Degree: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5004
Curriculum Code: 632.BUS
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
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.
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.
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