Preliminary Major for Business Students
Pre-Business coursework consists of both prepatory and lower-division courses of the business major. Once students are admitted to West Texas A&M University, they can gain admittance to a College of Business major by satisfactorily completing a set of pre-admission courses. Through its admission policies and procedures, the College of Business is able to help students succeed in specific business major concentrations by only admitting those students who are qualified and have the basic skills to complete a business degree.
Admission requirements into the College of Business involve the completion of a pre-business core with an earned grade of “C” or higher in all courses. The pre-business courses include:
(1) ACCT 2301 – Principles of Accounting I
(2) ECON 2301 – Principles of Macroeconomics
(3) ECON 2302 – Principles of Microeconomics
(4) MATH 1325 – Mathematics for Business & Economics II, MATH 2413 – Calculus I, or equivalent
(5) ENGL 1301 – Introduction to Academic Writing and Augmentation or equivalent
(6) ENGL 1302 – Research and Rhetoric, COMM 1321 – Business and Professional Communication, or advisor approved equivalent
(7) BUSI 1304 – Business Communication, CIDM 1301 – Introduction to Information Science, CIDM 1315 – Programming Fundamentals, CIDM 2345 – Video Game Design, FIN 1307 – Introduction to Personal Finance, or advisor approved University Core 90 equivalent.
Upon completion of the pre-business core, students should meet with an academic advisor in the College of Business, select a specific business major concentration area (e.g., accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, general business, or computer information systems), apply for a degree plan, and are encouraged to register with the Office of Career Services. Students seeking admission to the business program that have completed 48 or more credit hours in a different major or as a transfer student may be admitted to the business program with approval by dean or associate dean. New students in the top ten percent of an admission class may be admitted directly into the business program by invitation of the associate dean.
Students seeking help as a pre-business major or with the transition to a specific business major are encouraged to meet with advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Programs or Dean's Office.