Bachelor of Science


The Undergraduate Program enhances the educational experience of Leeds School students by developing a strong culture of high academic expectations, student engagement, and preparedness for success in business practice.

To achieve these goals, set forth in the school’s five year strategic plan, the program has recruited highly qualified faculty, developed student executive mentoring programs, expanded its internship programs, and focused on experiential learning.

The program actively works to build a strong culture of success at the Leeds School by following a three-step process. First, the program gathers information to gauge where the Leeds School stands relative to internal goals and other peer business programs. Students offer input via surveys, town hall meetings, one-on-one interviews and discussions.

The program then uses data to provide direction for improvement. Based on student and faculty feedback, the Leeds School is developing a Student Portfolio Program to encourage all undergraduates to participate in professional/career development activities such as internships, student clubs, and community service. Business education should not be one-dimensional and the Student Portfolio Program will prepare students, both professionally and personally, for success in the workplace. The third stop in the process is to track the results to guide future improvements.

U.S. News and World Report ranked the undergraduate business program 22nd among national public universities in 2010, up one place from the previous year. By sustaining its commitment to the strategic plan, the school will continue to improve the quality of a Leeds education and, in turn, its national reputation.


Incoming freshmen or those transferring from other colleges or schools may apply to the undergraduate program through the University of Colorado Boulder Office of Admissions.

First-Year Prospective Students

Prospective freshman students are encouraged to complete strong academic programs in high school.

A minimum of four academic units should be completed each year with special emphasis given to writing, mathematics, and science skills.

For a detailed explanation of the high school preparation desired, see the Minimum Academic Preparation Standards.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in writing and mathematics.

Prospective transfer students should complete courses equivalent to those taken by University of Colorado business freshmen and sophomores.

A transfer credit evaluation will be performed after a student has been accepted to the University of Colorado and has confirmed admission.

In order to estimate which credits will transfer:

  • Consult your school's course catalog. Many courses have very similar titles and many business programs have very similar introductory courses.
  • Compare course descriptions from your institution with the courses required at the Leeds School.


In addition to GPA requirements, hours taken, and non-business course requirements completed, the school considers other factors that contribute to diversity in the student body.

Degree Requirements

You will be earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. This is your official major. You will have the opportunity to develop expertise in one of 4 Areas of Emphasis within this degree: Accounting, Finance, Management & Entrepreneurship, and Marketing.

Degree Requirements

Following is an abbreviated summary of the requirements for your degree.

Total Credits

In order to receive their degree, students must earn a minimum of 120 acceptable semester hours of credit as follows:

  • Business core requirements: 28-31 Semester Hours
  • Business area of emphasis requirements: 15-18 Semester Hours
  • Business electives: 15-18 Semester Hours
  • Arts & Sciences core requirements: 39-42 Semester Hours
  • Non-business electives: 17-20 Semester Hours

Please refer to your Academic Progress Sheet or your online degree audit to determine the number of hours you are required to take in each category. These numbers depend on curriculum requirements at the time you began your business degree as well as any exceptions made based on transfer or Study Abroad credit.

The school reserves the right to disallow any credit that it determines is not appropriate academic credit.

Business Core Requirements

Students must complete 28 semester hours of Business Core:

  • BCOR 1010: Introduction to Business (3 credits)
  • BCOR 1020: Business Statistics (3 credits)
  • BCOR 2000: Accounting and Financial Analysis (4 credits)
  • BCOR 2200: Introductory Finance (3 credits)
  • BCOR 2300: Adding Value with Management (3 credits)
  • BCOR 2400: Fundamentals of Marketing (3 credits)
  • BCOR 2500: Business Systems (3 credits)
  • BCOR 3000: Business Law, Ethics, and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • BCOR 3010: Business, Ethics, and Society (3 credits)

Area of Emphasis

Students must choose an area of emphasis in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management & Entrepreneurship. Areas of emphasis consist of 18 semester hours beyond any business core courses.

Business Electives

Students may take 15-18 semester hours of business electives, depending on the semester they began their degree program.

Any course offered by business may count as a business elective, but you are still responsible for any prerequisites that apply to the course. Business courses required for areas of application are included in business electives. Business courses required by specific areas in excess of the 18 hours listed under Area of emphasis are included in business electives. There is not one place where you can view a complete list of Business electives. When searching the catalog or registration system, you may take any course with the following prefixes as a business elective: ACCT, BADM, BSLW, ESBM, FNCE, INBU, MGMT, MKTG, REAL, and OPIM. You may also take Business electives while on Study Abroad with pre-approval from an advisor.

