Certificate in Business Studies

Coursework Required for a Certificate in Business Studies

Eighteen semester hours of coursework as follows:

ACCT 251 Principles of Financial Accounting (3)

ACCT 252 Using Accounting Information (3)

BUS 112 Introduction to Business (3)

BUS 223 Personal and Family Finance (3)

BUS 308 Business Law (3)

CIS 110 Introduction to Computers (3)

To the right is a list of those courses which a student must complete for a Certificate in Business Studies. This certificate normally requires one academic year (two semesters) to complete on a part-time basis (see Suggested Schedule). Those who plan to complete the certificate over two or more years can take one or two courses a semester. These courses are not available in the summer session.

Program Purpose

The purpose of this certificate program is to provide a general foundation in business through developing or enhancing business skills and knowledge.

Program Objectives

On successful completion of this program, a student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of business concepts as a foundation for studying other business subjects;

  • Develop a personal financial plan;

  • Apply ethical issues and as well as state and federal laws to selected business decision-making situations;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems;

  • Prepare financial statements and demonstrate understanding of the role of financial information in decision-making and related ethical considerations; and

  • Analyze and interpret transactions relating to managerial concepts including product-costing systems.

Program Prerequisite

This program is open only to regular (matriculated) students.

Program Requirements

For graduation, a student must have completed a minimum of 18 semester hours consisting of ACCT 251, 252, BUS 112, 223, 308 and CIS 110 with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the 18 semester hours applicable to the certificate. A student can not apply more than 15 semester hours credit to a certificate when earned through the Open Learning Program. Generally, it is best for one to apply for admission as a regular (matriculated) student upon deciding on a specific certificate, diploma or degree. See Applying for Online Study or Applying for On-Campus Study.

Program Advisement

Each student entering the Certificate in Business Studies program has an assigned adviser who will be available for program advisement and career information. An adviser helps a student create a workable plan to meet his or her educational objectives within a reasonable time period.

Application for Graduation

For the conferring of the certificate students should apply for graduation in the semester they plan to graduate. An Application for Graduation must be filed with the Registrar by midterm for graduation that semester.