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Associate of Science
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Associate of Science in Business

No matter the field, the product, or the size of the company, managing people in a business setting requires perceptiveness, motivation, and training. If you’re intrigued by the notion of moving into managerial levels in the business world, the Associate of Science in Business is a natural place to get started. Designed to prepare you for entry-level management positions, the coursework is focused on your success; degree completion provides a transition path to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

In the Associate of Science in Business online program, you’ll engage in courses in general business, accounting, economics, legal studies, management, and marketing to gain a broad understanding of the business world. You’ll also pursue two pre-requisites as part of general education requirements: introductory business mathematics and Internet literacy. With these in hand you’ll have a fundamental understanding of basic business management and how it applies to planning and implementing an organization’s strategic behavior.

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Prerequisites for the Major

  • 3 courses; 13.5 quarter units

Course Name

Prerequisite: ENG 102

A cross-disciplinary course that teaches effective report and research paper writing through the use of key computer technologies. Topics include library and Internet research; information organization, evaluation, and synthesis; MLA and APA style formats; and the use of document-production, image-editing, and presentation software.

MNS 205 must be taken if students do not have transfer credits for MNS 205, MTH 215, or MTH 220

Key mathematical and statistical concepts useful for understanding business problems and making informed decisions with the right tools are introduced. Concepts relate to numbers, formulas, linear equation models and descriptive statistics. Applications focus on personal decisions and decisions within businesses in the areas of finance, discounts, pricing, interest rates, loans, insurance, investment, payroll and taxes. Microsoft Excel is the software used in this class. MNS 205 and MTH 210 are the primary quantitative courses required for MNS 407. Students who have taken college algebra or calculus (MTH 215 or MTH 220) are exempt from this course.

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Prerequisite: MTH 12A and MTH 12B, or Accuplacer test placement evaluation

Examines higher degree polynomials, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry and matrix algebra needed for more specialized study in mathematics, computer science, engineering and other related fields. Computer and/or graphing calculator use is highly recommended.

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Prerequisite: ENG 102

Prerequisite: MTH 216B, or MTH 215, or Accuplacer test placement

(Cross listed and equivalent to CSC208) An introduction to limits and continuity. Examines differentiation and integration concepts with applications to related rates, curve sketching, engineering optimization problems and business applications. Students may not receive credit for both MTH220 and CSC208.

Prerequisite: MTH 12A and MTH 12B, or Accuplacer test placement evaluation

An introduction to statistics and probability theory. Covers simple probability distributions, conditional probability (Bayes Rule), independence, expected value, binomial distributions, the Central Limit Theorem, hypothesis testing. Assignments may utilize the MiniTab software, or text-accompanying courseware. Calculator with statistical functions is required.

*May be used to meet General Education requirements

Requirements for the Major

  • 8 courses; 36 quarter units

Foundation Courses

In this course, students will study the price system, market structures, and consumer theory. Topics covered include supply and demand, price controls, public policy, the theory of the firm, cost and revenue concepts, forms of competition, elasticity, and efficient resource allocation, among others.

This course provides an examination of aggregate economic activity. It includes a study of aggregate supply and demand, the monetary and banking systems, aggregate economic accounting, inflation, unemployment, the business cycle, macroeconomic policy, and economic progress and stability, among other things.

A survey of basic accounting theory and the application of accounting principles, this course includes the recording and summarization of business transactions in the form of financial statements under the rules of generally accepted accounting principles. (GAAP). It is designed for students who have little or no prior knowledge of financial accounting, this course corresponds to Principles of Accounting I at other colleges.

Prerequisite: ACC 201

This course is an overview of the use of financial accounting and cost accounting data for the design and preparation of reports to aid management in organizing, directing, controlling, and decision-making functions. The topics include the fundamentals of cost accounting, budgeting and responsibility accounting for cost and profit centers.

Core Courses

A survey of contracts, sales, agencies, personal property, commercial paper and associated topics. Emphasizes prevention of litigation and liability arising from business operations.

This course is the introduction to contemporary marketing theory and practice in both the local and global marketplace. Basic concepts of marketing are examined with an emphasis on marketing positioning, segmentation and targeting as well as product development and distribution.

Prerequisite: ACC 201

This course is a survey of the basic principles and concepts used in the financial management of a business enterprise addressed from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Topics include money and capital markets, financial management of working capital, capital budgeting and fixed asset management, cost of capital, and short-term and long-term financing by means of debt and equity capital.

Introduction to the roles of managers and the vision, mission and goals of organizations. Investigates management theories and explores the four primary functions of managers: Planning, Organizing, Leading and Controlling. Covers issues related to human resource management, organizational structure and behavior, creative problem solving, effective communication, and the management of teams, change and innovations.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive an Associate of Science in Business degree, students must complete at least 90 quarter units consisting of all courses as articulated below along with the required minimum 37.5 units of the Associate of Science General Education.   In the absence of transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy total units for the degree. Refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information regarding application and evaluation. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the types of business organizations and their basic functions.
  • Describe the legal structure and tax implications of different types of business organizations such as sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation.
  • Explain the functions of basic management relating to planning and implementing an organization’s strategic behavior.
  • Explain the changing nature of business in a global economy.
  • Explain the basic accounting, finance, and management functions of business organizations.
  • Explain how marketing decisions can help maximize profits.
  • Describe the legal and ethical issues surrounding the business community.

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