Leading to the degree bachelor of science with a major in accounting,
finance, management, management information systems, marketing,
production/operations management or transportation and logistics.
The College also offers a secondary major in international business.
Total credits required: 124.5
||Math 150* and **
||Com S 103**
||Sp Cm 212
||Math 151* and **
||General Education Requirements
Select from approved list***
||3 Natural science***
||Select from approved
||U.S. Diversity Course****
*Students not adequately prepared in mathematics may have to take
remedial courses in addition to courses listed above. Remedial mathematics
courses may not be used to satisfy credit requirements for graduation
in the business curricula.
**Substitutions can be made. See the Undergraduate Programs Office
in the College of Business. Stat 326 is a prerequisite for certain
required courses in accounting and finance.
***Approved list of courses is available from the Undergraduate
Programs Office or on the web at www.bus.iastate.edu/undergrad/
in the College of Business.
****Courses for this requirement may also be used to fulfill other
curriculum requirements or electives and therefore credits are not
included in the sum needed.
|| Acct 383, 384, 386,
387, 485, 497
||Fin 310, 320
||Select from Fin 330,
361, 380, 415, 424, 425, 445, 462, 472 of which six credits
must be at the 400 level.
3 Select from Acct 383, 384, 386, 387, 488 or any 400 level
Acct; or any Fin course listed above.
||Select from department-approved
|| Management Information
||Com S 201, MIS 331,
||Select from department-approved
||Mkt 443, 444, 447
||Select from Mkt 343,
410, 442, 446, 448, 449
||Select from department-approved
||POM 420, 422, 424
||Select from department-approved
|| Transportation and
6 TrLog 460, 461
||Select four of the
courses, two of which must be TrLog courses: TrLog 462, 463,
466, 468, 469, POM 420, 422, 424, or MIS 434.
Select from departments outside Business. No Econ, Stat, or
Bus Tech credits may be used.
||Select courses to broaden
or complement the requirements (see adviser).
|CPA Note: See Accounting
Curriculum for information on the additional requirements for
students who wish to be candidates for the CPA exam.
Students in the pre-business curriculum in
the College of Business will be advised by a pre-business adviser.
The adviser assists students to develop an academic program, access
pertinent university resources and meet their educational objectives.
Following admission to the professional program students will be
assigned a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser assists students
in understanding the requirements of the major, career paths in
the majors and in choosing electives to complement the major. In
addition to the faculty adviser, professional program advisers in
the Undergraduate Programs Office are available to assist students
in program planning, registration and to review graduation requirements.
The college offers an orientation program each summer for new entering
students. All students and family members are encouraged to attend
the orientation session. During orientation the adviser and the
student prepare an appropriate schedule and the student registers
for courses. Placement examinations may be required in mathematics
and English to assist in placing students in the appropriate level
of courses if this cannot be determined by ACT/SAT scores, high
school preparation classes or transfer courses.
Entering freshmen who meet one of the following criteria, and have
a minimum English ACT of 24, will be invited to apply for membership
in the Freshman Honors Program: earned an ACT composite of 30, or
ranked in the top 5% of their high school classes; or selected as
a National Merit or National Achievement
Enrolled students who have completed 12 graded credits at Iowa
State University and earned a 3.35 can be admitted either as associate
or full members of the Honors Program. To qualify for full membership,
students must have declared a major, developed a program of study,
and have a minimum of 48 credits remaining before graduation.
Pre-business students in the College of Business may apply for
associate membership in the honors program; students may apply for
full membership after admission to the professional program. Special
advisers will assist honors students in developing an appropriate
program of study.
Credit and non-credit internships in business may be approved for
College of Business students in all majors including pre-business.
Credit hours and requirements vary. Arrangements must be made in
the College prior to the beginning of the internship. An internship
adviser will assist students in making these arrangements.
Undergraduates with a major in the College of Business may complete
another major in the College of Business. Those desiring a second
major outside the college should refer to the catalog section of
the appropriate college and department for the second major requirements.
Undergraduates with a primary major outside the College of Business
wanting a second major in business must meet the admission requirements
for the professional program as well as complete the following requirements:
the business core courses, the major specialization, Econ 102, Acct
215 and Math 151.
All students pursuing double majors or double degrees within the
College of Business are required to have 15 credits of coursework
in each major that is not used in the other major.
Iowa State University students wishing to change their curriculum
to the College of Business must attend a curriculum change meeting.
See Changing Curriculum or Major for more details on this process.
