Business Administration A.A. Degree

Program Advisor: Wendy Meehan, 413-236-4560

The Business Administration program parallels the freshman and sophomore years of business studies at a baccalaureate college or university.

In addition to providing a solid background in accounting, economics, and business electives, the program requires course work in liberal arts and sciences to help students understand themselves and their society.

After completing their baccalaureate work, BCC graduates have built successful careers in business throughout Massachusetts, across the nation and globally. Business Administration students should check the academic requirements of the college or university where they plan to transfer and select their BCC courses to meet those requirements.

This is a MassTransfer eligible program.

Expected Outcomes:

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • use their academic skills, behaviors and attitudes to successfully pursue further studies in a business-related discipline;
  • 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 63 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program 26 Credits
BUS 107 Fundamentals of Business 3
BUS 111  Principles of Accounting I 3
BUS 112  Principles of Accounting II 3
BUS 220  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS Electives (see footnote 3) 6
CIS 102  Fundamental Computer Literacy 4
ECO 212  Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Free Elective 1
General Education 37 Credits
COM Communication 3
ECO 211  Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
HIS History 3
MAT 121  pre-calculus I (or higher, see footnote 4) 4
MAT Mathematics (see footnote 1) 3
Environmental Studies (see footnote 2) 1
Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 2) 8
Additional Requirements As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio (items) 4
Forum (units) 4
Health/Fitness 30 Hours
Minimum Cumulative Average Overall: 2.000
Area of specialization BUS & ECO Courses & CIS 102 Courses & Science Electives 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 17 Credits
BUS 107 Fundamentals of Business 3
BUS 111  Principles of Accounting I 3
CIS 102 Fundamental Computer Literacy 4
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
MAT 121 pre-calculus I (or higher) 4
Second Semester  15 Credits
BUS 112  Principles of Accounting II 3
BUS Elective 3
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
MAT Mathematics (see footnote 1) 3
Third Semester 16 Credits
BUS 220  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS Elective (see footnote 3) 3
ECO 212  Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 2) 4
Fourth Semester 15 Credits
ECO 211  Principles of Microeconomics 3
HIS History 3
Environmental Studies (see footnote 2) 1
Free Elective 1

Humanities and Fine Arts
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 2) 4


  1.   Mathematics to be chosen from MAT 123, Elementary Statistics; MAT 145, Applied Calculus I; MAT 146, Applied Calculus II.
  2. The Natural or Physical Science requirement must be fulfilled with two 4-credit laboratory science courses. Students who complete an environmentally focused laboratory science, such as BIO 109, BIO 110, ENV 101, ENV 102, have fulfilled both the Natural or Physical Science and the Environmental Studies requirements.
  3. Business Electives to be chosen from BUS 206, Principles of Management; BUS 208, Principles of Marketing; BUS 251, Business Law I; BUS 255, Principles of Finance; BUS 260, Business Ethics. Substitutions must be approved by the program advisor.
  4. Students meeting this requirement with a 3 credit course will need 2 credits to complete their free elective.