What is changing in the Business Core for fall 2020?

For all students admitted to Tippie for fall 2020 or later, the following courses form the Business Core:

Prerequisites

Course Number Course Name Change for Fall 2020
RHET:1030 Rhetoric Previously not a prerequisite
MATH:1350 Quantitative Reasoning for Business New course, replacing MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business No change
ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics No change
BAIS:1500 Business Computing Essentials Previously part of Core Part I

Business Core Part I

Course Number Course Name Change for Fall 2020
ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting Previously a prerequisite
ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics No change

Business Core Part II

Course Number Course Name Change for Fall 2020
ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting Previously part of Core Part I
BUS:2200 Foundations for Success in Business New course, required for all students admitted Fall 2020 or later
MGMT:2000 Introduction to Law No change
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management No change
BAIS:2800 Foundations of Business Analytics No change
BAIS:3005 Information Systems 2-hour course for 8 weeks
BAIS:3000 Operations Management 2-hour course for 8 weeks; 60-hour requirement removed
FIN:3000 Introductory Financial Management 60-hour requirement removed
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 60-hour requirement removed
BUS:3000 Business Communication and Protocol No change

What is the Business Core?

The Business Core is the collection of business courses that all students must take to complete the BBA degree at Tippie. Together with the required rhetoric, math, and statistics courses, these business courses form a foundation of learning across the major business disciplines. The Business Core is the largest component of the BBA degree, requiring 51 semester hours for most students.

At Tippie, the Business Core is divided into three sections:

  1. Prerequisites: courses required for all students and required for standard admission for non-Tippie students
  2. Business Core Part I: courses required to declare a Tippie major
  3. Business Core Part II: courses required prior to graduation

Why were these changes made?

The changes to the Business Core that appear in fall 2020 reflect a number of decisions made with the overarching goal of updating our curriculum to best prepare students for their upper-level coursework and post-graduation opportunities.

Some changes were made following an analysis of the correlation between performance in the business core courses and later performance in the Tippie major.  You will see a new course, MATH:1350 Quantitative Reasoning for Business, which replaces MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business.  This newly designed course combines elements of pre-calculus and calculus, providing Tippie students with a quantitative foundation that is appropriate for later coursework.

Other changes were made to reflect priorities in our Collegiate strategic plan, particularly strengthening students’ communication skills and improving students’ career readiness.  As such, you will now see RHET:1030 Rhetoric included as a prerequisite for admission to Tippie.  You will also see a new course, BUS:2200 Foundations for Success in Business, in the business core.  This course builds career readiness skills and is intended to be taken prior to the major-level Professional Preparation course.

When do the changes go into effect?

The changes go into effect on the first day of the fall 2020 semester.

Who is impacted by the changes?

Students admitted to Tippie for the fall 2020 semester will be held to the Business Core requirements.  These requirements will appear on all degree audits for students admitted for the fall 2020 semester or later.

Students admitted to Tippie prior to the fall 2020 semester will be held to the Business Core requirements in place at the time of their admission to Tippie.

There is one significant exception to this: Starting on the first day of fall 2020, advisors in Tippie will refer to the new Business Core requirements for determining whether any admitted student’s Tippie major can be declared.  This should enable many students to declare majors earlier. ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting has been moved from Business Core Part I (required to declare a major) into Business Core Part II (required to graduate).

How can I tell which Business Core courses I must take?

Your Pre-Business, Direct Admit, Standard Admit, or BBA major degree audit will show you the accurate list of Business Core courses that you must complete. You can access your degree audit from MyUI.

Do these changes affect when I can declare my Tippie major?

Yes, and this change applies to all students, not just students admitted in fall 2020 or later.

Starting on the first day of fall 2020, advisors in Tippie will refer to the new Business Core requirements for determining whether any admitted student’s Tippie major can be declared. This should enable many students to declare majors earlier. ACCT:2200 Managerial Accounting has been moved from Business Core Part I (required to declare a major) into Business Core Part II (required to graduate).

What courses are required to declare a major under the new rules?

Under the new rules, the following courses must be completed or in progress after the drop deadline in order to declare a Tippie major (please note that Accounting has additional requirements):

  • RHET:1030 Rhetoric
  • MATH:1380 Calculus & Matrix Algebra for Business or (for admits in fall 2020 or later) MATH:1350 Quantitative Reasoning for Business
  • STAT:1030 Statistics for Business
  • BAIS:1500 Business Computing Essentials
  • ECON:1100 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON:1200 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting

I was admitted to Tippie prior to fall 2020 and have not yet taken Calc. Do I need to take it?

Yes. If you were admitted to Tippie prior to fall 2020, then you are held to the Business Core requirements in place at the time of your admission, which includes MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business or a higher Calculus course.

I was admitted to Tippie prior to fall 2020. Am I required to take BUS:2200 Foundations for Success in Business?

No. The requirement to complete BUS:2200 Foundations for Success in Business will apply to all students admitted to Tippie for the fall 2020 semester or later. However, we do encourage all other students to take the course as a business elective credit. The course builds your professional skills and helps with career readiness. It is designed as a bridge between first-year courses and each major’s Professional Preparation course.

I see that BAIS:3000 Operations Management and BAIS:3005 Information Systems are now 8-week courses for 2 semester hours each. Why was that change made?

Please see our separate FAQ page for more information about the changes to these two BAIS courses.