College of Business and Analytics

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The College of Business and Analytics aims to prepare students to perform successfully in business and other organizations such as government and other not-for-profit organizations functioning within a changing social, economic, and political environment. Study provides the student with fundamental principles and practices of organizational behavior and allows the mastering of knowledge and skills for effective management. The curriculum provides a broad base for understanding business while simultaneously allowing in-depth study within an area of concentration and exposure to current information technology.

Students find business, governmental units, and other public institutions desire the professional education they receive in the college. The advanced curriculum and related programs provide students not only with a meaningful education but also with a means of relating that education to organizations and commerce.

The College of Business and Analytics and the three Schools of the College offer the following undergraduate degrees, minors and certificates.

College of Business and Analytics

  • B.S. Business and Administration
  • Business and Administration, Minor

School of Accountancy

  • B.S. Accounting
  • Accounting, Minor
  • Accounting, Certificate

School of Analytics, Finance, and Economics

  • B.S. Business Analytics
  • B.A. Economics
  • B.S. Finance
  • B.S. Information Technology
  • Economics, Minor
  • Finance, Minor
  • Information Technology, Minor

School of Management and Marketing

  • B.S. Hospitability, Tourism, and Events Management
  • B.S. Management
  • B.S. Marketing
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management, Minor
  • Management, Minor
  • Marketing, Minor

The College of Business and Analytics offices are located in Henry J. Rehn Hall; and classes are conducted in various buildings throughout the campus. 

PRE-COLLEGE PREPARATION

High school and preparatory school students are urged to follow a program which includes at least four units of English and four units of mathematics, with a substantial portion of the remainder of their study programs devoted to such academic subject areas as humanities, the sciences, and social studies.

TRANSFERRED CREDITS IN BUSINESS COURSES

For the programs subject to the policy of the AACSB International regarding acceptance of transferred credits, the college accepts college-level credit earned in business and economics courses from accredited two- or four-year institutions of higher education and counts such credit toward the 120 semester hours required for graduation. However, if such courses are offered at the lower division (freshman and sophomore level) at the institution where completed, only those courses shown below will be treated as equivalencies to college-or program-required courses.

Students may seek upper division transfer equivalency reviews. Courses being sought for transfer equivalencies are evaluated by the school director and/or faculty of the subject area for individual articulations. Only courses from AACSB accredited institution will be accepted for upper division articulation.

Subject Hours
Principles of Accounting 6
Economic principles 6
Business economics statistics 3
Legal and social environment of business 3
Business career transitions 2


Students also have the opportunity of validating additional coursework and nothing in the above statement abridges student’s right to satisfy graduation requirements by proficiency (or competency) examinations through the SIU Testing Center. Such examinations are treated as a student right by the college and are available for most courses.

ADMISSION POLICY 

The College of Business and Analytics admission policy shall be the same as that of the University. All qualified new students are admitted to the College of Business and Analytics with a specific program major classification, undecided business, or as an unclassified student.

Students interested in the Accounting or Business and Administration online degree completion programs must meet the following conditions for acceptance:

  • Completed 26 credit hours of transfer work with 2.0 GPA, or higher, and
  • Completed (or in process to complete prior to program start) transfer course work for UCC/IAI core of Associate of Arts of Associate of Science, and
  • Completed (or in process to complete prior to program start) course equivalents for ACCT 220, ACCT 230, ACCT/FIN/MGMT 208, CMST 101, ECON 240, ECON 241, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 139, MATH 140; PSYC 102 or SOC 108; or consent of the College of Business and Analytics.

Students enrolled in the Accounting or Business and Administration online degree completion programs within the College of Business and Analytics cannot be concurrently enrolled to complete a double major with any other College of Business and Analytics degree other than those offered online.

Reentering and Southern Illinois University Students. Students who are currently enrolled or were previously enrolled at the University in a major outside the College of Business and Analytics may request admission to a Business and Analytics program. These students will be considered for admission to the College of Business provided that they are in good standing with the University. Students with academic issues may be required to participate in an academic support program as a condition of readmission. Students may be asked to submit additional information to the College for consideration for admission. All materials must be received at least one week in advance of the start of the semester to be considered.

