Business Administration Degrees

Associate Degree for Transfer in Business Administration

The Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer Degree (AS-T in Business Administration) is a 60-unit program which provides students the lower division course work required for transfer to a CSU institution with a similar major in Business Administration.

Students completing the Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer Degree (AS-T in Business Administration) will be able to:

  • apply generally accepted accounting theories and procedures to corporate, financial and managerial budgeting;
  • apply business theories and practices to researching and critically analyzing contemporary business issues;
  • analyze economic models as they apply to market economies and specific product and factor markets;
  • solve problems using appropriate mathematical symbols, operations, techniques and apply knowledge of legal principles to facilitate resolution of business problem.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

See ADT Requirements

Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration

After completing an A.S. degree in Business, a student will be able to:

  • Further professional career goals in specific business disciplines.
  • Apply business theories and practices to researching and critically analyzing contemporary business issues.
  • Develop and prepare professional team based projects and business presentations.

Required Core Classes (20 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ACCT 50 Accounting for Small Business 1 unit
BUSN 28 Business Law 3 units
BUSN 51 Introduction to Business 3 units
BUSN 61 Business & Society 3 units
BUSN 62 Business Mathematics 3 units
BUSN 70 Effective Office Skills 3 units
CIST 2 Introduction to Computing 4 units

Elective Classes (12–15 units)

Complete one of the following Business Certificates:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing

Total Major Units: 35 units

To be awarded an A.S. Degree, a student must complete

  1. All the major requirements.
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

Entrepreneurship Certificate of Achievement

The Entrepreneurship Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of 5 required core courses (15 units) and 4 required courses with an entrepreneurship concentration (12 units). This program provides Career Technical Education opportunities in the areas of small business start-up and management, marketing, consumer behavior, and developing an entrepreneurial mindset. This certificate provides a specialized focus in creating a foundation for implementing product development and small business administration

Upon completion of this program a student should be able to:

  • Identify new offerings and business opportunities, analyze small business strategies, and evaluate rewards and risks of starting a new business venture.
  • Demonstrate small business start-up skills specific to operating an enterprise that successfully competes in today’s ever-changing marketplace.

Upon successful completion of this certificate, career opportunities exist in entrepreneurship, small business marketing, and product design and production in the field of small business start-ups.

Complete 15 units from the following list:

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 28 Business Law 3 units
BUSN 62 Business Mathematics 3 units
BUSN 78 Business Communication 3 units
BUSN 51 Introduction to Business 3 units
  OR  
BUSN 61 Business, Government, and Society 3 units
BUSN 24 International Business Management 3 units
  OR  
BUSN 36 Strategic Management 3 units

Complete the following 4 courses: 12 units

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 15 The Entrepreneurial Mindset 3 units
BUSN 54 Small Business Start Up and Management 3 units
BUSN 56 Marketing Principles 3 units
BUSN 5 Introduction to Project Management 3 units

Total Certificate Units: 27 units

Fall, Year 1 (15 units)

BUSN 005, BUSN 015, BUSN 028, BUSN 054, BUSN 051 or 061

Spring, Year 1 (12 units)

BUSN 056, BUSN 062, BUSN 078, BUSN 024 or 036

Finance/Accounting Certificate of Achievement

The Finance/Accounting Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of the required core courses (15 units) plus 3 additional required courses with a finance/accounting concentration (12 units) for a total of 27 units.

This program provides Career Technical Education opportunities in the areas of finance, accounting, and bookkeeping for a small to medium size business. This certificate provides a specialized focus on learning accounting rules and standards, how to record the financial transactions of a business, financial statement preparation, and providing management financial information that enables management to plan for and control the business.

Emphasis is on learning Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, applying these principles to the recording of financial transactions and the preparation of financial statements, and providing management accurate and meaningful financial information that enables management to perform their function.

Upon completion of this program, a student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the accounting cycle by identifying financial transactions for a business, recording those transactions in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and preparing end-of-period financial statements.
  • Analyze the financial statements of the business, evaluate the financial health of the business, and communicate their overall assessment.

This certificate is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in bookkeeping, accounting, or auditing in a small to medium size business environment.

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 28 Business Law 3 units
BUSN 62 Business Mathematics 3 units
BUSN 78 Business Communication 3 units
BUSN 51 Introduction to Business 3 units
  OR  
BUSN 61 Business, Government, and Society 3 units
BUSN 24 International Business Management 3 units
  OR  
BUSN 36 Strategic Management 3 units

Complete the following 3 courses: 12 units

Course Number Course Title Units
ACCT 10 Financial Accounting 5 units
ACCT 60 Accounting Fundamentals Quickbooks 4 units
BUSN 46 Excelling With Excel 3 units

Total Certificate Units: 27 units

Fall, Year 1 (11 units)

Example Courses

ACCT 010, BUSN 028, BUSN 061

Spring, Year 1 (16 units)

Example Courses

ACCT 060, BUSN 024, BUSN 046, BUSN 062, BUSN 078

Human Resources Certificate of Achievement

The Human Resources Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of 5 required core courses (15 units) plus 4 required courses with a human resources concentration (12 units) for a total of 27 units.