Students on temporary enrollment will not be allowed to change curriculum
to the College of Business during period three. See Making Schedule
International Business Secondary Major
A student in the College of Business may earn a secondary major
in International Business. The requirements for this major include
12 credits in international business courses, one year of the same
university-level foreign language (minimum 6 credits) and an approved
international experience (minimum 3 months). Students who pursue
this secondary major will be required to complete the requirements
for a primary major in Business. Fifteen of the 18 credits required
for the International Business major may not be used for the primary
The College of Business offers a structured minor in general business
to students outside the College. Requirements for the minor are
Acct 285, Fin 301, Mgmt 370, MIS 330, Mkt 340, POM 320, and TrLog
360. The minor must include at least 6 credits in courses numbered
300 or above taken at Iowa State University with a grade of C or
higher. Students wishing to earn a minor in business must meet the
admissions requirements of the College of Business professional
program (see admission standards to professional programs). All
requirements and prerequisites for the requirement must be taken
for a grade.
Students with a major in the College of Business may qualify for
a minor specialization in one of the college's departments by taking
at least 15 credit hours in the minor specialization, nine hours
of which may not be used to satisfy any other department, college,
or university requirement. The minor must include at least 6 credits
in courses numbered 300 or above taken at Iowa State University
with a grade of C or higher. Students with declared majors have
priority over students with declared minors in courses with space
Students with a major outside the College of Business are eligible
for a general business minor only-not a specialization in a business
The College of Business participates in a cross-disciplinary minor
in Entrepreneurial Studies. This minor is only available to business
and non-business majors. Requirements for the minor include Mgmt
310, 313, and 9 credits from an approved list. The approved list
is available in the Undergraduate Programs Office in the College
of Business and on the web at www.iastate.edu/majors_minors/entreprenstudy.htm.
The minor must include at least 6 credits in courses numbered 300
or above taken at Iowa State University.
Nondegree Seeking Students
Students who wish to take courses in the College of Business, but
are not seeking an undergraduate degree, should apply to the college
as nondegree seeking students. Nondegree seeking students are eligible
to take up to 9 credits in 300-level and above business courses
without meeting the college's admission requirements. Students who
desire to take more than 9 credits, however, must meet the College's
professional program admission requirements and have approval of
a department chair. Nondegree seeking students must meet all course
Upper Division Courses for Students Outside
Students from outside the College of Business are eligible to take
up to 9 credits of 300-level and above business courses without
meeting the college's admission requirements, as long as they meet
course prerequisites. Students who desire to take more than 9 credits,
however, must meet the college's professional program admission
Four programs are offered at the graduate level: a master of business
administration (M.B.A.) program, a master of accounting (M.Acc.),
a master of science (M.S.) in business, and a master of science
in information systems (M.S.I.S.). These programs are intended to
meet three sets of educational objectives.
The M.B.A. is the professional management education program for
those pursuing careers in business. The purpose of this professional
program is to provide professional business education by preparing
students to understand the impact of technology on business organizations
in a global environment. The M.B.A. program consists of a 48-credit
curriculum leading to a nonthesis, noncreative component master
of business administration. Students may pursue a specialization
in accounting, agribusiness, finance, human resource management,
information systems, manufacturing and quality or marketing.
The masters of accounting (M.Acc.) is a 32-hour degree. The program
requires 15 hours of graduate accounting courses, at least 9 hours
of nonaccounting graduate electives, a communications course and
an international course from an approved list, and a 2-hour creative
component. The M.Acc. is appropriate for any student wanting to
pursue a variety of accounting careers. Additionally, the program
is designed to help interested candidates meet the 150-hour education
requirement for CPA certification in Iowa.
The masters of science in information systems (M.S.I.S.)
is a 32 credit (minimum) curriculum designed around three inter-related
areas - Foundation, IS, and electives. All students are expected
to be familiar with basic computing skills before they enter the
program. The M.S.I.S. will educate students on applying IS theory
and concepts to modern IS development through classes that enable
them to learn and use the latest software in application projects.
Students graduating from the program will have advanced technical
and managerial skills to develop and manage information systems
The M.S. program, consisting of 30 minimum credits, is oriented
toward further business specialization at the master's level for
students with undergraduate degrees or academic backgrounds in business.
The program is intended to serve those students who desire specialized
study of an area within business. Students in the program must complete
a thesis. This program is also a suitable vehicle for students planning
to pursue a Ph.D. in business.
Double degree programs are offered with architecture (M.Arch./M.B.A.),
community and regional planning (M.B.A./M.C.R.P), and statistics
(M.B.A./M.S.-Statistics). Various departments in the College of
Business participate in the following graduate level interdepartmental
offerings: Industrial Relations (interdepartmental program), Information
Assurance (interdepartmental program) andTransportation (interdepartmental
major). The College of Business also offers a business administration
minor to students with majors outside the college.