Warrington College of Business Administration
The Warrington College of Business Administration is named in honor of Alfred C. Warrington IV. A 1958 University of Florida graduate with a BSBA in accounting, Mr. Warrington is the founding chairman and former Co-CEO of Sanifill, Inc. His 1996 gift will total $11 million and will allow business faculty to help students meet the changing needs of the 21st century.
The business world is changing and the Warrington College of Business Administration is changing with it. Programs are continually evaluated for their relevance to changing conditions in the state, the nation and the world. There is new emphasis on people skills—the ability to communicate and work well with others—and on globalization, business ethics and cultural diversity.
Since the College of Business Administration was founded in 1926-27, more than 30,000 students have earned business or accounting degrees —a national and international network providing information, advice and encouragement to today’s students. There are now three undergraduate degree programs offered by the college: a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAc) from the Fisher School of Accounting; a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a major in computer and information sciences, decision and information sciences, economics, finance, insurance, management or marketing; and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA) with an outside area of specialization in any one of 80 different fields.
The college’s educational objectives provide a broad formal instructional foundation for responsible participation in business, the professions and government; they stimulate interest in social, economic and civic responsibilities; they develop competence in making business decisions and in evaluating policy; they offer areas of specialization for students wishing to pursue the more traditional business majors; and they encourage the intellectual inquiry of all students.
To meet these objectives, the college’s undergraduate degree programs are based on a broad foundation of study outside of the college that includes the university’s general education, communication and computation requirements. This educational foundation helps to prepare students for the college’s pre-professional and business core requirements, which cover the functional areas of business. Finally, students must select an area of specialization, either through a major within the college (BSAc and BSBA degrees) or an approved area of study outside of the college (BABA degree).
The distinguished credentials of the faculty of the Warrington College of Business Administration and the Fisher School of Accounting are recognized both within and outside the university, the state and the nation. When the state instituted its Eminent Scholar program for academic chairs, the Warrington College of Business Administration was the first unit in the State University System to acquire such a chair. Now, 11 of the 54 endowed Eminent Scholar Chairs at the university are in business or accounting.
The faculty also includes four university-appointed graduate research professors, four distinguished service professors and 25 named professorships endowed by businesses. The Warrington College and the Fisher School faculties include past presidents of the national American Accounting Association and the Econometrics Society and two past presidents of the national Association for Consumer Research.
College faculty have served as editors of major national scholarly journals in marketing, accounting, finance, business law and management, and in many associate editor or editorial board positions. National award winners among the faculty include those honored for research or teaching in real estate, marketing, management, economics, accounting and insurance.
The Fisher School and every department of the college ranks fifteenth or higher nationally for published research. In addition, the faculty from every department within the college and the Fisher School have been recognized by the undergraduate students, their departments and the college for their excellence in teaching, and many have even been selected for university-wide teaching awards.
Faculty also head the college’s fourteen research centers, including the Bureau of Economic and Business Research that provides official population estimates and projections used by the state for revenue sharing, planning and other purposes.
The Warrington College of Business Administration and Fisher School of Accounting are housed in three buildings informally known as the Business Triangle—Stuzin Hall, historic Bryan Hall and Matherly Hall.
The college’s media center is located in Bryan Hall. The studio facilities (130 BRY) allow for the advanced taping and broadcasting of those selected pre-professional and core courses that are taught live and then televised by replay. It is this advanced technology that allows the college to serve such a large number of students while maintaining adequate resources to keep junior/ senior level classes at a reasonable size for a greater degree of student/faculty interaction. The media center is also responsible for operating a modern video-replay facility, where students can view tapes of the prior week’s classes at their leisure.
Students can access the university’s mainframe computer at the Northeast Regional Data Center (NERDC) through the college’s computer lab, which is run by the university’s Center for Instructional and Research Computing Activities (CIRCA). The college also maintains a separate graduate computer center for instructional and research purposes.