Arts & Sciences Core Requirements

Students must take 39-42 hours of specific courses from the Arts and Science Core. Leeds students generally follow the A&S core with a couple of exceptions; business students only need 6 hours of natural science (no sequence or lab requirement) and will take micro and macroeconomics to fulfill contemporary societies.

Non-Business Electives

Students may take 17-20 semester Hours of non-business electives, depending on when they began the degree program.

Please refer to your Academic Progress Sheet to determine the number of hours you are required to take. Not all classes are accepted as elective credits. Generally, to be acceptable, electives must have a form of assessment such as a term paper and/or examinations, and must be regular classroom-type courses. Course coverage must be school-level, must not be repetitious of other work applied toward the degree, must be academic as opposed to vocational or technical, and must be part of the regular university offerings.

Specifically, the school will accept:

  • MAPS courses devoted to satisfying Minimum Academic Preparation Standards may also be used to satisfy either non-business requirements or non-business electives.
  • ROTC courses can count as non-business electives.


Students are responsible for knowing all prerequisites for the courses they enroll in. Students who do not meet prerequisites can be dropped from the course at any time during the semester. The registration system may not stop you from registering for a course for which you don't have the prerequisites (it will stop you from registering if there's an hour restriction, but not if a specific course is the prerequisite) so pay attention! You can find course descriptions for all class in the CU Catalog or in Schedule Planner, and in many cases in the Registration system itself. You are responsible for researching these and not enrolling if you don't meet the prerequisite. We've included the prerequisites for BCORS below as a reference.

In order to provide the Leeds Undergraduate Business curriculum with a pedagogically rigorous course progression (from a skills and content perspective), and to ensure an enriching, relevant educational experience for all students (business and non-business alike), the following prerequisites for the freshman and sophomore core business courses will be enforced.

For Area of Emphasis and Business Elective courses, please see the prerequisites listed in the Catalog and on the registration system or on the Area handouts from the Advising office.

BCOR 1010: Introduction to Business

BCOR 1020: Business Statistics

  • MATH 1071 (or passing score on proctored math assessment test or two semesters of calculus)

BCOR 2000: Accounting and Financial Analysis 1

  • BCOR 1010: Introduction to Business
  • BCOR 1020: Business Statistics
  • 26 hours completed

BCOR 2200: Introductory Finance

  • BCOR 1010: Introduction to Business
  • BCOR 1020: Business Statistics
  • BCOR 2000: Accounting and Financial Analysis 1
  • ECON 2010 (or 2020)
  • Second semester ECON series (co-requisite)
  • 26 hours completed

BCOR 2300: Adding Value with Management

  • BCOR 1010: Introduction to Business
  • 26 hours completed

BCOR 2400: Fundamentals of Marketing

  • BCOR 1010: Introduction to Business
  • BCOR 1020: Business Statistics
  • second semester of ECON series (co-requisite)
  • 26 hours completed

BCOR 2500: Introduction to Business Systems

  • BCOR 1010: Introduction to Business
  • BCOR 1020: Business Statistics

BCOR 3000: Business Law, Ethics, and Public Policy

  • 52 hours completed

BCOR 3010 Business, Ethics, and Society

  • 52 hours and all lower-division BCOR classes completed

Accounting Requirements


These three required 3--- level courses are prerequisites for the 4--- level courses.

  • ACCT 3220 Corporate Financial Reporting I - 3 Credits
  • ACCT 3230 Corporate Financial Reporting II - 3 Credits
  • ACCT 3320 Cost Management - 3 Credits


Take 6 credit hours from the following 4--- level courses:

  • ACCT 4240/5240 Advanced Financial Accounting - 3 Credits
  • ACCT 4250/5250/6250 Financial Statement Analysis - 3 Credits
  • ACCT 4330/5330 Advanced Cost Management - 3 Credits
  • ACCT 4440/5440 Income Taxation – 3 Credits
  • ACCT 4540/5540 Accounting Information Systems - 3 Credits
  • ACCT 4620/5620 Auditing - 3 Credits
  • ACCT 4700/5700 International Accounting - 3 Credits
  • ACCT 4800/5800 Accounting for Government and Nonprofit Organizations - 3 Credits
  • ACCT 4820/5820 - Topics in Business - variable credit (must get divisional approval for this course to count towards Accounting emphasis.)
  • ACCT 4825 - Experimental Seminar - variable credit (only 3 credit hours may count towards Accounting emphasis)

Required Senior Capstone Course

  • ACCT 4850-3. Senior Seminar in Accounting.- 3 Credits


The following course counts only as a business elective if taken SUMMER 2007 or LATER:

