Business Studies
Business Studies
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Management (A.A.S.)
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B-STEM Division
Business, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

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Business Studies, a career and non-transferable degree program, provides opportunities for students to prepare for a wide variety of careers in business.

Students have the option of pursuing a general degree in Business Studies or selecting one of four concentrations, each comprised of 15 credits and designed to prepare students for specialty areas: Business Systems, Entrepreneurship, Management, Software Professional. Students should contact the program coordinator for advisement.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES
  • Use effective verbal and written communication in conducting business;
  • Analyze/resolve problems common to entry-level business positions;
  • Apply management skills in a variety of business functions;
  • Comprehend how the global economy and international events affect domestic and international business decisions;
  • Understand basic accounting statements and their role in managing a business;
  • Identify unethical behavior in a business setting and formulate appropriate action;
  • Understand, analyze, and discuss current economic events and problems;
  • Acquire computer literacy and exposure to hardware, software, networking, databases, and ethical issues;
  • Apply financial concepts and tools to achieve personal goals.

Students may study full-time or part-time. Admission to the Business Studies program requires a high school diploma.

Business Studies students interested in pursuing bachelor’s degree studies in labor or management should consider the Rutgers School of Labor and Management program on the MCCC campus.

SEE ALSO:
Business Administration degree program
Small Business Management certificate program


Concentrations

The Business Systems concentration (BUS.STUD.SYST.AAS) prepares students for positions as help desk specialists, general office managers, or PC systems administrators in small to mid-sized firms. Students focus their degree based on individual professional needs, building upon the competencies gained from the general Business Studies program.

The Entrepreneurship concentration (BUS.STUD.ENTR.AAS) prepares students to own a small business. Students interested in forming their own enterprise, taking on a franchise, or purchasing an existing small business would benefit from this concentration, building upon the competencies gained from the general Business Studies program.

The Management concentration (BUS.STUD.MGMT.AAS) prepares students for positions as general office managers, retail sales managers, or supervisors in mid- to large-sized firms. Students focus their degree based on individual professional needs, building upon the competencies gained from the general Business Studies program.

The Software Professional concentration (BUS.STUD.SFTW.AAS) prepares students for entry-level positions as general office managers, administrative professionals, executive assistants, office support staff, or supervisors in small to mid-sized firms. Students focus their degree based on individual professional needs, building upon the competencies gained from the general Business Studies program.

DEGREE CURRICULUM
2019-2020 Academic Year
 earlier / Archive
BUS.STUD.AAS
BUS.STUD.SYST.AAS
BUS.STUD.ENTR.AAS
BUS.STUD.MGMT.AAS
BUS.STUD.SFTW.AAS
CIP 520101

The course sequence below represents a recommended example of how this degree program can be completed in two years, presuming a Fall Term start and satisfaction of all Developmental Studies (Foundations courses) requirements and prerequisites. Actual approaches toward completion depend on each student's anticipated transfer institution, career objectives, or other individual circumstances.

Students are encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor or Success Coach to consider options, establish plans, and monitor progress.

Code Course (lecture/lab hours) Credits
To Do This Semester
FIRST SEMESTER
BUS 101 Introduction to Business (3/0) 3

✔ Meet with your faculty advisor to complete an academic plan. Make sure you are aware of any course prerequisites you may need to take, and how long it will take to complete your degree.

✔ Use your online tools: Check your MercerMail daily, utilize features of Office 365, and get to know Student Planning.

✔ Take advantage of Learning Centers or Online Tutoring to support your studies and assignments.

CIS 105 Excel Basics (1/0) 1
CMN 111 Speech: Human Communication (3/0)  
  OR 3
CMN 112 Public Speaking (3/0)  
CSB 100 College Success and Wellness for Business (2/0)
  • For Business Studies majors taking classes exclusively online, CSW 100 is an acceptable substitute. Some exemptions apply. Consult academic advisor for details.
2
ENG 101 English Composition I (3/0) 3
MAT 125 Elementary Statistics I (3/0) 3
SECOND SEMESTER
ACC 106 Office Accounting I (3/0) 3

✔ Transitioning to college can be challenging. Meet with your Success Coach for guidance and support.

