Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Degree

BSBA Degree Requirements

CBA Required Pre-Business Core Courses (All courses must be completed with a C (2.00) or better). 

ENGL 1150/ENGL 1154English Composition I

3 credits

ENGL 1160/ENGL 1164English Composition II

3 credits

MATH 1320College Algebra

3 credits

SPCH 1110Public Speaking Fundamentals

3 credits


CBA Required Business Core Courses (All courses must be completed with a C (2.00) or better)

A 2.30 GPA is required to enroll in these required Core CBA courses (except for ECON 2200)

ACCT 2010Principles of Accounting I

3 credits

ACCT 2020Principles of Accounting II

3 credits

ECON 2200Principles of Economics (Micro)

3 credits

ECON 2220Principles of Economics (Macro)

3 credits

BSAD 2130Managerial Statistics for Business

3 credits

A 2.50 GPA is required to enroll in these required Core CBA courses

MGMT 3200Managerial Communications

3 credits

MKT 3310Principles of Marketing

3 credits

MGMT 3490Management

3 credits

LAWS 3930Business Law Fundamentals

3 credits

FNBK 3250Principles of Financial Management

3 credits

BSAD 3100Management Information Systems

3 credits

BSAD 3500Operations Management

3 credits

MGMT 4480Corporate and Business Strategy

3 credits

BSBA students are also required to complete a second 3-credit speech course (beyond Public Speaking Fundamentals) from the following list (all courses must be completed with a C (2.00) or better):

SPCH 2120Argumentation and Debate

3 credits

SPCH 3120Persuasive Speaking

3 credits

SPCH 3130Speech Communication in Business and the Professions

3 credits

SPCH 3140Advanced Public Speaking

3 credits

SPCH 3150Intercollegiate Forensic Activities

1 - 3 credits

SPCH 3160Intercollegiate Forensic Activities

1 - 3 credits

Students must complete at least six hours of course work beyond the general education diversity requirement with a global perspective (i.e., history, political science, literature or geography of foreign countries, foreign languages, international business, etc.). Global courses include all university general education global diversity courses listed on the General Education website, plus international business courses, a list of which is available in the CBA advising office.


Students must complete MGMT 4480 their last semester. All students will need a permission number to enroll in this course. Students who have not completed FNBK 3250, MKT 3310, MGMT 3200 and MGMT 3490 with a C (2.00) or better or who have a GPA below 2.50 will be administratively withdrawn from MGMT4480. Preference is given to students who will graduate that semester.

The college reserves the right to institute and make effective, after due notice, during the course of a student’s work toward a degree, any new ruling which may be necessary for the general good of the college, and to substitute courses currently offered for those no longer offered.


Each student admitted to the college is responsible for becoming familiar with the procedures and regulations in the undergraduate catalog.


Specific requirements for each CBA concentration are identified in the following section of this catalog.


Credits not required under general education requirements, the pre-business program, the BSBA core curriculum, or a BSBA concentration can be taken as electives in business and/or in non-business areas to complete the required 120 hours for the BSBA degree.

    Admission Requirements

Incoming freshman must meet general university admission requirements to be admitted into the College of Business. Transfer students and current UNO students must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.

    Maximum/Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 credit hours are required to earn a BSBA degree.

54 semester hours must be earned in upper-division courses (3000-4000/junior-senior level).

BSBA students earn 24-28 upper-division (3000/4000 level) credit hours in the business core curriculum and 18-24 hours in their BSBA concentrations.

The last 30 consecutive semester hours for a degree must be earned following admission to the College of Business. A minimum of one-half of the required business hours and one-half of the required concentration hours must be completed at UNO.

No more than 12 semester hours may be taken in any one department outside the College of Business. Students who have completed a declared minor from a department outside of Business Administration can apply more than 12 hours.

Students completing an additional major in French, German or Spanish may apply all foreign language credit toward a BSBA degree. Otherwise, no more than 16 semester hours in any one foreign language may be applied toward a degree. More than one foreign language is allowed.

A maximum of eight semester hours in music laboratory courses such as band, chorus or orchestra may be applied toward the degree.

The College of Business does not require any physical activity courses. A total of four hours of activity courses from different areas may be applied toward the degree.

A maximum of 24 hours of combined Credit/No Credit, credit by examination, College Level Examination (CLEP) and professional development course credit may be applied.

    Transfer Credit Policy

CBA will accept upper-division core courses completed at AACSB institutions. In order for an upper-division core course to be accepted from non-AACSB institutions, the student must complete an additional upper-division course from an AACSB accredited school within the same department to validate the transfer course. Courses completed for validation must be completed with a grade of C (2.00) or better.

    Unacceptable Credits

Remedial courses and orientation courses at other institutions will not apply to the 120 minimum semester hours.

