Entrepreneurship Certificate

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What can I do with this?

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The Entrepreneurship Certificate

  • Provides students with the fundamental knowledge necessary for starting a business.
  • Learn how to create a business plan.
  • Work with computers and information systems.
  • Keep, use, and analyze necessary accounting statements with QuickBooks.
  • Market their business for success.

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 apply marketing concepts to small business management and development.
  • To create a comprehensive business plan.
  • To create, use, and analyze necessary accounting statements with accounting software.
  • To use computer applications and information systems concepts for small business management and development.

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:

Advisory: BSOT C070, BSOT C072

72 hours lecture. This is the study of the fundamentals of both financial and managerial accounting. It details the elements of bookkeeping as well as internal controls and financial statement analysis. It also focuses on the decision criteria used in managerial accounting such as job and process-order costing, break-even analysis, budgeting, standard costing, differential and product analysis, and capital Investments. The basics for using Quickbooks are also provided in this course.

C-ID: BUS 110 Introduction to Business

Advisory: ENGL C101

54 hours lecture. This is a survey course in business providing a multidisciplinary examination of how culture, society, economic systems, legal, international, political, financial institutions, and human behavior interact to affect a business organization's policy and practices within the U.S. and a global society. Topics include the impact of these influences on the primary areas of business including the following: organizational structure and design, leadership, human resource management, organized labor practices, marketing, organizational communication, technology, entrepreneurship, legal, accounting, financial practices, the stock and securities market.

Advisory: BSAD C145, ENGL C101

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces the nature and scope of the marketing activity as demonstrated by an integrated, analytic, and practical study of marketing concepts. Topics include Distribution and sales of products and ideas; analysis of consumer behavioral patterns; and development of strategies, plans, forecasts, and evaluations of the marketing process. This course provides the foundation needed to understand how marketing concepts and procedures work in the marketplace.

C-ID: BUS 140 Business Information Systems, ITIS 120 Computer Information Systems

Advisory: ENGL C101

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course is an examination of information systems and their role in business. The course focuses on information systems, database management systems, networking, e-commerce, ethics and security, computer systems hardware, and software components.

Program Pathways

All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: CC Online Tehachapi

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

How can I afford it?

This certificate requires 13.0 units and will likely take 2 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

13.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $598 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $780* for books and supplies

Total cost $1,378 for 2 semesters


13.0 units

at $388 per unit

Equals $5,044 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $780* for books and supplies

Total cost $5,824 for 1 semester

*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.

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