Associate in Science Degree

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This program combines aspects of data science, mathematics, and general business knowledge. Students are prepared to use analytical techniques to make informed business organizational decisions. Graduates will develop the competencies needed to gather data, organize and cleanse the data, and use industry-leading software to create useful models built upon the data. Data Analytics skills are used widely in the fields of marketing, financial management, health care, transportation, and manufacturing.

To prepare students to apply statistical methods to common business decision making processes.

  • Students will develop the skills necessary to derive meaning from organized data using statistical methods commonly used in modern business settings.

To prepare students how to effectively gather and process large quantities of data.

  • Students will develop the skills necessary to acquire, clean and organize data for statistical analysis.

To prepare the student to communicate effectively.

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

To assure that students develop hands‐on experience with industry-leading analytical tools and software.

  • Students will gain proficiency with software commonly used for predictive analysis and data analysis.

To develop student understanding of the dynamics of leading and the role data analysis plays in effective leadership.

  • Students will be able to effectively leverage data analysis to make effective leadership decisions which will promote a positive business culture.

To teach students to demonstrate ethical reasoning skills including understanding social, civic, andprofessional responsibilities.

  • Students will realize that behavior has consequences for the welfare of others, and use ethical reasoning to help guide and evaluate actions which will add value to society.

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

  • Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between the business analytics discipline and other areas of business to make holistic judgments when analyzing business situations.
  • Students will gain an understanding of how different cultural beliefs and customs impact a global business society.

Total Credit Hours: 63

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.

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

This course is a continuation of Elementary Statistics (MA110) emphasizing confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Topics include single and two-sample analysis, single and multiple regression, chi-square testing, testing and estimating standard deviation and variance, one-way and two-way ANOVA. Emphasis is placed on selecting the proper technique, satisfying its requirements and correctly reporting the results. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of MA110 Elementary Statistics or an equivalent course.

This course increases appreciation and interest in human interaction with other organisms and with the physical environment. Topics include basic ecological concepts as well as human impact on the earth with an emphasis on selected environmental problems (i.e. natural resource use, pollution, wildlife conservation, agriculture, hazardous waste etc.). The laboratory component supplements lecture topics by providing practical experiences. Field experiences are required.

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.

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.

This course introduces students to the science of business analytics and examines how data analytics are used to transform businesses across different industries. The course focuses on identifying ideal analytical techniques for specific business needs. Analytical techniques covered include regression analysis, logistic regression, and decision trees. Analytics software is introduced. Prerequisite: MA110

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Fourth Semester

This course will introduce students to basic database concepts. The course will focus on designing and structuring databases to meet the objectives of management. Students will use a database management system to complete an in-depth exploration of query capabilities and report generation. The student will learn the creation and management of a working database from the ground up. When the student completes this course, they will have the ability to create tables, queries, forms, and reports within database software and understand the role of a database within a business setting.

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 focuses on utilizing data analytics techniques to make informed business decisions. It includes discussions of mathematical programming, simulation, and optimization. Modeling software will be used to facilitate problem solving and analysis. Prerequisite: BA101

This course examines how analytical tools are utilized in operations and project management. It focuses on managing, critiquing, and improving inventory systems, supply chains, quality control, and other business processes. Prerequisite: MA110

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.

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