Business Administration

Transfer

For students seeking to complete the first two years of a four-year program. Completed coursework can then be transferred to a four-year institution where a bachelor’s degree may be earned with the completion of additional coursework.

The Business Administration AA can be completed entirely online. For details, see Learning Online.

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Marty Crabbs
Program Manager
301.846.2611

Doree Lynn Miles
Academic Office Manager
301.846.2505
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Students are able to meet all course requirements for this degree from the college’s selection of online courses.
 
Courses Credits
English  
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics  
MA 206–Elementary Statistics 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
EC 201–Principles of Economics 3
EC 202–Principles of Economics 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ (Other than EC) 3
Arts & Humanities  
Arts Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Lab course) (GenEd course list) 4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
CIS 101–Introduction to Computers & Information Processing 3
Interdisciplinary Issues Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ or  
Multicultural Issues & Perspectives Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ or  
Wellness Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Other Requirements  
PE/Health Elective (A Wellness course will satisfy this requirement) 1/3
ACCT 101–Principles of Accounting I 3
ACCT 102–Principles of Accounting II 3
BU 103–Introduction to Business 3
Electives ‡ 12
Total 61/66
 
‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. This course may satisfy another requirement in your program. If a specific course is not required, choose at least one course from the Cultural Competence list in the academic catalog. 

What business degree programs does FCC offer?

  • Two business programs are offered:  Business Administration, and Business Management.  In addition there are several shorter certificates.

Why should a student major in business?

  • The business field is dynamic, global, and constantly changing. Whether you want to start your own business or work for another business in areas like marketing, management, financial services, healthcare, human resources, business consulting, logistics, or project management, you will need education in business. 

What is an AA degree in Business Administration - Transfer?

  • This program is designed to prepare students to transfer to and major in business at a four-year college or university.  It articulates completely with most Maryland colleges.  Two years (approximately 60 college credits) at FCC provide the qualifications to be a business major at another school where a further specialization can be in finance, accounting, marketing, human resource management or other areas of interest.  By getting an A.A. degree at FCC, you earn about half the credits you need to get a bachelor’s degree, and save money as well.  About 80% of our business majors choose this option, due to the increased educational requirements for most professional level jobs in business.

What is an AAS degree in Business Management - Career?

  • If a student is interested in becoming an entrepreneur or in advancing to a higher level in a current position, business management offers courses to make this happen.  Flexible course options help the student tailor their program to specific needs.  The program is very flexible and many courses will transfer to other colleges if a four-year college becomes an option.

Are there specific differences between these two degrees?

  • The biggest difference is that the Transfer degree requires more general education courses and fewer technical courses, which makes this degree easier to transfer to four year colleges. The Career degree requires fewer general education courses and more technical courses since it is focused on immediate employment or advancement. Both degrees require approximately 60 college credits.

What purpose is served by certificates?

  • Certificates are a stepping stone allowing a student to take technical business courses and receive recognition for those accomplishments, while still allowing students to use these courses to complete a degree over time. 

Who teaches FCC’s business courses?

  • Our full time and adjunct faculty typically have a master’s degree (or higher) in their field of study, and almost all have significant actual real world experience in business.  In the classroom they integrate real world experience, hands on activities, and textbook theory.

Where can current information be obtained about these programs?

  • The program manager for business studies can help students decide if a business career is realistic for them.  One way to get started is to enroll in Introduction to Business (BU103),  an overview course required for all business students,  exposing them to many facets of business, including management, marketing, entrepreneurship, planning, human resources, operations, and finance.
Students will be able to:
 
  1. Define and apply the concepts of debits and credits and be able to use basic financial statements.
  2. Recognize trends in the environment that affect business.
  3. Determine the differences and similarities between the types of businesses and the legal advantages of each.
  4. Demonstrate effective teamwork and leadership skills.
  5. Define and analyze the concepts of supply and demand and how they affect both businesses and consumers.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use technology to make business decisions and communicate efficiently.

Business Administration

This program is for students who plan on transferring to a four year college/university and earning a bachelor’s degree in a business related major. In today’s competitive marketplace a bachelor’s degree is becoming the minimum requirement for most professional level jobs in management, finance, marketing, human resources, logistics, and other business fields.

Do you like working as part of a team, developing a plan, and seeing it through to completion? Do concepts like leadership, entrepreneurship, marketing, capital structure, employee motivation, marginal costs, risk management, globalization, SWOT, and strategic planning pique your interest? If so, maybe a career in the dynamic world of business is for you. Business majors learn the latest management, technology, and communications skills, enabling them to work in a changing global marketplace. Career paths in business are very diverse; including marketing, general management, financial services, human resources, business consulting, international business, logistics, and project management. As with most careers, earnings and upward mobility are highly related to the level of education you achieve.

Skills You Learn

Students in the Business Administration Transfer A.A. degree program at FCC will take courses in economics, accounting, basic business, computing, statistics, general education and elective courses to prepare them for more advanced business studies at a transfer college. The A.A. degree in Business Administration Transfer also prepares students for entry level jobs or advancement in business prior to transfer.
 

Faculty

In addition to highly qualified full-time faculty, the program utilizes local business professionals who teach on an adjunct basis in their area of education and expertise.
This degree is designed for transfer to most bachelor’s degree granting colleges and universities, however students should carefully coordinate their FCC course selections with an FCC transfer advisor, since each transfer college may require different specific general education or elective courses. For working adult students, FCC has solid transfer relationships with local colleges who specialize in your unique needs – including the Mount Saint Mary’s University Frederick Campus Evening Business Program and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Business Program.