Collat School of Business

Dean: Eric P. Jack, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean: Karen N. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Faculty Success: Molly McLure Wasko, Ph.D.

UAB’s Collat School of Business is the only named school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a world-renowned academic research center. We offer eight undergraduate and three graduate degree programs in Face-to-Face and Online formats to serve the varying needs of students.

Located in the heart of Alabama's business center, the Collat School of Business offers an engaging learning environment with classrooms extending well beyond the walls of the UAB campus. Our unique location allows our faculty to integrate the practical experiences of the state’s leading companies — from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial startups — into the programs we offer. Our students gain valuable, real-world experience through a wide variety of internships and other opportunities in the business community. The Collat School of Business is housed in a state of the art building designed to blend innovative classroom, team study and learning spaces.

The Collat School of Business is accredited at the baccalaureate and master’s levels by AACSB International and holds separate AACSB International accreditation for our undergraduate and master’s programs in accounting, an accomplishment held by only 187 other U.S. business schools.

Our programs are designed to meet the many diverse educational needs of modern organizations. Additionally, our faculty members are involved in research and service activities that advance knowledge in business, mentor students and assist our stakeholders in accomplishing their unique goals.

At the undergraduate level, the Collat School of Business offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in accounting, economics, finance, human resource management, industrial distribution, information systems, management and marketing. Each program combines a broad exposure to the arts and sciences with comprehensive preparation in all areas of business. In addition, recognizing the undeniable advantage of practical experience as part of a rich academic program, all degree-seeking students engage in at least one of several options for Experiential Learning credit. Those options include internship (paid or volunteer), study abroad, a business analysis project, a service learning project, a research project or completion of the Business Honors Program. Students work with their academic advisor to determine which option is most appropriate.

At the graduate level, the Graduate School of Management offers programs of study leading to the Master of Business Administration, Master of Accounting or Master of Science in Management Information Systems degrees. Programs resulting in a dual degree are offered in cooperation with the School of Public Health (MPH/MBA), the School of Health Professions (MSHA/MBA), the School of Medicine (MD/MBA), the School of Dentistry (DMD/MBA) and the School of Optometry (OD/MBA). The Ph.D. degree in administration/health services is offered in cooperation with the School of Health Professions.

Mission, Vision and Values Statements

Mission Statement

At Collat, we prepare students for success as leaders and professionals, in Birmingham and beyond, using a balanced approach to teaching, research and service.

Vision Statement

Collat is known for innovative programs, impactful scholarship and transformative service.

Shared Values

·  Integrity – We act ethically and do what is right.

·  Respect – We treat others with courtesy and civility.

·  Diversity and inclusiveness – Everybody counts every day. We actively seek varied perspectives in our decision-making.

·  Collaboration – We trust each other and work cooperatively across disciplinary boundaries in the spirit of shared governance.

·  Excellence and achievement – We constantly innovate, solve problems and improve ourselves and others through learning.

·  Stewardship – Fiscal and environmental sustainability guide our decisions.

·  Accountability – We are answerable to each other and act with the best interests of the university in mind.

Admission Requirements

Beginning Freshmen

Beginning freshmen, admitted with conditional or unconditional status, may enroll in the Collat School of Business.

Two-Year College Transfers

Students considering transferring to UAB from a two-year college should consult with their two-year college advisor about specific courses that are transferable to UAB and the Collat School of Business. UAB’s Collat School of Business requirements include those defined in the Alabama General Studies articulation program for a major in business. The public speaking requirement may be taken as part of Area II, the pre-calculus course may be taken as part of Area III and the macroeconomics and microeconomics courses may be taken as part of Area IV. Students planning to major in industrial distribution should see the footnoted exceptions to the Core Curriculum requirements in regard to elective hours.

In cases where enrollment has been interrupted by one year or more, transfer students are expected to meet catalog requirements in effect at the time that they enter UAB.

Only 60 applicable semester hours of two-year college coursework can be applied toward a UAB degree.

Transfers from Other Institutions

Admission to the Collat School of Business is open to those students who are admitted to UAB as degree-seeking or as non degree- seeking students. Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Before an upper-level business course may be attempted, a minimum grade of C in the stated prerequisite(s) for the Collat School of Business course(s) is required.

Transfers within UAB

Degree-seeking students changing their major from schools and the college within UAB will be admitted to the Collat School of Business provided they have a minimum 2.0 overall grade point average. Before an upper-level business course may be attempted, a minimum grade of C in the stated prerequisite(s) for the Collat School of Business course(s) is required.

Students Readmitted to UAB

Degree-seeking students, non-degree seeking students and post-baccalaureate students readmitted to UAB may be admitted to the Collat School of Business.

Former students are expected to meet catalog requirements in effect at the time they re-enter UAB, when one year or more of enrollment at UAB has lapsed or when another college has been attended since last enrolling at UAB.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Admission of non-degree seeking students to the Collat School of Business is restricted to those students who already have a four-year degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

The following policies apply:

  1. Post-baccalaureate students not seeking a UAB business degree will be classified in the major that was selected on the application or as a Collat School of Business undeclared major. They may enroll in any undergraduate business course in which the stated course prerequisite(s) has been completed with a minimum grade of C. Students having less than a C in prerequisite courses or those who completed the prerequisites many years earlier are advised to repeat the prerequisites (see specific major for any deviation).
  2. Post-baccalaureate students seeking a UAB undergraduate business degree will be classified in the appropriate major. Once the decision to seek a business degree is made, post-baccalaureate students are expected to meet all catalog requirements in effect at the time of their admission or readmission to UAB.
  3. Students are responsible for providing transcripts to their advisors for verification of prerequisites.

