• Program: Business
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
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A Business Analyst is a person who acts as a liaison or translator between business people who have a business problem and technology people who know how to create automated solutions to those problems. There is a demand for people who have technology expertise and the ability to apply business knowledge in solving problems face to face. Skill development includes training in areas such as business, management, finance, information systems, systems analysis, business law and e-business. Other areas may also include database concepts, data analysis tools and project management. To be a Business Analyst, a person must have other qualities. Some of these qualities include the ability to work well with others, the desire to be part of a team, and the ability to work with the unknown. Others include critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, questioning, diplomacy, and negotiation, along with good oral and written communication skills.

Career Opportunities

This occupational area includes the following career titles: Business Analyst, Technical Process Analyst, and Systems Analyst, to name a few. Business analysts work within banks, insurance companies, healthcare facilities, government agencies, educational institutions, retail industries, and various service and manufacturing businesses.

Award Outcomes:

  • Solve business problems using critical thinking and decision making techniques.
  • Utilize business software applications to manage data.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and team building skills.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills in business communications.
  • Practice professional and ethical behavior.
  • Practice essential business analysis techniques.
  • Apply management concepts to business problems.
  • Utilize financial concepts in analysis of business problems.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 44 Credits
General Education Requirements 12 Credits
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
  • Choose one of the following:
  • COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
  • COMM2060 Small Group Communication 3
  • COMM2130 Public Speaking 3
  • Choose one of the following: Any course from Goal_2 (Critical Thinking)
    Goal_4 (Mathematical/Logical Reasoning) of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3
  • Choose one of the following: Any course from Goal_5 (History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences)
    Goal_9 (Ethics and Civic Responsibility) of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 4 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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