Accounting
ECO 506 - Economic Theory
ECO 507 - Topics in Managerial Economics
FIN 508 - Introduction to Corporate Finance
FIN 509 - Intermediate Corporate Finance
ISC 545 - Management Information Systems
MGT 521 - Data Analysis for Business Decisions
MGT 522 - Operations Management and Analytical Decision-Making
MGT 530 - Managing People and Organizations
MGT 532 - Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
MGT 580 - Strategic Management
MKT 541 - Strategic Marketing
MKT 544 - Global Environment of Business
MGT 599* - MBA Comprehensive Exam (corequisite with MGT 580. No credit hrs.)
In addition, four Seminar courses must be completed. The Seminars offer no credit hours and are held on the first Saturday of each semester during the first two years of the MBA program.
MGT 562 - Seminar I - Team Building. Group Dynamics, and Personality (concurrent with MGT 521 or MGT 532)
MGT 564 - Seminar II - Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (concurrent with ECO 506 or MGT 530)
MGT 570 - Seminar III - Current Topics (concurrent with ACC 501 or MKT 541)
MGT 572 - Seminar IV - Developing Your Professional Career (concurrent with MGT 522 or ACC 502)
Students may earn a Master of Accounting degree in the Mitchell College of Business. The admissions requirements, academic regulations, and general degree requirements are the same as those required for the MBA Degree.
Students seeking the Master of Accounting degree are required to complete any of the following foundation courses as designated by the Director of Graduate Studies. In addition, students must complete six (6) graduate accounting courses and four (4) elective courses.
Undergraduate Foundation Courses
All courses must be taken as an undergraduate student or transferred into the university before admission will be granted to the MAcc program. Courses must have been passed with a minimum grade of "C" to complete a prerequisite requirement.

ACC  212
ACC  212, CIS  250
ACC  212
ACC  371
ACC  212
ACC  372
MAcc CORE (18 Hours Required)



ACC 511, ACC 531, ACC 541
Elective Courses (12 Hours)
  ACC 416    
  ACC 432    
  ACC 452    
  ACC 461    
  ECO 518    
  FIN 501    
  MGT 502    
  MGT 540    
  MKT 520    
  MKT 524    
CPA Eligibility
Persons seeking qualification to sit for the uniform CPA examination in the state of Alabama must have completed a minimum of 150 semester hours or 225 quarter hours of postsecondary education, including (1) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, and (2) evidence that he or she has satisfied either one of the following:
a. At least 33 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours (excluding principles of accounting courses) at the upper division undergraduate and/or graduate level, including minimum requirements in each of the following areas: financial accounting - 9 hours; auditing - 6 hours; taxation - 6 hours; management accounting - 3 hours; governmental and not-for-profit accounting - 3 hours; additional accounting - 6 hours and at least 30 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in business courses (other than accounting courses) at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, including at least 3 semester hours in business law, concentrating primarily on the Uniform Commercial Code.
b. Awarded a graduate degree in accounting or business and completed a course of instruction that includes all of the requirements specified in (a) above.
If you need any further information, see the Chair of the Department of Accounting.

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