Transient Students

Transient students who wish to attempt Collat School of Business courses should be aware of the following:

  1. It is the student’s responsibility to verify with the advisor at the home institution that courses taken at the Collat School of Business will transfer back to the home institution.
  2. Note that if enrolled in a business course that fills and there is degree-seeking student demand, the transient students are withdrawn from the filled class.

Are you considering a transfer to UAB and the Collat School of Business? Please make an appointment with one of our advisors (205-934-8813). Remember to bring an unofficial copy of all previous college work to be able to discuss your course of study with the advisor.

All information regarding our business programs and the Collat School of Business is available at http://www.uab.edu/business/. You may check about class availability on BlazerNet, select the Student Services tab and scroll to class schedule.

Admission Classification

Undergraduate students entering the Collat School of Business are admitted with a self-selected major classification. Majors include accounting, economics, finance, industrial distribution, information systems, management and marketing. Students may explore business majors while classified as undeclared business majors. Freshmen are expected to choose a degree granting major prior to completion of 60 semester hours. Transfer students who have earned 60 credit hours prior to entering UAB and are admitted as undeclared business majors must choose a degree granting major within two terms of enrollment at UAB.

Lower level prerequisite business courses must be completed with a grade of C or better before attempting upper-level business courses (those numbered 300 or higher). Any request for deviations from the requirements must be petitioned through the academic advisor for the department in which the course resides.

Curriculum Outline

The Collat School of Business reserves the right to modify curricula and specific courses of instruction, to alter requirements for graduation, and to change the majors to be awarded at any time the school may determine. Such changes may be applicable to either prospective or currently enrolled students.

The curriculum outline that follows is formatted to show how course requirements of the Collat School of Business concur with the UAB Core Curriculum requirements. Students, in cooperation with their advisor, should sequence these requirements in a manner to meet stated prerequisite requirements for specific courses in their curriculum. 

UAB CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS 

Core CurriculumHours
Area I. Written Composition 6 hours

Effective written communication skills are essential in a literate society. Requirements include six semester hours in written composition. UAB students must complete EH 101 English Composition I or EH 106 Introduction to Freshman Writing I and EH 102 English Composition II or EH 107 Introduction to Freshman Writing II with the grade of C or better within their first 30 hours or as soon as possible thereafter.

RequirementsHours
EH 101English Composition I3
or EH 106 Introduction to Freshman Writing I
or EH 108 English Composition I for Second Language Writers
EH 102English Composition II3
or EH 107 Introduction to Freshman Writing II
or EH 109 English Composition II for Second Language Writers
Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts 12 hours

Study in the humanities addresses the ability to deal with questions of values, ethics, or aesthetics as they are represented in literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts, and is fundamental to general education. Requirements include at least 12 semester hours in humanities with a minimum of three semester hours in literature, three semester hours in the fine arts, and the remaining hours from the humanities and/or fine arts. In addition to literature, disciplines in the humanities include, but are not limited to, philosophy, religious studies, speech, foreign languages, art, music, theatre, and dance. As part of the common Core Curriculum, students must complete a six-semester hour sequence in literature (Area II), history (Area IV), or economics (Area IV).

The following courses satisfy Area II of the Core Curriculum:

RequirementsHours
AAS 200Introduction to African-American Studies3
AAS 201Honors Introduction to African American Studies3
ARA 101
101L
Introductory Arabic I
and Introductory Arabic I Lab
4
ARA 102
102L
Introductory Arabic II
and Introductory Arabic II Lab
4
ARH 101The Art Experience3
ARH 203Ancient and Medieval Art3
ARH 204Early Modern-Contemporary Art3
ARH 206Survey of Asian Art3
ARS 280Creativity and Imagination3
CHI 101
101L
Introductory Chinese I
and Introductory Chinese I Lab
4
CHI 102
102L
Introductory Chinese II
and Introductory Chinese II Lab
4
CMST 101Public Speaking3
EH 212Forms of Literature3
EH 213Ideas in Literature3
EH 216Introduction to Literature3
EH 217World Literature I: Before 16603
EH 218World Literature II: 1660-Present3
EH 221British and Irish Literature I: Before 18003
EH 222British and Irish Literature II: 1800-Present3
EH 223American Literature I: Before 18653
EH 224American Literature II: 1865-Present3
FLL 120Foreign Cultures3
FLL 220Foreign Literatures in English Translation3
FR 101
101L
Introductory French I
and Introductory French I Lab Practice
4
FR 102
102L
Introductory French II
and Introductory French II Lab Practice
4
FR 108Introductory Intensive French4
FR 201Intermediate French I3
FR 202Intermediate French II3
GN 101
101L
Introductory German I
and Introductory German I Lab Practice
4
GN 102
102L
Introductory German II
and Introductory German II Lab Practice
4
GN 201Intermediate German I3
GN 202Intermediate German II3
GN 204Readings in German Literature3
ITL 101
101L
Introductory Italian I
and Introductory Italian I Lab
4
ITL 102
102L
Introductory Italian II
and Introductory Italian II Lab
4
JPA 101
101L
Introductory Japanese I
and Introductory Japanese I Lab
4
JPA 102
102L
Introductory Japanese II
and Introductory Japanese Lab II
4
MU 120Music Appreciation3
PHL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
PHL 115Contemporary Moral Issues3
PHL 116Bioethics3
PHL 120Practical Reasoning3
PHL 125Introduction to Ethics3
PHL 203Philosophy of Religion3
POR 101
101L
Introductory Portuguese I
and Introductory Portuguese I Lab Practice
4
POR 102
102L
Introductory Portuguese II
and Introductory Portuguese II Lab Practice
4
SPA 101
101L
Introductory Spanish I
and Introductory Spanish I Lab Practice
4
SPA 102
102L
Introductory Spanish II
and Introductory Spanish II Lab Practice
4
SPA 108Introductory Intensive Spanish4
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish II3
THR 100Introduction to the Theatre3
THR 102Introduction to Cinema3
THR 105Introduction to Dance3
THR 200Plays on Film3
Area III. Natural Sciences and Mathematics 11 hours

