The associate degree in general business is designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed for success in an entry-level business position. Plus, Woods Core requirements — rooted in the liberal arts tradition — will help you become adaptive to the changing needs of the organization as well as to understand the environment in which the organization operates.

Associate Degree

Required Business Core

30 credit hours required. May chose from one additional 3-credit Business Elective.

BU 121 Principles of Accounting I
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 122 Principles of Accounting II
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies accounting for corporations and introduces accounting for management decision making. Builds on the concepts of BU 121. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: October, March. Prerequisite: BU 121.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 131 Macroeconomics
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the fundamental principles of macroeconomics. Provides a working understanding of the economy as a whole, noting interrelationships among concerns of contemporary society, world affairs and government fiscal and monetary policies. Campus: Fall and Spring, every year; WOL: March.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 232 Microeconomics
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the various internal forces in social and business organizations from an economic viewpoint. Specific emphasis is on the relationship between a firm’s possible form and its interaction with the consumer. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: October, March.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, March, and May.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 251 Principles of Marketing
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, January, and May.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 281 Managerial Communications
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool. Camupus: Spring, every year; WOL: October and January.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 371 Business Law
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes, and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasizes the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed. Campus: Spring, every year; WOL: August, March.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 381 Business Finance
Campus | 3 Credits
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Develops a basic understanding of the methods of securing and allocating financial resources within a firm. Emphasis is on financial decision making and the associated knowledge, principles and techniques. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: October, January. Prerequisites: BU 122 and MA 253.

Campus 3 Credits

Other Required Courses

Woods Core math requirement

MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
Career Paths

Earning an associate degree can make a difference in your life. The general business degree will prepare you for entry-level positions in variety of roles, industries, and areas including accounting, human resources, finance and advertising.

Possible jobs include:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Small business consultant
  • Customer service supervisor
  • Human resources clerk
  • Accounting assistant
  • Assistant manager

This is also the first step toward earning a bachelor’s degree and pursuing management-level positions. The required business courses apply to baccalaureate-level business courses at the College.