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Accounting

Degree Type: B.A., B.S.
CIP Code 52.0301
Major Code ACC
Department Code ACC
Degree Website usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/undergraduate/accounting/

The objective of the baccalaureate degree program in accountancy is to provide students with accounting and business knowledge that will serve as a basis for careers in industry, government, non-profit organizations and public accountancy.

The baccalaureate program also prepares students for entry into a Masters professional degree program.

The State of Florida, like most states, requires 150 credit hours of education in order to apply for CPA licensure. Questions concerning the CPA examination should be directed to the Florida Board of Accountancy.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The curriculum for the Accounting Major develops the ability to do the following:

  • The ability to understand and apply generally accepted accounting principles to the measurement and reporting of income and financial position for business enterprises.
  • The ability to understand and apply the basic concepts of gross income, taxable income, allowable deductions, tax credits, and asset basis as they relate to individual income taxation embodied in the United States income tax system.
  • An understanding of the principles and operation of well-controlled information systems in a variety of technological environments with added emphasis on the collection, processing, and reporting of accounting information.
  • The ability to develop information and processes to enable managers to estimate the costs of products and services the firm provides, to make routine and strategic resource allocation decisions, and to evaluate the performance of individuals and organizations.
  • An understanding of the independent financial statement auditing function and the professional responsibilities of external auditors and their public accounting firms.
  • Critical thinking and analytical abilities, including the ability to analyze cases, identifying and addressing the relevant issues with critical analysis.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, including the ability to prepare a well-structured recommendation in writing with supported conclusions and recommendations.

Prerequisites

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

Students must complete the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of C or higher in each course and an overall 2.00 GPA.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offerings
Course Number  Course Number Credit Hours
ACG X021 or ACG X022 or ACG X001 and ACG X011 ACG 2021 3
ACG X071 or ACG X301 ACG 2071 3
CGS X100C, CGS X100, CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X060, CGS X531, CGS X000, ISM X000, or CGS X518 CGS 2100 3
ECO X013 ECO 2013 3
ECO X023 ECO 2023 3
MAC X233 or MAC X230 MAC 2233 3
STA X023, STA X122,  or QMB X100 STA 2023 3

Required Communication Courses (6 credits)

Students must complete SPC 2608 (3 credits) and must take one of the following three (3) credit courses: COM 3110 or ENC 3250.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
SPC 2608 Public Speaking 3 None SMEL
and
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions None
or
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122

Business Foundation Required Courses (21 credit hours)

Foundation Courses in business require a minimum grade of C in each foundation course with an overall 2.00 GPA.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BUL 3320 Law and Business I 3 None
FIN 3403 Principles of Finance 3 PR: ACG 2071, ECO 2013, ECO 2023
ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations 3 PR: CGS 2100 or equivalent
QMB 3200 Business and Economic Statistics II 3 PR: MAC 2233 or MAC 2241, QMB 2100 For USFSM students, STA 2023 can serve as equivalent to QMB 2100.
MAN 3025 Principles of Management 3 None SMLE
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing 3 Junior Standing
GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making 3 PR: FIN 3403, MAN 3025, MAR 3023; Senior Standing 6ACM, SMCC; This course should be taken in the final semester of the program.

Additionally, all business students are required to select at least one course that deals with contemporary international topics. This course can be included in the business, non-business, or elective category. Consult with a business advisor for approved courses.

Requirements (24 credit hours)

Accounting majors must meet all the entry requirements to the College of Business as listed in the General Requirements section. In addition, students must earn a grade point average of  2.75 or higher in ACG 2021 and ACG 2071. Before taking any other Accounting coursework, all Accounting majors must earn a “C” or higher in ACG 3103. It is strongly recommended for students to successfully complete ACG 3103 within two attempts. After two attempts if this requirement has not been met, students should meet with an Accounting faculty member or academic advisor immediately to discuss their major. Within the 120-semester-hour program, students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of upper level accounting with a grade of “C” or higher in all courses. Students must complete 18 hours of the upper level accounting requirement in residency at USFSM. Finally, students must earn a 2.00 GPA on all major course work at USFSM and have an overall 2.00 major GPA including any applicable transfer work.

The student’s program must also include coursework taken in behavioral sciences and humanities, such as psychology, anthropology, and sociology, and the political environment of business and society, such as political science, public administration, and ethics. College of Business advisors will recommend courses that will satisfy the program requirements.

Accounting majors can use the grade forgiveness policy only once in upper-level accounting courses. Accounting courses taken by accounting majors on an S/U basis will not be counted toward the 120-hour graduation requirement. Independent Research, ACG 4911, will not be accepted as credit toward the minimum degree requirements in the accounting major.

Required Courses (18 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ACG 3103 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3 PR: ACG 2021 and ACG 2071 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-); CP: ACG 3341 or ACG 3401 or TAX 4001 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-). ACG 3341 or ACG 3401 or TAX 4001 can be taken concurrently with ACG 3103.
ACG 3113 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3 PR: ACG 3103 and ACG 3341 or ACG 3401 or TAX 4001 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-)
ACG 3341 Cost Accounting and Control I 3 PR: ACG 2021 and ACG 2071 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-); CP: ACG 3103 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-). ACG 3103 can be taken concurrently with ACG 3341.
ACG 3401 Accounting Information Systems 3 PR: ACG 2021 and ACG 2071 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-); CP: ACG 3103 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-). ACG 3103 can be taken concurrently with ACG 3401.
ACG 4632 Auditing I 3 PR: ACG 3113, ACG 3401 with a grade of “C” or better
TAX 4001 Concepts of Federal Income Taxation 3 PR: ACG 2021 and ACG 2071 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-); CP: ACG 3103 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-). ACG 3103 can be taken concurrently with TAX 4001.

