College of Business and Economics - COBE (Undergraduate)

John Chenoweth, Dean
Paul Ambrose, Associate Dean
Ahmad Karim, Associate Dean
Robert Schramm, Assistant Dean
Stephanie Douglas, Assistant Dean

Jolene Check, Academic Advisor
Steven Fischer, Academic Advisor
Kari Pahl, Graduate Advisor
Kelsey Michels, Online Student Services Coordinator
Han Ngo, Multicultural Business Programs and Academic Advisor
Eric Roche, Academic Advisor
Jesica Schwarz, Graduate Recruitment Manager

262-472-1343
busecon@uww.edu

Mission Statement

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business and Economics is an inclusive, collaborative and entrepreneurial learning community dedicated to sharing values, knowledge and skills to prepare current and future business professionals to contribute successfully and responsibly in a global business environment.

Our efforts to engage in high-quality instruction, research and professional activities add value by:

  • providing an engaging environment for educating undergraduate and graduate students that advances critical thinking, innovative problem-solving, ethical behavior, leadership and a commitment to diversity
  • developing and sustaining partnerships with key stakeholders that lead to mutually beneficial opportunities for students, alumni, faculty, businesses and the regional community
  • developing and retaining a high-quality faculty whose members strive for excellence, are current in their fields and make scholarly contributions through discipline-based, applied and pedagogical research.

The Program

The College of Business and Economics provides students with the skills and knowledge which allow them to succeed in today's global business environment. We stress a close faculty-student relationship and encourage student activities which help students develop professional skills. Students have the opportunity to become involved in projects with business firms which aid in this skill development. The programs of the College are based on a broad general education which provides students with a fundamental understanding of the society in which they live and work. College requirements develop students' knowledge of the functional areas of business, behavioral sciences, management sciences and a systems approach to problem solving. Completion of the degree includes intensive study in a chosen major to prepare students for careers in the field of their choice.

Department Chairpersons

Accounting
D'Arcy Becker

Information Technology and Supply Chain Management
David Munro

Economics
Jeffery Heinrich

Finance and Business Law
Linda Yu

Management
Jon Werner

Marketing
Jimmy Peltier

Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health
Alvaro Taveira

Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Science

Minors

Certificates

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree Requirements

Students may earn a Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of Business and Economics. Successful completion of the 20-hour community service requirement and a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) units in the following areas is required:

University Proficiency
General Education
U.S. Racial.Ethnic Diversity and Writing Proficiency
College Degree Requirements
Major

College Community Service Requirement

Students are required to complete 20 hours of community service prior to enrollment in MANGEMNT 489. Verification of completion of the community service requirement is required. For more information, contact the Assistant Dean's Office, College of Business and Economics or http://www.uww.edu/cobe/undergrad/advisingprocess.

Degree

Unique Requirement
BEINDP 101BUSINESS AND SOCIETY3
MATH 143FINITE MATHEMATICS FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (GM) (GM)3
ECON 201PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (GS) (GS)3
ECON 202PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (GS) (GS)3
International Requirements3
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (GS)
INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN STUDIES (GI)
GEOGRAPHY OF EAST ASIA (GS)
MODERN CHINA
MODERN JAPAN
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF JAPAN
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION (DV)(GS)
COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORLD ECONOMY
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND BANKING
ECONOMICS OF GLOBALIZATION
MULTINATIONAL BUSINESS FINANCE
TRAVEL STUDY
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (GS)
GEOGRAPHY OF EAST ASIA (GS)
THE EAST ASIAN TRADITION (GH)
EAST ASIA SINCE 1800 (GH)
INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC CIVILIZATIONS (GH)
MODERNIZATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST (GH)
MODERN AFRICA (GH)
CONQUEST AND COLONIALISM IN LATIN AMERICA (GH)
REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE IN LATIN AMERICA (GH)
MODERN CHINA
MODERN JAPAN
GLOBAL OPERATIONS STRATEGY
INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS (GS)
INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN RELIGIONS (GH)
INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN RELIGIONS (GH)
INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC CIVILIZATIONS (GH)
BUDDHISM: THE MIDDLE WAY (GH)
ASIAN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT (GH)
OR ANY COURSE NUMBERED 491 OR 497 FROM ANY DEPARTMENT
Lower Division Core Requirements
ACCOUNT 244INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING3
ACCOUNT 249INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 13
or ACCOUNT 261 INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING I
BEINDP 288CAREER INFORMATION1
BEINDP 290BUSINESS WRITING2
ECON 245BUSINESS STATISTICS3
ITSCM 280INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
Upper Division Core Requirements
FNBSLW 341BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LAW3
FNBSLW 344BUSINESS FINANCE3
MANGEMNT 301ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR3
ITSCM 306OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT3
MARKETNG 311PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING3
MANGEMNT 489ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY3
Electives
Electives to bring the total to a minimum of 120 units 2
Total Units48
1

Accounting majors must take ACCOUNT 249 and ACCOUNT 261.

