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Tuning Business


Definition of Business


The field of Business has been defined as follows:


Business is based on organizations providing goods and services for consumers, both in for-profit and not-for-profit settings. A business can take many forms, including traditional personal interaction, online, or combinations thereof.  It can be operated by a one-person entrepreneur or thousands of specialized professionals.

The rise of the corporate form of ownership has led to owners (shareholders) being separate from the day-to-day operations of the business, which has led to professional managers.  Those professional managers include specialists in Human Resources, Production Management, Accounting, Finance, Systems, Sales, Marketing, and Logistics, among others.  Thus, the concept of the modern Business School prepares students for careers in industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations.


Business Subject Areas and Discipline Profiles


 The graphic below presents the five disciplines that are chosen by the majority of business students: accounting, finance, management, marketing, and management information systems. There are also multidisciplinary business majors within these areas that offer more specialized concentrations and majors. These include international business, logistics/supply chain management, entrepreneurship, and many more.  Some of these interdisciplinary majors are emerging as areas of study that have the potential to increase in demand in the future.  Please see the additional diagrams below which expand on potential jobs in each of the disciplines in the diagram shown.


areas of concentration


Employment Profiles

Upon graduation with a degree in Business, opportunities for employment will fall within the following fields (click on the image for a larger view):  


business employment


Following are employment profiles for the most common business specialties:




accounting employment
finance employment
management employment
employment marketing


The following diagram illustrates a recommended two-year transfer plan leading to a bachelor's degree in Business (click on the image to open a larger view:)

program of study business



To ensure that you are ready for courses as shown, please take note of the prerequisite flowchart shown below (click on the image to open a larger view:)



flowchart 2




The Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact for Business; institutions participating in the Compact; and the entire Business Tuning Packet, which outlines critical skill areas needed by students and graduates of Business programs, can be viewed and downloaded here.

Institutions participating in the Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact means that these institutions have agreed to: a) teach courses at the lower-division level as listed in the Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual, which is updated and published each year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and 2) accept the courses listed for transfer into the Business program at the university level as specified in the Compact.

For further or more specific information regarding transfer to a Business program at a Texas university, it is recommended that you contact the engineering department at the institution of interest.

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