Business

Associate in Science, 60 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, 100% Online
PROGRAM STARTS: Fall, Spring & Summer
COURSE PLAN: Four Semesters
PROGRAM SHEET: PRINT

This program can be completed entirely online. For more information on how to get started with online classes, visit the Distance Learning page.

Description

Business Department Mission Statement: Riverland's Business Department provides globally accredited business degrees and transfer options to achieve professional and personal goals.

The Department offers high quality, flexible, affordable on-campus and online educational opportunities in a culturally sensitive learning environment promoting lifelong learning and community engagement while enhancing personal development.

What doors to success are wide open for business degree graduates?

The answer is that many doors will be open to you. The business field is very flexible so you can follow your dreams and pursue a career that fits your personal strengths and interests or pursue a four-year university degree. This degree establishes a solid business foundation.  By completing an Associate in Science (AS) degree, you are preparing for an immediate career in the expanding field of business, upgrading skills, or transferring to a Minnesota State four-year university or guaranteed transfer agreement partner. 

This degree meets the Minnesota State Business Transfer Pathway curriculum requirements.  Students have an opportunity to earn course credits that directly transfer to designated College of Business degree programs at Minnesota State universities.  The entire curriculum has been carefully designed to meet bachelor's degree program requirements for transfer students planning initial study at a Minnesota State college.  Students planning to transfer to non-system universities are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution as early as possible to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum. 

The curriculum includes business and general education courses. Students develop vital skills in preparation for becoming members of the business community. Emphasis is placed on technology along with coursework in accounting, business law, communications, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, and personal finance. Students are also required to complete general education requirements.

Future Maverick (Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU)) Dual-Degree Program 

The dual-degree program is designed for students who enroll at Riverland, declare an intent to transfer to MSU, and then transfer to MSU.  The Future Maverick Dual-Degree Program includes College of Business majors.  View more information about the Dual-Degree Program.

All full-time Riverland Business faculty members have advanced degrees plus work experience. They maintain membership in professional business organizations to help them stay current in their field. Small class sizes and personal attention are distinct advantages of this program. Traditional and distance-delivered classes are definite advantages. If you desire, this major can be taken totally online.

A student successfully completing this degree will be able to

  • Apply critical thinking processes to ethically analyze and evaluate business situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use application software, technology, and other resources to research, analyze, and integrate data to solve business problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in critical business areas including management, marketing, and the legal and regulatory environment.
  • Prepare and present oral, written and group materials that inform, persuade, and influence others.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively work in a team environment to achieve goals.
  • Apply the principles of accounting, finance, and economics to evaluate fiscal decisions.
  • Advance employment opportunities in the selected career field or transfer to a Minnesota State four-year university.

Basic Program and Job Skill Areas

Learning: Business students are expected to have strong study skills. Counselors recommend spending a minimum of two hours studying for each credit. A 3-credit lecture class equals 3 hours in class and 6 hours studying outside of class each week. You will be expected to take notes from textbooks and lectures; incorporating the information into assignments and tests. Several of the business courses require strong reasoning skills. Students and graduates apply general principles to specific cases or situations; drawing conclusions from information to make sound recommendations and decisions. It is important to understand cause-effect relationships and apply problem-solving skills.

Reading: Business students read textbooks, general periodicals, trade journals, and newspapers. Reading is a central part of courses and textbooks are written at a college level. Students who transfer to four-year institutions can expect reading assignments of increasing length and complexity. In the business world, graduates can expect to read trade journals, professional reports, and manuals.

Communication: For success it is important that students have good oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work with groups to reach a common goal. Writing skills should be at a college level. Written work includes reports, case studies, research papers, and essay tests. In the business world, graduates prepare reports, letters, memos, presentations, and e-mails and use speaking skills on a one-to-one basis and in presentations.

Computer: In the classroom and on the job, expect to use software applications and apply your computer skills. Professional documents are prepared that require critical thinking and problem solving.

Math: Students are required to take a college-level math course, College Algebra. This class has prerequisites, based upon test scores. Students who plan to transfer should review the math requirements at their selected institution. The required economics and statistics classes involve graphing and formulas. The personal finance class includes using percentages to calculate returns. These types of math skills are used on the job.

 

    Program Accreditation

    Accreditation

    The Business AS degree is globally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

    Additional Information

    Further Education: Riverland also offers a 60-credit Associate in Arts (AA) degree with Business Concentration and 22-credit Business certificate. The Business Concentration is designed for students who plan to transfer to a non-Minnesota State university or college on the guaranteed transfer agreement list.  The curriculum includes Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)/general education and business classes. The Business certificate is designed for students who want to complete a business program within one year and enter the workforce. The curriculum focuses on business classes.

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