• Program: Business
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
  • Academic Planning Guide:


The Entrepreneurship AAS program is designed for students who are interested starting their own business or buying a small business or franchise. The course work will provide students with the innovation, management, marketing, communication and financial skills required to successfully start and run a small business. The program will also give students a solid background in the theory, process and practice of entrepreneurship. Courses for the program are delivered in a mix of classroom and online formats.

Career Opportunities

Starting or buying a business, or managing a small business is a solid career option for students from a variety of technical and skill backgrounds. This occupational area complements any other certificate, diploma or degree. Entrepreneurs work in virtually every industry in the American economy: finance, real estate, insurance, health-care, manufacturing, construction, automotive and retail industries. In recent years, the allure of entrepreneurship has increased, with the results that more people than ever before are choosing to operate their own business. 600,000 – 800,000 new business are created in the US every year, and small businesses provide almost 50% of all private sector jobs in the US.

Award Outcomes:

  • Solve business problems using critical thinking and decision making techniques.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and team building skills.
  • Demonstrate oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
  • Apply marketing concepts and strategies to business decision making.
  • Apply management concepts to business problems.
  • Analyze business problems using financial tools and concepts.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking in the development of business models, products and services.
  • Apply operations concepts to solving business problems.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 45 Credits
General Education Requirements 15 Credits
  • COMM2130 Public Speaking 3
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
  • PHIL2100 Critical Thinking 3
  • Choose any course from 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 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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