National and Regional Associations
The Warrington College of Business Administration is an accredited member of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, the Southern Economic Association, the Southern Business Administrative Association and the National Retail Merchants’ Association. The baccalaureate and master’s programs in business and accounting are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.
Special days and events for business and accounting students are designated at the university’s fall and spring Career Expo, which attracts several hundred corporations, government agencies and public accounting firms to campus to meet and recruit potential employees. There is also an Internship Expo for students interested in internship opportunities.
The Warrington College and its faculty maintain permanent ties with companies through their executives who serve on advisory councils to the college, the Fisher School of Accounting and various research centers. These executives visit classrooms as guest speakers and their companies often provide financial support.
Beta Gamma Sigma
Election to this national honorary society, the business equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa in the field of liberal arts and sciences, is based on scholarship and character. For information, contact the Undergraduate Programs Office in 100 Stuzin Hall.
Organizations and Activities
The college encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities to enhance their educational experience, foster professional networks and develop communication and social skills. Committee service within the organizations also develops leadership skills.
Students may join chapters of the American Marketing Association, the Undergraduate Economics Society, the DIS Society, ASTRA and the student investment club.
The business fraternities Alpha Kappa Psi and Delta Sigma Pi offer opportunities for business and accounting students to participate in community service and social interaction.
In addition, students may join the Minority Business Society, the Hispanic Student Business Association, the Portfolio Management Association or the Business Administration College Council (BACC), the college’s student government organization.
The Fisher School of Accounting has three student organizations — Beta Alpha Psi, the national accounting honorary; the Fisher School of Accounting Council, a student government organization; and the Florida Accounting Association, a social organization. Many accounting students also are members of business fraternities and Beta Gamma Sigma.
Many business and accounting groups invite guest speakers to discuss careers, interviewing, resume writing and other relevant topics. Organizations offer students opportunities not always available in the classroom, opportunities for closer interaction with faculty, business executives and their peers.
The Warrington College of Business Administration believes that knowledge of the global market-place is vital for managers who will lead American corporations into the next century. An excellent way to obtain such knowledge is to study abroad for a semester or a full academic year.
The college has established exchange agreements with numerous foreign universities that allow UF students to count the credits earned abroad as part of their UF degree. Programs include the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration in Mikkeli, Finland; the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo; the Haarlem Business School in Haarlem, the Netherlands; the MBAI in Paris; University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology; Denmark’s International Study Program in Copenhagen; and Luigi Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. In addition, students fluent in German may study at Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria, and students may learn commercial French at EM Lyon in Lyon, France.
Summer programs also are available at the Finnish and Danish schools. There is a summer study tour that includes London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw and Prague. Internships in England are available through Richmond College in London. Finally, the Warrington College of Business Administration is a member of several international consortia that expand even more the range of opportunities for foreign study. The possibilities for informal arrangements for transferable overseas study are virtually unlimited.
Participants in approved programs can receive financial aid as if they were studying in Gainesville. Summer courses taken abroad count as their summer study obligation, and with careful planning and prior approval, count as part of their major or business core requirements.
Further information about international study opportunities is available from the Undergraduate Programs Office in 100 Stuzin Hall.
Students should carefully plan their program of study and their schedule of courses. Students applying for admission into a degree program or a minor are expected to complete all requirements within 120 credit hours. Academic Advising
The Warrington College of Business Administration’s Undergraduate Programs Office is located in Stuzin Hall. This office is responsible for advising students in the undergraduate programs available through the college, including the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA) and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA).
Transfer Admission Requirements
Transfer students will be admitted to the college for the fall, spring and summer A/C terms, provided they have an Associate of Arts degree from a Florida public institution and meet or exceed the 60-hour standards for their declared degree program. Application deadlines are strictly enforced (see the university calendar in this catalog).
Transfer students who do not have a completed application on file, including all required documentation, transcripts, etc., will not be considered for admission and must apply to a subsequent term.
