Business Administration 2.0 A.S.-T. Degree (05101.AST)

School of Business and Economics

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The American economy offers ever-increasing opportunities in business careers and Merced College provides training in a variety of business fields. The suggested courses of study prepare the student for immediate employment in business.

The Business Administration program is designed to prepare students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a Bachelor in Arts or Science Degree. Students take classes to complete general education requirements and combine business classes in accounting, computer science, and business law to complete the General Business program. Upon transferring to a four-year college or university, students may choose a concentration in areas such as accounting, business, education, executive secretarial administration, finance, management information, marketing, and real estate.

The Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer degree is designed for students looking to obtain a well-rounded education in Business Administration. Upon completion, students with an AS-T in Business Administration will be eligible to transfer with junior standing into an equivalent major within the California State University (CSU) system. Students will be given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college area of emphasis.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

A. Communicate interpersonally to establish positive business relationships.

B.  Perform a SWOT analysis.

C.  Demonstrate an awareness of the external business environment.

D.  Develop management skills to work with diverse populations.

For an Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer (AS-T), students must complete the following:

  1. 60 semester CSU-transferable units.

  2. the California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

  3. a minimum of 18 semester units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.

  4. obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

  5. earn a grade of C (or P) or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis

Note: Students are not required to complete any additional local graduation requirements for the AS-T (e.g., PE and Computer and Information Literacy courses).

Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.

Program Requirements:

Program Core: (21 Units)


ACTG-04A Financial Accounting


ACTG-04B Managerial Accounting


BUS-10 Introduction to Business


BUS-18A Business Law


ECON-01 Introduction to Microeconomics


ECON-02 Introduction to Macroeconomics


List A: Select 1 of the following (3 units minimum):

MATH-03 Calculus for Business (4)
MATH-04A Calculus I (4)
MATH-15 Finite Mathematics (3)


List B: Select 1 of the following (3 units minimum):

MATH-10 Elementary Statistics (3)
PSYC-05 Introduction to Statistics in Psychology (3)


Total Units Toward Major: (27-28 units)

Total Units that may be double counted: (-9 Units)

General Education (CSU-GE or IGETC) Units: (37-39 Units)

Elective (CSU Transferable) Units: (2-5 Units)

Total Degree Units: (60 Units)

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Contact Information


Caroline Dawson


(209) 384-6120

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(209) 381-6478

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