Collat School of Business

Dean: Eric P. Jack
Senior Associate Dean: Karen N. Kennedy
Associate Dean: Jack L. Howard

 

UAB’s Collat School of Business is accredited at the baccalaureate and master’s levels by AACSB International and holds separate AACSB International accreditation of the undergraduate and master’s programs in accounting. Professional education in business administration is offered through the Departments of Accounting and Finance; Management, Information Systems, and Quantitative Methods; Marketing, Industrial Distribution, and Economics; as well as the Graduate School of Management. In designing the school’s programs, the faculty recognizes the importance of meeting the many and diverse educational needs of the urban environment in which the school functions. Additionally, faculty members are involved in activities that (1) advance knowledge in business and assist city, state, and regional constituencies through theoretical and applied research; and (2) maintain a continuing relationship with the community through participation in professional societies, consulting, conferences, non-credit courses, and other service roles.

At the undergraduate level, the school offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in accounting, economics, finance, 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.

At the graduate level, the Graduate School of Management offers programs of study leading to the Master of Business Administration,  Master of Accounting , and 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) and the School of Health Professions (MSHA/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

We create and disseminate business knowledge that transforms the lives of our students and stakeholders by leveraging our locational advantages for the benefit of our community, state and beyond.

Vision Statement

We strive to be a renowned business school focused on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Values Statement

We value:

  • Quality teaching, research and professional and public service by faculty, staff and students;
  • Relevance and innovation in curriculum, instructional methods, research, and professional and public service;
  • Intellectual growth, professional and ethical development of our students;
  • A collegial environment of academic freedom and faculty governance;
  • Partnerships with our internal and external constituencies;
  • Diversity in our students, faculty, staff, and community;
  • High standards of professional and ethical conduct

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 and the pre-calculus course may be taken as part of Area III. 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 restricted to those students who are admitted to UAB as 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 and a minimum 2.0 UAB 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 provided they have a minimum 2.0 overall grade point average and a minimum 2.0 UAB grade point average.

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. Should the student not select a major, he/she will be admitted with a Collat School of Business undeclared major classification. Majors include accounting, economics, finance, industrial distribution, information systems, management and marketing.

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.

Collat School of Business advisors are available within each academic department in the Business-Engineering Complex or by telephone (205) 934-8813.

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 and EH 102 English Composition II with the grade of C or better within their first 30 hours or as soon as possible thereafter.

RequirementsHours
EH 101English Composition I3
EH 102English Composition II3

 

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 either in literature (Area II) or in history (Area IV).

The following courses satisfy Area II of the Core Curriculum:

RequirementsHours
AAS 200Introduction to African-American Studies3
ARA 101Introductory Arabic I3
ARA 102Introductory Arabic II3
ARH 101The Art Experience3
ARH 203Ancient and Medieval Art3
ARH 204Renaissance through Modern Art3
ARH 206Survey of Asian Art3
CHI 101Introductory Chinese I3
CHI 102Introductory Chinese II3
CMST 101Public Speaking3
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 101Introductory French I4
FR 102Introductory French II4
FR 108Introductory Intensive French4
FR 201Intermediate French I3
FR 202Intermediate French II3
GN 101Introductory German I4
GN 102Introductory German II4
GN 201Intermediate German I3
GN 202Intermediate German II3
GN 204Readings in German Literature3
ITL 101Introductory Italian I3
ITL 102Introductory Italian II3
JPA 101Introductory Japanese I3
JPA 102Introductory Japanese II3
MU 120Music Appreciation3
PHL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
PHL 115Contemporary Moral Issues3
PHL 116Bioethics3
PHL 120Practical Reasoning3
PHL 125Introduction to Ethics3
PHL 203Philosophy of Religion3
SPA 101Introductory Spanish I /QL4
SPA 102Introductory Spanish II4
SPA 108Introductory Intensive Spanish4
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish II3
THR 100Introduction to the Theatre3
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 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
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 107Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry4
MA 109Survey of Calculus3
MA 110Finite Mathematics3
MA 125Calculus I4
MA 126Calculus II4
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

 

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 either in literature (Area II) or in history (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
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 211Principles of Macroeconomics3
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 120The United States To 18773
HY 121The United States Since 18773
ITS 101Introduction to International Studies3
PSC 101Introduction to American Government3
PSC 102Introduction to Comparative Politics3
PSC 103Introduction to International Relations3
PSC 221American State and Local Government3
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 109 Survey of Calculus
    3. MA 125 Calculus I.
  4. Core Curriculum Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science, EC 210 Principles of Microeconomics and EC 211 Principles of Macroeconomics.

