Academic Certificate in Business Professional

Division of Business — Curriculum Code: 3013

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate
Why major in Business Professional Certificate?

The Business Professional certificate program is designed to prepare individuals to pursue careers in business-related fields. It is also intended to help students identify business opportunities where they can apply their talents. Students will acquire knowledge that will enable them to work as entrepreneurs, office assistants, and/or shop associates. They will gain basic knowledge of the business world to enable them to function effectively within large and small corporations and also in non-profit organizations and government agencies. This certificate program is not intended to be transferred to a 4-year institution, rather it is intended to provide basic business skills for individuals who want to start or improve their own businesses. It is also designed to allow individuals to transfer credits towards an existing associate’s degree offered at the college.

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

The Business Professional certificate program is designed to offer preparation for students seeking entry-level jobs in business and industry. Although this certificate program is not intended to be directly transferred to a 4-year institution, graduates will be able to transfer most credits towards an existing associate’s degree offered at the college.

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 program?

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

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3222.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Identify the fundamental components of business and the importance of each in the business environment;
  • Demonstrate business management skills in today’s workplace;
  • Demonstrate effective application of business knowledge in pre-existing talents or career; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate ‘business’ terminology in written and/or oral form, with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)

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

Technological Competency (3 credits)
CIS 131 (3 credits)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (19 - 22 credits)

BUS 101 Business Organization & Management (two 3-credit courses)
Choose any two 200-level Business (BUS) course electives (6 credits)
CEE 298 Cooperative Education Experience: Internship (1 credit)

Choose three of the following major course electives (three 3– or 4-credit courses):ACC 101, BUS 105, BUS 141, BUS 203, FIN 101, HMM 103, PAD 101, SCM 101, or any 3 Logistics (LOG) courses

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ECO 101, ECO 102, ENG 105, ENG 109, FRN 101, OCT 105, OCT 107, SPN 101, or any ART or MUS course (two 3-credit courses)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 31 - 33

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization & Management (3 credits)
CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business (3 credits)
Major course elective (one 3- or 4-credit course)
Major course elective (one 3- or 4-credit course)

Second Semester
200-level Business (BUS) course electives (one 3-credit course)
200-level Business (BUS) course electives (one 3-credit course)
CEE 298 Cooperative Education Experience: Internship (1 credit)
Major course elective (one 3- or 4-credit course)
Additional course elective (one 3-credit course)
Additional course elective (one 3-credit course)


 

NOTES:
(1) 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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