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About the Career

An associate's degree in business can open many doors of opportunity for the student. The student may choose to look for employment in different business areas in accounting, management, marketing, banking, sales etc. or choose to continue higher studies in a 4-year institution. An AA in business can equip the student with basic business skills and cover general education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree.

  • Accountants and Auditors

    Accountants and auditors prepare and analyze financial records for organizational or tax purposes. The field is growing faster than average. They have at least a bachelor’s degree and earn a median salary of $68,150.

  • Buyers or Purchasing Agents

    Buyers or purchasing agents look for purchases that are cost effective and meet an organization’s needs. They may negotiate contracts and analyze proposals. They earn a median salary of $60,700 and generally have a bachelor’s degree.

  • Human Resources Specialist

    Human resources specialists recruit and interview employees and maintain employee records. They earn a median salary of $59,180 and usually have a bachelor’s degree.

  • Cost Estimators

    Cost estimators evaluate the time and money required to complete a project or product. The field is growing faster than average and generally requires a bachelor’s degree. Cost estimators earn a median salary of $61,790.

  • Loan Officers

    Loan officers recommend whether or not people or businesses should receive loans. They earn $63,650 and usually have a bachelor’s degree. Mortgage loan officers need a license.

  • Meeting, Convention and Event Planners

    Meeting, convention and event planners organize logistical details of meetings. They earn a median salary of $47,350, and they usually have a bachelor’s degree. The field is growing faster than average.

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About the Program

Associate of Arts Degree – Field of Study – Business

For students who want to transfer to a university, COM offers an Associate of Arts in business. That degree is the first two years of a bachelor’s degree.

The program offers a broad background in technology, communication, business law, accounting and critical thinking. Students explore topics in small classes with professors with business experience.

COM also offers Associate of Applied Science in business administration degrees. These degrees can help students specialize in a field, such as marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship or management, if they want to go into the workforce without transferring to a university.

Suggested Study Plan

Semester 1

Course Name
PSYC 1300
or EDUC 1300
Psychology for Success
or Psychology for Success
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314
or MATH 1324
College Algebra
or Math for Business and Social Science
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3
BUSI 1301 Business Principles 3
Semester Total 15

Semester 2

Course Name
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
MATH 1325 Business Calculus 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ACCT 2301 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
Semester Total 15

Semester 3

Course Name
GOVT 2305 Federal Government Constitution & Topics 3
HIST 1301 U S History I 3
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics 3
BUSI 2301 Business Law 3
ACCT 2302 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness 1
Semester Total 16

Semester 4

Course Name
BUSI 2305 Business Statistics 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
GEOL 1403
or GEOL 1404
Physical Geology
or Historical Geology
HIST 1302 U S History II 3
PHED 1112
or PHED 1111
or PHED 1133
Weight Control
or Hatha Yoga
or Introduction to Recreational Sports
Semester Total 14

Total Semester Credit Hours: 60