Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

The Associate in Science degree program in Business Administration provides a strong background in liberal arts and sciences and a broad overview of the business field. It is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year college to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business.

The program requires a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences and a minimum of 23 credits in professional courses. The credits earned in liberal arts and sciences and business in this program are generally transferable to four-year institutions. Students are advised to meet with a faculty adviser from the Department of Business to discuss their programs, applicable electives, and the transferability of course credits to four-year colleges. Specific requirements for transferring credits vary with each institution

Common Core Requirements


Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101, English Composition I 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102, English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning (Required: MA-1141 or MA-1192 and MA-121) 4
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. Life & Physical Sciences (Select one course) 3-43
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. U.S. Experience & Its Diversity(Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C. Creative Expression (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. Scientific World (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A., 2B., 2C., 2D. or 2E. Select one course from 2A.2B.2C.2D. or 2E. 3

Major Requirements

Courses Credits
BU-101: Principles of Accounting I 4
BU-102: Principles of Accounting II 4
BU-201: Business Organization and Management 3
BU-203: Principles of Statistics 3
BU-301:Business Law I4

CIS-205: Introduction to Information Systems and Technologies


MA-128: Calculus for Technical and Business Students
MA-440: Precalculus Mathematics2


ECON-101: Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON-102: Introduction to Microeconomics5

Subtotal 27

Major Electives

Courses Credits
Laboratory science6: BI-132, BI-171; CH-102, CH-111, CH-121; ET-842; PH-112 0-1
Subtotal 0-13


Courses Credits
Free electives 0-1
Subtotal 0-1

Total Credits Required


1 MA-114 is the preferrred prerequisite for MA-128.

2 Students who are exempt from or placed out of MA-119, required under 1B above, will use one of the courses under Requirements for the Major to satisfy 1B in Common Core. Students who have taken MA-128 or MA-441 to satisfy Flexible Core 1B will take BU-401 or BU-701. This may require 1 additional free elective credit

The credit range accounts for STEM variant in 1C.

4 Sections of this course, designated “WI,” may be taken to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement.

5 Students who have taken ECON-101 or ECON-102 in the Common Core 2D are recommended to take BU-401 or BU-701 or the second Economics course.

6 For students who do take 4 credit STEM Variant in Required Core 1C this laboratory science elective is not required.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Business Administration

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in business
  2. Make ethical judgements while recognizing multiple perspectives
  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives
  4. Use foundational business principles to evaluate and solve problems for accounting, business management, statistics, software applications, and business law.

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