A.S. - General Business - AOS3 (Effective Fall 2017)

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

The Associate of Science in General Business Degree program provides an introductory foundation to core aspects of the business environment while also preparing students for continued study in the field of business. The program develops skills through course work in communication, social/behavioral sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and the humanities, as well as in the business disciplines. Graduates may pursue additional education opportunities at senior institutions or pursue a variety of entry-level positions in the broad career field of business.

 

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.
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    Course Overview

    Credit Hours
    General Core Courses (41 hours)
    Area I - Language Arts/Communication (9 hours)

    Prereqs: (ENGL 0098 or Test Score) AND (READ 0098 or Test Score)

    Coreqs: None

    Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

    Prereqs: ENGL 1101 w/ a "C" or better

    Coreqs: None

    Emphasizes the student's ability to read literature analytically and meaningfully and to communicate clearly. Students analyze the form and content of literature in historical and philosophical contexts. Topics include reading and analysis of fiction, poetry, and drama; research; and writing about literature.

    SPCH
    1101
    3

    Prereqs: Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores

    Coreqs: None

    Introduces the student to the fundamentals of oral communication. Topics include selection and organization of materials, preparation and delivery of individual and group presentations, analysis of ideas presented by others, and professionalism.
    Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)
    HIST
    2111
    3

    Prereqs: Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores

    Coreqs: None

    Emphasizes the study of U. S. History to 1877 to include the post-Civil War period. The course focuses on the period from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War to include geographical, intellectual, political, economic and cultural development of the American people. It includes the history of Georgia and its constitutional development. Topics include colonization and expansion; the Revolutionary Era; the New Nation; nationalism, sectionalism, and reform; the Era of Expansion; and crisis, Civil War, and reconstruction.
    3

    Prereqs: (ENGL 0090 or Test Score) AND (READ 0090 or Test Score)

    Coreqs: None

    Emphasizes study of government and politics in the United States. The focus of the course will provide an overview of the Constitutional foundations of the American political processes with a focus on government institutions and political procedures. The course will examine the constitutional framework, federalism, civil liberties and civil rights, public opinion, the media, special interest groups, political parties, and the election process along with the three branches of government. In addition, this course will examine the processes of Georgia state government. Topics include foundations of government, political behavior, and governing institutions.
    ECON
    2105
    3

    Prereqs: Program Admission

    Coreqs: None

    Provides a description and analysis of macroeconomic principles and policies. Topics include basic economic principles, macroeconomic concepts, equilibrium in the goods and money markets, macroeconomic equilibrium and the impact of fiscal and monetary policies.
    Choose One of the Following: Complete 3 Credit Hours (3 hours)
    HIST
    2112
    3

    Prereqs: Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores

    Coreqs: None

    Emphasizes the study of the social, cultural, and political history of the United States from 1865 to the beginning of the twenty-first century and will equip the student to better understand the problems and challenges of the contemporary world in relation to events and trends in modern American history. The course also provides an overview of the history of Georgia and the development of its constitution. Topics include the Reconstruction Period; the great West, the new South, and the rise of the debtor; the Gilded Age; the progressive movement; the emergence of the U. S. in world affairs; the Roaring Twenties; the Great Depression; World War II; the Cold War and the 1950's; the 1960's and 1970's; and America since 1980.

    Prereqs: (ENGL 0098 or Test Score) AND (READ 0098 or Test Score)

    Coreqs: None

    Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.

    Prereqs: Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores

    Coreqs: None

    Explores the sociological analysis of society, its culture, and structure. Sociology is presented as a science with emphasis placed on its methodology and theoretical foundations. Topics include basic sociological concepts, socialization, social interaction and culture, social groups and institutions, deviance and social control, social stratification, social change, and marriage and family.
    Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (14 hours)
    Choose One of the Following: Complete 3 Credit Hours (3 hours)
    3

    Prereqs: Degree Level Math Scores

    Coreqs: None

    Emphasizes functions using real-world applications as models. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra; functions and graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models; systems of equations; and optional topics in algebra.
    MATH
    1111
    3

    Prereqs: Degree Level Math Scores

    Coreqs: None

    Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.

