General Business

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in General Business program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish a broad overview of business and desire not to enroll in a specialized curriculum in business. The program is designed to acquaint students with major subject areas of business, to improve the student's business vocabulary, and to provide students with an understanding of influencing factors in business decision making and activities. In addition, this program may aid a student in recognizing a specific business field to be pursued in future studies. Although many courses will transfer to a four-year institution, some courses do not. This curriculum is not designed to meet the needs of students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.


Major Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ACC111Accounting Principles I3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
GBS110Human Relations in Business and Industry (3) OR
MGT175Business Organization and Management (3) OR
MGT251Human Relations in Business (3)3
GBS151Introduction to Business3
GBS205Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Business3
GBS233Business Communication3
MKT271Principles of Marketing3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should select eighteen (18) credits from the following courses.
Any 100/200 level prefixed courses may be selected, except courses used to satisfy the Required Courses area.
ACC+++++Any ACC Accounting course(s)
GBS+++++Any GBS General Business course(s)
MGT+++++Any MGT Management course(s)
MKT+++++Any MKT Marketing course(s)
EPS+++++Any EPS Entrepreneurial Studies course(s)
IBS+++++Any IBS International Business course(s)
REA+++++Any REA Real Estate course(s)
SBS+++++Any SBS Small Business Management course(s)
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet3
CIS117DMMicrosoft Access: Database Management3
CIS133DAInternet/Web Development Level I3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3)
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
SBU200Society and Business (3)
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area.
  • Identify, describe, and use the fundamental principles and practices of accounting. (ACC111)
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of computer information systems, computer concepts, microcomputer applications, and programming techniques. (CIS105)
  • Describe and explain the fundamental theories and concepts of human relations in business and industry. (GBS110, MGT175, MGT251)
  • Identify the fundamental characteristics and functions of modern business, including business principles, marketing, labor relations, and business risk. (GBS151)
  • Identify and define legal theories, ethical issues, and regulatory climate affecting business policies and decisions. (GBS205)
  • Create and analyze internal and external business communications, including various verbal and nonverbal techniques. (GBS233)
  • Identify marketing environments and segmentation, and explain the importance of marketing planning, forecasting, and research. (MKT271)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.