Business Administration

Overview

Program Description

The Business Administration degree is designed for persons interested in entry-level administrative positions in many kinds of businesses.  Graduates may also start their own business.  Completion of a specialized Certificate can lead to increased employment opportunities in Financial Services or Business Operations Coordinator.  

Career Opportunities

Opportunities and potential earnings vary with the geographic area and size of firm as well as past experience of the individual.  The opportunities available in establishing one’s own business are limited only by abilities and desires.  Jobs in management include planning and organizing operations, directing personnel and implementing control mechanisms to assure the smooth operation of the organization.  Marketing jobs might include retail buying, selling and promotion.  The skills learned can lead to career opportunities in financial services organizations or as a Business Operations Coordinator.  See Business » Business Administration for more career and employment information.

Program Outcomes   

 At the completion of the Business Administration Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate alternatives that lead to successful accomplishment of organizational objectives
  • Create and deliver information in written, oral and symbolic forms to convey information
  • Formulate strategies to collect and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data to support organizational objectives
  • Recognize and assess ethical dilemmas in the workplace
  • Recognize and adapt interpersonal behaviors and communication styles to effectively collaborate in a multicultural world

AAS Degree Requirements  

An Associate in Applied Science will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits. All core and general education requirements must be met.

Certificate Options

A Financial Services Certificate or a Business Operations Coordinator Certificate can be earned concurrently with the Business AAS degree by choosing specific courses from the Business AAS Choice List.  Please see the appropriate Program Planning Guides for details.  

Program Information

Admission: Students may begin the Business Administration Program every quarter.

Length of Program: Full-time students typically complete this program in six quarters, if basic skills and/or pre-college are complete.

Special Program Note: Students entering the Business AAS program should take the Placement test prior to enrolling in the program. This test will determine whether students need to take basic skills courses. Please call (360) 754-7711, ext. 4625 for additional information.

Additional Program Information

Educational Plan

Business Administration

Associate in Applied Science Degree
90 credits

Core Requirements

Shared between our Certificate and Degree

ACCT&201 Principles of Accounting I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Examines the basic structure of accounting, including receivables, payables, merchandise inventory, deferrals, accruals, depreciation and internal controls. Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH 097 or OFTEC 170 (formerly CIS 107).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA
BUS& 101 Introduction to Business 5 Credits Search Schedule
Provides an overview of current concepts and structures of American business. A general look at the functions of business: forms of ownership, management, personnel, marketing, production, finance, and the economic picture. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL& 101.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, SOCIAL SCIENCE, NURSING SOCIAL SCIENCE, AA-AAS-T-SOCIAL SCIENCE
BUS 160 Principles of Marketing 5 Credits Search Schedule
Business activities concerned with planning, pricing, promotion and distributing goods and services. Fundamental principles and business cases are combined so the student may understand more clearly the functioning of marketing in our economy and internationally. Prerequisite: BUS& 101 (formerly BUS 101) or instructor's permission.
BUS& 201 Business Law 5 Credits Search Schedule
A study of the American legal system; includes the Constitution, legislative, executive and judiciary branches. Examines system structure, concepts, procedures, terminology, ethical principles with an emphasis on principles and procedures applicable in the context of business contracts. Covers definitions, formation, interpretation and enforcement within the legal field. This course was formerly known as BUS 171, Business Law I. Prerequisite: Eligible to take ENGL& 101.
BUS 240 Principles of Finance 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introduction to basic finance theory and decision making. Financial statement analysis; review of basic economic concepts; evaluating risk and return; sources of internal and external funds; the effect of monetary policy; securities and the securities market; and the effect of debt. Applicable to both small and large business. Prerequisite: BUS& 101 and BUS 104; ACCT& 201 strongly recommended.
BUS 260 Principles of Management: Diversity 5 Credits Search Schedule
Analysis of the functions of management, including planning, problem solving, decision making, organizing, leading, directing, motivating and controlling. Special emphasis will be on current management issues including the importance of valuing diversity. Students will be expected to employ critical thinking skills to analyze and address typical workplace challenges. The case method, role playing, practical applications and exercises will be used. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Completion of ENGL& 101 (formerly WRIT 101) is strongly recommended.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, DIVERSITY, AAS-HUMAN RELATIONS
BUS 289 Integrated Business Applications 5 Credits Search Schedule
A capstone course that integrates accounting, data processing and business concepts to create solutions to complex business problems. Teambuilding, ethics and presentation techniques are considered. Ability to use a spreadsheet program is required. NOTE: BUS 289 should be taken by business and accounting students who are within two quarters of graduation. Prerequisite: Completion of two of the following with "C" or better: BUS& 101 or BUS 101, ACCT& 201 or ACCT 201, ACCT& 203 or ACCT 203.
OFTEC108 Introduction to Microsoft Office 3 Credits Search Schedule
Introduction of major software application packages as tools in business. The following operating and applications software will be covered: Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. OFTEC 101 (formerly CIS 101) recommended or ability to type by touch at least 20 words a minute. This course was formerly known as CIS 108. Prerequisite: None.
OFTEC141 Excel 5 Credits Search Schedule
An introduction to Excel for worksheet applications. Creating simple worksheets using numbers, dates, text, formulas, desktop features, formatting, charting, printing, and file handling. Techniques include copying, moving, relative, and absolutes cell references, using functions in formulas, file linking, multiple windows, and range naming. More advanced topics such as database and macros will also be introduced. This course was formerly known as CIS 141. Prerequisite: OFTEC 108 (formerly CIS 108) or OFTEC 100 (formerly CIS 100) and MATH 094.
ECON&202 Macro Economics 5 Credits Search Schedule
Organization and operation of the American economy from an aggregate point of view, emphasizing the government and foreign sectors. Includes problems of inflation, unemployment, taxation, analysis of Gross Domestic Product, fiscal and monetary policy, money and banking, and international trade and finance. This course was formerly known as ECON 101, Macroeconomics. Prerequisite: MATH 097 or placement test.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, SOCIAL SCIENCE, NURSING SOCIAL SCIENCE, AA-AAS-T-SOCIAL SCIENCE

