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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Business administration is a wide field that incorporates many types of management positions. From major corporations to independent businesses, every operation needs skilled administrators in order to succeed.

An associate’s degree in business will prime you for entry-level positions in the field. Earning a bachelor’s will advance your knowledge with skills of organizational leadership, managing people, and strategic planning. With a bachelor’s under your belt, you’ll qualify for a variety of business roles right out of school.

The Business Administration AS-T Degree qualifies for GWC CSU in 2 Guarantee program.

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This program qualifies for GWC's 2-year completion guarantee!

Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration for Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Associate in Arts Degree in Business Administration

Semester at a Glance


Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer (AS-T) degree is designed to provide students with the common Core of lower division courses required to transfer and pursue a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration. This includes business degrees with options in accounting, finance, human resources management, international business, management, operations management, and marketing. The Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer (AS-T Business Administration) degree aligns with the CSU Bachelor of Arts/Science in Business Administration.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify, analyze, and solve a variety of business problems.
  • Develop an understanding of business issues to make informed decisions.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills used in today’s business environment.
  • Prepare and analyze financial reports in order to facilitate the financial aspects of business administration.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the CSU AS in Business Administration for CSU Transfer.

Due to constraints outside of the department’s control, some courses may not be offered every semester.

Students show progress by passing their classes every semester.

Required courses – AS-T in Business Administration

Core:
Accounting G101 – Financial Accounting – 4 units
Accounting G102 – Managerial Accounting – 4 units
Economics G170 – Principles of Micro-Economics – 3 units
Economics G175 – Principles of Macro-Economics – 3 units

Business G110 – Business Law – 3 units 
or
Business G108 – Legal Environment of Business – 3 units

List A: Select one course (4 units)
Math G140 – Business Calculus – 4 units
Math G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

List B: Select two courses (7 units)
Any course from List A not already used
Computer Science G130 – Survey of Computer Science/Info Tech – 4 units

Business G100 – Introduction to Business – 3 units
or
Business G139 – Business Communication – 3 units

Total units: 28


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration for Transfer

Semester 1
Acct G101 (Core) Financial Accounting – 4 units
Econ G170 (Core) Principles of Microeconomics – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Acct G102 (Core) Managerial Accounting – 4 units
Econ G175 (Core) Principles of Macro-economics – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Bus G108 (Core) Legal Environment of Business – 3 units
or
Bus G110 (Core) Business Law – 3 units

Math G140 (List A) Business Calculus – 4 units
or Math G160 (List A) Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Math G140 (if not already used) Business Calculus – 4 units
or
Math G160 (if not already used) Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

CS G130 (List B) Survey of Computer Science / IT – 3 units

Bus G100 (List B) Introduction to Business – 3 units
or
Bus G139 (List B) Business Communication – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Major Total: 28 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double-counted: 9 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 2-4 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum); 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AST.


Associate in Arts Degree in Business Administration

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:
  • Identify, analyze, and solve a variety of business problems.
  • Develop an understanding of business issues to make informed business decisions.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills used in today’s business environment.
  • Possess knowledge of financial report preparation and interpretation.
Semester at a Glance – AA in Business Administration

Semester 1
Business G108 Legal Environment of Business – 3 units
Or
Business G110 Business Law – 3 units

Business G130 Introduction to Business Writing – 3 units
Or
Business G139 Business Communication – 3 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Management G110 Elements of Management – 3 units
Marketing G100 Principles of Marketing – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Accounting G100 Introduction to Accounting – 3 units
Or
Accounting G101 Financial Accounting – 4 units
Or
Accounting G102 Managerial Accounting – 4 units

Choose one course from the following:
Business G210 Securities and Investments – 3 units
Management G111 Human Resources Management – 3 units
Management G115 Essentials of organizational Behavior – 3 units
Management G130 Team Building and Group Dynamics – 3 units
Management G140 Business and organizational Ethics – 3 units
Management G155 Customer Service – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Choose one course from the following:
Economics G170 Principles of Microeconomics – 3 units
Economics G175 Principles of Macroeconomics – 3 units
Accounting G102 Managerial Accounting – 4 units
Accounting G215 Internal Control Compliance – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 21-23 units
GE Pattern GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

Business Administration – Certificate Of Achievement

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Entrepreneurship I – Small Business Startup Essentials – Certificate of Specialization

Required courses Semester at a Glance

Entrepreneurship ll – Small Business Startup Essentials – Certificate of Specialization

Required courses Semester at a Glance


Business Administration – Certificate Of Achievement

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in business in both the private and public sectors. The curriculum is suitable for students who are looking to enter the workforce for the first time, as well as working students who want to learn business fundamentals to help them advance in their current jobs. This program will prove to be valuable to any student who wishes to attain a general business education to bolster his/her current skill set.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

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

Semester 1
Business G108 Legal Environment of Business –  3 units
or
Business G110 Business Law – 3 units

