Undergraduate Programs Office
Business Leadership Building, Room 110
1155 Union Circle #311160
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Web site: www.cob.unt.edu
Marilyn Wiley, Dean
Terry Pohlen, Senior Associate Dean
Anna Sidorova, Academic Associate Dean
Tracy Dietz, Academic Associate Dean for Assessment and Academic Reporting
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.
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:
College of Business
- BBA — Business Integrated Studies
- BS in General Business
- Business Foundations Minor
- International Business Certificate
Department of Accounting
- BBA — Accounting
- BS — Accounting (BS/MS — combined degree programs)
Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law
- BBA — Economics
- BBA — Finance
- BBA — Finance, with a grad track option leading to Finance, MS
- BBA — Risk Insurance and Financial Services
- BBA — Real Estate
- BBA — Real Estate with a concentration in residential property management
Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences
- BBA — Business Analytics
- BBA — Business Analytics, with grad track option leading to Business Analytics, MS
- BS — Business Computer Information Systems
Department of Management
- BBA — Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Management
- BBA — Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Department of Marketing, Logistics and Operations Management
- BBA — Marketing
- BBA — Marketing with a concentration in professional selling
- BBA — Operations and Supply Management
- 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
The University of North Texas core curriculum is listed in the “University Core Curriculum“ in the Academics section of this catalog. Each program within the Ryan College of Business requires specific courses to satisfy particular degree requirements (see Bachelor of Business Administration and specific BS and BBA degree sections of this catalog). 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.
Ryan College of Business tiered academic progression plan and academic standards
All students pursuing a BBA or BS degree at RCOB must follow the tiered academic progression plan and conform to the academic standards outlined below.
Undergraduate tiered academic progression plan and admission policy
Tier One: Pre-business (PBUS)
- All students entering the Ryan 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 with an advisor in the RCOB Undergraduate Programs Office. In addition to the requirements listed below, all pre-business prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C.
- In order to progress to Tier Two (BUND), PBUS students must have the following:
a) 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
b) students must earn a minimum of two Bs and one C in the three courses completed under (a) above
- Once the above eligibility requirements are met, students can apply online or meet with an academic advisor for admission into Tier Two (BUND).
- 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 Ryan 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.
- UNT continuing students changing to PBUS from another UNT major, and students transferring from another institution with 45 or more hours, must progress to BUND within two semesters, or will be subject to dismissal from the College of Business.
- PBUS students are restricted to lower-level (1000/2000) business courses.
Tier Two: Business Undergraduate (BUND)
- 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) completion of at least 45 semester hours
b) completion of the following pre-business and communication courses 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.
- 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.
- Tier Two (BUND) students are restricted to lower-level (1000/2000) business courses.
Tier Three: Official BBA/BS declared major with professional field
- Students who meet all requirements for 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).
- 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 Ryan College of Business Academic Standards.
- Tier Three students must apply for graduation by the deadline posted in the Academic Calendar.
College of Business academic standards
- Students must complete the tiered academic progression plan as outlined above.
- 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.
- 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.
- Academic requirements for graduation with a BBA or BS from the Ryan 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)
- Individual departments may have higher graduation and/or entrance standards (see departmental sections of catalog).
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.
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.
All Courses of Instruction are located in Course descriptions.
Undergraduate academic advising is available through the RCOB UG Programs Office. Through a collaborative relationship, RCOB advising staff assists students through the tiered progression process. Advisors support students in developing and accomplishing personal educational goals as well as advise on matters relating to selecting degree programs and courses, preparing degree plans, obtaining advising clearance forms, changing majors, and understanding policies and procedures. Departmental advisors are available to serve the needs of RCOB students in Tier III status who have declared a specific major within RCOB on matters pertaining to professional and supporting field courses required for a specific RCOB degree.
