BS Business Administration Degree Requirements

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(subject to catalog requirements at the time of admission)

Overview of Credits (2013-14 Catalog)

  1. General Education Requirements
    1. Competency - 11 credits
    2. Humanities - 12 credits
    3. Social Sciences - 9 credits
    4. Natural Sciences - 9 credits
    5. International Education - 3 credits
    6. Gender and Ethnic Studies - 3 to 6 credits
    7. Electives - credits vary
  2. Business Administration Major
    1. Business Core - 50 credits
    2. Business Area of Emphasis - 15+ credits
      1. General Business Emphasis
      2. Human Resource Management Emphasis
      3. Integrated Supply Chain Management Emphasis
      4. Management Emphasis
      5. Sales and Marketing Communications Emphasis
      6. International Business Emphasis

Total: 120 credits

Optional Minors

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General Education Requirements

Discuss your options with your academic advisor who can guide you in determining which courses from UW-Platteville or other institutions will meet your general education requirements.

You can complete your general education requirements by

  • Taking distance courses through UW-Platteville (indicated as hyperlinks below)
  • Taking distance courses through UW Colleges or  UW Independent Learning
  • Taking approved on-campus or online courses from UW-Platteville or other institutions
  • Transferring approved credits from other institutions

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A. Competency Requirements (11 credits total)

Communication (8 credits)

English Composition

  • ENGLISH 1130  Freshman Composition                          
  • ENGLISH 1230  Freshman Composition                          

Speech Communication (2 credits)

Mathematics (3 credits)

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

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B. Fine Arts, Humanities, and Historical Perspective (12 credits)

You must earn at least three credits in each of these areas and a fourth course as explained below:

Fine Arts (3 credits)
Includes courses in art, music, and theater

Humanities (3 credits)
Includes courses in literature, foreign language, philosophy, or women’s studies

Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Includes history courses

Fourth course (3 credits)
The remaining three credits must be a second course from one of the disciplines chosen above in Fine Arts or Humanities or Historical Perspective.

For example, if you took a course in English literature for the humanities requirement, you could take another literature course as your fourth course, but a course in philosophy would not qualify since it wouldn't match the same discipline as your prior course for the humanities requirement.

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C. Social Science (9 credits)

You must take at least three credits in each of two disciplines, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, cultural geography, women's studies, and criminal justice. The remaining three credits must be a second course in one of the disciplines chosen.

1Required for the business administration degree

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D. Natural Science (9 credits)

You must take courses from at least two different disciplines, including physics, biology, chemistry, geography, physical science and geology, and each course must involve a laboratory experience.

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E. International Education (3 credits)

1Required for the business administration degree

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F. Gender and Ethnic Studies (3 – 6 credits)

You must take at least three credits in ethnic studies and three credits in gender studies, or take one three-credit course that satisfies both the ethnic and gender studies requirement.

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G. Electives

You may need to take elective credits to meet the graduation requirement of at least 120 credits. Courses may be in business administration or any area of your choosing. Elective credits can also be used to earn a minor.

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Business Administration Major Requirements

To earn a business administration major, you must obtain 65 credits composed of 50 required credits and a minimum of 15+ credits in an area of emphasis. You must complete a minimum of 21 credits in business administration-prefixed courses (BUSADMIN) under UW-Platteville faculty direction.

A. Business Core (50 credits)

Option: BUSADMIN 4990 Internship (Contact your advisor for more information.)

B. Business Area of Emphasis

You must take a minimum of 15 credits in one of the following areas of emphasis.

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Finance Emphasis (15 credits)

Required Courses (3 credits)

Elective Courses (6 credits)

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General Business Emphasis (15 credits)

Earn 15 credits from any 3000-4000 level business administration courses with a BUSADMIN prefix other than those required in the business core.

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Human Resource Management Emphasis (15 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits)

Electives (9 credits)                                               

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Integrated Supply Chain Management Emphasis (16 credits)

Required Courses (7 credits)

Elective Courses - 9 credits

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Management Emphasis (variable credits)

Required Courses (9 credits)

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Sales & Marketing Communications Emphasis (15 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits)

Elective Courses (9 credits from one of the following two options)

Option 1: Integrated Marketing

Option 2: Professional Sales 

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International Business Emphasis (variable credits)

Required Courses (12 credits)

Study Abroad (9 credits)

You must also complete a 9-credit international experience acquired from short-term, summer and semester experiences with 6 credits of pre-approved business courses.

Consult with department chair about pre-approved courses.

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Accounting Minor (optional)

An optional 24-credit accounting minor is available. If you earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with an accounting minor, you may be eligible to take the Certified Public Accountant examination for the State of Wisconsin. Additional coursework is required.

Required Courses (15 credits)

Electives (9 credits)

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Criminal Justice Minor (optional)

An optional 24-credit criminal justice minor is available.

Required Courses (12 credits)

Electives (12 credits)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, you must

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credit hours of college or university credits.
  2. Complete the general education requirements.
  3. Complete a minimum of 21 credits in business administration courses by direction or evaluation of University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty.
  4. Earn a minimum of 39 semester credit hours in upper-division course work.
  5. Earn a minimum of 32 semester credit hours by direction and/or evaluation of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty.
  6. Complete 23 of the last 32 semester credit hours by direction and/or evaluation of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty.
  7. Maintain a 2.50 grade point average on a scale of 4.00 for all course work and a 2.50 in all courses required for the major for courses offered under the direction of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
  8. Meet all financial obligations to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
  9. Earn at least 40% of your total credits in areas outside of accounting and business.

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