Study in the natural sciences and mathematics emphasizes the scientific method and applies quantitative or inductive reasoning. Requirements include at least 11 semester hours with at least three semester hours in mathematics at the pre-calculus algebra level or higher and at least eight semester hours in the natural sciences. All courses in the natural sciences must include laboratory experiences. Disciplines in the natural sciences include, but are not limited to, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. UAB students must take the required three semester hours in mathematics within their first 60 hours or as soon as possible thereafter.

The following courses satisfy Area III of the Core Curriculum:

RequirementsHours
AST 101
AST 111
Astronomy of the Universe
and Astronomy of the Universe Laboratory
4
AST 102
AST 112
Astronomy of Stellar Systems
and Astronomy of Stellar Systems Laboratory
4
AST 103
AST 113
Astronomy of the Solar System
and Astronomy of the Solar Systems Laboratory
4
AST 105
AST 115
Extraterrestrial Life
and Extraterrestrial Life Laboratory
4
BY 101
BY 102
Topics in Contemporary Biology
and Topics Contemporary Biology Laboratory
4
BY 108
BY 109
Human Population and the Earth's Environment
and Laboratory in Environmental Science
4
BY 111
BY 112
Extended Topics in Contemporary Biology
and Ext Topics Contemporary Biology Laboratory
4
BY 123Introductory Biology I4
BY 124Introductory Biology II4
CH 105
CH 106
Introductory Chemistry I
and Introductory Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CH 107
CH 108
Introductory Chemistry II
and Introductory Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CH 115
CH 116
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CH 117
CH 118
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CH 125
CH 126
General Chemistry I HONORS
and General Chemistry I HONORS Laboratory
4
CH 127
CH 128
General Chemistry II HONORS
and General Chemistry II HONORS Laboratory
4
ENV 108
ENV 109
Human Population and the Earth s Environment
and Laboratory in Environmental Science
4
ES 101
ES 102
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
4
ES 103
ES 104
History of the Earth
and History of the Earth Laboratory
4
MA 105Pre-Calculus Algebra3
MA 106Pre-Calculus Trigonometry3
MA 107Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry4
MA 110Finite Mathematics3
MA 125Calculus I4
MA 126Calculus II4
MA 225Calculus I - Honors4
MA 226Calculus II - Honors4
MA 227Calculus III4
MA 252Introduction to Differential Equations3
MA 260Introduction to Linear Algebra3
PH 201College Physics I4
PH 202College Physics II4
PH 221General Physics I4
PH 222General Physics II4
PHS 101Physical Science4
PHS 102Physical Science II4
Area IV. History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 12 hours

Study in history and the social and behavioral sciences deals primarily with the study of human behavior, social and political structures, and economics. Requirements include 12 semester hours with at least a three-semester hour course in history and at least six semester hours from among other disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. As part of the common Core Curriculum, students must complete a six-semester hour sequence in literature (Area II), history (Area IV), or economics (Area IV). 

The following courses satisfy Area IV of the Core Curriculum:

RequirementsHours
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 106Introductory Archaeology3
ANTH 120Language and Culture3
CMST 105Introduction to Human Communication3
DCS 101Media and Society3
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 211Principles of Macroeconomics3
FN 102Money and Society3
GEO 121World Regional Geography3
HY 101Western Civilization I3
HY 102Western Civilization II3
HY 104World History to 16003
HY 105World History 1600 to the Present3
HY 106World History and Technology I3
HY 107World History and Technology II3
HY 120The United States To 18773
HY 121The United States Since 18773
ITS 101Introduction to International Studies3
PSC 101Foundations of American Government3
PSC 102Foundations of Comparative Politics3
PSC 103Foundations of International Relations3
PSC 221American State and Local Government3
PUH 202Introduction to Global Health3
PY 101Introduction to Psychology3
PY 201Honors Introduction to Psychology3
PY 212Developmental Psychology3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 245Contemporary Social Problems3
WS 100Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
Area V. Pre-Professional, Pre-Major, and Elective Courses

Certain degrees/major may require students to take additional required courses and/or elective courses appropriate to the individual degree or program. Students should consult the appropriate college or school section of this catalog to see whether Area V requirements apply to them.

Total Semester Hours:41

Business students should take the following courses in the Core Curriculum.

  1. Core Curriculum Area II: Humanities and Fine Art: CMST 101 .
  2. Core Curriculum Area II: Humanities and Fine Art, select one of the following:
    1. ARH 101 The Art Experience
    2. MU 120 Music Appreciation
    3. THR 100 Introduction to the Theatre.
  3. Core Curriculum Area III: Natural Science and Mathematics, select one of the following: 
    1. MA 105 Pre-Calculus Algebra
    2. MA 125 Calculus I.
  4. Core Curriculum Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science, EC 210 Principles of Microeconomics and EC 211 Principles of Macroeconomics. EC 210 and EC 211 satisfy the Common Core six-semester hour sequence requirement for all business majors.

