What can I do with this?

The Business AS Degree

  • Helps students develop skills for immediate employment in an increasingly challenging business environment.
  • Prepares students for a career in business.

You can use this to:

  • Earn a two-year Associates degree.
  • Enhance career opportunities as a:
    • Budget Analyst
    • Business Owner
    • Manager/Supervisor
    • Loan Officer
    • Management Analyst

Business is, by far, the most popular field of study among undergraduates according to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. Business ownership and management continue to be at the very forefront of economic growth and development in the United States. Choosing to pursue higher education is crucial to long term personal success and the success of our state.

What will I learn?

  • To explain the importance of the functional areas of business, business operations, business organizations, and business procedures.
  • To apply critical thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation) to complex issues in a business environment.
  • To make legal and ethical decisions in a business context.
  • To analyze issues involved in operating a business in complex, diverse, and international environments.
  • To explain the importance of financial management.

Program Learning Outcome Assessments

What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.


Complete all of the following courses

General Ed Requirements

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

Program Pathways

All classes needed for this degree are available at the following campuses: CC Online Ridgecrest / IWV

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters


60.0 units

at $375 per unit

Equals $22,500 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $26,100 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.