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  Oct 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

General Business Administration (B.S.) via Distance Education


The major in general business is a degree completion program offered through the K-State Global Campus and is available only to off-campus students.

The degree is suitable for individuals who have an associate of science degree, who are employed full time and want to continue their education, or who have family responsibilities that make it impossible to take courses in a traditional on-campus setting.

Students entering college for the first time and eligible for admission to K-State must enroll in the business administration pre-professions program (BAPP).

Students with previous academic work (either at K-State or elsewhere) requesting transfering to the College of Business Administration must have a 2.5 or higher GPA and enroll in the BAPP curriculum. Transfer students, entering with 45 or more credit hours, must achieve a K-State GPA of 2.5 or higher on the first 15 or more credit hours of K-State courswork to be able to continue in the College of Business Administration. For purposes of admission, grade point averages will be based on all courses attempted at colleges or universities.

The BAPP is expressly designed as a non-degree program; students with 60 or more credit hours will not be allowed to enroll in BAPP unless they are first-semester transfer students. Students remain in BAPP until they meet the requirements for their intended degree plan and complete an Application to Degree Paln.

Admission to a degree plan (major) in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, general business (distance learning students), management, management information systems, or marketing is necessary for graduation. Applicants for admission to one of the degree plans, other than accounting will be accepted upon completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours with a K-State GPA of 2.5 or above. For accounting the grade point average for admission to the degree plan is 3.0 K-State GPA.

Transfer students must meet the above requirements and complete at least 12 graded hours at K-State before they can be admitted to a degree plan.

The exact sequence of the courses to be taken is worked out between student and advisor. There is some flexibility in scheduling. To enroll in any course, students must have prerequisites as stated in the catalog.

Applications for a degree plan (major) may be made by the semester during which the student will have completed at least 45 credit hours of the pre-professional requirements. Degree plan applications must be filed by the time students complete 60 credit hours.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the bachelor of science in business administration must complete at least 9 credit hours of resident instruction in upper-division business courses after acceptance and enrollment in a degree plan program in the college. Additional residency requirements may apply.

A student will become eligible for graduation with a bachelor of science in business administration degree upon fulfilling the above requirements and completing 126 credit hours of coursework. Fifty-four of these hours must be in the BAPP program, 30 hours in the business core, and the remaining 42 hours must be earned as specifed by the student’s major. Students must earn a minimum 2.5 grade point average in the business core courses in order to graduate.

Transfer Coursework

All transfer coursework approved by the K-State Admissions Office, with a grade of C or better, will be reviewed by the CBA Office of Student Services for equivalency within the business curriculum and is subject to final approval. (Transfer coursework carrying a grade of D will not be accepted toward a student’s business degree requirements.)

Final approval of transfer courses for use within an individual’s business degree plan is determined by the appropriate department head, in conjunction with the CBA Office of Student Services and the Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Studies. In general, upper-level (300+) business* courses will only be considered for approval if the coursework has been completed at an AACSB-accredited institution. *Business courses are defined as those carrying a prefix of ACCTG, ENTRP, FINAN, GENBA, MANGT, MIS or MKTG.

Note: Students completing the General business Administration degree via Distance Education do NOT fulfill the BAPP requirements as outlined elsewhere in this catalog. General Business students should follow the curriculum (126 credit hours) listed below.

Bachelor’s degree requirements

General Business Foundation Courses (57 credit hours)


Communication Courses (8 credit hours)


Communications Electives (6 credit hours)


  • At least three (3) credit hours of the communication electives must be skills courses (as opposed to theory).
  • Only three (3) credit hours can be a modern languages course.
  • *MKTG 542 (Professional Selling and Sales Management) cannot be utilized as a Communications Elective if the student uses the course as a major field requirement for general business.
  • Students, pursuing a modern languages minor or Certificate in International Business with a language, other than French, German, or Spanish, should consult with an advisor for applicable course substitutions.

Quantitative Courses (21 credit hours)


Social Sciences Electives (9 credit hours)


Choose 9 social sciences elective credit hours from the following:

  • ANTH - All courses except those which count as humanities or natural sciene electives are acceptable.
  • ECON - All courses except ECON 110 and ECON 120. Courses may not overlap with those used to satisfy economics, restricted, or unrestricted electives.
  • GEOG - All courses except GEOG 221
  • POLSC - All courses
  • PSYCH - All courses
  • SOCIO - All courses

Humanities Electives (6 credit hours)


*Students may take a maximum of 3 credit hours in participation or artistic skill development courses.

Choose 6 humanities elective credit hours from the following list:

  • *ART - All courses
  • *DANCE - All courses
  • HIST - All courses
  • *MUSIC - All courses
  • PHILO - All courses
  • *THTRE - All courses
  • All Modern Languages courses (ARAB, CHINE, FREN, GRMN, ITAL, JAPAN, LATIN, RUSSN, SPAN, SWAH)

Natural Sciences Electives (7 credit hours)


Select (7) credit hours, one lab course required from the following:

  • BIOCH - All courses
  • BIOL - All courses
  • CHM - All courses
  • GEOL - All courses
  • PHYS - All courses

**Mathematics Requirements:


Students are eligible to take MATH 100 - College Algebra if they meet one of the following prerequisites:

  1. MATH 010 - Intermediate Algebra with grade of B or better
  2. Two years of high school algebra and a College Algebra PROB ≥ C of 60 or more on the ACT assessment
  3. A score of at least 18 on the mathematics placement test

Note: Students who don’t meet these prerequisites are encouraged to take MATH 010 - Intermediate Algebra before taking College Algebra. Credit received for Intermediate Algebra does not apply toward the hours required for graduation.

Students are eligible to take MATH 205 - General Calculus and Linear Algebra if they meet one of the following prerequisites:

  1. MATH 100 College Algebra with grade of C or better
  2. Two units of high school algebra and one unit of high school trigonometry

Students are eligible to take MATH 220 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I if they meet one of the following prerequisites:

  1. MATH 100 - College Algebra with grade of B or better and MATH 150 - Plane Trigonometry with grade of C or better
  2. Three years of college prep math (including trigonometry) and a Calculus I PROB ≥ C of 55 or more on the ACT assessment
  3. A score of at least 26 on the mathematics placement test

Note: Students who test directly into MATH 205 or MATH 220 and complete the course will have the MATH 100 requirement waived, if they have not already taken MATH 100. Three credit hours/units will be added to the unrestricted electives requirement of the student’s major/plan degree program in order to meet graduation requirements (126 credit hours/units).

Restricted Electives (9 credit hours)


Humanities, natural science, upper-level quantitative, or social science.

General Business core courses (30 credit hours)


Students must earn a minimum 2.5 grade point average in the general business core courses in order to graduate.

Economic Electives (6 credit hours)


Notes: Economics electives must be selected from economics course offerings numbered 500 or above (excluding ECON 505) in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.

Economics electives may not overlap with economics courses used to complete another requirement within the general business major.

Major field requirement (18 credit hours)


Select 18 credit hours. Each of the functional areas (finance, management, and marketing) must be represented.

Unrestricted Electives (6 credit hours)


Any course numbered 100-level or above that is offered for credit by any university department. Students are strongly encouraged to use their unrestricted electives to complete for credit experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, community service/engagement, and study abroad.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (126)