Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration (2 years)

Program Overview

The Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration (AASBA) program is designed to prepare students for entry-level management positions. This articulated program targets immediate employment in a Business Administration-related job. Completion of that degree can provide students with a transition path to a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA) degree as well. The curriculum includes courses in general business, accounting, economics, legal studies, management, and marketing. With a goal of maximizing student success, this program is designed with two pre-requisites as parts of the general education requirements: College Algebra and one additional mathematics course. In the absence of transfer credit, students may need to take additional elective courses to satisfy the total unit requirements for the degree. The program courses may be taken in any sequence. Courses in the Business major will be taught through the lenses of Christian principles.


Program Requirements Summary

Length: Approximately 2 years

General Education Course Requirements: 36 quarter units
Bible and Theology Course Requirements: 12 quarter units (Student may take up to 4 units of interdisciplinary Business courses to fulfill the Bible and Theology requirements)
Business Administration requirements: 44 quarter units (Includes 8 units of business administration electives)
Total Units Required for Graduation: 92 quarter units


Program Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration (AASBA) degree program, the student will be able to:

1. Describe the types of business organizations and their basic functions, as well as the legal structure and tax implications of different types of business organizations such as sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation.

2. Explain the functions of basic management relating to planning and implementing an organization’s strategic behavior, demonstrating some computer applications of the contemporary business technology.

3. Explain the changing nature of business in a global economy, while navigating the legal and ethical issues surrounding the business community.

4. Explain the basic accounting, finance, and management functions of business organizations, as well as how marketing decisions can affect the realization of business profits.

5. Integrate the knowledge acquired in the program within a life of Christian service to the local and global community.


Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration program, submitting proper documentation to the office of admission by the appropriate deadline:

  1. Applicants for admission must be in possession of, or have candidacy for, a high school diploma or GED, and must submit official transcripts and/or copy of diploma for their high school degree, as well as any college level work they have completed, if applicable.
  2. A completed application form for admission
  3. Students whose native language is not English must meet the language proficiency requirements delineated elsewhere in the catalog.
  4. Application fee
  5. Recommendation Form


Unit Transfer Policy

A maximum of forty-five (45) quarter units may be transferred into the program from a nationally or regionally-accredited college or university. The acceptance of credit hours is at the discretion of Sierra States University, depending upon the academic rigor of the prior course experience.


General Program Requirements

The Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration requires that a minimum of 36 course units be earned in General Education courses. General Education courses include courses in religion, psychology, sociology, philosophy and other fields.  A total of 12 units are to be taken within the Bible and Theology disciplines, strictly speaking; student may take up to 4 units of interdisciplinary Business courses to fulfill the Bible and Theology requirements, enrolling in selected courses within the Business curriculum.  These are courses which address certain aspects of Business Administration from a Christian standpoint and perspective.  Courses eligible to qualify for this are listed below.


Program Graduation Requirements Chart

Degree General Education Bible & Theology Core MajorCourses FreeElectives in Major TotalUnits
Associate of Applied Science inBusiness Administration 36 12 36 8 92

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Sample Course of Study

General Education Requirements: 36 units



Course Title



(2 courses)


Oral Communication Skills



Presentation Skills (4 units)

ENG 1101

English Composition (4 units)


English Literature (4 units)

SPC 1102

Fundamentals of Public Speaking (4 units)

Humanities and the Arts (2 courses)

HIS 1101

History of Western Civilization to 1715 (4 units)


HIS 1102

History of Western Civilization 1715 to the Present (4 units)

HIS 1103

American History (4 units)

PHL 1101

Introduction to Philosophy (4 units)

PHL 1102

Logic (4 units)


Behavioral Sciences

(Three courses from at least two disciplines)

(2 courses)


Introduction to Biology (4 units)



Introduction to Political Science (4 units)


Introduction to American Government (4 units)

PSY 1101

Introduction to Psychology (4 units)

REL 1102

Comparative Religion (4 units)

SOC 1102

Sociology of Religion (4 units)

SOC 2010

Introduction to Sociology (4 units)

Natural Sciences/

Physical Sciences/


(2 courses)


Introduction to Biology (4 units)


MAT 1111

College Algebra (4 units)

MAT 2111

Essentials of Calculus (4 units)


Human Anatomy (4 units)

STAT 1230

Introduction to Statistics (4 units)




Bible & Theology: 12 units



Course Title


Biblical Studies

(2 courses)

OT 101

Survey of the OT (4 units)


NT 101

Survey of the NT (4 units)

NT 203

Synoptic Gospels (4 units)

NT 205

Life & Teaching of Christ (4 units)

NT 305

Pauline Epistles (4 units)

NT 320

Gospel According to John (4 units)


Acts (4 units)

OT 220

OT Historical Books (4 units)


Introduction to the Old Testament (4 units)

