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General Business Administration — Accelerated Option

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General Business Administration — Accelerated Option Overview

Now you can get started in your business career in just 15 months with our General Business Administration — Accelerated Option.

Like College of The Albemarle’s (COA) traditional General Business Administration curriculum, the Accelerated Option is designed to introduce you to various aspects of the free enterprise system but at a quicker pace — summer and winter (four-week sessions between our fall and spring semesters) classes speed your progress. You’ll be provided with a fundamental knowledge of business functions, processes, and an understanding of business organizations in today’s global economy.

The Accelerated Option allows you to:

  • Earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in just 15 months
  • Save thousands by completing two years at COA versus a four-year institution
  • Enter the workforce faster
  • Have the option to transfer to a four-year college or university faster*

If you want to learn more about the program and become part of the first cohort in summer 2020, complete our interest form by April 15, 2020.

Class work — which is mostly online — includes business concepts such as accounting, business law, economics, management and marketing. Skills related to the application of these concepts are developed through the study of computer applications, communication, team building and decision-making. Through these skills, you’ll have a sound business education base for lifelong learning.

*Students who intend to transfer are encouraged to work with the intended four-year college or university. Courses should be chosen based upon requirements for student’s intended major at the receiving four-year institution.

Degree Option

  • General Business Administration — Associate in Applied Science

Careers

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in government agencies, financial institutions and business industry.

How to Get Started

Students, you must have departmental approval to enroll in the accelerated degree program.

Curriculum Guide

First Year
Summer Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite: ENG 011
3 n/a n/a 3 3
WBL 110 World of Work
or
ACA 122 College Transfer Success
(recommended for college transfer)
none 1 n/a n/a 1 1
BUS 110 Introduction to Business Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers Prerequisites for CIS 110: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1 2 2 n/a 4 3
Total Semester Hours 10
First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ACC 120 Principles of Financial Accounting Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1 3 2 n/a 5 4
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 n/a n/a 3 3
ECO 251 Principles of Microeconomics Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Humanities/Fine Arts:
ART 111 Art Appreciation
or
MUS 110 Music Appreciation
n/a 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Choose one of the following:
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy
or
MAT 152 Statistical Methods (recommended for college transfer)
or
MAT 171 Pre-calculus Alg (recommended for college transfer)
Prerequisites for MAT 143 and MAT 152: MAT 003 Tier 1 and ENG 002 Tier 1
Corequisite for MAT 143: MAT 043
Corequisite for MAT 152: MAT 052
Prerequisite for MAT 171: MAT 003 Tier 2 or MAT 143 or MAT 152
Corequisite for MAT 171: MAT 071
2 – 3 2 n/a 4 – 5 3 – 4
INT 110 International Business (8 week course) Prerequisite: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MKT 120 Principles of Marketing (8 week course) n/a 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 22 – 23

First Year
Winter Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
BUS 137 Principles of Management (4 week course) Prerequisites: BUS 110 or MED 131 or CTS 115 3 n/a n/a 3 3
BUS 115 Business Law (4 week course) Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 6
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ACC 150 Accounting Software Application n/a 1 2 n/a 3 2
BUS 285 Business Management Issues Prerequisites: BUS 110 and BUS 137 3 1 n/a 4 3
BUS 151 People Skills n/a 3 n/a n/a 3 3
BUS 240 Business Ethics (8 week course) Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
ECO 252 Macroeconomics Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
ACC 121 Prin of Managerial Accounting n/a 3 2 n/a 5 4
Total Semester Hours 18
Second Year
Summer Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
BUS 139 Entrepreneurship Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
INT 230 International Law Prerequisites: BUS 115 3 n/a n/a 3 3
BUS 125 Personal Finance Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences:
PSY 150 General Psychology
Prerequisites: ENG 002 Tier 1 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 12
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 68 – 69