  • ACCT 4430 Personal Financial Planning,

These courses will not count toward the Accounting area of emphasis

  • ACCT 4900-variable credit: Independent Study
  • ACCT 6000 – Accounting Internship – variable credit
  • ACCT 6350 Current Issues in Professional Accounting
  • ACCT 6620 Advanced Auditing: Business Risk and Decision Analysis

Finance Requirements


  • ACCT 3220 Corporate Financial Reporting I (3) counts as a business elective
  • FNCE 3010 Corporate Finance (3)
  • FNCE 4030 Investment and Portfolio Management (3)
  • FNCE 4850 Senior Seminar in Finance (3)

Students must also take three of the following courses, two of which must be completed before enrolling in FNCE 4850:

  • FNCE 4000 Financial Institutions Management (3)
  • FNCE 4040 Derivative Securities (3)
  • FNCE 4050 Capital Investment Analysis (3)
  • FNCE 4060 London Seminar in International Finance and Business (6) (Students may count 3 hours in the area of emphasis and 3 hours as Business Elective credit)
  • FNCE 4070 Financial Markets and Institutions (3) (Formerly FNCE 3020)
  • FNCE 4825 Experimental Seminar (variable credit)*
    *(Only one FNCE 4825 course can be applied in the FNCE area of emphasis)
  • FNCE 4830 Seminar in Investment Banking
  • FNCE 4831 Seminar in Investment Management

In addition, one of the following courses can be substituted for one of the above FNCE elective courses to meet finance Area of Emphasis requirements.

  • APPM 4720 Mathematical Finance (3)
  • ESBM 4570 Entrepreneurial Finance (3)
  • FNCE 4832 Microfinance (3)
  • INBU 4200 International Financial Management (3)
  • REAL 4100 Real Estate Finance & Investment Analysis (3)

Management & Entrepreneurship Requirements

Advances in business knowledge and technology have radically changed business systems, organization structures and processes. As a result, critical to today's businesses is the ability to get the right information to the right people at the right time, so that both strategic and operational decisions are made properly and quickly. Students majoring in Management and Entrepreneurship will learn to recognize the pivotal role that information plays in the business world and to use their knowledge to increase business competitiveness.

Students completing the management and entrepreneurship area of emphasis are viewed by potential employers as having the education required to successfully compete in the team-oriented, horizontally organized and globally competitive environments of the 21st century. The Management and Entrepreneurship area of emphasis prepares students for careers managing people, operations and information.

Management and Entrepreneurship students must choose one of three tracks: Human Resource Management, Information Management, or Operations Management.

Human Resource (HR) Management Track

Human Resource Management deals with activities related to people such as hiring, rewards, and development. Effective HR Management allows employees to contribute to the company’s accomplishment of its goals and objectives. The human resource management track provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to earn certification in human resources from the Society of Human Resources, the principal professional society in the field.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are qualified to act as human resource generalists in small, medium, and large companies; specialists in organizations with focused human resource units; or well-rounded general managers in any organization. Recent HR Management graduates have gotten jobs with Level 3, Vail Resorts, Stryker, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and many other world-class employers.

There are three required courses in the HR Management track. All courses are for 3 credits unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses

In addition, students in the HR Management track must complete three of the following courses:

Elective Courses

  • MGMT 4010: Redefining the Employee-Employer Relationship
  • MGMT 4020: Hiring and Retaining Critical Human Resources
  • MGMT 4030: Managing Employee Reward Systems
  • MGMT 4040: Individual, Team, and Organizational Development

Students focusing on HR are also encouraged to take INBU 4300 International Management as a business elective.

Information Management Track

The most significant enabler of quality decision making is information management. Useful information must be captured and organized in a way that it is usable so managers can understand how much value is being added by the organization’s activities. Students graduating from the Information Management track are exposed to a wide range of tools, methods, and techniques for addressing issues such as the selection and implementation of new technologies. These technologies are used to get the right information to the right people at the right time.

Career Opportunities

After completing the Information Management track, students find opportunities as consultants, business analysts, project managers, systems analysts, web developers, database administrators, IT auditors, software developers and many other interesting and rewarding careers. Recent Information Management graduates have gotten jobs with Google, Facebook, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG, Hitachi Consulting, Ernst & Young, Rally Software, Conoco Phillips, Brocade, and many other world-class employers. There are three required courses in the Information Management track. All courses are for 3 credits unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses

In addition, students in the Information Management track must complete three of the following courses:


  • MGMT 4210: Systems Thinking (Was OPIM 3000)
  • MGMT 4220: Business Technologies (Was OPIM 3101)
  • MGMT 4230/5230: Design of Usable Business Systems (Was OPIM 4510/5510)
  • MGMT 4140: Project Management (Was OPIM 4850 and MGMT 4085)

Students inclined toward careers in technical information systems are encouraged to also take programming courses as business electives (MGMT 2010 Business Application Programming) or as non-business electives (CSCI 1300 Programming or ATLS 3519 Applied Java Programming).