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

The students must select six (6) credit hours

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ACG 3006 Professional Topics in Accounting 2-3 PR: ACG 2021, ACG 2071 with a grade of C or better
ACG 4123 Intermediate Financial Accounting III 3 PR: ACG 3113 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-)
ACG 4351 Cost Accounting and Control II 3 PR: ACG 3103, ACG 3341 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-)
ACG 4501* Governmental/Not-for-Profit Accounting 3 PR: ACG 3113 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-) *Students may take ACG 4501 or ACG 5505, not both.
or
ACG 5505* Governmental/Not-for-Profit Accounting 3 PR: ACG 3113; CR: ACG 4632 *Students may take ACG 4501 or ACG 5505, not both.
ACG 4642 Auditing II 3 PR: ACG 4632 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-)
ACG 4931 Selected Topics in Accounting 3 None
ACG 5205 Advanced Financial Accounting 3 PR: ACG 3113
ACG 5375 Valuation of Closely Held Businesses 3 PR: ACG 2021
ACG 5675 Internal and Operational Auditing 3 PR: ACG 3113, ACG 3401; CR: ACG 4632
BUL 5332 Law and the Accountant 3 PR: BUL 3320 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-)
TAX 4011** Federal Tax Accounting II 3 PR: TAX 4001 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-) **Students may take TAX 4011 or TAX 5015, not both.
or
TAX 5015** Federal Taxation of Business Entities 3 PR: TAX 4001 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-) **Students may take TAX 4011 or TAX 5015, not both.

 


Applied Science, Cyber Security & Information Technology

Degree Type: B.S.A.S.
CIP Code 24.0101
Major Code APS
Department Code DEA
Concentration Code CYY
Degree Website usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/undergraduate/information-technology/

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (B.S.A.S.) was developed under provisions from Florida legislation to recognize Associate in Science (A.S.) degree holders to pursue and acquire a bachelor’s degree. At USFSM, concentrations for B.S.A.S. are available in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and the College of Business.  In the College of Business, the B.S.A.S. degree can be pursued in Cyber Security and Information Technology.

Mission

The mission of the B.S.A.S. program is to further develop the occupational competencies of an A.S. degree to the level of a Bachelor of Science degree.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the significant facts, principles, concepts, and/or theories comprising their selected field of concentration.
  • In work appropriate to the following areas of concentration, students will be able to demonstrate the following functions of critical thinking: focus on the main idea, draw inferences, evaluate, analyze, and continue the progression of an idea.
  • In work appropriate to the following areas of concentration, students will be able to demonstrate the following functions of good writing: focused unity, coherent organization, relevant support, appropriate diction and syntax, correct grammar and mechanics for the discipline.

Policies

Students majoring in B.S.A.S. must meet all degree requirements of USFSM. The following policies also apply:

  • This degree program is available ONLY to A.S. graduates from Florida public institutions who have an overall “C” average (2.00) in all college-level courses accepted for transfer credit to USFSM.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

There are no State-Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

Degree Requirements

Credits transferred in from completed A.S. degree

Requirements

Credit Hours

General education 18
Lower-level credits from A.S. degree 42

Credits to be completed at USFSM

Requirements

Credit Hours

Notes

General education 18
Major 23-30
Upper-level elective credits to meet degree requirements Variable
Upper-level pillar requirements Variable See Core Curriculum for upper-level pillar course options.
Sequential foreign language courses if foreign language requirement is not fulfilled 8-10

Admission Requirements:

To pursue a B.S.A.S. degree in Cyber Security and Information Technology at USFSM, students must have a Florida A.S. degree, with an overall GPA of 2.00 or better in an IT-related discipline.   This program supplements the related technical skills obtained in the A.S. degree. Students are encouraged to take the following highly recommended courses.

Highly Recommended Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
COP 2030 Programming Concepts I 3 None
COP 2250 Object-Oriented Programming (Java SE) 3 None
COP 2700 Database Systems Basics 3 PR: COP 2030
MAD 2104 Discrete Mathematics 3 None

Major Requirements:

The B.S.A.S. in Cyber Security and Information Technology is made up of eleven (11) credits of required core courses and twelve (12) credits of electives.

Required Core Courses (11 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CEN 3722 Human Computer Interfaces for Information Technology 3 PR: COP 3515
CGS 3373C Data Networking & Communication 3
CGS 3374C Architecture & Operating Systems 3 PR: CGS 3373
CIS 4916 Cyber Security and IT Capstone Project 2 Senior standing in IT  SMCC, 6ACM

IT Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

A large selection of IT electives are available within the college.  Students should work with their advisor to tailor their B.S.A.S. degree to meet their personal interests and career goals.


 


Finance

Degree Type: B.S.
CIP Code 52.0801
Major Code FIN
Department Code FIN
Degree Website usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/undergraduate/finance/

The Finance major provides a broad based, analytical program for students anticipating a career in the financial management of both large and small organizations. Finance provides a good background for students seeking general careers in business. Finance majors can elect to take courses in the following areas that prepare them for entry and advanced careers in

  • financial management of corporations
  • management of financial institutions
  • investments
  • financial services, insurance, and real estate.

In addition, the program in Finance is designed to provide the skills required by students earning degrees in other business disciplines and by students who seek professional degrees in areas such as law and public administration.

The Finance program offers applied and theoretical courses that enable the graduate to identify and solve problems in the acquisition and allocation of funds by organizations in the public and private sectors in domestic and international settings. It provides the background necessary for managing wealth in a risky environment. Finance relies on an interdisciplinary approach that draws on economic theory, accounting, information systems, and the quantitative decision frameworks of statistics and mathematics.

The major is designed to ensure that graduates are familiar with the tools of financial decision making and that they possess the skills to stay abreast of the developments in the field. Finance graduates will understand the functions and operations of financial markets, become familiar with computer applications in finance, and know how to access and utilize financial information. Course content is designed to provide majors with an appreciation of cooperative work skills and to enhance their verbal and written communication skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The curriculum for the Finance Major develops the ability to do the following:

  • The evaluation of investments by identifying key economic and political issues to determine appropriate investment strategies.
  • In-depth knowledge of financial management; the underlying principles of corporate finance and the analytical techniques involved in financial planning and decision-making.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the various functions and operations of financial institutions and markets.
  • Critical thinking and analytical abilities, including the capability to engage in inductive, deductive, and quantitative reasoning and to construct sound arguments.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both on an individual basis and in collaboration with others.