No business course may be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis.

A maximum of six hours of professional development course credit may be taken from any educational body if evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) as equivalent to collegiate credit, and then may be applied toward the degree. Such credit may be used for non-business electives. The department chair must give written approval if a course is to be used for concentration elective hours or as a substitute for a required concentration course.


Business core requirements taken as professional development courses are not applicable to the BSBA degree.

    Quality of Work

Any students earning below a 2.50 cumulative GPA for any semester while enrolled in the BSBA degree program will be placed on a “warning status.” No grade below a C (2.00) will be counted as satisfactory completion of CBA courses.

    Repeating Courses

Effective Fall 2002, a student may only attempt each required business core course three times.

This policy applies to the following courses: ACCT 2010, 2020, BSAD 2130, 3100, 3160, 3500, ECON 2200, 2220, FNBK 3250LAWS 3930MGMT 3200, 3490, 4480, MKT 3310

A course that is dropped on or before Friday of the first week of the fall and spring semesters is not considered an attempt. Any withdrawal or switching to audit (AU) after that first Friday counts as one of the three allowed attempts. During the summer sessions, a withdrawal after the second day of the class counts as an attempt.

If a student does not successfully complete the core course with a grade of C (2.00) or better in two attempts, the student can either take the course at a college or university approved by UNO CBA, or may attempt the course at UNO CBA for a third and last time after a mandatory one semester (fall or spring) waiting period. During the waiting period, the student cannot enroll in any CBA course for which the required core course is a prerequisite. If the student does not earn a C (2.00) or better on the third attempt of that required core course, the student is no longer eligible to pursue a business degree at UNO.

The Undergraduate Program Council will only consider appeals of the three-attempt rule when the circumstances for the appeal are documented and the reason for the appeal is extraordinary.

Upper-division accounting courses may be taken only twice.

    Grade Appeal Policy

Students who wish to appeal a grade which they feel was capriciously or prejudicially awarded shall first discuss the matter with the instructor and/or the department chairperson. If a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached, the student may submit a written appeal to the CBA Associate Dean within 30 days of grade posting. The CBA Undergraduate Grade Appeal Committee will hold a grade appeal hearing to make a final determination based on the facts presented.

    Academic Amnesty

A student may remove one or two semester’s grades from the student’s cumulative GPA and degree consideration by petitioning for academic amnesty in the CBA advising office. Removal of grades via Academic Amnesty shall be by entire semester(s). Students are allowed a maximum of two (2) semesters of amnesty.

Petitioning students, after the term(s) for which they are seeking amnesty, must have completed 12 consecutive hours with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Students who are granted academic amnesty will not be eligible for degree with academic honors. Academic amnesty will remove a CBA core course attempt from the Three-Attempt Rule under Academic Performance. The petition for academic amnesty is submitted to the academic adviser and the adviser will apply this policy to approve or deny the petition on behalf of the Undergraduate Program Council.

     Academic Advising

The aim and purpose of academic advising is to assist students in meeting the requirements of the degree program and to interpret college policies regarding academic requirements. In the College of Business Administration, academic advising is carried out by CBA’s undergraduate advisers. Students should see an academic adviser whenever questions arise concerning academic programs, but especially prior to registering for freshman year, choosing a concentration, and registering for senior year.

     Declaring a Concentration

Business students must file an application to declare a concentration in the BSBA degree program in the CBA advising office when they have completed 58 hours, and have a GPA of 2.50 or above.

    Senior Check

Every business student must file a senior check form in the CBA advising office at the end of their junior year (or upon the completion of 90 hours). An audit of the prospective graduate’s academic record is then completed and the student is provided with an official list of the remaining degree requirements. If a student fails to file a senior check form, the responsibility for meeting the requirements for graduation is his/hers and, if in error, will prevent graduation at the intended time.

Final responsibility for scheduling courses and satisfactorily completing curriculum requirements for any degree rests with the student.

    Other information relevant to the College of Business Administration

Attendance at first CBA class meeting

Students not present at the first class meeting of a College of Business Course, without prior notification to the instructor, may be administratively withdrawn from the course.


Choice of Catalog

A student registering in the College of Business Administration of UNO for the first time may, except for the following limitations, complete work for the degree according to:

  • The requirements of the catalog of the year in which you last entered the College and have since been in continuous enrollment (i.e., no enrollment gap of more than two consecutive semesters) OR
  • The catalog current at the time the student applied for the BSBA degree. For students continuously enrolled, a seven-year rule applies in that the catalog for students who have been continuously enrolled can only extend back seven years. Students enrolled for more than seven years will be moved up one catalog year at a time. For example, from 2000-01 to 2001-02.
  • The earliest catalog available to an intra-University transfer will be the catalog in use when the student transferred to the College of Business Administration.