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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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 will be admitted into the general business administration program upon completion of at least 45 credit hours of coursework and a grade point average of 2.5 or higher (K-State or combined transfer GPA).

In order to remain in good standing, students in the general business administration program must have a 2.5 or higher GPA on the first 15 K-State graded credit hours after admission into the general business administration program. Students not meeting this requirement will be dismissed from the College of Business Administration and will need to achieve a 2.5 or higher K-State GPA in order to be readmitted to the program.

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.

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.

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. See additional residency requirements earlier in this catalog.

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. 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, FINAN, GENBA, MANGT, 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) list 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 foreign language 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 language 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 Language courses (ARAB, CHINE, FREN, GRMN, ITAL, JAPAN, LATIN, PORT, RUSSN, SPAN, URDU, 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)