Business (BUAD)

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (BUAD)

   The Business Administration Program is designed to produce graduates who possess skills and abilities needed to succeed in the business world of the 21st century. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills, communication skills, liberal arts breadth, and the fundamental business concepts essential for successful careers in business. Each of the degree options is organized to develop a thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts of business. In addition to conceptual knowledge, each student develops the ability to apply specific principles in a specialty of the student’s choosing. These principles are taught through a program that has three essential elements.
   The Base Curriculum consists of a group of courses mainly outside of the Business area that covers the basic competencies needed to succeed in the upper-division Business requirements. These courses have been selected to ensure basic knowledge in the areas of communication, reasoning, and critical thinking required for upper-division study. The second element is the Business Administration Nucleus, made up a core of Business courses focusing on principles in the areas of communication, marketing, management, and law. These courses form the fundamental business concepts required in all emphasis areas and represent the bulk of the requirements for the Standard Program in Business Administration.
   The third element consists of a group of courses in the area in which the student wishes to acquire additional technical skills. In the Standard Program, the courses are in an area out-side of Business Administration where the student is required to attain at least a minor. In the other emphasis areas offered by the department (management, marketing, entrepreneurship, Latin American business, professional land and resource management, and resort management), the student has additional requirements that develop skills necessary to succeed in the chosen area.
  The Management Emphasis provides opportunities to develop the necessary expertise to enter a training program for managerial-level employees in any size business. These courses place emphasis on learning both essential management principles and their application in the highly competitive world of business.
   The Marketing Emphasis is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in strategic marketing, sales, marketing research, and promotion. Students are encouraged to relate their studies in related disciplines, such as Communications and Economics, to the study of marketing.
  The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Emphasis prepares students to think and act as a leader who challenges the status quo. Students experience cutting edge innovation and design-thinking techniques necessary for solving the ever changing commercial, social, and environmental challenges of tomorrow. ICE students master the ability to recognize opportunity, frame problems, think creatively, manage risk, and launch organizations.
   The Latin American Business Emphasis prepares students for entry-level positions in international organizations that specialize in Latin America. The program is highly interdisciplinary with a solid business core. In addition to business fundamentals, the student will develop an understanding of the predominant language and culture of Latin America and its history, together with the broad concepts of international economics.
   The Professional Land and Resource Management Emphasis is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as land negotiators. Students learn land and resource management principles through knowledge and perspectives of business administration, economics, geology, and environmental studies. The program is designed to prepare students to work in the business side of energy and mineral exploration.
   The Resort Management Emphasis prepares students for entry-level management positions in the hospitality industry. With a solid foundation in business, a student is well prepared to succeed in specific courses in resort management and equipped with employment-ready skills upon graduation. Students are required to complete 400 hours of work experience in the industry prior to graduation to provide practical experience in the field.
   Graduate study in business (MS or MBA) is possible regardless of undergraduate major. However, students lacking sufficient quantitative and analytical skills may find it difficult at best. These skills can be acquired by completing the Base Curriculum previously described and by adding a higher level math class than required for the undergraduate degree.

To graduate, all business majors must have a “C-“ or better in all courses required in the major.

FACULTY

Professors Michaela C. Driver, Kevin A. Nelson, and Michael Vieregge;
Associate Professor Christopher W. Greene; Assistant Professors Jeffrey Dykes and Joel Watson;
Lecturer Menon Billingsley, Luke Danielson, Doug MacGregor, Jim McDonald, and Greg Salsbury.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

All Business Administration majors must complete the Base Curriculum, which requires a minimum of 18 credits. Students majoring in Business Administration should complete this base curriculum before enrolling in 300- or 400-level BUAD courses. Discuss specific exceptions with your advisor before enrolling in 300- or 400-level BUAD courses.

