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General Business, Associate of Science Degree

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Banner Code: 3_AS_GNBUS

Control Number: 23043

Financial Aid Eligible

The General Business degree is designed to prepare students for employment at a small, medium, or large firm in a variety of capacities and across industries. Graduates will be well-versed in business terminology, business functions, communication, planning, organizing, and decision-making. Coursework exposes students to the fields of marketing, human resource management, operations and manufacturing, accounting and finance, as well as other niche professions in business. Students may select specific elective courses to meet their professional or personal business education goals. The courses in the program allow for further career and industry research.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate solutions to business problems using appropriate business terms and strategies.
  2. Analyze and recommend effective business decisions/solutions using a systematic, evaluative, and data-driven approach.
  3. Develop and exhibit high standards of professional practice, demonstrating awareness of ethical and social responsibilities in today’s multicultural, team-oriented, rapidly-changing global environment. 
  4. Formulate strategies that embrace diversity within organizations and create inclusive organizational cultures.

Associate Degree Requirements

Unit Requirement

Complete at least 60 units of acceptable college work with a minimum of 12 units completed in residence at Coastline. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from all colleges attended and a 2.0 or higher grade point average at Coastline.

*Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation and/or disqualification) during the semester graduation is petitioned.

Program of Study

Complete the required courses in one of the programs as detailed In the Requirements for the Major section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

General Education

Complete one of the three General Education options below (visit the General Education page for details):

Option 1 — AA/AS Local Degree GE: designed for students pursuing an Associate degree and who may or may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university. The degree is transferable to many colleges and universities.

Option 2—CSU GE Breadth: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU system. It may also be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Option 3—IGETC: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU or UC system. It also may be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement

Complete at least 2.5 units from any Global and Multicultural Studies courses. See what courses fulfill the Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement.

Course Title Units
Required Core
Complete the following:
BUS C100Introduction to Business3
BUS C110Business Law/Legal Environment of Business3
BUS C150Introduction to Marketing3
MS C100Principles of Management3
or MGMT C100 Principles of Management
Program Electives
Complete 9-10 units of the following:9-10
Introduction to Accounting
Financial Accounting 1
Managerial Accounting 1
ACCT for Non-Financial Managers, Entrepreneurs, Business Owners
Introduction to International Business
Personal Finance
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Operations
Entrepreneurial Financial Strategies
Introduction to Information Systems
Information Systems, Programming, and Database Management
Introduction to Cybersecurity
Business Communication 1
Management and Employee Communication
Human Relations in Business
Logic and Critical Thinking
Work Based Learning
Work Based Learning
Work Based Learning
Work Based Learning
Interpersonal Communication 2
Public Speaking 2
Intercultural Communication 2
Economic Issues and Policy
Principles of Microeconomics 1, 2
Principles of Macroeconomics 1, 2
Units Required for Major21-22
Requirement Units
Units for Major Preparation 21-22
Local General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC pattern Varies
Electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60