and choose one of the following:
ENGL&102 Composition II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops reading, writing and critical thinking skills at the advanced level. Teaches how to write academic papers by conducting research; analyzing, evaluating and constructing arguments; documenting sources and using appropriate writing conventions. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101 with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION
-OR-
ENGL&102C Composition II: Service Learning 5 Credits Search Schedule
With a specific focus on community service and social issues, develops reading and writing skills at the advanced level. Teaches how to write academic essays by conducting research; analyzing, evaluating and constructing arguments; documenting sources and using appropriate conventions. In addition to classroom contact, requires a community service commitment of twenty hours per term in a structured service program managed by the college. Offers the opportunity to work with human service, environmental and cultural enrichment organizations. This course was formerly known as ENGL 104. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101 (formerly WRIT 101) with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION
-OR-
ENGL&235 Technical Writing 5 Credits Search Schedule
The study of effective technical and professional communication. Development of skills in proposal writing, technical report writing, business correspondence, oral presentations, online communication, group problem solving, professional portfolio development and basic research techniques. This course was formerly known as TCOM 106, Technical and Professional Communication. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 (formerly WRIT 101). Word processing skills recommended.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION
-OR-
OFTEC260 Business Communication 5 Credits Search Schedule
Principles of effective communication in business emphasizing the human relations factor, through correspondence, report writing, and an oral presentation. OFTEC 160 (formerly CIS 106) recommended. This course was formerly known as CIS 210. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101.

Electives- Select a minimum of 15 credits from the following list with the assistance of an advisor  

