Washington State University’s Carson College of Business is excited to announce a new curriculum for all incoming freshmen students seeking Business Administration and Hospitality Business Management degrees. Our catalog has been updated to reflect the new degree requirements and pathways have been constructed for students that plan to transfer credits into WSU.

What Changed

To align our curriculum with the intended goals and learning outcomes for the Carson College of Business, there have been several updates made at all levels of the Business Administration and Hospitality Business Management undergraduate programs. The majority of these changes affect the Certification (Program Entry) requirements, but also includes the introduction of our new Carson Career Amplifier Program.

Certification Requirements (Program Entry Requirements)

 The timeline for students to certify into their major is an immediate change in the new Business Curriculum.  Students will certify after completing our Business prerequisite curriculum which typically equates to two semesters of coursework. The five required certification courses are (using the WSU course codes):

  • ECONS 101 Fundamentals of Microeconomics or ECONS 102 Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 201 Mathematics for Business and Economics or MATH 202 Calculus for Business and Economics
  • BA 100 Introduction to Business
  • BA 102 Exploring Careers in Business
  • HBM 101 Professional Development

In addition to these five required courses all students will need to have a minimum 2.50 GPA in their WSU coursework (or transfer coursework in lieu of any complete WSU courses) and have satisfied the first tier of the Carson Career Amplifier Program.

Carson Career Amplifier Program

 The Carson Career Amplifier Program is an integral part of the new curriculum.  This co-curricular program compliments what students are learning in the classroom.  By participating in the Carson Career Amplifier Program, students develop professional skills through engaging, hands-on experiences. The Career Amplifier leverages opportunities available to students from across academic departments, the Carson Center, and university-wide programs in order to provide a structured learning experience that develops students’ career readiness.

Based on a subset of the National Association of Colleges and Employers research-based career readiness competencies, and one from the National Academic Advising Association, Student Success, the program focuses on student retention and a successful transition into the workplace.  There are four tiers guiding students progressively through 15 badges.

How will Transfer Students entering WSU be affected?

Transfer students entering WSU during the 2020-21 academic year will be placed on the new program requirements to enter into their Business Administration or Hospitality Business Management majors.

Transfer students that enter into WSU’s Carson College of Business with 30 or more semester credits and have fulfilled the following criteria:

  • Minimum 2.50 GPA
  • Completed Math 201, 202, or equivalent (grade of C or higher)
  • Completed ECONS 101 or 102 (grade of C)

Will have the following requirements satisfied towards entry into their Carson College of Business Program:

  • BA 100 Intro to Business (3 cr)
  • HBM 101 Professional Development. ( 1 cr)
  • BA 102 Exploring Bus Careers (1 cr)
  • Carson Career Amplifier Tier 1 Explore Your New World

What are best practices for advising students that are interested in transferring into WSU?

 Students working toward completing the program entry requirements for the fall 2020 – spring 2021 school year at WSU should complete courses towards fulfilling:

  • Calculus I – MATH 171 or Calculus for Business and Economics – MATH 202.
  • Fundamentals of Microeconomics – ECONS 101 or Fundamentals of Macroeconomics – ECONS 102
  • At least 30 credits of transfer work with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.

Students that plan on completing more than 30 transfer credits are encouraged to complete the following courses prior to entering WSU:

  • Introductory College Composition- ENGLISH 101
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting – ACCTG 230
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting – ACCTG 231
  • Business Statistics – MGTOP 215 or Introduction to Statistical Methods – STAT 212
  • Managing Information Technology – MIS 250
  • Both Fundamentals of Microeconomics – ECONS 101 and Fundamentals of Macroeconomics – ECONS 102

Existing course equivalencies can be found in the Transfer Course Search Tool on the Transfer Clearinghouse website.

For more information on transferring into WSU’s Carson College of Business, please refer to our Carson College transfer website.