Business G130 Introduction to Business Writing – 3 units
or
Business G139 Business Communication – 3 units

Semester 2
Management G110 Elements of Management – 3 units
Marketing G100 Principles of Marketing – 3 units

Semester 3
Accounting G100 Introduction to Accounting – 3 units
or
Accounting G101 Financial Accounting – 4 units
or
Accounting G235 Quickbooks Pro for Accountants – 3 units

Semester 4
Choose two courses from the following:
Accounting G102 Managerial Accounting – 4 units
Accounting G215 Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Internal Control Compliance – 3 units
Business G121 Personal Finance – 3 units
Business G210 Securities and Investments – 3 units
Management G111 Human Resources Management – 3 units
Management G115 Essentials of organizational Behavior – 3 units
Management G130 Team Building and Group Dynamics – 3 units
Management G140 Business and organizational Ethics – 3 units
Management G152 Starting a Business/Entrepreneurial Small Business – 3 units
Management G155 Customer Service – 3 units
Marketing G135 Retail Management – 3 units
Marketing G140 Digital Marketing and Electronic Commerce – 3 units

Total Units: 21 to 23


Entrepreneurship I – Small Business Startup Essentials – Certificate of Specialization 

This Certificate is designed for students seeking to explore, evaluate, and plan the startup of a business.  The curriculum addresses the traits and skillsets utilized by successful entrepreneurs and enables students to evaluate and test business ideas.  Students will also learn how to identify and attract customers.  Completion of this certificate demonstrates knowledge of the entrepreneurial mindset and process and provides practical tools and techniques used to develop and evaluate new business ideas.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply personal traits associated with an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Evaluate and test ideas and options for starting a new business.
  • Analyze the customer, competition, costs, challenges and rewards associated with business startup.
  • Prepare business and market planning documents to evaluate a new business idea or opportunity.
Required courses

BUS G101 The Mindset of Business Success – 3 units
MGMT G152 Starting a Business – Entrepreneurial Small Business – 3 units
MKTG G157 Finding and Knowing Your Customer – 1.5 units

Total Units: 7.5 units


Semester at A Glance – Entrepreneurship I – Small  Business Startup Essentials

Semester 1

BUS G101 The Mindset of Business Success – 3 units
MGMT G152 Starting a Business – Entrepreneurial Small Business – 3 units
MKTG G157 Finding and Knowing Your Customer – 1.5 units

Total units: 7.5 units


ENTREPRENEURSHIP II – SMALL BUSINESS Ownership and Expansion – Certificate of Specialization

This Certificate is designed for students seeking to start, manage, and/or expand a small business. The curriculum addresses the marketing, legal, regulatory and financial aspects of starting and managing a small business. Completion of this Entrepreneurship Certificate program demonstrates knowledge of the entrepreneurial mindset and process and provides practical tools and methods for starting, managing, and expanding a business. This Certificate builds on the Entrepreneurship I Certificate – Small Business Startup Essentials; however, the Entrepreneurship II Certificate may be completed independently of the Entrepreneurship I Certificate.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  • Assess the financial, marketing, legal and regulatory considerations for starting and owning a business.
  • Prepare business planning documents to start or expand a business.
  • Apply accounting information and prepare financial statements to evaluate business performance.
  • Apply managerial methods to conduct operations such as business formation, online presence, and staffing.
Required courses

BUS G101 The Mindset of Business Success – 3 units
MGMT G162 Managing a Small Business – 3 units

Choose two courses from:

BUS G153 Writing An Effective Business Plan – 1.5 units
BUS G158 Raising Money to Start or Grow a Business – 1.5 units
BUS G159 Legal/Regulatory Essentials for Starting a Business – 1.5 units

MGMT G163 Basic Accounting Concepts for Small Business – 1.5 units
Or
ACCT G163 Basic Accounting Concepts for Small Business – 1.5 units

MKTG G167 Marketing and Social Media for Entrepreneurs – 1.5 units

Total Units: 17 units


Semester at A Glance – Entrepreneurship II – Small Business Ownership & Expansion

Semester 1

BUS G101 The Mindset of Business Success – 3 units

Choose two courses from:

BUS G153 Writing An Effective Business Plan – 1.5 units
BUS G158 Raising Money to Start or Grow a Business – 1.5 units
BUS G159 Legal/Regulatory Essentials for Starting a Business – 1.5 units

MGMT G163 Basic Accounting Concepts for Small Business – 1.5 units
Or
ACCT G163 Basic Accounting Concepts for Small Business – 1.5 units

MKTG G167 Marketing and Social Media for Entrepreneurs – 1.5 units

Semester 2

MGMT G162 Managing a Small Business – 3 units

Choose two courses from:

BUS G153 Writing An Effective Business Plan – 1.5 units
BUS G158 Raising Money to Start or Grow a Business – 1.5 units
BUS G159 Legal/Regulatory Essentials for Starting a Business – 1.5 units

MGMT G163 Basic Accounting Concepts for Small Business – 1.5 units
Or
ACCT G163 Basic Accounting Concepts For Small Business – 1.5 units

MKTG G167 Marketing and Social Media for Entrepreneurs – 1.5 units

Total units: 12 units

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The Business Department offers classes in other disciplines. Please see classes in AccountingManagement, and Marketing sections.