Prerequisites

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

Students must complete the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of C or higher in each course and an overall 2.00 GPA.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offerings
Course Number  Course Number Credit Hours
ACG X021 or ACG X022 or ACG X001 & ACG X011 ACG 2021 3
ACG X071 or ACG X301 ACG 2071 3
CGS X100C, CGS X100, CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X060, CGS X531, CGS X000, ISM X000, or CGS X518 CGS 2100 3
ECO X013 ECO 2013 3
ECO X023 ECO 2023 3
MAC X233 or MAC X230 MAC 2233 3
STA X023, STA X122, or QMB X100 STA 2023 3

Required Communication Courses

Students must complete two (2) of the following for a total of six (6) credit hours.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
SPC 2608 Public Speaking 3 None SMEL
or
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions None
AND
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
or
ENC 3310 Expository Writing PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122 SMCD

Business Foundation Required Courses (21 credit hours)

Foundation Courses in business require a minimum grade of C in each foundation course with an overall 2.00 GPA.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BUL 3320 Law and Business I 3 None
FIN 3403 Principles of Finance 3 PR: ACG 2071, ECO 2013, ECO 2023
ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations 3 PR: CGS 2100 or equivalent
QMB 3200 Business and Economic Statistics II 3 PR: MAC 2233 or MAC 2241, QMB 2100 For USFSM students, STA 2023 can serve as equivalent to QMB 2100
MAN 3025 Principles of Management 3 None SMLE
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing 3 Junior Standing
GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making 3 PR: FIN 3403, MAN 3025, MAR 3023; Senior Standing 6ACM, SMCC; This course should be taken in the final semester of the program.

Additionally, all business students are required to select at least one course that deals with contemporary international topics. This course can be included in the business, non-business, or elective category. Consult with a business advisor for approved courses.

Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) credit hours of upper-level finance courses beyond FIN 3403. At least twelve (12) credit hours must be taken in residence at USFSM. A grade point average of 2.00 or higher must be achieved in all major coursework at USFSM. Students are required to earn a “C” or higher in all finance courses that are counted toward the major requirements.

Courses taken as part of the major, minor, or concentration, cannot be used on other majors, minors or concentrations within the College of Business.

Required Courses (18 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
FIN 4303 Financial Institutions and Markets 3 PR: FIN 3403 with a grade of “C” or better
FIN 4414 Advanced Corporation Finance 3 PR: FIN 3403 with a grade of “C” or better
FIN 4504 Principles of Investments 3 PR: FIN 3403 with a grade of “C” or better
Additional upper-level approved Finance electives 9 Finance electives can be selected from among those 3000 and 4000 level classes that have FIN, REE, and RMI prefixes, as well as MAR 3400 and TAX 4001. At least one elective must have an FIN prefix.

 


 


General Business Administration

Degree Type: B.A., B.S.
CIP Code 52.0101
Major Code GBA
Department Code DEA
Degree Website usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/undergraduate/general-business-administration/

The General Business Administration (GBA) major prepares students for positions in an interdisciplinary business world that values cross-functional abilities.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The curriculum for the GBA major develops the ability to do the following:

  • Explain the key factors in the domestic and global economic, political-legal, socio-cultural, and technological environment of business and be able to systematically analyze the multiple environments in which organizations operate and seek to gain competitive advantage.
  • Understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of organizations as they pursue economic goals and objectives.
  • Effective management and planning with a customer and market focus.
  • Understand key financial, economic, and accounting concepts.
  • Explain how financial, statistical, and other quantitative data can be used to analyze strategic and operating performance and serve as the basis for management decisions.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Prerequisites

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

Students must complete the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of C or higher in each course and an overall 2.00 GPA.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offerings
Course Number  Course Number Credit Hours
ACG X021 or ACG X022 or ACG X001 & ACG X011 ACG 2021 3
ACG X071 or ACG X301 ACG 2071 3
CGS X100C, CGS X100, CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X060, CGS X531, CGS X000, ISM X000, or CGS X518 CGS 2100 3
ECO X013 ECO 2013 3
ECO X023 ECO 2023 3
MAC X233 or MAC X230 MAC 2233 3
STA X023, STA X122, or QMB X100 STA 2023 3

Required Communication Courses (6 credit hours)

Students must complete two (2) of the following for a total of six (6) credit hours.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
SPC 2608 Public Speaking 3 None SMEL
or
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions None
AND
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
or
ENC 3310 Expository Writing PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122 SMCD

Business Foundation Required Courses (21 credit hours)

Foundation Courses in business require a minimum grade of C in each foundation course with an overall 2.00 GPA.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BUL 3320 Law and Business I 3 None
FIN 3403 Principles of Finance 3 PR: ACG 2071, ECO 2013, ECO 2023
ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations 3 PR: CGS 2100 or equivalent
QMB 3200 Business and Economic Statistics II 3 PR: MAC 2233 or MAC 2241, QMB 2100 For USFSM students, STA 2023 can serve as equivalent to QMB 2100
MAN 3025 Principles of Management 3 Junior Standing SMLE
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing 3 Junior Standing
GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making 3 PR: FIN 3403, MAN 3025, MAR 3023; Senior Standing 6ACM, SMCC

Additionally, all business students are required to select at least one course that deals with contemporary international topics. This course can be included in the business, non-business, or elective category. Consult with a business advisor for approved courses.

Concentrations (18-24 credit hours)

Students must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) hours of upper-level coursework. Students are required to earn a “C” or higher in all general business courses within the major requirements. There are three concentration options for students in the general business major: Applied Business, Aging Services Management, or Business and Technical Writing.

