Business Administration
The Business Administration program teaches individuals how to maintain a competitive edge in business today through theory and practical applications. There is special emphasis on utilizing technology to solve problems and improve productivity, teamwork, interpersonal skills, and professional workforce behavior.

Whether owning, operating, and/or managing a small or large business, Clark's Business Administration and technical education programs allow the student to specialize in a particular area of business. Graduates have found successful positions in accounting, sales and services, merchandising and management.

Students must complete all specifically listed courses in Major Area Requirements with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award.

Consult with a business academic advisor for recommended course, program planning.

Business Administration (CP)
This certificate is designed to provide basic training in business applications, emphasizing skills that are necessary within the business environment. Full credit for all courses completed for this certificate applies to the Business Administration Associate in Applied Science degree.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
MATHB065
FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS MATHEMATICS
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BTEC 100
KEYBOARDING (3 credits required)
1-3 cr.
BTEC 147
PROFESSIONAL SELF-DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
BTEC 150
COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS
5 cr.
BUS 028
BASIC ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES
3 cr.
BUS 029
BASIC ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES
3 cr.
BUS 036
ACCOUNTING APPLICATIONS
3 cr.
BUS& 101
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
5 cr.
or MGMT 100
THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
5 cr.
BUS 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
1-5 cr.
BUS 260
PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
5 cr.
MGMT 101
PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 45-54
Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements section in the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the general education requirements.

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.

Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Communicate effectively using business terminology in written and verbal language.
  • Analyze a target market and develop product, pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies to meet customers' needs at a profit.
  • Identify and demonstrate professional traits and behaviors that apply to job performance in real-world environments.
  • Accurately maintain payroll register as required under federal and state laws.
  • Accurately prepare, interpret, and analyze financial statements for service and merchandising businesses.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Business Administration (AAS)
The Business Administration Applied Science degree is designed for the student who wishes to complete a general business program rather than one of the specialty areas. This degree requires a core of business courses as well as additional courses that can be structured to meet a student's individual needs.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
MATHB065
FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS MATHEMATICS
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
BTEC 147
PROFESSIONAL SELF-DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
ECON 101
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS
3 cr.
or ECON&202
MACRO ECONOMICS
5 cr.
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
BTEC 100
KEYBOARDING (3 credits required)
1-3 cr.
BTEC 150
COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS
5 cr.
BUS 028
BASIC ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES
3 cr.
BUS 029
BASIC ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES
3 cr.
BUS 036
ACCOUNTING APPLICATIONS
3 cr.
BUS& 101
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
5 cr.
or MGMT 100
THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
5 cr.
BUS 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (5 credits required)
1-5 cr.
BUS 260
PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
5 cr.
MGMT 101
PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
3 cr.
Additional Major Area Electives
Select sufficient credits from the following areas to reach the degree total of 90 credits:
  • Business Administration (BUS)

  • Economics (ECON)

  • Supervisory Management (MGMT)

  • Microcomputer Applications (BTEC - 6 credit maximum)
Total Required Credits: 90
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Communicate effectively using business terminology in written and verbal language.
  • Analyze a target market and develop product, pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies to meet customers' needs at a profit.
  • Identify and demonstrate professional traits and behaviors that apply to job performance in real-world environments.
  • Accurately maintain payroll register as required under federal and state laws.
  • Accurately prepare, interpret, and analyze financial statements for service and merchandising businesses.
  • Use micro- and macroeconomic concepts to analyze domestic and global business situations.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Business Administration Transfer to WSU Vancouver (AA)

The broad field of business provides for a wide variety of career opportunities. Some of the professions open to those with a business administration degree are business executive and manager, financial manager, health services manager, hotel and motel manager, public administrator, restaurant manager, and small business operator/entrepreneur.

Typical duties might include developing and administering business plans to increase profits; identifying strategies and implementing policies for maintaining good relations with customers and the community; interacting with other key managers within the organization to establish goals overseeing the finances of a department or the entire organization; and supervising, training and evaluating staff members.

Students may select an area of specialization (e.g., accounting, finance, marketing, management, Human Resources and Management Informational Systems) in which to major as their transfer institution. Students should check with individual colleges to meet specific requirements.

