University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Accounting and Information Systems

The Department of Accounting and Information Systems at The University of Texas at El Paso shares with the University its fundamental mission to provide the highest quality education to citizens of El Paso and the West Texas region. The Bachelor of Business Administration-Accounting (BBA-Accounting) is designed as an in-depth study of the basic topics of accounting and intends to provide students the knowledge and skills necessary for entry into accounting positions in public, private, and governmental or other not-for-profit organizations, as well as the educational background necessary for entry into a graduate program. The BBA-Accounting concentration and the Master of Accountancy degrees are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The BBA-Accounting concentration does not provide the total number of hours of coursework necessary to academically qualify a candidate for the Uniform CPA Examination in the State of Texas.

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

The College of Business Administration, with departments of Accounting and Information Systems, Economics and Finance, and Marketing and Management, offers a BBA degree with the following majors: Accounting; Information Systems; International Business; Economics; Finance with concentrations available in Financial Analyst, Risk Management, and Banking and Financial Institutions; General Business with concentrations in General Business; Management with concentrations available in Entrepreneurship, General Management and Human Resource Management; Marketing; and Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Policies Concerning Admission to and Completion of BBA Degree Programs

  1. Students entering the College of Business Administration will be designated as (CBUS) until they have sufficient competency in English and Mathematics (completed RWS 1301 or higher and MATH 1320 or higher).
  2. Students meeting the College admissions requirements will be designated as Lower Division (LD).
  3. Admission to another major option program is limited to those students who meet the following requirements:
    • Completion of the Non-Business Foundation Requirements and the Business Foundation Requirements as described in the Undergraduate Course of Study for the Bachelor of Business Administration.
    • Completion of the following courses (or their equivalent) with a minimum grade of C:
      ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
      ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
      ECON 2304Principles of Microeconomics3
      MATH 2301Math for Social Sciences II3
      QMB 2301Business Stats & Analytics I3
    • An overall GPA of 2.0 or greater in all hours attempted.
  4. Upon completion of requirements in item 2, the student will be admitted to one of the specialty major option programs offered by the College of Business Administration. Upon admission, the major code will be changed from Lower Division (LD) to the major option code for the program.
  5. Concurrent enrollment in lower-division courses in item 3-b and upper-division business courses is allowed only once upon written permission of the Office of the Dean.
  6. Freshman and sophomore level courses can be repeated once and the latter grade substituted for a previous grade in the student's grade point average (GPA) calculation. Grades and attempted hours for other repeated courses will be used in computing the GPA.
  7. Only those transfer credits with a grade of C or better will be accepted for credit toward the BBA degree. Courses taken at two-year institutions or as a requirement for a two-year degree are accepted by the College of Business Administration as transfer credits for lower-division courses only. Courses taken at four-year accredited institutions and designated as lower-division courses can be accepted as upper-division credits if the course is taught at the upper-division level at UTEP and has received additional validation from the Office of the Dean. Transfer credit for upper-division business administration courses is restricted to AACSB-accredited curricula. Transfer credit for courses from institutions outside the United States will be evaluated independently. The applicability of transfer credits to the degree plan is determined by the Office of the Dean.
  8. To complete the degree, a student must comply with the following:
    • Complete the required course of study as outlined below.
    • Follow University academic regulations as stated elsewhere in this catalog.
    • Earn a 2.0 GPA in all courses attempted within the College of Business Administration.
      Note: Accounting majors must also earn a 2.0 or better GPA average in ACCT 3321 and accounting courses listed in the Accounting Option Requirement.
  9. A graduating senior must file an application for the degree with the Office of the Dean before the semester of graduation. Students are responsible for setting an appointment to clear for graduation during announced times.
  10. Students working toward the BBA degree cannot enroll on a pass/fail basis in any course taught in the College of Business Administration.
  11. Six of the last 30 hours needed to complete the BBA degree can be taken at another university; however, the student must receive written approval from the Office of the Dean before enrolling at the other institution.
  12. MGMT 4300 Strategic Management, may be taken only during the semester term in which the degree is to be conferred. Approval of the undergraduate advisor is required for enrollment in this course.
  13. Non-BBA students wishing to take upper-division business courses must be advised in the College of Business Administration, Room 104. Students wishing to take upper-division courses must have junior standing (60 credit hours) and a 2.0 cumulative GPA and must have completed the stated prerequisites for the course.
  14. Students must complete 50 percent or more of their College of Business Administration credit hours at UTEP.
  15. Students can pursue more than one major option by completing all requirements, including Major Option Requirements, for all major options selected.


Adam Esplin
Contact Information:; 915-747-5449
Education: BA, Brigham Young University; MBA, Arizona State University; Ph D, Indiana University;


Kevin Dow
Contact Information:; 915-747-5192
Education: Ph D, University of South Carolina

Waymond Rodgers
Contact Information:; 915-747-7732
Education: Ph D, University of Southern California; Postdoctorate, University of Michigan

Godwin Udo
Contact Information:; 915-747-7780
Education: HND, Institute of Mgt. & Tech- Enugu, Nigeris,1980; BSc/MEd: Bahelor of Science / Master of Educcation, University of Missouri-Columbia; MS, University of Missouri-Columbia; Ph D, Clemson University-Clemson

Associate Professor

Adam Esplin
Contact Information:; 915-747-5449
Education: BA, Brigham Young University; MBA, Arizona State University; Ph D, Indiana University

Leo Gemoets
Contact Information:; 915-747-7763
Education: BS, The University of Texas at El Paso; MS, The University of Texas at El Paso; ScD, Saint Lucia Health Sciences University

Assistant Professor

Richard Carrizosa
Contact Information:; 915-747-7750
Education: BS, Johns Hopkins University; Ph D, New York University

David Folsom
Contact Information:; 915-747-7759
Education: BS, Brigham Young University; MA, Brigham Young University; Ph D, The University of Iowa

Bo Gao
Contact Information:; 915-747-6377
Education: BEc, China Agricultural University; BA, China Agricultural University; MS, Texas A&M University; MS, University of Kansas; Ph D, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jesse Glaze
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Education: Ph D, University of Colorado

Yun Ke
Contact Information:; 915-747-7751
Education: B.Eng., Tsinghua University; MBA, Washington University in St. Louis; Ph D, University of British Columbia

Aaron Nelson
Contact Information:; 915-747-7755
Education: Ph D, The Ohio State University

Valbona Sulcaj
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Education: BA, University of Pisa; MS, University of Tirana; MBA, Drxel University; Ph D, University of Kentucky

Eduardo Villacis Calderon
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Education: Ph D, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Suyun Wu
Contact Information:; 915-747-7787
Education: Ph D, Georgia Tech

Jie Yan
Contact Information:; 915-747-7472
Education: B.Eng., Shanghai University; M.Eng., Shanghai University; Ph D, Baylor University

Assistant Professor of Practice

Michael Gonzales
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Education: BBA, New Mexico State University; MA, Webster University; Ph D, University of Texas at El Paso

Sarah Robertson
Contact Information:; 915-747-5014
Education: BA, Arizona State University; MAcc, University of New Mexico

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Elizabeth Devos
Contact Information:; 915-747-5671
Education: BS, North Central College; MS, Binghamton University (SUNY); Ph D, The University of Texas at El Paso

Senior Lecturer

Hettie Houghton
Contact Information:; 915-747-7734
Education: BBA, University of Texas at El Paso; MAcc, University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso
Department of Accounting and Information Systems
Business Room 260
500 W University
El Paso, Texas 79902

P: 915.747.5192
F: 915.747.8618

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