Associate of Science in Business Administration

Associate of Science in Business Administration

The Associate of Science in Business Administration program focuses on educating, training, and developing students’ skills to manage the ever-increasing complexities of business. The program will give a foundation on which to build a successful career in business and provide an understanding of the implementation of business functions in the local and international environment. This program offers a sequence of courses that provide coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers such as entry-level management trainee positions in the marketing and international business environment.

The Associate of Science (AS) in Business Administration program is offered for those students whose career goals require a broad knowledge related to marketing and international business. All students will take coursework in the areas of finances, accounting, general business management, information technology, computer applications, and business law. In addition, students will choose an area of concentration that will provide the remaining courses in the major. The following describes each area of concentration.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate and apply informed decision-making, team building, negotiation, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate and apply effective communication within the context of business (oral and written communication).
  • Identify and make use of business administration tools (i.e., market research, statistical analysis, comparative ratios).
  • Identify and apply the functions of running a business, such as management, marketing, accounting, finance, human resources, information technology, ownership, and production.
  • Define and apply best practices of business administration in the functional areas of business.
  • Identify and explain the external forces that affect the business world and the business concepts involved with international commerce.
  • Explain the importance of workplace ethics and diversity.

Program Breakdown by Course

Course Number Course Name Semester Credits
General Education (15 Credits)

English Composition I

This course will allow students to develop an understanding of good college level writing with an emphasis on exposition and the research essay. Written communications of impressions and judgments concerning assigned readings in the essay and allied genre are required. Stress on the building of an active vocabulary and on correct sentence and paragraph structure.

English Composition I 3.0

English Composition II

This course is designed to build upon the competencies acquired in English Composition I and to further refine students' writing process. Students develop proficiency in academic writing, information literacy, and critical thinking abilities and business documents. Prerequisites: ASB 1001

English Composition II 3.0

College Algebra

This course will cover polynomial and rational equations and inequalities, graphs of functions, rate of change, transformations, extreme values, modeling, combining functions, one to-one and inverse functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, laws of logarithms, exponential and logarithmic equations, modeling, systems of equations, linear systems in three variables, nonlinear systems of equations, and linear and nonlinear systems of inequalities.

College Algebra 3.0


This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of Probability and Statistics through assignments and forums. The students will learn to: organized data in different types of graphs, identify the use and misuse of graphical representations, apply and interpret data distribution, measures of center, apply and interpret probability, apply and interpret numerical measures of variability, and calculate and interpret area under the normal distribution curve. Prerequisites: ASB 2038

Statistics 3.0

Critical Thinking and Ethics

This course gives a practical background in critical thinking generally and as applied specifically to ethical analysis, argumentation, discussion, writing, and the justification of ethical positions. The emphasis is on understanding the facts, concepts and ethical claims in the issues, understanding the arguments on each side of the issue, and being able to formulate and defend your ethical conclusions. It will allow the students to apply critical thinking and ethical analysis to various important general issues, personal conflicts and a variety of case studies in business.

Critical Thinking and Ethics 3.0
Core Courses (36 Credits)

Principles of Organizational Psychology

This course explores the organizations from the psychological perspective. Various psychology theories and research methods related both to organizational cultures and leadership are examined. Major topics of study include: Communication processes, collaboration processes, leadership and conflict.

Principles of Organizational Psychology 3.0

Principles of Business

This course provides a general outline of the nature of business, including ownership, management, and organization. Business operations such as finance and decision-making controls are emphasized. The legal and regulatory environment in which business operates is examined.

Principles of Business 3.0

Principles of Microeconomics

This course emphasizes microeconomic concepts, including the mechanics of supply and demand, the economics of the firm, the allocation of resources, returns to factors of production, and the concept of a mixed economy and current microeconomic problems.

Principles of Microeconomics 3.0

Principles of Macroeconomics

This course offers an overview of the basic economic concepts and institutions. Students will learn the modern national income formation theory, economic fluctuations, money, banking, monetary and fiscal policy, economic stabilization theory and policy, the public sector, theory of economic growth and development comparative economic systems.

