Academic Catalogs

Business Administration, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code:  2_AA_BSAD
Control number: 11418
Financial aid: Eligible

This curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in business in both the private and public sectors. It also prepares students for further studies in business, management, and other related disciplines.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify, analyze, and solve a variety of business problems.
  2. Develop an understanding of business issues to make informed business decisions.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills used in today’s business environment.
  4. Possess knowledge of financial report preparation and interpretation.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
ACCT G100Introduction to Accounting3-4
or ACCT G101 Financial Accounting
BUS G108Legal Environment Of Business3
or BUS G110 Business Law
BUS G130Introduction To Business Writing3
or BUS G139 Business Communication
MGMT G110Elements Of Management3
MKTG G100Principles Of Marketing3
Elective Courses
Select one of the following:3-4
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
ACCT G102Managerial Accounting4
ACCT G215Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Internal Control Compliance3
Select one of the following:3
BUS G210Securities And Investments3
MGMT G111Human Resources Management3
MGMT G115Essentials of Organizational Behavior3
MGMT G130Team Building And Group Dynamics3
MGMT G140Business and Organizational Ethics3
MGMT G155Customer Service3
Major Total21-23
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breath, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
MKTG G100Principles Of Marketing3
Elective coursework for a total of 9 units9
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
BUS G139Business Communication3
or BUS G130 Introduction To Business Writing
MGMT G110Elements Of Management3
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development or Area A: English Language, Area B: Natural Sciences, Area C: Arts & Humanities, Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of Algebra 2 in High School with a "C" or better):
MATH G030Intermediate Algebra4
MATH G040Accelerated Elementary and Intermediate Algebra5
MATH G080Pre-Statistics5
If Math competency is satisfied, take Elective coursework for a total of 3 units.3
Units15-17

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
BUS G108Legal Environment Of Business3
or BUS G110 Business Law
ACCT G100Introduction to Accounting3-4
or ACCT G101 Financial Accounting
Area B: Natural Sciences course3
Elective coursework for a total of 6 units6
Units15-16
Course Title Units
Semester 4
Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences course (if not satisfied by a course within the Major)3
Cultural Diversity requirement #3
Elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units0-2
Select one of the following:3-4
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
ACCT G102Managerial Accounting4
ACCT G215Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Internal Control Compliance3
Select one of the following:3
BUS G210Securities And Investments3
MGMT G111Human Resources Management3
MGMT G115Essentials of Organizational Behavior3
MGMT G130Team Building And Group Dynamics3
MGMT G140Business and Organizational Ethics3
MGMT G155Customer Service3
Units12-15
Total minimum units required60