60 total credits required
The AS in Business Administration is earned, on average, within two years. The flexibility of our program allows you to complete the courses in more or less time due to transferring credits, taking more than one course at a time, or taking a break within the program.
The business curriculum consists of 20 accelerated courses, each lasting six weeks and requiring about 22.5 hours of work per week. The coursework can be completed on your schedule, on the days and times that are best for you, so long as your assignments are turned in on time.
You’ll also take a leadership course as a part of our We Empower Learners and Leaders (WELL) program, which gives you a safe, real-world setting to define your leadership style and practice top leadership skills.
Additionally, completing this program provides the confidence for stepping into a new career or transferring credits to one of our nine BS in Business degrees.
The goal for this course is to make you better consumers of information, goods and services. It’s to provide you with the tools you will need to navigate any social or economic climate. The text books for this course might seem a little unconventional for a historically quantitative course but that’s because our texts illustrate how economics really affects you everyday. We will examine the elementary principles of economics involving individual and social choice, economic analysis, supply, demand, the market and the price mechanism. Major concentration will vary from macroeconomic to microeconomic principles relative to money, the banking system, housing, inflation, unemployment, education, health care, GDP and global trade. Case studies and exercises will be used.
This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.
This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression.
Prerequisite: MAT 104 or appropriate placement test score
This required interdisciplinary course is designed to give all undergraduate students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for lifelong learning. Students examine leadership within the larger context of our interdependent world and their own strengths, values, and aspirations. Students also examine learning styles, communication skills and technology to create a personalized action plan for success. This course lays the foundation for higher-level courses in the WELL program.
The AS in Business Administration program requires 22 credits of core electives:
- Behavioral/Social Science Electives (6 credits)
- Humanities Electives (9 credits)
- Science Electives (lab required) (7 credits)
Learn more about which courses apply to these credits by speaking with an enrollment counselor.
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In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty.
Prerequisite: ENG 114
Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally.
Prerequisite: ENG 114
This course’s objective is to develop the ability to read, interpret, identify the differences and the relationships between the primary financial statements. This objective is met not only by analyzing the effect of business transactions on financial statements and financial ratios but also by recording essential transactions, measuring the amounts of assets, liabilities, owner’s equities, revenues, and expenses, and preparing the primary financial statements. This course also explains the difference between the cash and accrual bases of income measurement, the use of t-account analysis in determining important measures of business activity, and how the time value of money affects the measurement of liabilities. This emphasis on financial statements is facilitated by a semester-long study of the content of corporate annual reports culminating in a comprehensive annual report project.
Prerequisite: sophomore status with the exception of highly qualified first-year accounting majors
The primary objective of this course is to explore how accounting information is used to help managers make decisions with an emphasis on their planning and control activities. This objective is accomplished by exploring the terms that are used to classify costs, key business cost behavior patterns, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, raw materials and direct labor variance analysis, short-run decision making using relevant costs, and performance evaluation. Students are also introduced to how product costs are determined in manufacturing, merchandising, and service businesses.
Prerequisite: ACC 100
This course provides the 21st Century foundation for business students who will need newly shaped perspectives, solid research and communication skills, positive ethical spirit, and new technological resources to work and make decisions in global economy. Students learn the basics of business, the process of innovation and the role that business plays in society. Students are encouraged to develop their own innovative capacities, whether they want to start up a business of their own, augment the capabilities of a small business, step up to the myriad of non-profit challenges, or excel in corporate America. Students learn how to think systematically as business professionals, innovators and/or entrepreneurs. By first exploring the economics of business, in this country and beyond, students begin to recognize that all businesses are subject to ongoing trends, discoveries and breakthroughs that must be accommodated. Some represent threats; others opportunities. None can be ignored. Learning that the form of a business should follow the functions it must provide, students discover the range of options available to them as they contemplate career paths that may be of interest to them. Finally, students are provided with insight into each of the areas of functional expertise found in all organizations; i.e., finance and accounting, marketing and sales, customer support, operations, logistics, et. al.
A survey of the marketing structure for the creation, research, and distribution of goods and services for all types of corporations is examined. Specifically, the fundamentals of the marketing mix: product development, promotion activities, price objectives and placement of goods or services will be explored. Students will also examine how communication, distribution, and exchange activities affect consumer behaviors.
This course is an introduction to the basic functions and theories of management in the context of a dynamic environment. Emphasis is on the role of managers in making organizations effective and efficient, in part through developing an understanding of how to assess and capitalize on the changing internal and external environments, but most of all how to deal with the complexities of human behavior in the context of organizational management.
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This course provides a manager’s persepective on the law for business students. Students learn the practical implications of law in their own lives and what they must be ready for as they encounter civil and criminal legal issues and business formation issues. Students are introduced to the court systems, parts of the government that impact business, and how they affect and impact the life of the individual and businesses. Students learn about contracts, different types of business, and areas of regulation surrounding the relationship between employers, employees, and the government.
This course studies the legal environment of business, including an examination of the format and characteristics of corporations, partnerships, and agency law. The law of contracts is studied in detail.
Prerequisite or corequisite: LAW 103
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This course is aimed at beginning to intermediate computer users. It teaches a range of computer skills on the basics of using spreadsheets for various applications. Spreadsheet software remains one of the most ubiquitous pieces of software used in workplaces across the world. Learning to confidently operate this software means adding a highly valuable asset to your employability portfolio. Students will learn to navigate the user interface, perform basic calculations with formulas and functions, professionally format spreadsheets, and create visualizations of data through charts and graphs. Practical examples that demonstrate how useful spreadsheets are for presenting data, solving problems, and making business decisions will be highlighted.
This course provides the student with a hands-on exercise-oriented approach to learning. Understanding file management and functions of the operating system, developing a thorough knowledge of Excel, and acquiring database management skills will be covered. Students will be provided with practical examples that demonstrate the computer as a useful tool for presenting business data and solving problems. Topics will include creating professional-looking worksheets; using templates; building formulas and functions; creating and modifying charts, including pivot tables; working with Excel lists; managing multiple worksheets and workbooks; developing customized applications with macros and visual basic; utilizing financial functions, goal seeking, and what-if assumptions. Students will also design, create, and modify databases, run queries; and produce reports.
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