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Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Program

University Curriculum Requirements
The Upper Division Business Core Courses

Admission to the Neeley School. To become a business major, all students must formally apply for admission to the Neeley School. Admission is competitive and is not guaranteed. Students will typically apply in their sophomore year for admission to upper-level courses (30000-level or above except MARK 30153) in their junior year. All TCU students, or students transferring to TCU who wish to become pre-business students or business majors, must contact the Neeley Student Resource Center (NSRC) regarding admissions policies, procedures, and deadlines.

1. Declaring Pre-Business. All students wishing to become business majors should first declare themselves "pre-business" students. Students remain pre-business students until being formally admitted to the Neeley School. Before taking upper-division (30000-level or above except MARK 30153) business courses, all pre-business students must:

a. complete the Lower Division Sequence Requirements (see below),
b. maintain a TCU cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 (see below),
c. pass the Neeley School's computer skills test (see below), and
d. be formally admitted to the Neeley School. Contact the NSRC regarding admissions policies, procedures and deadlines.

2. Declaring a Business Major. After being admitted, students become "business" majors and may then select one of the functional area majors: Accounting, E-Business, Entrepreneurial Management, Finance (or Finance with a Real Estate Concentration), or Marketing. Please note that there is a separate, earlier application procedure for the E-Business major. Contact the NSRC regarding admissions policies, procedures, and deadlines.

3. Changing your major to business. Current TCU students who wish to change their major to business are expected to meet all degree requirements and should first become a pre-business student. Upon completion of the pre-business student requirements (described above), they may then formally apply for admission to the Neeley School to become a business major. Contact the NSRC regarding admissions policies, procedures, and deadlines.

4. Transfer students. Transfer students must first become pre-business students. Approval is not automatic, and admission to TCU does not guarantee the student admission as a pre-business student. Transfer students should first work with the NSRC to gain approval to become a pre-business student. Contact the NSRC regarding transfer credits and specific transfer student requirements and guidelines. The transfer student must complete at least 1 full semester at TCU as a pre-business student before becoming a business major. Students must apply to be business majors. Admission is competitive and approval is not automatic. Upon acceptance into the Neeley School as a business major, the student may begin taking Upper Division Business courses. Transfer students are expected to meet all degree requirements. Please see the Transfer Policies section listed under Academic Policies.

5. TCU cumulative GPA of 2.50 required for admission. A TCU cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 is required, but does not guarantee, admission to the Neeley School. Furthermore, since a 2.50 TCU cumulative GPA is required for graduation with a BBA in Business, any pre-business student or business major whose GPA falls below 2.50, and who wishes to continue enrollment in business courses, must appeal to the Associate Dean of the Neeley School. Please see the Academic Review section listed under Academic Policies.

6. Computer Skills Test. Before applying for admission to the Neeley School, all pre-business students must have already passed a required computer skills test. However, passing this test does not guarantee admission. For information about this test, please contact the NSRC.



ALL TCU STUDENTS

Entering Freshmen
Declare Pre-Business
Begin taking Lower Division Sequence Requirements

Sophomores
Formally apply for admission to the Neeley School. Obtain application from the Neeley Student Resource Center
Must have a 2.50 minimum TCU cumulative GPA
Must have passed Computer Skills Test
See the NSRC for other requirements.

Usually Juniors
Admitted to the Neeley School
Declare a Major in: Accounting, E-Business, Entrepreneurial Management, Finance or Marketing
Begin Upper Division Business Core Courses

Seniors
Complete Upper Division Business Core Courses
Complete Major Course Requirements
MANA 40153 -- Must be taken last 2 semesters Seniors


Transfer Students
Declare Pre-Business
Begin taking Lower Division Sequence Requirements

Transfer Students who have completed at least 1 semester at TCU
Formally apply for admission to the Neeley School.
Obtain application from the Neeley Student Resource Center.

Must have a 2.50 minimum TCU cumulative GPA
Must have passed Computer Skills Test
See the NSRC for other requirements.

Usually Juniors

Admitted to the Neeley School

Declare a Major in: Accounting, E-Business, Entrepreneurial Management, Finance or Marketing
Begin Upper Division Business Core Courses Seniors
Complete Upper Division Business Core Courses
Complete Major Course Requirements
MANA 40153 Must be taken last 2 semesters



Components of the BBA Degree.

The BBA degree in the Neeley School is composed of four blocks of coursework.

