Notice to All Current and Prospective Students
The McLane College of Business intends to make some changes to each of its BBA degree plans beginning in Fall 2018. On this page, you will find copies of the prospective degree plans and a brief Frequently Asked Questions guide directed primarily to current students who may want to consider changing catalogs to take advantage of the new degree plans.
Please note that the 2018-2019 catalog has not yet been published and all the material on this site, including the degree plans, must be considered provisional until the catalog is finalized. The faculty and administration of the college are excited about the opportunities for students created by the new degree plans and would encourage current students, particularly those very early in their college careers, to review the new degree plans carefully.
View Frequently Asked Questions below. Other questions about the new degree plans may be directed to your academic advisor.
2018-2019 BBA Degree Plans
- BBA Accounting
- BBA Business Computer Information Systems
- BBA Economics
- BBA Finance
- BBA International Business
- BBA Management
- BBA Marketing
- BBA Multimedia and Information Technology
What is happening to the BBA degree plan?
The MCoB will change the requirements for all its BBA degree plans as of Fall 2018. Students enrolling in UMHB in Fall 2018 or after will be under the new degree plan requirements. Students enrolled before Fall 2018 will remain under the degree plan requirements as of the year they enrolled unless they choose to change catalogs as described in Question 4, below.
How will the Fall 2018 BBA degree plans be different than the current degree plans?
The minimum 124 total hours required for the BBA degree will remain unchanged. The new BBA degree plan, however, will have fewer required courses and thereby offer more flexibility for students to individualize their career preparation.
For all BBA degrees, the number of required hours in the Business Core will be decreased from 30 to 24 hours and the number of required upper-level business electives will decrease from 9 hours to 3 hours. For all BBA degree plans except the BBA in Accounting, the total number of hours required in the major will decrease from 18 hours to 15 hours. The makeup of the required courses in the Business Foundation and Business Core will change for all BBA degree plans and some majors will also have changes related to the required major courses.
What should I do if a course I need for my degree plan is not on the degree plan after Fall 2018? Will that discontinued class still be offered?
Some discontinued (or “legacy”) courses will still be offered. For those that are not, a suitable substitute course will be available. Check with your advisor on the details of your particular situation.
If I prefer the requirements of the Fall 2018 degree plan to my current degree plan, do I have the option to switch to that new degree plan?
Students sometimes have the option to switch from a prior degree plan to a later one – this is referred to as “changing catalogs”. This process has some limitations so discuss it with your advisor before proceeding. You can find details on your ability to change catalogs in the current catalog under the heading “Graduation Under a Particular Catalog”. Please note, if you switch from one catalog to another, you must switch completely with respect to degree requirements. You cannot elect to meet some of the requirements for your degree from the current catalog (such as your major) and elect to meet other requirements from the 2018-2019 catalog (such as your minor). There are also limitations on the number of times a student can change catalogs under different situations. If you change from your current catalog to the 2018-2019 catalog, you should not plan on being able to switch back.
If I wanted to change to the 2018-2019 catalog for my degree requirements, how will the differences between those degree plans be treated for the courses I have already taken?
The College has prepared a “crosswalk” for students who wish to change from a current BBA degree plan to the 2018-2019 degree plan. The following courses will be counted under the new degree plan as follows.
- Students who have received credit for BACC 2311 - Financial Accounting- under the current degree plan will be given credit for BACC 2310 – Survey of Accounting – under the new degree plan.
- Students who have taken BACC 2312 – Managerial Accounting – under the current degree plan will retain credit for that class although as it is not required in the new degree plan it will count as a free elective.
- Accounting majors will have an additional class added to their degree plan, BACC 3323 – Intermediate Accounting III. Accounting majors should consult their advisor as to whether this new class will be required if they change to the new catalog.
- Students who have received credit for BECO 2311 – Macroeconomics - or BECO 2312 - Microeconomics - under the current degree plan will be given credit for BECO 2310 – Principles of Economics – under the new degree plan.
- Students who have received credit for both BECO 2311 and BECO 2312 will also retain credit for their second economics class but as only one economics class is required in the new degree plan it will count as a free elective.
- Students who have received credit for BADM 2312 – Communicating in Business - under the current degree plan will receive credit for it as a free elective as it is not required under the new degree plan.
- Students who have received credit for BLDR 2350 under the current degree plan will receive credit for the requirement to take BLDR 3350 under the new degree plan. BLDR 2350, however, will not count towards the requirement that each student complete at least 36 upper level (junior-3000, or senior – 4000) level hours.
- Students who have received credit for BLAW 3311 under the current degree plan will receive credit for BLAW 2311 under the new degree plan.
- BCIS majors who have received credit for either BCIS 3330 – IT Infrastructure – or BCIS 3360 – IT Security and Risk Management – under the current degree plan will be given credit for the new BCIS major requirement, BCIS 4345 – Networking and IT Security – under the new degree plan.
- Students who have taken a class in their major that is required by the current degree plan but that would no longer be required for their major under the new degree plan should consult their advisor as to whether that class would count as a free elective or might be substituted for one of the other required classes in the major under the new degree plan.
After a careful review of the various degree plans offered by the college, the faculty and administration of the college determined that the BBA program should allow for more free electives in order to give students more opportunities to undertake second majors (inside the McLane College of Business), minors (inside or outside the McLane College of Business), or second degrees (for additional majors outside the McLane College of Business) in order to allow students to customize their preparation for their career of choice. The Business Core, Business Foundation and Major requirements were reduced in order to allow students that flexibility while still graduating with 124 total credit hours (unless pursuing a second degree, which requires a minimum of 155 total credit hours).
With fewer required business classes, will the new degree plan provide less business preparation than the current degree plans?
The new degree plan is very much in line with the degree plans for business programs at other universities in Texas and elsewhere. It also provides more than sufficient business coverage to satisfy accrediting agencies. As stated in Question 6 above, it provides students greater flexibility to customize their career preparation.