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2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog 
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Business Administration Core Requirements BS

Undergraduate Core Requirements For BS In Business Administration (changed effective 11/22/2013)

Intellectual Competencies

Knowledge Areas

Total: 7-8 Hours

Total: 3 Hours

Total: 3 Hours

Total: 3 Hours

Total: 3 Hours

Total: 3 Hours

Total: 3 Hours

Core Total: 34-35 Hours

Business School Specific Graduation Requirements


  1. Students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 2030 from the university core requirements before completing ENGL 3170.
  2. The required sequence of MATH 1070 or MATH 1110 from the university core requirements and MATH 1080 may be satisfied by a 6-semester-hour calculus sequence instead. A grade of C- or better in any of these courses is required to fulfill this requirement.
  3. MATH 1080 grade must be a C or better to fulfill this requirement.

Business Core

A grade C or better must be earned in each business core course that is used as a prerequisite in order to (a) enroll in a course for which it is a prerequisite and (b) graduate. These courses are indicated below with an asterisk. Courses not marked with an asterisk must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Students should complete the business core in the order listed below:

Total: 33 Hours

Total: 3 Hours

Other courses in international business may be offered periodically that satisfy the international studies requirement.

Area Of Emphasis

Business majors must complete the prescribed courses in an area of emphasis comprising a minimum of 15 semester hours taken at CU Denver. Business students are advised to select an area of emphasis prior to completing the business core, and are required to declare a major area of emphasis by the time they have accumulated 60 to 75 semester hours. The courses in the area of emphasis are completed in the junior and senior years after completing the business core. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for courses in the area of emphasis.

The areas of emphasis include accounting, finance, financial management, human resources management, information systems, international business, management or marketing. The specific requirements for these areas of emphasis are described in subsequent sections.

Experiential Learning

Business students must earn 3 semester hours of credit in an approved experiential learning course. Experiences that may qualify for experiential credit include internships, project-based courses, business courses taken at a foreign university, study abroad programs.

Experiential learning is a graduation requirement for students beginning their bachelor degree program at any institution in summer 2007 or later. Students beginning their bachelor degree program prior to summer 2007 are not required to meet the experiential learning requirement. Students may petition to waive the experiential learning requirement based on hardship or substantial work experience.

Other Courses - Revised as of 1/29/2014

Students may choose other courses freely, subject to the following general rules:

  • only nonremedial (college-level, as determined by the Business School) courses will count toward the BS degree
  • all students receiving the BS degree in business must take at least 48 upper-division semester hours, of which 42 semester hours must be upper-division business credit.
  • students must complete 30 hours of actual business course work, including the area of emphasis, as a Business student.

Guidelines for Elective Credits. Elective credits should be selected carefully because not all classes are acceptable. Generally, to be acceptable, electives must be taught by regular University of Colorado faculty, must have a form of assessment, such as a term paper and/or examinations, and must be regular classroom-type classes. Course coverage must be college level, not repetitious of other work applied toward the degree, must be academic as opposed to vocational or technical and must be part of the regular university offerings.

Specifically, the school will accept:

  • a maximum of 6 semester hours of the theory of physical education, theory of recreation and/or theory of dance
  • a maximum of 6 semester hours of approved independent study, internships, experimental studies, choir, band and/or music lessons, art lessons
  • a maximum of 12 semester hours of advanced ROTC, providing the student is enrolled in the program and completes the total program

The school will not accept: activity physical education classes, recreation, workshops, orientations, dance, teaching methods, practicums and courses reviewing basic skills in computers, English composition, mathematics and chemistry.