Lower Level Collat School of Business Requirements

RequirementsHours
GPA Requirement
Students must have at least:
2.0 overall GPA (includes all UAB and transfer courses);
2.0 UAB GPA (all courses);
Obtain a minimum grade of C in all lower-level business courses.
The UAB forgiveness policy may be appliced only once to each of four different courses with a C or below. See major listing for specific grade requirements relating to selected major.
Communication Studies / Business Calculus Requirements
CMST 101Public Speaking3
MA 105Pre-Calculus Algebra (Satisfies the Core Curriculum Area III: Math Requirement) 13
Lower Level Business Courses
Must earn a grade of C or better in each course, see above GPA requirement:
AC 200Principles of Accounting I3
AC 201Principles of Accounting II3
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 211Principles of Macroeconomics3
LS 246Legal Environment of Business3
QM 214Quantitative Analysis I 13
QM 215Quantitative Analysis II 13
BUS 101Introduction to Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
BUS 110Essentials of Financial Literacy 13
Total Hours33
1

 Mathematical Economics Concentration (and Math Minor) require substitute courses.

Upper Level Collat School of Business Requirements

RequirementsHours
Required Courses
BUS 305Professional Development for Today's Workplace 11
or AC 305 Professional Development in Accountancy
BUS 350Business Communications3
FN 310Fundamentals of Financial Management3
MG 302Management Processes and Behavior3
MG 403Operations Management 23
or DB 320 Distribution Management
IS 303Information Systems3
MK 303Basic Marketing3
International Business 3
Select one of the following:3
International Economics
International Financial Management
International Business Dynamics
International Marketing
International Accounting: From a User's Perspective
Major Courses 421-27
Major Capstone Course 53
Experiential Requirement 60-3
Electives 6-12
Total Hours52-67

Academic Requirements

The following general requirements and policies apply to all students majoring in the Collat School of Business.

  1. To attempt upper-level business courses (numbered 300 and above), students must have a grade of C or better in the stated prerequisites for each business course. Students must also meet any specific grade requirements within their major.
  2. In cases where one year or more of non-enrollment at UAB has lapsed or when another school has been attended since the last enrollment at UAB, students are expected to meet catalog requirements in effect at the time they re-enter UAB. 

GPA Graduation Requirement

The Collat School of Business GPA (grade point average) graduation requirement is in addition to the general UAB requirements.

Accounting, Finance and Information Systems Majors

  1. Earn at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA in all accounting, finance, and information systems major courses.
  2. Earn a minimum grade of C in all courses used in the accounting, finance, and information systems majors.
  3. Earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA (transfer and UAB courses) and a 2.0 GPA at UAB
  4. Earn a 2.0 in all Business courses attempted.

Students may opt to utilize the university’s course forgiveness policy to calculate the GPA for the accounting, finance, and information systems majors, Using this policy, courses taken at UAB may be repeated at UAB, and the grade for the first attempt will be excluded from the calculation of the GPA. Only courses for which the student has received a grade of C or below may be repeated with this option. The transcript will show the original grade for the course and the repeated grade for the course, however, only the grade points and credit hours earned when the course is repeated will be counted toward degree completion and averaged into the student’s GPA. The forgiveness policy may be used a maximum of four (4) times, only once for any course, allowing a student to use the forgiveness for four different courses.

Students should process all repeats before applying for degree to insure a correct graduation GPA calculation.

Economics, Industrial Distribution, Management, and Marketing Majors

  1. Earn at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses required for the above listed majors.
  2. Earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA (transfer and UAB courses).
  3. Earn a 2.0 GPA at UAB.
  4. Earn a 2.0 in all Business courses attempted.

Students may opt to utilize the university’s course forgiveness policy to calculate the GPA for economics, industrial distribution, management, and marketing majors. Using this policy, courses taken at UAB may be repeated at UAB, and the grade for the first attempt will be excluded from the calculations of the GPA. Only courses for which the student has received a grade of C or below may be repeated with this option. The transcript will show the original grade for the course and the repeated grade for the course, however, only the grade points and credit hours earned when the course is repeated, will be counted toward degree completion an averaged into the student’s GPA. The forgiveness policy may be used a maximum of four (4) times, only once for any course, allowing a student to use the forgiveness policy for four different courses.

Students should process all repeats before applying for degree to ensure a correct graduation GPA calculation. 

Residency Requirement

Of the 21 to 27 semester hours of upper-level major courses required for a departmental major, at least 15 semester hours must be completed at UAB. In addition, 50 percent (30 to 33 semester hours) of business hours required must be taken at UAB. These hours exclude nine hours of economics and six hours of statistics.

Minors in Business

The Collat School of Business offers minors in accounting, business administration, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, information systems, management, marketing, social media strategies for business, and sports and entertainment marketing. These minors are available to all UAB students with the exception of the minors in international business and in sports and entertainment marketing which are available only to School of Business majors.

The following requirements apply to minors:

  1. Students must meet the following grade point requirements:
    • Have a 2.0 cumulative GPA (includes all schools attended)
    • Have a 2.0 UAB GPA
  2. Students must have the following:
    • A minimum grade of C in all lower level business courses required for the minor, including minor courses transferred. All minors allow the use of the university’s course forgiveness policy;
    • A minimum overall average of C in UAB business courses required for the minor, (check specific minor for any deviations)
    • At least 12 semester hours of the minor courses taken in the Collat School of Business (the accounting, finance, and information systems minors have additional requirements).
  3. All required 200-level business courses listed for selected minor must be completed, with a grade of C, prior to enrollment in the 300 and 400- level courses listed (check specific minor for any deviations)
  4. Students may enroll and receive a grade of (A, B, C, D, or F) for any business course a maximum of 2 (two) times only.
  5. Students who wish to take upper-level business courses other than those specified in the selected minor must meet all prerequisites for those courses and have permission from the Collat School of Business.
  6. Collat School of Business majors may also earn a business minor, with the exception of the minor in Business Administration. The minor must include at least nine semester hours beyond the requirement of the student’s selected business major. The Collat School of Business undergraduate advisors can assist business majors in tailoring a business minor.