International Students. International students must meet admission requirements comparable to those of native students. While admission credentials such as ACT and class rank are generally not submitted by international students, applicants do submit credentials which reflect their achievement in some subject areas similar to those of the United States students. Beginning international freshmen as well as transfer students will have their applications and documents reviewed in a manner similar to domestic students for admission to the College of Business and Analytics by the Center for International Education.

Grade Point Average Calculation. In calculating a student’s grade point average for admission purposes for continuing, new, and reentering students, the admission office will follow the SIU grading policy and procedures for all collegiate (not remedial) work attempted at SIU and other collegiate institutions.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE REQUIREMENT

Graduation from the College of Business and Analytics' AACSB accredited programs requires achievement of a 2.0 grade point average in all business-prefix (ACCT, BSAN, BUS, ECON, FIN, HTEM, MGMT, MKTG) courses taken at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. ACCT 210, ECON 113 and 302I, and MGMT 170 are not calculated into the business-prefix grade point average. In addition, students must earn a minimum grade of C (a grade of C- is not sufficient) in each of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements for their major (Accounting, Business and Administration, Business Analytics, Finance, Management, or Marketing), and students must earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average for those major courses. Students may re-enroll in a 100 or 200 level business course pursuant to the University course repeat policy. All 300 and 400 level business courses may be repeated for a grade only once without school director approval. Students may not repeat Business prefix courses (ACCT, BSAN, BUS, ECON, FIN, MGMT, or MKTG) in which they have previously earned a grade of C or better unless required by the seven year rule for Accounting, Business Analytics, and Finance majors (see Accounting, Business Analytics, and Finance major sections for more information on the seven year rule).

A minor from the College of Business and Analytics, with the exception of Economics, requires students to earn a minimum grade of C in each of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements for their minor, and students must earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average for those minor courses. At least 9 hours of minor courses must be taken at SIU.

PASS/FAIL POLICY OF THE COLLEGE 

Business majors may not register on a Pass/Fail basis for courses used to satisfy requirements in the College of Business and Analytics unless the course is designated Mandatory Pass/Fail. Exception to this policy is based on extenuating circumstances as approved by the Dean.

COURSE SEQUENCING

It is of the utmost importance that required courses be sequenced properly. Sequencing guides are available from the college’s academic advisement center and are published in the College of Business and Analytics’ Student Handbook. Many of the courses in the 300 to 400 levels are restricted to juniors and seniors.

CAPSTONE OPTION FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS

The Capstone Option is available to students who have earned an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) or equivalent certification in an approved business area degree, with the exception of Economics, and who have a cumulative 2.0/4.0 GPA on all accredited coursework prior to the completion of the AAS, as calculated by SIU. The Capstone Option reduces the University Core Curriculum requirements from 39 to 30 hours, therefore reducing the time to degree completion. See the Capstone Option page for more information on this option. Students who apply for Capstone will work with the College of Business and Analytics Advisement Office for approval of the Capstone Option and will complete a personal contract for a degree completion plan.

DIFFERENTIAL TUITION

The College of Business and Analytics assesses College of Business and Analytics majors a differential tuition surcharge of 15% of applicable tuition for declared College of Business and Analytics majors. The College of Business and Analytics has a “minor program fee” for other than College of Business and Analytics majors that is equal to 15% of 15 credit hours of applicable tuition for declared College of Business and Analytics minors. This fee is billed in the semester the student declares the minor. All College of Business and Analytics upper level classes (300 and 400), including on-line classes, will be “restricted access” classes. Students identified as not being in a major or minor in the College of Business and Analytics must get permission from an academic advisor in the College of Business and Analytics. Without proper College of Business and Analytics permission, student may be dropped from registered courses. Non-College of Business and Analytics students are limited to six hours of 300- and 400-level business courses before being required to declare a minor, excluding the following majors: Computer Science (BA degree); Languages, Cultures, and International Trade (Foreign Language & International Trade specialization); Health Care Management; and Music (business specialization); and the following minor: Environmental Sciences. Majors which require more than six credit hours of business courses are required to declare a business minor. These majors may include, but are not limited to: Agriculture Economics, Chemistry (business specialization), Early Childhood Education (child and family services specialization); Fashion Design & Merchandising; Journalism; Kinesiology; Plant & Soil Science (business specialization); and Recreation.

