2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

BBA Core Curriculum Requirements

Components of the BBA degree

The BBA program in the Neeley School of Business comprises four blocks of coursework.

TCU Requirements for Bachelor of Business Administration

Core Curriculum
39-63 hours
Business Core Curriculum
38 hours
Major Course Requirements
21-27 hours
Free Elective Courses
Hours will vary depending on major(s).

Of the four blocks of coursework, the core curriculum and the business core are required of all business students regardless of their major. The major course requirements and the number of free electives vary, depending on choice of major(s).

A. Core Curriculum Requirements

Students seeking the Bachelor of Business Administration degree must fulfill all of the core curriculum requirements listed below.

1. Essential Competencies: 18 semester hours

  • Written Communication: 6 hours (ENGL 10803, ENGL 20803)
  • Mathematical Reasoning: 3 hours (MATH 10283 or MATH 10524)*
  • *Credit is not allowed for both MATH 10283 and MATH 10524
  • Oral Communication: 3 hours
  • Writing Emphasis: 6 hours (3 hours must be in the major)

2. Human Experiences and Endeavors

27 semester hours; courses in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences must be satisfied in at least two different areas (as defined by course prefixes).

  • Humanities: 9 hours
  • Social Sciences: 9 hours to include macroeconomics and microeconomics
  • Natural Sciences: 6 hours
  • Fine Arts: 3 hours

3. Heritage, Mission Vision and Values

3 semester hours in each category; approved courses from the experiences and endeavors core, the major and the minor may also satisfy requirements.

  • Religious Traditions
  • Historical Traditions
  • Literary Traditions
  • Cultural Awareness (must be taken at TCU)
  • Global Awareness (must be taken at TCU)
  • Citizenship and Social Values (must be taken at TCU)

With the exception of the lower-division sequence requirements, students are not expected to complete one entire block of courses prior to proceeding to the next block. Instead, the courses are woven into an integrated sequence of learning steps.

B. Lower-Division Sequence Requirements

31 semester hours; these courses must be completed the semester in which the student submits his/her application for admission to the Neeley School and before beginning upper-division business core courses (30000 level or above, except MARK 30153 and INSC 30313).

Lower-Division Sequence Requirements

Freshman Year required courses:

BUSI 10153Business in Society


BUSI 10151Business Skills Development


ENGL 10803Introductory Composition: Writing as Inquiry


ECON 10223Introductory Microeconomics


ECON 10233Introductory Macroeconomics


MATH 10283Applied Calculus



MATH 10524Calculus I


Sophomore Year required courses

ENGL 20803Intermediate Composition: Writing Argument


INSC 20263Business Information Systems


MANA 20153Legal and Social Environment of Business


ACCT 20353Fundamentals of Accounting


INSC 20153Statistical Analysis


Credit will not be awarded for both MATH 10283 and MATH 10524.

Students must complete Microsoft Office Basic Excel Exam before they are eligible to enroll in INSC 20153.

Attainment of a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the lower-division sequence requirements courses, with at least a "C" average in two English composition courses.

Attainment of a TCU cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to be competitive in the Neeley admission process

C. Upper-Division Business Core Courses

30000-level or above (except MARK 30153 and INSC 30313) courses are interwoven with the major courses throughout the student's junior and senior years. Business students complete MANA 40153 during the last two semesters.

Upper-Division Business Sequence Requirements

BUSI 30383Responsible Global Business Perspectives


MANA 30153Organizational Management


MARK 30153Marketing Management


FINA 30153Financial Management


INSC 30313Supply Chain Management


INSC 30801Business Applications in Excel


ACCT 40163Accounting for Decision Making & Control


ACCT 30153Financial Reporting I


MANA 40153Strategic Management


ACCT 40163: for BIS, SVCM, MARK and MANA majors

ACCT 30153 will satisfy core requirements for ACCT, FINA and Finance Real Estate Majors.

MANA 40153 must be taken after completion of all other upper-division core courses. (Students may enroll in MANA 40153 concurrently with only one other upper-division core course by permission of the Department of Management.)

Students must complete a tentative plan for graduation to be filed with appropriate forms in the Neeley Academic Advising Center, preferably by the second semester junior year.

D. Major Course Requirements: 21-27 semester hours

  1. Each major in the Neeley School has a different set of major course requirements. These are described in detail in the Neeley School major programs section.
  2. Students must take 6 hours of writing emphasis courses in their major, with the exception of finance majors, who require 9 hours. Writing emphasis courses are designated in the Neeley School of Business major programs section.

E. Free Electives

Credits hours will vary depending on choice of major(s). See an academic adviser in the Neeley Academic Advising Center for more information, particularly if selecting more than one major or a major and an emphasis or minor.