Catalog Year 2017/2018


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.




Karen Wilson
Program Manager

Marty Crabbs
Business Advisor

Doree Lynn Miles
Academic Office Manager

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Students are able to meet all course requirements for this degree from the college’s selection of online courses.
  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement. 
  • CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements.
Course Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics  Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution before selecting their Mathematics course.
MA201–Applied Calculus  or
MA 130–College Algebra
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Two courses selected from two different disciplines
Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution before selecting electives
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–Information Systems and Technology  3
PE/Health Requirement 1/3
Departmental Requirements
ACCT 101–Principles of Accounting I 3
ACCT 102–Principles of Accounting II 3
BU 103–Introduction to Business 3
EC 201–Principles of Economics  3
EC 202–Principles of Economics 3
BU/MA 205–Business Statistics 3
Electives  10
Total 60

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.
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 Demonstrate the ability to work effectively and cooperatively as part of a team/work group. 

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.


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.