This is a program for the first two years of major study in Business Administration. Contact a WSU Vancouver advisor to determine required coursework as early as possible.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills (5 credits required)
 
MATH 105
FINITE MATHEMATICS
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
Health & Physical Education
3 cr.
Oral Communications (5 credits required)
 
Humanities (15 credits required)
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Additional Humanities Courses
10 cr.
Social Sciences (15 credits required)
ECON&201
MICRO ECONOMICS
5 cr.
ECON&202
MACRO ECONOMICS
5 cr.
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
or SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
5 cr.
Natural Sciences (15 credits required)
MATH&148
BUSINESS CALCULUS
5 cr.
Natural Sciences*
10 cr.
Major Area Requirement
ACCT&201
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I
5 cr.
ACCT&202
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II
5 cr.
ACCT&203
PRIN OF ACCOUNTING III
5 cr.
BUS 203
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS **
3 cr.
BUS 204
INFERENTIAL STATISTICS **
3 cr.
BUS& 201
BUSINESS LAW
5 cr.
General Electives (15 credits required)
General Electives
 
Total Required Credits: 90
* Must earn ten (10) credits in addition to MATH& 148 in Natural Science from two different departments.
A lab course is required.
**All business majors intending to complete a Clark College AA degree must take BUS 203 and 204.
MATH 203 and 204 will NOT meet the requirement for this degree.
General Education Outcomes
  • Information Literacy: Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods.
  • Quantitative: Perform mathematical calculations without the aid of a calculator and solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions.
  • Health & Physical Education: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences.
  • Power, Privilege, and Inequality: Analyze patterns of power, privilege and inequality.
  • Natural Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems, and evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology.
Business DTA/MRP (AA)
This pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for various business majors at universities in Washington state. Effective Fall 2008, this agreement cancels and supersedes the existing statewide Business DTA agreement dated Summer 2003. Prior to Fall 2008, parties to the 2003 Business DTA additionally agree to continue to honor that agreement. Parties to that agreement may honor the April 2006 agreement prior to Fall 2008, if it is advantageous to the student. This agreement shall be subject to review and renewal by all parties not later than Winter 2010.

This document represents the business MRP agreement, an agreement that meets all requirements of Washington's Direct Transfer Agreement, between the baccalaureate institutions offering a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in business administration including accounting, management and management information systems. Baccalaureate institutions party to this agreement are: CWU, EWU, UW (all campuses), WSU (all campuses), WWU, Gonzaga, Heritage, PLU, SMU, SPU, SU, and Walla Walla University.

Students need to make early contact with their potential transfer institutions regarding the specific course choices in each area of the agreement where options are listed (Humanities, Social Science, and Business Law or Introduction to Law) and for electives. Students also need to check with their potential transfer institutions regarding the requirement for overall minimum GPA, a higher GPA in a selected subset of courses, or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses such as math or English.

Students planning on transfer to the University of Washington should contact that institution early as Clark College does not currently offer a class that meets the transfer equivalency for Introduction to Law as required by this degree agreement.

Though this degree does not require such, Clark College students should know that the standard Clark AA degree path has these differences from the MRP defined below:
  1. Clark requires 3 credits of Health-Physical Education coursework,
  2. As of Fall 2011, Clark requires a course in Oral Communication, and
  3. Clark's Social Science distribution requirement stipulates that students take courses from at least three different departments.
Students must also meet the residency requirements as established by Clark. While Clark College has approved offering the degree below, Clark students should keep these requirements in mind should their transfer pathways change.

Students are responsible for researching and preparing for specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions as early as possible prior to transferring.

Please visit the Major Related Programs section of this catalog to view a printable PDF of this document.
Generic DTA Requirements
A. Basic Requirements
1. Communications Skills
10 cr.
2. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirement
5 cr.
Intermediate algebra proficiency is required.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities
15 cr.
2. Social Sciences
15 cr.
3. Natural Sciences
0 cr.
C. Major Requirements
1. Business courses
0 cr.
D. Electives
1. Elective courses
0 cr.
MRP Requirements
A. Basic Requirements
1. English Composition
10 cr.
2. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirement
10 cr.
Must include 5 credits of business calculus, calculus 1 or a higher level math that included calculus as a prerequisite.

