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Core Course Requirements - BBA

In Fall 2014, the Ross School of Business will launch an updated curriculum for students entering the BBA degree program. Please review the appropriate curriculum below that aligns with your admittance into the Ross School of Business BBA degree program:

BBA Curriculum for students admitted between Fall 2006 & Fall 2013

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION AND CREDITS ACCEPTED FOR TRANSFER TO THE BBA PROGRAM

In preparation for admission to Ross, students must have a minimum of 27 transferable credit hours, including a C or better in the following prerequisites: 1) any course in Calculus I, II, or III (includes AP credit for Math 120 or 121 or IB, A-level or transfer credit for an exact U-M course equivalent (not departmental credit, e.g., Math 101X)), 2) Economics 101 (includes IB, A-level, or transfer credit for the exact U-M course equivalent (not departmental credit, e.g., Econ 101X)), and 3) any course approved as First-Year Writing in LSA (includes transfer credit for any course approved as First-Year Writing at U-M (not departmental credit, e.g., English 101X or ENGCMPTC 101X)). See Ross Admissions for more details regarding prerequisites.

The BBA program will transfer in a maximum of 45 transferable credits earned prior to start of BBA program, although a student may have earned more than this. Review our Transfer Credit page for details on what courses are accepted by Ross.

Note:  Core courses must be taken in the prescribed terms.  Students may not drop required core courses.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

The first year of the BBA program introduces students to some of the core business fundamentals, while they continue to complete some of the general LSA requirements.   

Fall

ACC 300: Financial Accounting (3.0 cr) Formerly ACC 271
MO 300: Behavioral Theory in Management (3.0 cr)*  
TO 200: Personal Productivity with Information Technology (1.5 cr)  Formerly BIT 200
ECON 102: Principles of Economics II (Macroeconomics) (4.0 cr)  -- Must be completed at UM Ann Arbor if taken after the first day of the first term (Fall term of sophomore year) in the Ross BBA program.  May be taken in Winter if unable to complete in Fall, but must be taken no later than Winter term of sophomore year.

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Degree Requirements

Winter

ACC 301: Managerial Accounting (3.0 cr) Formerly ACC 272
LHC 250: Introduction to Business Communication (1.5 cr)
TO 301: Business Statistics and Management Science (3.0 cr) Formerly OMS 301

 

 

 

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Degree Requirements

*For students admitted to the BBA Program Fall 2010 or before, BE 300 was required Fall term of sophomore year.

JUNIOR YEAR

The second year of the BBA program continues to build on the base core curriculum, while beginning to immerse students more into business electives as they wrap up their LSA requirements.

Fall

FIN 300: Financial Management (3.0 cr)
BCOM 350: Professional Communication Strategies (1.5 cr) Formerly LHC 350
MKT 300: Marketing Management (3.0 cr)
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Business Electives or Degree Requirements 

Winter

TO 300: Business Information Systems (1.5 cr) Formerly BIT 300
BE 300: Applied Economics (3.0 cr)*
TO 313: Operations Management (3.0 cr) Formerly OMS 311
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Business Electives or Degree Requirements

*For students admitted to the BBA Program Fall 2010 or before, MO 300 was required Winter term of junior year.

SENIOR YEAR

The last year of the BBA program contains one final core course and provides students with the freedom to select from a variety of electives. Students should also make sure they complete any remaining degree requirements. 

Fall

STRATEGY 390: Corporate Strategy (3.0 cr)
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Business Electives or Degree Requirements 

Winter

Business Electives or Degree Requirements

ADDITIONAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • Business Law: Students must complete one of two Business Law courses (either BL 305 or 306, formerly LHC 305 or 306). This requirement may be completed at any time during the Junior or Senior years.
  • 45 Business Credits: Students must complete at least 45 credits of Business classes in order to graduate. The core courses listed above as well as ACC 300 and ACC 301, which may have been taken before beginning the BBA program, are included in the required 45. The core, ACC 300 & 301, and the Law requirement total 36 credits, so an additional 9 credits of Business elective coursework is required.
  • 120 Total Credits: Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits to receive their degree. In addition to the required 45 Business Credits, at least 54 of the 120 credits must be non-Business coursework.
  • Distribution & Foreign Language Requirements: In addition to the Business requirements, BBA students are required to complete three of the following four requirements:
    • Humanities Distribution (HU) = 9 credits
    • Natural Sciences (NS) and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis (MSA) = 9 credits
    • Social Sciences (SS) = 9 credits (excluding Econ 101 & 102)
    • Foreign Language Proficiency = Fourth-term proficiency in a foreign language is determined by successful completion of a proficiency examination administered by U-M, or by completion of a fourth-semester college-level foreign language course. AP course work which meets fourth-term proficiency fulfills this requirement. See the LSA Bulletin for further details.

Current BBA students can schedule an Academic Counseling Appointment if they have questions regarding any of the degree requirements.

BBA Curriculum for students admitted in Fall 2014

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION AND CREDITS ACCEPTED FOR TRANSFER TO THE BBA PROGRAM

In preparation for admission to Ross, students must have a minimum of 27 transferable credit hours, including a C or better in the following prerequisites: 1) any course in Calculus I, II, or III [includes AP credit for Math 120 or 121 or IB, A-level or transfer credit for an exact U-M course equivalent (not departmental credit, e.g., Math 101X)], 2) Economics 101 [includes IB, A-level, or transfer credit for the exact U-M course equivalent (not departmental credit, e.g., Econ 101X)], and 3) any course approved as First-Year Writing in LSA [includes transfer credit for any course approved as First-Year Writing at U-M (not departmental credit, e.g., English 101X or ENGCMPTC 101X)]. See Ross Admissions for more details regarding prerequisites.

