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Business

Whether you are looking to enter the job market, or retrain for a new career, the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Business will build your knowledge of various aspects of business management.

Within this two-year program, you’ll have the flexibility to select from two degree options or specialize in a particular area of business such as entrepreneurship, marketing, or management.

Certificates are available in the following areas of interest: Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Management, Business Occupations.

Graduates with a Business A.A.S. pursue a variety of careers, such as: bank clerk, credit clerk, general office clerk, loan application clerk, management trainee, sales, distribution, customer service, and information input specialist. Salaries in Spokane are competitive and increase depending on an individual's skills, experience, motivation, attitude, and ability to interview and promote oneself to employers.

The Business A.A.S. requires a minimum of 92 credit hours.

Associate in Business DTA/MRP degree

We also offer an Associate in Business DTA/MRP degree. This a statewide articulated transfer degree agreement for business majors between the community colleges and most four-year institutions in the state of Washington. A candidate for the Associate in Business degree must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in academic courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and meet specific distribution requirements.

Communication Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Create, organize, present, and adapt effective verbal and nonverbal messages to diverse audiences in diverse contexts
2. Explain the active listening process and the skills necessary  to understand verbal and nonverbal information
3. Demonstrate the ability to critically think: summarize, interpret, and evaluate written discourse 
4. Write clear, well-focused and well-organized papers using documentation
5. Select and integrate textual evidence within academic essays
6. Create expository essays using traditional academic forms and standards
7. Appropriately use college-level language skills, i.e., grammar and punctuation

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Recognize a problem and identify the information required to solve it
2. Develop and apply appropriate algebraic models (e.g. numerical, graphical and symbolic) to obtain a solution to the problem
3. Explain the process of reasoning used to arrive at the solution

Humanities Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate, in writing or verbally, awareness that different contexts and/or world views produce different human creations
2. Identify and explain diverse cultural customs, beliefs, traditions, and lifestyles
3. Identify ideologies, practices and contributions that persons of diverse backgrounds bring to our multicultural world
4. Use evidence or sound reasoning to justify a position

Social Sciences Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Describe the methods used for conducting research within the various disciplines of the social sciences
2. Evaluate the credibility of information regarding topics within the social sciences and differentiate between information derived from empirical sources and information derived from opinion, folklore, and/or emotions
3. Identify the impact of social, cultural, historical, political, geographical, and/or religious factors on behavior
4. Express increased engagement and confidence in the ability to apply course material for the purpose of improving self,  relationships,  community, society, and/or the world

Math and Science Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Select, use, or develop an appropriate model including numerical, graphical, or symbolic representations
2. Use evidence or sound reasoning to justify a position or draw conclusions using appropriate terminology and symbolism
3. Demonstrate laboratory skills including making qualitative and quantitative observations about natural systems
4. Ascertain and critically evaluate the interrelationships within complex systems

Health Distribution Area Outcomes:
1. Our students will be able to develop an appreciation of  physical activity as a lifelong pursuit and means to better health.
2. Our students will be able to recognize the physical and mental benefits of increased activity.
3. Our students will be able to examine the effects of nutrition, rest and other lifestyle factors that contribute to better health.
4. Our students will be able to demonstrate motor skill performance of various physical activities.
5. Our students will be able to define the various health components of fitness and determine the lifestyle factors for development of physical fitness and training strategies.
6. Our students will be able to identify common health and fitness myths and trends involved with the evolving nature of physical education. 
7. Our students will be able to utilize physical activity as a tool to manage stress.

The Associate in Business DTA/MRP degree is a statewide articulated transfer degree agreement for business majors between the community colleges and most four-year institutions in the state of Washington. A candidate for the Associate in Business degree must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in academic courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and meet specific distribution requirements.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Prepare for College-level Math

Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below MATH& 148, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into:
AE 48 → AE 68 → MATH 71 → MATH 72 → MATH 201 → MATH& 148

Prepare for College-level English

English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into:
AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101 → ENGL& 102

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

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Total Program Credits: 93


Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ACCT&201
Principles of Accounting I  
5
ENGL&101
English Composition I  
5
GUID 102
Strategies for Success  
3
MIS 211
Information Technology in Business  
5
Total Credits
 
18

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ACCT&202
Principles of Accounting II  
5
ENGL&102
Composition II  
5
 
Humanities Group B Electives   1
5
Total Credits
 
15

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ACCT&203
Principles of Accounting III  
5
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication  
5
MATH 201
Introduction to Finite Mathematics  
5
Total Credits
 
15

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ECON&201
Micro Economics  
5
MATH&148
Business Calculus  
5
 
Social Sciences Group A Electives  
5
Total Credits
 
15

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
BUS 217
Business Statistics  
5
ECON&202
Macro Economics  
5
 
Math/Science Group B Non-Lab Electives  
5
Total Credits
 
15

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
BUS& 201
Business Law  
5
 
Humanities Group C Electives   1
5
 
Math/Science Group B Lab Electives  
5
Total Credits
 
15
1 Choose a writing-intensive course (W course)

Estimated costs for completing this program

 
WA Resident
Non-Resident
International
Military Tuition Assistance Program
Tuition
$ 9,428
$ 11,540
$ 21,353
$ 7,378
Books
$ 150
$ 150
$ 150
$ 150
Course Fees
$ 61
$ 61
$ 61
$ 61
Institutional Fees
$ 672
$ 672
$ 672
$ 672
Total Costs
$ 10,312
$ 12,423
$ 22,236
$ 8,261

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

  • Mike Allen
    Mike Allen
    General Business
    B.A., M.B.A., Eastern Washington University
    Mike.Allen@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-8902
  • Christie Dalsanders
    Christie Dalsanders
    General Business
    B.A., Washington State University; M.S., Eastern Washington University; M.B.A., Whitworth University
    Christie.Dalsanders@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7365
  • Renee Goffinet
    Renee Goffinet
    General Business
    A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., Gonzaga University; M.B.A., Marylhurst University
    Renee.Goffinet@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7395
  • Jim McLean
    Jim McLean
    General Business
    B.A., M.Ed., J.D., Gonzaga University, L.L.M.; Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C.
    Jim.McLean@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7340
  • Diana Osborne
    Diana Osborne
    General Business
    B.S., American University in Bulgaria; M.A., South West University, Bulgaria; M.B.A. Purdue University
    Diana.Osborne@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7375
  • Rick Street
    Rick Street
    Accounting
    A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., Eastern Washington University; M.A.c.c., Gonzaga University; CPA, CIA, CB
    Rick.Street@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7353
  • Jeffrey Waybright
    Jeffrey Waybright
    Accounting
    B.A., M.B.A., Eastern Washington University; CPA.
    Jeffrey.Waybright@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7391
  • Lisa Wolfe
    Lisa Wolfe
    Hrly Substitute Instructor
    Lisa.Wolfe@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7343

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