University Bulletin 2016-17

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Mitchell College of Business

Mitchell College of Business (251) 460-7167 
Dean Bob G. Wood 
Interim Associate Dean Marjorie Icenogle
Interim Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies & International Alex Sharland 

Mitchell College of Business web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/mcob

The Mitchell College of Business offers the degrees of Bachelor of Science, Master of Accounting, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Business Administration. The foundation of the College is quality instruction in all undergraduate and graduate programs. Our instructional mission is to prepare our graduate and undergraduate students for professional careers in the fields of accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing through a curriculum designed for both broad exposure to each field and in-depth coverage within a specific field of choice.

Mission

The Mitchell College of Business provides value-added business education opportunities to wide-ranging market segments in the Gulf Coast region through innovative engagement with constituents, while supporting the area's economic and social well-being.

Priorities

I. Instruction

The highest responsibility of the College is the instruction of its students and primary emphasis is placed on excellent teaching. In so doing, the College affirms its commitment to the University focus on excellence, lifelong learning and the education of the whole person. The College fulfills its instructional mission through the Bachelor of Science degree program for undergraduates and the Master of Business Administration, Master of Accounting, and Doctor of Business Administration programs at the graduate level.

II. Intellectual Contributions

The College encourages and supports faculty basic and applied scholarship as well as instructional development for the purposes of expanding knowledge, enhancing classroom instruction, and contributing to regional economic development. Scholarship is broadly defined to include investigative efforts that lead to the origination, the integration, or the application of knowledge pertinent to the various fields of business. A program of continuing scholarship is the responsibility of each faculty member. The College is responsible for using its resources to encourage, support, and reward faculty scholarship.

III. Service

The College's service mission is to engage in activities which support and contribute to the development of the University, community and region, and to provide a vehicle for the continuing development of faculty and staff through interaction with the College's numerous constituents. This mission is accomplished through participation in the College's external programs, and through the efforts of individual faculty and staff.

The center for real estate and economic development

The Center for Real Estate and Economic Development provides students with educational opportunities to increase their knowledge of real estate markets and the impact of economic development on the community.

The melton center for entrepreneurship and innovation

The Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation engages in education, research, and outreach that are focused on the areas of family business issues, social entrepreneurship, technology transfer to successful business operations, and small business sustainability. The activities of the Center directly support the service mission of the Mitchell College of Business to contribute to the economic development of the region.

Small business development center

The University of South Alabama Small Business Development Center is one of eleven Small Business Development Centers located in universities around the State. Funded jointly by the Small Business Administration and the University, the Center offers business services to business people in a six-county area of southwest Alabama. The SBDC provides free one-on-one counseling, and conducts workshops that address the problems of the business community.

Career services center

The University Career Services Center acts as a liaison between employers and students. Business and professional firms of national significance visit the campus regularly to interview prospective graduates.

Scholarships

The Mitchell College of Business offers prestigious scholarships to entering freshmen students from Alabama who are majoring in the Mitchell College of Business. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services, (251) 460-6494, for application procedures, deadline dates and more information about the Abraham Mitchell Business Scholarships. In addition, scholarships for eligible students in the Mitchell College of Business are made available by local and regional firms in Accounting, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, and Finance. (Refer to the Financial Aid section of this Bulletin for details.) Visit JagSPOT on the University’s website to apply.

Cooperative education program

The Cooperative Education Program is available to students in the Mitchell College of Business. This program offers qualifying students opportunities to work part-time while attending school as a full-time student or alternate full-time employment with course work on a rotating semester basis. For details contact the Director, Career Services Center, 2100 Meisler Hall, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002, (251) 460-6188.

Admission to the mitchell college of business

Students may transfer from other colleges in the University to the Mitchell College of Business. Degree requirements are defined by the University Bulletin in effect for the semester of entry into the College. A student's counseling file must be available for evaluation of courses required for a degree in Business.

Transfer students

The Office of Student Services of the Mitchell College of Business evaluates for credit all courses transferred from other colleges and universities. Degree credit will be given only for those courses which meet the requirements for the degree program of the College. Students transferring from a community college may have a maximum of 61 semester hours accepted toward the degree program. No junior or senior-level courses listed in the curriculum of the Mitchell College of Business will be accepted from a community college for degree credit.

