Business Administration Degree Requirements

You'll earn your degree by successfully completing 120 credits. All courses listed are three credits unless otherwise stated.

Requirements listed below are for the 2016-18 catalog. Your requirements are subject to the catalog that was in effect at the time you were admitted.

Core Curriculum Requirements

Your academic advisor can help guide you in determining which courses from UW-Platteville and other institutions will meet your core curriculum requirements.

Core curriculum requirements can be completed by:

  • Taking distance courses through UW-Platteville or UW Colleges
  • Taking approved on-campus or online courses from UW-Platteville or other institutions
  • Transferring approved credits from other institutions

Entry Year Experience (1 credit)

An introduction to college course is required if fewer than 30 credits have been completed.

Competency Requirements (11-12 credits)

Communication (8 credits)

English Composition:

ENGLISH 1130 Freshman Composition
ENGLISH 1230 Freshman Composition

Speech Communication: SPEECH 1010 Public Speaking (2 credits)

Mathematics (3 credits)

At least one math course at MATH 1630 or above is required.

Liberal Arts Requirements (23 credits)

Fine Arts, Humanities, and Historical Perspectives (9 credits)

MUSIC 1590 Music Appreciation
WOMGENDR 1130 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
HISTORY 1430 History of the US Since 1877

Social Science (6 credits)
Choose two of the following courses to complete your social science requirements:

CRIMLJUS 1130 Introduction to Criminal Justice
ECONOMIC 2130 Principles of Macroeconomics (required for degree)
ECONOMIC 2230 Principles of Microeconomics (required for degree)
PSYCHLGY 1130 General Psychology

Natural Science (8 credits)

BIOLOGY 2340 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
GEOGRPHY 1040 Planet Earth (4 credits)

International Education/Ethnic/Gender Studies (6-9 credits)

International Education (3 credits)

BUSADMIN 1300 Global Business (required for degree)

Ethnic & Gender Studies (3-6 credits)
At least three credits in ethnic studies and three credits in gender studies must be taken, or one 3-credit course that satisfies both requirements.

BUSADMIN 3340 Management, Gender, & Race (satisfies both requirements)
WOMGENDR 1130 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

Supplementary Credits (3 credits)

Additional credits in mathematics and social sciences are required for bachelor's degree.

business administration major requirements

Business Core Courses (50 credits)

*Courses not currently available through UW-Platteville's Distance Learning Center. View all undergraduate course offerings.

ACCTING 2010 Financial Accounting
ACCTING 2020 Management Accounting
BUSADMIN 1300 Global Business
BUSADMIN 2100 Supply Chain Management
BUSADMIN 2330 Leadership and Management
BUSADMIN 2340 Business Analytics , ECONOMIC 2410 Interpretation of Business or Economic Data, or MATH 1830 Elementary Statistics*
BUSADMIN 2630 Introduction to Marketing
BUSADMIN 3030 Human Resource Management
BUSADMIN 3130 Legal Environment of Business
BUSADMIN 3620 Corporate Finance
BUSADMIN 4840 Business Policy/Strategy
COMPUTER 1830 Microcomputer Applications
ECONOMIC 2130 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECONOMIC 2230 Principles of Microeconomics
MATH 1730 Mathematics of Finance or higher (excluding MATH 1830 and MATH 1930)
MEDIA 3010 Business Communication or ENGL 3000 Tech Writing*
SPEECH 1010 Public Speaking

Business Area of Emphasis (15+ credits)

Tailor your business administration degree to match your career goals. Complete a minimum of 15 credits for an area of emphasis. Not all emphases are available fully online.

Finance Emphasis (15 credits)
Learn to maximize value while minimizing risk and strengthen your analytical skills, while building a strong academic background in finance. The effective investment and management of capital is crucial for the survival and growth of all organizations.

ACCTING 3720 Financial Statement Analysis & Business Valuation*
BUSADMIN 3640 Financial Systems Analysis
BUSADMIN 3650 International Finance
BUSADMIN 3710 Bank Management
BUSADMIN 3930 Investments
BUSADMIN 4030 Financial Decision Making

Sales & Marketing Communication Emphasis (15 credits)

Marketing is a broad and varied discipline that involves a variety of activities including the understanding of market research and consumer behavior, marketing management and integrated marketing techniques, advertising and sales, and the application of marketing to ecommerce.

You may choose from two areas of interest within this emphasis. Each area has required courses as well as optional courses.