✔ Apply for financial aid by May 1.

✔ Contact professors with questions and use their office hours to develop a connection. Talk with them to get the inside scoop on how your profession works.

✔ Be sure to visit the Career Services office to explore jobs, internships, and career information and get help with your resume and other career tools.

✔ Apply for Continuing Student scholarships at www.mccc.edu/m-scholarships.

BUS 209 Business Communications (3/0) 3
BUS 210 Principles of Management (3/0) 3
BUS 230 Global Environment of Business (3/0) 3
  —    — General Education elective
  • Select course from the following general education categories: Social Science, Humanities, Diversity and Global Perspective.







3
THIRD SEMESTER
BUS 109 Personal Finance (3/0) 3

✔ Keep in contact with each professor and your faculty advisor. Make sure you are on track to graduate on time.

✔ Work with Career Services to formulate plans for after you've earned this degree.

✔ Develop team and leadership skills by getting involved in activities and clubs.

✔ Apply for Continuing Student scholarships at www.mccc.edu/m-scholarships.

✔ Manage your stress! Take advantage of the MCCC pool, Fitness Center, free yoga and Zumba. Reach out for counseling or other support if you need it. Your Success Coach can connect you with resources.

ECO 103 Basic Economics (3/0) 3
ENG 102 English Composition II (3/0) 3
IST 101 Computer Concepts with Applications (2/2)  
  OR 3
IST 140 The Internet and Computer Technology (2/2)  
  —    — General Education elective
  • Select course from the following general education categories: Social Science, Humanities, Diversity and Global Perspective.





3
FOURTH SEMESTER
  —    — Concentration/Business electives
  • If pursuing a general degree in Business Studies, choose four business electives from the options below.
  • If pursuing a Business Studies concentration, select three electives from either the Business Systems, Entrepreneurship, Management, or Software Professional concentrations (lower on page) and one of the following courses for a total of four electives.
ACC 207; BUS 105, 107, 202, 225, 239, 240; CIS 112, 173, 175, 182; IST 140; MKT 101, 230; NET 102, 103, 104; OST 219
3

✔ Get ready to start your career! Begin the job application process.

✔ Discuss your career plans with your faculty advisor. S/he can help you transition successfully.

  —    — 3
  —    — 3
  —    — 3





BUS 225 Employee Motivation and Leadership (3/0)  
  OR
  • Capstone course, to be taken as final course in the curriculum.
3
BUS 239 Entrepreneurship (3/0)  
  60  
Code Course (lecture/lab hours) Credits
Business Systems CONCENTRATION electives
CIS 173 PC Applications: Database (2/2) 3
CIS 175 PC Applications: Spreadsheets (2/2) 3
NET 102 Introduction to PC Hardware and Software (2/3) 3
NET 103 IT Essentials (2/3) 3
NET 104 Fundamentals of Computer Networks (2/2)

3
Entrepreneurship CONCENTRATION electives
ACC 207 Computerized Accounting (2/2) 3
BUS 107 Business Law (3/0) 3
BUS 202 Consumer Orientation (3/0) 3
BUS 239 Entrepreneurship (3/0) 3
MKT 101 Principles of Marketing (3/0)

3
Management CONCENTRATION electives
BUS 107 Business Law (3/0) 3
BUS 202 Consumer Orientation (3/0) 3
BUS 225 Employee Motivation and Leadership (3/0) 3
BUS 240 Human Resource Management (3/0) 3
MKT 101 Principles of Marketing (3/0) 3
MKT 230 Principles of Retailing (3/0)

3
Software Professional CONCENTRATION electives
CIS 173 PC Applications: Database (2/2) 3
CIS 175 PC Applications: Spreadsheets (2/2) 3
CIS 182 PC Applications: Presentations (2/2) 3
IST 140 The Internet and Computer Technology (2/2) 3
OST 219 Word Processing Concepts and Applications (2/2) 3