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Student Responsibility and Advising

All Mitchell College of Business students will be assigned a faculty advisor at the conclusion of freshmen or transfer orientation. In addition, the Office of Student Services is available to all students for academic advising and evaluation of their degree-program record. Any questions related to your undergraduate program of study should be directed to the Student Services staff or your faculty advisor.

All students enrolled in the MCOB will be classified as Business Administration majors until they have declared a major. Majors in the Mitchell College of Business include Accounting, Economics & Finance, Management, Marketing or General Business. Students may choose from a variety of concentrations within their major. Minors are not required, but students are allowed to declare a minor in a subject area offered outside the College if they choose. After declaring a major, students will be advised by a faculty advisor from that area.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree

All business students are required to take specified courses within the business college and other colleges of the university. Additionally, a major field of study must be selected in either Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, Marketing or General Business.The General Business major accommodates students who need to complete their degree online.

A minimum of 122 semester hours with an overall grade-point average of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition, an overall 2.0 grade-point average is required for all courses in the business core and all courses in the major.

The University of South Alabama residency requirements specifies that students transferring to the Mitchell College of Business complete at least 25% of MCOB upper division coursework (300-400 level) required for your degree should be taken at USA. In addition, transfer students must take two writing designated courses, at least six out of the nine required major courses, at least 50% of required minor courses, and MGT 485 in the Mitchell College of Business.

All students must petition for graduation according to University requirements.

Requirements for a degree in the Mitchell College of Business are detailed below. The sequence, as provided, is intended as an example schedule only. Freshman and sophomore students may take lower division courses in any combination that meets prerequisite requirements. Each student must comply with Course Prerequisite Requirements as listed in the course description sections of the current University Bulletin.

Business Undergraduate Curriculum

The undergraduate curriculum in the Mitchell College of Business requires the completion of the following courses. The curriculum is standardized for all students with the exception of major courses, business electives and non-business electives.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Curriculum
Beginning Fall 2013

English Composition Requirements
Semester Hours
EH 101 English Composition I*
EH 102 English Composition II*
General Education Requirements
MA 120 Calculus and Its Applications*ª

Literature (EH 215-216, 225-226 or 235-236)   


Fine and Performing Arts (ARS 101, DRA 110,
MUL 101, ARH 100, 103, or 123)


Humanities & Fine Arts
(Select from CA 110, ARS 101, DRA 110,
LG 111, 112, 131, 132, 151, 152, 171, 172, MUL 101, PHL 110, 131, ARH 100,103,123)                   


History (HY 101, 102, 135, 136)                    


Behavioral Sciences (CA 211, PSY 120, SY 109 or AN 100)           

Science Requirements

Natural Science with lab
(Select two from BLY 101 or 121, BLY 102 or 122,
CH 101, 103, 131, 132, GEO 101, GEO 102,
GY 111, 112, PH 101, 104, PH 114, 201,
PH 115, 202)                                                              

Freshmen Core/Non-Business Electives (3 hours required)
BUS 150 Intro to Business Management♦     
200 Level Core (Must make a minimum 2.0 in this area)
ACC 211 Accounting Principles I*
ACC 212 Accounting Principles II*
BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I*
BUS 255 Applied Business Statistics II*
CIS 250 Advanced Computer Applications*, ***
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics*
ECO 216 Principles of Macroeconomics* 
BUS 265 Legal Environment of Business*

300 Level Core (Must make a minimum 2.0 in this area)

BUS 305 Information Systems and Technology
FIN 315 Business Finance
MGT 300 Management Theory & Practice
MGT 305 Organizational Communication (W)
MGT 325 Operations Management
MKT 320 Principles of Marketing
Major courses (27 hours total, 6 of the 9 courses must be taken at USA                            
2.0 average is required in this area  
Business Electives (300 or 400 level)
Business Policy Requirement
MGT 485 Business Policy in a Global Economy (W)
MGT 486 Undergraduate Comp Exam (MGT 485 Co-Req.)   

Total Business Curriculum                                                            


* Courses which must be completed before the student can declare a major. Also a 2.0 overall average is required before declaring a major.
ª A grade of C in MA 112, 80 on the math placement exam, or a 23 on the math section of the ACT
♦ BUS 150 is required for all incoming freshmen. Transfer students exempt from BUS 150 should select one additional non-business elective.
*** A grade of C in CIS 150 or passing the CIS 250 placement test is the prerequisite for CIS 250.

Undergraduate Major Requirements

Requirements for Second Major in Business

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 first major cannot be counted toward the second major requirements.

Dual Degrees or Double Majors Across Colleges

Students not enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business and interested in a dual degree or double major in business should meet with the Office of Student Services for information.

Minors in the Mitchell College of Business

Students from colleges outside the Mitchell College of Business may elect, with the approval of their department chair, a minor in the Mitchell College of Business. A 2.0 GPA is required for the courses applied toward the minor. Students must complete at least 50 percent of the courses counted toward the minor at the University of South Alabama. Courses used for a first business minor may not be used for a second business minor.

Economics Minor

The designated courses are intended to provide knowledge of economics to support major study in the College of Arts & Sciences or the School of Computer and Information Science.

A minimum of 21 semester hours including:
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 216 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 315 Intermediate Microeconomics
ECO 316 Intermediate Macroeconomics
Plus nine semester hours of other upper-level economic courses numbered 301 or above.

General Business Minor

ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
MGT 300Management Theory and Practice
MKT 320 Principles of Marketing
Plus three semester hours of Management Elective and three semester hours of Business Elective, numbered 300 or above for which the student meets the prerequisites.

General Management Minor

MGT 300 Management Theory and Practice
MGT 305 Organizational Communication
MGT 340 Organizational Behavior
MGT 351 Human Resource Management
Plus six semester hours of Management Electives, numbered 300 or above for which the student meets the prerequisites

Marketing Minor

MKT 320 Principles of Marketing
MKT 374 Consumer Behavior
MKT 380 Integrated Marketing Communications
Plus nine semester hours of other upper-level Marketing courses numbered 300 or above.


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