Operations Management Track

The principal function of any organization is the efficient creation and delivery of products and services to its customers (operations). The operations management track focuses on this creative process and identifies how organizations use productivity, quality, flexibility, timeliness, and technology to compete and prevail in their markets. Students graduating from the operations management track will have a broad understanding of the importance of operations in the success of any organization, and will be qualified to serve in entry-level line management positions and as general managers later in their careers.

Career Opportunities

After completing the Operations Management track, students find opportunities as production managers, quality assurance managers, logistics managers, purchasing analysts, consultants, project managers and many other interesting and rewarding careers. Recent Operations Management graduates have gotten jobs with Pepsi Beverages, Covidien, Leprino Foods, Staples, Vail Resorts and many other world-class employers.

There are three required courses in the Operations Management track. All courses are for 3 credits unless indicated otherwise.

Required Courses

In addition, students in the Operations Management track must complete three of the following courses:

Elective Courses

  • MGMT 4110: Supply Chain Management (Was OPIM 4050)
  • MGMT 4120: Managing Business Processes (Was OPIM 4060)
  • MGMT 4130: Sustainable Operations (Was MGMT 4080)
  • MGMT 4140: Project Management (Was OPIM 4850 and MGMT 4085)

Students focusing on Operations are also encouraged to take MGMT 4150 International Operations as a business elective.

Marketing Requirements

The marketing area of emphasis takes at least three semesters to complete and requires 18 credit hours. Students should be aware of these requirements when planning their course schedules. Students in the marketing program are strongly advised to complete BCOR 1020 and 2400 in the first semester of their sophomore year. Students pursuing the marketing area of emphasis and planning to graduate in four years must complete MKTG 3250 and MKTG 3350 in their junior year.

The increasingly global marketplace, coupled with new communication vehicles such as the Internet, have changed the traditional tactics used in marketing. Today's marketing practitioners must understand the unique challenges of serving foreign markets and how to effectively convey their messages to consumers throughout the world. The marketing program develops students' analytic and decision-making skills in such areas as advertising, market research, brand/product management, selling and sales management, distribution, relationship marketing, international marketing, marketing consumer products and services, and marketing nonprofit organizations.

Key concepts focus on identifying customer needs and wants, developing products and services to meet those demands, establishing communications to promote products and services, and monitoring transactions and customer responses to guide future activities. Marketing concepts apply to tangible products, services and ideas, consumer and business markets, and domestic and global markets.

Career Opportunities

Marketing students find career opportunities in advertising, international marketing, marketing research, nonprofit marketing, product and brand management, personal selling, public relations, retail management, sales management, business-to-business marketing, consumer affairs and protection, and distribution and logistics. Sales, the most common entry-level position, is the area in which the most number of jobs exist. A sales job is widely used as a stepping stone to a management career.

Required Courses for Marketing Majors who entered the Leeds School in or after Fall 2009

The marketing area of emphasis takes at least three semesters to complete and requires 18 credit-hours. Students should be aware of these requirements when planning their course schedules. Students in the marketing program are strongly advised to complete BCOR 1020 and 2400 in the first semester of their sophomore year. Students pursuing the marketing area of emphasis and planning to graduate in four years must complete MKTG 3250 and MKTG 3350 in their junior year.

After completing BCOR 2400, students should take:

  • MKTG 3250: Buyer Behavior (3 credits)
  • MKTG 3350: Marketing Research (3 credits)

After completing MKTG 3250 and MKTG 3350 students must complete these three 4000-level MKTG area courses from the following list, at least two of which must be completed prior to taking MKTG 4850, with the third taken prior to, or concurrent with, MKTG 4850.

  • MKTG 4250: Product Strategy (3 credits)
  • MKTG 4300: Pricing and Channels of Distribution (3 credits) (formerly MKTG 4825)
  • MKTG 4550: Advertising and Promotion Management (3 credits)

Students pursuing a marketing area of emphasis may not take 4000-level marketing courses concurrently with MKTG 3250 or MKTG 3350.