Applied Business Concentration (GAB) (18 credit hours)

  • Courses taken as part of the Applied Business concentration cannot be used in other majors, minors, or concentrations within the College of Business.
  • Courses taken as part of another College of Business major may not be used to satisfy Applied Business concentration courses.
  • At least twelve (12) credit hours of the required business courses must be taken in residence at USFSM.

 Required Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY)  Notes (KEY)
FIN 4414 Advanced Corporation Finance 3 PR: FIN 3403 with a grade of “C” or better
ISM 3431 Operations and Supply Chain Processes 3 PR: QMB 2100 or STA 2023 or STA 2122 or ACG 2071 with a grade of “C-” or better
MAN 4600 International Management 3 PR: MAN 3025 with a grade of “C” or better; CI; Senior Standing
MAR 3823 Marketing Management 3 PR: MAR 3023
Choose any two upper-level ACG, QMB, ISM, FIN, MAN, MAR courses 6 Students may only take courses in which they have met the prerequisites.

Business and Technical Writing Concentration (GTW) (24 credit hours)

  • The Business and Technical Writing courses are offered through the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS).
  • Students will take twelve (12) credit hours from the concentration and twelve (12) credit hours of upper level ACG, QMB, ISM, FIN, MAN, MAR courses for a total of 24 credit hours.
  • At least nine (9) credit hours of the required business courses must be taken in residence at USFSM.

Approved Electives (12 credit hours)

Students should choose four (4) courses from the following:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ENC 3242 Technical Communication for Majors 3 PR: ENC 1101 and 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122 SMLE
ENC 3246 Communication for Engineers 3 None
ENC 3416 New Media for Technical Communication 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
ENC 4212 Professional & Technical Editing 3 PR: At least one of the following: ENC 2210, ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4260, ENC 4906, ENC 4946, ENC 4268, ENC 4311
ENC 4218 Visual Rhetoric for Technical Communication 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
ENC 4260 Advanced Technical Writing 3 PR: ENC 2210 or ENC 3310; CI
ENC 4264 Managerial Communications 3 PR: Any one of the following: ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4311, ENC 4260, ENC 2210
ENC 4311 Advanced Composition 3 PR: ENC 3310; CI
ENC 4906  Professional & Technical Writing Independent 3 PR: At least two of the following: ENC 2210, ENC 3250, ENC 3310, ENC 4209, ENC 4212, ENC 4260, ENC 4264, ENC 4311; CI
ENC 4946 Professional & Technical Writing Internship 3 PR: ENC 3242 with a minimum grade of C; Student must have an approved application and approved formal internship agreement; This course may not be repeated for credit; Majors only

Aging Services Management Concentration (GAM) (24 credit hours)

  • The Aging Services Management courses are offered through the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS).
  • Students will take fifteen (15) credit hours from the concentration and nine (9) hours of upper level ACG, QMB, ISM, FIN, MAN, MAR courses for a total of 24 credit hours.
  • At least nine (9) credit hours of the required business courses must be taken in residence at USFSM.

Required Courses (9 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging 3 None
GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging 3 None
GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging 3 None

Approved Electives (6 credit hours)

Students should choose two of the following electives.

*With permission from the CLASS dean, up to two courses may be taken from USF Tampa (those marked with asterisks)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging 3 None
GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging 3 None
GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging 3 None
GEY 3323 Community Resources for the Older Adult 3 None  SMCD
GEY 4322 Care Management for Older Adults 3 None
GEY 4360 Counseling for Older Adults 3 None
GEY 4608 Alzheimer’s Disease Management 3 PR: GEY 2000 or GEY 3326; CI
GEY 4641 Death and Dying 3 None
GEY 4507* Understanding Policies and Practices of Long Term Care 3 PR: GEY 2000
GEY 4508* Health Care Operations 3 PR: GEY 4507, ACG 2021, each with a grade of “C” or
better
GEY 4509* Regulatory and Clinical Operations 3 PR: GEY 4508, ACG 2021, each with a grade of “C” or
better
GEY 4900 Directed Readings in Aging 1-3 CI
GEY 4917 Directed Research in Aging 1-4 CI

 


 


Cyber Security & Information Technology

Degree Type: BS
CIP Code 11.0103
Major Code CYB
Department Code EIT
Degree Website usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/undergraduate/information-technology/

Mission

The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and Information Technology is a broad program of study encompassing key aspects of cyber security and information technology. Information technology, as an academic discipline, focuses on meeting the needs of users within organizational and societal contexts through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of these technologies. The program is designed to provide a solid foundation in cyber security and information technology. Additionally, the goal is to utilize the resources of the program to provide service to society; and to emphasize the need for lifelong learning and ethical conduct in practice. An additional educational goal of this program includes understanding the diverse social and business context in which information technology is practiced.

Specifically the program aspires to:

  1. Lead to the advancement of Cyber Security and Information Technology through nationally-recognized education at the undergraduate level
  2. Enable knowledge and technology transfer to regional industries and businesses.
  3. Prepare students for full and ethical participation in a diverse society and encourage lifelong learning.
  4. Educate undergraduates in the best practices of the field as well as integrate the latest research and practices into the curriculum.
  5. Emphasize development of problem solving and communication skills as an integral component of the educational process and the subsequent practice of the discipline.
  6. Provide quality learning experiences through highly interactive techniques of course delivery that include the use of electronic support equipment and distance learning technologies.

The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and Information Technology program provides a comprehensive curriculum in (1) information technology providing a solid foundation in data communications and networking, programming, software modeling, operating systems, system administration, database design, systems integration and project management and (2) cyber security providing high-demand skills and knowledge needed to protect network infrastructures, secure electronic assets, prevent attacks, investigate cyber crimes, perform in-depth incident analysis and build  and manage secure infrastructures. With a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and Information Technology, students will be ready to partner with professionals in business, industry, government, and education to design and build cutting-edge solutions to meet the needs of companies worldwide. The coursework is designed to impart skills and experience to enable students to compete nationally and globally. Through a carefully constructed core and a broad-base set of electives, students will be able to tailor the program to satisfy their individual preferences and strengths.