Admission requirements can and do vary among the business and accounting programs at the ten universities of the state university system. To ensure that they have met all prerequisite course eligibility requirements, transfer students from Florida community colleges should complete the following courses, hereafter referred to as pre-professional courses, as part of their Associate of Arts degree: ACG 2021C , ACG 2071, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, MAC 2233, STA 2023, CGS 2531 (or an approved equivalent or demonstrated computer literacy). Completion of these courses satisfies prerequisite course requirements for all business and accounting programs and ensures further consideration for admission.
Pre-professional courses may not be taken by correspondence or S-U option. Students who wish to use a course from another institution should first consult the Undergraduate Programs Office to determine whether the course has been approved for equivalency.
Students can satisfy the prerequisite for MAC 2233, Survey of Calculus I, in one of two ways:
Application procedures for postbaccalaureate status are the same for all students regardless of where they received their undergraduate degree, except that former University of Florida students must apply for readmission, while non-University of Florida students apply for admission.
Application forms are available from the Office of Admissions in Criser Hall. Depending on resource and enrollment constraints, students who have received a baccalaureate degree may be admitted for the following purposes:
1) Students who have not received a BSAc, BSBA or BABA degree may be admitted only if they wish to receive a
BSBA or BABA degree.
2) Students who have received their BSBA or BABA degree from the University of Florida and who are not applying for
graduate programs within the college may be admitted to complete courses for informational purposes only (a maximum
of one term).
3) Any student applying for a graduate program within the college may, at the discretion of the graduate program, be
admitted to take courses in preparation for admission to the graduate program.
Except for the case of #3, admission is selective and subject to the college’s resource and enrollment constraints. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission as a postbaccalaureate student. Students admitted to postbaccalaureate status are required to see an academic adviser to develop an academic plan.
Nondegree Students (0BA)
Depending on resource constraints, students may be allowed to register as nondegree (transient) students provided they:
Students approved for nondegree status are allowed to enroll in courses only on the last day of drop/add on a space-available basis. Therefore, depending on course availability, students who must take a specific course for transfer back to their home institution may wish to explore other academic alternatives.
The college has graduate programs and programs for adult and executive development education. Graduate programs in accounting, business administration and economics are provided by the Graduate School for career preparation in teaching, research or business.
Courses are offered leading to the Master of Accounting (see Fisher School of Accounting), Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Requirements and admission information appear in the Graduate Catalog.
Information about grants, scholarships, loans, work-study programs and other forms of financial aid for undergraduate students in the college may be obtained from the Director of Student Financial Affairs, 103 Criser Hall, Box 114025, UF, Gainesville, Florida 32611-4025. College-specific scholarship information is available in 100 Stuzin Hall.
Students admitted to the college are expected to assume full responsibility for registering for the proper courses, for fulfilling all requirements for degrees and for completing all courses. Academic counseling is available in the Undergraduate Programs Office in 100 Stuzin Hall. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic adviser during their first term in the college to establish an academic plan of course work.
As a student progresses through the college computing needs will change. The functional needs of the first two years will be less than those of the junior and senior years.
Refer to the university’s home page at http://www.ufl.edu or to the CIRCA web page at http://www.circa.ufl.edu/computers for general computer information as well as a link to the college’s web page and specific requirements for each program.
Software Requirements (all students)
Uniformity of software applications is critical. Group collaboration on projects is the norm; students can more easily share documents and help each other if all use the same software. Further, students and instructors may exchange data electronically, so it is important that students and instructors use the same software products.
The following software is necessary for a business degree program:
Students should be competent in these basic products before beginning the program. Additional software may be required for certain classes and specialized needs; for example, for statistical analysis or tax. The instructor will advise students of specialized software requirements.
If you currently own a computer, bring it up to the following standards:
* Microsoft Office 97 will run with 16 megs of memory, but its performance is significantly enhanced with 32 megs of
If you do not own a computer, buy a notebook computer with the following specifications:*
* Notebook computers purchased during the first two years may require memory and/or hard disk upgrades to meet the
standards for 3-4000 level courses.
