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General Business

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

The degree program enables students to acquire a foundation in the basics of accounting, management, marketing, business communication, business law and finance. learn to apply diverse skills such as critical thinking, organization, problem-solving and professionalism to the business world. Through exploration and analysis of relevant business models, students explore ways of solving problems that commonly arise in business settings from small businesses to the corporate arena. Students complete 90 credits, resulting in a General Business AAS.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) Full Time: 6
Part Time: 10
90.0

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.


All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $10,444.50
  • NonResident Cost : $11,814.30
  • International Student Cost : $26,920.80

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online
  • Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Hybrid
  • Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Evening
  • Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Daytime
  • Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Coursework

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Introduces basic accounting concepts, principles and procedures for recording business transactions and developing financial accounting reports.

ACCT&201 5.0

Focuses on applications of basic accounting concepts, principles and procedures to more complex business transactions and to different forms of enterprise ownership. Prereq: ACCT& 201 or instructor permission.

ACCT&202 5.0

(Formerly BUS 101) Survey of American business in a global context: business and economic terminology, forms of business ownership, management, accounting, finance, international marketing, and foreign exchange rates. Also covers small businesses, business start-ups, and franchising.

BUS& 101 5.0

Students completing the Communications, Business & Media certificate may substitute the following for BUS 112: CMST 205 - Multi-cultural Communication ( 5 credits )

Introduces students to the legal, racial, and cultural aspects of the American workplace. Class activities and group discussions examine diversity, self-exploration as a basis for understanding others, historical overviews of ethnic influences on American business, work force demographics, and cross-cultural communication.

BUS 112 5.0

Must complete BUS 131 - Integrated Communications 1
or
Be eligible for ENGL& 101 through English Placement Exam or completion of ENGL 097/098.

Marketing presents an opportunity: find a need and fill it! Responding to the wants and needs of the consumer with the right product, price, promotion, and distribution forms the basis of the marketing concept. Marketing is dynamic, highly-visible, and often very controversial. Marketers must demonstrate value, quality, and service exceeding customer demands while maintaining channel relationships and meeting company goals and objectives. Marketing methods vary, but the need for marketing remains constant in the face of changing business practices. Marketing is essential to survival in today's customer-driven business. Prerequisite: Eligible for English 101 through English Placement Test or completion of English 097/098.

BUS 114 5.0

Course Substitute : BUS 171 - Information Technology II ( 5 credits )

The hands-on environment allows students to learn basic word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), database (Access), and presentation graphics (Power Point) applications concepts. Students will create a variety of business documents and learn editing and formatting techniques. In addition, students will be introduced to file control features such as creating and naming directories, renaming files, and deleting, copying and moving files. Computer lab fee required

BUS 169 5.0

(Formerly BUS 250) Nature, development and operation of principles of business law relating to contracts, commercial paper, corporations, agency, partnerships and sales.

BUS& 201 5.0

The course focuses on the usefulness and limitations of statistics and their use in managerial decision making. The following techniques are addressed: descriptive statistics, probability theory, sampling, hypothesis testing, simple regression, correlation and forecasting. Emphasis is placed on problem formulation, technique selection, and results interpretation. Prerequisites: Math 098 or Math 116. Transf ss.

BUS 210 5.0

Must complete BUS 131 - Integrated Communications 1
or
Be eligible for ENGL& 101 through English Placement Exam or completion of ENGL 097/098.

Examines the writing process applied to the preparation of business letters, memos, reports, and employment documents (resume, application letter, interview letter). Discusses intercultural aspects of communication, analysis of audience, and use of language that is free from biases. Reviews basic punctuation and word usage and suggestions for document design using personal computers. Prerequisite: BUS 131. Recommended: BUS 105. Computer Fee.

BUS 230 5.0

This course teaches effective interpersonal communication skills. Students learn communication styles and effective ways to adapt communication to meet business needs. Through individual and group activities, students improve understanding of cultural diversity, non-verbal communication, and individual influences on communication. Techniques for making informal and formal business presentations are also covered. Careful preparation for the employment interview is emphasized.

BUS 236 5.0

Contact the Advising Center for approved list of courses

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Please see Advising for list of approved courses

5.0

5.0

Electives must include a minimum of 15 credits with BUS designation (except students with CB&M certificate)

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Please see Advising for list of approved courses

5.0

Total of 8 - 10 credits required

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Analysis of accounting data as part of the managerial process of planning, decision-making and control. Concentrates on economic decision making in enterprises. Prereq: ACCT& 202 or instructor permission.

