The intent of this degree is to prepare students for careers and/or higher education in business and computer information, generally, or in specific disciplines within this broad designation.
This degree emphasizes training that will enable students to lead, direct, plan, organize, and respond to a variety of challenges. It stresses problem-solving skills involved in making managerial, financial, and technical decisions based on available data, tools, and resources. Courses in the program study the elements of creative thinking and interpretation used in the process of transmitting information graphically. Students are acquainted with the concepts, theories, and terminology critical to their area of emphasis.
Complete a minimum of 18 units from the following courses listed below, including a minimum of 12 units selected from at least three of the business science disciplines. Students may only complete up to 3 units of CWE 168 from the related disciplines. See an IVC counselor for course substitution if a course is not available.
Business Science Disciplines
Computer Information Management:
Students may count a maximum of 6 units from the courses listed below toward the 18-unit requirement.
To obtain the Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in Business, students will have to:
- The CSU General Education Certification pattern, a minimum of 39 units.
- The IGETC Certification pattern, a minimum of 36 units.
- The IVC Associate Degree General Education pattern, a minimum of 31 units.
- Complete a minimum of 18 units from the courses listed above, including a minimum of 12 units selected from at least three of the business science disciplines.
- Complete any elective, degree-applicable courses needed to bring the total number of units to 60.
- Maintain a 2.0 overall GPA and a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P” in all courses taken in the area of emphasis.
- Satisfy the residency and competency requirements as stated on About Degrees, Certificates, and Transfer Planning .
Students are advised to consult with faculty in the fields of interest within the emphasis to identify career areas and to consult with a counselor to clarify graduation requirements and/or to determine specific transfer paths. The courses within each concentration described in the emphasis represent clusters of courses designed to prepare students for common traditional university major areas of study, for certificate programs, or for technical education certificates.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the AA degree with emphasis in business, students will be able to
- Describe the relationship between profit and risk, and discuss how businesses and nonprofit organizations can raise the standard of living for all.
- Discuss the importance of the global market and the roles of comparative advantage and absolute advantage in global trade.
- Explain why effective communication, i.e. the sharing of information, helps an organization gain a competitive advantage, and describe the communication process.
- Explain the role of operations management in achieving superior quality, efficiency, and responsiveness to customers.
- Demonstrate the use of current technology resources to collect and analyze data and to access, evaluate, and present information in solving problems and making decisions.
- Apply computing techniques to solve common business problems, to manipulate and interpret data, and to disseminate the data, methodology, analysis, and results.