OT 305

The Pentateuch (4 units)

OT 320

The Prophets (Major) (4 units)

OT 321

The Prophets (Minor) (4 units)


Biblical Interpretation (4 units)

Theology (1 courses)

THE 301

Christian Doctrine I (4 units)


THE 302

Christian Doctrine II (4 units)

THE 303

Christian Doctrine III (4 units)

THE 304

Christian Doctrine IV (4 units)


Comparative Religions (4 units)

PSY 206

Psychology of Religion (4 units)


Apologetics (4 units)



Business Course of Study: 44 units



Course Title


Business Administration Course Requirements

(9 courses)

ACCT1101 Principles of Accounting I (4 units)


ACCT1102 Principles of Accounting II (4 units)
BUS1299 Introduction to Christian Business (4 units)*
BUS2240 Business Law (4 units)
ECO1120 Principles of Microeconomics (4 units)
ECO1130 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 units)
FIN1120 Business Finance (4 units)
MGMT1308 Principles of Management (4 units)
MGMT1430 Operations Management (4 units)
MKTG1289 Marketing Fundamentals (4 units)
BUS1150 Database Fundamentals (4 units)
BUS2120 Spreadsheet Fundamentals (4 units)

Business Administration Electives (2 courses)

BUS 2221

Systems Analysis and Design (4 units)


BUS 2250

Business Ethics (4 units)*

BUS 1160

Desktop Publishing (4 units)

BUS 2226

Webpage Design and Development (4 units)

ACC 1103

Managerial Accounting (4 units)

ECON 1140

International Economics (4 units)

ECON 1150

Economic Data Analysis (4 units)


Human Resource Management (4 units)*

MGMT 1421

Small Business Management (4 units)

MGMT 1431

Service Operations (4 units)

MKTG 1290

Social Media Marketing (4 units)


Field Education I (4 units)


Field Education II (4 units)






ACC 1101 Principles of Accounting I (4 units)

Introduces the basic concepts of the complete accounting cycle and provides the student with the necessary skills to maintain a set of books for a sole proprietorship. Topics include accounting vocabulary and concepts, the accounting cycle and accounting for a personal service business, the accounting cycle and accounting for a merchandising enterprise, and cash control. Laboratory work demonstrates theory presented in class.  Prerequisite: None


ACC 1102 Principles of Accounting II (4 units)

This course covers a substantial portion of the U.S. accounting standards known as G.A.A.P. (generally accepted accounting principles). In particular, it entails a detailed study of the principal financial statements, accounting concepts, revenue and expense recognition, accounting for cash, receivables, and inventories.  Prerequisite: ACC1102 Principles of Accounting


BUS 1299 Introduction to Christian Business (4 units)

An introductory study of the functional areas of business to help students realize the integral role business plays in the economy and our lifestyles. Topics include the major elements in the business environment, forms of business ownership, competition in the domestic and international market, management of human and financial resources, marketing, business technology and information management, accounting, and business and personal finance.  Prerequisite: None


BUS 2240 Business Law (4 units)

It is a study of fundamental principles of law applicable to business transactions. The course specifically relates to the areas of legal environment of business, contracts, and sales contracts.  Prerequisite: None


ECO 1120 Principles of Microeconomics (4 units)

This course deals with the price system, market structures, and consumer theory. Topics covered include supply and demand, price controls, public policy, the theory of the firm, cost and revenue concepts, forms of competition, elasticity, and efficient resource allocation, etc.  Prerequisite: None


ECO 1130 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 units)

This course provides an examination of aggregate economic activity. It includes a study of aggregate supply and demand, the monetary and banking systems, aggregate economic accounting, inflation, unemployment, the business cycle, macroeconomic policy, and economic progress and stability, among other things.  Prerequisite: None


FIN 1120 Business Finance (4 units)

This course deals with a survey of the basic principles and concepts used in the financial management of a business enterprise addressed from both theoretical and practical standpoint. Topics include money and capital markets, financial management of working capital, capital budgeting and fixed asset management, cost of capital, and short-term and long-term financing by means of debt and equity capital.  Prerequisite: None


MGMT 1308 Principles of Management (4 units)

This course is a survey of the five basic functions included in the practice of management. Management in organizations’ theories, techniques, and concepts will be presented. The role of the manager in a technologically-oriented society will also be discussed.  Prerequisite: None


MGMT 1430 Operations Management (4 units)

This course is a survey of the fundamental concepts of production and operations management. The course covers the use of quantitative methods and statistical techniques for forecasting, resource allocation, decision theory, capacity planning, project management, inventory management, and quality assurance.  Prerequisite: None


MKTG 1289 Marketing Fundamentals (4 units)

