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General Track Requirements

Texas BFP offers two distinct tracks toward earning a BFP certificate: The General Track provides business fundamentals for most Texas BFP participants, while the Global Track includes elements of international business for those interested in business worldwide. 

General Track Coursework

  • 3 hours of Economics
  • 3 hours of Statistics
  • MIS 302F - Foundations of Management Information Systems
  • ACC 310F - Foundations of Accounting
  • FIN 320F - Foundations of Finance 
  • 3 of the following 5 classes
  • MAN 320F - Foundations of Management
  • MKT 320F - Foundations of Marketing 
  • LEB 320F - Foundations of Business Law
  • IB 320F - Foundations of International Business 
  • BA 320F - Foundations of Entrepreneurship 

General Track Course Breakdown

Lower-Division Courses

Regardless of which track they choose, all students must complete four lower division courses to receive a certificate.  These courses may be taken in residence, transferred from other colleges and universities, or satisfied with advanced placement credit.

Three hours of Economics

  •  Introduction to Economics (ECO 301), Microeconomics (ECO 304K), or Macroeconomics (ECO 304L)

Three hours of Statistics 

  • In addition to approved "Statistics" classes, a number of courses throughout the University may be substituted for the Statistics prerequisite. For a complete list see the Stats Equivalency Guide.
MIS 302F – Foundations of Management Information Systems 
  • A number of courses throughout the University may be substituted for the MIS prerequisite. For a complete list see the MIS Equivalency Guide.

ACC 310F – Foundations of Accounting 

  • Alternatively students can take BOTH ACC 311 Managerial Accounting AND ACC 312 Financial Accounting


Upper-Division Courses

The remaining classes are all upper-division courses specific to the student’s chosen track. ALL upper-division Texas BFP courses must be taken either in residence, through University Extension, or through an approved study abroad program. Students must have 60 Credit hours (upper division standing) to enroll in any upper division BFP courses (except if enrolled in the McCombs Summer Institute)

FIN 320F – Foundations of Finance

 (starting Fall 2017 ACC 310F will be a pre-requisite for FIN 320F)

In addition to FIN 320F students will need to take 3 of the following 5 classes.

BA 320F – Foundations of Entrepreneurship
    • Currently only offered through University Extension.
IB 320F – Foundations of International Business
    • Can also be taken in approved study abroad programs and on campus most semesters.
LEB 320F – Foundations of Business Law 
    • May NOT be taken abroad.
MAN 320F – Foundations of Management

MKT 320F – Foundations of Marketing

Additional Business Foundations Certificate Requirements 

  • Students must be enrolled in the 2014- 2016 or a previous Academeic Catalog 
  • At least a 2.0 overall UT GPA
  • At least a 2.0 overall Business Foundations coursework GPA
  • All courses completed and passed with a letter grade (We will accept D grades, as long as the overall BFP GPA remains above a 2.0)
  • At least 50% of BFP coursework must be taken in residence or through the McCombs Summer Institute. This DOES NOT include University Extension, Transfer credit, or Credit-by-Exam 

Honors Designation 

With the counsel and consent of the University-wide Faculty Advisory Committee, the Business Foundations Program provides special recognition of those students whose academic performance in the eight foundations courses is especially commendable.

Students in the Foundations Program can earn Honors distinction based on their grades in foundations courses. These designations are as follows:

  • "With Highest Distinction" for students earnings A’s in all eight BFP courses 
  • "With High Distinction" for students earnings seven  A’s and one B
  • "With Distinction" for students earnings six  A’s and two B’s

For an 'A' to be counted towards distinction its course must be taken in-residence at the University of Texas.

A grade of C in any BFP course will disqualify any student for "Distinction" designation, even if the other seven grades are A's.