New Minor in Business
Beginning fall 2013, a new 12 hour minor is available to non-business majors by application.
The program has been uniquely designed for non-business students so that they can effectively perform in an emerging global business environment. Through integrated modular coursework, students will be introduced to the essential elements of Marketing, Management, Accounting, Finance, and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Once completed, students will then choose between one of three business track options: Innovation, Analytics or Entrepreneurship. Finally, students complete their minor requirements through a business Capstone course that focuses on strategy, application, and the development of a “venture plan”. (Students will also have the option of completing multiple tracks for increase breadth of application).
Note: Courses are available in fall and spring and due to program cost, there is a $500 per course fee.
Scholarships are available. Please view the details via the menu on the left.
Fall Info Sessions
Tuesday, Oct 29th
3:30 – 4:00
Wednesday, Nov 6th
5:00 – 5:30
Monday, Nov 11th
3:00 – 3:30
Thursday, Nov 14th
3:30 – 4:00
ENGR DCL Bechtel Collab
Thursday, Nov 21st
5:30 – 6:00
Tuesday, Dec 3rd
3:30 – 4:00
In addition to the required 12 semester hours of course work (see Class Details section), the following requirements apply to the Minor in Business:
- No pass/fail work may be applied to the minor.
- The cumulative grade point average for all minor degree course work must equal 2.00 or higher.
- Transfer work will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. However, students may be required to take more BUSM track courses to complete 12 hours of minor coursework at CU.
- All minors must be complete and on record at the time your degree is awarded. The Business Minor cannot be added to a degree program after graduation.
- New minor courses will not be able to be applied to the Business major.
Any CU Statistics or Calculus class with a C- or better (AP, IB or equivalent) OR passing a specially designed ALEKS exam.
ALEKS Business Statistics Online Option
An ALEKS Business Statistics tutorial & exam is be available for purchase in the CU Bookstore. The booklet and code are approximately $80.
This self-paced, online option is recommended for students who have some or all of the criteria below:
- Have had some exposure to Statistics
- Are good at math
- Are able to learn in an online environment
- Are self-motivated & directed
There will be two proctored exams offered each month. Once a student feels they have mastered the ALEKS class material, they are welcome to sign up for the on-campus exam (dates are posted in the ALEKS course). Students are not able to take the exam more than twice. Students will need to pass the comprehensive exam with a 65% or higher in order to be eligible to begin taking minor classes. If a student takes the exam twice and is not able to earn a 65% or higher, they will be encouraged to sign up for a college-level statistics or calculus class where they will need to earn a C- or better.
All students accepted into the new minor are required to attend a 5 hour on-boarding experience before classes begin for the semester that apply. The dates will be announced to each cohort as they are accepted but students should plan to be available the Thursday or Friday before the semester begins.
Requirements Overview (Click for a larger view of chart)
Principles of Management & Marketing and Principles of Financial Accounting & Finance must be completed before enrolling in the Track class. The Track class must be complete before enrolling in the Capstone class. Therefore, most students should plan to complete the minor in FOUR semesters. However, the first two classes, Principles of Management & Marketing and Principles of Financial Accounting & Finance, can be taken at the same time or in either order for a minimum completion time of three semesters. Students can also ‘pause’ at any time to study abroad or focus on major coursework.
Sample Schedule for Students Starting the Business Minor in Spring 2014:
- Spring 2014 – Take BUSM 2001 Principles of Management and Marketing
- Fall 2014 - Take BUSM 2002 Principles of Financial Accounting and Finance
- Spring 2015 – Choose track class
- Fall 2015 – Take Capstone class
Sample Schedule for Students Starting the Business Minor in Spring 2014 but who need to graduate in May 2015:
- Spring 2014 – Take BUSM 2001 Principles of Management and Marketing AND BUSM 2002 Principles of Financial Accounting and Finance
- Fall 2014 – Choose track class
- Spring 2015 – Take Capstone class
Class Offerings for Spring 2014
Principles of Marketing and Management
MWF 9 - 10
Principles of Accounting and Finance
MWF 2 - 3
May be taken in either order OR together.
Applications are available here or in Koelbel S210. They will be reviewed on a rolling, space available basis. Please submit applications to Koelbel S210. No incomplete applications will be accepted.
The application packet should include:
- Well-written Statement of Intent—250 words or less of why this minor is important for your academic and career goals
- Resume—for assistance, please view Career Services’ website
- Copy of your unofficial transcript – to be obtained through MyCUInfo
Before students can begin the classes for the minor, they must have met the following:
- Pre-Requisite of a C- in either Statistics or Calculus (or AB, IB or transfer credit) OR a specially designed ALEKS Statistics class and exam (see Minor Requirements section for details).
- Minimum of 2.0 GPA & in good academic standing
- Minimum of 15 hours completed at CU
**If an accepted student has not completed the requirements above before the start of the semester in which they apply, they will be removed from the minor and asked to reapply for the next semester.**
Acceptance and Notification
Applications will be considered on a rolling, space available basis with 150 spots for the Spring 2014 semester. There is a priority deadline of October 15th so that accepted students can have first choice of BUSM classes for the Spring semester.
All students will be notified within 2 weeks of application submission. Minor applicants will be notified of the decision through CU email and the new Business Minor designation will be added to their record (with the track option selected on the application).
Scholarships are available now for the Spring 2014 cohort. All students are encouraged to apply. However, preference may be given to students in specific majors, CU GPAs of 3.0 and above or financial need.
Students applying may want to prepare their essays before starting the application. Students are able to save their application but when they re-enter, they may need to be on the same computer and browser.
- Two part question: Please describe a time in your academic career when you thought that having additional business knowledge would be important to you? What are some specific things that you hope to gain from the business minor? Please upload a word document that is 1000 words or less.
- How has your background influenced your personal development and perceptions regarding diversity? Please upload a word document that is 500 words or less.
Apply by November 15
Scholarships awarded December 1st
If awarded, the scholarship will cover the $500 per course fee to pursue the minor and will be applied to tuition each semester that the student is enrolled in a minor course (up to $2000.00). Depending on the scholarship type, students may be required to attend special events to connect with their sponsor.
Resources for Minor Students
Spring 2014 On-boarding Event
This unique experience will introduce new minor students to key foundations in corporate social responsibility, global business, and critical thinking. The Business minor on-boarding is an essential building block for successful case preparation and group work that will be integrated into the program. Students will be introduced to faculty in the program and the co-curricular opportunities for professional development. Lunch will be provided.
**Anyone who does not attend, will not be able to begin the minor in the Spring.**
Thursday, January 9, from 9:00am – 3:00pm
Friday, January 10, from 9:00am – 3:00pm
Please click here to pick your day and sign up for the event. The deadline to sign up is Monday, December 30th.
Business Minor Welcome Reception
All new Business Minor students are invited to attend a special welcome event hosted by Arrow Electronics and Phillips 66. Hear from Dean Ikenberry and network with company representatives, as well as with other minor students. Scholarship recipients will be recognized and are required to attend.
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Business Casual Attire
Light hors d'oeuvres
2013 Student Scholarship Reception
Check back for special events, professional development opportunities and updates throughout the Fall!
For questions or advising, please contact:
Director, Business Minor
303.492.6515—To make an appointment
Sign up for the Business Minor Email List:
If you would like to be kept informed of upcoming information sessions or updates on the minor, please submit your information here.