Base Curriculum

ACC 201  Introduction to Financial Accounting

3 cr

ACC 202  Introduction to Managerial Accounting

3 cr

ECON 202  Microeconomics

3 cr

One of the following mathematics courses:

 

MATH 140  College Algebra

3 cr

MATH 141  Precalculus

3 cr

MATH 151  Calculus I

4 cr

One of the following:

 

BUAD 220  Computer Applications in Business

3 cr

CS 120  Information Management and Analysis

3 cr

One of the following:

 

MATH 213 Probability and Statistics

3 cr

ECON 216  Statistics for Business and Economics

3 cr

The 15-credit Business Administration Nucleus forms the core for each of the emphasis areas and also comprises the bulk of the Standard Program. It is important that the student achieve a high level of understanding of the basic fundamental concepts represented by these courses to be successful in the completion of the required upper- level course work and in their business career. If BUAD 350 Human Resource Management is used to satisfy the requirements of the Business Administration Nucleus, then it cannot be used to satisfy the elective requirement within the major.

Business Administration Nucleus

BUAD 210  Legal Environment of Business

3 cr

BUAD 270  Principles of Marketing

3 cr

BUAD 309  Business Communication

3 cr

BUAD 360  Managerial Finance

3 cr

One of the following:

 

BUAD 333  Organizational Behavior

3 cr

BUAD 350  Human Resource Management

3 cr

Business Administration Major: Standard Program
The Standard Program requires a minimum of 45 credits including the 18-credit Base Curriculum, the 15-credit Business Administration Nucleus, BUAD 491 Strategic Management, and nine credits of Business Administration electives. At least six credits of the nine credits must be upper-division Business Administration electives, and no more than three credits may be from: BUAD 100 Business in Society, BUAD 150 Introduction to Hospitality, or BUAD 499 Internship in Business Administration. Electives should be chosen in consultation with an advisor. BUAD 397 or BUAD 497 special topics courses are allowed to count toward the nine-credit requirement only with departmental approval.

Business Administration and Environment and Sustainability Coordinated Double Major: If a student elects to complete a Business Administration Major: Standard Program and the coordinated Environmental Studies Major: Standard Program, the student must complete the nine credits of upper-division Business Administration electives by taking ECON 370 Natural Resource Economics, BUAD 363 Business and the Environment, and BUAD 410 Water and Environmental Law.

Business Administration Major: Comprehensive Programs

ENERGY MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS
Admission to the program: All students wishing to major in the Energy Management (EM) emphasis in Business Administration must be formally admitted to the program. Students who have already completed a BA/BS in Business or Accounting will be considered to have completed the Energy Management Base Curriculum and Energy Management Nucleus.

A minimum of 83 credits is required, including the 21-credit Energy Management Base Curriculum, the 19 to 20- credit Energy Management Nucleus, and the following emphasis courses:

Energy Management Base Curriculum

ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting

3 cr

ACC 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting

3 cr

ECON 201 Macroeconomics

3 cr

ECON 202 Microeconomics

3 cr

ECON 216 Statistics for Business and Economics

3 cr

MATH 232 Applied Calculus for the Managerial and Social Sciences

3 cr

BUAD 311 Essential Excel Skills for the Workplace

1 cr

BUAD 312 Advanced Excel Applications

2 cr

Energy Management Nucleus 

BUAD 210 Legal Environment of Business

3 cr

BUAD 240 Strategic Negotiations

3 cr

BUAD 270 Principles of Marketing

3 cr

BUAD 309 Business Communications

3 cr

BUAD 333 Organizational Behavior

3 cr

BUAD 360 Managerial Finance

3 cr

One of the following: 

BUAD 202 EM Professional Development I

1 cr

BUAD 302 EM Professional Development II

1 cr

Energy Management Emphasis

BUAD 230 Evolution of the Oil and Gas Economy

3 cr

BUAD 305 Applied Energy Seminar

3 cr

BUAD 320 Petroleum Land Management 

3 cr

BUAD 321 Oil and Gas Agreements

3 cr

BUAD 370 Introduction to Exploration and Production Processes

3 cr

BUAD 410 Water and Environmental Law

3 cr

BUAD 420 Oil and Gas Law

3 cr

BUAD 495 Prospect Economics and Evaluation

3 cr

ECON 370 Natural Resource Economics

3 cr

ENVS 350 U.S. and Western Environmental Politics

3 cr

GEOG 340 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

3 cr

GEOL 101 Physical Geology

3 cr

GEOL 105 Physical Geology Lab

1 cr

GEOL 240 Introduction to Petroleum and Mining Geology

3 cr

One of the following electives:

3 cr

COM 274 Public Relations Communication

3 cr

COM 372 Issues Management

3 cr

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to continue in and graduate from Energy Management Program. Students may take both BUAD 202 and BUAD 302 depending on when they enter Western and Energy Management. Take these in consultation with your Energy Management advisor.

