Business Management


Designed for students seeking immediate employment in entry-level management or management trainee positions upon completion of the program or for individuals desiring to start their own businesses. Although the majority of the coursework will transfer to other institutions, the program is oriented toward employment preparation.

The Business Management AAS can be completed entirely online. For details, see Learning Online.


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Doree Lynn Miles
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Course Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
HS 102–Human Relations ‡ 3
Arts & Humanities  
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
CIS 101–Introduction to Computers & Information Processing 3
Any GenEd Wellness Elective or any other GenEd Elective course & a PE course 3/4
Other Requirements  
ACCT 101–Principles of Accounting I 3
BU 103–Introduction to Business 3
BU 116–Global Business Simulation (Business Practice Firm)  or  
INTR 103–Internship 3
BU 211–Business Law I  3
BU 227–Principles of Management  or  
BU 272–Supervisory Management 3
CIS 111E–Microcomputer Software Apps: Spreadsheets 3
Choose seven (7) of the following courses:  
ACCT 100–Business Accounting (3)  
ACCT 102–Principles of Accounting II  (3)  
ACCT 111–Computerized Accounting (3)  
ACCT 117–Payroll Accounting  (3)  
ACCT 203–Managerial Cost Accounting (3)  
BU 107–Business Mathematics (3)  
BU 109–Entrepreneurship and Small Business Enterprise (3)  
BU 116–Global Business Simulation (Business Practice Firm) (if not taken as a required course)  (3)  
BU 212–Business Law II (3)  
BU 213–Principles of Finance (3)  
BU 221–Public Relations (3)  
BU 223–Human Resource Management (3)  
BU 225–Marketing (3)  
BU 227–Principles of Management (if not taken as a required course) (3)  
BU 272–Supervisory Management (if not taken as a required course) (3)  
BU 273–Business Communications (3)  
BU 274–Customer Relations (3)  
BU 275–Fundamentals of Leadership (3)  
CIS 111B–Microcomputer Software Apps: Database (3)  
CIS 111R–Business Software Applications (3)  
CIS 116–Choose 3 electives from CIS 116B, C, D, K, P, Q  (3)  
EC 201–Principles of Economics (Macro) (3)  
EC 202–Principles of Economics (Micro) (3)  
INTR 103–Internship (if not taken as a required course) (3)  
Total 60/63
‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. HS 102 fulfills this requirement. 

Designed for students desiring to start their own businesses whether sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation. Coursework covers basic information on business practices. All credits earned can be applied toward the Entrepreneurship Certificate and Business Management A.A.S. degree.

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Courses Credits
ACCT 101–Principles of Accounting I 3
BU 103–Introduction to Business  3
BU 109–Entrepreneurship and Small Business Enterprise 3
BU 225–Marketing 3
BU 273–Business Communications 3
CIS 101–Introduction to Computers & Information Processing  or  
ACCT 111–Microcomputer Software Apps: Computerized Accounting  or  
CIS 111R–Business Software Applications 3
Total 18

Prepares students for immediate career employment in retail, service and financial industries or enhances current employment in management positions. All courses apply to the Business Management A.A.S. degree.

Gainful Employment Information
Courses Credits
ACCT 101–Principles of Accounting I 3
BU 103–Introduction to Business 3
BU 211–Business Law I 3
BU 223–Human Resource Management 3
BU 227–Principles of Management 3
BU 272–Supervisory Management 3
BU 273–Business Communications 3
BU 275–Fundamentals of Leadership 3
CIS 101–Introduction to Computers & Information Processing 3
EN 101–English Composition 3
HS 102–Human Relations 3
Total 33
SLO # Student Learning Outcome
SLO #1 Demonstrate competence discovering, applying, and thinking critically about basic business, accounting, and computing concepts and trends. 
SLO #2 Identify and analyze ethical issues in business. 
SLO #3 Communicate effectively using multiple communication methods (oral, written, graphic, and electronic). 
SLO #4 Apply computing technologies to solve business problems 

What business degree programs does FCC offer?

  • Two bbusiness 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.
FCC provides a tuition payment plan. Scholarship and loan assistance is available for eligible students. In addition to general scholarships, the following are available to business management students:
  • Routzahn Business Scholarship
  • Frederick Gas Company Scholarship
  • Mercantile/F&M Bank Scholarship
  • Linton & Co. Scholarship
  • Maryland National Bank Scholarship
  • Morgan-Keller Scholarship
  • Alan P.Linton Scholarship
  • James & Dorothy Dinnis Entrepeneurial Scholarship
  • Ron N. Young &W. Bert Anderson City Scholarship
  • Walter P. Feaga Scholarship