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Associate of Applied Science Degree and Certificates

Achieve certificates and apply them toward an Associate of Applied Science degree. Or obtain a specialized business certificate.

Want to start your own business? Interested in the way goods and services are moved around the world? Looking to advance in your existing career or try something new? This degree allows you to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business focusing on either Entrepreneurship or Global Logistics. It's designed so that students earn certificates which add up to a degree.

Don't need a degree at this time? This program also offers specialized certificates intended for those who want to update their skills. Specialized certificates can be taken individually or as part of the degree.

Which degree or certificate is right for me?

We offer a number of degrees and certificates in Business, Accounting, and related subjects. Make sure you choose the program that will help you meet your goals! 

Several Options for You

Achieve certificates and apply them toward an Associate of Applied Science degree. Or obtain a specialized business certificate.

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Take an interest assessment and find out if Global Logistics or Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management might be a good fit for you! Then learn more about what it's like to work in this specialized area of business.

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GLOBAL LOGISTICS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & SMALL BUSINESS MGMT

Students will learn to improve interpersonal communication, become leaders and motivators for employees and peers, solve problems creatively, and make effective decisions. This training may be used to develop knowledge and skills that will help students be competitive for a new job, or for job retention and advancement in a current position.

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Sciences in Business, students will:

  • Be competitive for a wide variety of entry-level jobs in Transportation, Warehousing, and Importing/Exporting (Global Logistics Concentration).
  • Be able to start and market their own business (Entrepreneurship Concentration).
  • Communicate effectively about business management issues.
  • Demonstrate competence with a wide variety of electronic tools to research, manage and present information in writing.
  • Provide outstanding customer service.

Upon completion of this applied science associate degree program, students may continue their education and work towards a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in a business-related field at a number of Washington State Community and Technical colleges. Those students intending to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a Bachelor of Business degree may be required to take additional courses depending on the requirements of the particular program or degree. Students who plan to transfer should meet with the program chair to plan their course selection and sequence.

Students must assess above or complete ENGL 95 and MATH 85 for many of the courses within the program, but can work on these prerequisites during their first two quarters.

 

Certificates

The following certificates are taken as you work towards the AAS degree.

1. Customer Service Certificate
2. Marketing Certificate
3. Management Certificate

(12 credits)

Prepares students to deliver consistently superior customer service, both internally and externally.

 

Number Title Credits Quarter
BUS 102 Customer Service  2 F,W,SP,S
BUS 164 Leadership and Human Relations  5 F,W,SP,S
CU 105 Word I, Excel I  5 F,W,SP,S

(23 additional credits = total 35 credits)

Prepares students for entry-level opportunities in organizations that provide products, or with direct marketing agencies. To complete the Marketing certificate, you must first complete the 12-credit Customer Service certificate.

Number Title Credits Quarter
BUS 101 Introduction to Business  5 F,W,SP,S
BUS 110 Business Math 
(may substitute MATH 147 for BUS 110 if transfer-level math is needed)
5 F,W,SP,S
BUS 140 Marketing and Business Development  5 W,SP
BUS 257 Social Media for Business  3 F,W
ENGL& 101 English Composition  5 F,W,SP,S

(18 additional credits = total 53 credits)

Prepares students to effectively manage small-scale projects in a variety of first-line settings To complete the Management certificate you must first complete the 37-credit Marketing Certificate.

 

Number Title Credits Quarter
BUS 163 Management. Principles and Organizational Systems 
5 F,SP
BUS 165 Human Resource Management 
3 F,SP
BUS 232 Project Management  5 W,SP
CMST& 101
or CMST 110
Introduction to Communication or Multicultural Communication  5 F,W,SP,S

Associate of Applied Science Degree

To complete the Associates in Applied Science degree in Business, you must first complete the 53-credit Management certificate (above) and then complete the courses listed below, plus one of the areas of concentration.

