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Kansas State University

General Requirements

Bachelor of science in business administration

Business administration pre-professions

Students entering college for the first time and eligible for admission to K-State must enroll in the business administration pre- professions program (BAPP). Students must achieve a 2.3 K-State GPA by the time they complete 30 credit hours to remain in good standing.

Students with previous academic work (either at K-State or elsewhere) requesting transfer to the College of Business Administration must have a 2.3 or higher grade point average and enroll in the BAPP curriculum. Transfer students must achieve a K-State GPA of 2.5 or higher on the first 15 or more hours of K-State course work to be able to continue in the College of Business Administration. For purposes of admission, grade point averages will be based on all courses attempted at colleges or universities.

The BAPP program provides course work in communications, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. The purpose of the BAPP curriculum is to help students develop the descriptive and analytical foundation necessary for the study of business administration. Remaining “core courses” in business administration and courses in the degree-track (major) are taken after successful completion of the BAPP program.

The BAPP is expressly designed as a non- degree program; students with 60 or more credit hours will not be allowed to enroll in BAPP unless they are first-semester transfer students. Students with more than 60 hours who have consistently met the grade point requirements may be admitted into degree-track majors.

Transfer students must complete at least 15 hours at K-State before they can be admited into degree track majors.

Admission to a degree-track (major) in accounting, finance, management, marketing, management information systems, or general business is necessary for graduation. Applicants for admission to one of the degree tracks, other than accounting and management information systems (MIS), will be accepted upon completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours with a K-State grade point average of 2.5 or above. For accounting and MIS the grade point average for admission to the degree track is 3.0 K-State GPA.

