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Bachelor of Science Degree in Business

General Policies

Admissions and Graduation Requirements

Effective Fall 2015, the requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Business program are completion of 52 credit hours, a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 and a minimum grade of C- in BUS-A 201, BUS-A 202, BUS-K 201, BUS-L 201, ECON-E 201, ECON-E 202, ECON-E 270, ENG-W 131, SPCH-S 121, PSY-P 103 and MATH-M 118 or MATH-M 133 and M 134. Further, for graduation, a minimum grade of C- and overall G.P.A. of 2.0 (C) is required for all courses.

Degree Requirements

Graduates of the School of Business undergraduate program must fulfill all of the general education requirements as passed by the Faculty Senate. These general education requirements are effective with the Fall 2015 admitted students and are found on this page. Students in the School of Business are responsible for planning their own programs and for meeting degree requirements. It is their responsibility to understand fully and to comply with all the provisions of the academic bulletin. However, they are strongly encouraged to meet with an undergraduate advisor to discuss their plan and standing in the program.

Degree Applications

Candidates for a degree are expected to meet proper deadlines for the filing of degree applications. Graduation dates at IU Kokomo occur in December, May, and August. Students planning to graduate in December must apply for their degrees by September 15. The application deadline for May and August graduations is January 15.

Credit Hour Requirement

The minimum number of credit hours required for the bachelor's degree is 120 in courses meeting the various requirements stated in the academic bulletin. Thirty of the last 45 credit hours must be taken at IU Kokomo, and at least 50 percent of business credits must be earned at Indiana University.

Credit Deadline

All credit for a degree, except that for the work of the current semester, must be on record at least one month prior to the conferring of the degrees.

Grade Point Average Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) is required for graduation. Grades of A+, A, A–, B+, B, B–, C+, C, C–, D+, D, D–, and F are included in the grade point average. Students may replace a grade by retaking a class (up to three classes totaling 9 credit hours) and filing the appropriate form. A grade of at least C- must be earned in all business and economics classes, and all general education requirements.

Academic Standing

Students who consistently maintain a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher in both their cumulative and semester records are considered to be in good standing.

Statute of Limitations

Students who are candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Business degree have the right to complete degree requirements specified by the academic bulletin in effect at the time they matriculated at Indiana University, provided (1) that the necessary courses are available, and (2) that no more than eight calendar years have elapsed since matriculation. In the event that courses are not available or more than eight years have elapsed, students must consult with a business advisor to update their programs to the academic bulletin currently in effect.

Junior College, Community College, and Correspondence Study Credits

The maximum number of credit hours allowed from a community or junior college is 64 unless otherwise approved in an articulation agreement. Online courses at the 300-400 level must be taken at an AACSB accredited school and be approved by the undergraduate advisor. Students seeking exceptions to the above policy must obtain the written approval of the dean of the School of Business. Thirty of the last 45 credit hours must be taken at IU Kokomo.

Transfer-Credit Policy

Students who transfer from approved colleges to pursue undergraduate study in the School of Business must take required courses if they have not had equivalent courses in the school from which they transferred. Courses in advanced business and economics subjects that are not open to IU Kokomo freshmen and sophomores, but that are taken in other institutions in the freshman and sophomore years, are not accepted as equivalents of Indiana University courses unless the student passes validation examinations in such subjects. Courses transferring in as 300- and 400-level business or economics courses must have been taken at an AACSB accredited school. Business and economics courses taken at other institutions more than ten years prior to the student’s acceptance into the school are not accepted as equivalents of Indiana University courses. Only grades earned at Indiana University count toward a student’s grade point average. Grades from other universities transfer as credits only, although transfer grades appear on the credit transfer report. The School of Business does not accept credit from educational programs of non-collegiate organizations. In some cases, the experience from these programs may qualify a student for a special credit examination.

Internships

if you are a junior or senior looking for a way to earn credit while getting practical experience in your field, an internship may be just what you want. In addition to looking great on a resume, internships often lead to full-time employment after graduation. For information, contact the School of Business advisors.

Procedures for internships:  Internships must be approved by a faculty member and the dean before you will be authorized to receive credit for the internship. You will be asked for a brief description of the work you will do, where it will be done, who will be supervising you on the job, and his/her endorsement. If the faculty member in your major approves the internship for credit, he/she will sign the form and forward it to the dean for approval. Forms may be obtained from faculty members or from the School of Business office. Approval must be obtained before the beginning of the semester for which you desire credit. 

Pass/Fail Option

School of Business students may elect to take one course per semester under the Pass/Fail option, with a maximum of two such courses each academic year. A student not electing a course during one of the regular semesters may elect one such course during the summer sessions. Students interested in taking a course under the Pass/Fail option must obtain a Pass/Fail form from the Office of the Registrar or the School of Business office, secure the signature of the dean, and return the form to the Office of the Registrar by the end of the fourth week of classes. A grade of Pass (P) is not counted in the cumulative grade point average but a grade of Fail (F) is. 

Courses taken to satisfy any business concentration or business course requirements may not be taken in this option. Only courses that satisfy general education electives may be taken under the Pass/Fail option. 

Requirements for a Second Bachelor's Degree

Holders of a bachelor's degree in areas other than business may seek a second bachelor's degree in business through the School of Business. The candidate will, of course, be exempted from any requirements already fulfilled in the first bachelor's degree. Normally, the holder of a bachelor's degree wanting to pursue further education is encouraged to seek admission to graduate study. In certain cases, however, a student may be admitted for a second bachelor's degree. When such admission is granted, the candidate must earn at least 30 additional credit hours in residence and meet the requirements of the School of Business and of the chosen concentration. Students who have been awarded the Bachelor of Science in Business at Indiana University may register as special students to meet the requirements of another concentration, but they cannot receive the same degree a second time.

Last updated: 12/11/2015