Business Careers A.S. Degree

Program Advisor: Wendy Meehan, ext.413-236-4560

The Business Careers degree program is for the student primarily interested in going to work in business after graduation from BCC.

This program is not designed to transfer to baccalaureate institutions.

This flexible program can help students prepare for responsible positions in areas such as first-level management in an applied technology or service organization. Students study accounting, computer literacy, economics, and oral and written communications, along with business specialty courses in the areas of their choice.

Program graduates can expect to find employment in manufacturing operations, accounting, finance, customer service, government, sales, insurance, marketing, human resources management, and other career areas.

Expected Outcomes:

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • use the necessary math skills to handle complex economic, ac­counting and finance problems;
  • recognize, analyze, and calculate sales, cost, revenue,profit, and other financial data to make informed business decisions;
  • possess excellent communication skills to relate well to custom­ers, management, and their peers in the workplace;
  • demonstrate ethical and social responsibility as they go to work in the real world for business firms or government organizations.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 61 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program   37 Credits  
BSS 102  Microsoft Word or 3
 BSS 201  Microsoft Excel 3
BUS 107  Fundamentals of Business 3
BUS 111 Principles of Accounting I 3
BUS 112 Principles of Accounting II 3
BUS 247 Business Communications 3
BUS Electives 6
CIS 102 Fundamental Computer Literacy (see footnote 2) 4
Free Elective   9
Professional Electives (see footnote 3)   9
General Education 24 Credits  
 BUS 105 Business Mathematics or   
MAT  Mathematics (see footnote 1)  3
COM   Communication 3
ECO 211    Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO 212    Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG  English Composition/Writing 6
  General Education Elective (see footnote 4) 3
  Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Additional Requirements As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio (items) 4
Forum (units) 4
Health/Fitness 30 Hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages Overall: 2.000 
Area of specialization: All program requirements, except the Free Elective   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   16 Credits
BUS 107  Fundamentals of Business 3
BUS 111 Principles of Accounting l 3
CIS 102  Fundamental Computer Literacy  (see footnote 2) 4
BUS 105

Business Mathematics   


MAT Mathematics (see footnote 1) 3
ENG  English Composition/ Writing  3
Second Semester   15 Credits
BSS 102   Microsoft Word    OR  
BSS 201   Microsoft Excel 3
BUS 112  Principles of Accounting ll 3
COM   Communication 3
ENG  English Composition/ Writing 3
Humanities and Fine Arts   3
Third Semester   15 Credits
 BUS Elective 3
   Free Elective 3
  Professional Elective  (see footnote 3) 3
 ECO 212   Principles Of Macroeconomics 3
  General Education (see footnote 4) 3
Fourth Semester   15 Credits
 BUS 247   Business Communications 3
BUS   Elective 3
  Professional Electives (see footnote 3) 6
 ECO 211   Principles Of Microeconomics 3

1.  Mathematics to be chosen from any MAT course with the "MA" General Education designation.
2.  BSS 102, Introduction to Microsoft® Word; BSS 201, Microsoft® Excel; and BSS 120, Introductory Keyboarding, may be substituted for CIS 102.
3.  Professional Elective chosen from BSS, BUS, CIS, CUL, ECO, and HSP courses.
4.  General Education Elective chosen from History, Natural or Physical Science, Environmental Studies.