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Business Administration Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

The Business Administration curriculum is designed to give students who choose to work toward a bachelor’s degree a well-balanced introduction to a professional career in business.

The program outlined below 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 four-year college or university catalog.

Career Opportunities

Administrative Assistant
Budget Analyst1
Business Publications
Claim Agent
Computer Operations
Financial Manager1
Insurance Agent2


Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.


Bachelor Degree normally recommended.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of fundamental business concepts.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify, apply, and integrate functional business knowledge to solve problems in practical business situations involving accounting, law, and general business.
  3. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills in these areas.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to identify and resolve moral and ethical business issues.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

BUS-120Financial Accounting4
BUS-121Managerial Accounting4
BUS-125Business Law: Legal Environment of Business3
BUS-128Business Communication3
CSIS-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 and Elective Requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Any student who chooses to complete only the courses required for the above major qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement 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.