• Program: Business
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
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There is a need for technical professionals to broaden their horizons and enhance their skills. This flexible award lets you bundle technical courses with business skills courses so you can enhance your technical training with the most relevant soft skills. There is a demand for people who have the ability to apply business knowledge in solving problems. To be successful in business a person must have qualities that include the ability to work well with others, the desire to be part of a team, and the ability to work in a rapidly changing environment. Others include critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, questioning, diplomacy, and negotiation, along with good oral and written communication skills.

Career Opportunities

This occupational area includes the following career titles: Business Manager or Business Specialist. Business managers work in every industry including finance, real estate, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, automotive and retail.

Award Outcomes:

  • Solve business problems using critical thinking and decision making techniques.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and team building skills.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills in business communications.
  • Practice professional and ethical behavior.
  • Apply marketing concepts and strategies to business decision making.
  • Apply management concepts to business problems.
  • Utilize financial concepts in analysis of business problems.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 35 Credits
General Education Requirements 12 Credits
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
  • Choose one of the following:
  • COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
  • COMM2060 Small Group Communication 3
  • COMM2130 Public Speaking 3
  • Choose one of the following: Any course from Goal 2 (Critical Thinking)
    Goal 4 (Mathematical/Logical Reasoning) of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3
  • Choose one of the following: Any course from Goal 5 (History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences)
    Goal 9 (Ethics and Civic Responsibility) of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 10 Credits
  • Technical Studies Electives: 10 Credits (at least four credits must be from Business (BUSN); the remaining six credits can be from any of the three areas: ACCT, BUSN, and CCIS.)
  • ACCT1111 Payroll Accounting 3
  • ACCT1125 Excel 3
  • ACCT1130 Microsoft Dynamics GP 3
  • ACCT1135 QuickBooks 3
  • BUSN1030 Professional Development 3
  • BUSN1041 Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 3
  • BUSN1060 Territory/Account Management 3
  • BUSN1091 Consultative Selling 3
  • BUSN1300 E-Business 3
  • BUSN1500 Database Concepts and Data Analysis Tools 3
  • BUSN2000 Business Analysis 4
  • BUSN2010 Requirements Management with Use Cases 3
  • BUSN2015 Marketing Applications 3
  • BUSN2075 Digital Marketing 3
  • BUSN2085 Small Business Operations 4
  • BUSN2100 Capstone 3
  • BUSN2170 Supervised Occupational Experience 4
  • CCIS1000 Information Systems 3
  • CCIS1080 Microsoft Office Productivity Apps 1 3
  • CCIS1102 PC Operating Systems 3
  • CCIS2055 Project Management 3
  • CCIS2801 Systems Analysis 4
General Education Electives 3 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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