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.

Associate in Business DTA/MRP Degree (Transfer)

The Associate in Business DTA/MRP degree is a 90-credit transfer degree designed for students who plan to attend a four-year college or university and major in business. To earn the Business DTA/MRP degree, students must complete coursework in English composition, math, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and specific business requirements.

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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.

UPDATED 6/24/16
Business Administration (AAS)
This program is designed for the student who wishes to complete a general, broad-based program. This degree requires a balanced core of business courses to introduce professional careers in business, with additional courses that can be structured to meet a student’s individual needs. This program enables a student to acquire skills for entry-level positions in both the profit and non-profit sectors.

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.

Certificate of Proficiency Completed accounts for 56-60 of necessary credits.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills- satisfied in the CPs.
 
Human Relations - satisfied in the CPs.
 
Social Sciences - satisfied in the CPs.
 
Major Area Requirements
BUS 029
BASIC ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES
3 cr.
BUS 036
ACCOUNTING APPLICATIONS
3 cr.
BUS 110
CUSTOMER SERVICE
3 cr.
BUS& 201
BUSINESS LAW
5 cr.
BUS 211
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
3 cr.
BUS 260
PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
5 cr.
Additional Major Area Electives
Complete a minimum of 8 to 9 additional credits from the following areas:

  • Accounting (ACCT)

  • Business Administration (BUS)

  • Economics (ECON)

  • Supervisory Management (MGMT)

  • Computer Applications (BTEC - 6 credit maximum)

and

Complete as many General Elective (GE) courses as needed to reach the total of 90 credits required by the degree.
Total Required Credits: 90-94
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Accurately prepare, interpret, and analyze financial statements for service and merchandising businesses.
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts. (GE)
  • 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 required under federal and state laws.
  • Use micro- and macroeconomic concepts to analyze domestic and global business situations.
  • Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Demonstrate an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems. (GE)
Business DTA/MRP (AA)
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.

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.
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
 
D. Electives
1. Elective courses
 
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
(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
9-10 cr.
*Students can apply up to 6 credits in statistics coursework toward the natural sciences requirement.
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
PRINCIPLES 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
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts. (GE)
  • Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology. (GE)
  • Demonstrate an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)