Requirements
Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management Concentration
Global Logistics Concentration

(20 additional credits + area of concentration = total 93-94 credits)

 

Core Requirements
Number Title Credits  
ACCT 101 Practical Accounting I 5 F,W,SP
BUS 150 Global Business  5 F,W
BUS& 201 Business Law  5 F,W,SP,S
BUS 280 Career Readiness  2 W,SP
LOG 112 Importing and Exporting  3 F,W,SP,S

(20 credits)

Prepares students who wish to start a new business or better understand small to mid-sized business opportunities.

 

Requirements
Number Title Credits Quarter
BUS 160 Small Business Entrepreneurship  5 F,SP
BUS 260 Small Business Operations  5 W
BUS 290 Internship or 5 elective credits from ACCT, BUS, LOG, or IT  5 F,W,SP,S
BUS 295 Entrepreneurial & Innovative Mindset  5 SP

(21 credits)

Prepares students active in the transportation and logistics industry or those wishing to gain a big picture perspective about the international aspects of logistics and technology needed to make the transportation of goods more efficient.

 

Requirements
Number Title Credits Quarter
LOG 102 Transportation and Distribution  5 F
LOG 104 Warehousing and Inventory Management  5 SP
LOG 110 International Logistics  3 W
LOG 115 Logistics Security and Risk Management 3 SP
BUS 290 Internship  5 F,W,SP

 

Specialized Business Certificates

While the Entrepreneurship, Global Transportation and Secure Logistics, Human Resource Specialist, and Retail Leadership certificates are not areas of concentration, they may be applied to satisfy requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree in Business.

Entrepreneurship
 Global Transportation & Secure Logistics
Human Resource Specialist
Retail Management (WAFC)

(26 credits)

This certificate is designed to provide students with an entrepreneurial mindset and the business skills to create a sustainable venture.

 

Number Title Credits Quarter
ACCT 101 Practical Accounting I 
(may substitute ACCT& 201)
5 F,W,SP
BUS 140 Marketing & Business Development  5 W,SP
BUS 160 Small Business Entrepreneurship  5 F,SP
BUS 257 Social Media  3 F,W
BUS 295 Entrepreneurial & Innovative Mindset  5 SP
LOG 112 Importing and Exporting  3 W,SP

(21 credits)

This certificate is designed to provide a big-picture perspective of the transportation and logistics industry and the international aspects of logistics and technology needed to make the transportation of goods more efficient. 

 

 

 

Number Title Credits Quarter
LOG 102 Transportation and Distribution  5 F
LOG 104 Warehousing and Inventory Management  5 SP
LOG 110 International Logistics  3 W
LOG112 Importing and Exporting  3 W,SP

BUS 150

Global Business  5 F,W

(20 credits)

Designed for students preparing for a career in Human Resources. This certificate is for individuals who are in the workforce and are returning to school to enhance their skills.

 

Number Title Credits Quarter
ACCT 145 Payroll and Business Taxes  5 SP
BUS 102 Customer Service  2 F,W,SP,S
BUS 163 Management Principles and Organizational Systems  5 F,SP
BUS 164 Leadership and Human Relations  5 F,W,SP,S
BUS 165 Human Resource Management  3 F,SP

(48 credits)

The WAFC Retail Management certificate program is a 10-course college-level program that has been fully endorsed by the Washington Association of Food Chains and its member companies. The certificate's curriculum was developed out of a collaborative effort between several food industry and college professionals and encompasses several business essentials, including the "soft skills" of management and communication required for career success in the retail food industry.

 

Number Title Credits Quarter
ACCT 101

Practical Accounting I (may substitute ACCT& 201) 

5 F,W,SP
BUS 110 Business Math (may substitute MATH 147)  5 F,W,SP,S
BUS 140 Marketing & Business Development  5 W,SP
BUS 145 Retailing Management  5 F,W
BUS 163 Management Principles and Organizational Systems  5 F,SP

BUS 164

Leadership and Human Relations  5 F,W,SP,S

BUS 165

Human Resource Management  3 F,SP

CMST& 101

Introduction to Communication  5 F,W,SP,S

CU 105

Word I, Excel I 

5 F,W,SP,S

ENGL& 101

English Composition I 

5 F,W,SP,S

 

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