2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

The College of Business

Dr. Barbara Wheeling, Dean
McD 300, (406) 657-2326

Undergraduate Degree and Options

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) major in Business Administration with options in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Online General Business (including a track in Fire Science)

Minors:  Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Information Systems, and Marketing.

Teaching Minor:  Economics

Vision Statement

We are committed to access and excellence as we strive to be recognized as a premier College of Business in the region.

Mission Statement

We are a public, comprehensive, regional university dedicated to developing business professionals by offering a quality undergraduate business administration degree that integrates theory and practical experience.  We value excellent instruction and emphasize student educational growth through close interactions between students and faculty.  We emphasize basic business disciplines and focus on developing competencies in (1) communication, (2) critical and creative thinking, (3) quantitative skills, and (4) the effective use of information technology.  We foster (5) understanding of ethical practices and (6) the significance of globalization to enable our students to compete regionally and nationally in a dynamic, global environment.

Our faculty engage in a range of scholarship that emphasizes management practice and also contributes to pedagogy and the development of business disciplines.  Further, our faculty is committed to service that supports the university and strengthens the bond of the university with the community.

AACSB Accreditation

The College of Business is now one of only 600 universities worldwide that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  This means that Montana State University Billings offers an undergraduate degree in the same league as institutions such as the University of Colorado, Michigan State University, the University of Montana, and Montana State University.  This accomplishment is even more impressive since MSUB is one of fewer than 8% of accredited undergraduate business schools.

Career Preparation

The development of management and administrative personnel for business, government, and other organizations is the primary goal of the business administration degree.  Business programs at MSU Billings provide a foundation of study in the arts and sciences combined with professional business training preparing graduates for numerous career paths and leadership roles in business.

Development of the student’s knowledge of the traditional and functional areas of business, the behavioral and social sciences, the management sciences, and the systems approach to problem solving, is of key importance to these programs.  Integrated throughout this part of the program is an emphasis on developing the ability to make effective operational and administrative decisions.

Additionally, intensive study in a chosen area of concentration provides the student with the in-depth experience necessary for an understanding of the global economic and social systems and their relationships to the individual and the organization.

Each program is designed to provide the undergraduate student with the background to effectively participate in business, industry, government, education, and other organizations and institutions which require a high degree of management and administrative competence.  The programs also provide the basic undergraduate education required for admission to graduate study in professional fields such as management, law, urban planning, health administration, etc.  An advisor will assist students with information about business degrees and degree planning.

Advising Information

All new, transfer and readmitted students are encouraged to visit the Advising Center on McMullen Hall first floor west to meet with an academic advisor.  New students will receive information regarding General Education requirements and advising worksheets related to their major and minor programs.  Transfer and readmitted students will work with an advisor to complete a transcript evaluation and select courses for the upcoming semester.

Beginning at the sophomore level, students who have declared business as their major are assigned a COB faculty advisor, based on their option.  The faculty advisor is available to assist with the selection of courses, clarify course and degree requirements, monitor student progress toward degree completion, and provide other general academic assistance, including information about career opportunities.

Students are ultimately responsible for meeting regularly with an advisor and for successfully completing degree requirements.

Student Services Office

Business majors and other students taking business courses utilize the Student Services Office (McD 304 & 304B, 657-2812) to obtain information and assistance on College of Business courses, programs, registration, and support services.

Coordination of Internships

Internships provide COB students with the opportunity to gain valuable business work experience as it relates to their option.  The COB Internship coordinator, together with the University Cooperative Education specialist, work with students to ensure a quality educational experience.  Specific information about applying for an internship is available at the cooperative education web site.

Assessment Testing

All first-time students and transfer students who have not completed their general education requirements in English or Mathematics must take the COMPASS Placement test. Results of the COMPASS Placement tests along with ACT and/or SAT scores are used to place students into the most appropriate Math and English courses.  The Compass Placement tests are administered during Student Orientation.  For further information, contact the Advising Center (406-657-2240 or 406-247-3020).

All College of Business students are required to pass a comprehensive test in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Grade Requirements in Required Business Core, Pre-Admission, and Option Courses

All courses counting toward fulfillment of Required Business Core, Pre-Admission and Option Requirements must be a grade of “C-” or better.

Student Help Lab

A student help lab is available to assist students in lower level accounting courses, BGEN 235 Business Law, as well as BGEN 315 Applied Business Decisions.  The lab is open approximately 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and is located in the College of Business in McD 213.  The lab is coordinated by the Academic Support Center and is staffed by upper-level business students and graduates.  Solution manuals are available for students to check their homework.  Students receive one-on-one help with homework and course topics.

Support Services

Campus-wide academic support services are available at the Academic Support Center in the Student Union Building.  These services include a learning lab, English, math and tutoring services.  More information is available at their web site www.msubillings.edu/asc.

College of Business Committees

Students are actively involved in the policy making and governance of the College of Business.  Many College committees have a combined student and faculty membership, and there are numerous opportunities for student involvement.

Business Advisory Board

The College of Business has a Business Advisory Board that meets semiannually to provide counsel and guidance to faculty and administration of the College.

Specific functions of the Board include assisting the College to:  prepare and update strategic plans, provide professional development activities for faculty, increase the effectiveness of student placement activities, and keep COB programs attuned to the needs of the business community.

Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board works directly with the Department Chair and the Dean on student and college matters.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to participate in and contribute to the College.

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