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2023-2024 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog

Business Administration in Business Information Systems and Security Management

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: A C- or higher is required in all business core classes: ACC 201 ACC 202 BIS 105 , BIS 235 , FIN 350 , MGT 101 , MGT 220 MGT 325 , MGT 337 , MGT 343 , MGT 449 , MKT 270  and in BIS 267 , BIS 363 , ECO 120 , ECO 121 , and MAT 115  or MAT 116   or MAT 126 , PSY 100  and STS 132  or STS 215 . Core business courses may be repeated only once, and when a student earns a grade less than a C- in a core business course, they must retake that class at UMaine. 

Other GPA requirements to graduate: Must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all Business and Economics classes. Must earn at least 70% of the total credit hours in core business classes, as well as the majority of the courses in the major at UMaine

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: MGT 449 

Course stasifying the Writing Intensive requirement within the major: BIS 468

Contact Information:  Patti Miles, Associate Dean, 211 DP Corbett, (207)581-1968,


School/Departmental Requirements:

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Business Information Systems and Security Management (BISSM) at least 70% of the total credits earned in business core classes, as well as the majority of the specialized courses in the major (i.e., 2 out of 5 in BISSM) must be taken at the University of Maine. Business and economics coursework must be completed with a 2.0 (“C”) cumulative average.

A C- or better is required in all business core classes and those classes may be repeated only once.

Students wishing to transfer from other institutions or from other programs within UM must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and be in good academic standing. In addition to University-wide policies for transfer of credit, MBS, as an institution accredited by AACSB International, evaluates transfer credit according to AACSB standards.

The Business Program for BISSM majors has three components:

  1. The General Foundation (52 credits). Throughout the program students acquire a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences. Through courses in English, communications, international studies, mathematics, computer science, economics and psychology, as well as electives, students build a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Within this component, the student will satisfy the University’s general education requirements.
  2. The Business Core (34 credits). The core business courses provide an understanding of the functional areas common to most businesses: accounting, finance, law, marketing, management, management information systems, production and operations, international business and strategy.
  3. The Major Fields (15-18 credits). Students acquire advanced knowledge of a major field (accounting, business information systems, finance, management, marketing, or sport management) by taking five courses (six in accounting) beyond the introductory level in a chosen major. Concentrations in International Business and Entrepreneurship can be elected in addition to a major.

Note: The remaining 16-19 credits needed to qualify for graduation can be filled with any course offered at the University.

General Foundation - 52 Credits

Arts and Sciences Core (34 credits)

Outside Electives (18 credits)

These 18 credits may be chosen from the offerings of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, from the School of Economics, or any non-business course that satisfies a general education requirement. Students should use these credits to complete the University’s general education requirements that are not satisfied by the courses above (3 credits each in Western Cultural Tradition, Population and the Environment, Artistic and Creative Expression, and Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives) as well as to complete a minor or pursue an area of interest.

Complete One Elective:

Free Electives (19 credits)

Any courses offered at the University of Maine will fill these electives.

Required Courses in a Suggested Sequence for a BSBA in Business Information Systems and Security Management

First Year - Second Semester (16 credits)

Second Year - First Semester (15 credits)

Second Year - Second Semester (16 credits)

Third Year - First Semester (15 credits)

Third Year - Second Semester (15 credits)

Fourth Year - First Semester (15 credits)

Fourth Year - Second Semester (13 credits)

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