College of Business

Mission Statement

The College of Business creates a dynamic learning environment for a diverse student population with a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experience, to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become productive contributors to the global business environment.


The College of Business offers a baccalaureate program leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with majors in Accounting, Finance, General Business, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. The College offers BS degrees in Applied Science (Business Administration concentration), Computer Information Systems, and Economics. The College also offers the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degrees in Business and in Information Technology.

The COB academic program is organized into the following departments:

Other Information


Tarleton State University, through its College of Business, is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program (ACBSP), for offering the following degree programs:

  1. At the graduate level, the Master of Accounting (MAcc), the Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MS-HRM), the Master of Science in Information Systems (MS-IS), and the Master of Science in Management (MS-M).
  2. At the undergraduate level, the BAAS in Business and Information Technology, BS in Applied Science, Computer Information Systems, and Economics, and all BBA degrees.

The College of Business is also a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), currently pursuing accreditation.

General Requirements of the BBA/BS/BAAS Degrees

Please consult the section on Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree for general information on general education requirements and other requirements for Tarleton’s undergraduate degree programs. All course work within College of Business (COB) baccalaureate programs can be placed into one of four categories:

  1. University Core Requirements - Courses required of all baccalaureate degree programs throughout the university.
  2. Common Business Core - A set of courses aimed at building a common core of business knowledge in business students.  The depth of business knowledge may differ by degree type (e.g. BAAS, BBA, BS, or BSAS), and even somewhat by major.
  3. Major Specific Courses - A set of courses which build competencies unique to the discipline described by the major.
  4. Electives - A set of courses filling an interest of the student.

All courses categorized as either Common Business Core or Major Specific Courses must be passed with a C or better for them to count toward the degree, or to be used as a listed prerequisite in the baccalaureate program. In addition, students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or better for all upper-level work counted toward their degree.

BBA Common Business Core

Most of the baccalaureate degree programs are categorized as a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. The following courses are the basis of the BBA Common Business Core (although some programs are more restrictive with their optional courses - consult individual programs for details). Each of these courses must be passed with a C or better to count toward a BBA degree and/or to serve as a prerequisite for another course within the BBA degree.

BCIS 1305Business Computer Applications3
BUSI 1301Business Principles3
Select one of the following:3-4
Plane Trigonometry
Math for Business & Social Sciences I (Finite Mathematics) 1
Math for Business & Social Sciences II (Business Calculus)
Precalculus Math 1
Calculus I 1
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I-Financial3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II-Managerial3
BUSI 2301Business Law I3
BUSI 2311Business Statistics3
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics 13
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
BUSI 3312 [WI] Business Communication3
FINC 3301Principles of Financial Management3
MGMT 3300Principles of Management3
MKTG 3312Marketing3
BCIS 4350Management Information Systems3
One of the following as determined by discipline:3
Global Information Systems
Introduction to International Business
International Economics
International Financial Management
BUSI 4359 [WI] Business Strategy3
Total Hours48-49

A student who counts this course toward university general education requirements must complete an additional 3 hours of electives.

Academic Appeals Process

In accordance with Tarleton State University policy, the College of Business hereby adopts the following as its procedure for academic appeals.

Each student encountering a grievance, academic in nature, follow the procedures for filing an academic appeal found in the following policy:

Dr. Chris Shao, Dean
College of Business
Business Building, Room 173
Box T-0200
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9350