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Program Information

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business: Workplace and Technology Emphasis degree program is designed to prepare students to use business technologies in the workplace. The AAS degree combines general education and business concepts and procedures to fully prepare the graduate for employment. Students can complete the coursework on a full- or part-time basis; however, it is recommended that the degree be completed within four years. For assistance in program planning, or to explore additional transfer options, students should schedule a time to meet with an academic advisor. This degree may transfer in part or in its entirety to baccalaureate institutions. Students should meet with a representative of the transfer institution when planning their program.

Developmental Courses

Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, or typing/keyboarding. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.

  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

      1. Apply critical thinking skills in the identification, analysis, resolution, and assessment of business problems;
      2. Apply appropriate information technology in the business environment;
      3. Identify the major factors of competitive success utilized by domestic and global business organizations;
      4. Apply knowledge of financial concepts used in personal and business environments that translate into positive financial outcomes.
      5. Identify the major factors of competitive success utilized by domestic and global business organizations.
      6. Apply appropriate methods to effectively manage a business environment; and
      7. Express ideas, information, proposals, and reactions clearly and professionally in written and spoken form.


    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • Satisfy residency requirements.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • To receive your diploma, you must apply to graduate.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without

    NOTE: The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to contact an academic adviser at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation


    22 credits

    BUS 1101 Introduction to Business 3
    BUS 1103 Human Relations in the Workplace 3
    BUS 1104 Written Business Communications 3
    BUS 1108 Business Math 3
    BUS 1112 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
    BUS 2125 Financial Accounting 4
    BUS 2265 Administrative Office Management 3
  • 23 credits

    BUS 1119 Database Management using Microsoft Access 3
    BUS 1124 PowerPoint and Web Conferencing 3
    BUS 1143 Decision Making using Excel 3
    BUS 1154 Advanced Keyboarding 3
    BUS 1155 Word Processing using Microsoft Word 3
    BUS 1174 Office Systems 3
    BUS 1180 Developing Web Pages 3
    Elective Courses Select any BUS Course(s) to fulfill 23-credit requirement 2
    ^ Course requires Instructor permission
  • 15 credits

    Complete a minimum of 15 credits in at least three of the ten goal areas of the MnTC, including the courses listed below. 
    1. Communication
      ENGL 1120* OR 1121* 4
      CMST 1110 OR CMST 2215 OR CMST 2220 3
    5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences  3
      Select one ECON class from the following three:  
      ECON 1100 
      ECON 2205
      ECON 2206
    Select the remaining 5 credits from courses in at least one of the
    remaining MnTC goal areas
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • Semester 1: 15 credits

    BUS 1101 Introduction to Business 3
    BUS 1108 OR MATH 1200 Business Math OR College Algebra 3
    BUS 1112 Computer Concepts and Applications  3
    General Ed/MnTC   3
    General Ed/MnTC   3

    Semester 2: 16 credits

    BUS 1104 Written Business Communications  3
    BUS 1143 Decision Making Using Excel  3
    BUS 2125 Financial Accounting 4
    BUS 2215 Legal Environment of Business  3
    General Ed/MnTC   3

    Semester 3: 11 – 18 credits

    BUS 1105 Individual/Corporate Income Tax  3
    BUS 2126 Managerial Accounting  4
    BUS elective OR CNET 1100,
    1105, 1212
    BUS or CNET 1100, 1105, 1212 electives   1-8
    General Ed/MnTC   3

    Semester 4: 11 – 18 credits 

    BUS 1122 Business Ethics and Social Issues  3
    BUS 1134 Computerized Accounting  2
    BUS 1135 Payroll Accounting  2
    BUS elective or CNET 1100,
    1105, 1212
    General Ed/MnTC   3


  • Business certificates commonly earned as you pursue this degree.

  • Employment information is also available at Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

    • Account Representative
    • Accounting Officer
    • Accounts Payable Clerk
    • Administrative Assistant
    • Advertising Coordinator
    • Bank Manager
    • Claims Adjuster
    • Data Entry Administrator
    • Digital and Social Media Specialist
    • Employee Training Specialist
    • Employment and Placement Specialist
    • Human Resources Assistant
    • Marketing Assistant
    • Marketing Product Analyst
    • Marketing Communications Assistant
    • Operations Manager
    • Payroll Officer
    • Public Relations Assistant
    • Recruiter
    • Retail Manager
    • Sales Manager

    *Some occupations may require advanced education

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