Minor in Accounting

Must earn a grade of "C" or better and overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for this minor.

RequirementsHours
Accounting Lower-Level Requirements
AC 200Principles of Accounting I3
AC 201Principles of Accounting II3
BUS 101Introduction to Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
Accounting Upper-Level Requirements
AC 300Financial Accounting I3
AC 304Accounting Information Systems3
AC 310Financial Accounting II3
or AC 309 Intermediate Accounting for Corporate Careers
AC 401Cost Accounting3
Total Hours21

Minor in Business Administration

RequirementsHours
Business Administration Lower-Level Requirements
Must earn a grade of "C" or better in these courses
BUS 101Introduction to Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
Business Administration Upper-Level Requirements
Must earn a grade of "C" or better in BUS 310 & 311 and have overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for this minor.
BUS 310Accounting and Finance for Nonbusiness Majors3
BUS 311Creating & Delivering Customer Value3
BUS 410Integrating Business Functions 13
Business Administration Electives
Select two courses from the following. Alternate 300/400 business courses may be selected with advisor approval (must earn an overall GPA of 2.0 in these courses.):6
Business Communications
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Behavioral Economics
Personal Finance
Legal Environment of Business
Management Processes and Behavior
Basic Marketing
Total Hours18
1

 Approved elective can substitute for BUS 410.

Minor in Economics

Must earn a grade of "C" or better and have an overall GPA of 2.0 in these courses.

RequirementsHours
Economics Lower-Level Requirements
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 211Principles of Macroeconomics3
Economics Upper-Level Requirements
EC 304Intermediate Microeconomics3
EC 305Intermediate Macroeconomics3
Economics Upper-Level Electives
Select two 300-level or higher Economics (EC) course.6
Total Hours18

Minor in Entrepreneurship

The Minor in Entrepreneurship is intended to prepare students for new economic realities by providing a foundation in business and entrepreneurial thinking. It is intended to complement the core knowledge they are gaining in their chosen major so that they can find new opportunities to practice within their field. The primary objective is to provide students with the tools they need to think and act entrepreneurially.

Eligibility

This minor is open to all students.  Students must also have a minimum overall 2.0 GPA.

Course Requirements

RequirementsHours
Course requirements for Non-business Majors18
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management
Accounting and Finance for Nonbusiness Majors
Entrepreneurial Market Analysis and Planning
Entrepreneurial Leadership
ENT Practicum Experience 1
Elective 2
Course requirements for Business Majors18
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management
Entrepreneurial Market Analysis and Planning
Entrepreneurial Leadership
ENT Practicum Experience 1
Elective 2
Elective 2
1

 ENT Practicum Experience choices:ENT 426,ENT 445,ENT 450, ENT 499

2

 ENT Electives: Non-business majors select one from: ENT 420 orENT 422. Business majors select two electives, including another course from the practicum list.

Minor in Finance

Must earn a grade of "C" or better and have an overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for this minor.

RequirementsHours
Finance Lower-Level Requirements
AC 200Principles of Accounting I3
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
BUS 101Introduction to Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
Finance Upper-Level Requirement
FN 310Fundamentals of Financial Management3
Finance Upper-Level Elective
Select three 300-level or higher Finance (FN) courses.9
Total Hours21

Minor in Information Systems

Must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course and an overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for this minor.

IS Minor #1 for Business Majors

RequirementsHours
IS 204Introduction to Business Programming3
IS 301Introduction to Database Management Systems3
IS 302Business Data Communications3
IS 321Systems Analysis3
MG 417Project Management3
Total Hours15

 IS Minor #2 for Computer Science Majors

RequirementsHours
Information Systems Lower-Level Requirements
BUS 101Introduction to Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
IS 303Information Systems3
Information Systems Upper-Level Electives9
Business Data Communications
Systems Analysis
Project Management
Legal Elements of Fraud Investigation
Information Technology Auditing
Fraud Examination
Current Topics in Information Systems
Total Hours15

 IS Minor #3 for All Other Majors

RequirementsHours
Information Systems Lower-Level Requirements
BUS 101Introduction to Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
IS 204Introduction to Business Programming3
Information Systems Upper-Level Requirements
IS 301Introduction to Database Management Systems3
IS 303Information Systems3
IS 321Systems Analysis3
MG 417Project Management3
Total Hours18

Minor in Management for Business Majors

Not available for Human Resource Management Majors.

RequirementsHours
MG 401Organizational Behavior3
MG 409Human Resource Management3
MG 413Employment Law3
MG 425Managing Through Leadership3
Total Hours12

Minor in Management for Non-Business Majors

RequirementsHours
BUS 101Introduction to Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
MG 302Management Processes and Behavior3
MG 401Organizational Behavior3
MG 409Human Resource Management3
MG 413Employment Law3
MG 425Managing Through Leadership3
Total Hours18

Minor in Marketing

Must earn a grade of "C" or better and have an overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for this minor.

RequirementsHours
BUS 101Introduction to Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
MK 303Basic Marketing3
Marketing Upper-Level Electives
Select three 300-level or higher Marketing (MK) courses.9
Total Hours18

 Minor in Management - Human Resources

Not available for Management Majors.

RequirementsHours
BUS 101Introduction to Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
MG 302Management Processes and Behavior3
MG 409Human Resource Management3
MG 411Compensation Administration3
MG 412Organizational Staffing3
MG 413Employment Law3
Total Hours18

Minor in International Business

Students with strong professional skills and an understanding of international business are in high demand in today’s global economy. 

