Academic Catalog

Business & Professional Studies

Business Administration Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

This degree program is designed to provide students who choose to work toward a bachelor’s degree a well-balanced introduction to a professional career in business. The curriculum fulfills the lower division requirements for most majors in the School of Business Administration at San Diego State University and is typical of requirements at other four-year schools. For specific requirements, transfer students should consult the catalog of their selected institution.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply accounting concepts and methods to interpret financial statements for evaluating the financial position and performance of organizations.
  • Recognize and appropriately respond to ethical and legal concerns relating to human resource and organizational management.
  • Identify and analyze business problems or opportunities and effectively communicate recommendations for courses of actions.

Career Opportunities

Advertising/Marketing Manager1
Agricultural Marketing Specialist1
Computer Operations Specialist1
Credit Investigator
Economic Forecaster1
Financial Analyst1
Hospital Administrator1
Import/Export Agent
Market Research Analyst1
Personnel Manager1
Real Estate Broker/Agent
Retail Manager
Securities Analyst/Trader1


Bachelor Degree or higher required.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

BUS-120Financial Accounting4
BUS-121Managerial Accounting4
BUS-125Business Law: Legal Environment of Business3
BUS-128Business Communication3
CIS-110Principles of Information Systems4
ECON-120Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON-121Principles of Microeconomics3
MATH-160Elementary Statistics4
MATH-178Calculus for Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences4
Total Units32

Plus General Education Requirements

Recommended Elective: BUS-156 Principles of Management

Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete only the major requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Business Administration. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.