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General Business

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in General Business program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish a broad overview of business and desire not to enroll in a specialized curriculum in business. The program is designed to acquaint students with major subject areas of business, to improve the student's business vocabulary, and to provide students with an understanding of influencing factors in business decision making and activities. In addition, this program may aid a student in recognizing a specific business field to be pursued in future studies. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in General Business is available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
General Business (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3148
Total Credits Required
61-66
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply effective oral, written, and visual business communication skills.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking through written and oral formats.
  3. Use basic mathematics and accounting principles to manage the financial health of an organization.
  4. Apply current technology to specific business tasks.
  5. Apply functions of modern business, including business principles, marketing, labor relations, and risk analysis to business situations.
  6. Analyze legal, ethical and social implications of business decisions and their impact on various individuals, groups and societies.
  7. Apply basic principles and techniques of management to recruit, select, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate employees.
  8. Evaluate organizational structures and the functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling in a business setting.
  9. Apply functions of modern business, including business principles, marketing, labor relations, and risk to business situations.
  10. Analyze marketing research to create marketing plans and forecasts.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Administrative Services and Facilities Managers

$84,390

Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other

$103,160

Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other

$69,500

Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

$85,430

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS151 Introduction to Business Critical course Gateway course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MGT175 or
MGT251
Business Organization and Management or Human Relations in Business 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems Critical course CS 3
MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS205 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or Equivalent by assessment L 0–3
GBS120 or
GBS233
Workplace Communication Skills or Business Communication L 3
RE Restricted Electives 3
ACC111 Accounting Principles I 3
MA Mathematics 3–6

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
RE Restricted Electives 3
ECN211 or
ECN212 or
SBU200
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles or Society and Business SB or G, SB 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SB 4
RE Restricted Electives 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3
RE Restricted Electives 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Restricted Electives

Students should select eighteen (18) credits from the following courses. 
Any 100/200 level prefixed courses may be selected, except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area. 

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GBS151 Introduction to Business Critical course Gateway course 3
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems Critical course CS 3

Term 2

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
GBS205 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Or Equivalent by assessment L 0–3
GBS120 or
GBS233
Workplace Communication Skills or Business Communication L 3
ACC111 Accounting Principles I 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Electives 3
MA Mathematics 3–6

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ECN211 or
ECN212 or
SBU200
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles or Society and Business SB or G, SB 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SB 4
RE Restricted Electives 3

Restricted Electives

Students should select eighteen (18) credits from the following courses. 
Any 100/200 level prefixed courses may be selected, except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area. 

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for each course listed in the Required Courses area.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in General Business (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=139968).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019