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Business: Workplace & Technology Emphasis

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. Exhibit interpersonal skills, professional attitudes, and ethical principles in business practices and communications;
    3. Apply appropriate information technology in the business environment;
    4. Identify the major factors of competitive success utilized by domestic and global business organizations;
    5. Apply appropriate methods to effectively manage a business environment; and
    6. 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 complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • 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.
  • The sequence that follows is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this program; many courses are offered in the evening or online.


    Semester  One Semester Two 
    BUS 1101 3 BUS 1104 3
    BUS 1103 3 BUS 1108 3
    BUS 1112 3 BUS 1143 3
    BUS 1124* 3 BUS 2265 3
    BUS 1174* 3 ENGL 1120/1121 4
    TOTAL  15 TOTAL  16 


    Semester Three Semester Four
    BUS 1119* 3 BUS 1154** 3
    BUS 2125 4 BUS 1155** 3
    CMST 1110/2215/2220 3 BUS 1180** 3
    General Ed/MnTC remaining goal areas 5 ECON 1100/2205/2206 3
        BUS elective 2
    TOTAL  15 TOTAL  14

    *Offered Fall Semester only
    **Offered Spring Semester only

  • Business certificates commonly earned as you pursue this degree.

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

    • Administrative Support
    • Business Information Management
    • Consulting
    • Entrepreneurship / Small Business
    • Event Planning & Hospitality
    • Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Leadership Development Programs
    • Marketing
    • Operations
    • Real Estate
    • Retail

    *Some occupations may require advanced education

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