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[Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration]

GENERAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AND ACADEMIC POLICIES

The requirements specified in this catalog are intended for all students who begin their college careers during or after the fall of 2002. Students who have begun their careers prior to fall 2002 may choose to complete the requirements outlined in this catalog, but if they do so they must complete all of the requirements listed here. Students may not choose some requirements from this catalog and some from previous catalogs.

C&BA Academic Advising Handbook. Because it is difficult to cover in one publication all policies and regulations with which students should be familiar, the College publishes an academic advising handbook each summer. The handbook explains in detail a number of policies, rules, and regulations in this catalog. Copies of these handbooks are available at the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center in 10 Bidgood Hall.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Each student is responsible for selecting courses that will allow him or her to make reasonable progress toward a degree in the College. An appointment with an adviser in the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center to develop a long-range academic plan is strongly encouraged.
  2. Each student is responsible to have in his or her possession a copy of the current University of Alabama undergraduate catalog, the C&BA Academic Advising Handbook, the Student Affairs Handbook, and the current schedule of classes booklet. Students should be familiar with University and College policy statements appearing in each of these that govern completion of C&BA degrees.
  3. Each student is expected to pursue successful completion of all courses for which he or she enrolls.
  4. Each student is expected to maintain a current and accurate mailing address and phone number with the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center and respond promptly to all communications from the University and the College.
  5. Each student is responsible for monitoring the accuracy of the "degree audit" each semester and reporting any errors to his or her adviser in the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center. Each student receives a degree audit document in the registration packet each midterm during preregistration for the following semester.
  6. Each student is expected to be familiar with the current academic calendar.

Maximum Class Hour Load Per Semester

Entering freshman students may enroll for a maximum of 17 semester hours during the first semester in residence. Continuing students may register for a maximum of 18 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters and a maximum of 14 semester hours during the summer session, without special permission.

Students must register for a minimum of 12 semester hours in order to be classified as full-time students. Students who wish to take less than a full-time load must secure permission from the dean of the College. Such permission may be granted for reasons related to the student's health, outside work, commuting, etc.

Auditing Courses

Students may register for courses as auditors with the approval of the departments offering the courses. The deadline for registering as a course auditor coincides with the deadline for adding courses at the beginning of each semester. Consult the C&BA registrar for more information.

The requirements that auditors are expected to meet in an audited course are left to the discretion of the instructor. Generally, auditors may not take tests or exams in the course.

Correspondence/Independent Study Courses

C&BA students may, with prior approval from the director of undergraduate programs or the registrar, enroll in correspondence courses through the Independent Study Office of the College of Continuing Studies. Generally, approval is limited to those situations in which a student is unable to attend classes in residence or in which a course required for graduation is not offered during the term in which the student must complete it.

Further information about the rules and policies governing correspondence and independent study coursework is available through the College of Continuing Studies.

Pass/Fail Option

The University and the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration offer students the opportunity to pursue courses on a pass/fail basis as a means of encouraging students to broaden their interests and learning experiences beyond their business specializations. To register for a course on a pass/fail basis, a C&BA student must complete the proper form and obtain approval in the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center, 10 Bidgood Hall. The deadline for registering for a course on a pass/fail basis coincides with the deadline for adding courses at the beginning of each semester.

The C&BA registrar is responsible for determining that each student requesting the pass/fail option meets the following criteria:

  1. The student must have attained sophomore standing (32 hours or more earned).*
  2. If the student is a transfer student, he or she must have earned 15 hours or more in residence, maintaining a grade point average of 2.00 or higher in residence.*
  3. The student must have an overall grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
  4. The course the student wishes to take on a pass/fail basis must be a non-commerce elective. Business courses (required or elective) may not be taken on a pass/fail basis except in the case of courses which are offered only as pass/fail courses, for example, GBA 145 Introduction to C&BA, C&BA internships (numbered 492), and some independent study courses (numbered 491).
  5. Courses that will be used to satisfy University of Alabama Core Curriculum requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  6. The student may take a maximum of four courses, or 12 hours, of coursework on a pass/fail basis while earning an undergraduate degree.
  7. The student may take no more than one course per semester on a pass/fail basis.