Students completing the Cyber Security and Information Technology program qualify for a broad range of positions in computer-intensive businesses and industries such as: programmer analyst, systems analyst, systems designer, data specialist/analyst, database administrator, network administrator, computer resource manager, systems development manager, information technology manager, security system administrator, security analyst and IT security consultant to name a few.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The program enables students to attain, by the time of graduation:

  1. An ability to analyze a problem, and to identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  2. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of Cyber Security and Information Technology
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences about technical information
  4. An ability to make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk, and produce deliverables.
  6. An ability to identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, integration, evaluation, and administration of computer-based systems.
  7. An ability to apply security principles and practices to the environment, hardware, software, and human aspects of a system.
  8. An ability to analyze and evaluate systems with respect to maintaining operations in the presence of risks and threats.

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

State Prerequisite Course USFSM Course Offering
 Course Number Credit Hours
PSY XXXX Any Psychology Course PSY 2012 3
STA X023 Statistics or STA X122 STA 2023 3
CGS XXXX Any Database Course COP 2700 3
COP 2XXX Programming Concepts Course COP 2030 3
COP 2XXX Any Object-Oriented Computer Programming Course COP 2250 3
MAD XXXX Discrete Mathematics Course MAD 2104 3
MAC XXXX Pre-Calculus Course MAC 1147 4
PHY XXXX Any Physics Course PHY 2053 4
ECO X013 Macroeconomics ECO 2013 3

Program of Study

Students must take 13 required core courses (39 credit hours), one required communication course (3 credit hours), and four elective courses (12 credit hours).

Required Core Courses (39 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CGS 3373C Data Networking & Communications 3 None  
CNT 4403 Network Security & Firewalls 3 PR: CNT 4104 OS included in course
CGS 3374C Architecture & Operating Systems 3 PR: CGS 3373C with a grade of “C-” or better  
CIS 4203 Cyber Forensics & Investigations 3 PR: COP 2030, MAD 2104  
COP 3375C Data Structures and Algorithms in Python 3 PR: COP 2030 with a grade of “C-” or better
CEN 3722 Human Computer Interfaces for Information Technology 3 PR: COP 3515
COP 3515 Program Design for Information Technology 3 PR:  COP 2512 or equivalent; CI
COP 3718 Database Systems Design 3 PR: COP 2700
CIS 4935 Senior Project in Information Technology 3 Senior Standing CyS&IT Majors only; DPR 6ACM, SMCC
CIS 4253 Ethics for Information Technology 3 Junior or Senior Standing; Basic Computer skills SMLE; Students may use PHI 3636 or LDR 4204 for the requirement
CIS 3360 Principles of Information Security 3 None
CIS 4510 IT Project Management 3 CI
CAP 4790 Data & Security Analytics 3 None

Required Communication Course (3 credit hours)

The following courses are suggested communication courses.  Check with your academic advisor for other courses that may be accepted for this requirement.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ENC 3246 Communication for Engineers 3 None  
OR        
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122  
OR        
ENC 4260 Advanced Technical Writing 3 PR: ENC 2210 or ENC 3310; CI  

 

Required Electives  (12 credit hours)

Student must choose four (4) courses (12 credit hours) from the elective list below.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CGS 3853 Web Systems for IT 3 PR: CEN 3722
CIS 3362 Cryptography and Information Security 3 PR: MAD 2104; CI
CIS 3615 Secure Software Development 3 PR: COP 3515 with a grade of “C-” or better
CIS 4204 Ethical Hacking 3 PR: COP 2030, MAD 2104
CIS 4216 Aggressive Hacking: What Hackers Do 3 PR: CGS 3373C, CGS 3374C, and COP 2250 or COP 2030 all with a grade of “C-” or better
CIS 4342 NoSQL Databases 3 PR: COP 2250
CIS 4361 Information Assurance and Security Management for IT 3 PR: COP 3515; Junior or Senior Standing
CIS 4365 Computer Security Policies and Disaster Preparedness 3 PR: CIS 3360
CIS 4368 Database Security and Audits 3 PR: COP 3718
CIS 4369 Web Application Security 3 PR: COP 3718 and CGS 3853 both with a grade of “C-” or better
CIS 4387 Mobile and Wireless Security 3 PR: CGS 3373C, CGS 3374C, and COP 2250 or COP 2030 all with a grade of “C-” or better
COP 3259 Advanced Programming in JAVA 3 PR: COP 2250
COP 4663 Mobile Applications Development 3 PR: COP 2030, COP 2250, COP 3375C
COP 4834 Data-Driven Web Sites 3 Completion of prerequisites for admission to CyS&IT program; Junior or Senior Standing; CI

 


 


Management

Degree Type: B.A., B.S.
CIP Code 52.0201
Major Code MAN
Department Code MAN
Degree Website usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/undergraduate/management/

The undergraduate degree in Management prepares students for entry-level positions in business and management, as well as human resources/organizational development positions and small business management. It also prepares students for graduate study in Business such as the M.B.A. program.

Management is a dynamic field that focuses on planning, organizing, and leading in business, non-profit and governmental organizations. Managing people in organizations involves behavioral concepts such as motivation, personality, teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Management is responsible for the triple bottom-line: financial, social, and environmental performance. With a focus on people in organizations, managers develop the human capital of organizations. Motivating and developing an organization’s workforce today requires attention to relationships with people inside and outside the organization, locally and across the world. The curriculum in management covers all aspects of management including: human resources development, organizational behavior theory, leadership, organizational development, negotiation, social issues in management, and strategic planning. Students leave this program knowing how to apply the latest ideas and concepts in management to organizational issues. Analytical skills, communication skills and leadership skills are developed in both classroom and assignment activities throughout the curriculum.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Explain the major theories of motivation.
  2. Explain key theories of leadership and power.
  3. Understand the implications of effective Human Resource Management.
  4. Understand what U.S. firms should do to ensure successful business operations in selected foreign countries.
  5. Assess management problem/issue, generate alternative solutions, and make recommendations.
  6. Communicate effectively in oral and in written form.