    Prereqs: Degree Level Math Scores

    Coreqs: None

    Emphasizes the concepts and methods fundamental to utilizing and interpreting commonly used statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics, basic probability, discrete and continuous distributions, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing chi square tests, and linear regression.
    Choose Two of the Following: Complete 8 Credit Hours (8 hours)
    BIOL 1111/1111L - Biology I and Lab (4 hours)
    BIOL
    1111L
    1

    Prereqs: Program Admission

    Coreqs: BIOL 1111

    Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 1111. The laboratory exercises for this course include chemical principles related to cells, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, cell division, protein synthesis, genetics, biotechnology, and evolution.
    BIOL
    1111
    3

    Prereqs: Program Admission

    Coreqs: BIOL 1111L

    Provides an introduction to basic biological concepts with a focus on living cells. Topics include chemical principles related to cells, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, cell division, protein synthesis, genetics, biotechnology, and evolution.
    BIOL 1112/1112L - Biology II and Lab (4 hours)
    BIOL
    1112L
    1

    Prereqs: BIOL 1111, BIOL 1111L

    Coreqs: BIOL 1112

    Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 1112. The laboratory exercises for this course include classification and
    characterizations of organisms, plant structure and function, animal structure and function, principles of ecology, and biosphere.
    BIOL
    1112
    3

    Prereqs: BIOL 1111, BIOL 1111L

    Coreqs: BIOL 1112L

    Provides an introduction to basic animal and plant diversity, structure and function, including reproduction and development, and the dynamics of ecology as it pertains to populations, communities, ecosystems, and biosphere. Topics include classification and characterizations of organisms, plant structure and function, animal structure and function, principles of ecology, and biosphere.
    CHEM 1151/1151L- Survey of Inorganic Chemistry and Lab (4 hours)

    Prereqs: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111

    Coreqs: CHEM 1151L

    Provides an introduction to basic chemical principles and concepts which explain the behavior of matter. Topics include measurements and units, structure of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, gas laws, liquid mixtures, acids and bases, salts and buffers, and nuclear chemistry.

    Prereqs: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111

    Coreqs: CHEM 1151

    Selected laboratory experiments paralleling the topics in CHEM 1151. The lab exercises for this course include units of measurements, structure of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, gas laws, liquid mixtures, acids and bases, salts and buffers, and nuclear chemistry.
    CHEM 1152/1152L- Survey of Organic Chemistry and Lab (4 hours)

    Prereqs: CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L

    Coreqs: CHEM 1152L

    Provides an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. This survey will include an overview of the properties, structure, nomenclature, reactions of hydrocarbons, alcohols, phenols, ethers, halides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines, amides; the properties, structure, and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and enzymes, as well as, intermediary metabolism. Topics include basic principles, hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon derivatives, heterocyclic rings and alkaloids, carbohydrates, lipids and fats, proteins, nucleic acids, and intermediary metabolism.

    Prereqs: CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1151L w/ a "C" or better

    Coreqs: CHEM 1152

    Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in CHEM 1152. The laboratory exercises for this course include basic principles of organic chemistry, hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon derivatives, heterocyclic rings and alkaloids, carbohydrates, lipids and fats, proteins, nucleic acids, and intermediary metabolism.
    PHYS 1111/1111L - Introductory Physics I and Lab (4 hours)

    Prereqs: ENGL 1101 and (MATH 1112 or MATH 1113)

    Coreqs: PHYS 1111L

    Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in PHYS 1110. The laboratory exercises for this course include systems of units and systems of measurement, vector algebra, Newtonian mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics, heat, light, and optics, mechanical waves, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.

    Prereqs: ENGL 1101 and (MATH 1112 or MATH 1113)

    Coreqs: PHYS 1111

    Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in PHYS 1110. The laboratory exercises for this course include systems of units and systems of measurement, vector algebra, Newtonian mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics, heat, light, and optics, mechanical waves, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.
    PHYS 1112/1112L - Introductory Physics II and Lab (4 hours)

    Prereqs: PHYS 1111, PHYS 1111L

    Coreqs: PHYS 1112L

    Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in PHYS 1110. The laboratory exercises for this course include systems of units and systems of measurement, vector algebra, Newtonian mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics, heat, light, and optics, mechanical waves, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.

