May 26, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business

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Michael Fields, PhD, Dean
Justo Manrique, PhD, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Kevin Barksdale, PhD, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
Carmen Cuevas, JD, Assistant Dean
B400, 713-221-8179


The BBA programs of the College of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business- International.

Mission Statement

The AACSB accredited College of Business provides reality-based education that enables a diverse* student body to advance intellectually, professionally, and financially. We create student-focused learning environments and engage in predominantly applied research that contributes to educational excellence, and business and industry practices.

*Diversity at UHD includes demographic factors such as ethnicity, race, and age. In addition, there is diversity in the quality of their academic preparation since approximately 85% of the students transfer from another institution.

Shared Values

A highly qualified faculty accomplishes this mission within a dynamic learning environment based on:

  • Professionalism: the high standard expected from individuals who are well trained in a particular area of expertise that includes respect for another’s commitment to the common purpose and ability to work toward it.
  • Commitment: the willingness and aspiration to make efficient use of available resources in order to achieve common goals.
  • Inclusiveness: tolerance of different points of view and actively eliciting and objectively evaluating input from all stakeholders to reach a shared outcome.
  • Innovation: the skills and ability to produce new ideas and practices or improve existing ones.
  • Transparency: the willingness to openly share and timely communicate decisions, policies and practices.
  • Integrity: the quality of being honest, having strong moral principles, holding oneself accountable, and the belief that others will do the same.

Beta Gamma Sigma

The College of Business is privileged to have a student chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honorary society recognized by the AACSB-International. Its mission is to encourage and honor academic achievement and personal excellence in the study and practice of business. Each year, the University of Houston-Downtown Chapter invites to membership the juniors in the college who rank in the top 10% of their class and the seniors who rank in the top 10% of their class who are not already members.

Gamma Iota Sigma

The Beta Kappa chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, the national risk management, insurance and actuarial science collegiate fraternity, was chartered in at the College of Business in 2014. Its mission is to encourage student interest in insurance, risk management and actuarial science as professions and the high moral and scholastic attainments of its members. It facilitates interaction of educational institutions and industry through networking and by fostering research activities, scholarship and improved public relations.

Academic Requirements

Consistent with the University of Houston-Downtown’s commitment to quality undergraduate education, the College of Business adopts this policy regarding admissions, the declaration of majors, course enrollment and requirements for graduation for BBA degree programs.

Admission and Declaration of Major

Students continuing at UHD will be declared majors in Business if they meet the following criteria:

  • UHD GPA is 2.5 or higher, and
  • Completion of common core, and
  • Minimum grade of “C” in Math 1301 (College Algebra), Math 1305 (Finite Math) OR Math 1306 (Calculus with Business Applications).

Students transferring to UHD will be declared majors in Business if they meet the following criteria:

  • GPA is 2.5 or higher at the last college or university attended, and
  • Completion of common core, and
  • Minimum grade of “C” in Math 1301 (College Algebra), Math 1305 (Finite Math) OR Math 1306 (Calculus with Business Applications).

Students who do not meet the criteria above do not qualify for admission into the College of Business and will be classified as a pre-major based upon their respective major of interest.

Post-Baccalaureate and Special Status Admission

Students who hold bachelors or graduate degrees from accredited universities who are not seeking a degree from the University of Houston-Downtown may apply for admission to the College of Business as special status students prior to enrolling at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Students who desire to take courses offered by the College of Business which have been approved by external certification agencies to fulfill their continuing education requirements may apply for admission to the College of Business as special status students. In order to qualify, the applicant must have at least 60 hours of university credit. Additionally, the student must satisfy TSI requirements if applicable.

Courses taken by a special status student may not be used to fulfill degree requirements of any degree granted by the College of Business.

Transient students who need to take one or more business classes at UHD to complete their degree at another university must obtain prior written approval from their dean or college representative to enroll in specific courses which will be used to satisfy graduation requirements.

Satisfaction of Prerequisites

Prerequisites are NOT optional; prerequisites ARE requirements or courses that must be completed PRIOR to taking a course. The prerequisites for a course are described in the catalog course descriptions. It is the student’s responsibility to insure that he/she meets the prerequisites prior to enrollment in a course. If the student enrolls and does not meet the prerequisites, he/she may be administratively withdrawn from the course at any time. Any variance in prerequisite requirements or this policy must be obtained in writing from the department chair prior to enrollment in the course.

Dismissal from the College of Business

Students admitted to the College of Business whose overall GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters will be placed on academic suspension in accordance with the current UHD Catalog. Students on academic suspension will be dismissed from the College of Business.

A student who changes his/her major to a discipline outside of the College of Business will be dismissed from the College of Business and their records will be forwarded to the appropriate college.

A student who is unsuccessful in a required course after three attempts will be dismissed from the College of Business for failure to make progress. College of Business interprets a required course as any course in the Business Core or Major Requirements. Finally, the College of Business will interpret failure to progress as not moving forward in a degree plan. Therefore, in some majors a “D” in a course will be considered unsuccessful if the degree sequence requires a “C” or better. An attempt is registered when the student receives either a grade or “W” for the course.