The international business minor is available to undergraduate majors as a complement to the student’s major course work. Students will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the global context and practices of international business and will develop skills necessary to compete in a culturally-diverse, global business world.

This minor is interdisciplinary with course work from U.S. and non-U.S sources, in-classroom and outside-of-classroom experiences, and course work from across the UAB campus.  The IB minor encourages students to gain perspectives and to experience other cultures by studying abroad. The IB program director ensures that students gain international business exposure and network with global industry professionals.

Must earn a grade of "C" or better in stated prerequisite courses and have an overall 2.0 GPA in all courses required for this minor. 

RequirementsHours
Requirements for Business Majors18
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
Select 15 hours from:15
International Accounting: From a User's Perspective 1
International Economics 1
International Financial Management
International Business Dynamics
International Marketing
Business Study Abroad
Foreign Cultures
Foreign Language 3
Requirements for Non-Business Majors18
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
Select 3 hours from:3
Accounting and Finance for Nonbusiness Majors 2
Creating & Delivering Customer Value
Select 6 hours from:6
International Accounting: From a User's Perspective 1
International Economics 1
International Financial Management
International Business Dynamics
International Marketing
Select 6 hours from:6
Foreign Cultures
Business Study Abroad
Foreign Language 3

Minor in Social Media Strategies for Business

Minor is open to all students with at least 45 semester hours completed and a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Must earn a grade of "C" or better and overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for this minor.

RequirementsHours
BUS 101Introduction to Business (Available Fall, Spring)3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
IS 415Social Media & Virtual Communities (Available Fall)3
IS 416Web Analytics (Available Spring)3
IS 417Introduction to Business Intelligence (Available Fall)3
MK 303Basic Marketing (Available Fall, Spring)3
or MK 471 Health Care Marketing
MK 401Social Media in Marketing (Available Spring)3
Total Hours18

Minor in Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Must earn a grade of "C" or better and overall GPA of 2.0 in these courses.

RequirementsHours
Lower level requirement
BUS 101Introduction to Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
Upper level requirements
MK 303Basic Marketing3
MK 330Professional Selling3
MK 401Social Media in Marketing3
MK 333Sports Marketing3
MG 430Management and Leadership in Sports and Entertainment Organizations3
Total Hours18

UAB Professional Sales Certificate Program

Purpose

The Professional Sales Certificate is designed for undergraduate students of all majors pursuing a sales career or wishing to enhance his/her interpersonal communication skills in a business environment. This program helps students distinguish themselves as committed professionals in sales and customer service. In addition to the course work shown below, students will be involved in out-of-class activities, including job shadowing and mentorship. Students with a Professional Sales Certificate are well-prepared for entry-level sales careers and have a competitive advantage in the job market. All majors from across UAB are eligible to compete for entrance. Classes are kept small to ensure individual attention is provided for each student.

Eligibility

Submission of completed application form, available in CSB 257 or online at https://www.uab.edu/business/home/businesscertificates/professional-sales-certificate 

  • Achievement of an overall 2.5 G.P.A. and be in good academic standing with the university;
  • Commitment to extra-curricular involvement in the Professional Sales Program activities;

Professional Sales Certificate Requirements

RequirementsHours
GPA requirement
A 2.5 overall GPA is required in certificate courses.
Certificate Courses
MK 330Professional Selling3
MK 420Sales Management3
MK 425Advanced Professional Selling3
One course covering industry structure3
Distribution Management
Distribution Directed Studies Practicum
Management of Financial Intermediaries
Total Hours12

Benefits

In addition to the shadowing, business contacts, and internship opportunities in the program, students will graduate with valued sales and service skills. Earning a Professional Sales Certificate differentiates students in a competitive hiring environment.

Contacts

Dr. Mike Wittmann wittmann@uab.edu
Dr. John Hansen jdhansen@uab.edu
Dr. Karen Kennedy knk@uab.edu
Dr. Kenneth Miller klmiller@uab.edu

Undergraduate Certificate in Social Media

Purpose

The objective of the social media certificate is to help our students and working professionals advance in their careers by improving understanding about how to use the latest social media technologies to benefit organizational stakeholders, such as managers, organizations, employees, customers and partners. Our emphasis is on the application of new and emerging social media technologies, to serve those currently working in IS and marketing related fields, and to prepare individuals from other fields to build the skills needed to succeed in social media careers.

Eligibility

Open to all students majoring in business. Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher to be admitted to this certificate program.

RequirementsHours
Students choose 4 of the 5 course option below to equal 12 hours12
Social Media & Virtual Communities
Web Analytics
Introduction to Business Intelligence
Social Media in Marketing
A social media course from any other progam at UAB with approval of advisor
Total Hours12

Interprofessional Nonprofit Leadership Undergraduate Certificate

RequirementsHours
MG 305Nonprofit Organization Mgmt/SL3
MG 405Nonprofit Strategy and Entrepreneurship3
Electives 16
Courses must be selected outside the major course of study.

Undergraduate Certificate in Information Systems

Purpose

The objective of the Certificate in Information Systems (IS) is to recognize post-graduate students who successfully complete a rigorous program of six undergraduate IS courses that are required for entry into our graduate Management Information Systems (MIS) program. These students have an undergraduate degree in a different field and are interested in a career change to information systems.

Eligiblity

The entry requirements for the Certificate in IS are an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university with a grade point average equivalent to that required to be accepted as a degree seeking student in the Collat School of Business (completed undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.0 or higher).

The certificate will require the successful completion of 18 credit hours (6 courses), with a grade of 2.0 or better for each course.

