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Entrepreneurship (A.A.S.)

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

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


Total Credit Hours: 60 

About the 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

Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements  for college-wide graduation requirements.

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Online Degrees and Credit Certificates

This program can be completed fully online. Some online courses may require proctored exams or on-campus assessments at a testing center.

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General Education Requirements: 24 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English Composition: 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.

Mathematics: 3 credits

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

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Additional General Education requirements: 6 credits

Program Requirements: 36 credits

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 .

Technology Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Technology Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective. 

Wellness Requirement

Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

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:

  1. Identify and analyze entrepreneurial opportunity, assess and evaluate risk, and plan for small business ventures.
  2. Develop a comprehensive business plan, including a marketing plan, to launch an entrepreneurial venture.
  3. Compile and prepare accurate financial information for tax compliance and informed business decisions using appropriate software.
  4. Use research methods and evaluation skills to enhance business decision making.
  5. Apply current business concepts and laws to develop legal and ethical business practices.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. 

Related Offerings

Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.

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