The College of Business Administration (CBA)


Dean - Bruce May

Interim Associate Dean – Glenn Knowles

Assistant to the Dean - Amelia Dittman

Wimberly Hall; 608.785.8090






Information Systems



Small Business Development Center


Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science

Master of Business Administration


Majors and Minors

The following majors and minors are available:



Bachelor of Science (B.S.)





Business Administration (not open to business majors)









Finance with Risk, Insurance & Financial Planning Concentration




Information Systems



International Business












The College of Business Administration provides an educational experience that fosters the professional, academic and personal development of its students, staff and faculty. Our learning environment centers on a commitment to quality teaching and learning, substantial student-faculty interaction, and global engagement. Faculty, administration and students will engage in scholarly activity, provide service to the university and broader community and exhibit high integrity and ethics in the conduct of our own work and in our curriculum.


CBA Objectives

The CBA provides education, service, and support as a critical link in the development of students and business.


The CBA strives to be the business school of choice for students in the region and provides business education opportunities for students from across the state, the country, and the world.


The CBA expects excellence in its teaching, scholarship, and service endeavors. Our perspective is global with regard to student preparation and service to businesses.


The CBA is committed to its students’ and faculty’s improvement of self, industry, and society. To that end, the CBA develops and maintains opportunities for faculty and student development in learning, leadership, and service.


The CBA’s principal focus is on student learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our teaching, scholarship, and program development is directed by the need to provide well-trained candidates for positions of responsibility in local, state, national, and international organizations.


The CBA develops students’ understanding of the ethical aspects of modern, global business activities. We will actively engage students with opportunities for learning through internships, student- directed research, and service involvement.


The CBA is dedicated to providing business education in which students become life-long learners whose continual advancement as business and community leaders and personal growth lead to ongoing improvement in their quality of life. 


Adviser Assignment

Students are assigned to faculty advisers in their declared major area. Advisers help students develop programs, plan schedules, discuss major and career choices and refer for assistance in the case of academic difficulties. Students are required to meet with their faculty adviser at least once a semester.


The final responsibility for selecting courses and meeting graduation requirements rests with the student. Students should review course prerequisites by checking course descriptions in the appropriate listings of this catalog and consult with their faculty adviser and/or seek assistance from the dean’s office. Click here for more program advising.


Core/Major Requirements

All students enrolled in any program within the college must complete 15 business core listed and all requirements for the major (see department listings). Courses numbered at the 100 and 200 level are considered pre-business courses.



ECO    110 Microeconomics and Public Policy (3 credits)

ECO    120 Global Macroeconomics (3 credits)

BUS    205 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3 credits)

ACC    221 Accounting Principles I (3 credits)

ACC    222 Accounting Principles II (3 credits)

IS      220 Information Systems for Business Management (3 credits)                              

BUS    230 Business and Economics Research and Communications (3 credits)

ENG    110 College Writing I (3 credits)


ENG    112 College Writing AP (3 credits)

MGT    308 Behavior & Theory in Organizations (3 credits)

MKT    309 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)

FIN     355 Principles of Financial Management (3 credits)

MGT    393 Production and Operations Management (3 credits)

MGT    449 Administrative Policy Determination (3 credits)

MTH    145 Elementary Statistics (4 credits)

MTH    175 Applied Calculus (4 credits)


MTH    207 Calculus I (5 credits)


Admission to the Business Program

Students who desire to major in business must be admitted to the business program in order to register for the professional, advanced-level (300-400 numbers) courses offered by the college. An application for admission to the business program must be completed and approved by the dean prior to the semester the student plans to enroll in upper division College of Business Administration course work.


Admission Requirements

1. “C” grades or higher earned (or in progress) in: ACC 221, 222; ECO 110, 120; BUS 205.

2. 54 credits or higher earned (or in progress).

3. Three of the following core courses completed (or in progress):

     BUS 230

     ENG 110 or 112

     IS 220

     MTH 145

     MTH 175 (or MTH 207)

Any remaining pre-business courses not taken prior to admission should be completed during the first semester after admission to the program.

4. Earn a 2.50 cumulative grade point at time of application. This includes courses taken at UW-La Crosse and elsewhere.


Application forms for admission to the business program are obtained from the dean’s office in Wimberly Hall, and may be submitted for either fall or spring semesters. Applications are due by mid-semester. Late applications may not be accepted. To avoid scheduling problems, pre-business students should work closely with their faculty advisers in order to complete the pre-business program within their freshman and sophomore years at UW-L. Students who undertake their freshman and sophomore years of study at another university should familiarize themselves with the college’s business requirements and the university’s General Education program, and plan their program of study accordingly.


A guide for sequencing business core requirements is as follows:


Freshman Year

*   MTH 145 Elementary Statistics

*   MTH 175  (or 207) Applied Calculus

*   ECO  110  Microeconomics and Public Policy

*   ECO  120  Global Macroeconomics

*   ENG  110  (or 112) College Writing I

Sophomore Year

** ACC   221  Accounting Principles I

     ACC   222  Accounting Principles II

     BUS   205  The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

     IS     220  Information Systems for Business Management

     BUS   230  Business and Economics Research and Communication


Admission to the business program is required prior to enrollment in the junior/senior level business courses.


*These courses also will fulfill general education requirements.

**Accountancy majors may complete in freshman year.


Junior Year

     MGT   308  Behavior and Theory in Organizations

     MGT   393  Production and Operations Management

     MKT   309  Principles of Marketing

     FIN    355  Principles of Financial Management


Students also will complete their business major requirements during their junior and senior years.


Senior Year

      MGT  449  Administrative Policy Determination taken final semester; requires completion of all other core requirements


Second Major in College of Business Administration

Business students may complete a second business major by completing all courses required for the second major as described in the catalog. With the exception of economics, students may not use the same courses to fulfill both majors.


Business students seeking a second major or minor in liberal studies and science areas may do so by completing all requirements of the major or minor they elect, as stated in the catalog. Double counting courses in both majors, as appropriate, is allowed.



Scholarships are available to students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and have achieved scholastic excellence in the College of Business Administration program. Information may be obtained from the UW-La Crosse Foundation Office in the Cleary Alumni and Friends Center or on the Web at



Students may elect to take up to 15 College of Business Administration internship credits upon receiving approval of the department chair and dean; however, a maximum of six will be counted toward the 120 credits required for graduation. Internship credits may be applied toward fulfilling major requirements.


To be eligible for a College of Business Administration internship, a student must have a cumulative grade point of 2.50 or above and have completed the following: ACC 221, 222; BUS 205, 230; ECO 110, 120; FIN 355; IS 220; MGT 308; MKT 309.


Requirements for Graduation

Students seeking to graduate from the College of Business Administration must:

  1. Fulfill the university’s General Education requirements.

  2. Achieve a minimum 2.00 grade point average in the business core and the business major. Students majoring in accountancy must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 in the core and in their major.

  3. Fulfill all other university general requirements.

  4. Complete at least 50% of the business course requirements (core and major) in residence at UW-L.

All CBA students are expected to confirm their degree completion with the dean’s office before the start of their final semester.