  • MKTG 4850: Senior Seminar in Marketing (3 credits)

Required Courses for Marketing Majors who entered the Leeds School Prior to Fall 2009

After completing BCOR 2400, take:

  • MKTG 3250: Buyer Behavior (3 credits)
  • MKTG 3350: Marketing Research (3 credits)

After completing MKTG 3250 and MKTG 3350 you must complete at least three 4000-level MKTG area courses from the following list:

  • MKTG 4150 [Now MKTG 3150]: Sales Management (3 credits)
  • MKTG 4250: Product Strategy (3 credits)
  • MKTG 4350: Services Marketing Strategy (3 credits)
  • MKTG 4400 [Now MKTG 3450]: International Marketing (3 credits)
  • MKTG 4550: Advertising and Promotion Management (3 credits)
  • MKTG 4650: Institutional Relationships and Strategy (3 credits)
  • MKTG 4825 [Now MKTG 4300] : Pricing and Channel Strategies (3 credits)
    • Students pursuing a marketing area of emphasis may not take 4000-level marketing courses concurrently with MKTG 3250 or MKTG 3350. After finishing at least two 4000-level marketing area courses, students must complete the capstone course in marketing.

      • MKTG 4850: Senior Seminar in Marketing (3 credits)

      Course Descriptions

      MKTG 3150: Sales Management

      Explores the selling task and the essentials of managing the sales force. Includes recruiting, selecting and hiring, training, compensating, supervising, and controlling. Sales organization, sales planning, sales forecasting, assigning territories, quotas, and sales analysis are covered. Prerequisites: MKTG 3250 and 3350.

      MKTG 3250-3: Buyer Behavior

      Covers both consumer buying behavior and organizational buying behavior. Consumer behavior topics include needs and motives, personality, perception, learning, attitudes, cultural sensitivity, and contributions of behavioral sciences that lead to understanding consumer decision making and behavior. Explores differences between business and consumer markets, business buying motives, the organizational buying center and roles, and the organizational buying process. Prerequisites: BCOR 2050/2400 and junior standing.

      MKTG 3350-3: Marketing Research

      Explores fundamental techniques of data collection and analysis used to solve marketing problems. Specific topics include problem definition, planning an investigation, developing questionnaires, sampling, tabulation, interpreting results, and preparing and presenting a final report. Required for marketing majors. Prerequisites: BCOR 1020 and BCOR 2050/2400 and junior standing.

      MKTG 3450: International Marketing

      Describes the economic, geographic, political, and social forces that have shaped and continue to define global markets. Examines topics critical to success in international markets, including assessment of a firm's international capabilities, techniques for gauging the potential of international markets, international segmentation approaches, and alternative arrangements for entering foreign markets. Compares and contrasts product, price, distribution, logistics, promotion, and research decisions made in global versus domestic markets. Introduces students to financial arrangements characteristic of international marketing, including exchange rates and controls, balance-of-payment principles, import licensing agreements, and tariffs. Prerequisites: BCOR 2050/2400.

      MKTG 4250-3: Product Strategy

      This course covers major topics in managing long-term customer relationships that derive from products. Students focus on concepts, analyses, and strategies for existing and new products. Examples of course topics include product positioning, brand image measurements and brand management, brand equity, conjoint analysis, concept development and testing, product issues in public policy and ethics. Prerequisites: MKTG 3250 and 3350.

      MKTG 4300-3: Pricing and Channels of Distribution

      This course provides a thorough overview of both the strategic and tactical aspects of pricing and channel strategies. Students will examine how to make channel decisions and set optimal prices. These decisions will be considered in the larger context of external conditions faced by the firm, such as competition, product differentiation, promotional strategies, product costs, traditional distribution strategies, internal strategic decisions, among other variables. (Formerly MKTG 4825)

      MKTG 4350-3: Services Marketing Strategy

      This course is specifically designed for students who may be interested in working in the service industries. The distinct needs and problems of service organizations in the area of marketing and service quality are addressed. Emphasis is placed on service organizations (i.e., banks, transportation companies, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions, professional services, etc.) that require a distinctive approach to marketing strategy, both in its development and execution. The course builds and expands on marketing ideas and how to make them work in service settings. Prerequisites: MKTG 3250 and 3350.

      MKTG 4550-3: Advertising and Promotion Management

      Students analyze advertising and promotion principles and practices from the marketing manager's point of view. Students learn about the decision to advertise, market analysis as a planning phase of the advertising program, media selection, public relations, sales promotion, promotion budgets, campaigns, evaluation of results, and agency relations. Prerequisites: MKTG 3250 and 3350.

