Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Associate of Applied Science Option (AASO)

Description

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Associate of Applied Science Option qualifies graduates to start and run a business, grow an existing business, or be employed in a new startup venture. The skills learned will enable the student to comprehend and assist in the basics of successfully operating a small business. Employment opportunities and job functions will vary greatly with industry, size of business, and geographical region.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply effective written and verbal communication skills individually and in groups.
  2. Apply analytical, technology, and reasoning skills relevant to the profession.
  3. Apply appropriate ethical choices on both a professional and personal level.
  4. Construct financial data and use it to make informed decisions about the operating performance of a company.
  5. Develop a marketing plan and strategies behind product/service positioning, pricing, distribution (placement), and promotion.
  6. Develop a comprehensive feasibility study that will position a business for success in a competitive marketplace.
  7. Create and present an elevator pitch.

Entrance Requirements

Academic Entrance Requirements

Recommended:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Completion of WR 065 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking II or higher or minimum placement Wr/Comm Level 7
  • Completion of MTH 060 Beginning Algebra or higher or minimum placement Math Level 10

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Level 1 Foundation Courses
BA 101Introduction to Business4
BA 104Business Math3
BA 111Applied Accounting I3
BA 178Customer Service3
or BA 285 Business Human Relations
BA 218Personal Finance4
CIS 120Computer Concepts (or Computer Competency Test)0-4
CIS 131Software Applications4
LIB 100Intro to Finding Information1
WR 121Academic Composition4
Level 2 Core Courses
BA 112Applied Accounting II3
BA 113Applied Accounting III3
BA 206Management Fundamentals I4
BA 214Business Communications3
BA 223Marketing Principles I4
BA 226Business Law I4
BA 250Entrepreneurship4
BA 261Consumer Behavior4
CIS 125EExcel4
Level 3 Small Business/Entrepreneurship Specialization
BA 229QuickBooks3
BA 232Branding4
BA 233Internet Marketing4
BA 237Marketing Research4
BA 249Retailing4
CIS 178Internet in Depth4
or CIS 195 Web Development I
Level 4 Advanced Core and Capstone Courses
BA 220Business Analysis and Budgeting4
BA 222Business Finance4
BA 290Business Seminar3
Total Credits93-97

Advising Notes

Take as many level 1 courses as possible before attempting level 2 courses, and take as many level 2 courses before level 3 courses. Level 3 courses may be taken concurrently with level 4 courses.

This degree is designed for students planning to enter their chosen career upon graduation. Only selected credits are considered transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions. See advisor for additional information.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:

    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.

    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

  • Additional Requirements:

    • None

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BA 101Introduction to Business4
BA 111Applied Accounting I3
CIS 120Computer Concepts0-4
BA 178
Customer Service
Business Human Relations
3
LIB 100Intro to Finding Information1
 Credits11-15
Winter
BA 104Business Math3
BA 112Applied Accounting II3
CIS 131Software Applications4
WR 121Academic Composition4
 Credits14
Spring
BA 113Applied Accounting III3
BA 218Personal Finance4
BA 223Marketing Principles I4
BA 250Entrepreneurship4
 Credits15
Summer
BA 206Management Fundamentals I4
BA 214Business Communications3
 Credits7
Second Year
Fall
BA 229QuickBooks3
BA 249Retailing4
BA 261Consumer Behavior4
CIS 125EExcel4
 Credits15
Winter
BA 220Business Analysis and Budgeting4
BA 232Branding4
BA 237Marketing Research4
CIS 178
Internet in Depth
Web Development I
4
 Credits16
Spring
BA 222Business Finance4
BA 233Internet Marketing4
BA 290Business Seminar3
BA 226Business Law I4
 Credits15
 Total Credits93-97

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