ACCT&203 5.0

This course is an overview of project management from a business perspective. Topics will include project authorization & planning as well as managing project resources, scheduling, budgeting and risk. Students will apply principles to their own project. Prereq: BUS 169 or equivalent.

BUS 118 5.0

Course Substitute : BUS 154 - Exploring Entrepreneurship ( 5 credits )

Overview of the entrepreneurial process, examination of the market-place, and discussion of successful business entry strategies. Will also cover need/market trend identification, product/service selection, initial concept validation, as well as developing and accessing sources of information and assistance.

BUS 151 5.0

Examines the relationships between business, social and economic development and the environment. Explores how emerging technologies are reshaping energy utilization and management for businesses and their communities. Prereq: BUS& 101 or permission.

BUS 186 5.0

(Formerly BUS 201)

BUS 205 5.0

Studies private and governmental business relationships. Covers investments, marketing, product decision, technology, accounting, financial analysis, laws and culture. May be taken for economics credit as ECO 215. Recommended: BUS 101 or prior business experience.

BUS 215 5.0

Covers the concepts of production, consumption and distribution with emphasis on price determination, production costs and market structures. Application of economic reasoning to public issues and business. Required for economics and business administration majors. Prereq: MATH 098 or equivalent. ENGL& 101 recommended.

ECON&201 5.0

Pre-license course prepares the student for the Washington State Real Estate Salesperson License Exam. Also introduces sales and listing practices, financing, appraising, title, escrow, and property management. Approved for Department of Licensing Sales/Broker Licensing Test. (Fulfills 60 DOL clock hours for licensing requirement.) Some computer experience useful.

RES 100 5.0

Total of 20 - 22 credits required Any additional course(s) with a BUS designation:      • Elective BUS courses must be numbered 100 or above AND not list above under 'Technical Specialty Courses'.      • May include BUS courses list under 'Electives - Pathway' Any CMST designated courses in the Communication, Business and Media (CB&M) certificate:      • Only students completing the CB&M certificate may apply CMST courses.

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Hands-on use of QuickBooks to record business transactions, prepare customer invoices, pay vendors, and record payroll. QuickBooks organizes and summarizes all financial data and produces a myriad of reports. Prereq: ACCT 110 or ACCT& 201 or permission. CL Fee

ACCT 131 5.0

Analysis of accounting data as part of the managerial process of planning, decision-making and control. Concentrates on economic decision making in enterprises. Prereq: ACCT& 202 or instructor permission.

ACCT&203 5.0

This course examines accounting information systems as part of enterprise resource planning systems. It focuses on the activities performed in the major business cycles and the flow of accounting data and information in those systems, whether manual or computerized. Topics include systems analysis, systems design, and systems implementation, internal controls, fundamental database concepts, and flowcharting. Prereq: ACCT 110 or ACCT& 201

ACCT 261 5.0

Covers the concepts of production, consumption and distribution with emphasis on price determination, production costs and market structures. Application of economic reasoning to public issues and business. Required for economics and business administration majors. Prereq: MATH 098 or equivalent. ENGL& 101 recommended.

ECON&201 5.0

Intro to the macroeconomic measures in the economy: GDP, unemployment and inflation. Examines monetary and fiscal policies and their effects on the interest rate and inflation. Covers economic growth and business cycles. Required for economics and business administration majors. Prereq: MATH 098 or equivalent. ENGL& 101 recommended.

ECON&202 5.0

Explores past and present contributions from major events and leaders to the sustainability movement. Principles of sustainability are used to analyze action on challenges such as urbanization, climate change, food systems and pollution. Prereq: Eligibility for ENGL& 101 and MATH 088 (or MATH 091).

ENVS 160 5.0

Pre-license course prepares the student for the Washington State Real Estate Salesperson License Exam. Also introduces sales and listing practices, financing, appraising, title, escrow, and property management. Approved for Department of Licensing Sales/Broker Licensing Test. (Fulfills 60 DOL clock hours for licensing requirement.) Some computer experience useful.

RES 100 5.0

Course Substitute : RES 203 - Property Management - Commercial ( 3 credits )

This course teaches important functions in residential property management, property analysis, rental policies, rental surveys, lease provisions, inspection, building codes, tenant relations, operating policies and financial result analysis. (Fulfills 30 DOL continuing education clock hours.)

RES 202 3.0