This program provides Career Technical Education opportunities in the areas of human resource support and management for a small to medium size business. This certificate provides a specialized focus on the various aspects of the human resource discipline in a business including recruiting, compensation, benefits, and training.

Upon completion of this program a student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Human Resources functions (recruiting, compensation, benefits, legal considerations).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different employee motivational theories and how to apply them in specific situations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Human Resources role in a business.

This certificate is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as a human resource assistant in human resource departments in a small to medium size business environment.

Complete 15 units from the following list:

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 28 Business Law 3 units
BUSN 62 Business Mathematics 3 units
BUSN 78 Business Communication 3 units
BUSN 51 Introduction to Business 3 units
  OR  
BUSN 61 Business, Government, and Society 3 units
BUSN 24 International Business Management 3 units
  OR  
BUSN 36 Strategic Management 3 units

Complete 15 units from the following list:

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 34 Human Resource Management 3 unit
BUSN 66 Human Relations in Business 3 units
BUSN 68 Organizational Behavior 3 units
BUSN 6 Negotiation Principles 3 units

Total Certificate Units: 27 units

Fall, Year 1

Example Courses

BUSN 006, BUSN 034, BUSN 061, BUSN 066, BUSN 068

Spring, Year 1

Example Courses

BUSN 024, BUSN 028, BUSN 062, BUSN 078

Marketing Certificate of Achievement

The Marketing Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of 5 required core courses (15 units) and 5 required courses with a marketing concentration (13 units) for a total of 28 units.

Students who complete this certificate apply introductory basic theories and concepts in marketing to all of the various fields of advanced marketing, such as social media marketing sales, and advertising. The classes that make up the certificate require students to demonstrate critical thinking skills for analyzing specific real and hypothetical marketing cases. Students also prepare, research, and write strategic business and marketing plans; additionally, the classes in the certificate require students to prepare and develop team projects and professional business demonstrations.

Upon completion of this certificate, students should be able to:

  • Apply introductory business theories and concepts to researching and analyzing marketing strategies and plans.
  • Research and write strategic business and marketing plans.

Students completing this certificate qualify for, but are not limited to, careers in social media marketing, traditional marketing, internet-based marketing strategies, market analysis, advertising, sales, business communications, and other areas in the fields of marketing, communications, and advertising.

Complete 15 units from the following list:

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 28 Business Law 3 units
BUSN 62 Business Mathematics 3 units
BUSN 78 Business Communication 3 units
BUSN 51 Introduction to Business 3 units
  OR  
BUSN 61 Business, Government, and Society 3 units
BUSN 24 International Business Management 3 units
  OR  
BUSN 36 Strategic Management 3 units

Complete the required courses: 13 units

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 40 Sales Strategies 3 units
BUSN 44 Presentation, Powerpoint 1 unit
BUSN 56 Marketing Principles 3 units
BUSN 81 Advertising Principles 3 units
BUSN 6 Negotiation Principles 3 units

Total Certificate Units: 28 units

Fall, Year 1 (16 units)

Example Courses

BUSN 006, BUSN 024, BUSN 040, BUSN 044, BUSN 056, BUSN 081

Spring, Year 1 (12 units)

Example Courses

BUSN 028, BUSN 061, BUSN 062, BUSN 078

Small Business Essentials Certificate of Achievement

The Small Business Essentials Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of 8 required core courses (18 units). Students have the opportunity to develop skills that enable them to provide complete office management support skills in a small business environment, including accounting, use of Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word documents, PDF files, G-Suite, and Office 365, proper office protocol, and professional and ethical communication.

After completing the certificate, students should be able to:

  • Maintain the accounting records for a small business.
  • Select and apply software applications to support a small business.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate professionally and ethically in a small business environment.

Upon completing this certificate, students can qualify for small business jobs and careers as an administrative assistant, office manager, or clerical positions.

Required Core Courses: 18 units

Course Number Course Title Units
ACCT 50 Accounting for Small Business 1 unit
BUSN 44 Presentation, Powerpoint 1 unit
BUSN 46 Excelling With Excel 3 units
BUSN 47 Adobe Acrobat and PDF 1 unit
BUSN 62 Business Mathematics 3 units
BUSN 70 Effective Office Skills 3 units
BUSN 78 Business Communication 3 units
BUSN 43 Sales Strategies 3 units
  OR  
BUSN 43A Introduction to G-Suite Cloud-based Software 3 units

Recommended Elective

Course Number Course Title Units
BUSN 43B Office 365 & G-Suite Interoperability 1 unit

Fall, Year 1

ACCT 050, BUSN 043 or 043A, BUSN 044, BUSN 046, BUSN 047, BUSN 070

Spring, Year 1

BUSN 062, BUSN 078

Last Updated 2/10/21