Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Associate of Applied Science Applied Business, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!
3. Professional Development
Action Item: Meet with Advisor
Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.
Action Item: Attend Transfer Fair
Attend a transfer fair and choose a transfer institution if you plan to transfer, so that you take the correct prerequisites.
4. Introduction to Business
- BUS& 101 Introduction to Business (5 credits)
Course purpose: Business is large, complex, and fascinating subject matter. To help prepare you for specific business courses, this course offers an overview of the globalized nature of today’s business and its major functions – operations, marketing, and finance.
5. Business Math
- BTECA 117 Business Mathematics (5 credits)
Course purpose: Business Mathematics offers applications in banking, merchandising, inventory, depreciation and promissory notes. You will also be introduced to simple statistics and the metric system.
6. Technological Skill Set
Choose one group.
- CIS 130 Productivity Software (5 credits)
Course purpose: Required technological skill sets in the world of work include word-processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and cloud storage at a minimum. And technology is continually changing. We need to know how to work in and problem-solve with technology.
Take 5 of the 6 courses
7. Sales and Customer Relationship Management
8. Human Relations in the Workplace
9. Economics Course Recommendation
Choose one group.
- ECON& 201 Microeconomics (5 credits)
Course purpose: Fundamentally, microeconomics is the study of how individuals, organizations, and markets make choices. By learning microeconomics, you become a more knowledgeable and valuable business professional to organizations. If you decide to run your own business, you are better positioned to make informed business decisions.
10. Accounting Course Recommendation
Choose one group.
Choose this group if you took the Group B option for Economics.
Action Item: Transfer Institution
Meet with an advisor at your transfer institution (if planning to transfer) to ensure you have all the prerequisites for your program of study on your education plan. Also, ask about the application process and deadlines.
11. Business Law
- BUS& 201 Business Law (5 credits)
Course purpose: Business Law introduces you to the laws relating to the operation of businesses from the perspectives of owners, managers, employees, customers and suppliers.
Action Item: GPA Check
Are you on track to meeting the GPA requirement for your degree and at your transfer institution (if you are planning to transfer)?
12. Principles of Marketing
13. Principles of Management
14. Project Management
- BUS 260 Project Management I: Planning (5 credits)
Course purpose: Good project management skills saves a company time, money, and resources. In this course you will learn about the Initiate and Plan Process Groups tools and techniques to build a project plan. BUS 260 is part one of a two-part series. BUS 261 is the second course in this series.
15. Human Resource Management
Action Item: Meet with Advisor to Select Specialization Area
Meet with your advisor to select a specialization area.
16. Business Specialization
Choose one option by specialization area.
Option A: Human Resource Management/Management
Option B: Project Management/Entrepreneurship/Management
Option C: Marketing
- BUS 134 Introduction to Social Media (5 credits)
Course purpose: Social media is how businesses are connecting with consumers. As a business professional you need basic understanding of how social media can impact brand recognition, increase traffic to company websites, and reach specific audiences.
Option D: Retail Management/Fashion Merchandising
- FASH 160 Introduction to Fashion Merchandising (5 credits)
Course purpose: This course is a survey of the fashion industry from early development to present. You will analyze the interrelationships of the many different industries involved in the design, production, and distribution of all types of apparel and accessories.
Action Item: Internship
Network to obtain an internship.
17. Small Business Planning
19. Business Specialization
Choose one course by specialization area.
Option A: Human Resource Management
- MNGT 296 Current Trends in Human Resources (5 credits)
Course purpose: Explores current human resource issues including local, state, and federal labor laws; effective recruitment and selection techniques using behaviorally-anchored structured interview format; training and development strategies using competency-based individual development plans; 360-degree performance review; and how to write employee policy manuals and job descriptions.
Option B: Project Management
- BUS 261 Project Management II: Managing (5 credits)
Course purpose: Good project management skills saves a company time, money, and resources. In BUS 261 you will learn about the Execute, Monitor/Control, and Close Process Groups tools and techniques to build a project plan. BUS 261 is part two of a two-part series. BUS 260 is the first course in this series.
Option C: Enterpreneurship
Option D: Marketing
- BUS 135 Introduction to Online Marketing (5 credits)
Course purpose: This course examines how organizations use online marketing strategies including websites, media sharing, social media networking, search engine optimization, and online advertising to market goods and services.
Optional Certificate Courses
If you choose to complete any of the business certificates, additional courses are listed in the following section. Courses are listed under each certificate listing.
Human Resource Certificate
Retail and Fashion Merchandising Certificate
To earn the Supervision & Management Certificate in addition to the AAS the student would need to take the following courses: Embedded in the degree.
To earn the Entrepreneurship certificate in addition to the AAS the student would need to take the following courses: Embedded in the degree.
To earn the Project Management Certificate in addition to the AAS the student would need to take the following course: Embedded in the degree.