Major Requirements (21-30 units)

(No minor is required)

Writing proficiency is either included in the college core or listed with the major.

The College of Business and Economics is proud of its 20+ student organizations which include local chapters of national professional organizations, honorary societies, and clubs.  Many of our organizations have been recognized nationally and globally for their excellence.  For more information on the CoBE student involvement opportunities, visit http://www.uww.edu/cobe/aboutthecollege/studentorgs.

Policy for Admission

Policy for Admission to Upper Division Business Courses in the College of Business and Economics

Business majors are eligible to enroll in lower division business courses after they have completed twenty-four units and possess at least a 2.50 combined grade point average. After a student completes fifty-four or more units and has satisfactorily completed or is enrolled in ENGLISH 101 and ENGLISH 102, COMM 110, ACCOUNT 244 and ACCOUNT 249 or ACCOUNT 261, BEINDP 101, ECON 201 and ECON 202, MATH 143, ECON 245ITSCM 280 and BEINDP 290, that student may apply for admission to the College of Business and Economics upper division (300- and 400- level) courses. All students with a 2.80 combined GPA or better and who meet the course requirements and GPA will be admitted to the upper division courses. A student whose combined GPA is less than 2.80 may be admitted based on an alternative formula. All students must maintain a 2.50 combined GPA after admission to continue taking upper level courses. Application forms for admission to the upper division business courses are available during priority registration through the first week of classes each semester.  Students are notified when the application is available.  Students who have questions concerning admission should contact the College of Business and Economics at 262-472-4900. A student who completes any business course without having met the requirements for a business major cannot become a business major after completing the course.

Budget, enrollment, or other factors may cause these standards to be altered by the College. Students who have questions concerning admission should contact the Assistant Dean of the College of Business and Economics.

In accordance with the admission policy on requirements for transfer students to declare a business major, the College of Business and Economics requires the following combined cumulative grade point averages in order to declare a business major. Students changing majors cannot be admitted directly to the upper division business courses without the approval of the assistant dean of the College.

  1. From 0 to 24 credits, a student must have at least a 2.00 combined cumulative grade point average to declare a business major.
  2. From 24 to 72 credits, a student must have at least a 2.50 combined cumulative grade point average to declare a business major.
  3. If a student has 72 or more credits, s/he must have at least a 2.80 combined cumulative grade point average to declare a business major.

Students must complete course work in residence at UW-Whitewater in at least six courses (18 credit minimum) in their major field. A maximum of two transfer courses will be allowed in any major in the BBA curriculum.

BBA students may not take any courses offered by the College of Business and Economics or any BBA degree requirements (unique/lower/upper) on a satisfactory/no credit (S/NC) basis except those offered on an S/NC basis only by the department.

Business majors may not use more than 6 credits of independent study (498) credits toward the BBA degree nor toward the graduation all-business grade point average requirement.

The College is organized into the departments of Accounting, Economics, Finance and Business Law, Information Technology and Supply Chain Management, Management, Marketing, and Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health (OESH).

Majors are available in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general business, management, human resource management, international business, marketing, information technology, supply chain and operations management and integrated science and business. The general business major is administered by the assistant dean. A bachelor of science in occupational and environmental health and safety is also available.  Students pursuing majors in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, general business, information technology, human resource management, international business, general management, marketing, and supply chain and operations management can obtain these majors only in the BBA degree program in the College of Business and Economics.

Honors sections prerequisite: Available to students in the University Honors program and business majors and minors with a 3.40 or higher grade point average. Other course prerequisites apply.

Business Minor Enrollment and Graduation Requirements

The business minors are designed for students seeking a liberal arts education with preparation for a career in an area of business. This preparation in both liberal arts and business will also assist students planning to advance their career opportunities by seeking an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) degree.

