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Business Software Systems A.S. Degree

 Program Advisor: Kathleen Gowdey 
 Microsoft® Office Master Instructor, 413-236-4640

The Business Software Systems degree program prepares students to become software applications specialists. Graduates possess mastery of the Microsoft® Office Suite. This program also emphasizes basic business fundamentals, and oral and written communications.

Training is conducted on state-of-the-art computers. Through this program, students are encouraged to become Microsoft® Certified by taking  the Microsoft® Certified Application Specialist exams.

In addition, the BSS program has articulation agreements with American International College, elms college, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA).

The Business Software Systems Webpage can be viewed by clicking on this link, or is available to students in printed form.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • determine the most appropriate Microsoft® Office software to use in creating business documents;
  • demonstrate competency in using the Windows operating system for maximized productivity;
  • demonstrate proficiency in formatting business correspondence;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills;
  • demonstrate their ability to work successfully in teams;
  • find employment in their field or continue their education.  

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 60 program and general education credits, plus the additional require­ments, shown below.

Program 39 Credits
BSS 101 Microsoft® Windows 3
BSS 102 Microsoft® Word 3
BSS 103 Desktop Publishing - Word 3
BSS 105 Microsoft® PowerPoint 3
BSS 121 Document Processing 3
BSS 201 Microsoft® Excel 3
BSS 202 Microsoft® Access 3
BSS 204 Software Integration 3
BUS 107 Fundamentals of Business 3
BUS 206 Principles of Management 3
BUS 247 Business Communications 3
  Free Elective  
  Professional Electives (see footnote 2) 3
   
General Education Credits
COM Communication 3
ENG  English Composition/Writing 6
MAT  Mathematics (see footnote 1
History OR
Behavioral and Social Science 3
  Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Natural or Physical Science OR
  Evnironmental Studies 3
   
Additional Requirements  
  Core Competencies Portfolio 6 Items
  Forum 12 Units
  Health/Fitness 30 Hours
 Minimum Cumulative Averages:
  • Overall
  • Area of Specialization: All Required BSS and BUS courses


2.000

2.000

Suggested Block for Program Completion

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time to complete the program may vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester  15 Credits
BSS 101 Microsoft® Windows 3
BSS 102 Microsoft® Word                                         3
BSS 105 Microsoft® PowerPoint 3
BUS 107 Fundamentals of Business 3
ENG  English Composition/Writing 3
   
Second Semester  15 Credits
BSS 103 Desktop Publishing - Word 3
BSS 121 Document Processing 3
BSS 201 Microsoft® Excel 3
BSS 202 Microsoft® Access 3
ENG  English Composition/Writing 3
   
Third Semester  15 Credits
BSS 204 Software Integration 3
BUS 206 Principles of Management 3
  Professional Elective (see footnote 2)
COM  Communication 3
MAT  Mathematics (see footnote 1) Free  3
   
Fourth Semester  15 Credits
BSS 247 Business Communications 3
Free Elective 3
History  OR
Behavioral and Social Science 3
  Humanities and Fine Arts 3
  Natural or Physical Science  OR  
  Environmental Studies 3

Footnotes: 

1. MAT 101 , Applied Contemporary Mathematics, or any course with the "MA" General Education designation; students wishing to transfer should take MAT 102 or higher.

2. Professional elective chosen from courses designated BUS or CIS. BUS 111 , Principles of Accounting I, strongly recomended.

NOTE: All BSS courses must be taken in the four years prior to graduation.