There is a need for technical professionals to broaden their horizons and enhance their skills. This flexible award lets you bundle technical courses with business skills courses so you can enhance your technical training with the most relevant soft skills. There is a demand for people who have the ability to apply business knowledge in solving problems. To be successful in business a person must have qualities that include the ability to work well with others, the desire to be part of a team, and the ability to work in a rapidly changing environment. Others include critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, questioning, diplomacy, and negotiation, along with good oral and written communication skills.

Program Title:

Award Type:
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
Award Outcomes:
  • Solve business problems using critical thinking and decision making techniques.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and team building skills.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills in business communications.
  • Practice professional and ethical behavior.
  • Apply marketing concepts and strategies to business decision making.
  • Apply management concepts to business problems.
  • Utilize financial concepts in analysis of business problems.

Career Opportunities:
This occupational area includes the following career titles: Business Manager or Business Specialist. Business managers work in every industry including finance, real estate, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, automotive and retail.

Choose Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60 credits from the following areas:
Technical Studies Required: 29 Credits
ACCT1000 Introduction to Accounting 3
ACCT1102 Principles of Accounting I 4
ACCT1410 Business Finance 3
ACCT2155 Financial Accounting 4
BUSN1000 Introduction to Business 3
BUSN1010 Marketing Concepts and Strategies 4
BUSN1051 Introduction to Management 4
BUSN1100 Supervision 3
BUSN1140 Business Law 3
BUSN1200 Managerial Communication 3
BUSN1510 Entrepreneurship 3
Technical Studies Electives: 16 Credits
Technical Studies Electives: 16 Credits (at least 10 credits must be from Business (BUSN); the remaining 6 credits can be from any of the three areas: ACCT, BUSN, and CCIS.)
ACCT1111 Payroll Accounting 3
ACCT1125 Excel 3
ACCT1130 Great Plains Accounting 3
ACCT1135 QuickBooks 3
BUSN1020 Introduction to Selling 3
BUSN1030 Professional Development 3
BUSN1040 Computer Applications for Sales 2
BUSN1060 Territory/Account Management 3
BUSN1070 Manage Customer Relations 3
BUSN1080 Sales Account Analysis 3
BUSN1090 Consultative Selling 4
BUSN1150 Introduction to Service and Work Team Strategies 3
BUSN1170 Supervised Occupational Experience 4
BUSN1300 E-Business 3
BUSN1500 Database Concepts and Data Analysis Tools 3
BUSN2000 Business Analysis 4
BUSN2010 Requirements Management with Use Cases 3
BUSN2100 Capstone 3
CCIS1000 Information Systems 3
CCIS1080 Microsoft Office 2013 3
CCIS1101 Windows 8 3
CCIS2055 Project Management 3
CCIS2801 Systems Analysis 4
General Education Required: 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
General Education Electives: 3 Credits
Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).