Business Honors - BBA

Selection through a separate application process is required to participate in Business Honors. Students apply to Business Honors as incoming freshmen or during the spring semester of their freshman year. Both are competitive selection processes. More information is available at http://mays.tamu.edu/businesshonors.

Bachelor of Business Administration

A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Business Honors is a degree available only to students admitted to Mays’ Business Honors program. The Business Honors major is designed for students whose academic excellence is matched by strong character, leadership skills, and teamwork. The Business Honors major prepares students to begin careers in all fields or to continue on to a graduate program or professional school.

Students pursuing a BBA in Business Honors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and meet other program requirements to continue in Business Honors. Students are required to complete a total of 30 hours of honors coursework plus an internship for credit. Other program requirements apply.

Business Honors majors work closely with an academic advisor to identify a set of courses to meet their academic goals. They may pursue a double major in Business Honors and one of the six other BBA majors (accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management).

Upper-level Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

Students who meet the University and college entrance requirements enter Mays Business School in the BUAD (lower-level business) classification. Enrollment of Mays Business School students in junior- and senior-level business courses is limited to those who have been admitted to upper-level (also referred to as upper division) in one of the seven majors (B.B.A.: accounting, business honors, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain management) in the college.

The B.B.A. (accounting, business honors, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain management) upper-level entry requirements and application procedures are as follows:

  1. To be admitted to an upper-level major, a student must be admitted to Mays Business School and have:
    1. Satisfactorily completed the following five courses:
      ACCT 229Introductory Accounting3
      ECON 202Principles of Economics3
      ECON 203Principles of Economics3
      MATH 141Finite Mathematics (or its equivalent)3
      MATH 142Business Calculus (or its equivalent)3
    2. BUAD students apply for upper level no later than the last class day of the semester before they expect to enter upper level. NOTE: To enter upper level in the summer, all requirements must be completed BEFORE the beginning of the FIRST SUMMER SESSION.
    3. Business students must successfully complete these three remaining lower-level Core Business Knowledge (CBK) courses at Texas A&M during their first upper-level semester, unless satisfactorily completed prior to upper-level entry:
      ACCT 230Introductory Accounting3
      ISYS 210Fundamentals of Information Systems3
      MGMT 211Legal and Social Environment of Business3
    4. Students are encouraged to complete the freshman and sophomore sequence of courses as listed under Curriculum in Business. BUAD students may preregister for upper-level business courses in the semester for which they have applied for upper level. However, students who fail to complete upper-level requirements shall not be permitted to remain registered in upper-level business classes.
  2. Transfer students: Transfer students admitted to Mays Business School will be classified as BUAD (lower-level Business) students until they complete all requirements listed previously in item 1, at which time they may apply for admission to an upper-level major field of study. Transfer students may immediately apply for upper-level when admitted to Mays Business School if, and only if, they meet all upper-level requirements at that time.
  3. Change of curriculum students: Texas A&M students who change curriculum into Mays Business School from another college or department at the University will be classified as BUAD (lower-level Business) students until they complete all requirements listed previously in item 1. Change of curriculum students who, when admitted to the business school, qualify to apply for admission to upper level may do so.
  4. Preference for available seats in junior- and senior-level business courses will be given to students who have been admitted to a degree granting major in Mays Business School. All ineligible students who pre-register for upper-level business classes are subject to cancellation of their registration in these courses.

Lower-Level Business Program (BUAD)

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
MATH 141Finite Mathematics 13
American history 23
Communication 3
Select one of the following:
Public Speaking  
Argumentation and Debate  
Composition and Rhetoric  
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ECON 202Principles of Economics 3
MATH 142Business Calculus 13
American history 23
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Life and physical sciences 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ACCT 229Introductory Accounting 3
ECON 203Principles of Economics 3
ISYS 210Fundamentals of Information Systems 3
POLS 206American National Government 23
Communication 3
Select one of the following:
Public Speaking  
Argumentation and Debate  
Composition and Rhetoric  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ACCT 230Introductory Accounting 3
MGMT 211Legal and Social Environment of Business 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 23
Creative arts 3
Life and physical sciences 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 60
1

MATH 131, MATH 151 and MATH 171 will be accepted in lieu of MATH 142. MATH 152, MATH 166 and MATH 172 will be accepted in lieu of MATH 141.

2

For those students under ROTC contract, see Requirement 7 of the "Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree".

Management Information Systems: BUAD students intending to major in Mangement Information Systems must add ISYS 250 Business Programming Logic and Design (3 credits) to sophomore year curriculum in Business (lower level). The creative arts elective or a communication elective can be taken during the junior year.

Business Honors: BUAD students admitted to Business Honors must add (1) BUSN 125 Business Learning Community I (3 credits) to the freshman year curriculum and (2) BUSN 205 Integrated Worklife Competencies (3 credits) to the sophomore year curriculum in Business (lower level). The creative arts elective and a communication elective can be taken during the junior year.

Upper-Level Business Honors Program

Third Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
FINC 341Business Finance 13
MKTG 321Marketing 13
SCMT 303Statistical Methods 13
General elective 23
International elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MGMT 363Managing People in Organizations 13
SCMT 364Operations Management 13
Upper-Division Business Elective 43
Upper-Division Business Elective 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours12
Fourth Year
Fall
BUSN 484Internship 3
General elective 23
General elective 23
Upper-Division Business Elective 43
Upper-Division Business Elective 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MGMT 466Strategic Management 53
General elective 23
International elective 33
Upper-Division Business Elective 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 54
1

Five of the nine Common Body of Knowledge classes listed must be taken as honors: ACCT 229, ACCT 230, FINC 341, ISYS 210, SCMT 303, SCMT 364, MGMT 211, MGMT 363, MKTG 321.

2

Elective courses are open to any course offered for University credit, except ACCT 209, ACCT 210, FINC 409, IBUS 301, ISYS 209, KINE 198, MGMT 209, MGMT 309, MKTG 409, SCMT 309. Additional restrictions may apply: see academic advisor for information. May be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

3

Six hours required. A complete list of approved courses is available in the Undergraduate Advising Office, Room 238, Wehner Building. In the BBA curricula, the 6 hours of approved international elective courses simultaneously fulfill the University's International and Cultural Diversity Graduation requirement.

4

Any 300- or 400-level business course (ACCT, FINC, IBUS, ISYS, MGMT, MKTG, SCMT) except FINC 341, 409; MGMT 309, 363, 466; MKTG 321, 409; SCMT 303, 309, 364. At least one course must be designated as writing designated (W) or oral communication (C). Select in consultation with an academic advisor.

5

Must be taken as honors.

Total Program Hours 120