While RCOB advising staff and departmental advisors offer academic advice and assistance to students, the students are expected to take responsibility for their education and personal development. Students must know and abide by the academic and disciplinary policies given in the undergraduate catalog. Students must also know and meet the requirements of their selected degree program, including the University’s Core; the RCOB tiered academic progression plan and academic standards outlined above; pre-business, business foundation, professional development requirements; professional field and supporting field requirements for specific RCOB BBA or BS degrees (see Bachelor of Business Administration and specific BS and BBA degree sections of this catalog). Students must enroll in courses appropriate to the program, meet prerequisites and take courses in the proper sequence to ensure orderly and timely progress. Students should seek advice from college or departmental advisors in the major about degree requirements and other college and university policies when necessary. Students must also know and adhere to all college and university deadlines. Students will not be relieved of their responsibility to know the policies, deadlines and business practices of the university on the grounds that they were not told. If students have questions regarding these materials, it is the university’s expectation that the student will consult their academic advisor for guidance and resolution.
Student Services and Resources
RCOB Undergraduate Programs Office
The RCOB Undergraduate Programs Office serves undergraduate students as they progress toward timely degree completion - from the time they are admitted to the RCOB to graduation. Our services include undergraduate academic advising, student services, student engagement and professional development services, and prospective student services. Our services are available throughout the year in the Business Leadership Building, Room 110.
RCOB academic advisors assists students through the tiered progression process, support students in developing and accomplishing personal educational goals as well as advise on matters relating to selecting degree programs and courses, preparing degree plans, obtaining advising clearance forms, changing majors, and understanding policies and procedures. We also review and apply transfer credits and monitor graduation requirements. Our office serves as the generalists for each degree in the undergraduate curriculum and have advisors trained to work uniquely with students. Once a student is declared in a major, they should also connect with a departmental advisor. Undergraduate departmental advisors in each department must be consulted concerning any changes in the professional or supporting field requirements and offer expertise in professional and career growth and development.
Our student services team assists students who may encounter difficulties during their academic career. This may include instances where extenuating circumstances lead them to request adding a course after registration, requesting a late drop or a backdated withdrawal from a term, or when students may experience certain insecurities that are prohibiting them to be successful. These are reviewed internally by our team and may require additional review by a university committee.
Engagement outside of the classroom is vital to student success and is key in gaining soft skills that are necessary for career success. We offer various programs, including 26 business-focused student organizations, our Professional Leadership Program, Student Ambassadors, the Distinguished Speaker Series, and a peer mentor program for first-year students.
Professional development and career-readiness is a major focus for our college. As part of their degree program, all business students are required to complete professional development courses that cover topics such as business communication, career/major exploration, resume writing, interviewing, diversity and inclusion, networking and Excel certification. Business students have an array of opportunities to attend events focused career preparation. Our in-house Career Center offers dozens of workshops, webinars and trainings to assist students in their journey toward a successful career.
Our recruitment team works collaboratively with the university’s Admissions Teams to reach out and provide information assistance to prospective business students to attend UNT. They oversee outreach initiatives including tours of the Business Leadership Building, College Day programming and Business Leadership Academy. They build partnerships with community colleges and high schools to make the transition to UNT a seamless one. Prospective students are invited to meet with our recruiter to learn more about our programs and requirements.
Ryan College of Business Information Technology Services
Terry Pohlen, Senior Associate Dean
The Business Information Technology Services department manages Business Leadership Building IT infrastructure and supports the IT needs of the Ryan College of Business students, faculty and staff, providing access to desktop computing, research computation space and VMware-based remote learning environment.
Business Leadership Building is equipped with more than 300 Dell OptiPlex Desktop and 220 Dell Latitude Laptops systems, networked together with a multi-node, high-availability server infrastructure. The Ryan 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 RCOB 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, several public access charging stations are provided on Level G 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.
Students can use their own notebook computers or check out thin mobile clients to take to the work spaces adjacent to the labs for team and group work. Also, there are seven study rooms available by reservation and informal seating areas throughout the Business Leadership Building. The Ryan College of Business’ virtual desktop lab is open to all RCOB majors: this environment provides remote access to all major Ryan College of Business applications from anywhere. There are also several “Virtual Classrooms” utilizing the same virtual desktop environment for hands-on instruction when needed.
The Business Information Technology Services department of the Ryan College of Business is housed in the Business Leadership Building. It comprises the Senior Associate Dean, an IT manager, a desktop/computer lab manager, a desktop/computer lab technician, one system administrator, and two web developers. 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 hardware.
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.
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