Associate in Science Degree

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This program is for students whose educational goal is a Bachelor’s degree in business. It prepares students to transfer into a four-year college program in business administration. The complete program is available at the Utica and Rome campuses. Two High School Mathematics Courses or their equivalent, plus one year of laboratory science required.

Goal 1 To prepare the students to enter an institution of higher learning

  • Graduates transfer to a higher educational institution with the appropriate number of SUNY general educational courses

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 collaborative 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
  • Students shall analyze and solve accounting problems

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 have students 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: 64

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 presents the relationships among social, political, economic, legal, and environmental forces, and the development and operation of business in a global economy. It includes an overview of the concepts and principles of the various subfields of business accounting, management, finance, marketing, law, ethics, human resources, and general business as well as current topics of interest, and internet research and simulation exercises.

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 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.

Students are encouraged to take either PY101 OR SO101 as their Social Science Elective. PS101, AN101, OR GE101 are also acceptable.

This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training.

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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 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 introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or MA096 Mathematical Literacy.

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.

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Third Semester

Students are encouraged to take the MA139 and MA140 sequence. Students can also take the MA140 and MA150 OR MA150 and MA151 sequences.

This course emphasizes algebraic manipulations and problem solving. Topics include equations and inequalities; systems of equations; factoring; radical and rational expressions; linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; and, their graphs. Applications are selected from business, economics, and the natural sciences. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA115 Intermediate Mathematics.

Natural Science elective options (choose one): BI103, BI105, CH101, CH111, CH120, CH131, GL100, GL101, PH112, PH141, PH151, PH106, OR WE101

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.

Course is a suggested general education elective, other acceptable options should be discussed with your faculty mentor

This course develops perception, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts through an examination of the role of the artist in a diverse society. The artist is considered within cultural context through an introduction to Western and non-Western art history. Materials and techniques of art are studied with emphasis on the fundamental elements of artistic expression. A field trip to a gallery exhibit is required. Skill in art is not necessary.

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Fourth Semester

Students are encouraged to take the MA139 and MA140 sequence. Students can also take the MA140 and MA150 OR MA150 and MA151 sequences.

This course is for those whose programs do not require the Calculus sequence. Topics include an intuitive study of limits, and the analytic geometry, differentiation and integration of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and power functions. Applications are selected from business, economics, and the social sciences. Prerequisite: MA139 College Algebra.

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.

Students are encouraged to take either PY101 OR SO101 as their Social Science Elective. PS101, AN101, OR GE101 are also acceptable.

This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization.

Course is a suggested general education elective, other acceptable options should be discussed with your faculty mentor

This sequence teaches the fundamentals of Spanish, including the essentials of reading, writing, speaking, and listening within a cultural context. Prerequisites: No previous Spanish instruction, or fewer than three years of Spanish instruction more than two years ago. This course is closed to native speakers of Spanish. Native speakers should consult their advisor for guidance in appropriate course placement.

Course is a suggested general education elective, other acceptable options should be discussed with your faculty mentor

This course introduces the nature and study of history, and covers the emergence and development of Eurasian civilization to about 1500 A.D. in the Near East, India, China, Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Africa. Attention is given to religion in these civilizations and on the rise of the West to a position of world power during the Middle Ages.

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(a) Students are encouraged to take either PY101 OR SO101 as their Social Science Elective.  PS101, AN101, OR GE101 are also acceptable.

(b) Students are encouraged to take the MA139 and MA140 sequence.  Students can also take the MA140 and MA150 OR MA150 and MA151 sequences.

(c) Natural Science elective options (choose one): BI103, BI105, CH101, CH111, CH120, CH131, GL100, GL101, PH112, PH141, PH151, PH106, OR WE101

(d) Course is a suggested general education elective, other acceptable options should be discussed with your faculty mentor