College of Business and Innovation

Frequently Asked Questions - Undergraduate Programs

Q: Who is my adviser?
A: COBI advisers are not "assigned" to a student. Students are allowed to choose any adviser on staff that they would like to meet with - they meet with the first adviser available or the office may suggest an adviser who is best to deal with their particular issue, as all advisers on the COBI staff have specific areas of expertise.

Q: What is full-time student status?
A: To be considered a full-time student, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of twelve credit hours each term. To be full-time during the summer term, a student must be enrolled in a minimum of twelve credit hours using any combination of summer sessions.

Q: How many credit hours are recommended each term?
A: To graduate in four years (eight semesters of full-time study), a student must average 15-16 credit hours per term. If a student is working more than 20 hours per week, they may need to reduce their credit hours in order to be successful in their course work.

Q: What is “Catalog Year” and how is it determined?
A: Catalog Year refers to when a student entered the College of Business and therefore determines the degree requirements for that student based on the University Catalog at that time. At any time, a student may change their Catalog Year to the current catalog and degree program requirements.

A student’s catalog year is listed on the first page of the degree audit in the upper right corner and also on in the left column, under the degree audit legend.

Q: What are the grade requirements in the area of specialization (major)?
A: The grade requirements for the major are on the student’s degree audit. Currently, students must earn a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course in the area of specialization and each course in the student's business minor.

Q: How many “Withdrawals” are allowed?
A: A student may withdraw from eight courses before affecting their academic status.

Q: How do I calculate my grade point average?
A: To average your grades for the term, first multiple the quality hours by the quality points for each course and then divide the sum of the quality points by the sum of the quality hours.

Using the grade point scale:

A  =  4 points C = 2 points
A- = 3.67 points C- = 1.67 points
B+ = 3.33 points D+ = 1.33 points
B = 3 points D = 1 point
B- = 2.67 points D- = .67 points
C+ = 2.33 points F = 0 points

Example:

ENGL 1110 --> B+ 3 hours x 3.33 points/hour =   9.99 points
MATH 1320 --> C 3 hours x 2 points/hour  =   6 points
PSC 1200 --> B 3 hours x 3 points/hour =   12 points
ASTR 1010 --> B- 3 hours x 2.67 points/hour = 8.01 points
ASTR 2050 --> A 1 hour  x 4 points/hour = 4 points

13 quality hours divided by 40 quality points
40 / 13 = 3.07 GPA

The cumulative GPA is the average of all your grades for all terms.

Q: What is my GPA in my area of specialization (major)?
A: The degree audit lists the major GPA just above the courses listed in the major.

Q: How do I take a course on a pass/no credit (PS/NC) basis?
A: Only non-business courses may be taken on a PS/NC basis, for a maximum of four courses or 12 semester credit hours. A student must decide during the add/drop period of the term to use this option.

A Pass/No Credit form is filled out and turned in at the Office of Student Retention and Academic Success, ST-N 3130, to select this grading option. The instructor of the course is not informed that a student is taking the course PS/NC. If the students earns a grade of C (2.0) or higher for the course, a grade of "PS" is posted on the student's transcript. If a grade of C- (1.67) or lower is earned, a grade of "NC" is posted. A student may want to use this option if they are fairly certain they can earn the "C" but do not have the extra time to devote to earn an "A", and don't want the "C" to lower their GPA.

Q: My address has changed. How do I update it?
A: Address corrections may be made easily on myUT in the web registration area under student information. Assistance with this process is available in Rocket Solution Central. Students should always list a local address. Important information is sent to this address, and a student may miss out on this information if no local address is listed.

Q: I tried to register on the web, but it didn’t work. What's wrong?
A: During early registration periods, there are priority registration times which designate when a student may register for courses. You may be trying to register before your designated time. There may also be a "Hold" of some type (library or parking fines, money owed for tuition, advising required, etc.) which is blocking your attempts to register. "Holds" may be viewed on the Internet in the web registration area.

Call Rocket Solution Central at 419-530-8700 if you need additional assistance.

Q: How do I know what Math classes to take?
A: A student's ACT, SAT or Math Placement Test score is used to place the student into the appropriate course.

An ACT math score of 22 or higher or an appropriate College Algebra Test score places a student into MATH 1730 - the first course required in the BBA.

Lower scores will place a student into MATH 1320, MATH 1200, MATH 0950, or MATH 0910. Students must successfully complete each math prerequisite before enrolling the next course in the math sequence.

Q: I need a Humanities course. How do I know what course that is?
A: The degree audit lists the most up-to-date approved University Core Fine Arts/Humanities courses. Courses are also listed in the University Catalog.

Q: I need a Social Science course. How do I know what course that is?
A: Business majors must complete ECON 1150 and 1200, plus one additional non-economics course to fulfill the Social Science requirement. The degree audit lists the most up-to-date approved University Core Social Science courses.

Q: I need a Natural Science course. How do I know what course that is?
A: The degree audit lists the most up-to-date list of approved of University Core Natural Science courses. Business majors are required to complete two lecture courses and one lab course (except Professional Sales majors who are not required to complete a lab).

Q: I need a Multicultural course. How do I know what course that is?
A: There are two Multicultural Studies courses required; one course from the list of Diversity of U.S. Culture and one course from the list of Non-Western courses. The degree audit lists the most up-to-date list of approved University Core Multicultural Studies courses.

Q: What are Non-Business Electives?
A: Non-business electives are courses outside the College of Business and Innovation, primarily 1000- and 2000-level courses offered by the College of Literature, Language and Social Science; College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. There is no specific list of non-business electives. A student may select a non-business course related to their major (i.e. a communication course if the student is a marketing major) or a non-business elective could be courses that interest the student. Students with minors outside the College of Business such as foreign language minors use their minor courses to fulfill their non-business electives.

Q: What is my class rank at the University?
A: Class rank is based on the number of earned semester hours. Earned hours are shown on page one, column one of the degree audit. Please note: earned hours used to determine class rank are not necessarily an indication of hours toward degree completion.

Rank is determined as follows:
Freshman --> 0-29.9 hours
Sophomore --> 30-59.9 hours
Junior --> 60-89.9 hours
Senior --> 90+ hours

Q: What does it mean to "audit" a course?
A: When a student "audits" a course, the course is not graded nor is any credit earned. The student is not required to complete any assignments or tests and if he/she does complete assignments, the instructor is not required to grade them. A student may select this option at the time of registration through the last day to add/drop. The student pays for this course as they would any other course.

A student who wants to take a course for knowledge's sake only might use this option.

Q: What does a grade of "incomplete" mean?
A: If an instructor assigns a grade of incomplete, he/she is allowing the student additional time to complete the course requirements. This would be used when unforeseen circumstances do not allow the student to complete the course on time. It is an agreement between the instructor and the student. An instructor is not required to use this grading option. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and make the necessary arrangements to complete the course by the end of the following term (excluding summer term) or the grade converts to a grade of "F". An instructor may extend the time limit under some circumstances.

Last Updated: 3/22/15