INNOVATION, CREATIVITY, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP EMPHASIS (ICE)
Admission to the program: All students who wish to major in the ICE emphasis in Business Administration must be formally admitted to the program. For admission, a student must complete and submit an application for admission.

A minimum of 60 credits is required, including the 18-credit Base Curriculum, the 15-credit Business Administration Nucleus, and the following:

ACC 350  Income Tax

3 cr

BUAD 275  Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship: Mindset

3 cr

BUAD 315  Business Law

3 cr

BUAD 375  Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship: Toolkit

3 cr

BUAD 494  Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship: Launch (ICE: Launch)

3 cr

One of the following: 

 

BUAD 335  Marketing Communications

3 cr

BUAD 345  Consumer Behavior

3 cr

Nine credits of the following electives:

 

BUAD 100  Business in Society

3 cr

BUAD 150  Introduction to Hospitality

3 cr

BUAD 300  Business Ethics

3 cr

BUAD 311  Essential Excel Skills for the Workplace

1 cr

BUAD 312  Advanced Excel Applications

2 cr

BUAD 340  Global Business

3 cr

BUAD 350  Human Resource Management

3 cr

BUAD 425  Marketing Research

3 cr

BUAD 491  Strategic Management

3 cr

BUAD 499  Internship in Business Administration

3 cr

ECON 201  Macroeconomics

3 cr

ECON 302  Intermediate Microeconomics

3 cr

No more than three credits from BUAD 100 Business in Society, BUAD 150 Introduction to Hospitality, or BUAD 499 Internship in Business Administration and no more than one economics course, ECON 201 Macroeconomics or ECON 302 Intermediate Microeconomics, may be used to satisfy the elective requirement.

FINANCE EMPHASIS​
A minimum of 57 credits is required, including the 18-credit Business Administration Base Curriculum, the 15-credit Business Administration Nucleus, and the following courses:

BUAD 315  Business Law

3 cr

BUAD 322  Financial Planning

3 cr

BUAD 401  Derivatives 

3 cr

BUAD 412  Financial Risk Management

3 cr

BUAD 461  Investments 

3 cr

BUAD 491  Strategic Management

3 cr

ECON 201  Macroeconomics

3 cr

ECON 361  Money, Banking, and Financial Markets

3 cr

LATIN AMERICAN BUSINESS EMPHASIS
A minimum of 60 credits is required including the 18-credit Base Curriculum, the 15- credit Business Administration Nucleus, and the following courses:

BUAD 340  Global Business

3 cr

BUAD 491  Strategic Management

3 cr

ECON 201  Macroeconomics

3 cr

ECON 303  International Economics and Globalization

3 cr

HIST 260 Latin American History (or another appropriate History course)

3 cr

Three credits of the following:

 

BUAD 311  Essential Excel Skills for the Workplace

1 cr

BUAD 312  Advanced Excel Applications

2 cr

BUAD 335  Marketing Communications

3 cr

BUAD 345  Consumer Behavior

3 cr

BUAD 350  Human Resource Management

3 cr

Three of the following, based on proficiency:

 

SPAN 101  Elementary Spanish I

3 cr

SPAN 102  Elementary Spanish II

3 cr

SPAN 254  Intermediate Spanish I

3 cr

SPAN 255  Intermediate Spanish II

3 cr

SPAN 341  Latin American Civilization and Culture

3 cr

SPAN 342  Mexican Civilization and Culture

3 cr

MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS
A minimum of 57 credits is required, including the 18-credit Base Curriculum, the 15- credit Business Administration Nucleus (students must take BUAD 333 in the Nucleus), and the following courses:

