Undergraduate Admission, Degrees, Majors and Minors


  Undergraduate Degrees
Academic Majors
Academic Minors
Undergraduate Admission
Admission Requirements
Transfer Students
Assurance of Learning Goals and Objectives
General Requirements
Academic Dismissal
Other Degree Requirements

All degree programs in the College of Business are fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - AACSB International.

The undergraduate curriculum that leads to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration is composed of several segments: (1) broad general education in the arts, humanities and sciences; (2) the common body of knowledge for management responsibilities; and (3) majors specializing in Accounting, Finance, General Business, Management and Marketing. Through flexibility in its requirements, the College is able to satisfy the different interests and career objectives of students with diverse backgrounds.

This website shows the most recent version of the degree program requirements. 
However, this version of the program may not be relevant to students who entered USF Sarasota-Manatee in a previous year.  All students should always consult the catalog for the year they entered and consult with their advisors.




Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Business Administration.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration.

Academic Majors

Academic Minors

Note: Course equivalencies for MIS minor(ISM) and IT (CEN,CGS, COP, EEL courses).


Undergraduate Admission

The College is an upper-level, limited access college, which means that it has admission requirements in addition to those of the University in general. Students interested in pursuing a degree in the areas offered by the College of Business must complete the required prerequisites for entering the college in addition to other related criteria listed in 1-4 below.

Admission Requirements

1.     Students must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 60 semester hours of college credit earned.
  • Minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average on all college-level work and a minimum of 2.0 on all credit attempted at USF Sarasota- Manatee.
  • Completion of the following State Mandated Common Prerequisites (or equivalents) with a grade of C or higher in each course and an overall 2.0 GPA:
    ACG X021/ACG X022 Financial Accounting (or ACG X001 & ACG X011)
    ACG X071 Managerial Accounting (or X301)
    CGS X100 Computers in Business (or acceptable Substitute, i.e., CGS X100C,
    CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X531, CGS X000, MAN X812)
    ECO X013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECO X023 Principles of Microeconomics
    MAC X233 Elementary Calculus or MAC 2230
    STA X023 Introductory Statistics or QMB X100 or STA X122
  • In computing entry grade point average all business and economics courses taken for S or U grades will be converted to C or F, respectively.

2.    Students working toward meeting the limited-access admissions criteria will be permitted to enroll in all foundation courses in Business (2000 level).

3.    A minimum score of 550 on paper and pencil or 213 on computerized TOEFL is required, when applicable.

4.    Students must be admitted to the College of Business at least one term before their anticipated graduation date.


Transfer Students

Transfer credits will be accepted from regionally-accredited institutions; however, all hours earned may not be applied toward USF Sarasota-Manatee business degree requirements. Individual courses will be evaluated by an academic advisor and appropriately credited toward requirements in the student’s program at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Florida public institution students enrolled in an Associate in Arts (A.A.) program should normally complete the general education requirements and the State Mandated Common Prerequisites at the lower-level. As a rule, students transferring with an A.A. degree should avoid taking any business courses at the Florida College System institution that are listed as 3000 and 4000 level courses at USF Sarasota- Manatee. Normally, courses in finance, marketing, management, and accounting, as well as other business administration and economics courses, taken at the lower division level that are offered as upper division courses at USF Sarasota-Manatee will not be accepted for upper division credit in business administration or economics. In general, business courses taken at the lower level, at technical schools, or as part of professional or military training, are not applicable to the degree programs of the College of Business.


B.A./B.S. in Business Administration Assurance of Learning Goals and Objectives

I.    Global Competitive Environment – Explain the key factors in the domestic and global economic, political-legal, socio-cultural, and technological environment of business and be able to systematically analyze the multiple environments in which organizations operate and seek to gain competitive advantage.

  • International Issues – Understand the relevant international issues when operating in a global business environment.
  • Competitive Environment – Ability to effectively define and analyze the competitive environment.

II.    Ethical and Legal Responsibilities – Understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of organizations as they pursue economic goals and objectives. .

  • Legal and Social Environment – Understand the legal and social environment of business operations.

III.   Strategic Management and Planning – Effective management and planning with a customer and market focus.

  • Management Principles – Understand the basic theories, concepts, and effective behavioral practices that form the foundation of modern management thought and demonstrate the ability to apply key management concepts.
  • Marketing Value – Understand the role of marketing in the creation of value for internal and external stakeholders through decisions related to the marketing mix, as well as such key concepts as relationship marketing, marketing segmentation and targeting, and market planning.
  • Strategic Integration – Ability to use strategic management techniques in the integration and application of business tools and concepts in a problem-solving environment.