Requirements for the nine approved minors are described within the departmental listings in this Catalog. Within these minors variations are possible to meet the programmatic needs of individual students. A minimum GPA of 2.25 in the minor is required for graduation. Grades received for transfer courses that are counted in the minor will be included in determining the GPA in the minor. Students majoring in business may not earn a business minor except for water business, international business, information technology, economics, business data analytics, occupational safety, and environmental management.  Students can major in two business areas.

College Grade Point Average Requirement for Graduation

Students in the College of Business and Economics are required to have:

  1. a minimum combined transfer and UW-W GPA of 2.5
  2. a minimum combined transfer and UW-W GPA of 2.5 in all subjects offered by departments in the College of Business and Economics and in Management Computer Systems
  3. a minimum combined transfer and UW-W GPA of 2.5 in their major.
  4. Business majors may not use more than 6 credits of independent study (498) credits toward the BBA degree nor toward the graduation all-business grade point average requirement.

Online, Evening, and Weekend (DBA only) Programs for Individuals in the Field of Business and Management

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater presents unique programs designed for adults who desire to continue their education in the field of business and management. Outreach programs offer the services of the University of Wisconsin system to the people of the surrounding area who cannot take advantage of the regular college programs because of personal commitments.

  • Master's Degree Program in Business - University of Wisconsin-Whitewater MBA degrees can be earned through a program of graduate study on the Whitewater campus, at American Family Insurance headquarters in Madison, and via the internet using only MBA classes.  The MPA (Masters of Professional Accountancy) is offered on campus only and is not offered as an evening or online program.  Classes and evening programs are offered at the following locations:

UW-Whitewater:
MBA Finance
MBA Human Resource Management
MBA International Business
MBA IT Management
MBA Management
MBA Marketing
MBA Supply Chain Management
MBA Project Management

MBA Customized

MPA Professional Accounting

MS Applied Economics


American Family:
MBA Management
Online:
MBA Finance
MBA Human Resource Management
MBA International Business
MBA IT Management
MBA Management
MBA Marketing
MBA Supply Chain Management
MBA Project Management

MBA Customized
MS Environmental Safety and Health (Online only)
Weekend:
DBA Doctorate of Business Administration

Graduate Certificate Programs - UW-Whitewater

Graduate Business Foundations Certificate

Certificate in Construction Safety

Certificate in Human Resource Management

Certificate in Occupational Ergonomics

Certificate in Project Management

Graduate Certificate Programs - Online

Graduate Business Foundations Certificate

Certificate in Human Resource Management

Certificate in Project Management

These programs are identical to those offered in the full-time college program at Whitewater. The same admission standards, faculty, and courses are applicable.

  • Bachelor's Degree Program in Business - A program tailored for the adult who desires to earn a business degree is offered through on-campus and internet courses. Courses are scheduled at night, during the summer, and online to meet student needs.  All four years of baccalaureate degree work for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in general business or marketing are available at UW-Whitewater. Special advising is provided.
  • Adult Special Education in Business - Some adults want to take only selected courses offered in the regular University curriculum to improve their business background. This program accommodates these people by scheduling many classes at night and online. Depending on the course, certain prerequisites may be required. Counseling and special enrollment procedures are provided. A student may earn a maximum of twelve units as a special student. If any of these units are earned in 300/400-level courses, these units may not count toward the BBA degree should that student decide to pursue a BBA in subsequent semesters.

Services for Regional Businesses

The Kachel Center for Innovation and Business Development at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater acts as a gateway to the resources of the university for the regional business and economic community. The Center includes the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC), Fiscal and Economic Research Center (FERC), Wisconsin Center for Information Technology Services (Wi-CITS), and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) office.  In addition, the Water Business Institute and Institute for Sales Excellence are housed in the College of Business and Economics.  The centers offer a wide array of business and economic development support services, utilizing college faculty and students, as well as professional staff. SBDC provides high-impact, results-based consulting and training services to business owners and entrepreneurs with up to 500 employees. WISC specializes in new product and invention assessments and market expansion opportunities for innovative manufacturers, technology businesses, and independent inventors.  Wi-CITS makes available IT services for regional non-profits and small businesses, including website design and development, software design and development and IT consulting. FERC provides research services for area businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and government entities in areas such as economic analysis, land-use planning, statistical analysis, government and public policy analysis and economic forecasting.

For more information on available services, visit: http://www.uww.edu/cobe/aboutthecollege/businesscenters