Business and Entrepreneurial Studies

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5004 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 01704


Program Description
Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. The program is sufficiently comprehensive to qualify graduates for a variety of entry positions in business and industry. It also prepares students to begin the process of owning a small business. The business and entrepreneurship associate will be able to assist or manage in the areas of planning, organizing, leading and fiscal management. The business associate will be able to use critical thinking processes incorporated with computer and communication skills while employing a teamwork approach to reach the goals of the organization. This program is not designed as a transfer program.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the A.A.S. Business and Entrepreneurial Studies Degree program a student will be able to

  •  Demonstrate proficiency in accounting procedures relevant to small business; master the basic functions of small business accounting/spreadsheet software in order to make informed business decisions;
  •  Demonstrate effective written, verbal, and nonverbal communication techniques in organizations, work teams, across cultures, and via technology;
  •  Articulate the importance and role of key small business success factors; describe the foundational principles of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset;
  •  Understand and apply the basic principles of law and contracts as they relate to entrepreneurship and small business management;
  •  Understand and apply the concepts, theories, and terminology used in recruiting, selecting, placing, and developing employees;
  •  Research and plan a cohesive advertising campaign; articulate the role and planning of print, broadcast, direct, sales promotion,  interactive, and alternative advertising, as well as public relations;
  •  Develop a full business plan, ensuring environmental and societal responsibility in all aspects of the plan. 

Employment Potential
Graduates of this program could fill entry-level management trainee positions in business and industry. Graduates are also equipped with the skills of small business management.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, Patrik Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions here or the Department here.

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
BUS 102 Mathematics for Business and Industry 3
BUS 115 Entrepreneurship 3
BUS 171 * Computer Applications in Business 3
ENG 101 College English I 3
Elective Social Science Elective (1) 3
Semester Credits 15
Second Semester
BUS 104
Business Communications 3
BUS 150 Business Economics 3
BUS 272 Spreadsheets for Business 3
COM 103 or
COM 105
Oral communication or
Public Speaking
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
Elective ** Mathematics Elective (MAT 098 or higher) 3-4
Semester Credits 16-17
Third Semester
ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I 4
BUS 180
Legal Environment of Business (2) 3
BUS 203 Human Resources Management 3
BUS 209 Principles of Advertising 3
Social Science Elective (1) 3
Semester Credits 16
Fourth Semester

ACC 102 ***

Principles of Accounting II

BUS 230 Advanced Entrepreneurship 3
Elective Open Elective (3) 3-4
Elective Natural Science Elective (4) 3-4
Business Elective (5) 3
Semester Credits 15-17
Total Credits 62-64
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

* Keyboarding skills are required for this course.
** Higher-level mathematics course by advisement.

*** Prerequisite for ACC 102 is ACC 101 and MAT 100 with a grade of C or better. 
(1) Pre-requisite/co-requisite for all history courses: ENG 101.  Pre-requisite/co-requisite for all 200-level sociology courses: ENG 101
(2) BUS 180 is not intended for students who have already taken BUS 201 or BUS 202.
(3) BUS 293 Business Internship is recommended.
(4) Choose from any 3-credit SUNY General Education natural science course.
(5) Choose from ACT 210, BUS 161, BUS 205, BUS 249, or BUS 293.






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