    Prereqs: PHYS 1111, PHYS 1111L

    Coreqs: PHYS 1112

    Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in PHYS 1110. The laboratory exercises for this course include systems of units and systems of measurement, vector algebra, Newtonian mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics, heat, light, and optics, mechanical waves, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics.
    Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts (6 hours)
    3

    Prereqs: ENGL 1101 w/ a "C" or better

    Coreqs: None

    Emphasizes American literature as a reflection of culture and ideas. A survey of important works in American literature. Includes a variety of literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and novels. Topics include literature and culture, essential themes and ideas, literature and history, and research skills.
    Choose One of the Following: Complete 3 Credit Hours (3 hours)
    ARTS
    1101
    3

    Prereqs: Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores

    Coreqs: ENGL 1101

    Explores the visual arts and the relationship to human needs and aspirations. Students investigate the value of art, themes in art, the elements and principles of composition, and the materials and processes used for artistic expression. Well-known works of visual art are explored. The course encourages student interest in the visual arts beyond the classroom.

    Prereqs: ENGL 1101 w/ a "C" or better

    Coreqs: None

    Explores the philosophic and artistic heritage of humanity expressed through a historical perspective on visual arts, music, and literature. The humanities provide insight into people and society. Topics include historical and cultural developments, contributions of the humanities, and research.
    Occupational Courses (27 hours)

    Prereqs: Program Admission

    Coreqs: None

    Introduces the basic financial accounting 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 for a personal service business, the accounting cycle for a merchandising business, inventory, cash control and receivables. Laboratory work demonstrates theory presented in class.

    Prereqs: ACCT 1100

    Coreqs: None

    Introduces the intermediate financial accounting concepts that provide the student with the necessary skills to maintain a set of books for a partnership and corporation. Topics include: Fixed and Intangible Assets, Current and Long-Term Liabilities (Notes Payable), Payroll, Accounting for a Partnership, Accounting for a Corporation, Statement of Cash Flows, and Financial Statement Analysis, Laboratory work demonstrates theory presented in class.

    Prereqs: COLL 1010 or COMP 2000

    Coreqs: None

    This course covers the knowledge and skills to use spreadsheet software through course demonstrations, laboratory exercises and projects. Topics and assignments will include: spreadsheet concepts, creating and manipulating data, formatting data and content, creating and modifying formulas, presenting data visually and collaborating and securing data.
    3

    Prereqs: ACCT 1105

    Coreqs: None

    Emphasizes the interpretation of data by management in planning and controlling business activities. Topics include Managerial Accounting Concepts, Manufacturing Accounting using a Job Order Cost System, Manufacturing Accounting using a Process Cost System, Cost Behavior and Cost-Volume-Profit, Budgeting and Standard Cost Accounting, Flexible Budgets, Standard Costs and Variances, and Capital Investment Analysis and Budgeting. Laboratory work demonstrates theory presented in class.

    Prereqs: Program Admission

    Coreqs: None

    Introduces law and its relationship to business. Topics include: legal ethics, legal processes, business contracts, business torts and crimes, real and personal property, agency and employment, risk-bearing devices, and Uniform Commercial Code.
    ACCT
    2145
    3

    Prereqs: None

    Coreqs: None

    Introduces practical applications of concepts and techniques used to manage personal finance. Topics include: cash management, time value of money, credit, major purchasing decisions, insurance, investments, retirement, and estate planning.
    ECON
    2106
    3

    Prereqs: Program Admission

    Coreqs: None

    Provides an analysis of the ways in which consumers and business firms interact in a market economy. Topics include basic economic principles, consumer choice, behavior of profit maximizing firms, modeling of perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly and monopolistic competition.
    Choose One of the Following: Complete 3 Credit Hours (3 hours)

    Prereqs: Program Admission

    Coreqs: None

    Introduces organization and management concepts of the business world and in the office environment. Topics include business in a global economy, starting and organizing a business, enterprise management, marketing strategies and financial management.

    Prereqs: None

    Coreqs: None

    This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the functions of business in the market system. The student will gain an understanding of the numerous decisions that must be made by managers and owners of businesses. Topics include: the market system, the role of supply and demand, financial management, legal issues in business, employee relations, ethics, and marketing.

     

    Related Program Options:

    Accounting Degree
    Accounting Diploma

    Advisors

    Martiez Moore
    Advising & Retention Center Specialist
    Office: Berrien Hall, Suite 100
    Phone: (229) 333-2100, ext. 2116
    Email:
    Campus: Valdosta Campus