Transient course credit

Students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business must receive prior approval from the MCOB Dean's Office before enrolling in any courses at another institution. Approval will not be granted for dual enrollment for any semester in which the requested course is taught at USA. If the course is a major requirement, prior approval of the Department Chair is also required.
Transient course approval may be granted on one of the following conditions:

  1. Students who are not residents of the area and who leave USA to return home for one or more semesters.
  2. Students who move to another area prior to completing all degree requirements but who have met the residency requirements for the Mitchell College of Business.
  3. Students who are scheduled to graduate and the course will not be offered at USA during the final term.

FAILURE TO OBTAIN PRIOR APPROVAL MAY RESULT IN LOSS OF TRANSFER CREDIT FOR THE COURSE WORK. The Transient Approval form may be downloaded from the MCOB website and forwarded to the Office of Student Services for consideration.

Student classifications, responsibility and advising

Student classifications in MCOB are Pre-Business, Business Administration, and Declared Major. Freshmen who are admitted in the Pre-Business Classification will be restricted to enrollment in General Education classes, which can include CIS 150,
BUS 101,  and BUS 150. In order to advance to the Business Administration classification, students admitted in the Pre-Business classification must successfully complete any developmental studies requirements and MA 112 with a GPA of 2.0 or higher before enrolling in MCOB courses.

Students enrolling in the College, who are eligible to enroll in MA 112, are assigned to Business Administration as their major area until they have completed EH 101, EH 102, MA 120, and the 200-level Business Techniques Core listed below with a minimum grade of C in each 200-level course and have a 2.0 USA GPA. After fulfilling these requirements, students must declare a major selected from the fields of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, Marketing, or General Business. In Economics and Finance, Management, and Marketing, a concentration must also be declared. Those planning to declare Accounting as a major must also complete ACC 371 and ACC 331 with a C or better before declaring.

After declaring a major, students will be advised by a faculty advisor from that area. Students attending other colleges, including community colleges, who are planning to enter the Mitchell College of Business must take at least 50% of the required business credit hours and at least six (6) out of nine (9) major courses at the University of South Alabama.

Each student is responsible for meeting all requirements of the degree program. Before registering for any course, students must complete any prerequisites listed in course descriptions in this Bulletin. The Office of Student Services is available to all students for the evaluation of their degree-program record. When an exception is made in a student's program, written approval of the exception by the Associate Dean must be placed in the student's file. Failure to properly document exceptions may delay graduation.

Requirements for second major in business

Undergraduate students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business who plan to add a second major to their curriculum must meet all requirements for the second major. Concentration courses included in the first major cannot be counted toward the second major requirements.

Dual majors across colleges

Students not enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business and interested in a dual major in business must meet with an adviser in the Office of Student Services for information.

Undergraduate

Student classifications in MCOB are Pre-Business, Business Administration, and Declared Major. Freshmen who are admitted in the Pre-Business Classification will be restricted to enrollment in General Education classes, which can include CIS 150, BUS 101, and BUS 150. In order to advance to the Business Administration classification, students admitted in the Pre-Business classification must successfully complete any developmental studies requirements and MA 112 with a GPA of 2.0 or higher before enrolling in MCOB courses.

Students enrolling in the College, who are eligible to enroll in MA 112, are assigned to Business Administration as their major until they have completed EH 101, EH 102, MA 120, and the 200-level Business Techniques Core listed below with a minimum grade of C in each 200-level business core course and have a 2.0 USA GPA. After fulfilling these requirements, students must declare a major selected from the fields of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, Marketing, or General Business. In Economics and Finance, Management, and Marketing, a concentration must also be declared. Those planning to declare Accounting as a major must also complete ACC 371 and ACC 331 with a C or better before declaring.

Each student enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business must complete at least six of the following Basic Business Techniques Core with a C or better before enrolling in any course of the MCOB 300 or 400 series:
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I
ACC 212 Principles of Accounting II
BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I
BUS 255 Applied Business Statistics II
BUS 265 Legal Environment of Business I
CIS 250 Computer Information Systems II
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 216 Principles of Macroeconomics
EH 101 Composition I
EH 102 Composition II
MA 120 Calculus and Its Applications

After declaring a major, students will be advised by a faculty advisor from that area. Students attending other colleges, including community colleges, who are planning to enter the Mitchell College of Business must take at least 50% of the required business credit hours and at least six (6) out of nine (9) major courses at the University of South Alabama.