An introductory course will study the functions of marketing in for profit service and product organization. The course will show how businesses and organizations use marketing techniques to create and promote image, develop product offerings, create banding, customer service and relations, consumer tracking, market research, vertical and horizontal integration, sales techniques, and sales management, and pricing strategies for positioning within the marketplace.  Prerequisite: None


BUS 1150 Database Fundamentals (4 units)

This course emphasizes the use of database management software packages to access, manipulate, and create data files. Topics include data entry, data access, data manipulation, relational databases, database creation, and file documentation.  Prerequisite: None


BUS 2120 Spreadsheet Fundamentals (4 units)

The course instructs students how to use electronic spreadsheet software in business applications. Students become proficient in creating and modifying spreadsheets in a business environment and in printing files that meet business standards. Topics include: spreadsheet concepts, data entry and modification, data analysis, analysis of charts and graphs, formatting data and content, and managing workbooks.  Prerequisite: None




BUS 2221 Systems Analysis and Design (4 units)

Comprehensive introduction to the planning, analysis, design, and implementation of contemporary information systems. Students will examine the role and responsibility of a System Analyst. Several approaches to system requirements are also covered.  Prerequisite: None


BUS 2250 Business Ethics (4 units)

The course includes a study of ethics in business and work. The topics include: recognizing and analyzing ethical issues in business; promoting ethical behavior in corporations and institutions; the social responsibilities of business; the role of business in a free market economy; ethics in the global economy; the role of the professions in contemporary American society.  Prerequisite: None


BUS 1160 Desktop Publishing (4 units)

The course emphasizes intensive use of desktop publishing (DTP) software to create publications such as letterheads, resumes, fliers, posters, brochures, reports, newsletters, and business cards, topics include: DTP concepts, operation of DTP software, publication page layout basic graphic design, and practical applications.  Prerequisite: None


BUS 2226  Webpage Design and Development (4 units)

Focuses on two aspects of website management: technical and business aspects. An introduction to Web languages and technologies is made with some in-depth coverage of HTML and CSS. How to manage people, content, and suppliers is covered in the business focus.  Prerequisite: None


ACC 1103 Managerial Accounting (4 units)

This course is an overview of the use of financial accounting and cost accounting data for the design and preparation of reports to aid management in organizing, directing, controlling, and decision-making functions. The topics include the fundamentals of cost accounting, budgeting and responsibility accounting for cost and profit centers.  Prerequisite: None


ECON 1140 International Economics (4 units)

Students will apply what they have learned in previous economics courses to analyze the global economic environment. They will learn and apply the law of comparative advantage to understand how all people can gain from international trade. Trade agreements, such as GATT and NAFTA, will be discussed and analyzed. Students will learn about the currency markets and the different types of monetary systems.  Prerequisite: None


ECON 1150 Economic Data Analysis (4 units)

This course prepares students for analysis of economic data found in secondary sources such as the World Bank, The International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organization of European Community for Development (OECD), and various U.S. government sources. Emphasis is placed on learning the basic tools of mathematical and statistical analysis with a goal to applying those tools to analyzing data for meaningful conclusion.  Prerequisite: None


HRMN 1101 Human Resource Management (4 units)

Introductory overview of basic human resource management activities. Various functions of human resource management are explored including planning, staffing, training, compensation, motivation, employee development, benefits, performance evaluation, discipline, health and safety issues, employer-employee relationships, and compliance with employment laws.  Prerequisite: None


MGMT 1421 Small Business Management (4 units)

An in-depth study of small to mid-sized companies with a view to preparing students for leadership roles. Emphasis on building and managing companies from the start-up phase to their growth and efficient operation. Problem solving strategies of managerial, legal and ethical issues and dilemmas particularly relevant to small business.  Prerequisite: None


MGMT 1431 Service Operations (4 units)

This course provides a survey of the different types of services provided by organizations. Topics include similarities and differences between production of services and production of products, the wide variety of services produced, proportion of organizations’ offerings that are services, and accountability and quality of services.  Prerequisite: None


MKTG 1290 Social Media Marketing (4 units)

This course gives a foundation to the practical business applications of social media in a marketing world. Through Facebook, Linkedin, blogs, YouTube, Pinterest and other platforms, students discover that social media is for more than just making friends and that there are now only a few degrees of separation globally. Students learn that social media is about marketing at the right time, place and with the right message for existing as well as prospective customers with both legal and ethical behaviors.  Prerequisite: None


BUS2351 Field Education I (4 units)

This course is an educationally-directed practicum through which students are expected to progress in their professional development from one quarter to the next. A course focused on important principles of Christian business leadership with an appropriate field experience under the supervision of a competent supervisor. Cognitive, affective, and experiential learning experiences are designed to foster the student’s formation in business field and community service.


BUS2352 Field Education II (4 units)

This course is a continuation of field education I. This course requires weekly involvement in community service with satisfactory completion of student’s self-evaluation form and supervisor’s evaluation form.