2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Business (AAS-T) Course Map

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 in Applied Science - Transfer Applied Business, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Graduation Requirements:

  • 2.0 minimum grade in all courses
  • Meet all other Pierce College graduation expectations


ctcLink Plan Code: BAMABAAS

CIP Code: 52.0201

Total Credits 94

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course. 

2. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Clear and strategic communication with others is a central feature of all careers connected to Business. The skills learned in ENGL 101 are foundational for later coursework and beyond. (Required courses for admission into the BAS in Applied Business Management.)


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course.

3. Introduction to Statistics

  • Course purpose: Today’s business world relies on data to make sound business decisions. Introduction to Statistics will orient you to the art and science of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. By the end of the course, you will see how data can be used in powerful ways. (Required courses for admission into the BAS in Applied Business Management.)


  • Note: The math course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following, the transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance. Your advisor will assist you in selecting the relevant 5 or 7 credit course(s) based upon co-requisite options.

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: Transfer Fair

Attend a transfer fair and choose a transfer institution if you plan to transfer, so that you take the correct prerequisites. 

4. Professional Development

  • Course purpose: Professional Development sets the stage for workplace success by providing career success strategies and tools. Move from “I can’t…” or “I think I can…” to “I can!” Dig deep in to who you are in terms of strengths and personal qualities/characteristics. 

5. Introduction to Business

6. Technological Skill Set

7. Microeconomics

  • 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. (Required courses for admission into the BAS in Applied Business Management.)

8. Business Law

9. Principles of Accounting I

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.

10. Human Relations in the Workplace

Action Item: GPA Check

11. Principles of Marketing

  • Course purpose: Marketing is foundational across all aspects of business. You will learn about the business activities concerned with the flow of goods and services from producers to consumers from a marketing perspective.

12. Principles of Management

  • Course purpose: A successful business professional is able to effectively address management problems. Through this course you will learn how to apply the principles and practices of management in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. 

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

13. Project Management

  • 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.

14. Leading Teams Through Innovation and Change

15. Human Resource Management

Action Item: Internship

Network to obtain an internship.

16. Macroeconomics

  • Course purpose: Study of the organization and operation of the U.S. economy including unemployemnt, inflation, and GDP issues; the business cycle and long run growth; national income accounting; aggregate supply and aggregate demand; government spending, taxation, and the budget deficit/surplus; fiscal policy, the monetary system; the Federal Reserve Banking System; monetary policy, interest rates; and international trade. (Required courses for admission into the BAS in Applied Business Management.)

17. Project Management II: Managing

  • 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 tow of a two-part series. BUS 260 is the first course in this series.

18. Principles of Accounting II

19. Small Business Planning

20. Work Based Learning

Total Credits: 94

CIP Code: 52.0201

ctcLink Plan Code: BAMABAAS