Undergraduate Business Degree (BABA) Options

Accounting

The Accounting option is designed to complement the broader-based Business Administration core. Students develop skills to work in organizations and be effective decision-makers with a focus on the accounting aspects of business. Areas stressed within the accounting discipline include recording and reporting of financial data under generally accepted accounting principles, understanding tax law and its effect on business decisions, auditing financial statements using generally accepted auditing principles, understanding accounting information systems, understanding the composition of consolidated financial statements, and gathering and using cost data for planning and control decisions. Electives provide further study in public-sector accounting, taxation, auditing and other areas.

If you wish to pursue a career in public accounting and be eligible to sit for the CPA exam, you are required to have an additional 45 quarter credits (30 semester hours) beyond the undergraduate degree requirement. The Milgard School offers an opportunity to take additional undergraduate and graduate business coursework. Other programs at the university can provide additional non-business learning opportunities.

Accounting curriculum

Once accepted into the Business School, accounting students must complete the following courses for graduation.

  • 30 credits of core courses:
    • TBUS 300 Managing Organizations
    • TBUS 301 Quantitative Methods
    • TBUS 310 Effective Managerial Communication
    • TBUS 320 Introduction to Marketing Management
    • TACCT 330 Accounting Information Systems
    • TBUS 350 Business Finance
  • 35 credits from Accounting:
    • TACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I
    • TACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting II
    • TACCT 303 Intermediate Accounting III
    • TACCT 311 Cost Accounting
    • TACCT 411 Auditing Standards and Principles
    • TACCT 451 Individual Income Taxation
    • TACCT elective (5 credits)
  • TBUS 400 (5 credits) Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • Elective credits to bring total to 180

Finance

The financial services sector is a high-growth industry in the Pacific Northwest. Students in the Finance option acquire a solid background in financial theory and practices enabling them to work in a wide range of business professions. In addition, students develop a broad array of analytical skills, attain a thorough understanding of the finance function in different types of organizations, and sharpen their awareness of how financial institutions and markets function in a global economy.

The Finance option at the Milgard School of Business provides not only solid academic education in finance but a practical, hands-on preparation for a career in the financial sector. The structure of the program allows students to prepare for the Level 1 exam of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program, the most respected professional designation in the industry.

The Finance option prepares students to begin a career in portfolio management, financial planning, investing, banking, real estate investment and other related industries. Domestic and international career opportunities in the financial services industry are rapidly expanding. The Puget Sound area is well represented by successful, progressive financial firms with a high demand for professionals in all areas of finance.

Finance curriculum

Once accepted into the Business School, finance students must complete the following courses for graduation.

  • 30 credits of core courses:
    • TBUS 300 Managing Organizations
    • TBUS 301 Quantitative Methods
    • TBUS 310 Effective Managerial Communication
    • TBUS 320 Introduction to Marketing Management
    • TBUS 330 Introduction to Information Technology
    • TBUS 350 Business Finance
  • 30 credits from 300- and 400-level T FIN and T BECON courses
  • TBUS 400 (5 credits) Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • Elective credits to bring total to 180

General Business

The study of business is truly interdisciplinary, drawing from such varied fields as economics, political science, psychology, sociology and anthropology. The General Business option is designed for the student interested in a broad perspective that draws from multiple disciplines. General Business gives students the opportunity to explore a wide range of business disciplines, including management, marketing, accounting, financial services, information systems, international business and organizational leadership.

Students completing the General Business option will be well-prepared to work in small businesses where their work will span multiple functional areas or in large organizations where they will be involved with cross-functional projects or teams. Students interested in entrepreneurship will also benefit from this option, as it allows them to customize the curriculum while exposing them to all critical aspects of business.

General Business curriculum

Once accepted into the Business School, general business students must complete the following courses for graduation.

  • 30 credits of core courses:
    • TBUS 300 Managing Organizations
    • TBUS 301 Quantitative Methods
    • TBUS 310 Effective Managerial Communication
    • TBUS 320 Introduction to Marketing Management
    • TBUS 330 Introduction to Information Technology
    • TBUS 350 Business Finance
  • 30 credits of upper-division Business courses (TBGEN 311 AND TACCT/TBUS 468 and 469 do not apply)
  • TBUS 400 (5 credits) Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • Elective credits to bring total to 180

Management

The Management option addresses the ability to lead people, fostering the skills of planning, organizing, controlling and decision-making levels and areas in the organization. Courses in the Management option emphasize how the tools and theories of management can help accomplish organizational goals. In addition, this option also fosters the development of skills that can be used to foster individual and organizational efficiency and effectiveness through the study of leadership, team and individual behavior, and human resources.

The option prepares students for career opportunities in numerous areas: employee relations, training, inventory and material management, production and operations, strategic planning, purchasing, consulting, administration, information management, human resources, financial services, hotel and retail management, project management, organizational development, sales, and leadership in business, industry or government.

Management curriculum

Once accepted into the Business School, management students must complete the following courses for graduation.

  • 30 credits of core courses:
    • TBUS 300 Managing Organizations
    • TBUS 301 Quantitative Methods
    • TBUS 310 Effective Managerial Communication
    • TBUS 320 Introduction to Marketing Management
    • TBUS 330 Introduction to Information Technology
    • TBUS 350 Business Finance
  • 30 credits of Management courses
  • TBUS 400 (5 credits) Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • Elective credits to bring total to 180

Marketing

The Marketing option provides the knowledge that encompasses the dynamic environment of economic conditions, consumer research, product safety, technology, legal issues and social change. The courses in this option examine consumer behavior, channels of distribution, marketing research, pricing, advertising, product development, promotion, industrial marketing and sales administration.

The option prepares students for responsibilities in domestic business firms, including private and publicly held firms, as well as governmental agencies, international and multinational organizations. Marketing careers may involve specializations such as product or brand management, advertising, wholesaling, marketing research and sales.

Marketing curriculum

Once accepted into the Business School, marketing students must complete the following courses for graduation.

  • 30 credits of core courses:
    • TBUS 300 Managing Organizations
    • TBUS 301 Quantitative Methods
    • TBUS 310 Effective Managerial Communication
    • TBUS 320 Introduction to Marketing Management
    • TBUS 330 Introduction to Information Technology
    • TBUS 350 Business Finance
  • 30 credits from Marketing to include:
    • TMKTG 450 Consumer Marketing
    • TMKTG 460 Research Methods
    • TMKTG 475 Marketing Strategy
  • 5 credits of capstone courses:
    • TBUS 400 Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • Elective credits to bring total to 180

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