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Business Administration (Bachelor of Science)

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Basic Business Core (22-24 credit hours)

To be completed by the end of the sophomore year with a grade-point average of at least 2.25 and no grade lower than C-. If a student does not successfully meet these criteria he/she will be asked to transfer out of the School of Business.

Business Field Courses (24 credit hours)

To be completed beginning junior year, with a grade-point average of at least 2.0.

Business Discipline Concentration (12 credits plus 3 additional credits)

To be completed with a grade point average of at least 2.0.

The student must complete 15 hours in Business Administration courses numbered 100 or above beyond those required for the Business Field courses. Twelve of the 15 required hours must be within a specific Business Discipline Concentration: General Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management and the Environment, Management Information Systems, Marketing, International Business or Productions and Operations Management. The remaining three credit hours may be taken in any of the concentration areas as long as the course is numbered 100 or above.

General Education Requirements

The General Education Requirement framework is based on six field blocks. The Six Fields are:

  1. Arts and Humanities - Art, Art History, Classics, History, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Theatre
  2. Writing and Speaking - Speech, English only for General Education Field(writing, literature, and film courses for General Education Discipline)
  3. Social Sciences - Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's & Gender Studies
  4. Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering - Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Resources, Physics, Statistics
  5. Global and Regional Studies - African Studies, Asian Studies, Canadian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, Russian/East European Studies, Holocaust Studies
  6. Language and Literature - Arabic, Chinese, American Sign Language (in CMSI), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Literature classes, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, World Literature
Basic General Education Core (at least 19 credit hours)

Six courses. Each requirement must be filled with a course worth at least 3 credits. One from each of the following:

  1. History course (any below 100 level).
  2. English course that emphasizes practice in writing from ENGS 001, ENGS 050, ENGS 053, ENGS 120 120 or the First Year Honors College Seminar.
  3. Social Science from any discipline in field 3 above
  4. Natural Science that includes a laboratory or field experience from ASTR 5 and ASTR 23; BIOL 001, BIOL 002,BIOL 003 and BIOL 096; CHEM 020, CHEM 023, CHEM 031, CHEM 035; GEOL 001, GEOL 004, GEOL 055; MMG 065; NR 001; PHYS 011 and PHYS 021, PHYS 031 and PHYS 021; PSS 10 and PSS 95; PBIO 004.
  5. Global and Regional Studies from any discipline in field 5 above
  6. Language or Literature from any discipline in field 6 above

Cross-listed courses may count for only one Basic General Education Core requirement.

General Education Field Concentration (at least 12 credit hours)

Students must complete at least 12 credits in any one of the six general fields listed above. They may take any combination of courses within the field. For example, in the Social Sciences field, two Political Science courses, a Sociology course and a Women's Studies course might make up the General Education Field concentration.

One course from the Basic General Education Core may be used as one of the General Education Field Concentration courses.

General Education Discipline Concentration (at least 12 credit hours)

Students must accumulate 12 credits in a single discipline. The discipline may not be in the field chosen for the General Education Field Concentration.

Disciplines are specific academic areas, not broad fields. For example, Religion is a discipline in field 1. If Religion is chosen, the student may not include Philosophy and Art classes, even though they are in the same field.

One course from the Basic General Education Core may be used as one of the General Education Discipline Concentration.

As a general rule, two discipline concentration courses must be numbered 100 or higher. Exceptions: (1) if a language is chosen, at least one course must be numbered 51 or higher; (2) if Mathematics or Computer Science is chosen, at least two courses must be numbered 21 or higher; (3) if a Natural Science or Engineering discipline is chosen, there is no restriction on course level.

Caution: In some disciplines, there may not be sufficient courses or space in courses for a Discipline Concentration to be an option. Currently these include, but may not be limited to, Speech, Studio Art, and American Sign Language. Check with the department if there are any questions.

Diversity Requirement (6 credit hours)

The University of Vermont has a six credit diversity requirement. For students enrolled in the School of Business Administra-tion, three credits must be completed from the offerings in the Race and Racism in the U.S. category, and three credits should be selected from either the Race and Racism in the U.>S.> or the Human and Societal Diversity category.

Physical Education (2 credit hours)

All Students are required to complete two credits in Physical Education Activities Courses (PEAC). No more than two credits will count toward the 122 hours required for graduation. Students who enter the University at age 25 or older may waive the two credits of PEAC.

General Education Electives

Students will take additional courses in subjects so that at least 60 credits of their course work is outside of Business Adminis-tration.

Other Electives

Students take additional electives, either inside or outside of Business to achieve the total 122 credit hours required for their degree.

Restrictions on Electives
  1. No credit will be granted for a course that is assumed prerequisite knowledge for a course previously completed.
  2. No credit will be granted for a course that substantially duplicates material in courses offered in Business Administration or in other previously completed courses. See Student Services for a list of restrictions.


Here is one illustrative schedule for the program. (Numbers shown are credits.)

Course Credits
Fall Spring
BSAD 040 Information Technology & Mgmt 3
EC 011 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MATH 019 Fundamentals of Calculus I 3
EC 012 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MATH 020 Fundamentals of Calculus II 3
General Education Courses 6-7 9-10
Total 15-16 15-16
Course Term
Fall Spring
BSAD 060 Financial Accounting 3
BSAD 061 Managerial Accounting 3

STAT 141 Basic Statistical Methods

General Education Courses 9-10 12-13
Total 15-16 15-16
Junior Year
Course Term
Fall Spring
Business Field Courses 9 9
General Education or Electives 6 6
Total 15 15
Senior Year
Course Term
Fall Spring
Business Field Course 3
BSAD 191 Strategy & Competition 3
Business Discipline Concentration Courses 9 6
General Education or Electives 3 6
Total 15 15

*+2 cr. Physical education