Business Administration – BBA

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010

Departmental goals and objectives

The goal of the Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree is to provide students with a broad rather than specialized course of study that will prepare them for employment in private or public organizations of any size. Building on the core business knowledge provided to all College of Business and Management students, the department offers students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the business enterprise through advanced study in the areas of finance, management, marketing, and operations management. Students may complete their coursework during the day, through evening classes or as an online program.

Specific objectives of the curriculum are 1) to offer students a boundary-spanning degree that includes selected coursework from multiple business disciplines rather than coursework from only one discipline, 2) to enable students to gain a broader understanding of the functional areas of business, 3) to build competencies in critical thinking, analysis, and decision making in the areas of marketing, finance, management and operations management, and 4) to develop an understanding of the legal, social and ethical environment in which business operates, its impact on business, and recognition of appropriate responses to the environment.

Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree through the College of Business and Management, students will meet the following goals and objectives:

Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in the major business disciplines
* Knowledge in the key business disciplines including accounting, economics, management, marketing, finance information systems and the legal and social environment of business
Able to systematically analyze a business problem using appropriate methods
* Interpretation of evidence
* Identification and evaluation of points of view
* Formulation of appropriate conclusions
Communicate effectively in written and oral forms
* Demonstration of effective oral communication skills
* Demonstration of effective written communication skills
Demonstrate effective use of information technology and data analysis
* Demonstration of communication and presentation technologies used in the business environment
* Understanding of and ability to use common methods of statistical inference
* Understanding of data analysis and its use in business decision making

Online Business Administration Degree

The Business Administration Department offers the bachelor’s degree in two formats: one for students participating in traditional classroom instruction and one for students who wish to complete their degree online. The online degree allows students to participate in a dynamic online learning community and complete their coursework using the latest information technologies and educational resources via the worldwide web. This fully online degree is designed for students with 60 hours of completed college credit who are unable to attend classes on campus because of distance, work, or care giving issues that are incompatible with regularly scheduled class offerings. Admission to the online degree is limited by enrollment capacity. Students who seek admission to the online degree should have 1) met all general education and entrance requirements stipulated for business administration majors; 2) a minimum GPA of 3.00; 3) demonstrated ability to write in the English language at the appropriate baccalaureate level; 4) access to the Internet, specified software, and experience with their use.

Review for entry to the UIS Online B.B.A. is a two-part process: Applications are first evaluated by the UIS Admissions Office for fulfillment of University requirements. Then, the application file is sent to the Director of Online CBM Programs for online degree admission consideration. Details about how to apply to the Online B.B.A. can be obtained by accessing the Online CBM website at

New students must contact the department for initial advising to plan a program of study that satisfies degree requirements and reflects their interests. Students are also required to access the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) throughout their college career to verify that degree requirements are being met.


The B.B.A. is designed to prepare students for responsible positions in various types of business enterprises. Students may complete their coursework during the day or through evening classes at the Springfield campus. In addition, some classes are offered in other locations in central Illinois.

Foundation requirements
All majors in the College of Business and Management require foundation knowledge in accounting, economics, mathematics, statistics, and the behavioral sciences. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 across all foundation courses. UIS courses that satisfy the foundation knowledge requirements include:

ACC 211 Introduction to Financial Accounting and
ACC 212 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
ECO 213 Statistics for Business and Economics
MAT 113 Business Calculus or other calculus or finite math equivalent
ECO 201 Introduction to Microeconomics and
ECO 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics
or ECO 315 Economics for Administration
Behavioral Science course (psychology, sociology, etc.)

Coursework equivalent to the above may be accepted upon approval by the student’s adviser.

College Core (21 Hrs.)
The college core is required of all undergraduate College of Business and Management students. Students must earn a cumulative college core course GPA of at least 2.00.

BUS 302 Principles of Financial Management 3 Hrs.
BUS 312 Principles of Marketing 3 Hrs.
BUS 322 Principles of Operations Management 3 Hrs.
BUS 331 Business and Society 3 Hrs.
MIS 352 Principles of Management Information Systems 3 Hrs.
MGT 310 Managing Organizational Behavior 3 Hrs.
MGT 488 Strategic Management: The Capstone 3 Hrs.*
*Prerequisite: All college core courses, and within 12 hours of graduation or during the student’s last semester. A minimum grade of C (2.00) is required in MGT 488.

Major Requirements (15 Hrs.)
To earn a Bachelor’s in Business Administration a student must:
-Complete at least 54 semester hours from a 4 year baccalaureate-granting institution;
-Complete at least 48 semester hours of upper-division (300-400 level) coursework;
-Complete at least one half of his or her business coursework (college core and major) at UIS; and
-Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 across all courses required for the major (college core and major electives).

Business Administration majors may not elect the CR/NC grading option for any coursework except the internship through the Experiential and Service-Learning Programs.

Students enrolled prior to Fall 2009 may substitute an equivalent 3 hour Business Administration or equivalent CBM course for a 4 hour course requirement by Student Petition. As a consequence, all Business Administration majors must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of Business prefix coursework (BUS) and 9 semester hours of courses from the College of Business and Management to fulfill degree requirements.

Upper Division Business Administration Coursework* 6 Hrs.
Upper Division College of Business & Management coursework** 9 Hrs.

*MGT 431 may be used to fulfill a Business course requirement
**A maximum of 6 semester hours may be within any one discipline (eg. ACC, MGT, MIS)

General Electives 11 Hrs.

Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) 13 Hrs.


To earn a general business minor, students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework. Prerequisite coursework includes accounting (ACC 211 and ACC 212) and economics (ECO 201 and ECO 202 or ECO 315).

Required courses (15 Hrs.)
BUS 312 Principles of Marketing 3 Hrs.
BUS 331 Business and Society 3 Hrs.
MGT 310 Managing Organizational Behavior 3 Hrs.
Two upper division BUS courses from UIS* 6 Hrs.
*MGT 431 may be used to fulfill a Business course requirement

Transferring in College Core Courses
(BUS 302, BUS 312, BUS 322, BUS 331, MGT 310, MIS 352, and MGT 488)
The following requirements must be met in order for transfer credit to fulfill an upper division college core course requirement:
-The course must be an upper division course
-The course must have been completed within six years prior to admission
-A grade of C or better must be earned in each course requested for transfer
-No more than 3 courses or 9 hours of transfer credit may be used to fulfill CBM college core
course work
-MGT 488, Strategic Management: The Capstone, may not be transferred in and must be completed at UIS.


Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Undergraduate Minor in General Business


Feng-shun (Leo) Bin, Dyanne Ferk, Ardeshir Lohrasbi, Ronald McNeil, Laurel Newman, David O’Gorman, Mark Puclik, Nancy Scannell, Robert Wright, Jorge Villegas
Emeritus Faculty: Daniel Gallagher, Richard Judd, Paul McDevitt


Phone: 217/206-6780