Certificate of Completion: 49 credits. Advising Guide

Career Description

The Entrepreneurship certificate offers a unique learning experience to students who aspire to start their own business, work in a family business, or obtain employment as entry-level managers and supervisors in other growth-oriented businesses.

Course of Study

The Business Pathway is designed using career ladders to accommodate both part-time and full-time students. The Entrepreneurship certificate is the first step on the entrepreneurship educational ladder within the Business Pathway.

The certificate introduces the cultivation of an entrepreneurial mindset, converting business ideas from dreams to reality, management concepts and skills, as well as preparing students to enter the workforce as business managers and supervisors.

The Entrepreneurship certificate leads to the two-year Entrepreneurship/Management AAS degree. All courses in the certificate are contained in the degree. Students must also meet the General Certificate Requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a business plan which plans and allocates resources effectively, creates a budget/forecast and create a funding plan for prospective business, details operational information and a summary of business objectives.

  2. Communicate effectively with customers, suppliers, employees, and other stakeholders, using standard business terminology.
  3. Design a marketing/promotions plan based on a critical analysis of the factors influencing a particular business.
  4. Evaluate the legal environment for business and what legal steps business owners can help protect their investment/business.
  5. Establish a plan to manage employee and other business related items.


  • Placement in to MTH 65 Beginning Algebra (4 credits) or MTH 98 Quantitative Math (4 credits)
  • WR 115 Expository Writing (4 credits) or IRW 115 Critical Reading and Writing (5 credits) or equivalent placement
  • CAS 121 Beginning Keyboarding (3 credits) or keyboarding by touch

Course Map

Sequence shown is a recommended plan for full-time enrollment. Scheduling requirements may prevent all courses from being offered every term. Students must meet with an academic advisor to map their specific degree plan.

Courses Credits
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4 credits
BA 104 Applied Business Math 4 credits
BA 111 Introduction to Accounting & Finance 3 credits
BA 150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 4 credits
Total 15 credits

Courses Credits
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology  4 credits
BA 208 Business Ethics 4 credits
BA 285 Human Relations in Organizations 3 credits
WR 121 or WR 121Z Composition I 4 credits
Total 15 credits

Courses Credits
BA 170 Project Management Fundamentals 4 credits
BA 205 Business Communication 4 credits
BA 206 Management Fundamentals 3 credits
BA 223 Principles of Marketing 4 credits
BA 225 Introduction to Entrepreneurship Law 4 credits
Total 19 credits

Credit Summary  
Requirements Credits
Business Administration (BA) 45
Writing (WR) 4