Cerro Coso Community College

Business Administration for Transfer Degree

Business Administration AS-T

Associate Degree for Transfer: A Degree with a GuaranteeWe are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. This provides a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. This AS-T degree guarantees admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and gives priority admission consideration to your local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to your community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. More information on the Degree with a Guarantee Program.

The Business Administration Degree for Transfer

  • Guarantees acceptance to the CSU system
  • Prepares students for transfer at the junior level to California State University programs and colleges offering Bachelor's degrees in
    • Business
    • Business Administration
    • Management Information Systems
    or other related degrees
  • Prepares students to work in any business environment

A business administration degree is one of the most sought after by employers because it covers such a wide area of expertise. A degree in Business Administration could provide you with the skills needed to give you a competitive edge and more employment options.

Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

  • To explain the nature of business, business operations, business organization, and business procedures
  • To apply critical thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, and evaluation) to technical and economic issues in a business environment
  • To recognize and demonstrate skills necessary to function effectively in the global economy

I have taken four classes online and the experience was great. It is the best thing since sliced bread.
—Sharon Burton, Student

Program Learning Outcome Assessments

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, MATH C040.

This is the study of accounting as an information system, examining why it is important and how it is used by investors, creditors, and others to make decisions. The course covers the accounting information system, including recording and reporting of business transactions with a focus on the accounting cycle, the application of generally accepted accounting principles, the financial statements, and statement analysis. It includes issues relating to asset, liability, and equity valuation, revenue and expense recognition, cash flow, internal controls, and ethics. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: BSAD C101. Advisory: BSOT C070, MATH C040.

This is the study of how managers use accounting information in decision-making, planning, directing operations and controlling. It focuses on cost terms and concepts, cost behavior, cost structure and cost-volume-profit analysis. It includes issues relating to cost systems, cost control, profit planning, and performance analysis in manufacturing and service environments. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C050. Advisory: ENGL C070, MATH C055

This is an introductory course focusing on aggregate economic analysis. Topics include: market systems, aggregate measures of economic activity, macroeconomic equilibrium, money and financial institutions, monetary and fiscal policy, international economics, and economic growth. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C050. Advisory: ENGL C070, MATH C055

This is an introductory course focusing on choices of individual economic decision-makers. Topics include scarcity, specialization and trade, market equilibrium, elasticity, production and cost theory, market structures, factor markets, and market failure. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course covers the fundamental legal principles pertaining to business transactions and is an introduction to the legal process. Topics include sources of law and ethics, contracts, torts, agency, criminal law, business organizations, and judicial and administrative processes. 54 hours lecture.

LIST A - Select one of the following courses

Prerequisite: MATH C053 or C055

This course covers data analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics. Graphs and computations include measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, and presentation of data on a histogram, scatter plot, box plot, and the normal curve. Probability concepts include those for discrete and continuous random variables. Sampling and hypothesis testing are covered for means and variances. 72 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: MATH C053 or C055.

This course covers elements of descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, dispersion and presentation of data. Included are concepts of probability, random variables and normally distributed random variables. Sampling error, sampling processes and the distribution of sample means are applied to real life examples. Students will conduct hypothesis testing of means and proportions for one and two populations and linear regression testing using the least squares criterion. Students use descriptive and inferential methods employing linear regression and study one and two way analysis of variance. The honors section provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 90 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

This course emphasizes the concepts of differential calculus and integral calculus as they relate to business and economics. The course integrates rates of change, interest formulas, concepts of demand and elasticity, as well as exponential and logarithmic applications. 72 hours lecture.

List B - Complete both of the following courses or any course not already used from List A and one of the following courses:

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an examination of information systems and their role in business. Focus is on information systems, database management systems, networking, e-commerce, ethics and security, computer systems hardware and software components. Students develop computer-based solutions to business problems. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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; and therefore affect a business' ability to achieve its organizational goals. 54 hours lecture.

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

Students desiring transfer to the California State University system may conform to either (1) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or (2) CSU General Education Certification.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

IGETC is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.


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

Pathway to Completion

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.

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 $258 per unit

Equals $15,480 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $19,080 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.

For general questions, contact:

Karen O'Connor
Business and Information Technology
Phone: (760) 384-6172
Email: koconnor@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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