If a student subsequently seeks readmission to the College of Business, she/he must reapply and meet the College of Business standards of admission in force at the time of reapplication.

COB Student Services

Carmen Cuevas, J.D., Assistant Dean, B-101 (713) 221-8675
Brett Hobby, M.Ed., COB Career Director, B-104 (713) 221-5075

COB Career Services: B-104 (713) 221-5011

Brett Hobby, M.Ed., Career Center Director
Maxine Todd, M.B.A., Career Counselor

COB Advising Office: B-101 (713) 221-8675

Marilyn Tabacco, M.Ed., M.S., CPA, Assistant Director, Advising Services
Amanda Clay, M.Ed., Academic Advisor II
Stephanie Williams, Academic Advisor II
Tiffany Wilson, M.A., Academic Advisor I
Helen Figueroa, Records Technician

Course Approvals and Advising

All students admitted to the College of Business will be advised by College of Business advisors. Students with declared majors will be granted self-advising privileges after their initial session as long as their GPA is 2.25 or above and prerequisites are followed. Students who fail to follow prerequisite requirements will be denied self-advising privileges. This provision applies to students who have not completed the 18 hours of required lower division business core classes in MATH, ACC and ECO before attempting upper division courses, or do not follow advisors’ directions. Students who fail to file a declaration of major when eligible will be denied enrollment in courses administered by the College of Business until the declaration has been filed.

Students not admitted to the College of Business who want to enroll in upper division business courses must have an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher, must meet all the prerequisites for the courses, and must have prior written approval of a College of Business advisor or a designated delegate. The only courses that do not require prior written approval of a College of Business advisor are BA 3300  (Business Cornerstone), BA 3301  (Legal Environment of Business), MGT 3301  (Principles of Management and Organization), MKT 3301  (Principles of Marketing), MIS 3302  (Management of Information Systems), and FIN 3302  (Business Finance.)

Students not admitted to the College of Business (non -business majors) will be restricted to a maximum of 18 hours of upper division Business courses. Students seeking more than 18 hours must receive written permission from the Associate Dean of the College of Business.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements established by the University of Houston-Downtown for eligibility to graduate, students receiving a degree in a program administered by the College of Business must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better for all courses taken in the College of Business at UHD.

Courses of Instruction

Individual courses of instruction are subject to change or cancellation at any time and may not be offered each semester or every year. Students should be especially mindful that summer offerings are limited and vary from year to year. Therefore, careful planning is required if progress toward the degree is expected during the summer months.

Field Experience

Field Experience integrates theory learned in the classroom with practical work experience in a job related to the student’s academic and professional goals. The work experience and the academic experience must be directly related. Positions may or may not be paid and may last the duration of the fall or spring semester or the entire summer. Field Experience generally is not approved for students already employed in their area of study.

Eligibility for Field Experience enrollment includes at least 60 semester credit hours completed in the degree program, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or prior approval of the department chair in whose area the course is being offered. Other requirements specified by the department may impact the applicant’s eligibility. Submission of applications and other preliminary procedures should be completed during the semester prior to the one in which the student wishes to enroll.

The College of Business allows up to two courses (6 semester credit hours) in Field Experience to be applied toward graduation requirements. These courses are graded on a pass/fail basis and do not apply toward calculation of the grade point average. Field Experience credit may NOT be used to satisfy minor program requirements, except for Insurance & Risk Management.

Minor Program Requirements

Additionally, the College of Business offers a variety of minors to complement major programs. Both students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and those pursuing other degrees offered by the university can select these minors. Students planning to take a minor in the College of Business who are not seeking a Bachelor of Business Administration degree are reminded that in compliance with the accrediting principles of AACSB-International, the course work taken in the College of Business, including all courses applicable to the minor, is limited to 25% of the credit hours applied toward graduation.

The general academic requirements for minors are:

  • College of Business majors must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at UHD to declare a minor.
  • Students majoring in a non-Business field must have a minimum 2.25 GPA at UHD to be approved for a COB minor.
  • Student must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in minor courses for minor to be certified for graduation.
  • The field experience courses (ACC 4380 , BA 4380 , FIN 4380 , MGT 4380 , MIS 4380 , MKT 4380 , PLM 4380  or SCM 4380  may not be applied to a minor program.
  • The minor field elected must be different from the major. A student must complete all course work required for the minor in addition to all course work required for the degree prior to certification for graduation.
  • All minor programs in the College of Business require at least 9 hours upper-level course work in residence at UHD.

Students should note that in some instances courses listed as requirements or options for the minor program may have prerequisites that are not listed as part of the program. Prerequisites will not be waived. The procedure to declare a minor is available from the College of Business Student Services Office, Room B101.

Certificate Requirements
Students completing both BA 3305  (Entrepreneurship) and BA 3306  (Intrapreneurship) are eligible to receive a certificate in Entrepreneurship from the MMBA Department, regardless of major. UHD Students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, along with those pursuing other degrees will qualify if the student earns a minimum grade of C in both courses. Information concerning this certificate is available from the College of Business Student Services Office, Room B101.

Programs of Study in the College of Business   

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