Each student is responsible for meeting all requirements of the degree program. Before registering for any course, students must complete any prerequisites listed in course descriptions in this Bulletin. The Office of Student Services is available to all students for the evaluation of their degree-program record. When an exception is made in a student's program, written approval of the exception by the Associate Dean must be placed in the student's file. Failure to properly document exceptions may delay graduation.

Requirements for a Second Major in Business

Undergraduate students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business who plan to add a second major to their curriculum must meet all requirements for the second major. Courses included in the first major cannot be counted toward the second major requirements.

Dual major across colleges

Students not enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business and interested in a dual major in business must meet with an adviser in the Office of Student Services for information.

All Course Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree

All students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business are required to take specified Business courses and courses in other Colleges of the University. Additionally, a major field of study must be selected in Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, Marketing, or General Business. The General Business major is delivered online.

To graduate, students complete a minimum of 122 semester hours with an overall institution grade-point average of 2.0 (38 hours of general education requirements and 84 hours of business courses). In addition, a grade of at least C is required in each of the Basic Business Techniques courses and a 2.0 GPA is required in the 300-level business core courses, and a 2.0 grade-point average is required for all courses counted in the Major.

All students enrolling in the Mitchell College of Business must complete at least fifty percent of all business credit hours and at least six of the nine courses counted toward the major at the University of South Alabama.

All students must petition for graduation according to University requirements explained elsewhere in this Bulletin.

Requirements for a degree in the Mitchell College of Business are detailed below. The sequence, as outlined, is intended as an example schedule only. Freshman and sophomore students may take general education lower division courses in any combination which meets prerequisite requirements. Each student must comply with Course Prerequisite Requirements as listed in the course description sections of the current University Bulletin.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Curriculum Course Title Credit Hours
English Composition Requirements
Semester Hours 
   
EH 101 English Composition I * 3
EH 102 English Composition II * 3
General Education Requirements   
MA 120 Calculus and Its Applications * 3
EH (215 & 216, 225 & 226, or 235 & 236)   6
Fine and performing Arts (ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100, or ARH 103)   3
Humanities & Fine Arts (Select 1 from: CA 110, ARS 101,
DRA, 110, LG 111, 112, 131, 132, 151, 152, 171, 172,
MUL 101, PHL 110, 131, ARH 100,103, or 123)
  3
History (HY 101, 102, 135, or 136)   3
Behavioral Sciences (CA 211, PSY 120, SY 109, or AN 100)   3
Science Requirements   
Natural Science with lab (Select 2 from BLY 101 or 121,
BLY 102 or 122, CH 101, 103, 131, 132
GEO 101, GEO 102, GY 111, 112, PH 101, 104,
PH 114 or 201, PH 115 or 202)
  8
Freshman Core/Non-Business Electives (3 Hours Required)   3
BUS 150 Introduction to Business and Management **  
**BUS 150 is required of all incoming freshman. Transfer students without BUS 150 should select one non-business elective.  
200-Level Business Core (A grade of C or better is required for each course.)  
ACC 211 Accounting Principles I* 3
ACC 212 Accounting Principles II* 3
BUS 245 Applied Business Statistics I* 3
BUS 255 Applied Business Statistics II* 3
BUS 265 Legal Environment of Business I* 3
CIS 250 Advanced Computer Applications* 3
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics* 3
ECO 216 Principles of Macroeconomics* 3
* Courses which must be completed before student can declare a major.
300-Level Business Core (2.0 Average is required in this area)
BUS 305 Information Systems & Technology 3
FIN 315 Business Finance 3
MGT 300 Management Theory & Practice 3
MGT 305 Organizational Communication (W) 3
MGT 325 Operations Management 3
MKT 320 Principles of Marketing 3
Major Courses - (2.0 GPA is required in this area)   27 hours - 6 of the 9 must be taken at USA
Business Electives   6
Professional Readiness Engagement Courses    
BUS 101  Professional Experience I 1
BUS 201 Professional Experience II 1
BUS 301 Professional Experience III 1
Transfer students enroll in BUS 302 Professional Experience   3
Students will enroll in one business experience course based on the student's major.
Internship ACC 496, ECO 496, MGT 496, MKT 496
  3
Business Policy Requirement    
MGT 485 Business Policy in a Global Economy (W) 3
MGT 486 Undergraduate Comp Exam (MGT 485 Co-Req.) 0
TOTAL BUSINESS CURRICULUM   122