The BBA program will transfer in a maximum of 45 transferable credits earned prior to start of BBA program, although a student may have earned more than this. Review our Transfer Credit page for details on what courses are accepted by Ross.

BBA CORE COURSES AND SCHEDULE

The BBA degree requires a minimum of 120.0 credits. 58.0 of these credits must be business credits, and 54.0 of the 120.0 total credits must be non-business credits (including credits used to meet distribution requirements). The remaining 8.0 credits may be either business or non-business course work.

The BBA program is organized around 40 credits of required core courses, 29.5 credits of which must be taken in the prescribed order. Students complete those core courses in an assigned cohort (or section) of students and may not drop or complete required core courses out of sequence.

10.5 credits of core coursework is designated as “Floating Core.” Students may elect to complete the floating core coursework in any sequence between the Winter term of Sophomore year and the Fall term of Senior year.

A required capstone course (credits vary) must also be completed in the Winter term of Senior year.

If a BBA core course (e.g. ACC 300) was completed at the Ross School of Business prior to entering the BBA program and a minimum course grade of "C” was earned, those credits will transfer into the Ross program and the core course may not be repeated for additional credit toward the BBA degree. Students who complete courses offered specifically for non-business students (typically course number 302), prior to entering the BBA program will NOT earn credit for those courses towards the BBA degree.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Term Courses

Credits

Winter Term Courses

Credits

ACC 300: Financial Accounting

3.00

ACC 301: Managerial Accounting

3.00

BA 200: Business & Leaders: The Positive Difference

3.00

BCOM 250: Introduction to Business Communication

(formerly LHC 250)

1.50

TO 301: Business Analytics and Statistics

4.00

STRATEGY 290: Business Strategy

1.50

 

 

Optional Floating Core Course(s)

varies

   

Optional approved business elective(s)

varies

Fall or Winter Term Course options

Credits

Other classes to include any degree requirements:

  • ECON 102: Principles of Economics II (Macroeconomics) -- Effective Fall 2014, must be completed by the end of Junior winter term at the latest. If not completed prior to the first day of the first term in the Ross BBA program (Fall term of sophomore year), then it must be completed at UM-Ann Arbor.
  • Non-Business coursework (to meet distribution or 54 required non-Business credits)

varies

 

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Term Courses - Integrative Semester

Credits

Winter Term Courses

Credits

BCOM 350: Professional Communication Strategies

1.50

Optional Intercultural Learning Experience

BL 300: Business Law and Ethics

3.00

MO 300: Behavioral Theory in Management

3.00

TO 313: Operations Management

3.00

Fall and Winter Term Course options

Credits

Other classes to include any degree requirements:

  • ECON 102: Principles of Economics II (Macroeconomics) -- Effective Fall 2014, must be completed by the end of Junior winter term at the latest. If not completed prior to the first day of the first term in the Ross BBA program (Fall term of sophomore year), then it must be completed at UM-Ann Arbor.
  • Business Electives
  • Floating Core Courses
  • Non-Business coursework (to meet distribution or 54 required non-Business credits)

varies

 

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Term Courses

Credits

Winter Term Courses

Credits

STRATEGY 390: Corporate Strategy

3.00

Capstone Course

varies

Floating Core Course(s) (see list below)

varies

 

 

Fall and Winter Term Course options

Credits

Other classes to include any degree requirements:

  • Business Electives
  • Non-Business coursework (to meet distribution or 54 required non-Business credits)

varies

 

FLOATING CORE COURSES: completed in any sequence during Winter term Sophomore year through Fall term Senior year

BE 300: Applied Economics

3.00

FIN 300: Financial Management

3.00

MKT 300: Marketing Management

3.00

TO 300: Business Information Systems

1.50

ADDITIONAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • 58 Business Credits: Students must elect enough Business elective coursework so that elective credits and all business core course credits (fixed core, floating core, and the required capstone course) total 58 or more business credits prior to graduation. Business elective courses cross-listed with other schools will count only as Business credit.
  • 54 Non-Business Credits: Students must complete a minimum of 54 credits of Non-Business coursework in order to graduate, including distribution courses.
  • 120 Total Credits: Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits to receive their degree. In addition to the required 58 Business Credits, at least 54 of the 120 credits must be non-Business coursework.
  • Distribution & Foreign Language Requirements: In addition to the Business requirements, BBA students are required to complete three of the following four requirements:
    • Humanities Distribution (HU) = 9 credits
    • Natural Sciences (NS) and/or Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis (MSA) = 9 credits
    • Social Sciences (SS) = 9 credits (excluding ECON 101 & 102)
    • Foreign Language Proficiency = Fourth-term proficiency in a foreign language is determined by successful completion of a proficiency examination administered by U-M, or by completion of a fourth-semester college-level foreign language course. AP course work which meets fourth-term proficiency fulfills this requirement. See the LSA Bulletin for further details.

Current BBA students can schedule an Academic Counseling Appointment if they have questions regarding any of the degree requirements.