2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Business & Technology

Dean: Dr. Thomas L. Erekson
Associate Dean: Dr. John Drea
Office: Stipes Hall 101
Telephone: (309) 298-2442
Fax: (309) 298-1039
E-mail: cbt@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/cbt

The College of Business and Technology at Western Illinois University provides a focus for educational excellence that promotes the intellectual and personal growth of participants and enhances their contributions to individuals and organizations to thrive, contribute and lead in a global society. The activities and operations of the College are not regionally restricted, as the western part of Illinois is an integral part of a unified social and economic infrastructure that extends across the United States to the world. The business and accountancy programs in the College are fully accredited by AACSB International at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The essence of educational excellence involves a qualified and scholarly faculty, a diverse student body, small class sizes, the use of current technology, the best aspects of a small college atmosphere, and a positive learning environment. Intellectual and personal growth includes cultivating scholarly virtues, promoting the concept of life-long learning, encouraging faculty development, and generating and sharing information and knowledge. Participants are students, faculty, graduates, and all others involved in the educational process. Every individual is an active learner and teacher through shared responsibility, collaboration, and mutual respect. The College contributes to the success of future and current leaders, managers, and professionals in the global community. Faculty are engaged in teaching, research, and service; students are prepared for meaningful positions and for life; and employers recognize the value of an education from the College.

Annually, a wide variety of lectures, symposia, and discussions designed to augment classroom work are presented. While many of these professional programs appeal primarily to business people and business and technology students, increasing emphasis is being placed on the broad social spectrum of business endeavors. The goal of these varied programs is to engage students in the concepts of social responsibility and ethical business practices while encouraging the use of quantitative, technical, and theoretical approaches necessary for problem solving in the complex milieu of today’s global business environment.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the national scholastic honor society in the field of business. Election to membership is available to both undergraduate and graduate students in business. Selection is based upon outstanding scholastic achievement.

Departments and Programs

Students in the College of Business and Technology may pursue studies in the following departments and programs.

Department of Accounting and Finance
  • B.B. in Accountancy
  • B.B. in Finance
School of Agriculture
  • B.S. in Agriculture with options in:
    • Agricultural Business
    • Agricultural Science
    • Teacher Certification
School of Computer Sciences
  • B.S. in Computer Science with an additional option in:
    • Business
  • B.S. in Information Systems
  • B.S. in Network Technologies
Department of Economics and Decision Sciences
  • B.A. in Economics
  • B.B. in Economics
School of Engineering
  • B.S. in Engineering
Department of Engineering Technology
  • B.S. in Engineering Technology
  • B.S. in Graphic Communication
  • B.S. in Construction Management
Department of Management and Marketing
  • B.B. in Human Resource Management
  • B.B. in Management
  • B.B. in Marketing
  • B.B. in Supply Chain Management

The College of Business and Technology offers minor programs in the same fields as the major programs listed above (except Engineering and Network Technologies). In addition, the College offers the following minor programs that have no corresponding majors: Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Technology Management, Agronomy, Animal Science, Business, Decision Sciences, Horticulture, Industrial Technology, International Agriculture, International Business, Manufacturing Technology, Natural Resources Conservation, Operations Management, Plant Breeding, and Urban Forestry. The requirements for the minor in Business are listed below. Requirements for all other minors are listed under the appropriate department sections.

The College of Business and Technology provides advising for pre-professional programs in Agricultural Engineering, Forestry, Pre-MBA, and Veterinary Medicine.

Minor in Business (24 s.h.)
  1. ACCT 201, 202; ECON 231, 232; STAT 171 (15 s.h.)
  2. Select three of the following courses: (9 s.h.)
    FIN 311, IS 340, MGT, 349, MGT 481, MKTG 327, OM 352
Pre-MBA Minor (21-27 s.h.)

See Pre-Professional Programs (p. 301).

Limit on Business Credits

Students who are not declared as Bachelor of Business majors may enroll in a maximum of 29 total hours of coursework with the following prefixes: ACCT, BAT, BL, DS, FIN, HRM, IS, MGT, MKTG, OM, and SCM. Exceptions to this rule require the permission of the Dean of the College of Business and Technology.