BUAD 311  Essential Excel Skills for the Workplace

1 cr

BUAD 312  Advanced Excel Applications

2 cr

BUAD 350  Human Resource Management

3 cr

BUAD 375  Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship: Toolkit

3 cr

BUAD 491  Strategic Management

3 cr

ECON 201  Macroeconomics

3 cr

Three of the following electives:

 

BUAD 100  Business in Society

3 cr

BUAD 150  Introduction to Hospitality

3 cr

BUAD 300  Business Ethics

3 cr

BUAD 315  Business Law

3 cr

BUAD 325  Management Information Systems

3 cr

BUAD 335  Marketing Communications

3 cr

BUAD 337  Hospitality Law and Risk Management

3 cr

BUAD 340  Global Business

3 cr

BUAD 345  Consumer Behavior

3 cr

BUAD 499  Internship in Business Administration

3 cr

ECON 303  International Economics and Globalization

3 cr

No  more  than  three  credits  from  BUAD  100  Business  in  Society,  BUAD  150 Introduction to Hospitality, or BUAD 499 Internship in Business Administration may be used to satisfy the elective requirement.

MARKETING EMPHASIS
A minimum of 57 credits is required, including the 18-credit Base Curriculum, the 15- credit Business Administration Nucleus, and the following courses:

BUAD 335  Marketing Communications

3 cr

BUAD 340  Global Business

3 cr

BUAD 345  Consumer Behavior

3 cr

BUAD 425  Marketing Research

3 cr

BUAD 491  Strategic Management

3 cr

Nine credits of the following electives:

 

BUAD 100  Business in Society

3 cr

BUAD 150  Introduction to Hospitality

3 cr

BUAD 300  Business Ethics

3 cr

BUAD 311  Essential Excel Skills for the Workplace

1 cr

BUAD 312  Advanced Excel Applications

2 cr

BUAD 315  Business Law

3 cr

BUAD 325  Management Information Systems

3 cr

BUAD 350  Human Resource Management

3 cr

BUAD 499  Internship in Business Administration

3 cr

CS 160  Introduction to Web Design

3 cr

COM 372  Issues Management

3 cr

ECON 201  Macroeconomics

3 cr

No  more  than  three  credits  from  BUAD  100  Business  in  Society,  BUAD  150 Introduction to Hospitality, or BUAD 499 Internship in Business Administration may be used to satisfy the elective requirement.

RESORT MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS
A minimum of 60 credits is required, including the 18-credit Base Curriculum, the 15- credit Business Administration Nucleus, and the following 27 credits:

BUAD 150  Introduction to Hospitality

3 cr

BUAD 331  Food & Beverage Management

3 cr

BUAD 332  Rental & Retail Management

3 cr

BUAD 334  Lodging Operations

3 cr

BUAD 337  Hospitality Law and Risk Management

3 cr

BUAD 363  Business and the Environment

3 cr

BUAD 482  Hospitality Operations Management

3 cr

BUAD 491  Strategic Management

3 cr

One of the following:

 

BUAD 345  Consumer Behavior

3 cr

BUAD 350  Human Resource Management

3 cr

BUAD 499  Internship in Business Administration

3 cr

ROE 398  Program Planning

3 cr

Business Administration Minor
A  minimum  of  18  credits  is  required,  including  one  upper-division  Business Administration elective and the following:

ACC 201  Introduction to Financial Accounting

3 cr

BUAD 210  Legal Environment of Business

3 cr

BUAD 270  Principles of Marketing

3 cr

BUAD 309  Business Communication

3 cr

One of the following:

 

BUAD 100 Business in Society

3 cr

BUAD 150 Introduction to Hospitality

3 cr

Capstone Course Requirement. The following courses in the Business Administration Major fulfill the capstone course requirement: BUAD 491 Strategic Management (Standard Major or Management, Marketing, Latin American Emphases) or BUAD 494 (Entrepreneurial Analysis and Consulting (Entrepreneurship Emphasis).