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)3
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
IS 103Applied Information Technology3
QM 214Quantitative Analysis I3
QM 215Quantitative Analysis II3
BUS 101Introduction into Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
BUS 110Essentials of Financial Literacy3
Total Hours36

Upper Level Collat School of Business Requirements

RequirementsHours
Required Courses
BUS 350Business Communications3
FN 310Fundamentals of Financial Management3
MG 302Management Processes and Behavior/SL3
MG 403Operations Management3
or DB 320 Distribution Management
IS 303Information Systems3
MK 303Basic Marketing3
International Business
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 321-27
Major Capstone Course 43
Electives 1,56-12
Total Hours51-63
1

Industrial Distribution (ID) Majors select two natural sciences from: CH 105/CH CH 106,CH 107/CH 108, PH 201/PH 201L, PH 202/PH 202L, and PHS 101.  Medical Equipment and Supplies Distribution concentration (MESD) majors take one Biology (BY) and one Chemistry(CH).

2

All majors must complete one international business course.  Finance majors take FN 412.  Economics majors take EC 407 International Economics.

3

See requirements listed under individual majors.

4

Capstone courses:  Accounting majors take AC 495.  Marketing majors take MK 450. All other majors take BUS 450 as their capstone course.

5

Industrial Distribution majors take ME 103 as an elective.  Medical Equipment and Supplies Distribution take BY 115 as an elective.  Additional electives must be approved by advisor.  Hours vary by major.

Academic Requirements

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

  1. Students may enroll and receive a grade (A, B, C, D, or F) for any business course a maximum of three times. Enrollment is determined by a grade other than W on a student’s transcript.
  2. A business course (upper or lower level) in which a grade has been earned at UAB cannot be repeated at another institution (including cooperative institutions).
  3. Courses regularly offered at UAB may not be taken for credit at another institution (including cooperative institutions) while a student is simultaneously enrolled at UAB without prior written permission of the appropriate department chair and the Director of Student Services. Failure to receive such permission may result in the non-applicability of courses completed elsewhere.
  4. To attempt upper-level business courses (numbered 300 and above), students must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 GPA at UAB. In addition, 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.
  5. 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

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.

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 insure 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, finance, information systems, management, and marketing, 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 3 (three) 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, Office of Student Services. (Room 202, BEC)
  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 Requirements for 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 into Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
Accounting Upper-Level Requirements
AC 300Financial Accounting I3
AC 304Accounting Information Systems3
AC 310Financial Accounting II3
AC 401Cost Accounting3
Total Hours21

Minor Requirements for Business Administration

RequirementsHours
Business Administration Lower-Level Requirements
Must earn a grade of "C" or better in these courses
BUS 101Introduction into 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 (must earn an overall GPA of 2.0 in these courses.):6
Business Communications
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Behavioral Economics
Personal Finance
Applied Information Technology
Legal Environment of Business
Business and Society
Basic Marketing
Total Hours18
1

 Approved elective can substitute for BUS 410.

Minor Requirements for 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
QM 214Quantitative Analysis I3
BUS 101Introduction into Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
Economics Upper-Level Requirements
EC 304Microeconomics3
EC 305Macroeconomics3
Economics Upper-Level Electives
Select one 300-level or higher Economics (EC) course.3
Total Hours21

Minor Requirements  for 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 into 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 Requirements for 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
Information Systems Lower-Level Requirements
BUS 101Introduction into Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
IS 204Introduction to Business Programming3
Information Systems Upper-Level Requirements
IS 301Introduction to Database Management Systems3
IS 321Systems Analysis3
MG 417Project Management3
Total Hours15

 

 IS Minor #2 for Computer Science Majors

RequirementsHours
Information Systems Lower-Level Requirements
BUS 101Introduction into Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
IS 303Information Systems3
Information Systems Upper-Level Electives9
Enterprise Systems
Systems Analysis
Project Management
Legal Elements of Fraud Investigation
Forensic Accounting and Information Tech 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 into 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

RequirementsHours
MG 401Organizational Behavior3
MG 409Human Resource Management3
MG 413Employment Law3
MG 425Mnging through Ldrship3
Total Hours12

 

Minor in Management for Non-Business Majors

RequirementsHours
BUS 101Introduction into Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
MG 302Management Processes and Behavior/SL3
MG 401Organizational Behavior3
MG 409Human Resource Management3
MG 413Employment Law3
MG 425Mnging through Ldrship3
Total Hours18

Minor Requirements for 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
Marketing Lower-Level Requirements
AC 200Principles of Accounting I3
BUS 101Introduction into Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
LS 246Legal Environment of Business3
Marketing Upper-Level Requirements
MK 303Basic Marketing3
Marketing Upper-Level Electives
Select two 300-level or higher Marketing (MK) courses.6
Total Hours21

Minor Requirements for Quantitative Methods

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

RequirementsHours
Quantitative Methods Lower-Level Requirements
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics 13
EC 211Principles of Macroeconomics 13
QM 214Quantitative Analysis I 23
QM 215Quantitative Analysis II3
BUS 101Introduction into Business3
Quantitative Methods Upper-Level Requirements
Select two of the following courses6
Survey of Management Science
Nonparametric Statistics
Applied Forecasting
Applied Regression Analysis
Statistics for Quality and Productivity
Total Hours21

1

EC 210 & EC 211 may also apply to Core Curriculum Area IV; check the Core Curriculum for you particular major.

