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Jobs requiring an Associate Degree in Business Administration are gaining popularity as the global marketplace extends its reach. The courses in this program can prepare you to pursue a rewarding and successful career in the modern global business environment. You can complete our Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration program at several campuses located in Texas and New Mexico.

What Does a Business Administration Associate of Applied Science Involve?

  • Developing and executing marketing and advertising strategies
  • Analyzing business data to solve complex business problems and make strategic decisions
  • Applying finance and accounting to assess capital risk and reward
  • Communicating effectively in writing and verbally
Course # Course Title Credits
BUS100 Business Fundamentals 6.5
BUS101 Computer Applications 6.5
BUS102 Business Communications 6.5
BUS103 Customer Service 6.5
BUS104 Management * 6.5
BUS105 Marketing * 6.5
BUS106 Business Law * 6.5
BUS107 Accounting * 6.5
BUS208 Business Computer Information Systems * 6.5
BUS209 Human Resources * 6.5
BUS210 Advanced and Computerized Accounting * 6.5
BUS211 Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship * 6.5
GE201 Introduction to College Mathematics 9
GE203 Introduction to Psychology 4.5
GE206 English Composition I 4.5
GE207 English Composition II * 4.5
GE232 Survey of the Sciences 4.5

Business Fundamentals

BUS100

This course explores fundamental processes of global business. Topics include: risk and profit in the business environment; economics, ethics, and social responsibility; organizational structure, management, and leadership; human resources; marketing; and managing financial resources.

6.5 credits
4.5 theory hours
4.5 lab hours

Computer Applications

BUS101

This course focuses on Microsoft® Office applications and how they are used in business. Topics include: business documents, tables, graphics, and templates; spreadsheets, worksheets, and data; using formulas and functions; charts and tables; databases and tables; data relationships and queries; creating, editing, and delivering presentations.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Communications

BUS102

This course is the study of communications in a business environment. Topics include: establishing credibility; interpersonal and team communication; difficult conversations and communicating across cultures; effectiveness and readability; communication tools and social media; types of business messages; and reports and presentations.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Customer Service

BUS103

This course explores skills, behavior, and culture of customer service. Topics include: Verbal and nonverbal communication skills, listening, service breakdowns and recovery, maintaining relationships, and retaining customers.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Management

BUS104

This course introduces management principles in an organizational environment. Topics include: the evolution of management; culture, ethics, and corporate responsibility; planning and decision making; human resources, diversity, and inclusion; leadership, motivation, communication, and teamwork; and innovation and change.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Marketing

BUS105

This course is an overview of marketing in business. Topics include: marketing strategies and plans; social and mobile marketing; analyzing the marketplace; consumer, business-to-business, and global marketing; products, branding, packaging, and services; establishing value; supply chain management; retail and multichannel marketing; marketing communications, advertising, promotion, public relations, and sales.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Law

BUS106

This course examines the legal environment in business, focusing on legal and ethical issues. Topics include: administrative law; constitutional law; criminal law and business; tort law; real, personal, and intellectual property; contract law; domestic and international sales law; negotiable instruments and banking; agency; business organizations; and government regulation.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Accounting

BUS107

This course involves accounting principles and introduces topics such as: business transactions and T accounts; general journal and general ledger; closing entries and trial balance; accounts receivable and accounts payable; cash and banking procedures; payroll; accruals and deferrals; and financial statements.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Computer Information Systems

BUS208

This course is the study of business computer information system. Topics include: how organizations use information; databases;networking; business information systems; information systems management; information security; enterprise resource planning; business intelligence; and common business computer hardware, operating systems, and application software.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Human Resources

BUS209

This course focuses on the various aspects of human resources. Topics include: environmental forces, importance of human resources, roles and responsibilities, economic recovery, availability of new technologies, laws, human resources plan, selection and screening process, training systems, development of employees, assessing and improving performance, rewarding and compensating,collective bargaining, labor relations, and human resources on a global basis.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Advanced and Computerized Accounting

BUS210

This course examines advanced topics in accounting. It begins with a look at accounting principles and reporting standards, then explores accounting for accounts receivable and uncollectible accounts; notes payable and receivable; merchandise inventory; and property, plant, and equipment. Other topics include accounting for partnerships and corporations; financial statement analysis; systems of cost accounting; and cost-revenue analysis. The course also provides an overview of the functionality of integrated accounting software systems (specifically, QuickBooks Online), including step-by-step entry guidelines for financial transactions, generation and analysis of accounting reports, and production of financial statements.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

BUS211

This course takes a practical approach to small business and entrepreneurship. Topics include conceiving, planning, organizing, and managing a small business.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Introduction to College Mathematics

GE201

Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Introduction to Psychology

GE203

This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition I

GE206

This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition II

GE207

This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Survey of the Sciences

GE232

The methods of rational inquiry and problem solving for the sciences are covered within this course. Students will explore and analyze selected topics from physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and earth science.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Vista College Business Administration Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Vista College’s associate program in Business Administration will provide training in the subjects that are most relevant in today’s global marketplace. After you earn your Degree, you’ll have the tools and knowledge necessary to compete for an entry-level business administration position in organizations both large and small.

Whether you want to be your own boss or you’re eager to be in an administrative position in a corporate environment, our associate program in Business Administration can help you achieve your goals.

You’ll Learn How To:

  • Apply business theories to real-life situations
  • Develop organizational and departmental strategies
  • Manage projects, employees, budgets, and capital assets
  • Form strategic partnerships
  • Launch, manage, and grow your own business
  • Execute contractual agreements

Relevant and Cutting-Edge Topics:

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Computer information systems
  • Strategic management implementation
  • Human resources management
  • Production and operations management

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