The University of Massachusetts Amherst recognizes that many incoming students would benefit from learning more about the numerous academic majors offered on campus that may better suit their academic interests, career aspirations and personal pursuits. Students are assigned to an Exploratory Track to connect to University resources to assist them in navigating the many academic options and opportunities available to them. Consideration of a major is based on interest, eligibility and academic proficiency within the guidance of the academic program.
Business Exploratory Track Program, Isenberg School of Management
The Business Exploratory Track (BET) in the Isenberg School of Management is designed to connect students with professional staff and faculty to encourage the exploration of majors within Isenberg and at the University which may lead to employment in the business profession.
Business Exploratory Track students work closely with the Assistant Academic Dean and two professional academic advisors throughout their freshman year. If students in the program want to continue in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program in their sophomore year, eligibility requirements must be met by the end of their first year. The criteria that BET students must meet are: earning a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (fall and spring semesters), the completion of calculus and two of the following: introduction to microeconomics, introduction to macroeconomics or statistics. All classes listed also satisfy coursework for the BBA degree and some University General Education requirements.
Most students in the Business Exploratory Track program will meet the criteria to formally enter the BBA degree program with the major options in accounting, finance, management, marketing and operations and information management. Students will begin the business curriculum in their sophomore year and continue with University general education requirements through to graduation in 4 years or less, as originally planned.
Students will work regularly with designated Isenberg academic advisors, have access to the Chase Career Center as first-year students and take a first semester seminar for Isenberg freshmen. A second semester seminar is taught by Isenberg Academic Advisors exclusively for students in the Business Exploratory Track.
Students in the Business Exploratory Track program who do not meet the BBA program criteria by the end of their freshman year are reassigned to the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Exploratory Track for the beginning of their sophomore year. Students will continue to receive advising assistance with exploring other majors across campus that may be appealing to students given their interest and academic proficiency. They may also continue to pursue admission into the Isenberg School or actively pursue other majors that can also lead to business careers.