College of Business

Idaho State University offers a four-year undergraduate program of business administration and liberal arts subjects leading to the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. There are eight majors available—Accounting, Economics, Finance, General Business, Informatics, Management, Marketing, and Health Care Informatics. The ­College of Business also offers minors in Business Administration, Economics, Informatics, Marketing, and International Commerce. In addition, the Master of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy ­degrees are offered through the Graduate School. The B.B.A., M.B.A., M. Acc. and ­accounting programs are nationally accredited by AACSB, the International Association for Management Education.

Role and Mission

The College of Business, an integral part of Idaho State University, shares the role and mission of the university as established by the State Board of Education. Idaho State University’s business programs respond to current and emerging demands within the state and region and serve local and statewide constituencies, including students seeking traditional, nontraditional and continuing education. The College also serves public and private sector management education and economic development needs and ­engages in research consistent with its undergraduate and graduate programs and public service mission.

The primary mission of the College is to offer high quality professional business educational programs. Excellent undergraduate teaching and learning is a top priority. In addition, a quality M.B.A. program is a vital part of the educational mission. All areas of study appropriately emphasize the local, state, national, and international business environments. The College of Business delivers its educational programs on day and night schedules and at off-campus sites within the Idaho State University primary service area.

The research mission complements the instructional and public service missions. Research focuses on advancing understanding of theory and practice within the business disciplines, developing ways to teach business disciplines more effectively, and defining issues affecting ­economic ­development in the region and state.

The service mission of the College uses the expertise of its faculty and staff to enhance economic development. Public service ­programs focus on continuing education needs of business professionals and applied research and assistance needed by Idaho organizations.

In addition to its primary teaching, research, and service missions, the College of Business supports other programs within the university by providing courses and faculty support.

Undergraduate Curriculum Learning Goals

All business majors should have a solid foundation in each of the discipline areas (accounting, finance, information systems, management, and marketing), as well as be capable of solving open-ended business problems and effectively communicating and working as part of a team. Specifically, the College of Business students should be able to:

  • Apply key concepts from financial and managerial accounting in their chosen profession.
  • Solve open-ended problems using critical thinking skills appropriately.
  • Identify relevant financial data and apply decision-appropriate models.
  • Implement the “marketing concept” (a customer-oriented approach to assessing markets and creating market offerings).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the strategic management process.
  • Develop effective written business communications.
  • Prepare and deliver persuasive, professional presentations on a business issue.
  • Effectively use technology to find information and analyze data as part of a problem-solving process.
  • Appropriately apply organizational behavior concepts to allow them to work effectively in teams and as part of the larger organization.
  • Identify operations issues and apply appropriate business decisions.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for and basic understanding of the globally interdependent, culturally diverse nature of business today.
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning skills within a business context.

The College of Business faculty and departments engage in ongoing assessment activities to evaluate student learning and outcomes. The goal of the College is to prepare students to succeed and compete after completing their education. Assessment occurs in classes as part of assignments, projects and exams. Assessment is designed to help faculty insure student learning. Feedback from assessment is used to help redesign classes and class activities

Laptop Requirement

Undergraduate students in the College of Business are required to have a laptop computer that they can bring to class with them when they begin taking 3000–level courses. We recommend that you purchase your computer prior to taking MGT 2216 and ACCT 2201, but it is not strictly required for those courses. It is, however, required for INFO 3301 and all other 3000-level business courses. We recommend that the computer be capable of running the Windows version of MS Office.

Idaho Falls Programs

The Idaho State University College of Business offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in General Business, the Master of Accountancy (MACC)and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees in Idaho Falls. Students wishing to complete B.B.A. ­degrees with other majors must plan to complete major requirements (beyond General Education and College of Business core ­requirements) on the Pocatello campus.

The goal of the MACC program is to further develop students' professional knowledge, competency, skills and values for a career in accountancy with an emphasis on public accountancy. Advanced content and application in the graduate program is focused on enhancing students' technical competency, and critical thinking, interpersonal, communication, and judgment skills beyond that of an undergraduate program.

EITC/Idaho State University Program

Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC) and the College of Business cooperatively deliver an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Marketing and Management. The A.A.S. is offered by EITC and students interested in the program should consult the EITC catalog for a detailed listing of the requirements. The purpose of this program is to provide Idaho Falls area residents with a Business Associate degree that combines the immediate job skills of a technical program with the academic foundation needed for the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) ­degree. Students in this program must meet the general admission requirements of both EITC and Idaho State University.

