Business Administration, Associate in Science

The Associate degree program in Business Administration provides a foundation in business that will prepare students for direct entry into the workforce or to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The Business Administration curriculum helps students comprehend the underlying business principles and develop the ability to analyze and solve problems faced by managers whether in corporations, small businesses, government agencies or nonprofit organizations.

The program provides an introduction to business and its global connections. It addresses business law and ethics, corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, business planning and development, effective leadership, as well as the fundamentals of accounting, budgeting, and marketing principles. Students also explore the basics of business communication, economic theories and effective forecasting.

Each student builds a business plan relevant to his or her career aspirations that integrates skills and knowledge learned in the various courses. The final culmination of the program is a 180-hour internship capstone, undertaken at the end of the student's program where classroom experiences will be applied in a real business environment. Wherever possible, the specific business chosen for the internship will reflect the student's desired career goal.

Entrepreneurship Concentration

Entrepreneurs are people who would like to start and grow their own business. Their satisfaction comes from creating, advancing, and ultimately transforming an idea into a thriving business. Success demands knowledge of, and experience in, a number of factors, including initiating the start-up process, maintaining a competitive edge, gaining market share, making financial decisions, adapting to change, and developing products and services. In the United States, approximately 600,000 - 800,000 new businesses are started each year. These businesses form the basis of our economy. They allow their owners to work for themselves and to be self-sufficient. Many entrepreneurs build on their success by taking personal and financial risks to introduce new types of businesses based on current and projected needs.

The purpose of the Entrepreneurship concentration is to provide students with the general knowledge to launch, operate, and grow their own business or operate and grow an existing business. This option focuses on innovative, hands-on business practice and small business management. Foundation and advanced courses expose students to the principles of business development, including strategic planning, marketing, advertising, business law, accounting, and information systems.

Human Resource Management Concentration

The management of human resources is a growing field. With increasing legal issues pertaining to employment and the need for organizations to carefully select, develop and maintain their workforce, this field will continue to present excellent opportunities for both employment and advancement. The Human Resource Management concentration prepares students to effectively deal with the complexities and challenges of managing today's workforce.

Successful students will be prepared for positions as human resource assistants or specialists whose work contributes to the growth and success of organizations and their employees. Graduates will be able to obtain human resource positions in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Students will learn to identify staffing needs and develop skills for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and developing employees. They will also learn the policies, procedures, and legal aspects of human resource management. They will round out their program with studies in business management, ethics, and cultural awareness.

Students who complete this concentration will possess the skills necessary for many career opportunities at entry- and mid-level positions in a wide variety of organizations.

Manufacturing Management Concentration

This concentration is designed to introduce students to the modern manufacturing environment. While rounding out their skills in lean manufacturing principles, this concentration prepares students to take nationally-recognized, portable credential exams for Certified Production Technician (CPT). Students will be tested on safety; quality practices and measurement; manufacturing process and production; and maintenance awareness from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). Students must pass all four exams to earn the CPT. This concentration will also prepare students to take the nationally-recognized, portable credential as a Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) by passing exams in logistics from MSSC. Students must pass two logistics exams to earn the CLT. Additionally, students who complete this concentration may take the MSSC green manufacturing credentialing exam. Students may further seek to earn the Certificate in Manufacturing & Production and apply all of this coursework toward a bachelor degree.

Office Management Concentration

To maintain a competitive edge in today's global marketplace, many companies are becoming high performance organizations. As a result, companies are upgrading the skills required to perform entry-level administrative and supervisory responsibilities. This unique concentration, with a dual focus in business management and computer applications, is based on job qualifications identified by local area employers.

The concentration provides students with an advanced level of skills in using Microsoft Office, planning and organizing, working as part of a team, communicating across cultures, and coordinating operational tasks. The concentration emphasizes the development of the student's problem solving, decision making and project management skills. Students who graduate from this concentration will be qualified to work in companies across all industry sectors.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates of the Associate of Science in Business will be able to:

  1. Understand the conceptual and practical importance of the functional areas of business;
  2. Construct a business practice informed by ethics and social responsibility;
  3. Assess a variety of management practices and develop leadership and teamwork skills in an increasingly multicultural corporate environment;
  4. Research, evaluate, and interpret financial and economic information to make sound business decisions;
  5. Demonstrate an effective utilization of technology within the functional areas of business; and
  6. Understand how to motivate co-workers and other corporate stakeholders effectively.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must maintain a GPA of 2.3 in the major.

Curriculum

Associate in Business Administration

General Education Requirements - 24-25 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 1XXWriting Competency (WR)

3

COM 1XXCommunications Competency (COM)

3

CAP 1XXComputer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XXMath Competency

3

Science Competency (SCI)

3-4

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology

3

Cultural Competency (CU or E/P)

3

Non-Major Core Requirements - 3 Credits

IDA 120Intellectual Discovery Strategies

3

OR

OPEN Elective

3

Business Major Core Requirements - 21 Credits

Freshman Year

BUS 101Introduction to Management

3

OR

BUS 107Introduction to Nonprofit Management

3

 

BUS 110Business Law and Ethics

3

BUS 135Customer Relations in a Multicultural World

3

ACC 1XXAccounting Elective

3

Sophomore Year

ECN 1XXEconomics Elective

3

BUS 132Budgeting and Planning

3

BUS 299Cooperative Work Assignment

3

Electives - 12 Credits

BUS 1XXElective

3

OR

ACC 1XXAccounting Elective

3

 

BUS/ACC 2XXElective

6

OPEN Elective

3

Total Credits in the Program 60-61

Entrepreneurship Concentration Requirements - 12 Credits

Freshman Year

BUS 150Small Business and Entrepreneurship

3

BUS 215Marketing

3

Sophomore Year

BUS 210Business Planning and Development

3

 

ACC 220Managerial Accounting

3

OR

ECN 285Managerial Economics

3

Human Resource Management Concentration Requirements - 12 Credits

Freshman Year

BUS 115Human Resource Management

3

PSY 205Organizational Behavior

3

Sophomore Year

BUS 230Workforce Planning and Staffing

3

BUS 215Marketing

3

Manufacturing Management Concentration Requirements - 12 Credits

Freshman Year

BMM 101Key Principles of Manufacturing

3

BMM 110Technology in Advanced Manufacturing

3

Sophomore Year

BMM 125Manufacturing Logistics

3

OR

BMM 135Green Manufacturing

3

 

BMM 210Lean Manufacturing Principles

3

Office Management Concentration Requirements - 12 Credits

Freshman Year

BUS 215Marketing

3

BUS 115Human Resource Management

3

Sophomore Year

BUS 218Event Management

3

BUS 230Workforce Planning and Staffing

3