      MKTG 4650-3: Institutional Relationships and Strategy

      This course focuses on the management of a firm's relationships with other businesses. Course work addresses business-to-business marketing strategies, relationships with channel members, and strategic alliances and partnerships. Topics include relationship structures, power, conflict, negotiation, industry analysis, selection of business partners, and managing for long-term stability. Prerequisites: MKTG 3250 and 3350.

      MKTG 4850-3: Senior Seminar in Marketing.

      This capstone marketing course integrates and further develops what students have learned in other courses. Provides students with the insight and skills necessary to formulate and implement sound socially responsible marketing strategies, product line management strategies, promotional and product/service communication strategies, pricing, and distribution strategies. Prerequisites: MKTG 3250, 3350, two additional 4000-level MKTG courses, and 102 hours completed. Restricted to Marketing majors. This course is offered only in the fall and spring semesters.

Minor in Business

New Business Minor (starting Fall 2013)

Click here to learn more about the new minor.

Current Business Minor (Summer Program)

Non-business students who want to complement their studies with a knowledge of the business profession should plan to complete the requirements for the minor in business. Students who pursue the minor are not admitted to the Leeds School of Business. Therefore, because of limited space in the required classes during the fall and spring semesters, students must complete the BCOR requirements during the summer term. With careful planning, students may complete the minor in two summers.

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.

The business minor is designed for a wide range of students and provides a valuable theoretical and practical understanding of the business world.

Minor Requirements

A minor in business requires the following 33 semester hours. All classes are for 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

In addition to the required 33 semester hours of course work, 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.
  • Students will be allowed to apply no more than 9 hours of transfer work to BCOR classes.
  • Students must complete prerequisite courses as stated in the course descriptions.

MATH 1071: Finite Math

Can be substitued with a passing score on the ALECS math assessment test (taken before orientation). If you have completed college algebra or precalculus, we will substitute those courses as well. Two semesters of calculus will also substitute for this requirement. If you have had one semester of calculus you should take the math assessment, but if you don't pass you will be required to take Finite Math or an approved substitution.

ECON 2010: Micro Economics (4 credits)

ECON 2020: Macro Economics (4 credits)

BCOR 1010: Introduction to Business

BCOR 1020: Business Statistics

Prerequisites: 3 hours Finite math (or passing score on the math assessment). Students majoring in Economics or Psychology who substitute ECON 3818 or PSYC 3101 for this requirement will be required to take another business course in place of BCOR 1020. Please see a business advisor for information on which courses you can take.

BCOR 2000: Accounting and Financial Analysis

Prerequisites: BCOR 1010 & 1020, and 26 hours completed. (4 credits)

BCOR 2200: Introductory Finance

Prerequisites: BCOR 1010 & 1020, BCOR 2000, ECON 2010, Econ 2020 (co-requisite), and 26 hours completed.

BCOR 2400: Fundamentals of Marketing

Prerequisite: BCOR 1010 & 1020, 26 hours completed, and ECON 2020 (co-requisite).

BCOR 2300: Adding Value with Management

Prerequisite: BCOR 1010 and 26 hours completed.

BCOR 2500: Introduction to Business Operations and Information Management

Prerequisites: BCOR 1010 & 1020 and 26 hours completed.


BCOR classes are restricted to Business majors during the academic year, but are open to all students in the summer. Students desiring to apply coursework from another institution should obtain prior approval from a Leeds academic advisor.

Academic Excellence

In recognition of high scholastic achievement, upon recommendation of the faculty, the designation "With High Distinction" or "With Distinction" will be awarded at graduation:

  • To qualify for the "With High Distinction" designation, the student's cumulative University of Colorado GPA must be at least 3.90.
  • For the "With Distinction" designation, the student's cumulative GPA must be at least 3.75 but less than 3.90.

For these designations, at least 60 semester hours must have been earned at CU-Boulder.

Latin Honors

In addition to the distinction of honors, Leeds School of Business students also may participate in the Latin honors granted by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Latin honors are not conferred on graduates simply by virtue of high grades. Qualified students are encouraged to participate in this program, which coordinates the offering of a variety of honors seminars as well as the granting of Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) at graduation.

The Honors Council determines the granting of these honors based on several criteria, including the quality of original scholarly work (generally reported in the form of a thesis).

Dean's List

Students in the Leeds School of Business who complete at least 12 semester hours of graded work in the fall or spring semester and earn a GPA of 3.60 or better on the Boulder campus (excluding Continuing Education) are included on the dean's list, which is posted outside the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is an honor that must be earned through outstanding scholastic achievement. Such membership is the highest scholastic honor that a student in a school of business or management can attain.

