Management, Business Administration (BBA)

Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
Major: Business Administration
Concentration: Management
Program Code: 3126

About This Major . . .

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is designed to prepare students for the challenges of today’s organizations, as well as the business world of tomorrow. The program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to compete in both the local and global business environments.  Additionally, the program allows for an emphasis in a specialized area such as management, marketing, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, insurance, energy management or hospitality management.

The BBA degree can be applied in various fields such as medicine, the arts, sports, and education. In addition to positions in corporate America, nonprofit organizations like hospitals, school systems, and theatres also require people with business training and skills. Graduates of BBA programs hold positions in organizations from entry level manager to chief executive officer.

Colorado Mesa’s BBA graduates are entrepreneurs, small business owners, bank vice-presidents, product managers in advertising firms and project and operations managers in manufacturing organizations.  The BBA is a very versatile, flexible and valuable degree.  Colorado Mesa BBA graduates have great success stories in the business world as well as the ability to earn advanced degrees in business such as the Master of Business Administration – one of the most sought after degrees by employers in today’s job market.

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Business Administration program, certain prerequisites must be satisfied. Please see the Department Head of Business for complete requirements and application form.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, students in this major complete a plan of study that fulfills our department mission and requires demonstrated comprehension of program specific learning outcomes. These are as follows:

Mission: As a student-focused teaching and research department, Colorado Mesa University’s Business Department prepares students to be sound decision makers and serves businesses in the Rocky Mountain region, the nation, and the world. We strive to develop prepared students who demonstrate strong ethical principles, superior critical thinking, effective communication, and robust business acumen.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply business knowledge and skills in appropriate business contexts. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  2. Analyze business issues critically utilizing quantitative research methodologies. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Analyze business issues critically utilizing qualitative research methodologies. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Utilize relevant and critically evaluated information in the process of communicating clearly, appropriately, and accurately to the audience in writing. (Communication Fluency, Information Literacy, Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning
  5. Utilize relevant and critically evaluated information in the process of communicating clearly, appropriately, and accurately to the audience orally. (Communication Fluency, Information Literacy, Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  6. Differentiate various functions of teams within organizations. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  7. Demonstrate behaviors consistent with effective teamwork. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  8. Analyze an issue within an ethical framework. (Personal and Social Responsibility)
  9. Recommend a solution based on an ethical framework. (Critical Thinking)
  10. Engage in a local, regional, national, and/or international activity that positively impacts society. (Personal and Social Responsibility)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA1 23
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 3
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of "C" or better and must be complete by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


This is a 4 credit course. 3 credits apply to the Essential Learning requirements and 1 credit applies to elective credit.


7 semester hours, one course must include a lab.

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours.

Foundation Courses

(21 semester hours. These courses plus Essential Learning Math & English requirements must be completed within the student’s first 60 hours.)

ACCT 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
BUGB 211Business Communications3
BUGB 231Survey of Business Law3
CISB 241Introduction to Business Analysis3
or STAT 241 Introduction to Business Analysis
ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics-GTSS13
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics-GTSS13
Total Semester Credit Hours21

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(45 semester hours, must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher in coursework in this area.)

Business Administration Core
BUGB 440Business Ethics3
CISB 210Fundamentals of Information Systems3
CISB 341Quantitative Decision Making3
FINA 301Managerial Finance3
HRMA 371Human Resource Management3
MANG 201Principles of Management3
MANG 301Organizational Behavior3
MANG 471Operations Management3
MANG 491Business Strategy3
MARK 231Principles of Marketing3
Management Nucleus
CISB 410Project Management3
ENTR 300Small Business and Entrepreneurship3
or ENTR 450 Entrepreneurship
MANG 370Leadership3
Total Semester Credit Hours39
Restricted Electives
Two of the following courses:6
Advanced Managerial Accounting
International Business
Solving Problems Using Spreadsheets
Solving Problems Using Databases
Management of Information Systems
Entrepreneurial Finance
Risk Management
Employee Recruitment and Selection
Effective Workplace Communication
Total Semester Credit Hours6

General Electives

(17 semester hours) It is strongly recommended to meet with a Business Advisor to choose electives that complement the nucleus or choose the nucleus of a second concentration. At least four hours must be upper division.  Also include all college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours.

MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA11
Select additional electives16
Total Semester Credit Hours17
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
MATH 113 College Algebra-GTMA1 4
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
CISB/STAT 241 Introduction to Business Analysis 3
CISB 210 Fundamentals of Information Systems 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall Semester
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics-GTSS1 3
BUGB 211 Business Communications 3
BUGB 231 Survey of Business Law 3
Essential Learning - History 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics-GTSS1 3
MANG 201 Principles of Management 3
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
CISB 341 Quantitative Decision Making 3
HRMA 371 Human Resource Management 3
MARK 231 Principles of Marketing 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
FINA 301 Managerial Finance 3
MANG 301 Organizational Behavior 3
MANG 370 Leadership 3
Management or General Electives (2 courses) 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BUGB 440 Business Ethics 3
CISB 410 Project Management 3
MANG 471 Operations Management 3
Management or General Electives (2 courses) 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ENTR 300
Small Business and Entrepreneurship
or Entrepreneurship
MANG 491 Business Strategy 3
Management or General Elective 3
General Electives 4
KINA Activity 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for their intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be their responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.