At which campus can I study this program?
The associate degree major in General Business offers an introduction to several aspects of business. In addition, it provides a foundation that allows those students who qualify for admission to baccalaureate degree programs in business to make a smooth transition into four-year business majors offered at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The business coursework required by the major introduces students to basics of accounting, economics, management information systems, quantitative business analysis, business law, the social and ethical environment of business, finance, management, marketing, and supply chain management. To complete the major, students have the option of earning a certificate in Oracle or SAP, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Financial Planning. The general education and other requirements of the major provide an opportunity for students to strengthen their skills in oral and written communication and quantitative reasoning which are essential for success in business careers.
What is General Business?
To be successful in any business enterprise, you need foundational education in accounting, economics, management information systems, business analysis, and the legal, ethical, and political environments in which businesses operate. The A.S. in General Business offers you that education.
You Might Like This Program If...
- You want a university credential but aren’t ready to commit to four years of higher education.
- You are looking for a two-year associate degree program.
- You might want to apply the credits earned in the A.S. to a Penn State Behrend bachelor’s degree at some point in the future.
Entrance to Major
Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.
For the Associate in Science degree in General Business, a minimum of 61 credits is required:
|Requirements for the Major
12 of the 21 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses.
Requirements for the Major
To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.
|Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy
|Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
|Rhetoric and Composition
|Effective Writing: Business Writing
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
|Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
|Basic Management Concepts
|Introduction to Management Information Systems
|Principles of Marketing
|Supply Chain Management
& BA 242
|Legal Environment of Business
and Social and Ethical Environment of Business
|or BA 243
|Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
|Introduction to Statistics for Business
|or STAT 200
|Select one of the following:
|College Algebra with Analytic Geometry with Applications I
|College Algebra With Analytic Geometry and Applications II
|Techniques of Calculus I
|Supporting Courses and Related Areas
|Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
|Select 6 credits from one of the following supporting course areas:
General Education (does not require a grade of C or better)
Oracle Business Suite Certificate
Other 300- or 400-level business courses in consultation with a faculty adviser
Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all associate degree students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.
The keystone symbol appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.
Foundations (grade of C or better is required and Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)
- Quantification (GQ): 3 credits
- Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits
- Arts (GA): 3 credits
- Humanities (GH): 3 credits
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
- Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits
Note: Up to six credits of Inter-Domain courses may be used for any Knowledge Domain requirement, but when a course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement, the credits from the course can be counted only once.
- Any General Education course (including GHW and Inter-Domain): 3 credits
University Degree Requirements
3 credits of United States (US) or International (IL) cultures coursework are required and may satisfy other requirements
Writing Across the Curriculum
3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.
Total Minimum Credits
A minimum of 60 degree credits must be earned for a associates degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 60 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.
Quality of Work
Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.
Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition
Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.
Program Learning Objectives
- Students will demonstrate the following quantitative business analysis skills:
- Apply the basic rules of probability to assess likelihood within a population
- Identify and apply appropriate probability distribution concepts to analyze data
- Demonstrate an understanding of correlation and regression analysis
- Students will apply concepts associated with free market operations:
- Calculate the NPV for three scenarios:
- base case,
- best case,
- and worst case
- Calculate the NPV for three scenarios:
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Suggested Academic Plan
The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2023-24 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contains suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).
General Business, A.S. at Erie Campus
The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.
|ENGL 15 or 30H‡†
|MATH 21, 22, or 110‡†
|CAS 100, CAS 100A, CAS 100B, or CAS 100C‡
|General Education Course (GA) (US or IL)†
|SCM 200 or STAT 200*†
|General Education Course (GH) (W) (US or IL)†
& BA 242
|MGMT 301 or MKTG 301*
|MKTG 301 or MGMT 301*
|General Education or Supporting Business Course1,2
|General Education Course (GN)†
|General Education or Supporting Business Course1,2
|Total Credits 61-62
Course requires a grade of C or better for the major
Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education
Course is an Entrance to Major requirement
Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement
University Requirements and General Education Notes:
US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity Requirements (United States and International Cultures).
W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.
General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.
Please see your academic adviser for approval before scheduling this course.
In order for a course to be eligible for an Approved Elective, the course can not be a lower level ENGL (1-6) or MATH (2-41) OR a GHW designated course. Please see your academic adviser if you have a question on a specific course
An associate degree in General Business might give you the career boost you need. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.
General Business is a managerially-oriented program that prepares graduates for careers in all sectors of the economy, including corporate, nonprofit, and government organizations.
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
Admission to a graduate program generally requires completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Credits earned in the A.S. in General Business program can be applied to many of Penn State Behrend’s baccalaureate degree programs.
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