Award: Associate of Applied Sciences degree, A.A.S. (code AAS.ESI.ENTREP)
Total Credit Hours: 60 credit hours.
Purpose: A degree in entrepreneurship provides you with the skills to start your own venture, work with others to identify business opportunities, join entrepreneurial ventures or work for an established organization. Entrepreneurship graduates are often in demand by growth-oriented companies wanting to incorporate entrepreneurial vision and innovation in their firms and by companies seeking individuals who have the ability to solve problems creatively and improve productivity. Regardless of size, all businesses need managers who can identify opportunities, obtain resources, plan, organize, direct and control work to accomplish business objectives.
Topics covered during coursework include entrepreneurial thinking and opportunity recognition, developing a business plan, obtaining resources, managing finances, strategic planning, selecting managers and employees, organizing and designing the business, identifying and capitalizing on international opportunities, managing technology, and successfully dealing with managerial challenges.
Range of Occupations
Graduating students may obtain employment by launching their own business venture or working for any business in any industry including: construction, architecture, child care, personal care, food services, technology, engineering, accounting, financial services and more. Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.
Where course choices exist within this program, transfer students should consult with the department to make course choices consistent with the requirements of their intended transfer school.
Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses
AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study. This sequence incorporates all of the student’s requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success. It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.
Biological and Physical Sciences, Computer Technology, or Mathematics: 3 credits
See General Education Requirements for a list of approved courses.
Program Requirements: 36-39 credits
ESI electives (chosen from below): 6 credits
Computer Competency Requirement
Students who elect not to take a Computer Technology general education course must satisfy the computer competency requirement with an elective. See General Education Computing Competency Requirement for a list of approved courses.
* Students may satisfy the diversity requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, biological and physical sciences general education requirements or through ESI electives of BPA 174 or BPA 105.
Fast Track Option
This program has a Fast Track Option for those holding a college degree.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Identify and analyze entrepreneurial opportunity, assess and evaluate risk, and plan for small business ventures.
- Design and develop a comprehensive business plan, including a marketing plan, to launch an entrepreneurial venture.
- Compile and prepare accurate financial information for tax compliance and informed business decisions using appropriate software.
- Use research methods and evaluation skills to enhance business decision making.
- Apply current business concepts and laws to develop legal and ethical business practices.
This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.
Related Educational Opportunities
Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer and then click on “Articulations.”