Program Outline

The undergraduate business curriculum at the School of Business caters to students at different career stages.

If you are a freshman or sophomore at UW Bothell and you want to explore the possibility of becoming a business student, please consider these two courses-

  • BBUS 201      Introduction to Business
  • BBSKL 200    Preparing for the Business World

If you are ready to apply to the School of Business, please review the admission pre-requisites.

In addition to lower division students at UW Bothell, we welcome applications from community colleges and other 4-year schools.

Upon admission, you will have to complete 90 credits at UW Bothell at the 300-400 level. Classes are categorized as core (required for all- 30 credits), option/concentration, electives (business, general and non-business) and capstone (required for all- 10 credits).  All students must complete a minimum of 10 credits in non-business general electives.

Core Courses

Core courses are designed to provide students the fundamentals of business. They represent 30 credits of study and must be taken during the student’s first year. The courses are:

  • BBUS 300 - Management of Organizations (4 credits)
  • BBSKL 300 - Teamwork Skills (1 credit)
  • BBUS 307 - Business Writing (5 credits)
  • BBUS 310 - Managerial Economics (5 credits)
  • BBUS 320 - Marketing Management (5 credits)
  • BBUS 340 - Operations and Project Management (5 credits)
  • BBUS 350 - Business Finance (5 credits)

Options/Concentrations

Students may elect to study the Accounting option or choose from one of six concentrations. In addition, students can pick courses of interest from various concentrations- talk to an advisor about course prerequisites before embarking on this path. Details are below:

Accounting Option prepares students for careers in private, government, and non-profit and public accounting.

Finance provides advanced knowledge and skills in the critical areas of corporate finance, investment management, and management of financial institutions.

Management examines a variety of elements that determine the performance and success of organizations: individual behavior and motivation; teams and teamwork; organizational systems, structure, and design; competition and strategy; and interaction with government and other external stakeholders.

Management Information Systems provides students with technical and business skills to solve business problems in technology-based environments. Students learn to analyze and design effective information systems, successfully manage software projects, and maximize online customer experiences.

Marketing focuses on developing coordinated programs to successfully manage a company's relationship with its target customers in order to meet its strategic goals in a competitive environment.

Retail Management provides an opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of important topics such as retail analytics, merchandise acquisition, retail marketing, supply chain management, retail operations, retail technology, and leadership.

Technology and Innovation Management emphasizes analytical frameworks and tools for effectively managing innovation throughout the firm.

The Finance, Management, and Marketing Concentrations will be offered in both day and evening classes. The Management Information Systems, Retail Management and Technology and Innovation Management Concentrations will be available in day classes only.

Capstone Courses

Capstone courses integrate learning and challenge students to analyze and resolve managerial problems, develop policies, and deal with major issues and changes affecting business in a global environment. Students generally take these two courses during the final quarters of their program.

  • BBUS - 470 Business Policy and Strategic Management (5 credits)
  • BBUS - 480 Global Environment of Business (5 credits)

General Electives

To ensure that students have a broad-based academic background, 35 credits of upper division (300/400 level) courses are required for non-Accounting Option students. A minimum of 15 of these credits must be from non-business courses. These credits can be fulfilled through a variety of options including a Minor, internship/independent study and/or even a second concentration in Business.

Effective Autumn 2013, non-Accounting Option students will need to complete a minimum of 10 credits of 300/400 level non-business general electives. For Accounting Option students, 10 credits of upper division (300/400 level) non-business general electives will be required.

 Summary of Program Changes Effective Autumn 2013 

  Enrolled Prior to Autumn '13 Enrolling Autumn '13
Core BUS/BBSKL 300
BBUS 310
BBUS 320
BBUS 340
BBUS 350


credits                           25
BBUS/BBSKL 300
BBUS 307
BBUS 310
BBUS 320
BBUS 340
BBUS 350

credits                          30
Capstone BBUS 470 –Business Policy & Strategic Management

BBUS 480 – Global Environment of Business

credits                             10    
BBUS 470 –Business Policy & Strategic Management

BBUS 480 – Global Environment of Business

credits                          10
Concentration/Option Select from:
Accounting (formal Option) – 35 credits
Finance – 20 credits
Management – 20 credits
Management Info Systems – 25 credits
Marketing – 20 credits
Retail Management – 20 credits
Technology Info Management – 20 credits

Self-Directed – 20 credits
Select from:
Accounting (formal Option) – 35 credits
Finance – 20 credits
Management – 20 credits
Management Info Systems – 25 credits
Marketing – 20 credits
Retail Management – 20 credits
Technology Info Management – 20 credits

Self-Directed – 20 credits
General Electives
(300/400 level)
Accounting – 15 credits non-business

Non-Accounting – 35 credits total (minimum 15 non-business)
Accounting –10 credits non-business

Non-Accounting – 30 credits total
(minimum 10 non-business)

 Independent Study & Guided Internships 

 

Did You Know?

The School of STEM will offer four new degrees in 2014.