Requirements for BAPP
ENGL 100Expository Writing I3
ENGL 200Expository Writing II3
SPCH 105Public Speaking IA2
Communications elective
Communications elective
Choose six communications elective hours from the following list:
ENGL 300Expository Writing III
MKTG 542Professional Selling and Sales Management
University General Education courseSPCH 311Business and Professional Speaking
SPCH 320Theories of Human Communication (theory)
University General Education courseSPCH 321Public Speaking II
SPCH 322Interpersonal Communication
SPCH 323Nonverbal Communication
University General Education courseSPCH 325Argumentation and Debate
University General Education courseSPCH 326Small Group Discussion Methods
SPCH 331Criticism of Public Discourse (theory)
SPCH 399Honor Seminar Small Group Communication
SPCH 425Theories of Organizational Communication (theory)
SPCH 430Freedom of Speech
SPCH 435Political Communication (theory)
SPCH 450Special Studies in Human Discourse
SPCH 480Intercultural Communication
University General Education courseSPCH 526Persuasion
SPCH 726Small Group Communication (theory)
SPCH 735Leadership Communication (theory)
University General Education courseCourses approved for university general education credit.
Note: At least three hours of the communication electives must be skills courses (as apposed to theory).
MATH 100College Algebra**
MATH 205General Calculus and Linear Algebra**
CIS 101Introduction to Personal Computing
CIS 102Spreadsheet Applications
CIS 103Database Applications
Any of the following can be substituted for CIS 101, 102, 103:
CIS 200Fundamentals of Software Design
CIS 209C Programming
CIS210Introduction to Construction Computer Programming
Optional: CIS 104 Word Processing (1 hr.) will count as unrestricted elective.
MANGT 366Management Information Systems
STAT 350Business and Economic Statistics I Automatic substitutions: STAT 320, 330, 340, or 510
ECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 120Principles of Microeconomics
Social science electives
Choose nine social science elective hours from the following list:
ANTHAll courses except those which count as humanities or natural science electives.
DEN 450Impact of Technology on Society
ECONAll courses except ECON 110 and 120. Courses may not overlap with those used to satisfy economics, restricted, or unrestricted electives.
FSHS 105Introduction to Personal and Family Finance
FSHS 110Introduction to Human Development
FSHS 301The Helping Relationship
FSHS 302You and Your Sexuality
FSHS 350Family Relationships and Gender Roles
FSHS 400Family and Consumer Economics
GEOGAll courses except GEOG220 and 221
GNHE 310Human Needs
POLSCAll courses
PSYCHAll courses
SOCIOAll courses
Humanities electives 6
Choose six humanities elective hours from the following list:
AMETH 160Introduction to American Ethnic Studies
ANTH 515Creativity and Culture*
ANTH 516Ethnomusicology*
ANTH 517African American Music and Culture*
ARCH 301Appreciation of Architecture
ARTAll courses*
DANCEAll courses*
DEN 210History of Building and Construction
ENGLAll literature courses
ENVD 205Graphics I
ENVD206Graphics II
ENVD 250History of Design Environment I
ENVD 251History of Design Environment II
HISTAll courses
MUSICAll courses *
PHILOAll courses
THTREAll courses*
WOMSTAll courses
All modern language courses (ARAB, FREN, GRMN, ITAL, JAPAN, LATIN, RUSSN, SPAN,, URDU2
*Students may take a maximum of 3 credit hours in participation or artistic skill development courses.
Natural science electives
Choose seven elective hours from the following list:
AGRON 220Crop Science
AGRON 305Soils
AGRON315Properties of Soils
AGRON 335Environmental Quality
ANTH 280Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ANTH 281Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab
ASI 102Principles of Animal Science
BIOCHAll courses
BIOLAll courses
CHMAll courses
ENTOM 312General Entomology
ENTOM 313General Entomology Lab
GEOLAll courses
GEOG220Environmental Geography I (4 hrs., includes 1 hr. lab)
GEOG 221Environmental Geography II (4 hrs., includes 1 hr. lab)
HORT 201Introduction to Horticultural Science
HN 132Basic Nutrition
PHYSAll courses
Business core courses
ACCTG 231Accounting for Business Operations3
ACCTG 241Accounting for Investing and Financing3
GENBA 101Business Orientation
Note: Students who enter the College of Business Administration with 45 or more credit hours completed are not required to take Business Orientation.
**Mathematics requirement
Students are eligible to take MATH 100 College Algebra if they meet one of the following prerequisites:
1. MATH 010 Intermediate Algebra with grade of B or better
2. Two years of high school algebra and a College Algebra PROB ≥ C of 60 or more on the ACT assessment
3. A score of at least 18 on the mathematics placement test
Students who don't meet these prerequisites are encouraged to take MATH 010 Intermediate Algebra before taking College Algebra. Credit received for Intermediate Algebra does not apply toward the hours required for graduation.
Students are eligible to take MATH 205 General Calculus and Linear Algebra if they meet one of the following prerequisites:
1. MATH 100 College Algebra with grade of C or better
2. Two units of high school algebra and one unit of high school trigonometry
Students are eligible to take MATH 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I if they meet one of the following prerequisites:
1. MATH 100 College Algebra with grade of B or better and MATH 150 Plane Trigonometry with grade of C or better
2. Three years of college prep math (including trigonometry) and a Calculus I Prob ≥ C of 55 or more on the ACT assessment
3. A score of at least 26 on the mathematics placement test
Students who test directly into MATH 205 or MATH 220 and complete the course will have the MATH 100 requirement waived, and three credit hours will be added to the unrestricted/nonbusiness electives requirement of his/her degree track program (two credit hours will be added if MATH 220 is taken).

The exact sequence of the courses to be taken is worked out between student and advisor. There is some flexibility in scheduling. To enroll in any course, students must have prerequisites as stated in the catalog.

Applications for a degree-track (major) may be made by the semester during which the student will have completed at least 45 credit hours of the pre-professional requirements. Degree-track applications must be filed by the time students complete 60 credit hours. Decisions for admission will be made as soon as possible after the end of the semester.

Degree requirements

Candidates for the bachelor of science in business administration must complete at least 27 credit hours of resident instruction in upper-division courses after acceptance and enrollment in a degree track program in the college. Exceptions may be considered for those who have consistently exceeded a 2.50 grade point average on upper-division courses applied toward the degree. See additional residency requirements earlier in this catalog.