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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


You can download the entire Business Tuning Packet, which outlines critical skill areas needed by students and graduates of Business programs, here.

Institutions of higher learning participating in the Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compacts for Business & Information Systems may be seen by clicking the button below. Signing one or both of these compacts means that participating institutions will agree: a) to teach courses included in the Compact at the lower level as listed in the Academic Course Guide Manual, updated and published each year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and 2) to accept the courses listed for transfer into the bachelor's degree program at the university level as specified in the Compact.

Institutional Participation by Discipline

For further or more specific information regarding transfer to a Business program in a Texas university, it is recommended that you contact the science department at the institution in which you are interested. For questions regarding the Tuning project or the Compact itself, please contact Mary Smith, Program Coordinator, for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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