To be eligible for Beta Gamma Sigma membership students must:

  • Rank in the top 7 percent of their junior class or
  • Rank in the top 10 percent of their senior class or
  • Be among the top 20 percent of those students receiving master's degrees

Students completing all requirements for the doctoral degree conferred by a business school are eligible for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.


Each year Leeds awards a number of divisional and general scholarships. Business scholarships are generally for students who have completed business course work at the university.The amount and number of the awards vary each year.

Credit Policies

In order for a student to receive credit, all courses must be listed on the student's official transcript.

Once Admissions has determined whether the credit is transferable to CU, all accepted credit will be posted. Transfer credit is then evaluated by the Leeds School of Business to determine degree applicability. In many cases, CU-Boulder will accept more credit than may actually be applied toward your Leeds degree. See an Academic Advisor for more information.

Cooperative Education Credit

No credit is given for work experience or cooperative education programs.

Correspondence Credit

All correspondence courses must have prior approval and be evaluated to determine their acceptability.

Credit by Examination

Advanced Placement (College Board)

  • For students who earn scores of 3, 4, or 5 on advanced placement exams, school credit will be given where appropriate. See the CU Admissions office for a comprehensive chart on AP credit.

College-Level Examination Program

  • School credit for approved CLEP subject examinations may be considered, providing the scores are at the 67th percentile or above. Specific information is available in the Office of Undergraduate Student Services.
  • CLEP credit is only appropriate for pre-business requirements and non-business electives.
  • A maximum of 6 hours of credit in any given course area is allowed.
  • CLEP may not be used in course areas in which credit has already been allowed.
  • General examinations are not acceptable.
  • Before a CLEP examination can be taken students must have approval in writing by the Office of Undergraduate Student Services.

Independent Study and Non-Traditional Credit

  • A maximum of 6 hours of independent study in Business is allowed
  • To receive credit for independent study and experimental studies courses, students must obtain approval prior to registering for the courses. See the Office Of Undergraduate Student Services for paperwork.
  • Further information and forms are available in Office of Undergraduate Student Services, located in Koelbel 115.
  • The Leeds school does not grant credit for general internships.

Study Abroad Credit

Credit from CU study abroad programs can be applied to A&S Core, Non-Business Electives, BCOR, Area of Emphasis (3 credits only) or Business Electives. Students planning to study abroad must meet with an undergraduate advisor to have their course selections approved before leaving campus.

More specific information about study abroad opportunities is available from the Office of International Education.

Transfer Credit

Only work from regionally accredited institutions will transfer to the school.

A maximum of 60 semester hours of credit from a two-year school may be applied to the degree.

The Leeds School of Business reserves the right to disallow any credit that it deems inappropriate degree credit. Credits in business subjects transferred from other institutions will be limited to the number of credit hours given for equivalent work in the regular offerings of the university.

Actual equivalent courses may be substituted for required courses. Students must submit a carefully checked catalog description and course syllabus for course equivalency determination, since a course given at another institution may have the same name and same textbook as a required business course and still be taught with a non-business emphasis or other variations that give it little value for business.

Business students desiring to apply course work from another institution or University of Colorado campus toward the B.S. degree in business administration must have prior approval of the Leeds School of Business.

Only courses that fulfill non-business requirements or business elective credits are acceptable in transfer from other institutions once the student has enrolled in the school.

All courses in the area of emphasis must be taken at the University of Colorado Boulder unless the associate dean of undergraduate studies gives written approval.

Transfer students must take a minimum of 30 hours of business courses, including the area of emphasis, in residence after admission to the school.

For more information on transfer of credit policies, see Transfer of College-Level Credit in the Admission section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

No Credit

Because of enrollment limitations business classes may not be taken on a no-credit basis.

Grading Policies

In addition to the campus-wide grading system the Leeds School of Business enforces the following policies:

Grade Point Average

A minimum scholastic cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required at the university, including 2.00 cumulative for all business courses. If either of these GPAs drops below 2.0 you will be placed on Academic Probation for one semester, and if they do not return above 2.0 after one semester you will be placed on Academic Suspension for one Academic year. For graduation you must have a 2.00 cumulative GPA, 2.00 cumulative Business GPA, and a 2.00 GPA in your area of emphasis courses. Certificates also have gpa requirements for completion; see the applicable certificate page for details.

Beginning Fall 2008, students entering Leeds are required to have a minimum grade of C- in all area of emphasis courses.


Students must complete 30 hours of business courses in residence on the Boulder campus after admission to the Leeds School of Business, including all 18 hours in the area of emphasis and the 9 hours in the area of application. Students must be in residence at the campus awarding the degree, and must be registered as a business degree student, during the term of graduation.