BUSINESS GPA FORGIVENESS POLICY

The College of Business and Analytics has adopted a policy for students whose only graduation problem concerns the 2.0 grade point average in all business prefix (ACCT, BSAN, BUS, ECON, FIN, HTEM, MGMT, MKTG) courses taken at the University. This is referred to as the Business grade point average (BUS GPA). Such students may petition to have a maximum of twelve semester hours of C-, D, or F grade(s) earned outside of the Professional Business Core and outside the major excluded from calculation of the BUS GPA. It should be noted that the College of Business and Analytics Forgiveness Policy is offered as a means of computing the BUS GPA for graduation purposes only and may not be used for any other purpose. Only students with a University grade point average (SIU GPA) of 2.0 or above are eligible to petition to have the College of Business and Analytics Forgiveness Policy applied for the purpose of BUS GPA calculation.

UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM COURSES PRESCRIBED FOR BUSINESS MAJORS

Students in the College of Business and Analytics must complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. The following courses are required of the College's AACSB accredited programs and will count toward partial fulfillment of these:

Psychology 102 or Sociology 108 (to satisfy UCC Social Science requirement)
Economics 241 (to satisfy UCC Social Science requirement)
English 101, 102 (to satisfy English Foundation for UCC)
Mathematics 139 (to satisfy UCC Math requirement)
Communication Studies 101 (to satisfy Speech Foundation for UCC)

Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management majors must complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. The following courses are recommended and will count towards partial fulfillment of these:

Philosophy 104, 105 (to satisfy UCC Humanities requirement)
Mathematics 108 (to satisfy UCC Math requirement)
Psychology 102, Economics 113 (to satisfy UCC Social Sciences requirement)
Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management 256 (to satisfy UCC Multicultural requirement)

Information Technology majors are required to complete Mathematics 106 or Mathematics 108, which will complete the Mathematics requirement for the University Core Curriculum. The following classes are recommended for Information Technology majors and will count towards partial fulfillment of University Core Curriculum requirements:

Economics 113 (to satisfy UCC Social Science requirement)
Philosophy 104, 105 (to satisfy UCC Humanities requirement)
Psychology 102 or Sociology 108 (to satisfy UCC Social Science requirement)

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS CORE

The professional business core, required of Accounting, Business Analytics, Business Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing majors is comprised of the following courses:

Courses Semester Hours
Accounting 220, 230 6
Business 101, 202 4
MGMT 2025 3
Management 304, 318, 345, 481 12
Economics 2411, 240 (3)1+3
Finance 2084, 2702, 330 9
Marketing 304 3
Mathematics 1391 and 1403 (3)1+4
300-400 level CoB prefix elective course (ACCT, BSAN, ECON, FIN, HTEM, MGMT, MKTG)6 3
Total 47

Professional Business Core (online BNAD program)

The professional business core, required of all College of Business and Analytics students admitted to the online Business and Administration degree program, is comprised of the following courses:

Courses Semester Hours
Accounting 220, 230 6
BUS 101, 202 4
Finance 2084 3
Economics 2411, 240 (3)1+3
Mathematics 1391 and 1403 (3)1+4
Total 20

1See University Core Curriculum courses prescribed for business majors.
2Finance 280 may be substituted for 270 and is highly recommended for Accounting majors. Finance 380 is suggested to satisfy the 300-400-level College of Business and Analytics elective for Accounting majors. 
3Mathematics 150 may be substituted for 140.
4Also listed as Accounting 208 or Management 208.
5May substitute ENGL 291 or ENGL 290.
6Lower level courses articulated as upper level courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

ACCREDITATION

AACSB: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL, 33602-5730.

  • B.S. in Accounting 
  • B.S. in Business Analytics 
  • B.S. in Business and Administration 
  • B.S. in Finance 
  • B.S. in Management 
  • B.S. in Marketing 

ACPHA: The Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, P.O. Box 400, Oxford, MD, 21654, (416) 226-5527.

  • B.S. in Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management 

College of Business and Analytics

Terry Clark, Dean

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