Management majors are strongly recommended to take ENC 4264 Managerial Communications early in their major studies.

Prerequisites

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

Students must complete the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of C or higher in each course and an overall 2.00 GPA.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offerings
Course Number  Course Number Credit Hours
ACG X021 or ACG X022 or ACG X001 and ACG X011 ACG 2021 3
ACG X071 or ACG X301 ACG 2071 3
CGS X100C, CGS X100, CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X060, CGS X531, CGS X000, ISM X000, or CGS X518 CGS 2100 3
ECO X013 ECO 2013 3
ECO X023 ECO 2023 3
MAC X233 or MAC X230 MAC 2233 3
STA X023, STA X122, or QMB X100 STA 2023 3

Required Communication Courses

Students must complete two (2) of the following for a total of six (6) credit hours.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
SPC 2608 Public Speaking 3 None SMEL
or
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions None
AND
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
or
ENC 3310 Expository Writing PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122 SMCD

Business Foundation Required Courses (21 credit hours)

Foundation Courses in business require a minimum grade of C in each foundation course with an overall 2.00 GPA.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BUL 3320 Law and Business I 3 None
FIN 3403 Principles of Finance 3 PR: ACG 2071, ECO 2013, ECO 2023
ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations 3 PR: CGS 2100 or equivalent
QMB 3200 Business and Economic Statistics II 3 PR: MAC 2233 or MAC 2241, QMB 2100 For USFSM students, STA 2023 can serve as equivalent to QMB 2100
MAN 3025 Principles of Management 3 None  SMLE
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing 3 None
GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making 3 PR: FIN 3403, MAN 3025, MAR 3023; Senior Standing 6ACM, SMCC; This course should be taken in the final semester of the program

Additionally, all business students are required to select at least one course that deals with contemporary international topics. This course can be included in the business, non-business, or elective category. Consult with a business advisor for approved courses.

Requirements (18 credit hours)

Students must complete eighteen (18) hours of management and organization beyond MAN 3025. At least twelve (12) hours must be taken in residence at USFSM. A grade point average of 2.00 or higher must be achieved in all major coursework at USFSM. Students are required to earn a “C” or higher in all Management courses that are counted toward the major requirements.

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
MAN 3240 Organizational Behavior Analysis 3 PR: MAN 3025 with a grade of “C” or better
MAN 3301 Human Resource Management 3 None
MAN 4600 International Management 3 PR: MAN 3025 with a grade of “C” or better; CI; Senior Standing
MAN 4802 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management 3 PR: ACG 2021, ACG 2071, MAR 3023; CI

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Choose two (2) of the following courses.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
GEB 3016 Business Enterprise Management 3 None
ISM 3232 Business Application Development 3 CP: ISM 3011 with a grade of “C” or better (not C-)
ISM 3431 Operations and Supply Chain Processes 3 PR: QMB 2100 or STA 2023 or STA 2122 or ACG 2071 with a grade of “C-” or better
MAN 4930 Managing Diversity (Selected Topic) 3 None
MAN 4430 Seminar in Negotiations and Administration of Labor Agreements 3 PR: MAN 3025 with a grade of “C” or better
MAN 4804 Small Business Management Counseling 3 PR: MAN 4802; CI
MAR 3823 Marketing Management 3 PR: MAR 3023

 


Management Science

Degree Type: B.S.
CIP Code 52.1301
Major Code Please refer to online catalog
Department Code MAN

 

The undergraduate degree in Management prepares students for entry-level positions in business and management, as well as human resources/organizational development positions and small business management. It also prepares students for graduate study in business, such as the M.B.A. program.

Management is a dynamic field that focuses on planning, organizing, and leading in business, non-profit and governmental organizations. Managing people in organizations involves behavioral concepts such as motivation, personality, teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Management is responsible for the triple bottom-line: financial, social, and environmental performance. With a focus on people in organizations, managers develop the human capital of organizations. Motivating and developing an organization’s workforce today requires attention to relationships with people inside and outside the organization, locally and across the world. The curriculum in management covers all aspects of management including: human resources development, organizational behavior theory, leadership, organizational development, negotiation, social issues in management, and strategic planning. Students leave this program knowing how to apply the latest ideas and concepts in management to organizational issues. Analytical skills, communication skills and leadership skills are developed in both classroom and assignment activities throughout the curriculum.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Explain the major theories of motivation.
  2. Explain key theories of leadership and power.
  3. Understand the implications of effective Human Resource Management.
  4. Understand what U.S. firms should do to ensure successful business operations in selected foreign countries.
  5. Assess management problem/issue, generate alternative solutions, and make recommendations.
  6. Communicate effectively in oral and in written form.

Management majors are strongly recommended to take ENC 4264 Managerial Communications early in their major studies.