Grade Changes

Final grades as reported by instructors are considered permanent and final. Grade changes will be considered only in cases of documented clerical errors and must be approved by the instructor and the associate dean of the Leeds School of Business.


Students in the Leeds School of Business may not use courses taken on a pass/fail basis to satisfy required business, required non-business, or elective business courses, with the exception of an approved academic internship.

  • Only non-business electives may be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  • A maximum of 6 hours of pass/fail credit may be applied toward the B.S. degree in business administration.
  • Pass/fail determination must be made within the first two weeks of the semester and is irreversible.

Incomplete Grades

The only incomplete grade given in the college is I. An I grade is given only when documented circumstances clearly beyond the student's control prevent the student from completing the course.

  • Generally, students should make up the missing work and not retake the entire course.
  • Students should not register for the class a second time, and the work should be made up with the instructor giving the I.
  • All I grades must be made up within one year or the I will be changed to a grade of F.

Failed Courses

Failed courses may be repeated, but the F will be included in the GPA.

Repeated Courses

As of Fall 2010, Course Repetition is no longer an option. All repeat courses will count in the GPA but will only be counted once towards degree progress.


Students may withdraw any time before the beginning of the final examination period.

Grade Appeal Policy

The following shall be the official policy of the academic units of the Leeds School, unless an academic unit submits an alternative procedure to the Dean for approval. When a student believes that a grade has been improperly assigned, and discussions between the instructor and the student have not led to any resolution of the problem, then the student may pursue the following steps:

  1. The student shall have the option of making a formal written appeal to the Division Chair for the instructor’s unit. The appeal must detail the basis for the appeal, including relevant written documentation, specify the remedy desired by the student, and must be submitted within 30 days of the end of the academic term in which the course was taken. The instructor will be provided the opportunity to respond in writing to the student’s appeal.
  2. The Chair will meet (together or separately) with the student and with the instructor who taught the course. If the Chair is unable to secure a solution mutually acceptable to both student and instructor, then
  3. The Chair shall appoint an ad hoc Grade Appeals Committee, which will review the dispute. This Committee shall consist of at least three impartial faculty members competent in the subject matter of the course in question. Members of this committee need not be from the Chair’s division. The Chair will provide the Committee with the student’s appeal and a written response from the faculty member.
  4. Within 30 days, the Committee will submit a report and recommendation to the Chair, and Chair will recommend to the instructor either 1) that the originally assigned grade stands; or 2) that a revised final grade be assigned.
  5. In cases where a change of grade is recommended and the instructor does not wish to accept the recommendation of the Chair, the Chair will forward the written materials associated with the appeal, together with the recommendation of the Chair, to the Dean (or a designee), who will make the final decision on the student’s grade appeal.


BCOR 1010: Introduction to Business


A required preparation course for beginning business students to gain an understanding of business aspects, what they are, how they're applied, and their importance in the functionality of the business.


BCOR 1020: Business Statistics


Covers descriptive statistics, basic probability theory, statistical inference, correlation and regression analysis, and time series analysis. Uses statistical features of commonly used business spreadsheet software. Students use this software to solve problems using real business data. Prereqs., MATH 1071 and successful completion of computerproficiency test. Formerly BCOR 2010.


Becoming a Leeds Student: Johnny Stewart '13

Johnny Stewart (management '13) has a unique story. A double major in both dance and business, Johnny is a member of the esteemed President's Leadership Class, an honors student and active member of the Front Range theater community. While balancing a full course load his last semester at CU, Johnny also logged nearly 100 shows between November 2012 and February 2013, as the lead character in the Boulder Dinner Theatre's rendition of "42nd Street."

Past Events


Spring 2012 Commencement

May 10, 2012

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Coors Event Center

Leeds School of Business graduation ceremony takes place May 10, 2012 at 4:30pm at the Coors Event Center on campus. Graduates should arrive by 3:30pm. The event center floor is closed off from guest access at 4:15pm. (The ceremony is approximately two and a half hours long, please plan on attending the entire event.) No tickets or reservation required, guests are asked to enter through the northwest entrance for open seating.



2013 Leeds Student Handbook

October 2013

The information in this handbook will help you prepare for orientation, registration, and joining the Leeds School of Business student body. We encourage you to keep it to use as a resource for future semesters. Please read all information carefully.



Undergraduate Academic Degree Requirements

October 2011

The undergraduate program focuses on developing management skills and proficiency in analytical thinking and decision analysis. In addition, the program includes a broad liberal arts component. Areas of emphasis available in the college include: accounting, finance, marketing, management, and operations and information management.



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