Academic Requirements for the

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

  1. Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.25 for:
    • Overall GPA (all coursework from all institutions)
    • All coursework from WSU
    • All upper-division Business coursework from WSU (excludes BADM 301)
  2. Complete Barton School of Business orientation course(s)
  3. Complete foundation skills and general education requirements
  4. Complete advanced standing requirements & assessments
  5. Complete specific college requirements
  6. Complete business core requirements
  7. Complete major requirements
  8. Complete minor requirements (if applicable)
  9. Complete at least 50% of upper-division business credit hours at WSU
  10. Complete a minimum of 124 credit hours for a first degree or 154 credit hours for a second degree
  11. Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours at a four-year institution
  12. Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at WSU
  13. Complete 24 of the last 30 credits hours at WSU
  14. Complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in upper-division courses (300-level or above)
  15. Only ¼ of total credit hours can be grades of D
  16. Accounting Majors Only -- Complete a minimum of 90 credit hours outside of accounting

Students Starting Before Fall 2012 may have slightly different requirements - see your Academic Advisor for details on your particular program.

Barton School of Business - Orientation Courses (1-2 credit hours):

The orientation courses cover the requirements and expectations for a degree from the Barton School of Business. The main topics of the course content include: the academic requirements for a business degree; business school resources; Advanced Standing information; differences in business majors; study plans and effective study skills; and career opportunities in the field of business.

In-coming freshmen take BADM 101 & 102 - Becoming a Business Student I & II (1 cr.hr. each)

Transfer students take BADM 301 - Transferring to the Barton School of Business (1 cr.hr.)

Foundation Course Requirements for Business Majors:GIF Image

These courses must be completed in your first 48 credit hours of enrollment with a grade of C- or better.

  • ENGL 101 or 100 - College English 1 -or- English Comp. (for non-native speakers) (3)
  • ENGL 102 - College English II (3)
  • COMM 111 - Public Speaking (3)
  • MATH 111 or 112 - College Algebra or Pre-Calculus (3)

Foundation Courses are part of the Advanced Standing Requirements.

Transfer students who complete Business Calculus or Calculus with a grade of C- or better do not need to take College Algebra (MATH 111) or Pre-Calculus (MATH 112).

International students who are eligible to take the English Composition Validation Exam (EEE) must complete their EEE in their first semester at Wichita State University. For more information, contact (316) 978-6229. 

General Education Requirements for Business Students:GIF Image

The general education program seeks to provide each student with a body of knowledge that is both a broad foundation for his or her major field of study, and also the beginning of what is necessary to become a genuinely educated person. The general education program provides the opportunity for all students to grow in knowledge and appreciation of the rich variety of human achievements in the arts, humanities, and sciences.General Education Introductory Courses:

Course (credit hours):

  • One Introductory Course in Fine Arts (3)
  • Introductory Courses in Humanities are fulfilled with the PHIL 105 & PHIL 306 requirements.
  • One Introductory Course in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics (3)
  • One Issues & Perspectives Course  --or--  Further Study Course (certain attribute required--see advisor before selection) (3)

Business Majors are required to take the following as part of their general education program.

  • PHIL 105 (minimum grade of a C)
  • PHIL 306
  • PSY 111 --or-- SOC 111
  • MATH 144
  • *ECON 201 and ECON 202 (*cannot be used for General Education requirements for Economics majors)
  • IB 333

Requirements may vary in earlier catalogs. Consult with your advisor for specific requirements.

Advanced Standing Courses and Assessments:GIF Image

For degree-seeking students in the Barton School of Business, Advanced Standing is a prerequisite for all upper-division business courses. Upper-division courses are defined as 300-level or above. You should complete the assessments after you finish each corresponding course, you do not wait and take them all at once.

Students must meet ALL of the following requirements to achieve Advanced Standing:

  1. Complete Foundation Course Requirements
  2. Complete Advanced Standing Courses (see list below)
  3. Complete the ten Advanced Standing Assessments
  4. Have a minimum overall and WSU institutional GPA of 2.25 or higher.
  5. Be a declared business major

Some majors require minimum grades in certain courses and/or prerequisites--check the major requirements in your catalog or see an advisor. 

Advanced Standing Course Requirements (credit hours):

  • MATH 144 or 242 - Business Calculus or Calculus I (3) - fulfills a General Education requirement
  • ECON 231 - Introductory Business Statistics (3)
  • ECON 232 - Statistical Software Applications for Business (1)
  • ECON 201 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3) - see note below
  • ECON 202 - Principles of Microeconomics (3) - see note below
  • BADM 160 - Business Software (minimum grade of C- for most majors) (3)
  • ACCT 210 - Financial Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 220 - Managerial Accounting (3)

NOTE: ECON 201 & 202 may be used to meet general education requirements for all majors except Economics majors. 

Keep track of your Advanced Standing Courses and Assessments with this Advanced Standing Log Sheet.

College Requirements

The following are required by the Barton School of Business for all majors:

  • PSY 111 - General Psychology  --or--  SOC 111 - Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • PHIL 105 - Critcal Reasoning (3) - Minimum grade of a C
  • PHIL 306 - Business Ethics (3)

The courses listed above are also used to meet General Education requirements.

 Accounting majors are also required to take:
•ENGL 210 - Composition: Business, Professional & Technical Writing (3)