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Entrepreneurship (A.A.S.)

Title of Major: Entrepreneurship, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Sciences degree, A.A.S.


Total Credit Hours: 60 

About Entrepreneurial Studies Institute

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. 


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.


Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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General Education Requirements: 21-24 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 3 credits

See General Education Arts and Humanities Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Biological and Physical Sciences, Computer Technology, or Mathematics: 3 credits

See General Education Requirements for a list of approved courses.

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Economics (social and behavioral sciences general education). See General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Program Requirements: 36-39 credits

ESI electives (chosen from below): 6 credits

Entrepreneurship electives:

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.

Diversity Requirement

* 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.

Program Outcomes

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. 

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