The A.A.S. combines 32-36 credits of EITC business courses, 15-18 credits of Idaho State University Business and Economics courses, and 23-26 credits of General Education courses for a total Associate degree of 75 credits. Those completing this cooperative A.A.S. and who include MATH 1143 and MGT 2216 within their A.A.S. programs will need approximately 74­-77 credits to complete a B.B.A. in Finance, Management or ­Marketing from Idaho State University.

Those who have completed the EITC/Idaho State University Associate of Applied Science in Marketing and Management:

1. May be admitted to Business major status if they maintain a 2.25 or higher grade point average (GPA) in the program and a 2.25 GPA in these eight courses:

ENGL 1102Critical Reading and Writing3
COMM 1101Principles of Speech3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics3
ACCT 2202Principles of Accounting II3
MATH 1143College Algebra3
MGT 2216Business Statistics3
MGT 2261Legal Environment of Organizations3

2. Will be awarded 13 un-designated lower division Business credits towards the requirements of the B.B.A. upon ­admission to Business major status.

3. Will be waived from the ACCT 2201 requirement for the B.B.A. if they have earned a grade of  "C" or better in ACCT 2202. Specific credit for ACCT 2201 will, however, not be awarded.

Admission to Major Status

Students wishing to major in disciplines offered in the College of Business are first enrolled at Idaho State University as Pre-Business students. To move from Pre-Business status to ­Business major status, students must be formally admitted to the College of Business. ­Students begin the admission process by completing an application form and submitting it, together with an official copy of their transcript, to the office of the College of Business. The application process should occur during the semester in which the student will complete the following ­requirements:

  1. Complete at least 58 credit hours.
  2. Complete the remainder of the specific lower division requirements listed in the "Minimum Criteria for Admission" section below.

All College of Business majors are required to meet the minimum criteria listed below before they may enroll in upper division College of Business courses (those courses numbered 3000 and above). Pre-Business students enrolled in upper division College of Business courses without admission to Business major status will be administratively withdrawn. Pre-Business status remains in effect until the student meets the Business Major admission requirements.

Incoming freshmen or transfer students should plan their scheduled course work in order to complete the requirements for admission to Business major status. Information regarding Business major status along with application for admission are available from:

Undergraduate Programs Coordinator
College of Business
Phone: (208) 282-3448

Minimum Criteria for Admission to Business Major Status

Students must be officially admitted to Idaho State University. Students must successfully complete the following lower division courses or their equivalent. Successful completion means that students must have passed each course with a grade of C- or better and have a 2.25 grade point average among these required courses. Application may be made during the semester in which the student completes the remainder of these courses.

ACCT 2201Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2202Principles of Accounting II3
COMM 1101Principles of Speech (satisfies Goal 2)3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics (each of the 2 courses above satisfies Goal 11)3
ENGL 1102Critical Reading and Writing (satisfies Goal 1)3
MGT 2216Business Statistics3
MATH 1143College Algebra3
BA 1110The World of Business3
Total Hours27

Students must have completed 58 credit hours. The 58 hours may include transfer credits and courses the student is taking during the application semester. Students must submit to the office of the College of Business a completed application form.

Bachelor of Business Administration

B.B.A. Objective

The objective of Idaho State University’s Bachelor of Business Administration ­program is to assist students to take their places in business and society, domestic and worldwide. The program develops in students inquiring minds and critical ­thinking so they can analyze problems, implement courses of action, and function within an organization.

The College of Business offers major areas of study designed both to equip students for immediate entry into the professional world and to meet the challenges of our changing environment. The College delivers daytime and nighttime courses to meet the needs of both traditional and nontraditional students within the Idaho State University primary service area.

General Education Requirements

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Business Administration degree must complete 8 of the 9 University General Education Objectives, plus any other Objective courses required to bring the minimum credit total for Objective courses to 36 (see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Information section of the catalog). Note that certain Objectives may be met by specific College of Business requirements listed below: Objective 3 by MGT 2216; Objective 6 is partially satisfied by ECON 2201or ECON 2202. Both of the latter courses cannot be used to satisfy that Objective, but the second could be chosen as an elective Objective course.

Specific College of Business Graduation Requirements

Several of the specific graduation requirements listed below may also be used to satisfy General Education Requirements.

CMP 2201Business and Professional Communication3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics (partially satisfies Objective 6)3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics (partially satisfies Objective 6)3
ENGL 1102Critical Reading and Writing (satisfies Objective 1)3
ENGL 3307Professional and Technical Writing3
or
Business Communications
MATH 1143College Algebra 13
Total Hours18

 

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Successful completion of MATH 1147MATH 1160 or MATH 1170 will also fulfill this requirement.