Pre-Business:
A. University Curriculum Requirements (UCR)
B. Lower Division Sequence Requirements
Business Majors:
C. Upper Division Business Core Courses
D. Major Course Requirements (varies by major, see The Neeley School Major Programs section; writing emphasis)
E. Free Electives

A. University Curriculum Requirements (47 semester hours) Students seeking a Bachelor of Business Administration degree must fulfill all of the University Curriculum Requirements listed below:

I. Foundations: 9 semester hours.
a. Writing: 6 hours (ENGL 10803, 20803)
b. Mathematics: 3 hours (MATH 10283 or 10524)*
*Credit is not allowed for both MATH 10283 and MATH 10524

II.Explorations: 36 semester hours. For Explorations a. through e. below, students may only earn a maximum of 6 hours from any one department. (i.e. 6 hrs. BIOL, POSC, HIST, SPAN, etc.)
a. Physical and Life Sciences: minimum of 6 hours, 6 hours must be in laboratory courses
b. Social Sciences: minimum of 6 hours to include macroeconomics and microeconomics
c. Cultural Heritage: minimum of 12 hours

1. Religion Studies: minimum of 3 hours
2. Historical Studies: minimum of 3 hours
3. Critical Inquiry: minimum of 3 hours
4. Fine Arts: minimum of 3 hours

d. Language and Literature: minimum of 6 hours (Foreign Language or Oral Communication)

1. Foreign Language: minimum of 6 hours, or
2. Oral Communication and Literature: minimum of 6 hours
(Oral Communication: minimum of 3 hours)
(Literature: minimum of 3 hours)

e. Exploration Options: minimum of 6 hours. Students must take 2 courses from the following 4 areas. Both courses cannot be from the same area.

1. Physical Science or a different Physical Science with Lab
2. Social Science other than an ECON
3. Religion, Historical Studies, Critical Inquiry, Fine Arts, or U.S. Historical Studies
4. Oral Communication, a different Foreign Language, or Literature

Please recall, that for Explorations, students may only earn a maximum of 6 hours from any one department. So, for example, in 1. through 4. above, a student who has already taken 6 hours of biology for their physical/life science requirements, may not take another biology course to fulfill their exploration options requirement.

III. Physical Education Requirements: 2 semester hours.
a. One (1), 1 semester hour PE Activity and one (1), 1 semester hour PE Health Concepts, or
b. Two (2), 1 semester hour PE Health Concepts

With the exception of the Lower Division Sequence Requirements, students are not expected to com-plete one entire group or block of courses prior to proceeding to the next block. Instead, the courses are woven together into an integrated sequence of learning steps.

B. Lower Division Sequence Requirements (30 semester hours) Lower Division Sequence Requirements must be completed by the end of the sophomore year, and before beginning Upper Division Business Core courses (30000-level or above except MARK 30153)

Lower Division Sequence Requirements:

1) Successful completion of the 10 required courses:
ENGL 10803 Introductory Composition (UCR)
ENGL 20803 Intermediate Composition (UCR)
ECON 10223 Introductory Microeconomics (UCR)
ECON 10233 Introductory Macroeconomics (UCR)
*MATH 10283 Introductory Applied Calculus (UCR) or
MATH 10524 Calculus I (UCR)
** EBUS 20253 EBUS I (Business Core)
MANA 20153 Legal and Social Environments of Business (Business Core)
ACCT 20153 Principles of Financial Accounting (Business Core)
ACCT 20163 Principles of Managerial Accounting (Business Core)
DESC 20153 Statistical Analysis (Business Core)

* Credit will not be awarded for both MATH 10283 and MATH 10524.

** COSC 10203 is not a substitute for EBUS 20253 and can only be used for free elective credit toward a BBA degree.

2) Attainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the Lower Division Sequence Requirements courses, with at least of "C' average in two English composition courses.

3) Attainment of a TCU cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 at the end of the sophomore year, defined by the University as the semester or term in which the 53rd semester hour is completed; and

4) Completion of a tentative plan for graduation to be filed with appropriate forms in the NSRC

C. Upper Division Business Core Courses
The Upper Division Business Core Courses (30000-level or above except MARK 30153, see inset next page) are interwoven with the major courses throughout the student's junior and senior years. Business students complete MANA 40153 course, during the last 2 semesters.

Upper Division Business Core Courses
DESC 30153 Introductory Operations Management
MANA 30153 Organizational Management
MARK 30153 Marketing Management
FINA 30153 Financial Management
EBUS 30253 Information Technology Development and Trends (not required for E-Business majors)
MANA 40153 Strategic Management Must be taken last 2 semesters

D. Major Course Requirements (18-24 semester hours)

1. Each major, Accounting, E-Business, Entrepreneurial Management, Finance (Finance with a Real Estate Concentration), and Marketing, has a different set of major course requirements. These are described in detail in the Neeley School Major Programs section below.

2. Students must take 6 hours of Writing Emphasis courses in their major, with the exception of the Finance major which requires 9 hours. Writing Emphasis courses are designated in the Neeley School of Business Major Programs section below.

E. Free Electives (20-26 semester hours)

Each major has different free elective requirements. For example, Accounting majors have 20 hours of free electives, while Marketing majors have 26 hours of free electives. Please see the Neeley School Major Programs section below for the free elective requirements for each major in the Neeley School.

Since a 2.50 TCU cumulative GPA is required for graduation with a BBA in Business, any pre-business student or business major whose GPA falls below 2.50, and who wishes to continue enrollment in business courses, must appeal to the Associate Dean of the Neeley School. Please see the Academic Review section listed under Academic Policies.

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