BUSINESS G100 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Business
A survey in business providing a multi-disciplinary examination of how culture, society, economic systems, legal systems, political systems, financial institutions, and human behavior interact to affect a business organization’s policies and practices within the U.S. and a global society. Demonstrates how certain influences impact the primary areas of business and affect the ability of a business to achieve its organizational goals. Such influences include organizational structure and design, leadership, human resource management, organized labor practices, marketing, organizational communication, technology, entrepreneurship, legal affairs, accounting, financial practices, and stocks and securities markets. C-ID: BUS 110. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BUSINESS G108 – 3 Units
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Legal Environment of Business
This course provides an introduction to the principles of law and federal and state judicial systems that influence and reflect the ethical, social, and political environments in which business operates. Areas of constitutional law, administrative law, agency law, employment law, antitrust law, environmental law, and international law will be explored. Additional topics include contracts, torts, crimes, forms of business organization, ethics, product liability, government regulations, and securities regulation. C-ID BUS 120. UC credit limitations: Maximum credit of one course for Business G108 and Business G110. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BUSINESS G110 – 3 Units
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Business Law
This course is an introduction to the legal system in which businesses and individuals operate and covers fundamental legal principles pertaining to business transactions. Topics include sources of law and ethics, contracts, torts, agency, criminal law, business organizations, judicial and administrative processes, courts and their jurisdiction, warranties, product liability, and employment. UC credit limitation: maximum credit of one course for Business G108 and G110. C-ID: BUS 125. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

BUSINESS G121 – 3 Units
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Personal Finance
An introductory course in financial affairs involving management of expenditures. The course includes the budgeting process, using consumer loans and credit, savings on taxes, decisions on transportation and home buying, insurance planning, investments, financial planning, career planning, retirement and estate transfer decisions. Lecture. Letter grade only. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

BUSINESS G130 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Business Writing
Advisories: Completion of English G099 is strongly recommended.
This course provides a basic understanding of business communication and develops confidence and skill in writing effective business letters, memos, electronic communications, and informal reports. Particular focus will be placed on forming a solid foundation for writing business documents, eliminating ‘writer’s block,’ improving writing techniques, increasing editing and proofreading skills, and developing actual practice in writing, positive, negative, neutral, and persuasive communications. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

BUSINESS G139 – 3 Units
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Business Communication
Prerequisites: English G100
This course focuses on the development and refinement of the written and oral communication skills that are necessary for success in today’s dynamic business environment. Emphasis will be placed on solving simple-to-complex business problems through critical thinking, research, analysis, and evaluation. Students will communicate these results through effective planning, organizing, outlining, drafting, revising, and finalizing business documents. Oral presentation skills, employment preparation and job-search techniques are also covered. C-ID BUS 115 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

BUSINESS G153 – 1.5 Units
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Writing an Effective Business Plan
This course is designed to guide the student in the planning, preparation, and the completion of a successful business plan. The student will develop the tools and confidence in the writing of their own business plan which will serve as a guide in promoting growth, profitability, and social responsibility in achieving their business goals. Suitable for any current business owner or entrepreneur, business, management, or marketing student. This class is critical for contemporary business leaders and owners to understand how to develop a strong business plan that will be used to secure the business and provide a guideline for future growth and profitability. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

BUSINESS G158 – 1.5 Units
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Raising Money to Start or Grow a Business
Advisories: Accounting G100 or Business G100
This course is designed to enable those who will be launching their own businesses to get the funding they need to succeed. This course includes understanding new business financing needs and the various options available to prospective business owners including a practical guide to drafting the items needed to obtain funding. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

BUSINESS G159 – 1.5 Units
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Legal/Regulatory Essentials for Starting a Business
This course provides an overview of legal issues associated with starting a small business including business formation and structure, intellectual property and patents, hiring and managing employees, business agreements and other legal issues facing the new business owner. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

BUSINESS G210 – 3 Units
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Securities and Investments
Principles of investments, risks/reward analysis, characteristics of stocks and bonds, overview of investment alternatives, role of mutual and money market funds. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

The Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T) in Business Administration will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
Maritime Academy
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Business Administration programs intend to prepare people to plan, organize, and control the activities of people and other resources to achieve the objective of an organization. This major exposes students to methods of operation, coordination, sales and marketing, finance and budget, personnel, property and equipment management/maintenance, and security.

The following is a partial list of occupations available to Business Administration Majors:

  • Administrative Executive
  • Banker
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • City Manager
  • Controller
  • Consultant
  • Department Store Manager
  • Director
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Retail Manager
  • School Administrator

Chair: Alice Rivera