Information Systems Certificate Requirements

RequirementsHours
GPA Requirement
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in each certificate course
Required Coursework
BUS 350Business Communications3
IS 204Introduction to Business Programming3
IS 301Introduction to Database Management Systems3
IS 302Business Data Communications3
IS 303Information Systems3
IS 321Systems Analysis3
Total Hours18

Benefits

This certificate serves as an intermediary credential for these students as they transition into the IT industry and/or continue their studies. Earning a Information Systems Certificate differentiates students in a competitive hiring environment.

Contacts

Dr. Jack Howard jlhoward@uab.edu
Dr. Paul Di Gangi pdigangi@uab.edu

Honors in Business

Purpose

The Collat School of Business Honors Program is designed for qualified and self-motivated students pursuing business-related undergraduate degrees or otherwise having a demonstrated interest in business. Through a mentored program format, students will develop research and communication skills in preparation for a professional career and/or graduate study. Although students may focus their research into any of the disciplines in the Collat School of Business, the Business Honors Program has overarching themes of leadership and ethics.

Eligibility

Entry into the Collat School of Business Honors Program is by invitation. Students may apply to be considered for an invitation.

To be eligible for the Collat School of Business Honors Program, students must:

  • Have earned a 3.5 GPA in Business Courses;
  • Have earned a 3.0 GPA overall;
  • Have a major or minor in the Collat School of Business or be invited to submit an application;
  • Have submitted a Business Honors Program Application form or be invited to submit an application;
  • Have been selected from application and transcript evaluation.

Requirements

  • Enroll Spring Semester of junior year in BUS 300 Introduction to Leadership Seminar for 3 credit hours;
  • Enroll Fall Semester of senior year in BUS 496, Business Honors Seminar II (Independent Research), for three credit hours
  • Enroll Spring Semester of senior year in BUS 495 Business Honors Seminar I (Strategic Leadership), for three credit hours

  • Present your research in a public forum, such as at the Undergraduate Research Expo.  

Benefits

In addition to educational benefits and enhanced credentials for graduate school or professional pursuits, students with business majors or minors will graduate “With Honors in Business” or “With Honors in Economics”.

Contact

For more information and/or admission to the Collat School of Business Honors Program, contact:

Collat School of Business Honors Program Director

Dr. Barbara A. Wech * 710 13th Street South • Birmingham, AL • E-mail: bawech@uab.edu

BUS-Business Courses

BUS 101. Introduction to Business. 3 Hours.

This course will enable students to understand the breadth of business opportunities and careers as well as assist in their transition to college and the Collat School of Business through the inclusion of First Year Experience (FYE).

BUS 102. Business Foundations. 3 Hours.

This course will enable students to understand the breadth of business opportunities and careers as well as introduce them to the Collat School of Business.

BUS 110. Essentials of Financial Literacy. 3 Hours.

An introductory course dealing with the mathematics of money and financial literacy.

BUS 300. Business Honors Research Methods. 3 Hours.

First of three required courses for students participating in the Collat School of Business Honors Program. Course provides student with an overview of leadership literature and with necessary research, writing and communication skills for successful participation in the Collat School of Business Honors Program.
Prerequisites: (GPAT and GPAO 2.00) or (GPAU 2.00 and GPAO 2.00)

BUS 301. Business Honors Reading Seminar. 1 Hour.

This course will facilitate development of an acceptable Business Honors Thesis/Project Proposal to be submitted to the Collat School of Business Honors Committee by exposing students to a selection of books and periodicals that are not typically assigned in other courses. Book selections will vary from semester to semester. Students will read, discuss, and write a review of each assigned work. Preq: Acceptance into a UAB Honors Program or permission of instructor. May be repeated with permission of Honors Program Director.
Prerequisites: (GPAT and GPAO 2.00) or (GPAU 2.00 and GPAO 2.00)

BUS 305. Professional Development for Today's Workplace. 1 Hour.

This course prepares students for experiential learning and internship opportunities. Students will gain an understanding of networking, personal branding, career planning, strategic career search, interviewing techniques, salary negotiation, and professional etiquette in today’s global workplace.

BUS 310. Accounting and Finance for Nonbusiness Majors. 3 Hours.

An introduction to accounting, financial reporting and the basic principles of business finance. Not open to majors in the Collat School of Business.
Prerequisites: (BUS 101 [Min Grade: C] or BUS 102 [Min Grade: C]) and (GPAT and GPAO 2.00) or (BUS 102 [Min Grade: C] or BUS 101 [Min Grade: C]) and (GPAU 2.00 and GPAO 2.00)

BUS 311. Creating & Delivering Customer Value. 3 Hours.

.An introduction of managerial and marketing principles used to create and deliver customer value in organizations.
Prerequisites: (GPAT and GPAO 2.00 and BUS 102 [Min Grade: C]) or (GPAU 2.00 and GPAO 2.00 and BUS 102 [Min Grade: C]) or BUS 101 [Min Grade: C]

BUS 350. Business Communications. 3 Hours.

BUS 350 provides effective communication skills for business contexts. This course is writing intensive and emphasizes grammar, mechanics, word usage, formatting, and style appropriate for professional business messages.
Prerequisites: (EH 102 [Min Grade: C] and GPAT and GPAO 2.00) or (EH 102 [Min Grade: C] and GPAU 2.00 and GPAO 2.00) or (EH 107 [Min Grade: C] and GPAT and GPAO 2.00) or (EH 107 [Min Grade: C] and GPAU 2.00 and GPAO 2.00)

BUS 400. Business Honors Seminar. 3 Hours.

This course will facilitate completion of an accepted Business Honors Thesis/Project Proposal. Students conduct independent research and present work in progress. Acceptance to the Collat School of Business Honors Program required.
Prerequisites: (BUS 300 [Min Grade: C] and GPAT and GPAO 2.00) or (BUS 300 [Min Grade: C] and GPAU 2.00 and GPAO 2.00)

BUS 410. Integrating Business Functions. 3 Hours.