Note: A minimum grade of C- (C Minus) or better is required to fulfill all College of Business Core Requirements, Major Requirements, and Specific Graduation Requirements. The C- or better requirement extends to satisfying prerequisites for all College of Business courses.

A minimum of 51 credits in courses not taught by the College of Business is required to graduate. The minimum total ­required to graduate is 120 credits.

 

 

Core Requirements
To assure a minimum level of competence in all functional areas of business, the College of Business requires each student to complete the following courses:

ACCT 2201Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2202Principles of Accounting II3
BA 1110The World of Business3
BA 2210Introduction to Professional Development I1
BA 3310Exploring Professional Development II1
BA 4410Implementing Professional Development III1
INFO 3301Introduction to Informatics and Analytics3
FIN 3315Corporate Financial Management3
MGT 2216Business Statistics3
MGT 2217Advanced Business Statistics3
MGT 2261Legal Environment of Organizations3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior 23
MGT 3345Critical Analysis and Creative Problem Solving3
MGT 3329Operations and Production Management3
MGT 4460Problems in Policy and Management3
MKTG 2225Basic Marketing Management 23
Total Hours42

2

HCA 3350 is the recommended substitute for MGT 3312 for students seeking the Major in Health Care Informatics.

HCA 4473 is the recommended substitute for MKTG 2225 for students seeking the Major in Health Care Informatics.

College of Business Residency Requirement

Of the last 50 credits applied to meet graduation requirements, 32 must be completed in residence at Idaho State University including adult learning centers. At least half of all business credits taken to meet degree requirements and half of the credits used to meet specific major requirements must be taken in Pocatello or Idaho Falls. No more than 16 credits of correspondence may be used to satisfy degree ­requirements.

Repeating Business Courses

No College of Business course may be repeated more than once, except by petition approved by the department chair. Students wishing to repeat a course more than once will begin the petition process by meeting with the instructor of the course to discuss potential remedies to past performance problems. If a student has a major outside the College of Business, the College of Business will confer with the student's department chair when making a decision regarding the petition.

Alternatives to MATH 1143 Requirement and Prerequisites

The requirement and prerequisite is met by the student who achieves any one of the following alternatives:

  • ACT Math score of 27 or greater
  • SAT Math score of 620 or greater
  • Compass College Algebra (MAPL 3) score of 51 or greater
  • Compass Trigonometry (MAPL 4) score of 51 or greater

 

Associate of Science in Business

To earn an Associate of Science in Business, a student must complete 71 total credits as listed below.

General Education Requirements

Students pursuing the Associate of Science in Business degree must complete the University General Education Requirements (8 of the 9 General Education Objectives, a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Information section of this catalog), some of which are satisfied by courses that are already a part of the College's requirements.

Business and Economics Core

ACCT 2201Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2202Principles of Accounting II3
BA 1110The World of Business3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics3
INFO 1101Digital Information Literacy3
MGT 2216Business Statistics3
MKTG 2225Basic Marketing Management3
Electives 16
Total Hours30

 

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Upper-level business courses may be used to meet this requirement.

 A student taking upper division Business classes must be admitted in a Business major OR be a non-Business major with junior standing who has completed General Education Objectives 1, 2, and 3 and four other Objectives.

 

Minor in Informatics

Students receiving degrees in all colleges may satisfy the requirements for a Informatics minor by completing the following courses. Students pursuing this minor should seek assignment of a minor advisor early in their program to complete a Program of Study Agreement.

Required Courses:

INFO 1181Informatics and Programming I3
or CS 1181 Computer Science and Programming I
INFO 1182Informatics and Programming II3
or CS 1182 Computer Science and Programming II
INFO 2285Software and Systems Architecture3
INFO 3307Systems Analysis and Design3
INFO 4407Database Design and Implementation3
Plus one additional 4000-level Informatics course3
Total Hours18

 

Minor in International Commerce

Most often chosen by majors in Finance, Management, or Marketing, the minor in International Commerce may be added to any Business major. Requirements are:

  1. Major in Business. To be successful in an international business enterprise, a baccalaureate degree holder must be able to contribute to one of the ­functional operations of the business. For this reason, the minor in International Commerce is limited to students obtaining a major in Business.
  2. Foreign Language Proficiency. Students must demonstrate a proficiency in a foreign language. This requirement could be met through:
    1. Completion of a second semester of intermediate level foreign language with a grade of C or better.
    2. Achieving a score on the appropriate language placement exam equivalent to a grade of C in second semester intermediate level language. International students whose primary ­language is not English would be exempt from this requirement.­ Credits in foreign language used to meet this requirement could also be used ­to meet General Education ­requirements.
  3. Courses to Develop Cultural Awareness. Nine credit hours must be taken in courses approved by the assistant dean that compare different cultures or examine the history, politics, social structures, or cultures of countries other than those of the student. Courses taken to meet this requirement may also be used to meet General Education ­requirements when appropriate.
  4. International Commerce Courses. Nine credit hours must be taken in international or comparative business or economics. Courses taken to meet this requirement may be used to meet major requirements when appropriate, but are in addition to FIN 3317 (Fundamentals of Investments) which is required of all Business majors. Approved courses include:
9 credit hours from the following:
ECON 4434International Trade3
ECON 4435International Finance3
FIN 4475International Corporate Finance3
MGT 4465International Business3
MKTG 4465International Marketing3

 

Minor in Business (for Non-Business Majors only)

The minor in Business augments the undergraduate education of non-business students by providing exposure to courses in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, and Computer Information Systems. The goal of the minor is to provide students the opportunity to learn basic business language, concepts, and tools that will assist them in pursuing careers in their major fields.

Admissions to the minor program is competitive. To apply, students must complete the application form available in the Business Undergraduate Advising Office prior to taking any minor courses. Eligibility requirements to enroll in the Business minor program are:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.25
  • Completion of General Education Objectives 1, 2, and 3 prior to enrolling in any business course
  • Sophomore standing or higher (at least 26 credit hours)
  • An intended major other than Business

In the event that enrollment in the program exceeds the available resources, student selection will be made by criteria determined by the College of Business.

Students receiving degrees in other colleges may satisfy the requirements for a minor in Business by completing the following courses (total 18 credits):

ACCT 3303Accounting Concepts3
BA 1110The World of Business3
INFO 3301Introduction to Informatics and Analytics3
FIN 3303Financial Concepts3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
MKTG 2225Basic Marketing Management3

 

Minor in Business Administration (for Non-Business Majors only)

The minor in Business Administration is geared toward students who seek a significant exposure to business or who plan to pursue an M.B.A. after graduation.
Students receiving degrees in other colleges may satisfy the requirements for a minor in Business Administration by successfully completing the following courses (total 33 credits):

ACCT 2201Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2202Principles of Accounting II3
INFO 3301Introduction to Informatics and Analytics3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics3
FIN 3315Corporate Financial Management3
MGT 2216Business Statistics3
MGT 2217Advanced Business Statistics3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
MGT 3329Operations and Production Management3
MKTG 2225Basic Marketing Management3
Total Hours33

 

Minor in Marketing (for Non-Business Majors only)

Students receiving degrees in other colleges may satisfy the requirements for a Marketing minor by completing the following courses (total 18 credit hours):

Required Courses6
Basic Marketing Management
Consumer Behavior
Marketing Electives6-12
Other Electives from student's major coursework related to Marketing0-6
Examples of courses which would qualify for a Sociology Major, for example, might be: 1
Population and Environment
The Community

 

1

The courses must be at 2000-level or higher. These electives must be approved prior to the completion of MKTG 2225 by the student's Marketing Advisor.

 


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Informatics

A certificate in Informatics is offered for those students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than INFO and want to improve their knowledge of information systems. To earn a certificate in INFO, a student must complete 33 total credit hours from the following list. At least twelve of those credits must be taken after the student has completed a bachelor's degree.

INFO 1181Informatics and Programming I3
or CS 1181 Computer Science and Programming I
INFO 1182Informatics and Programming II3
or CS 1182 Computer Science and Programming II
INFO 2285Software and Systems Architecture3
INFO 3301Introduction to Informatics and Analytics3
INFO 3307Systems Analysis and Design3
INFO 3380Networking and Virtualization3
INFO 4407Database Design and Implementation3
INFO 4411Intermediate Information Assurance3
INFO 4482Systems Development and Implementation Methodologies3
Students must take six hours of Business courses in any of the following areas:6
Accounting
Finance
Management
Total Hours33

At least three credits of Business elective courses must be taken as upper division coursework (3000 or 4000 level).

Students must receive a grade better than a C- in all coursework that applies to the certificate in INFO.

Students must meet with an advisor and complete a Program of Study Agreement prior to the second semester of coursework.


 

Dean

Thomas Ottoway, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Information Assurance

Corey Schou, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Joanne Tokle, Ph.D.