Commerce and business administration students will not be allowed to register for courses on a pass/fail basis after the deadline for adding courses, and once the option is selected it may not be rescinded.


*Several specialized courses offered only on a pass/fail basis may be taken in the freshman year or the first semester in residence (for transfer students). Consult the C&BA Student Services Office for further information.

Policy on Repeating Courses

  1. A course passed with a grade of "C" or better may not be repeated for credit toward a degree.
  2. A course passed with a grade of "D" may be repeated, but the record of both the original and the repeat enrollment will appear on the student's transcript. Both attempts will be counted as hours attempted, but only the second attempt will count as hours earned for the degree. If the course is failed on the second attempt, the student will not earn credit for the course toward a degree.
  3. The Culverhouse School of Accountancy has its own rules for repeating courses required in the accounting major. Consult the accountancy section of this catalog or the director of the Culverhouse School of Accountancy for more information.

Policy on Mathematics Courses

The analysis of many business problems calls for mathematical reasoning. Students should take the highest-level mathematics sequence of which they are capable. The MATH 112/MATH 121 sequence provides the minimum skills for pursuing an undergraduate business degree but is not a substitute for MATH 125. Any sequence that includes MATH 125 is preferable to the MATH 112/MATH 121 sequence. Those students who are interested in graduate study or in working in technical positions should choose a course of study that would lead to at least partial completion of the standard calculus sequence, MATH 125/MATH 126/MATH 227.

Below are specific rules that govern mathematics requirements for commerce and business administration students.

  1. Once a student has earned credit for MATH 112 and/or MATH 121 (or MATH 125), the student may not earn credit for lower-numbered mathematics courses, including MATH 100 College Algebra.
  2. Once a student has earned credit for MATH 112 and/or MATH 121 (or MATH 125), the student may not earn CLEP credit for any mathematics courses at a lower level.
  3. C&BA will not grant degree credit for any mathematics course numbered lower than MATH 100 at The University of Alabama.
  4. C&BA will not grant degree credit for any mathematics course offered for transfer credit from a junior college which is titled — or has the substance of — "business mathematics" or "mathematics for finance."

Selecting a Major

C&BA students who have earned fewer than 55 semester hours are classified as "PREB" (prebusiness) students. Once students have completed 55 hours and have been admitted to the upper division, those who are ready to choose majors may do so by completing major declaration forms in the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center, 10 Bidgood Hall. Students who intend to major in Curriculum II — Accounting must apply for admission to the Culverhouse School of Accountancy; refer to the Culverhouse School of Accountancy section of this catalog (p. 137) for details. Students who intend to major in Curriculum IV — MIS must apply for admission through the Department of Information Systems, Management Science, and Statistics; refer to the Curriculum IV section of this catalog (p. 140) for details.

A student who is admitted to the upper division but is not yet ready to declare a major must change from PREB (prebusiness student) status to "CBUD" (undesignated business student) status until he or she is ready to select a major program. Students who need information to enable them to select majors appropriate to their academic and career interests should consult with the faculty advisers listed in this catalog (see the descriptions of C&BA major programs below) or with the staff of the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center, 10 Bidgood Hall.

Minors in Other Divisions for Business Majors

C&BA students are encouraged to develop minors outside the College, with the approval of the department heads of both the major and the minor programs. Minors normally consist of 15 to 23 hours of coursework. In some cases, early planning on the part of the student is necessary to accommodate the minor within the regular 124 semester hours required for graduation. Students are therefore advised to check with the department head of the minor area to discuss their interests as early as possible in their academic careers. Further information is available from the C&BA registrar or from the staff of the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center, 10 Bidgood Hall.

Minors in Business for Non-Business Majors

Students in divisions of the University other than the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration may select one of the following business minors, subject to the provisions stated below. Approval from the student's dean is required.

