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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration Pre-Professions Program (BAPP)

Business administration pre-professions

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 must achieve a 2.5 K-State GPA by the time they complete 30 credit hours to remain in good standing.

Students with previous academic work (either at K-State or elsewhere) requesting transfer to the College of Business Administration must have a 2.5 or higher grade point average 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 hours of K-State course work 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 Plan.

Admission to a degree plan (major) in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, 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 grade point average 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 into 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.

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, FINAN, GENBA, MANGT, or MKTG.

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 specified by the student’s major. Students must earn a minimum 2.5 grade point average in the business core courses in order to graduate.

Bachelor’s degree requirements

Requirements for BAPP (54 credit hours)

Communication Courses (11 credit hours)

  •  Requirement below for Non-Native Speakers

Quantitative Courses (18 credit hours)

**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).

K-State 8 Requirement (16 credit hours)

All business students must fulfill the requirements of the university’s K-State 8 General Education program and the following:

  • The Natural and Physical Sciences requirement must have a laboratory component
  • One additional course tagged under the Global Issues and Perspectives area
  • One additional K-State 8 tagged course of the student’s choosing

The above requirements will be fulfilled in the following manner.

All business students must complete 16 credit hours of K-State 8 coursework outside the College of Business Administration which fulfill the following requirements:

  • Aesthetic Interpretation Credits: (3)
  • Global Issues and Perspectives Credits: (3)
  • Human Diversity within the U.S. Credits: (3)
  • Natural and Physical Sciences course with accompanying laboratory Credits: (4)
  • K-State 8 elective Credits: (3)

Remaining K-State 8 requirements will be met through other general and business core requirements.

  • Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning - MATH 100 or MATH 205
  • Ethical Reasoning and Responsibility - MANGT 596
  • Global Issues and Perspectives - ECON 110
  • Historical Perspectives - MANGT 420
  • Social Sciences - ECON 120

Thematic Sequence (9 credit hours)

Thematic sequences allow a student to obtain in-depth knowledge in a specialty area outside business. All business majors are required to complete an approved sequence of 9 credit hours of related courses in an area of interest outside of the College of Business Administration. These courses must be in addition to courses required by the University, K-State 8, and the College of Business Administration.

The requirement can be met in several ways:

  1. Completion of a pre-packaged thematic sequence. A complete list of pre-packaged thematic sequences is available in 107 Calvin Hall, Office of Student Services.
  2. Completion of a major or secondary major outside of the College of Business Administration.
  3. Completion of a minor outside of the College of Business Administration, with at least 9 hours of non-business courses that are not a part of the requirements of the student’s major.
  4. Completion of a certificate outside of the College of Business Administration.
  5. Completion of 9 hours of level 4 and higher courses in a single foreign language, (English Language Program courses cannot be used to fulfill the thematic sequence requirement.

A student must declare a thematic sequence before completing 6 or more credit hours in the sequence.

Business Core courses (30 credit hours)

Students must earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in the business core courses in order to graduate.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (126)

University Honors Program

The College of Business Administration and the University Honors Program welcomes qualified students to join the honors program at any point in their academic career in which they become academically eligible for admission into the University Honors Program.  The University Honors Program is intended to recognize the high achievements of outstanding students who go beyond the curriculum requirements for a given degree program to meet the challenges of completing advanced study, scholarship, leadership, and citizenship activities that are embodied in the honors program.

University Honors Program Requirements

  1. University Level - 7 credit hours required

    1. RETREAT for new students prior to fall semester (optional)
    2. GENBA 020  - Students enroll in program each semester - 0 credit
    3. GENBA 189  - Introduction to University Honors Program - 1 credit
    4. Other Requirements - 6 credits

University honors courses are designated by the University Honors Program Director.  These courses can be honors sections of required courses or elective seminars (most are 3 credit hours).

Alternative opportunities (e.g., study abroad) to generate university level honor credit hours must be approved by both the Director of the University Honors Program and the CBA Honors program Director (or appropriate college representative).  Under no circumstances will students be allowed to arrange for credit after the experience is completed.

  1. College Level - 8 credit hours or equivalent required

    1. Required experiences for COB University Honors Program Students:

      1. Honors Colloquium (GENBA 299 , 1 Credit Hour)
      2. Honors Seminar (GENBA 399 , 1 Credit Hour)
      3. Honors Section of Business Strategy (MANGT 595 , 3 Credit Hours)
      4. Business Honors Project (GENBA 499 , 3 Credit Hours or one of the alternatives listed below)

        1. An independent study (GENBA 499) with a business faculty in which an Honors contract is signed between the faculty, the student, CBA Honors Program Director and the University Honors Program Director that would require a Business Honors Project as the final output of the independent study experience.  Examples of deliverables include placement in a national competition, publication in a peer-reviewed journal or proceeds, presentation in a professional organization and groups.
        2. An upper division 3-credit hour Honors course (beyond courses under the University-Level Honors requirement) taken at Kansas State University that will culminate into an honors project approved by the CBA Honors Program Director, the University Honors Program Director, and the faculty responsible for the course.
        3. A 3-credit hour course taken in an approved study abroad program or international internship/service learning experience which will culminate in a Business Honors Project approved by the CBA Honors Program Director and the University Honors Program Director.
        4. An upper division non-Honors capstone course in the major in which an “Honors Contract” has been signed between the student, the instructor, the CBA Honors Program Director, and the University Honors Program Director that details the additional requirement in the course that will fulfill the Business Honors Project requirement.  The Honors Contract in a non-Honors course will be approved only in situations in which the final project in the course will fulfill the requirements of an approved Business Honors project.
  2. Total Number of Hours - 15 credit hours
    These 15 credit hours may possibly count toward the degree program requirements through careful planning.
  3. Completion of the above requirements would allow the student to be recognized on their transcript and at graduation as “Honors Fellow.”

For information about the university honors program, available to all students entering K-State in fall 2006 or later, see the Degrees section of this catalog. Check the honors program web page for applications, requirements, current classes, and more.

Additional Learning Opportunities

Distance Education

The major in general business is a 63 credit hours 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 manner.

Admission to the program requires the student to have completed at least 45 hours of the Business Pre-Professions Program (BAPP) with a GPA of 2.5 or higher on the first 12 hours of K-State course work. Application for admission to the general business degree program should be made through the K-State Global Campus, non-traditional studies program, at 1-800-622-2KSU or on the website.

Experiential Learning

The College of Business Administration, through the internship program, study abroad, and service learning, offers opportunities for students to obtain experience in business and industry as part of their college education. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of one or more of these opportunities during their academic career at K-State and should work with their academic advisor to determine how for-credit experiential learning can be applied to the student’s degree requirements.

Pre-Business Education

Pre-business education majors are enrolled in and advised by the College of Education. Students interested in teaching business education at the high school level are instructed to refer to the licensure requirements for details.


Law schools emphasize various objectives in pre-law study for the development of basic skills and insights. These objectives are: the acquisition of skills in comprehension and expression; understanding human institutions; and the ability to think clearly, carefully, and independently. A pre-law student enrolled in the College of Business Administration not only achieves these important goals, but also obtains a broad business background that is desirable preparation for study of the law.