IV.   Business Concepts – Understand key financial, economic, and accounting concepts.

  • Principles of Finance – Understand the processes, decision structures and institutional arrangements related to the use and acquisition of funds by a firm in a competitive environment.
  • Economic Concepts – Understand the workings of modern market economies. Know the components of the macro economy and understand the relationships between aggregate economic activity and monetary and fiscal policy. Demonstrate familiarity with basic economic terminology and an understanding of marginal analysis, supply and demand analysis, consumer behavior, production and cost theory, and profit maximization under a variety of market structures.
  • Principles of Financial and Managerial Accounting – Understand the basic concepts and theories underlying general-purpose financial statements including recognition of what information is presented in each of the three basic financial statements. Understand the accountant's role in assisting management in the planning and controlling of business activities.

V. Data-Driven Decisions – Explain how financial, statistical, and other quantitative data can be used to analyze strategic and operating performance and serve as the basis for management decisions.

  • Quantitative Analysis – Understand the application of statistics to data analysis and decision making in the business environment.
  • Information Systems – Understand the concepts, structures and process involved in the management of information systems and technologies and the role of information systems in supporting managerial decision-making.
  • Critical Thinking – Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical abilities, including the ability to engage in inductive, deductive, and quantitative reasoning, and to construct sound arguments.

VI. Communication – Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Oral Communication – Effective presentation skills in content, organization, and delivery.
  • Written Communication – Write business documents with clear focus, organization, and mechanical correctness.


General Requirements

Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 semester hours. Of the minimum 120, at least 60 hours must be business courses (except Elder Care management and Business Technical Writing Concentrations), and a minimum of 54 hours must be non-business courses (i.e., all courses not normally offered in the College of Business). Additional electives may be required to reach a minimum of 120 hours and can be either business or non-business.

As a part of the 120-hour requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree, the following criteria apply.


A minimum grade-point average of 2.0 must be achieved in the following areas:

  • The major and minor fields
  • College foundation courses
  • All USF Sarasota-Manatee coursework
  • Overall GPA (USF Sarasota-Manatee and all transfer work)

Gordon Rule

Students must have satisfactorily completed the writing and computation course requirements of BOG 6.017 (“Gordon Rule”).

Foreign Language
For a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must demonstrate competency in a foreign language (refer to the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog). The College of Business does not approve American Sign Language for the Foreign Language Exit Requirement. For a Bachelor of Science degree, students can use two semesters of American Sign Language or two years (of the same foreign language) of successful completion of High School foreign language.

College of Business residency requirements for graduation exceed the minimum requirements established for the USF System. (Students are required to complete satisfactorily at USF Sarasota- Manatee a minimum of 50 percent (30-33 semester hours depending on major) of required business courses, including 12-18 semester hours in the major field.) Normally, independent study and independent research courses do not fulfill this requirement.

International Course Requirement
All business students are required to select at least one course that deals with contemporary international topics. This course can be included in the business, non-business, or elective category. Consult with a business advisor for approved courses.

No S/U courses in major or minor
All courses in the major or minor field and all foundation coursework in business must be taken on a graded basis; the S/U option is not available.


Academic Dismissal

Students who have been dismissed once from the University for academic reasons will not be readmitted to the College of Business.


Other Degree Requirements

Speech/Writing Requirements for Business Majors
SPC 2608 Public Speaking or
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions
ENC 3250 Professional Writing or
ENC 3310 Expository Writing or equivalent

Total 6

Business Courses (60-66 credit hours minimum)
Foundation Courses
in business require a minimum grade of C in each foundation course with an overall 2.0 GPA.
ACG 2021 Principles of Financial Accounting
ACG 2071 Principles of Managerial Accounting
ECO 2013 Economic Principles: Macroeconomics
ECO 2023 Economic Principles: Microeconomics
QMB 2100 Business & Economic Statistics I or STA 2122
BUL 3320 Law and Business I
FIN 3403 Principles of Finance
ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations
QMB 3200 Business & Economic Statistics II
MAN 3025 Principles of Management
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing
GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making
Total 36

Major requirements
(specific courses for each major are listed in the “Departments and Programs” section below.) 18-24
Business Electives  
FIN/MKT/MAN majors only 3
Minimum Business Credits 60-66

Electives in Business or Non-Business

Sufficient elective courses to reach a minimum of 120 hours (ranges from 0-6 credit hours if above requirements are met)

Minimum total hours