The objective of the Associate Degree in Business Administration is to provide people interested in management with enhanced communications and mathematical skills, socially relevant course work, and a choice of advanced courses in specific business specialties to develop well-rounded and application-oriented graduates

For those wishing to continue their studies, the 60 credits earned toward an associate degree may often be applied toward the requirements of a bachelor's degree at Penn State or at other institutions. 

The 60 credits for the Associate of Science in Business Administration are as follows:

  • Requirements for the Major (48–50 credits)*
    • Prescribed Courses (13 credits)
    • Additional Courses (23–24 credits)
    • Supporting Courses and Related Areas (Choose 12–13 credits)
  • General Education courses (21 credits)*

*Note: 9 of the General Education credits are also included in the Requirements for the Major.

Course List - Associate in Science in Business Administration

Requirements for the major — 48–50 credits

Prescribed Courses (13 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making ACCTG 211 Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision making.

Prerequisite: MATH 21 or 1.5 units of high school algebra
4 credits
Effective Speech CAS 100 Introduction to speech communication: formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages. 3 credits
Effective Writing: Business Writing ENGL 202D Writing reports and other common forms of business communication.

Prerequisite: ENGL 15 or ENGL 30; fourth-semester standing
3 credits
Introduction to Business Information Systems MIS 204 Introduction to the use of information systems in business organizations. 3 credits
Additional Courses (23–24 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business B A 243 Explores the ethical, political, social, legal and regulatory, technological, and demographic diversity environment of business. 4 credits
Rhetoric and Composition ENGL 15 Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose.

Prerequisite: ENGL 4 or satisfactory performance on the English proficiency examination
3 credits
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis

or

Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis
ECON 102

or

ECON 104
Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution.

or

National income measurement; aggregate economic models; money and income; policy problems.
3 credits

or

3 credits
College Algebra I


or

College Algebra II


or

Techniques of Calculus I
MATH 21


or

MATH 22


or

MATH 110
Quadratic equations; equations in quadratic form; word problems; graphing; algebraic fractions; negative and rational exponents; radicals.

Prerequisite: MATH 4 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement examination

or

Relations, functions, graphs; polynomial, rational functions, graphs; word problems; nonlinear inequalities; inverse functions; exponential, logarithmic functions; conic sections; simultaneous equations.

Prerequisite: MATH 21 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement examination

or

Functions, graphs, derivatives, integrals, techniques of differentiation and integration, exponentials, improper integrals, applications.

Prerequisite: MATH 22 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics placement examination
3 credits


or

3 credits


or

4 credits
Principles of Marketing MKTG 301 or 301W Focuses on customer behavior, product, channels of distribution, promotion, and pricing with emphasis on a culturally diverse environment. Not available to students who have taken B A 303.

Prerequisite: ENGL 15 or ENGL 30 & ECON 102 or ECON 104 & MATH 21 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement exam (i.e. minimum placement MATH 22)  
3 credits
Basic Management Concepts MGMT 301 Examination of fundamental principles and processes applicable to the study of management. Not available to students who have taken B A 304.

Prerequisite: ENGL 15 or ENGL 30 & ECON 102 or ECON 104 & MATH 21 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement exam (i.e. minimum placement MATH 22)  
3 credits
Elementary Statistics STAT 200 Descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, probability, binomial and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.

Placement in to MATH 21 or higher 
4 credits
Supporting Courses and Related Areas (Choose 12–13 credits)
Description Abbreviation Credits
Choose from departmental approved course list BA 100(3); BA 250(3); BA 364(3); CAS 250(3) or CAS 252(3); CAS 352(3); MATH 22 GQ(3); MATH 110 GQ(4); ACCTG 300 to 399(3); ECON 100 to ECON 399(3); ENTR 100 to 399(3); FIN 100 to 399(3); HPA 100 to 399(3); IB 303 IL(3); LER 100 to 399(3); MGMT 100 to 399(3); MKTG 100 to 399(3); MIS 100 to 399(3); RM 100 to 399(3); or SCM 200 to 399(3) (Sem: 1-4) 3–4 credits each
General Education (21-27 credits*)
Description Credits
Arts — GA 3 credits
Humanities — GH 3 credits
Natural Sciences — GN 3 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences — GS 3 credits
Writing and Speaking — GWS** 3 credits
Quantification — GQ* 3 credits
Any General Education course, including Integrative Studies (Inter-domain or Linked courses) 3 credits
United States Cultures (US), or International Cultures (IL) or combined designation (US; IL) 3 credits*
Writing Across the Curriculum (W, M, X,Y) 3 credits*

*May be satisfied by designated courses that also meet other degree or General Education requirements.

** These credits are included in the Requirements for the Major as CAS 100, ENGL 202D, and MATH 21.

Note: 15 of these 21 credits are included in requirements for the major

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