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    Jun 25, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

G. Brint Ryan College of Business

Main Office
Business Leadership Building, Room 110

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311160
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Fax: 940-565-4640

Web site:

Marilyn Wiley, Dean

Audhesh Paswan, Academic Associate Dean
Terry Pohlen, Associate Dean for Operations and Research
Tracy Dietz, Academic Associate Dean for Assessment



To prepare global business leaders and scholars in an intellectually stimulating and engaging community through preeminent teaching, research, and service.


To be an agile institution that transcends national and international standards of excellence in research and education.

Academic advising

Information concerning academic matters is available in the Academic Advising Office of the College of Business. For undecided majors, freshmen, transfer students and those who have not completed the pre-business requirements, academic advising is available throughout the year in the Business Leadership Building, Room 110.

Advisors in the Academic Advising Office help students select programs and courses, prepare degree plans, obtain advising clearance forms, change majors, and understand policies and procedures. They also apply transfer credit and monitor graduation requirements.

Undergraduate faculty advisors in the departments must be consulted concerning any changes in the professional or supporting fields requirements.

Programs of study

The college offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Bachelor of Science (BS). A minimum of 50 percent of the business credit hours required for any undergraduate business degree must be completed at UNT. BBA and BS degree programs are offered through the following departments:

G. Brint Ryan College of Business

  • BBA — Business Integrated Studies
  • Business Foundations Minor
  • International Business Certificate

Department of Accounting

  • BBA — Accounting
  • BS — Accounting (BS/MS — combined degree programs)

Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences

  • BBA — Business Analytics
  • BS — Business Computer Information Systems

Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law

  • BBA — Economics
  • BBA — Finance
  • BBA — Risk Insurance and Financial Services
  • BBA — Real Estate
  • BBA — Real Estate with a concentration in residential property management

Department of Management

  • BBA — Entrepreneurship
  • BBA — Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Department of Marketing and Logistics

  • BBA — Marketing
  • BBA — Marketing with a concentration in professional selling
  • BS — Aviation Logistics
  • BS — Logistics and Supply Chain Management


The college is accredited by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602; 813-769-6500) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Degree requirements and the University Core Curriculum

Occasionally a course required for a degree may also satisfy a requirement of the University Core Curriculum. In addition to taking the required course, a student may elect to take a different course from among those available to fulfill that core requirement; doing so, however, may add to the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who have questions regarding degree requirements and core requirements should consult an academic advisor.

College of Business tiered academic progression plan and academic standards

Undergraduate tiered academic progression plan and admission policy
Tier One: Pre-business (PBUS)
  1. All students entering the College of Business, whether for a BBA or BS degree, are admitted under pre-business (PBUS), including new, transfer and continuing students. PBUS students must meet the following continuation requirements each semester: (a) meet with an advisor in CoB Undergraduate Advising (CoBUA) and (b) participate in at least two developmental activities as directed by CoBUA, such as enrollment in BUSI 1340 , career development or learning workshops, learning communities, etc. In addition to the requirements listed below, all pre-business prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C.
  2. In order to progress to Tier Two (BUND), PBUS students must have the following:

a) a 2.7 UNT cumulative GPA

b) completion of three of the following pre-business prerequisite courses: college-level math (3 hours), ACCT 2010 ACCT 2020 ECON 1100 ECON 1110 DSCI 2710  

c) students must earn a minimum of two Bs and one C in the three courses completed under (b) above

  1. Once the above eligibility requirements are met, students can apply online or meet with an academic advisor for admission into Tier Two (BUND). First-semester transfer students who have completed three of the above pre-business courses (or equivalent) and have a 2.7 cumulative transfer GPA can apply for BUND status with CoBUA at the time of new student orientation, or within their first semester at UNT.
  2. Tier One students who are unable to progress to Tier Two at the completion of 45 UNT attempted hours (this includes all attempts of all UNT courses) are subject to dismissal from the College of Business. Advisors will consult with each student prior to and at the time of dismissal, and will refer to resources and other UNT programs which can better serve the student’s needs.
  3. UNT continuing students changing to PBUS from another UNT major must progress to BUND within two semesters, or will be subject to dismissal from the College of Business.
  4. PBUS students are restricted to lower-level (1000/2000) business courses.
Tier Two: Business Undergraduate (BUND)
  1. Tier Two students who have met the requirements of Tier One and have applied to Tier Two status (BUND) must meet the following requirements to progress to Tier Three:

a) 2.7 UNT cumulative GPA (2.7 cumulative transfer GPA for first-semester transfer students)

b) completion of at least 45 semester hours

c) completion of the following pre-business prerequisites with a minimum grade of C and a GPA of 2.7 on these nine courses (or equivalents): ENGL 1310 ENGL 1320  or TECM 2700  (TECM 2700 required for BS/MS accounting); MATH 1190  or MATH 1710 ECON 1100  and ECON 1110 ; ACCT 2010  and ACCT 2020 BCIS 2610 ; and DSCI 2710 .

