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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 2004. 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 Planner. Because it is difficult to cover in one publication all policies and regulations with which students should be familiar, the College publishes an academic planner each summer. The planner explains in detail a number of policies, rules, and regulations in this catalog. Copies of these planners are available at the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center in 10 Bidgood Hall.
- 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 advisor in the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center to develop a long-range academic plan is strongly encouraged.
- 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 Planner, 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.
- Each student is expected to pursue successful completion of all courses for which he or she enrolls.
- 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.
- 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 16 semester hours during the first semester in residence. Continuing students may register for a maximum of 17 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.
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.
Correspondence/Independent Study Courses
C&BA students may, with prior approval from the assistant dean 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.
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 student must have attained sophomore standing (32 hours or more earned).*
- 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.*
- The student must have an overall grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
- 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).
- Courses that will be used to satisfy University of Alabama Core Curriculum requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
- The student may take a maximum of four courses, or 12 hours, of coursework on a pass/fail basis while earning an undergraduate degree.
- 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
- A course passed with a grade of "C-" or better may not be repeated for credit toward a degree.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- C&BA will not grant degree credit for any mathematics course numbered lower than MATH 100 at The University of Alabama.
- 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 61 semester hours of credit are classified as "PREB" (prebusiness) students. Once students have completed 61 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 to the Culverhouse School of Accountancy; refer to the Culverhouse School of Accountancy section of this catalog (p. 134) 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. 137) 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 advisors 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 apply for admission to one of the business minors supported by the college, subject to the provisions stated below. Approval from the student's dean is required.
Non-business students admitted to a business minor must have grade point averages of 2.5 or higher for all college-level coursework attempted, and they must have grade point averages of 2.5 or higher for all University of Alabama coursework attempted. A student whose grade point average falls below these standards may petition the assistant dean of undergraduate programs of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration for admission to the business minor if the student's grade point average for the last 30 hours attempted is 2.5 or higher. A student admitted to a business minor will be permitted to enroll in all courses required for that specific minor even if the student's grade point average subsequently were to fall below a 2.5 grade point average, provided that other enrollment requirements are met.
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.
- 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.
- 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 61 semester hours earned).
- 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 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. Curriculum III, the dual majors program in business and foreign language, requires a minimum of 129-135 hours depending upon the foreign language major chosen. 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.)
- Each student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 ("C") for all coursework attempted at The University of Alabama.
- Each student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 ("C") for all college-level coursework attempted.
- Each student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 ("C") for all coursework attempted in the major program.
- Each student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in a number of required general education courses, specified below.
- Each student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in each of the business administration functional field courses appropriate to each curriculum, as specified under "Department and Program Requirements" below.
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.
- Summa cum laude. A student who graduates with this honor designation shall have a grade point average of 3.90 or higher for all college-level work and for all work attempted at The University of Alabama.
- Magna cum laude. A student who graduates with this honor designation shall have a grade point average of at least 3.70, but less than 3.90, for all college-level work and for all work attempted at The University of Alabama.
- Cum laude. A student who graduates with this honor designation shall have a grade point average of at least 3.50, but less than 3.70, for all college-level work and for all work attempted at The University of Alabama.
- With distinction. A student who graduates with this honor designation shall have a grade point average of at least 3.30, but less than 3.50, for all college-level work and for all work attempted at The University of Alabama.
In computing the grade point average, the minimum required averages of 3.90, 3.70, 3.50, and 3.30 cannot be achieved by rounding. Averages are calculated for performance in all courses in which the student is enrolled prior to receiving the degree.
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