Major in Business

Acceptance as a declared business major requires the completion of at least 60 s.h. and, except as provided below, at least 12 s.h. completed at WIU with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 at WIU. The student must have also completed ACCT 201 and 202, ECON 231 and 232, MATH 137 and STAT 171. Students not eligible to declare may enroll in a Pre-Business Program or, depending on their academic profile, may need to select the Transitional Advising Program. Enrollment in these programs does not guarantee acceptance into one of the major areas as a candidate for the Bachelor of Business degree.

Transfer students who have earned 60 hours prior to matriculation at WIU, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50, and who have completed ACCT 201 and 202, ECON 231 and 232, MATH 137, and STAT 171 will enter as declared majors.

Junior standing is required to enroll in 300- and 400-level business courses.

Pre-Business students who have earned 60 hours, but are otherwise ineligible to declare a business major, will be limited to a maximum of 29 hours of business courses (see Limit on Business Credits above) and may be removed from business courses.

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 24 s.h. in the major area as defined by the appropriate department. In special cases, the chairperson of the major department, the Dean of the College of Business and Technology, and the Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards (CAGAS) may approve a course outside the College as a substitute for a major area requirement.

After satisfying the University General Education Curriculum, the Business Core, and the major area courses, the remaining courses may be taken as open electives.

Advising Centers

Students majoring in Agriculture or Engineering Technology receive academic advising services in the Agriculture and Engineering Technology Advising Office located in Room 110, Knoblauch Hall, telephone (309) 298-2100.

Students majoring in Business disciplines or Computer Sciences receive academic advising services in the Business and Computer Science Advising Center. This office is located in Stipes Hall 133, telephone (309) 298-1619.

Business and Technology students (other than Engineering) who are primarily enrolled at the WIU-Quad Cities campus receive advising services from the WIU-Quad Cities advising office, telephone (309) 762-9481.

Students majoring in Engineering receive academic advising services in the advising office located on the WIU-Quad Cities campus, telephone (309) 762-1988.

College Graduation Requirements

In addition to meeting University graduation requirements, students in the College of Business and Technology must:

  1. Complete 120-126 s.h. of credit in approved courses of which a minimum of 42 s.h. must be in courses numbered 300 and above.
  2. Complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Business degree or for the Bachelor of Science degree as outlined for specific majors.


  1. Complete the business major core courses.
  2. Complete the last 30 s.h. in residence.
  3. Complete at least 50 percent of the required business credit hours in residence.


  1. Satisfy the University residence and other general requirements including the University General Education Curriculum and minimum scholastic standards.
  2. Complete an appropriate minor or comprehensive major in lieu of a major-minor combination.

Certification to Teach Agriculture

Students enrolled in the School of Agriculture who wish to obtain a teaching certificate must meet all criteria for admission to the Teacher Education Program, complete the teacher education curriculum, and complete the major or minor requirements for teacher education students. See School of Agriculture (p. 106) and Teacher Certification (p. 326) for additional information and specific requirements.

Bachelor of Business Degree

In addition to the University General Education Curriculum, all candidates for the Bachelor of Business degree must complete the following requirements:

Business Core
  • Accountancy (ACCT 201 and 202) 6 s.h.
  • Business Communications (IS 320†) 3 s.h.
  • Business Law (B L 230/B L 431 for Accounting majors) 3 s.h.
  • Business Statistics (DS 303 or ECON 487) 3 s.h.
  • Finance (FIN 311/FIN 331 for Finance and Accounting majors) 3 s.h.
  • Global Studies (ECON 170 or MGT 125) 3 s.h.
  • Information Systems (IS 340) 3 s.h.
  • Management (MGT 349 and 490) 6 s.h.
  • Marketing (MKTG 327) 3 s.h.
  • Total 33 s.h.

†Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course.

Students who transfer an equivalent course with less than the hours shown may seek approval from the Dean of the College of Business and Technology to complete the core requirements with fewer than 33 s.h.

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