General education requirements for the bachelor of science degree

All students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business are required to take specified business courses and courses in other Colleges of the University. Additionally, a major field of study must be selected in Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, Marketing, or General Business.
To graduate, you must have a minimum of 122 semester hours with an overall institution grade-point average of 2.0. In addition, a 2.0 GPA is required in both the 200 – level Basic Business Techniques courses and the 300 – level Business Core Courses, and a 2.0 GPA is required for all courses counted in the Major.
All students enrolling in the Mitchell College of Business must complete at least fifty percent of all business credit hours and at least six of the nine courses counted toward the major at the University of South Alabama.
All students must petition for graduation according to University requirements explained elsewhere in this Bulletin.
General education requirements for a degree in the Mitchell College of Business are detailed below. Freshman and sophomore students may take lower division courses in any combination which meets prerequisite requirements. Each student must comply with Course Prerequisite Requirements as listed in the course description sections of the current University Bulletin.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration General Education Requirements

All students seeking degrees in the Mitchell College of Business must complete the following general education courses to fulfill degree requirements. Required business courses are listed on College's Degree Requirements page and on each department's page.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Curriculum Course Title Credit Hours
English Composition Requirements Semester Hours     
EH 101 English Composition I * 3
EH 102 English Composition II * 3
General Education Requirements   
MA 120 Calculus and Its Applications * 3
Literature (EH 215-216, 225-226 or 235-236)   6
Fine and performing Arts (ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101, ARH 100, or ARH 103)   3
Humanities & Fine Arts (Select 1 from: CA 110, ARS 101,
DRA, 110, LG 111, 112, 131, 132, 151, 152, 171, 172,
MUL 101, PHL 110, 131, ARH 100,103, or 123)
  3
History (HY 101, 102, 135, or 136)   3
Behavioral Sciences (CA 211, PSY 120, SY 109, or AN 100)   3
Science Requirements    
Natural Science with lab (Select 2 from BLY 101 or 121,
BLY 102 or 122, CH 101, 103, 131, 132
GEO 101, GEO 102, GY 111, 112, PH 101, 104,
PH 114 or 201, PH 115 or 202)
  8
Freshman Core/Non-Business Electives (3 Hours Required)   3
BUS 150 Introduction to Business and Management **  
* These courses must be completed before students can declare a major in the Mitchell College of Business
**BUS 150 is required of all incoming freshman. Transfer students without BUS 150 should select one non-business elective.  
In addition to the general education requirements (38 credit hours), students must complete 84 credit hours of required business courses. Use the links to each department to see the required courses for each business major.

Minors in the mitchell college of business

Students in other colleges may elect, with the approval of their department chair, a minor in the Mitchell College of Business. A 2.0 GPA is required for the courses applied toward the minor. Students must complete at least 50% of the courses counted towards the minor at the University of South Alabama. Courses used for a first business minor may not be used for a second business minor.

Economics Minor
A minimum of 18 semester hours in Economics including:
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 216 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 315 or ECO 316 Intermediate Microeconomics or Intermediate Macroeconomics
Plus nine semester hours of other upper-level Economic Electives numbered 301 or above.
Finance Minor
A minimum of 18 semester hours including:
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I
FIN 315 Business Finance (Prerequisites are ECO 215, ACC 211, BUS 245 or equivalent, MA 120 or equivalent)
FIN 420 Investments (Prerequisite is FIN 315)
Plus six semester hours of other upper-level finance courses at the level of FIN 300 or above.
General Business Minor
A minimum of 18 semester hours including:
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
MGT 300 Management Theory and Practice
MKT 320 Principles of Marketing
Plus three semester hours of Management Electives and three semester hours of Business Elective, numbered 300 or above for which the student meets the prerequisites.
General Management Minor
A minimum of 18 semester hours including:
MGT 300 Management Theory and Practice
MGT 340 Organizational Behavior
MGT 305 Organizational Communication
MGT 351 Human Resource Management
Plus six semester hours of Management Electives, numbered 300 or above for which the student meets the prerequisites.
Marketing Minor
A minimum of 18 semester hours including:
MKT 320 Principles of Marketing
MKT 374 Buyer Behavior
MKT 380 Integrated Marketing Communications
Plus nine semester hours of other upper-level Marketing Electives numbered 300 or above.