Prerequisites

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

Students must complete the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of C or higher in each course and an overall 2.00 GPA.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offerings
Course Number  Course Number Credit Hours
ACG X021 or ACG X022 or ACG X001 and ACG X011 ACG 2021 3
ACG X071 or ACG X301 ACG 2071 3
CGS X100C, CGS X100, CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X060, CGS X531, CGS X000, ISM X000, or CGS X518 CGS 2100 3
ECO X013 ECO 2013 3
ECO X023 ECO 2023 3
MAC X233 or MAC X230 MAC 2233 3
STA X023, STA X122, or QMB X100 STA 2023 3

Required Communication Courses

Students must complete two (2) of the following for a total of six (6) credit hours.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
SPC 2608 Public Speaking 3 None SMEL
or
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions None
AND
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
or
ENC 3310 Expository Writing PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122 SMCD

Business Foundation Required Courses (21 credit hours)

Foundation Courses in business require a minimum grade of C in each foundation course with an overall 2.00 GPA.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BUL 3320 Law and Business I 3 None
FIN 3403 Principles of Finance 3 PR: ACG 2071, ECO 2013, ECO 2023
ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations 3 PR: CGS 2100 or equivalent
QMB 3200 Business and Economic Statistics II 3 PR: MAC 2233 or MAC 2241, QMB 2100 For USFSM students, STA 2023 can serve as equivalent to QMB 2100
MAN 3025 Principles of Management 3 None  SMLE
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing 3 None
GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making 3 PR: FIN 3403, MAN 3025, MAR 3023; Senior Standing 6ACM, SMCC; This course should be taken in the final semester of the program

Additionally, all business students are required to select at least one course that deals with contemporary international topics. This course can be included in the business, non-business, or elective category. Consult with a business advisor for approved courses.

Requirements (18 credit hours)

Students must complete eighteen (18) hours of Management Science courses. At least twelve (12) hours must be taken in residence at USFSM. A grade point average of 2.00 or higher must be achieved in all major coursework at USFSM. Students are required to earn a “C” or higher in all Management Science courses that are counted toward the major requirements.

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
QMB 3500 Principles of Management Science 3 PR: QMB 2100 with a minimum passing grade of C (not C-)
ISM 3431 Operations and Supply Chain Processes 3 PR: Minimum grade of C- in ACG 2071 or QMB 2100 or STA 2023 or STA 2122
QMB 4700 Business Decision Modeling 3 PR: QMB 2100, ISM 3431
QMB 4690 Lean Operations and Six Sigma 3 PR: QMB 2100, QMB 3200, ISM 3431

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Choose two (2) of the following courses.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
ISM 3232 Business Application Development 3 COPR: ISM 3011 with a grade of C or better (not C-)
ISM 3115 Business Informatics 3 PR: ISM 3011
ISM 4212 Database Design and Administration 3 PR: ISM 3113 with a grade of C or better (not C-)
QMB 4250 Business Analytics 3 PR: QMB 3200

 


Marketing

Degree Type: B.A., B.S.
CIP Code 52.1401
Major Code MKT
Department Code MKT
Degree Website usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/undergraduate/marketing/

Marketing is a dynamic field with many dimensions, including product selection and planning, product distribution, pricing and promotion. Marketing poses many challenges and yields generous rewards for those who meet these challenges. Marketing operations are carried out domestically and internationally in virtually all business organizations that offer a product or service. Many marketing concepts are applicable to the operations of non-profit organizations such as governmental, educational, and healthcare institutions, as well as charitable and political campaigns.

Marketing operations provide the most visible links between the firm or institution and its many publics. Marketing deals with people who are constantly changing in their needs, wants, and desires; and coupled with these changing tastes is a fiercely competitive environment sustained by all the resources of a rapidly evolving technology. These forces lead to much of the challenge and dynamic nature of marketing.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The curriculum for the Marketing Major develops the ability to do the following:

  • The ability to collect, analyze, and use information about customers, competitors, and the environment (develop and use primary and secondary research data).
  • The ability to develop marketing plans, including strategies designed to achieve specific goals.
  • The ability to organize and analyze data, draw and support conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations.
  • The ability to develop effective, persuasive presentations of marketing concepts and including the ability to organize ideas and data, use presentation software and other audio visual aids, and respond incisively to questions about presentation elements.
  • The ability to develop an organized, structured, well-written paper that demonstrates the ability to organize ideas and data.

Prerequisites

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

Students must complete the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of C or higher in each course and an overall 2.00 GPA.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offerings
Course Number  Course Number Credit Hours
ACG X021 or ACG X022 or ACG X001 and ACG X011 ACG 2021 3
ACG X071 or ACG X301 ACG 2071 3
CGS X100C, CGS X100, CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X060, CGS X531, CGS X000, ISM X000, or CGS X518 CGS 2100 3
ECO X013 ECO 2013 3
ECO X023 ECO 2023 3
MAC X233 or MAC X230 MAC 2233 3
STA X023, STA X122, or QMB X100 STA 2023 3

Required Communication Courses

Students must complete two (2) of the following for a total of six (6) credit hours.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
SPC 2608 Public Speaking 3 None SMEL
or
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions None
AND
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
or
ENC 3310 Expository Writing PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122 SMCD

Business Foundation Required Courses (21 credit hours)

Foundation Courses in business require a minimum grade of C in each foundation course with an overall 2.00 GPA.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BUL 3320 Law and Business I 3 None
FIN 3403 Principles of Finance 3 PR: ACG 2071, ECO 2013, ECO 2023
ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations 3 PR: CGS 2100 or equivalent
QMB 3200 Business & Economic Statistics II 3 PR: MAC 2233 or MAC 2241, QMB 2100 USFSM considers STA 2023 as equivalent to QMB 2100
MAN 3025 Principles of Management 3 None SMLE
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing 3 None
GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making 3 PR: FIN 3403, MAN 3025, MAR 3023; Senior Standing 6ACM, SMCC; This course should be taken in the final semester of the program

Additionally, all business students are required to select at least one course that deals with contemporary international topics. This course can be included in the business, non-business, or elective category. Consult with a business advisor for approved courses.

Requirements (18 credit hours)

Students must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) hours in marketing beyond MAR 3023. At least twelve (12) hours must be taken in residence at USFSM. A grade point average of 2.00 or higher must be achieved in all major coursework including Basic Marketing (MAR 3023) at USFSM.  Students are required to earn a “C” or higher in all Marketing courses that are counted toward the major requirements.