Course integrates various elements that impact the success of business enterprises. Not open to majors in the Collat School of Business.
Prerequisites: (GPAT and GPAO 2.00 and BUS 310 [Min Grade: C] and BUS 311 [Min Grade: C]) or (GPAU 2.00 and GPAO 2.00 and BUS 310 [Min Grade: C] and BUS 311 [Min Grade: C])

BUS 450. Strategic Management Capstone Experience. 3 Hours.

Senior seminar integrating functional business fields of accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, production policy and decision making. This course is writing intensive and students must demonstrate an ability to write to appropriate audiences and incorporate pertinent external sources. Strong emphasis on ethical reasoning and decision-making and relating material to contemporary business events and issues. Must be senior in last term.
Prerequisites: (FN 310 [Min Grade: C] and GPAT and GPAO 2) or (FN 310 [Min Grade: C] and GPAU 2 and GPAO 2)

BUS 495. Business Honors Seminar, I. 3 Hours.

Study of the strategy-setting process for a business or other complex organization with emphasis on role of chief executive officer and other leaders in that process. Research, analysis, communications and presentation skils practiced.

BUS 496. Business Honors Seminar, II. 3 Hours.

Continuation of BUS 495, overview of business ethics and emphasis on skills required to complete final work project for the Collat School of Business Honors Program. Good standing in the Collat School of Business Honors Program and second semester senior standing required.
Prerequisites: (GPAT and GPAO 2.00) or (GPAU 2.00 and GPAO 2.00)

ENT-Technology Entrepreneurshp Courses

ENT 270. Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management. 3 Hours.

This introductory course in entrepreneurship is intended to expose students to the entrepreneurial life cycle of a high growth start-up from opportunity identification, to funding and growth, through to harvesting the rewards. Students will learn to think like entrepreneurs, be exposed to entrepreneurial decision making, and learn the dynamics of customer validation through the Lean Startup model.

ENT 420. Entrepreneurial Finance. 3 Hours.

Examine the elements of entrepreneurial finance, focusing on technology-based start-up ventures and the early stages of company development. This course addresses key questions which challenge all entrepreneurs:How much money can and should be raised and from whom; what is a reasonable valuation of the company; and how should funding, employment contracts and exit decisions be structured.
Prerequisites: ENT 270 [Min Grade: C] and (FN 310 [Min Grade: C] or BUS 310 [Min Grade: C])

ENT 421. Entrepreneurial Market Analysis and Planning. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to help students identify and validate market opportunities and to develop business ideas and business models to match those opportunities. Students will learn to analyze markets, industries and business environments. They will also learn to generate innovative ideas. Finally, they will learn to develop plans to take their ideas to market.
Prerequisites: (MK 303 [Min Grade: C] or BUS 311 [Min Grade: C]) and ENT 270 [Min Grade: C]

ENT 422. Strategic Operations for Entrepreneurs. 3 Hours.

This course will explore the strategic decisions that early stage entrepreneurial mangers face in growing their business. With a focus on the Lean Startup methodology, students will learn how to develop the assumptions behind their business model, create measurable tests for these assumptions, and make critical decisions based on customer data.
Prerequisites: ENT 270 [Min Grade: C]

ENT 424. New Product Development. 3 Hours.

This course is part one of a two semester course, taught jointly with the Department of Biomedical Engineering. In this course business students are paired with senior biomedical engineering students in a two semester, team-based learning experience in which the teams conceive, design and build a prototype medical device and the accompanying business plan and design to bring the product to market. The course will focus on business planning activities including market research, competitive analysis, intellectual property protection, basic finances and business model design. In addition, instruction, feedback and coaching on interdisciplinary teamwork will be incorporated throughout the semester.

ENT 425. Entrepreneurial Leadership. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the attributes of successful entrepreneurial leaders and the factors that differentiate them from less successful ones. Students learn the principles and application of leading entrepreneurial organizations through selected case studies and face-to-face presentations and discussions with locally and nationally known entrepreneurs.
Prerequisites: ENT 270 [Min Grade: C]

ENT 426. Practicum in Commercialization. 3 Hours.

This course offers qualified students the chance to gain first hand experience in product commercialization while receiving academic credit. Students work in cross-disciplinary teams with senior engineering students to develop a commercialization plan corresponding to an original product design.

ENT 445. Entrepreneurial Internship. 3 Hours.

Standard internship with entrepreneurial business or organization. Junior standing and 2.0 minimum overall GPA. Must be currently enrolled in the Collat School of Business as a degree-seeking student or declared minor in business.
Prerequisites: GPAO 2.00

ENT 450. I-Corps Lean Startup. 3 Hours.

Student teams will execute the Lean Startup approach to develop a business model following the highly successful I-Corps methodology. This is a team-based course where students will spend the semester exploring the viability of a new business venture. Students will be organized into startup teams and be expected to fully execute all areas of the business model canvas by testing their business assumptions through customer/stakeholder interviews. Students must apply for enrollment with the instructor. This course has a major group project component.

ENT 499. Directed Study in Entrepreneurship. 3 Hours.

Supervised project in a specific area of entrepreneurship. This is an experiential course for completion of a minor in entrepreneurship. Course may be on-line or face-to-face.

IB-International Business Courses

IB 495. Business Study Abroad. 3 Hours.

Academic course of study in a business discipline which takes place in a foreign location. Sophomore standing, UAB GPA minimum 2.7 and permission of Collat School of Business faculty sponsor.
Prerequisites: (GPAT and GPAO 2.00) or (GPAU 2.00 and GPAO 2.00)