Frequently Asked Questions

Business Student FAQ

What is the math requirement?

The two mathematics requirements for Heider College of Business students include:

  • Business Statistics (MTH 161)
  • Calculus. Choose one of the following: Applied Calculus (MTH 141), Traditional Calculus (MTH 245) or Calculus for the Biological Sciences (MTH 231 - pre-health sciences students, only)

Mathematical competency is an important skill set for business students. Begin at an appropriate level based on your background in high school. If you had A’s and B’s and four years of high school math (Algebra I through pre-calculus/trig), then you are well prepared for a college level math class at Creighton. In general, it is recommended to choose between Applied Calculus (MTH 141) and (MTH 161) for your first math course.

Most business students will take MTH 141. However, if you are a Pre-Health Sciences student, we encourage you to take MTH 231 or MTH 245 to fulfill your Calculus requirement instead of MTH 141. MTH 231 emphasizes the application of calculus for the biological sciences.If you plan to major in economics, attend graduate school in finance or economics, or minor in math, we encourage you to take MTH 245. Some professional or graduate schools require traditional calculus, while others may not. We believe it’s better to be safe than sorry, and give yourself the most options possible when / if you apply to professional or graduate school.

A minimum ACT math score of 24, or SAT math score of 580 is required for eligibility to take MTH 245. Please consult the Dean’s Office or your RSP Advisor if you are unsure about your placement.

What if I am interested in completing the pre-health sciences requirements while earning my degree in business?

You should use the Pre-Health Sciences Checklist if you are considering completing pre-health requirements along with your business degree.

Take CHM 203 General Chemistry I and CHM 204 General Chemistry I Lab (CHM 203 / CHM 204), BIO 201 General Biology: Organismal and Population and BIO 205 General Biology: Organismal and Population Lab (BIO  201 /BIO 205) and MTH 161 Business Statistics.  You can fill your schedule out with other Magis common core courses.  Register for the same section and corresponding lab for CHM 203 /204 (e.g. CHM 203 Section A and CHM 204 Section AA; CHM 203 Section B and CHM 204 Section BB, etc.).  You may take any BIO lab. The BIO lecture and lab do not need to match.

If you did not earn a math score of 24 on the ACT or 580 on the SAT, you will not be allowed to register for CHM 203/204. Instead, enroll in CHM 105 Introduction to Chemistry for the fall semester. This is an introductory chemistry course, and a good warm up for CHM 203/204. You must earn a “C” or higher in CHM 105 to take CHM 203/204 in fall of your sophomore year. 

What is a Kingfisher Concentration?

Inspired by Creighton’s Kingfisher Institute, whose vision is to connect liberal arts and professional education through innovative and integrative approaches to education, research and community engagement, the Kingfisher Concentration allows Heider students to explore a liberal arts discipline while completing BSBA degree requirements.  A Kingfisher Concentration is required, and will be fulfilled by completing three courses in an academic area in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may choose to begin a Kingfisher Concentration in the first semester, or wait as late as second semester of junior year to take a course. This is an opportunity to pursue an interest or passion outside of Heider, and pair your primary business major to a liberal arts discipline.  The possibilities are endless! Start to explore now, or wait until you are more sure about your interests.

What is the Heider Mindset Curriculum?

The Heider Mindset Curriculum is the new Heider College of Business Curriculum for fall 2020. Through examining business education in relation to skills necessary for the future, six distinct mindsets emerged as the most critical for enabling graduates to skillfully adapt to change, and thrive in both their professional and personal lives.  Through a combination of coursework and extracurricular experiences, the curriculum is designed to place you on a path to intentionally engage in the six mindsets: analytical, action, collaborative, cross-cultural, service and reflective.  Students will record their progress and track their development by participating in the Heider Mindset Achievement Program (H-MAP).  You will learn more about H-MAP and the Heider Mindsets in RSP 103.

NOTE: The catalog will not show the Heider Mindset Curriculum updates until mid-July.

What if my RSP Advisor does not contact me?

RSP Advisors will not be assigned until June. 

What if I have dual enrollment or credit from another school?

If you have taken dual enrollment or college courses before coming to Creighton, make sure to have official transcripts emailed to Undergraduate Admissions for processing. You should be able to request an electronic copy of your official transcript from the host school. 

If you think you may receive course credit for a dual enrollment course you have already completed, do not register for that course. In other words, if you took Introduction to Psychology, a language, English Composition or Computer Science as dual enrollment, do not register for that course(s) for your first semester. Dual enrollment transcripts will not be officially evaluated until mid-August. If you have multiple dual enrollment classes (15+ credits), work closely with your faculty advisor to choose your fall classes.

NOTE: Do not register for a class if you expect to receive transfer credit for that class.

When do I start taking business classes?

Your RSP 103 section will be taught by a Heider College of Business professor, and the students in your RSP section will be business students. However, you may choose to take your first business class, ECO 203 Introductory Microeconomics, in the fall semester of your freshman year.  Or, you could wait until spring semester of your freshman year to take ECO 203. The decision is yours to make!

Do I have to take a language?

Foreign language is not required unless you plan to major in International Business or pursue a major, minor or Kingfisher Concentration in a language. To take French, German or Spanish, students are required to take the online Language Placement Exam.  The Language Placement Exam will help you determine which language course/level you should enroll in for the fall semester. If you would like to take a language other than French, German or Spanish, simply register for the course.

What are learning communities?

Learning Communities allow students with shared academic interests and experiences to come together to discern options in pre-professional study. The Creighton EDGE offers seminars and co-curricular activities to help Creighton students prepare for the professional/graduate school application process. All Learning Communities provide students with opportunities for mentoring and shadowing, as well as networking with pre-professional students, faculty and alumni. If you have an interest in possibly attending graduate or professional school, such as law school or medical school, please let your Advisor know so he or she can provide you the necessary resources to get involved with the appropriate EDGE Pre-Health Learning Community or EDGE Pre-Law Learning Community.