** You must contact the college’s Undergraduate Programs Office (after enrolling at UF) to determine the appropriate
All students must have a notebook computer at the beginning of the junior year. Students begin the course work for the major at the junior year. In today’s business environment, computing is an integral component. A notebook computer is essential for computing capability at all times and all locations.
Buy a notebook computer with the following specifications:*
* Notebook computers purchased during the first two years may require memory and/or hard disk upgrades to meet the
standards for 3-4000 level courses.
** You must contact the college’s Undergraduate Programs Office (after enrolling at UF) to determine the appropriate
Students with fewer than 60 semester hours at the time of their first enrollment in a state university system institution must earn at least nine (9) credit hours before graduating by attending one or more summer terms at a state university or participating in an approved study abroad program. The college’s undergraduate committee may waive this requirement for health, academic or financial reasons. Written documentation is required to support a petition for waiver
Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory Grade Option
Students in the college may use the S-U option for electives only; pre-professional, core and major courses cannot be taken on an S-U basis. Students choosing the S-U option must be in good standing and may not be on university academic probation. To elect the S-U option, students need approvals from the instructor and department offering the course, as well as the dean of their own college. They may elect the S-U option for only one course each term. This option is in addition to courses that are taught only on an S-U basis.
For fall, spring and summer C terms, the deadline for electing the S-U option is 4:00 p.m., Friday of the third week of classes. For summer A and B terms, the deadline is 4:00 p.m., Wednesday of the second week of classes. Once approved, students cannot revert to a letter grade option.
Students must follow a specified series of academic standards. The Warrington College of Business Administration and the university will monitor the progress of freshmen and sophomores. Students who fall below the minimum standards for their degree program will not be able to register and will be required by the university to seek admission to another college or to make alternative academic plans. Information regarding the standards for all majors within the college is available on subsequent pages.
A student who falls below a 2.0 UF GPA, a 2.0 GPA in the business core, or either a 2.0 in the major course work (BSBA degree) or a 2.0 in the outside area of specialization (BABA degree) will be placed on college probation.
Students who do not make satisfactory academic progress may be excluded from further registration in the college. A student is not making satisfactory progress under the following conditions:
Policy for Dropping Courses
Students can exercise two unrestricted drops as freshmen or sophomores and two unrestricted drops as juniors or seniors regardless of their college classification at the time the courses were dropped. To exercise an unrestricted drop, a student must complete an orange bubble sheet. As long as the student has not used two unrestricted drops, and as long as the bubble sheet is submitted to the Undergraduate Programs Office before the drop deadline, these drops will be granted automatically.
The unrestricted drops will be granted if the student has not used two unrestricted drops, has had the bubble sheet approved by the Undergraduate programs Office and has submitted the bubble sheet to the registrar’s office before the deadline.
After a student has exercised both unrestricted drops, all subsequent drops must be accomplished through a course drop petition and must be approved by the college’s undergraduate committee. The committee is very strict in its consideration of these drop requests and approves drops only for reasons beyond the student’s control. The burden of proof is on the student to demonstrate compelling circumstances that justify waiver of the policy. Written documentation must accompany the petition.
For the fall and spring terms only, students who have earned a 3.5 or better grade point average (GPA), based on a minimum of 14 semester hours taken for letter grades, are eligible for the Dean’s List. Students will receive a certificate of recognition for their achievement. Hours taken under the S-U option do not count toward the 14 semester hours required.
The college enforces course prerequisites. A current/revised list of prerequisites for each term may be obtained from the Undergraduate Programs Office. BABA students are advised that they must complete all other core courses and have senior standing (4BA) before they can take MAN 4720 (Business Policies). Students who have difficulty following this policy or deciding how to schedule their courses correctly should contact an academic adviser in 100 Stuzin Hall.
