University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Business Administration (Bachelor of Science)

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Basic Business Core (22-24 credits)

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 s/he will be required to transfer out of the School of Business.

Business Field Courses (24 credits)

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 within a Business Discipline Concentration.

The student must complete twenty-one credits in Business Administration courses numbered 100 or above beyond those required for the Business Field courses. Twelve of the twenty-one required credits must be within a specific Business Discipline Concentration: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management and the Environment, Management Information Systems, Marketing, International Business or Productions and Operations Management.

The remaining nine credits must be taken outside of the primary discipline concentration area, as long as the courses are numbered 100 or above and can also be used towards a second discipline concentration area.

General Education Requirements

The General Education Requirement framework is based on six field blocks. They 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 and Carribean 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 credits)

Six courses. Each requirement must be filled with a course worth at least three 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 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; NR 001; PHYS 011 and PHYS 021, PHYS 031 and PHYS 021; PHYS 051, 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

Note: Cross-listed courses may count for only one Basic General Education Core requirement. Any course which meets a Business requirement cannot also meet a Gen Ed requirement.

Required Minor

A student must complete a minor in a discipline outside of the School of Business Administration by fulfilling the requirements specified by the department or program supervising the minor. A student must earn a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 in the courses used to complete the minor and half of these courses must be completed at the University of Vermont. One course from the basic general education requirements may be used toward the completion of the minor.

The student must contact the appropriate department to obtain more information and declare the minor online through the UVM Registrar’s website.

Minors in English, Psychology, Film and Television Studies or Studio Art are restricted to students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Diversity Requirement (6 credits)

The University of Vermont has a six credit diversity requirement. For students enrolled in the School of Business Administration, 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.

General Education Electives

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

Other Electives

Students take additional electives, either inside or outside of Business to achieve the total 120 credits required for their degree.

Restrictions on Electives
  1. No credit will be granted for PEAC (Physical Education Activity Courses).
  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. Students will not receive credit for CS 002 or CS 003 after earning credit for BSAD 040.
    • Cannot receive credit for both CS 014 and BSAD 142.
    • Students will not receive credit for a course that is prerequisite knowledge for a course already completed, for example FREN 001 after FREN 002.
    • Students cannot receive credit for a course offered in another department that substantially duplicates material in Business Administration.
    • Students can not earn credit for both CDAE 127 and BSAD 153.
    • Students can not earn credit for both CDAE 128 and BSAD 155.
    • Credit can not be received for CDAE 167 if taken after BSAD 180.
    • Credit can not be received for CDAE 168 if taken after BSAD 150.
    • Credit cannot be received for CS 042, CDAE 266 (except as an elective for the Entrepreneurship concentration), CDAE 169, or CDAE 210.
  3. See Student Services for a list of restrictions.


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

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

STAT 141 Basic Statistical Methods

Upper Level Quant Methods 3
General Education or Minor Courses 9-10 9-10
Total 15-16 15-16
Junior Year
Course Term
Fall Spring
Business Field Courses 12 9
General Education, Minor or Electives 3 3
Business Discipline Concentration Courses or Additional Upper Level Business Courses 3
Total 15 15
Senior Year
Course Term
Fall Spring
Business Discipline Concentration Courses 6 6
Additional Upper Level Business Courses 6 3
Minor Courses 3 3
BSAD 191 Strategy & Competition 3
Total 15 15



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