May include finite math or precalculus prerequisites for calculus or other courses to prepare for business calculus.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities
15 cr.
Consistent with the requirements in all DTA degrees - no more than 10 credits per discipline area, 5 credits maximum in world languages or ASL. No more than 5 credits of performance/skills classes are allowed.
2. Social Sciences
15 cr.
Microeconomics (5 cr.)
Macroeconomics (5 cr.)
Additional social science - not economics (5 cr.)
3. Natural Sciences
15 cr.
Statistics - business statistics preferred (5 cr.)
Physical, biological, and/or earth science, including at least one lab course (10 cr.)
C. Major Requirements
1. Business Courses
20 cr.
Intro to Financial Accounting (5 cr.)
Financial Accounting II (5 cr.)
Managerial Accounting (5 cr.)
Business Law or Introduction to Law (5 cr.)
D. Electives
1. Electives
5 cr.
Clark College Equivalents
A. Basic Requirements
1. Communication Skills
 
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
or ENGL&235
TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
2. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning
 
Course 1
MATH&148
BUSINESS CALCULUS
5 cr.
or MATH&151
CALCULUS I
5 cr.
or MATH&152
CALCULUS II
5 cr.
or MATH&153
CALCULUS III
5 cr.
or MATH 215
LINEAR ALGEBRA
5 cr.
or MATH 221
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
5 cr.
or MATH&254
CALCULUS IV
5 cr.
Course 2
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
or MATH 105
FINITE MATHEMATICS
5 cr.
MATH 111
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
5 cr.
or MATH&152
CALCULUS II
5 cr.
or MATH&153
CALCULUS III
5 cr.
or MATH 215
LINEAR ALGEBRA
5 cr.
or MATH 221
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
5 cr.
or MATH&254
CALCULUS IV
5 cr.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities
 
15 quarter credits of Humanities as defined in the Clark College catalog.
(CMST&220 is strongly recommended)
2. Social Sciences
 
ECON&201
MICRO ECONOMICS
5 cr.
ECON&202
MACRO ECONOMICS
5 cr.
Social Science outside Economics
5 cr.
3.Natural Sciences
 
BUS 203
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
3 cr.
or MATH 203
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
3 cr.
BUS 204
INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
3 cr.
or MATH 204
INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
3 cr.
Natural Science coursework, including 1 lab as defined by Clark College
10 cr.
C. Major Requirements
1. Business Courses (for all schools except UW)
 
ACCT&201
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I
5 cr.
ACCT&202
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II
5 cr.
ACCT&203
PRIN OF ACCOUNTING III
5 cr.
BUS& 201
BUSINESS LAW
5 cr.
D. Electives
1. Elective Courses
5 cr.
Notes
A. Basic Requirements
1. Communication Skills
 
ENGL& 102 is REQUIRED at Eastern Washington University.
B. Distribution Requirements
1. Humanities
 
Students intending the international business major should consult their potential transfer institutions regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major. 5 credits in world languages may apply to the Humanities requirement.

CMST&220 is specifically required for WSUV business transfer.
3. Natural Sciences
 
Students intending the manufacturing management major at WWU should consult WWU regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major.
C. Major Requirements
1. Business Courses
 
Universities with a lower division Business Law requirement: UW (all campuses), WSU (all campuses), EWU, CWU, WWU, Gonzaga, SMU, SPU, and Whitworth.

The following institutions do not require a lower division Business Law course and agree to accept the course taken as part of this degree as a lower division elective, but generally not as an equivalent to the course required at the upper division: Heritage, PLU, SU, and Walla Walla University.

International students who completed a business law course specific to their home country must take a business law course at a U.S. institution in order to demonstrate proficiency in in U.S. business law.
D. Electives
1. Elective Courses
 
Five institutions have requirements for admission to the major that go beyond those specified above. Students can meet these requirements by careful selection of the elective University Course Equivalent to:

  • WSU (all campuses): Management Information Systems MIS 250

  • Gonzaga: Management Information Systems BMIS 235

  • PLU: Computer applications CSCE 120, either an equivalent course or skills test

  • SPU: Spreadsheet BUS 1700, either an equivalent course or skills test

  • WWW: Introduction to Business Computer Systems MIS 220 (for transfer students entering fall 2014)

Total Required Credits: 90 Minimum
General Education Outcomes
  • Information Literacy: Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods.
  • Quantitative: Perform mathematical calculations without the aid of a calculator and solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions.
  • Health & Physical Education: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences.
  • Power, Privilege, and Inequality: Analyze patterns of power, privilege and inequality.
  • Natural Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems, and evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology.