Office of Undergraduate Studies
VCU School of Business
301 W. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23284-4000
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5:00
A major is the academic discipline in which you do advanced study. The School of Business has specific course requirements for each major.
A major concentration is a focus within a major.
The business foundation program specifies course work required during the freshman and sophomore years. It consists of 63 credits of general education and core business foundation courses geared towards preparing students for many of the upper-division classes they will have to complete for their major.
The advanced program consists of 57 upper-division credits to include 33 advanced core credits and 24 major credits, which are taken the junior and senior years after the student has successfully completed the BFO program. All undergraduate programs offered through the School of Business require students to apply for admittance into the advanced program.
1. Meeting the minimum cumulative grade point average requirement of:
-2.250 if you entered the Business Foundation Program prior to Spring 2012 or
-2.500 if you entered the Business Foundation Program Spring 2012 or later.
2. Completion of the following courses:
-ACCT 203-204 Introduction to Accounting (prerequisite for ACCT 204 is a C or better in ACCT 203) - 6 credits
-BUSN 200-201 Business Foundations I & II
-BUSN 225 Winning Presentations
-ECON 210-211 Micro-and Macro-Economics - 6 credits
-INFO 160, 161, 162 and another 16X course
-SCMA 171 Mathematical Applications for Business (or equiv.) - 3 credits
-SCMA 212 Differential Calculus & Applications for Business (or equiv.) - 3 credits
-UNIV 111-112 Focused Inquiry I and II (min C grade required in UNIV 112) - 6 credits
-UNIV 200 Writing and Rhetoric Workshop - 3 credits3. In addition, if you are a freshman in Business Foundation or changed to it as a freshman (0-30 credits) and
-your bulletin year is 2009-2010 or earlier, then application to the Advanced Program and a business major must be made in the semester following the one in which you earn 45 credit hours.
-your bulletin year is 2010-2011 or later, then application to the Advanced Program and a business major must be made in the semester in which you attempt your 60th credit hour.
If you are a transfer student (sophomore or above), or changed your major to BFO with over 30 credits, then you must apply to a business major in the minimum number of semesters needed to meet the remaining requirements. Every semester transfer students must register for math, economics, or accounting as long as they have unmet requirements.
Students completing the business foundation program must apply for admission to the advanced program by requesting a change of major. All change of major requests should be submitted for approval to the School of Business, Undergraduate Studies Office in Room B1100.
After students are accepted into the advanced program, their majors are officially declared and their registration is no longer blocked for upper division courses (300-400).
No. You cannot be dropped from your major if your GPA falls below a 2.500. Realize, though, that a dropping GPA is a sign that all is not well.
Maybe. A “D” is considered passing and you will earn credit for the course. However, “D's” will sometimes not satisfy the prerequisite for a higher level course or satisfy the degree requirements. For example, a “C” or better is required in ACCT 203 in order to be eligible for ACCT 204. Refer to the course prerequisites for more information. Remember, “D's” do not factor well into your GPA since they are worth very few grade points. Too many “D's” can land you on academic probation, just like an “F”.
In another example, students majoring in Business/Finance must receive a minimum grade of C in FIRE 317, FIRE 321 and FIRE 441 and must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the remainder of the finance concentration requirements.
Consult with an advisor. If the problem is your GPA, you may need to repeat one or two courses and raise the grade you initially received at least one letter grade. Also, because admittance into upper division business courses requires a minimum GPA, you may want to consider taking courses outside of the School of Business until you are able to meet the GPA requirement.