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. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in General Business is available.


Major Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

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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.


The estimated tuition for the entire program $5,610 for Maricopa County residents. Please click here for a list of out-of-county tuition and other fees.


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 Curriculum
  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year
Program Contacts

Mark Barton, Program Director
Office: BUS 130
Phone: (480) 425-6913

Sue Sandblom, Department Chair
Office: BUS 126
Phone: (480) 425-6792

Brenda Lawson, Division Secretary
Office: BUS 121
Phone: (480) 423-6253

Program Notes: Set up an advising meeting by emailing

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ACC111Accounting Principles I3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
GBS120Workplace Communication Skills (3) OR
GBS233Business Communication (3)3
GBS151Introduction to Business3
GBS205Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Business3
MGT175Business Organization and Management (3) OR
MGT251Human Relations in Business (3)3
MKT271Principles of Marketing3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should select eighteen (18) credits from the following courses.
Any 100/200 level prefixed courses may be selected, except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area.
ACC+++ Any ACC Accounting course(s)
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet3
CIS117DMMicrosoft Access: Database Management3
CIS133DAInternet/Web Development Level I3
EPS+++ Any EPS Entrepreneurial Studies course(s)
GBS+++ Any GBS General Business course(s)
IBS+++ Any IBS International Business course(s)
MGT+++ Any MGT Management course(s)
MKT+++ Any MKT Marketing course(s)
REA+++ Any REA Real Estate course(s)
SBS+++ Any SBS Small Business Management course(s)
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3)
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
SBU200Society and Business (3)3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area.
  • Apply effective oral, written, and visual business communication skills. (GBS120, GBS233, (COM), [FYC])
  • Demonstrate critical thinking through written and oral formats. (GBS120, GBS151, GBS205, GBS233, EPS++, GBS++, SBU200, (COM), [FYC], [HU], [SG], [SQ])
  • Use basic mathematics and accounting principles to manage the financial health of an organization. (ACC111, ACC++, [MA])
  • Apply current technology to specific business tasks. (CIS105, CIS114DE, CIS117DM, CIS133DA)
  • Apply functions of modern business, including business principles, marketing, labor relations, and risk analysis to business situations. (GBS151, GBS++, IBS++, MGT175, MGT251, MGT++, SBS++)
  • Analyze legal, ethical and social implications of business decisions and their impact on various individuals, groups and societies. (ACC111, ECN211, ECN212, GBS151, GBS205, MGT175, MGT251, MKT271, SBU200, [HU])
  • Apply basic principles and techniques of management to recruit, select, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate employees. (GBS151, MGT175, MGT251)
  • Evaluate organizational structures and the functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling in a business setting (GBS151, MGT175, MGT251, MGT++)
  • Apply functions of modern business, including business principles, marketing, labor relations, and risk to business situations. (GBS151, GBS205, MGT175, MGT251, MKT271, MKT++, REA++)
  • Analyze marketing research to create marketing plans and forecasts. (GBS151, MGT175, MGT251, MKT271, MKT++)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.