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Business & Accounting

Understand the complex legal and economic environments in which businesses operate.

About

An Associate of Arts in Business degree opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors such as commerce, government, media, and nonprofit work. The bachelor's degree you earn after transferring to a 4-year institution can pave the way to starting or running your own business, positions in entry-level management, bookkeeping, market analysis and many other careers.

Program Description

TCC's business transfer program offers coursework covering the first half of a 4-year business school curriculum.

Accounting: Many successful business people started in accounting, from business owners to chief executive officers. A bachelor's degree in accounting can lead to a career in public accounting, banking, private industry, entrepreneurship or in the government sector, among many others.

Economics: A sought-after subject, economics opens up valuable ways of thinking about the world with extremely broad application in the private and public sectors. Careers in planning, administration, management, logistics, securities analysis, and organization can follow your learning economic principles. Understanding basic economic phenomena like global investment, inflation, interest rates, market structures, and equity can help you better comprehend world events as well as improve your own entrepreneurial skills.

Planning Your Educational Pathway

TCC's Associate of Arts in Business degree can lead to many career pathways. Meet with your advisor early to make sure you're preparing to transfer into the program of your choice at the school of your choice. 

 

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! 

Business and Accounting Transfer Degree

Start on the pathway to a career in business, accounting, economics, and related fields with an Associate of Arts in Business.

Requirements
Distribution Requirements 
Career Options

Associate of Arts in Business Degree

(90 credits: 15 credits Basic Requirements, 70 credits Distribution Requirements, 5 credits Electives)

  • 90 quarter credit hours in courses numbered 100 or above
  • At least 30 applicable credits must be earned at Tacoma Community College
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the degree and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all TCC college-level courses
  • At least one course applied to the degree must be an approved multicultural course
  • No more than three physical education activity credits will apply toward the degree.

Approved multicultural courses are identified on the Approved Distribution Course List and in the Credit Course Descriptions. 

Degree Worksheet (PDF) Associate of Arts in Business Degree
2018-2019 Distribution Course List (PDF)

 

 

Basic Requirements (20 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
Written Communication Skills  10 credits  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 1 5
ENGL& 102 or Argument and Persuasion 5
ENGL 103 College Composition: Writing about Literature 5
Quantitative Skills 5 credits  
MATH& 148 or Business Calculus (preferred) 5
MATH& 151 Calculus 5

 

(70 credits Distribution and Major Requirements) 

HUMANITIES (15 CREDITS)

  • Select courses from at least two disciplines on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • Select no more than 10 credits from any one discipline.
  • Select no more than 5 credits in world language at the 100 level.
  • Select no more than five credits of performance/skills course(s).

SOCIAL SCIENCE (15 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Name Credits
ECON&201 Micro Economics 5
ECON& 202 Macro Economics 5
Additional Social Science Course  Select a non-economics course from the Approved Distribution Course List. 5


MULTICULTURAL

At least five credits applied to the degree must be an approved multicultural course. Approved multicultural courses are identified on the Approved Distribution Course List and in the Credit Course Descriptions.

NATURAL SCIENCES (15 CREDITS)

  • Select 5 credits from the MATH courses in the Quantitative/ Symbolic Reasoning section of the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • Select 10 credits from the courses listed as Biological, Earth, and Physical Sciences on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • At least one course must be a laboratory course.

STATISTICS (5 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Name Credits
BUS 256 (preferred) Statistical Analysis 5
or MATH&146 Introduction to Statistics 5

BUSINESS (20 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Name Credits
ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I  
ACCT& 202 Principles of Accounting II  
ACCT& 203 Principles of Accounting III  
BUS& 201 Business Law  

College-Level Electives (5 credits)

Elective courses must be numbered 100 or above.

Total: 90 credits

Find your career path

Business and accounting majors find employment in every sector of the job market, and this major serves as a starting point for a huge variety of careers. As a business and accounting major, you might:

  • Start your own business
  • Perform accounting or bookkeeping functions for a corporation, non-profit, or government entity
  • Serve as CFO of a corporation, non-profit, or government entity
  • Specialize in assisting individuals or businesses complete tax returns
  • Manage financial investments for clients
  • Perform financial audits

Research careers for this area of study. 

 

 

Questions?

Contact Business and Accounting Chair Matthew Mburu