Finance General Business
Course Hours Course Hours
AC 210 4 AC 210 4
FI 301 3 EC 110 3
FI 302 3 FI 302 3
FI 311 3 MGT 300 3
FI 412 3 MKT 300 3
FI 414 3 Two of the following:
ST 260 3 EC 111, OM 300, LGS 200, MGT 395 or ST 260, and one other 300- or 400-level business course 6
__ __
Total: 22 hours Total: 22 hours
 
Insurance Management
Course Hours Course Hours
AC 210 4 AC 210 4
FI 302 3 MGT 300 3
FI 341 3 Five of the following: MGT 301, MGT 320,
ST 260 3 MGT 341, MGT 351, MGT 386, MGT 420, MGT 421 15
Two of the following: FI 442, FI 443, FI 444, FI 492 6 __
__ Total: 22 hours
Total: 19 hours
 
Marketing Real Estate
Course Hours Course Hours
AC 210 4 AC 210 4
EC 110 3 FI 302 3
MKT 300 3 FI 331 3
ST 260 3 FI 334 or FI 432 or MKT 371 3
Three of the following: MKT 313, MKT 321, FI 436 3
MKT 337, MKT 381, MKT 410, MKT 411, LGS 407 3
MKT 422, MKT 427, MKT 444, MKT 446, MKT 455, MKT 473 9 __
__ Total: 19 hours
Total: 22 hours
 
World Business
Course Hours
AC 210 4
IBA 350 3
IBA 434 3
MKT 300 3
MKT 455 3
Two of the following: IBA 351, IBA 459, IBA 460, EC 440, EC 442, EC 430, EC 431, EC 453 6
__
Total: 22 hours

A student who expects to complete a minor in an area offered exclusively in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration is subject to the following policies. Failure to comply with these policies will result in administrative disenrollment from C&BA courses.

  1. Prior to enrolling in any 300- or 400-level C&BA course, all students minoring in business must complete all of the specific prerequisites established for the course.
  2. Prior to enrolling in any 300- or 400- level C&BA course, all students minoring in business must have achieved junior standing (defined for purposes of this policy as 55 semester hours earned).
  3. All students minoring in business may take for degree credit no more than 30 hours of C&BA courses (excluding EC 110 and EC 111 and ST 260).

In addition, 1) students minoring in marketing must earn a grade of "C-" or better in each required course, and 2) students who complete the minor in real estate satisfy the pre-licensing educational requirement of the Alabama Real Estate Brokers Examination.

Graduation Requirements

In order to qualify for a bachelor's degree in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, a student must earn a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit as specified in this catalog. A minimum of 31 hours of business courses, including at least 9 of the last 18 hours required for a degree, must be earned in residence at The University of Alabama and in the College.

Total hours of study. A minimum of 124 semester hours of credit as specified in this catalog is required for the degree of bachelor of science in commerce and business administration in the following curricula: Curriculum I — Business Administration, Curriculum II — Accounting, and Curriculum IV — Management Information Systems. The degree program for college graduates, Curriculum VII, requires a minimum of 70 semester hours of credit as specified. The minimum hours required for a B.S. degree holder who is pursuing a second business major vary from 30 to 32 hours. For specific course requirements, consult the C&BA registrar or the academic department in which the second major is to be earned.

Academic standards. The following minimum standards of academic achievement must be met by each student who expects to earn a bachelor's degree from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. (These standards are subject to change.)

It is the student's responsibility to make sure that each of the above requirements has been met. The C&BA registrar is available to students who are within one semester of graduation for verification of their records.

Application for degree. Each candidate for graduation from C&BA must submit an application for degree to the registrar of the College (10 Bidgood Hall). Students who expect to complete degree requirements in May may submit their degree applications to the registrar beginning on October 1 of the previous year. Those who expect to finish their requirements after the Interim term, summer session, or fall semester should submit their applications beginning the previous March. In all cases, an application for degree must be on file with the registrar no later than the time at which the degree candidate registers for his or her final semester in residence. Students who apply for their degrees after registration for the final semester will be awarded their diplomas one term late.

A student who wishes to complete degree requirements at any institution other than The University of Alabama, or by any means other than residency in the College, may do so only on the advice of the C&BA registrar and with the approval of the department head of the major field in which the student expects to earn a degree. Such students must meet all the above requirements.

Academic honors at graduation. The C&BA faculty recognizes high academic achievement by granting the following four hono degrees:

In computing the grade point average,m the minimum required averages of 3.90, 3.70, and 3.50 cannot be achieved by rounding. Averages are calculated for performance in all courses in which the student is enrolled pror to receiving the degree.

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