Business Administration

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Certificate of Proficiency (CP)
Certificate of Specialization (CS)


This program is designed for students who seek immediate employment in entry-level managerial, marketing or finance positions in a variety of organizations or for employees who want to enhance their skills for career advancement. The focus is on a balanced curriculum of general education courses, and fundamentals in business subjects including accounting, finance, economics, management and marketing.

Graduates of the program are qualified for first-line positions in business and industry and not-for-profit, educational and governmental organizations. Typical positions might include group leaders, office managers, administrative assistants, customer service representatives, personal bankers, sales representatives and sales or management trainees.

The College offers two business administration certificates. These programs are designed to address the educational needs of those interested in advancement at their current occupation. Certificates may also appeal to persons who are self-employed and need general knowledge in business subject areas.

Graduates work in finance, production, marketing, personnel, accounting, and management and statistics as management trainees, sales representatives and administrative assistants in all areas of commerce and industry for companies and organizations of all sizes.

Persons interested in business administration should possess:

  • Strong desire to work with people
  • Ability to manage business transactions
  • Good math background
  • Flexibility to work in a variety of situations
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

A Business degree provides students broad exposure to each of the crucial elements which collectively make an organization function well.

A degree in business is much more varied than most people realize. It may involve the obvious functions which quickly come to mind such as marketing, finance and management. However, there is an increasing need for these majors to apply the skills they learn in careers in government, health care, the arts, international commerce and non-profit organizations.

Knowledge and skill developed through a business curriculum can enhance one’s understanding of economic, social, and political systems at work.

Careers in business can be very lucrative with top managers making six figures and entry-level opportunities starting in the $40,000 range. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics quotes the median income for professions in the Business and Finance market as $52,000.


Please contact one of the following campus department offices:
Florissant Valley campus [Business & Human Development Department]: 314-513-4559
Forest Park campus [Business, Economics & Technology Department]: 314-644-9771
Meramec campus [Business & Information Systems Department] 314-984-7290
Wildwood campus (Business & Accounting Department] 636-422-2200

  • Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration is 64-to 66-credit-hour program for persons interested in seeking immediate employment in entry level managerial, marketing or finance positions.
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Business Administration is a 35-credit-hour program for persons currently employed in business-related areas who want to upgrade their skills and competencies. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge and skill in accounting, marketing, management, decision making, economics and statistics.
  • Certificate of Specialization in Business Administration is an 18-credit-hour program designed to address the career and educational needs of those currently employed in business-related areas. Designed to enhance business skills and competencies, this focused program can be used to expand job-related skills and to provide a foundation for advanced study in business.
  • Online Degree Program — Students enrolled in the program will earn an Associate in Arts degree.

Check with the advisor on your campus to see what options are currently available on your campus.


Job Resources

Gainful Employment Data (CP)    Gainful Employment Data (CS)

Florissant Valley
Anthony Clark
Department Chair
Phone: 314-513-4330

Lynn Selders
Phone: 314-513-4214

Forest Park
Angelic Cole
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Phone: 314-644-9771

Jeffrey Jones
Phone: 314-644-9080

Nicholas Peppes
Phone: 314-644-9746

Pam McElligott
Professor, Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-984-7290

Mark Tulley
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-984-7188

Steven Schamber, J.D.
Phone: 314-984-7189

Donna Babbitt
Department Chair
Phone: 636-422-2206


Business Administration Associate of Applied Science (AAS) 64-66 Credits

Career General Education: 18-19 Credits

ENG:100 Career English (or)
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
COM:101 Oral Communication I (or)
COM:107 Public Speaking 3
MTH:140 Intermediate Algebra
(except MTH:165 and MTH:166)
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
XXX:xxx Social Science Elective 3
XXX:xxx Science Elective 3-4

Physical Education Activity – 2 credits
Required Courses: 26-27 credits

BUS:104 Introduction to Business Administration 3
ECO:151 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECO:152 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ACC:100 Applied Accounting 3
ACC:110 Financial Accounting 4
ACC:114 Managerial Accounting 3
BLW:101 Business Law I (or)
BLW:201 Legal Environment of Business 3
IS:123 Introduction to Windows 1
IS:116 Computer Literacy (or)
IS:151 Microcomputer Applications in Business 3-4

Students will select one area of concentration from marketing, management, finance or general business.
Areas of Concentration: 12 credits
– Marketing

MKT:101 Advertising Theory (or)
MKT:104 Principles of Selling 3
IB:100 International Business 3
MKT:203 Principles of Marketing 3
COM:104 Persuasion 3

– Management

MGT:101 Introduction to Supervision (or)
IB:100 International Business 3
MGT:106 Human Resources Management 3
MGT:120 Managerial Leadership 3
MGT:204 Business Organization and Management 3

– Finance

FIN:100 Personal Finance 3
FIN:101 Introduction to Investments 3
FIN:201 Fundamentals of Finance 3
IS:118 Computer Applications-Databases 1
IS:125 Excel for Windows 2

– General Business

IB:100 International Business 3
MKT:203 Principles of Marketing 3
MGT:204 Business Organization and Management 3
FIN:201 Fundamentals of Finance 3

Electives – 6 credits

ACC:120 Computer Accounting Applications for Business 3
ACC:122 Computer Accounting Applications – Spreadsheets 3
BUS:101 Small Business Management (or)
BUS:116 Entrepreneurship 3
IS:120 Microcomputer Applications- Spreadsheets 1
IS:129 HTML 1
MGT:109 Business Organizational Behavior and Dynamics 3
MGT:201 Case Studies in Supervision 3
MGT:205 Purchasing Management 3
MCM:140 Introduction to Advertising 3
MCM:141 Public Relations 3
PSY:200 General Psychology 3
PHL:112 Business Ethics 3
Electives may be selected from areas of concentration 3-6.
If a course has been taken to satisfy the career general education requirements or area of concentration, it cannot be used to satisfy elective credits.

Business Administration (CP) 35 Credits

 Career General Education – 35 Credits

ENG:101 College Composition I 3
MTH:160 College Algebra or higher
(except MTH:165 and MTH:166)
ECO:151 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECO:152 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ACC:110 Financial Accounting 4
ACC:114 Managerial Accounting 3
BUS:104 Introduction to Business Administration 3
Select four courses from:
BLW:101 Business Law I (or)
BLW:201 Legal Environment of Business 3
BUS:201 Elementary Statistics (or)
BUS:202 Statistical Analysis 3
IB:100 International Business 3
IS:103 Information Systems for Business 3
MKT:203 Principles of Marketing 3
MGT:204 Business Organization and Management 3

Business Administration (CS) 18 Credits

 Career General Education – 18 Credits

ACC:100 Applied Accounting I 3
BUS:104 Introduction to Business Administration 3
IS:103 Information Systems for Business (or)
IS:xxx Approved Information Systems course 3
MTH:108 Elementary Applied Mathematics (or)
MTH:xxx Approved 100 level Mathematics course(or)
BUS:103 Business Mathematics 3
MGT:204 Business Organization and Management 3
MKT:203 Principles of Marketing 3


Career and Employment Services

Workplace Learning: Business & Economics — It is possible to obtain concurrent work experience and academic credit through enrollment in BUS:250. For more information, contact David Herzog at 314-595-2339 or Barbara Bawet at 314-984-7190.



The Business Administration program is offered at our Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec, and Wildwood campuses. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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