  1. Once above eligibility requirements are met, BUND students must meet with an advisor to file for an official degree plan and move to Tier Three.
  2. Tier Two (BUND) students are restricted to lower-level (1000/2000) business courses.
Tier Three: Official BBA/BS declared major with professional field
  1. Students at Tier Three receive clearance into upper level (3000/4000) business courses (business foundation and professional field) after meeting with an advisor to file for the official degree plan (BBA or BS with declared professional field). First semester transfer students who have completed all of the pre-business prerequisites (or equivalents) and have a 2.7 cumulative transfer GPA are eligible to apply for Tier Three status.
  2. Students in Tier Three are strongly encouraged to meet with their departmental advisor when possible. Tier Three students must meet degree and graduation requirements as outlined under College of Business Academic Standards.
  3. Tier Three students must apply for graduation by the deadline posted in the Academic Calendar.

College of Business academic standards

  1. Students must complete the tiered academic progression plan as outlined above.
  2. A grade of C or above must be earned in each business foundation course and each professional field or supporting field course completed in residence or transferred to UNT.
  3. Degree progress and major dismissal:
    • Students who have been accepted to a business degree program must maintain satisfactory progress. Declared business majors are subject to dismissal from a business degree program and may not be permitted to enroll for additional courses in that major if they receive any combination of grades of D or F in two attempts of the same course in the professional field and supporting courses in their degree plan. 
  4. Academic requirements for graduation with a BBA or BS from the College of Business include:
    • a minimum of 2.0 UNT cumulative GPA (all courses completed at UNT)
    • a minimum 2.0 overall GPA (combined UNT and transfer GPA)
  5. Individual departments may have higher graduation and/or entrance standards (see departmental sections of catalog).

Course listings

Individual courses of instruction are subject to change or withdrawal at any time and may not be offered each term/semester or every year. Any course may be withdrawn from current offerings if the number of registrants is too small to justify conducting it.

Enrollment in advanced courses requires successful completion of the pre-business requirements.

WARNING: It is the student’s responsibility to meet all course prerequisites listed in the current catalog prior to enrollment in any course.

Graduate course descriptions are found in the Graduate Catalog.

Courses numbered 4900-4910 are offered under limited circumstances to advanced undergraduate students who are capable of developing a problem independently. These courses require approval by the department chair. A project is chosen by the student and instructor, developed through conferences and approved activities under the direction of the instructor, and may require a term paper. These courses are not open to graduate students.

Courses are offered on an availability basis as service courses to non-business majors who meet the individual course prerequisites.

All Courses of Instruction are located in Course descriptions .

Beta Gamma Sigma

This national honorary society of business administration students was founded in 1913. The UNT chapter was established in 1962. The primary objective of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor high academic achievement by students of business and management through chapters in all American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business accredited schools. Membership is a signal honor and is limited to outstanding students who show promise of success in the field of business and who rank in the upper 10 percent of their junior, senior or graduate class.

College of Business Information Technology Services

Terry Pohlen, Associate Dean

The Business Information Technology Services department of the College of Business is housed in the Business Leadership Building and comprises the Associate Dean for Operations and Research, an IT manager, a desktop/computer lab manager, two system administrators and one web developer.  A technical support team of part-time student assistants aids the full-time staff in software installations and troubleshooting, web development, and working with faculty and staff when problems or questions arise concerning software and/or hardware.

There are more than 500 Dell OptiPlex Desktop systems in the Business Leadership Building networked together with a multi-node, high-availability blade enclosure using multi-quad core and quad Xeon blade servers. Each server node has at least 512 of memory and 60 terabytes of available storage in an external SSD storage area network (SAN) disk array. Each of the 500 desktop systems is configured with a dual six-core CPU, two 500 gigabyte hard drives, 16-gigabyte memory, 24-inch widescreen flat-panel LCD monitors, a DVD-RW drive, USB 3.0 connections, and a gigabit network interface.

The College of Business provides 200+ of the above systems in a combination of the Student Computer Lab, Security Lab, Behavioral Lab, and Trading Lab, all conveniently located between the 1st and 2nd floors of the Business Leadership Building. The Student Computer Lab located on the 1st floor is open more than 100 hours per week and staffed by 14+ student lab monitors. All other labs are access-as-needed for the specialized College of Business classes.

The Student Computer Lab consists of more than 123 desktop systems and is designed for the general business student who is required to use computers, but may also be used by all currently enrolled UNT students. As an extension of the Student Computer Lab, a number of public access charging stations are provided on Level 0 of the Business Leadership Building for walk-up device charging and personal laptop use. The Student Computer Lab includes course-related software for such courses as Introduction to Database Applications; Distributed Systems and Teleprocessing; Data Communications and Networking; Information Resource Management; Decision Support Systems; Visual Display; and Fundamentals of Information Technology Security. For team and group work, students can use their own notebook computers or check out mobile thin clients to take to the Biz Cafe adjacent to the labs. In addition, there are seven study rooms available by reservation, and informal seating areas throughout the Business Leadership Building. The College of Business’ virtual desktop lab is open to all College of Business majors: this environment provides remote access to all major College of Business applications from anywhere. There are also several “Virtual Classrooms” utilizing the same virtual desktop environment for hands-on instruction when needed.

Department of Accounting

Go to information for Department of Accounting.

Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law

Go to information for Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law.

Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences

Go to information for Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences.

Department of Management

Go to information for Department of Management.

Department of Marketing, Logistics and Operations Management

Go to information for Department of Marketing, Logistics and Operations Management.