General Business - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in General Business program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish a broad overview of business and desire not to enroll in a specialized curriculum in business. The program is designed to acquaint students with major subject areas of business, to improve the student's business vocabulary, and to provide students with an understanding of influencing factors in business decision making and activities. In addition, this program may aid a student in recognizing a specific business field to be pursued in future studies. Although many courses will transfer to a four-year institution, some courses do not. This curriculum is not designed to meet the needs of students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3148
Total Credits Required
61-66
Catalog Year
2019-2020

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Course Format

All courses are accelerated (5- or 8-week courses) and available online. Some courses are available only in an online format.

Program Length

Students who take at least 15 credits per semester can complete the certificate in 4-5 semesters. Student taking 9 credits per semester can complete the certificate in 7- 8 semesters.

Textbooks

The total cost of textbooks will vary depending on choice of rental or purchase options. Some courses do not require textbooks. Students can expect to spend $200-$400 per semester.

Program Contacts

Mark Barton, Program Director
Office: BUS 130
Phone: (480) 425-6913
mark.barton@scottsdalecc.edu

Sue Sandblom, Department Chair
Office: BUS 126
Phone: (480) 425-6792
susan.sandblom@scottsdalecc.edu

Brenda Lawson, Division Secretary
Office: BUS 121
Phone: (480) 423-6253
brenda.lawson@scottsdalecc.edu

Program Notes: Set up an advising meeting by emailing mark.barton@scottsdalecc.edu

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify, describe, and use the fundamental principles and practices of accounting.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of computer information systems, computer concepts, microcomputer applications, and programming techniques.
  3. Describe and explain the fundamental theories and concepts of human relations in business and industry.
  4. Identify the fundamental characteristics and functions of modern business, including business principles, marketing, labor relations, and business risk.
  5. Identify and define legal theories, ethical issues, and regulatory climate affecting business policies and decisions.
  6. Create and analyze internal and external business communications, including various verbal and nonverbal techniques.
  7. Identify marketing environments and segmentation, and explain the importance of marketing planning, forecasting, and research.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Prerequisite

CRE101 Critical and Evaluative Reading or equivalent by assessment.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems RC 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area. HU 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Oral Communication Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area COM 3
MAT120 or
MAT121 or
MAT122
Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra MA 3–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ACC111 Accounting Principles I RC 3
GBS110 or
MGT175 or
MGT251
Human Relations in Business and Industry or Business Organization and Management or Human Relations in Business RC 3
GBS151 Introduction to Business RC 3
GBS233 Business Communication RC 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS205 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business RC 3
MKT271 Principles of Marketing RC 3
Restricted Elective RE

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ECN211 or
ECN212 or
SBU200
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles or Society and Business SB 3
Restricted Elective RE

Program Electives

Select from the following courses to meet the Restricted Elective requirements.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ACC+++++ Any ACC prefixed course Any ACC prefixed course except ACC prefixed Required Courses RE 1–18
CIS114DE Excel Spreadsheet RE 3
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management RE 3
CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I RE 3
GBS+++++ Any GBS prefixed course Any GBS prefixed courses except GBS prefixed Required Courses RE 1–18
IBS+++++ Any IBS prefixed course Any IBS prefixed course except IBS prefixed Required Courses RE 1–18
MGT+++++ Any MGT prefixed course Any MGT prefixed course except MGT prefixed Required Courses RE 1–18
MKT+++++ Any MKT prefixed course Any MKT prefixed course except MKT prefixed Required Courses RE 1–18
REA+++++ Any REA prefixed course Any REA prefixed course except REA prefixed Required Courses RE 1–18
SBS+++++ Any SBS prefixed course Any SBS prefixed course except SBS prefixed Required Courses RE 1–18
Program Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course listed in the Required Courses area.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in General Business (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=125800).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.