Integrated Marketing:

BUSADMIN 3110 Integrated Marketing
BUSADMIN 3240 E-Commerce and E-Marketing in Today's World
BUSADMIN 3630 Advertising (required)
BUSADMIN 3700 Marketing Research
BUSADMIN 3740 Consumer Behavior (required)
BUSADMIN 4630 Marketing Management (required)

Professional Sales:

BUSADMIN 3720 International Marketing
BUSADMIN 3740 Consumer Behavior
BUSADMIN 3820 Professional Selling* (required)
BUSADMIN 3830 Sales Management*
BUSADMIN 3840 Advanced Selling* (required)
BUSADMIN 4630 Marketing Management (required)

Management Emphasis (credits vary)
Explore the principles of organization, the design of hierarchy, and the allocation of resources. These courses are designed to build strong communication skills, develop critical thinking, and identify personal traits of leadership. This emphasis must be completed in conjunction with another emphasis area, other than general business.

BUSADMIN 3530 Organizational Behavior
BUSADMIN 3540 Quality Management or BUSADMIN 3600 Regulatory Compliance Management*
BUSADMIN 4140 International Management

Human Resource Management Emphasis (15 credits)
Connect an organization’s most important assets – its people – to products and services created by value-added activities contributing to organizational goals. Such activities include talent acquisition and management, training and development, compensation management, diversity and employee relations initiatives, change management, and strategic planning.

BUSADMIN 3100 Compensation Management
BUSADMIN 4200 Employee Recruitment and Selection

Choose three courses below to complete this emphasis:                                     

BUSADMIN 3340 Management, Gender, and Race
BUSADMIN 3450 Employment Law*
BUSADMIN 3500 Employee Training and Development
BUSADMIN 4330 Labor-Management Relations
INDUSTDY 2710 Principles of Industrial Safety*                  
INDUSTDY 3610 Safety and Workers Compensation Laws*

Integrated Supply Chain Management Emphasis (16 credits)
Integrated Supply Chain Management is a rapidly growing area of business. Supply chain consists of all steps that lead to the production of goods and services, including suppliers and distribution channels. Coordinate the links of the supply chain to maintain quality and customer satisfaction, while at the same time keeping costs under control.

BUSADMIN 1210 Introduction to ERP
BUSADMIN 4120 Operations Management
INDUSTDY 4950 Production Planning and Control

Choose three courses below to complete this emphasis:

ACCT 3450 Strategic Cost Management*
BUSADMIN 3540 Quality Management or INDUSTDY 4940 Quality Assurance*
BUSADMIN 4140 International Management
BUSADMIN 4160 Purchasing Management
INDUSTDY 4900 Work Measurement and Human Factors*

General Business Emphasis (15 credits)

Round out your degree and choose from courses in finance, human resources management, supply chain, and sales and marketing. This emphasis is for students wishing to meet specific career or educational goals, including working in a family business or preparing for a graduate program.

Any business administration courses with the BUSADMIN prefix from the 3,000 or 4,000 level may be taken other than those required in the business core courses.


Choose from a variety of business administration courses to complete your degree requirements. Elective credits can also be used to earn a minor.

Optional Minor (24 credits)

Criminal Justice

Required Courses (12 credits)

CRIMLJUS 1130 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIMLJUS 2130 The Police Function
CRIMLJUS 2230 Correctional Philosophy
CRIMLJUS 4030 Criminal Law

Electives (12 credits)

CRIMLJUS 2630 Private Security Operations
CRIMLJUS 3130 Criminal Investigation
CRIMLJUS 3330 Police Administration
CRIMLJUS 3430 Criminology
CRIMLJUS 3630 Juvenile Justice
CRIMLJUS 3900 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CRIMLJUS 4130 Police-Community Relations
CRIMLJUS 4230 Community-Based Corrections
CRIMLJUS 4330 Criminal Procedure and Evidence
CRIMLJUS 4630 Current Topics in Criminal Justice

Graduation Requirements:

1. Earn a minimum of 120 credits.
2. A minimum of 42 of the 120 credits must be upper division credits (3,000 and 4,000 level).
3. A minimum of 32 of the 120 credits must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty.
4. Of the last 32 credits, 23 of them must be taken under the direction of the UW-Platteville faculty.
5. A minimum of 21 credits with the BSADMIN prefix must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty.
6. No more than 72 credits may be transferred from any two-year lower-division college.
7. A grade of “C-“or better must be earned in courses taken with other institutions in order for courses to be considered for transfer.
8. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall, as well as in any minor, must be maintained, and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in the major for work from UW-Platteville.
9. Degree requirements from the 2016-18 catalog are effective through 8/31/18. To be enrolled under these requirements, you must be admitted and start courses no later than the summer 2018 semester.
10. Maintain degree progress by completing at least one UW-Platteville course every two years in order to remain under these catalog requirements. Failure to do so will result in discontinuation from the program.
11. Requirements are subject to change without notice.

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