Associate in Applied Science Degree

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This program provides students with the appropriate business and computer skills to assume entry-level managerial responsibilities, and to progress through the managerial ranks of business organizations. Students are provided the opportunity to concentrate in one or more areas of study. One High School Mathematics Course or its equivalent is required.

Goal 1 To prepare the students to enter the field of business or transfer to a higher educational institution

  • Graduates seeking a job secure a position in the field of business within two years.
  • Graduates seeking further education transfer to a higher education institution.

Goal 2 To prepare the students to interact effectively within a diverse business population

  • Students will interact effectively within a diverse student population by completing case projects.

Goal 3 To prepare the student to communicate effectively

  • Students will communicate appropriately with instructors and peers through written or oral assignments.
  • Students will visually and graphically communicate through presentations and/or projects.

Goal 4 To train students to solve business problems

  • Students will demonstrate the use of computers as a problem solving and communications tool.

Goal 5 To introduce students to a variety of international business scenarios

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of world-wide issues related to business.

Goal 6 To understand that business decisions are based on systematic processes such as accounting systems, MIS, and the economic way of thinking

  • Students will be able to summarize, report, and interpret financial data.
  • Students will recognize the language of business.
  • Students will illustrate the ability to locate and analyze data.
  • Students will use the scientific method to solve business and economic problems.

Goal 7 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy

  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information

Total Credit Hours: 61 - 62

First Semester

This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study.

This course is the first of a sequence that explores fundamental accounting principles, concepts, and practices as a basis for the preparation, understanding, and interpretation of accounting information. It covers the complete accounting cycle for service and merchandising businesses through the adjustment and closing of the books and the preparation of the income statement, the statement of owner equity, and the balance sheet. The details of accounting for cash, receivables, inventory, long-lived assets, and current liabilities are investigated.

EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3

This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading), and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee.

This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication.

Any Social Science Course (Excluding BM101)Credits: 3.0

Take any Physical Education Course

Second Semester

This course is the second of a sequence that explores fundamental accounting principles, concepts, and practices as a basis for the preparation, understanding, and interpretation of accounting information. It covers corporate equity (including the statement of retained earnings), long-term debt, time-value concepts, capital budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, and financial statement analysis. Prerequisite: AC115 Financial Accounting.

This course studies the theory and operation of the economy and how government attempts to achieve domestic and international economic goals using monetary and fiscal policies. Topics include are: the nature of economics, the economizing problem, capitalism and the circular-flow, overview of the public sector, measuring output and income, macroeconomic instability, aggregate demand and supply, Keynesian employment theory, fiscal policy and its applications, money, banking, and monetary policy applications, and international trade and finance.

This course emphasizes the basic practices, concepts, and activities involved in developing a successful marketing program. Topics include buyer behavior, market identification, product development, distribution, promotion, pricing, and the uncontrollable factors (economic, social, political, legal and technological) involved in the changing marketing environment of today.

MA110 Elementary Statistics OR MA115 Intermediate Mathematics

This course teaches the fundamentals of personal finance through the creation of a financial plan, management of personal finances, and reaching personal financial goals. Topics include the establishment of financial objectives (home ownership, education, and retirement), budgeting and savings, personal income tax, investments (stocks, bonds, and mutual funds), retirement, and estate planning. The effective use of and management of credit is covered.

Take any Physical Education Course

Third Semester

This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading.

This course studies the behavior of the individual and firm in allocating resources in a market system under various the degrees of competition. Topics include the nature of economics, scarcity choice, market pricing and applications, theory of consumer choice, business cost measurement, forms of competition, antitrust and regulations of business, factor pricing, externalities, and pollution. Poverty-income distribution, labor economics, or agricultural economics may also be discussed.

This course is the study of how individuals and groups act in organizations. It explores a systems approach in developing organizational and human resource objectives, as well as a holistic approach in examining relations among groups, individuals, and systems as they relate to the organization.

Any AC, BM, or IS Course, Except AC110, BM101, or IS100. Business Internship substitutes for two business electives. Students may also take Recreation Management courses including: RE100, RE102, or RE210.

This course expands the knowledge of those already familiar with the basic elements of electronic spreadsheets. It examines the various uses for a spreadsheet in business. Intermediate and advanced spreadsheet techniques are examined, including the power of functions, formatting, analytical graphics, and macros. Prerequisites: IS101 Computers and Society or IS100 Introduction to Computers and Society; and a Mathematics Placement test result appropriate for MA110 Elementary Statistics or MA115 Intermediate Mathematics.

Take any Physical Education Course

Fourth Semester

This basic law course investigates the application of law to societal and business relationships through a study of the concept of commercial law and its sources, the law of contracts, the law of sales, and the law of negotiable instruments. Lecture, class discussion, and case study comprise the primary methods of instruction In the effort to develop awareness of the logic and application of the law.

This course is an introduction to public speaking. It emphasizes the fundamentals of preparing, organizing, supporting, and delivering the speech based on factual material. It includes topic selection, audience analysis, fact vs. opinion, outlining, supporting material, and visual support. Informative, demonstrative, and persuasive speeches are presented. Elements of interpersonal communication, logic, and persuasion are discussed. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading.

Students can take any General Education Natural Science Course

Any AC, BM, or IS Course, Except AC110, BM101, or IS100. Business Internship substitutes for two business electives. Students may also take Recreation Management courses including: RE100, RE102, or RE210.

Any AC, BM, or IS Course, Except AC110, BM101, or IS100. Business Internship substitutes for two business electives. Students may also take Recreation Management courses including: RE100, RE102, or RE210.

Take any Physical Education Course

Academic career paths include:

  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Human Resources Management
  • Computerapplications
  • Recreation Management

Advising is recommended for propoer course selection for program electives.

(a) Mathematics electives include: MA110 Elementary Statistics OR MA115 Intermediate Mathematics

(b) Any AC, BM, or IS Course, Except AC110, BM101, or IS100. Business Internship substitutes for two business electives. Students may also take Recreation Management courses including: RE100, RE102, or RE210.