ACCT&202 Principles of Accounting II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Examines current liabilities, payroll systems, partnerships, corporations, stocks and bonds, preparation of statement of cash flows, and financial statement analysis. Prerequisite: ACCT& 201 with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA
-OR-
ACCT 206 General Ledger Computerized Accounting 3 Credits Search Schedule
Introduction to the processing of accounting data on a microcomputer using a pre-programmed general ledger software package. A number of problems are worked involving data entry. No programming is involved. Prerequisite: With a "C" or better in ACCT& 201 and OFTEC 141 (formerly CIS 141).
-OR-
ACCT 239 Payroll Accounting and Business Taxes 3 Credits Search Schedule
Preparation of payrolls. Study of taxes affecting businesses, preparation of federal, state and local business tax forms. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher in OFTEC 170 (formerly CIS 107), or ACCT& 201 or ACCT 201.
-OR-
BUS 140 Customer Service 5 Credits Search Schedule
Focuses on creating and maintaining positive customer relations. Emphasizes the importance of developing a service-oriented organization whose practices foster customer retention and loyalty. Develops skills in problem-solving, communication both oral and written, critical thinking and decision-making in order to identify and respond to customer needs. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL& 101.
-OR-
BUS 202 Business Law II 3 Credits Search Schedule
Expands and develops principles of American substantive and procedural law learned in BUS& 201 with a concentrated focus on specific areas of law of particular importance to accountants and other business professionals working in legal areas: accountants' responsibilities and liability; the Uniform Commercial Code relating to sales; negotiable instruments; secured transactions and banking; real estate; insurance; estate planning; bailments; intellectual property; bankruptcy; labor law; and consumer law. This course was formerly BUS 172. Prerequisite: BUS& 201 (formerly BUS 171).
-OR-
BUS 220 Starting and Managing a Small Business 5 Credits Search Schedule
An exploration of entrepreneurship. Examines how to define and develop business ideas, conduct basic research, and identify markets. Covers the steps in business planning and development of the business plan. Financing and a variety of management issues are addressed. BUS& 101 (formerly BUS 101) recommended. Prerequisite: None.
-OR-
BUS 270 Human Resources Management 5 Credits Search Schedule
An overview of human resource management in the workplace with emphasis on planning for human resources needs, finding and hiring employees, testing, training and compensation, and evaluating performance. Contemporary issues in Human Resource Management will be discussed. Prerequisite: None.
-OR-
CMST 105 Introduction to Online Journalism 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introduction to two forms of mass media writing: writing to inform (print and online) and writing to persuade (public relations, advertising and business). Newsgathering and news writing techniques including interviews, news judgment, story development, use of basic resource material, writing style and editing. Development of skills in audio and visual storytelling. Explores relationship between news, newsmakers, citizen journalists, social media networking, and ethics. Computer/word processing skills are essential to being successful in this course. This course was formerly known as MCOM 101, Introduction to Journalism. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL& 101 (formerly WRIT 101).
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, HUMANITIES, NURSING HUMANITIES, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AA-AAS-T-HUMANITIES
-OR-
ECON&201 Micro Economics 5 Credits Search Schedule
Organization and operation of the American economy as it relates to individual/household and business sectors. Includes an analysis of demand and supply, elasticity and utility theory, competition and monopoly and labor. This course was formerly known as ECON 102, Microeconomics. Prerequisite: MATH 097 or placement test.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, SOCIAL SCIENCE, NURSING SOCIAL SCIENCE, AA-AAS-T-SOCIAL SCIENCE
-OR-
PHIL 102 Ethics 5 Credits Search Schedule
Studies historical and recent views on such issues as the nature of good and evil, right and wrong, justice, rights, the rational grounds for moral responsibility and moral decision making, and the objectivity of moral values. Addresses both traditional and contemporary moral problems. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL& 101.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, HUMANITIES, NURSING HUMANITIES, AA-AAS-T-HUMANITIES
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PSYC 116 Psychology of Human Relations: Diversity 5 Credits Search Schedule
An introduction to the study of human relations, self-concept and the internal influences on one's thoughts, feelings and behaviors. An examination of the external and sociocultural influences on our personal and professional relationships. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENGL& 101.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, DIVERSITY, SOCIAL SCIENCE, NURSING SOCIAL SCIENCE, AAS-HUMAN RELATIONS, AA-AAS-T-SOCIAL SCIENCE

Or 
BUS 190/290 Cooperative Work Experience/Internship

7 unrestricted elective credits

General Education Requirements

Communication: 

ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING

Additional Communication: 
CMST&220 Public Speaking 5 Credits Search Schedule
Introduction to oral communication theory and to public speaking/listening practice as applied to a variety of settings and audiences. Students will learn to verbally inform and/or demonstrate and persuade an audience using a variety of speech types. Covers speech preparation, critical listening and thinking, and individual and group presentation techniques. This course was formerly known as SPCH 101, Introduction to Public Speaking. Prerequisite: None.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION
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CMST 240 Intercultural Communication: Diversity 5 Credits Search Schedule
The study of intercultural communication theory and cultural adaptation processes, and the development of skills in transmitting and receiving oral and written messages within a cross-cultural context. Covers selecting a communication style and strategies appropriate to a specific audience and setting. Examines how differences in cultural background influence communication patterns in families, communities, schools, and the workplace. This course was formerly known as SPCH 105. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 eligible or instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, DIVERSITY, HUMANITIES, NURSING HUMANITIES, AAS-SPEAKING-LISTENING, AAS-HUMAN RELATIONS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AA-AAS-T-HUMANITIES

Computation
BUS 104 Business Math 5 Credits Search Schedule
Emphasis on solving practical problems in business, including percentages, payroll, simple and compound interest, annuities, discounts, markups, using a calculator. Prerequisite: MATH 094 or higher with a grade of "C" or better and eligible for ENGL& 101.
Distribution: AAS, AAS-COMPUTATION
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MATH&146 Introduction to Statistics 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers basic probability, descriptive and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or a "C" or better in MATH 097 or higher.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

 

DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: South Puget Sound Community College requires all new students as of summer 2005 seeking an Associate Degree to complete a “diversity” course which meets the college criteria for listing as a diversity course and has been approved for such listing by the college Instructional Council prior to the student enrolling in the class.

Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised June 17, 2014