Normal Course Loads
The college’s degree programs are full-time programs. Students are encouraged to register for 15 credit hours and are expected to register for a minimum load of 12 credit hours (6 credit hours during a 6-week summer session). Students cannot take more than 17 credit hours without first receiving approval via a college petition.
Students are encouraged to take part in an internship program between their junior and senior years. Students desiring academic credit for an internship program should contact the internship coordinator for their department. Academic credit for internships is offered only under the S-U option. Internships also are available through the college’s Center for Retail Education and Research, located in 200 Bryan Hall. Addition information is available in the Career Resource Center.
Seniors must file an application for degree in the Office of the University Registrar, 222 Criser Hall, by the deadline for the semester in which they expect to receive a degree. This application is valid for that term only. In addition, all students must satisfactorily complete the following to graduate from the Warrington College of Business Administration:
Students pursuing a BSBA, BABA or BSAc degree can concurrently pursue a second baccalaureate degree, provided that the second degree is awarded by another college.
A student may receive two degrees of the same rank provided they have:
All business core and major courses must be taken in residence at the University of Florida. In addition, the last 30 hours to be applied toward a degree must be completed in residence in the college. This requirement may be waived only in special cases and must be approved in advance by the college’s Undergraduate Committee.
In any case, no student may take more than six (6) semester hours by correspondence during the final 60 semester hours required for the baccalaureate degree. Such work must have prior approval for each individual student by the college’s Undergraduate Committee. Students who are on college probation may not take courses by extension or correspondence.
Honors, High Honors and Highest Honors
Honors designations are based upon three grade point averages: UF GPA, core GPA and major or outside area of specialization GPA. All three GPAs must meet these minimum standards:
A thesis is required for high or highest honors. A thesis requires enrollment in a specific one-hour section of an honors thesis course and must be reviewed by at least one faculty member chosen by the department’s honors coordinator. Students
must submit the completed thesis and an abstract to the supervising faculty member and the Honors Office in Tigert Hall.
Students must have completed 90 semester hours of course work at the time they enroll.
Programs of Study
Junior and senior level requirements total 60 semester hours. They include business core requirements, free-elective requirements and major field (BSBA degree) or outside area of specialization (BABA) requirements.
Students will be required to follow the curriculum specified for their degree program. All business core and major or specialty course work must be taken in residence at the university and may not be taken S-U.
Students who have taken equivalent course work at another institution will be required to either retake the course at the university or, subject to the approval of the college’s undergraduate committee, take a higher-level course in the same subject area. Additional semester hours are not earned when repeating equivalent courses.
Business Core Requirements
The Legal Environment of Business
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
Statistics for Business Decisions
Business Policies (BABA only)
These courses are required for all students in the BSBA or the BABA degree programs, with the exception that BSBA students are not required to take MAN 4720; CIS majors will take STA 4033 instead of QMB 3250.
Elective courses may be taken within or outside the Warrington College. Students in the BSBA program must take their electives according to the guidelines on this and subsequent pages. Students in the BABA programs are limited to one additional course (beyond the business core) in each business discipline.
Students within the college can use their free electives to obtain minors in other colleges.
General Education Requirements
Although the university requires completion of the general education requirements, each college determines the manner in which students will meet these requirements. The general education requirements for BSBA and BABA degrees are as follows:
In addition, six credits must be in courses with an international or cultural diversity focus. These credits often overlap with the composition and humanities requirements. Students also should choose humanities and composition courses that satisfy the Gordon Rule communication requirement.
Some of the college’s pre-professional and core courses satisfy general education requirements:
For additional information about these requirements, contact an adviser in 100 Stuzin Hall.
In the following academic plans, general education courses are identified with the letters GE, pre-professional courses are identified with 1, business core courses with 2 and major courses with 3 .
Students within the Warington College are encouraged to obtain minors offered by other colleges.
Computer and information Sciences (BSBA)
Decision and Information Sciences (BSBA)
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA)
Minor in Business Administration
Minor in Actuarial Science