Principles of Macroeconomics 3.0

Fundamentals of Human Resources Management

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of human resource management, including the business case for human resource management and an overview of the skills necessary to effectively manage human resources. This course study of effectively selecting, utilizing, assessing and developing managers as well as the role of the Human Resource department in administering human resources in a changing and demanding environment.

Fundamentals of Human Resources Management 3.0

Principles of Financial Accounting

This course approaches accounting as an information or decision support system. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of business transactions and their effect on the operation of an enterprise. Major learning objectives provide the student with an in-depth understanding of the principles of financial accounting and the technique of accounting as applied in the United States.

Principles of Financial Accounting 3.0

Principles of Accounting

This course is intended to provide a comprehensive view of accounting and to explain how accounting information is used by managers in various types of business organizations. The course is conducted and structured to have a balance between conceptual and procedural techniques. The emphasis is on the development, interpretation, and application of managerial accounting information for planning activities, controlling operations, and making decisions.

Principles of Accounting 3.0

Business Law and Ethics

This course discusses the nature of legal, ethical and societal environments of business. Emphasis is placed on business's social, legal, political, and ethical responsibilities to both external and internal groups for business. Other topics are state and federal laws, contracts, intellectual property, employment law, product liability, safety issues and environmental regulation.

Business Law and Ethics 3.0

Information Management for Business

This course focuses on the information explosion, the globalization of economies, and the increased competition and how information technology (IT) is being used as a tool to implement business strategies and gain competitive advantage, not merely to support business operations. This course takes a management instead of a technical approach to the material presented. As such, it should be of interest to students of general management interested in information technology issues and to students of information technology interested in management issues.

Information Management for Business 3.0

Principles of Project Management

This course introduces participants to Project Management as a business tool, developing skills and abilities to solve problems, organize and present projects, ensuring that the proposal relates to an idea based on entrepreneurship. This course focuses on creating high performance teams and developing the leadership of Project Managers.

Principles of Project Management 3.0

Strategic Planning for Business

This course provides an overview and applications of strategic planning theories, methods, and group processes in different organizational environments. This course is designed to help students understand how to integrate knowledge of the various business disciplines and apply that knowledge to planning and managing strategic business activities.

Strategic Planning for Business 3.0

Principles of Information Technology

This course introduces the student to current information technology with an emphasis on online design and application. Students will be introduced to hardware and software concepts, online media, blogs, and general networking concepts and security, as well as how to effectively develop and manage online identity

Principles of Information Technology 3.0
Marketing (9 Credits)

International Marketing

This course discusses basic marketing principles as they relate to business in an international setting. Emphasis is on the role of the marketing manager in the development of marketing strategies for a variety of markets in diverse cultural and economic situations. Topics include foreign market analysis, target market identification, product planning, promotion and distribution.

International Marketing 3.0

Branding and Advertising

This course presents a comprehensive overview, from a managerial viewpoint, of the field of advertising and shows the relationship of advertising to history, economics, marketing, social institutions, and customer psychology. Included in the study are sales promotion, media organization, market functioning, brand promotion, analysis of consumer behavior, budgeting, legislation and regulations. The course culminates with the student planning an advertising campaign.

Branding and Advertising 3.0
Digital Marketing 3.0
International Business (9 Credits)

Principles of International Trade

This course deals with the economics of globalization or cross-border economic activity. More specifically, the course focuses on international transactions that involve a physical movement of goods (trade flows) or of factors of production (migration, foreign direct investment). Three themes are explored: the gains from trade (including the impact of trade on income distribution), the pattern of trade, and protection.

Principles of International Trade 3.0

International Business Competitiveness

This course examines international business with an emphasis on cultural diversity. Topics include an overview of cultural similarities and differences among developing and developed countries.

International Business Competitiveness 3.0

Globalization and Business

This course offers a study of political and economic relations in connection with structural power sources that directly and indirectly affect design and shape of the global political economy. This course analyzes economic globalization in a historical perspective. It evaluates the arguments of both its critics and advocates, and pays particular attention to problems of trade, finance, and economic development in an economically integrating world.

Globalization and Business 3.0



Credential Awarded
Associate of Science