Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration

Division of Business — Curriculum Code: 2006

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
Why major in Business Administration?

The Business Administration A.A.S. degree program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in sales, marketing, administration, or management. The program provides you with sufficient knowledge of the business world to enable you to function effectively within large and small corporations and also in non-profit organizations and government agencies. The A.A.S. in Business Administration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). For more information, please visit http://www.acbsp.org.

Click below to learn more about Essex’s ACBSP-Accredited Program Outcomes.
ACBSP-Accredited Program Outcomes (prepared 2017)

If I major in Business Administration, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Although the A.A.S. in Business Administration degree program major is job-oriented and not designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, many colleges and universities will apply most or all the courses you have taken toward a bachelor’s degree. Another A.A.S. degree option available at ECC for Business Administration majors is Business Administration: Hospitality Management Option.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Business Division at (973) 877-3222.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental business concepts and principles;
  • Discuss and analyze issues related to global economics;
  • Explain and apply management theories and principles in simulated business situations; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate ‘business’ terminology in written and/or oral form, with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technolgy.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (22 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (4 credits)
Choose one mathematics course or one lab science course from the following: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222; BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 103, BIO 104, BIO 121, BIO 122; CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 103, CHM 104; PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 103, PHY 104, PHY 113, or PHY 114 (one 4-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (9 credits)
ECO 101 (3 credits)
AND
Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101 or SOC 108 (two 3-credit courses)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)

BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
BUS 141 Business Mathematics (3 credits)
BUS 201 Principles of Management (3 credits)
BUS 204 Introduction to Organizational Behavior in Business (3 credits)

Choose any three additional (non-repeated) 200-level courses in Business Administration or any three Hospitality Management courses (three 3-credit courses)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (17 credits)

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I – Financial (4 credits)
ACC 102 Principles of Accounting II – Managerial (4 credits)
ECO 102 Principles of Economics II (Micro) (3 credits)
CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business, CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets, CIS 137 Microcomputer Databases, or CIS 139 Multimedia Concepts (one 3-credit course)

Choose one additional (non-repeated) BUS, CEE, or CIS course (one 3-credit course)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60

First Semester
ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I – Financial (4 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ACC 102 Principles of Accounting II – Managerial (4 credits)
BUS 201 Principles of Management (3 credits)
ECO 101 Principles of Economics (Macro) (3 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
BUS 141 Business Mathematics (3 credits)
BUS 204 Introduction to Organizational Behavior in Business (3 credits)
CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business, CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets, CIS 137 Microcomputer Databases, OR CIS 139 Multimedia Concepts (3 credits)
ECO 102 Principles Of Economics II (Micro) (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
BUS, CEE, OR CIS elective (3 credits)
Business Administration or Hospitality Management elective (3 credits)
Business Administration or Hospitality Management elective (3 credits)
Business Administration or Hospitality Management elective (3 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (3 credits)


 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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