Required Courses (18 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
MAR 3823 Marketing Management 3 PR: MAR 3023
MAR 3613 Marketing Research 3 PR: QMB 2100 or QMB 2150 or STA 2014, or STA 2023 with a grade of “C-” or better and MAR 3023 with a grade of “C” or better For USFSM students, STA 2023 can serve as equivalent to QMB 2100
MAR 3400 Professional Selling 3 PR: MAR 3023; CI
MAR 4333 Promotion Management 3 PR: MAR 3023; CI
MAR 4824 Marketing Management Problems 3 PR: MAR 3823 and MAR 3613 with a grade of “C-” or better; Senior Standing
MAR xxxx 3 Choose any additional upper-level MAR course

 


 


Risk Management and Insurance

Degree Type: B.S.
CIP Code 52.1701
Major Code RMN
Department Code RMI
Degree Website www.usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/undergraduate/risk-management-insurance/

The Risk Management/Insurance major prepares individuals to plan, manage, and analyze the financial and monetary aspects of the insurance industry. It provides a broad based, analytical program for students anticipating a career in either the property casualty insurance or life/health insurance fields. The curriculum in risk management/insurance provides students with the knowledge necessary to analyze the impact of risk and uncertainty upon people, businesses and society. Graduates in risk management and insurance find a variety of career opportunities open to them as risk analysts within the business community and government; as brokers/agents providing professional risk management counseling and market placement services for clients; as consultants and personal financial planners; and in the underwriting, marketing, claims adjusting, planning, governmental relations, and financial management activities of insurers.

The major is designed to ensure that graduates are familiar with the tools of risk management and insurance decision making and that they possess the skills to stay abreast of the developments in the field. It includes preparation in principles of accounting, financial instruments, capital planning, asset and debt management, budgeting, financial analysis, and investment portfolio management. Risk Management/Insurance graduates will understand the functions and operations of insurance providers. Course content is designed to provide majors with an appreciation of cooperative work skills and to enhance their verbal and written communication skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The curriculum for the Risk Management/Insurance Major develops the ability to do the following:

  • The evaluation of insurance products by identifying key economic and environmental issues to determine appropriate strategies.
  • In-depth knowledge of Risk Management/Insurance management; the underlying principles and the analytical techniques involved in financial planning and decision-making.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the various functions and operations of insurance providers and markets.
  • Critical thinking and analytical abilities, including the capability to engage in inductive, deductive, and quantitative reasoning and to construct sound arguments.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both on an individual basis and in collaboration with others.

Prerequisites

State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

Students must complete the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of C or higher in each course and an overall 2.00 GPA.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offerings
Course Number  Course Number Credit Hours
ACG X021 or ACG X022 or ACG X001 & ACG X011 ACG 2021 3
ACG X071 or ACG X301 ACG 2071 3
CGS X100C, CGS X100, CGS X530, CGS X570, CGS X060, CGS X531, CGS X000, ISM X000, or CGS X518 CGS 2100 3
ECO X013 ECO 2013 3
ECO X023 ECO 2023 3
MAC X233 or MAC X230 MAC 2233 3
STA X023, STA X122, or QMB X100 STA 2023 3

Required Communication Courses

Students must complete two (2) of the following for a total of six (6) credit hours.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
SPC 2608 Public Speaking 3 None SMEL
or
COM 3110 Communication for Business and the Professions None
AND
ENC 3250 Professional Writing 3 PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122
or
ENC 3310 Expository Writing PR: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 OR ENC 1121 and ENC 1122 SMCD

Business Foundation Required Courses (21 credit hours)

Foundation Courses in business require a minimum grade of C in each foundation course with an overall 2.00 GPA.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
BUL 3320 Law and Business I 3 None
FIN 3403 Principles of Finance 3 PR: ACG 2071, ECO 2013, ECO 2023
ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations 3 PR: CGS 2100 or equivalent
QMB 3200 Business and Economic Statistics II 3 PR: MAC 2233 or MAC 2241, QMB 2100 For USFSM students, STA 2023 can serve as equivalent to QMB 2100
MAN 3025 Principles of Management 3 None SMLE
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing 3 Junior Standing
GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making 3 PR: FIN 3403, MAN 3025, MAR 3023; Senior Standing 6ACM, SMCC; This course should be taken in the final semester of the program.

Additionally, all business students are required to select at least one course that deals with contemporary international topics. This course can be included in the business, non-business, or elective category. Consult with a business advisor for approved courses.

Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of twenty one (21) credit hours of upper-level courses beyond FIN 3403. At least twelve (12) credit hours must be taken in residence at USFSM. A grade point average of 2.00 or higher must be achieved in all major coursework at USFSM. Students are required to earn a “C” or higher in all finance courses that are counted toward the major requirements.

Courses taken as part of the major, minor, or concentration, cannot be used on other majors, minors or concentrations within the College of Business.

Required Courses (15 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
FIN 4303 Financial Institutions and Markets 3 PR: FIN 3403
MAR 4841 Services Marketing 3 PR: MAR3023 with grade of “C” or better
RMI 3011 Principles of Insurance 3 None
RMI 4115 Life and Health Insurance Products 3 PR: RMI 3011 with a grade of “C” or better
RMI 4292 Property & Casualty Insurance Operations 3 PR: RMI 3011

Electives (6 credit hours)

Students must complete two (2) of the following for a total of six (6) credit hours.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
FIN 4504 Principles of Investments 3 PR: FIN 3403 with a grade of “C” or better
MAN 3240 Organizational Behavior Analysis 3 PR: MAN 3025 with a grade of “C” or better
MAN 4802 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management 3 PR: ACG 2021, ACG 2071, MAR 3023
MAR 3400 Professional Selling 3 PR: MAR 3023
RMI 4930 Special Topics in Risk Management/Insurance 3 PR: RMI 3011 with a grade of “C” or better
RMI 4941 Risk Management/Insurance Internship 3 PR: RMI 3011
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