2

 Note that the prerequisite for QM 214 is MA 105 with a C.


 Minor in Management - Human Resources

RequirementsHours
BUS 101Introduction into Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
MG 302Management Processes and Behavior/SL3
MG 409Human Resource Management3
MG 411Compensation Administration3
MG 412Employee Selection and Development3
MG 413Employment Law3
Total Hours18

 

Minor in International Business

The international business minor is available only to Collat School of Business majors. It supplements the student’s major with an appreciation of the global economy and issues unique to doing business on a worldwide basis. The minor includes a required foreign language component. The international business minor consists of the following 18 semester hours.

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
Major Requirement
Must be a Collat School of Business Major
International Business Requirements
Select four of the following courses12
International Economics
International Financial Management
International Business Dynamics
International Marketing
International Accounting: From a User's Perspective
Business Study Abroad
Foreign Language Requirement
Select two courses in a foreign language (preferably with a conversational emphasis)6
Total Hours18

Minor Requirements for 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 into Business (Available Fall, Spring)3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
IS 415Social Media & Virtual (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 Requirements for 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 into 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 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 BEC 219 or from one of the contact people below:

  • Resume demonstrating characteristics that support a successful sales career (strong work ethic, etc);
  • Achievement of an overall 2.0 G.P.A. and be in good academic standing with the university;
  • Commitment to extra-curricular involvement in the Professional Sales Program activities;
  • Complete a panel interview with the Professional Sales Program Leadership Team members. 

Professional Sales Certificate Requirements 

RequirementsHours
GPA requirement
A 2.0 overall GPA is required in certificate courses.
Certificate Courses
BUS 101Introduction into Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
BUS 350Business Communications3
MK 303Basic Marketing3
MK 330Professional Selling3
MK 420Sales Management3
MK 425Advanced Professional Selling3
One course covering industry structure3
Industrial Distribution Management
Management of Financial Intermediaries
MK 495Industrial Distribution Directed Studies/Practicum (Optional, but encouraged.)2
Total Hours23

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

Ms. Kristen Craig (kcraig@uab.edu)                                  

Dr. Tom DeCarlo (tdecarlo@uab.edu)

Dr. Karen Kennedy (knk@uab.edu)                                   

Dr. Kenneth Miller (klmiller@uab.edu

Dr. Bob Robicheaux (bobr@uab.edu

Honors in Business

Purpose

The Collat School of Business Honors Program is designated for qualified and self-motivated students pursuing business-related undergraduate degrees. 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 all business courses attempted;
  • Have earned a 3.0 GPA overall;
  • Have a major in the collat School of Business;
  • Have submitted a Business Honors Program Application form or to be invited to submit an application;
  • Have been selected by the Business Honors Committee from application and transcript evaluation. 

Requirements

  • A 3.5 GPA in business courses;
  • A 3.0 GPA overall;
  • 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 495, Business Honors Seminar I, for three credit hours and enroll Spring Semester of senior year in BUS 496 Business Honors Seminar II, for three credit hours;
  • An oral presentation of a completed research project before a colloquium of other business honors students, the Business Honors Committee, Collat faculty, and/or professionals.

Where appropriate, the Business Honors Committee may recommend that Business Honors students make formal presentations of their work at annual conference meetings. 

Benefits

In addition to intellectual research benefits and enhanced credentials for graduate school or professional pursuits, students 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

1720 2nd Avenue, South/ BEC 217A • Birmingham, AL 35294-4460 • Telephone (205) 934-8845 • E-mail: businesshonors@uab.edu

BUS-Business Courses

BUS 101. Introduction into Business. 3 Hours.

This course will enable entering 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 the Freshman Year Experience (FYE).

BUS 102. Business Foundations. 3 Hours.

This course will enable students to understand the types of business careers available, various functions of business and the culture within the business discipline. Should be taken if a FYE course has been completed in another school or college. Consult Collat School of Business Advisor to determine requirement.

BUS 110. Essentials of Financial Literacy. 3 Hours.

An introductory course dealing with the mathematics of money and financial literacy. This course will cover such topics as simple and complex interest, taxes, consumer finance, retirement plans, insurance and risk management, cash flows, payroll and inventory.

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 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 102 [Min Grade: C] and GPAT and GPAO 2.00) or (BUS 102 [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.

Review of grammar and organization with emphasis on conventions, formats, and style of written business communication. Relies on both in and out of class writing assignments, research methods and analysis, and collaborative writing. Writing is a signifcant component of this course (QEP).
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)

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 2.00) or (FN 310 [Min Grade: C] and GPAU 2.00 and GPAO 2.00)

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)

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)