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Business: Business Administration, A.A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5004
Curriculum Code: 0632
Campus Location(s): City, North, South, Distance

Business & Public Service Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: Math I
Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences: Two (2) years of math
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Accounting & advertising firms; government, finance and insurance agencies

Program Description

Erie Community College recognizes the need to prepare its students for an ever-changing job market. An Associate in Applied Science degree is a significant first step in securing the knowledge and skills necessary for employment or continued education in such a dynamic environment. We offer contemporary subject matter, including state-of-the-art computer training, and encourage our students to view education as a lifelong process.

The objectives of the Business Administration Department are threefold: to prepare students for responsible entry-level employment in the business arena immediately following graduation; to provide a quality education for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution for bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees; and to provide continuing education opportunities for those already working in business and industry.

The comprehensive nature of this program prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities. Business Administration students take a core of business subjects and then choose four business electives. These electives allow students flexibility in exploring particular areas of interest. In addition, students take a variety of liberal arts, math and science courses. The degree can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, during the day or evening.

Graduates of the program are qualified for entry-level managerial positions, such as accounting clerk, auditor’s assistant, sales and office manager, and administrative assistant.

Transfer Agreements

Erie Community College’s Business Administration Department has transfer agreements with most area colleges. The agreements facilitate the transfer of SUNY Erie business graduates into the four-year schools. They include Alfred University, Buffalo State College, SUNY at Buffalo, D’Youville College, SUNY College at Fredonia, Canisius College, Daemen College, Hilbert College, Houghton College, Medaille College, and Niagara University, as well as Thames Valley University in London, England and European University in Antwerp, Belgium.

Special Admissions Requirements/Prerequisites

Two years of high school mathematics are recommended.

Program Competencies

Upon graduating with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business: Business Administration, the graduate will be able to:

  • create and interpret various accounting/financial statements;
  • demonstrate  critical and logical thinking in analysis of business cases;
  • apply information management skills to a variety of business situations;
  • make use of the formal decision making process in diverse and dynamic environment;
  • examine the ethical and legal foundations of business and prioritize corporate social responsibility;
  • construct an  intelligent business opinion and communicate it in print and verbally; and
  • propose major business opportunities by using appropriate reasoning and analytical skills in  decision making.


Total Degree Credits: 62.0

First Year, Fall Semester

First Year, Spring Semester

Second Year, Fall Semester

Second Year, Spring Semester


This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.

Recommended Courses

The following are recommended courses for students who wish to emphasize the accounting, marketing, or management/supervisory skills aspect of the Business Administration program. Students are advised to contact academic advisers for further information.



A student may use an interdisciplinary approach by selecting courses from any business course not required, to fulfill the business elective requirements.

Recommended Part-Time Sequence in Business Administration


Semester One

  • English*
  • Introduction to Business

Semester Two

  • English
  • Quantitative Business Methods

Semester Three

  • Accounting Principles I
  • Macroeconomics

Semester Four

  • Accounting Principles II
  • Computer Applications in Business

Semester Five

  • Microeconomics
  • Principles of Marketing

Semester Six

  • Business Law I
  • Liberal Arts Elective*

Semester Seven

  • Business Elective*
  • Math Elective*

Semester Eight

  • Business Finance
  • Business Elective*

Semester Nine

  • Principles of Management
  • Business Elective*

Semester Ten

  • Business Elective*
  • Math or Science Elective*


*Consult with academic advisers.

Students should be aware that special electives may not be offered each semester. The above sequence, assuming two courses per semester, enables students to finish in 10 semesters. Students are free to accelerate with the understanding that they may not perform satisfactorily if they do not allow adequate time for out-of-class study. Inquiries should be directed to the chairperson of the business administration department.

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