In general, business students need to take general education courses, Introduction
to Business (Bus 10), Business Law (Bus 18), Financial Accounting I (ACCT 1A), Financial
Accounting II (ACCT 1B), Macroeconomics (ECON 1), and Microeconomics (ECON 2) in order
to meet freshman and sophomore requirements for most undergraduate business programs.
We also recommend you take two Business courses that fufill CSU General Education
(GE) requirements: Business in Society (BUS 21) for Area D, and Human Relations in
the Workplace (BUS 56) for Area E.
In addition, many students choose to take additional business courses at De Anza because
all of our courses are fully transferable for college credit. De Anza classes with
course numbers 50 to 99 transfer as electives. Many students find that taking elective
courses at De Anza is an affordable and effective way to make progress towards the
college units needed to gain that undergraduate degree. For detailed advice on the
courses needed for the specific program you are interested in, it is advisable to
make an appointment with a counselor on campus.
There are two classes that fulfill both De Anza and CSU GE patterns. "Business in
Society" (Bus 21) can be used for Area D (Social Sciences). "Human Relations in the
Workplace" (Bus 56) can be used for area E (Lifelong Learning and Self Development)
If you are transferring to a California State University, you need the Associate of
Science in Business for Transfer to ensure Junior status upon transfer. This degree
is a result of the Senate Bill 1440 legislation. For more information on the requirements
for this Degree Program, please click on the “Degrees and Certificates” link on this
If you are not transferring to a CSU, an Associates degree is not mandatory. In general,
business students need to take general education courses, Introduction to Business
(Bus 10), Business Law (Bus 18), Financial Accounting I (ACCT 1A), Financial Accounting
II (ACCT 1B), Macroeconomics (ECON 1), and Microeconomics (ECON 2) in order to meet
freshman and sophomore requirements for most undergraduate business programs. Since
each university is slightly different, it is advisable to meet with a counselor to
find out the details regarding your target university.
However, an Associates degree can be helpful, especially in a difficult economic climate.
An Associates Degree is a completed credential which can assist you in finding entry-level
business positions or internships, even while you are pursuing your Bachelors degree.
It builds your resume as a business professional.
In addition, units from individual courses do have a "useful life" (usually 10 years).
Those who have unstable or uncertain life circumstances may benefit from the added
security that an Associates Degree provides. Many people experience interruptions
in their academic goals due to illness, children, or job loss. If those interruptions
last too long, they risk the aging of their course transfer units to a point when
they may no longer be accepted. A completed degree is a milestone that does not expire.
An AA degree in Business Administration is a degree program that appeals to a broad
range of business positions and industries. An online search for jobs requiring an
Associates Degree found the following positions: Customer Service/Support Representative,
Warehouse/Distribution Supervisor, Insurance Adjuster, Assistant Buyer, Help Desk
Support, Payroll Clerk/Administrator, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Payables Clerk, Collections
Analyst, Executive Assistant, and Contracts Administrator.
An AA degree in Management is a degree program that prepares you for a career managing
and leading employees. An online search for jobs requiring an Associates Degree found
the following positions: Service Manager, Retail Sales Manager, Customer Service Supervisor,
Office Manager, Human Resources Coordinator, Employee Benefits Associate, Construction
Project Manager, Hotel/Hospitality Supervisor, and Management Trainee.
An AA degree in Marketing Management is a degree program that prepares you for a career
in the fast-paced field of Marketing. An online search for jobs requiring an Associates
Degree found the following positions: Marketing Events Coordinator, Retail Sales
Manager, Marketing Communications Associate, Inside Sales Representative, Sales Specialist/Coordinator,
and Sales Support Specialist. Graphic and Web Designers may also successfully use
an AA in Marketing Management to increase their appeal to employers and clients.
De Anza offers business certificates in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship,
Marketing and Management. A certificate program is generally used to demonstrate a
significant block of academic progress to employers or business partners. Certificates
are shorter milestones than degree programs, so many working professionals find them
extremely convenient. At De Anza, you can also earn certificates while working towards
your AA, without taking any unnecessary classes.
A working professional would obtain a certificate to demonstrate to his/her manager
that he/she is ready for additional or new responsibilities or an increase in salary.
For example, an individual might obtain a Certificate of Achievement in Management
to demonstrate that he/she is ready to supervise others. An Engineer who wants to
switch functions into Sales or Marketing at his current firm, would be a more appealing
candidate with Certificate of Achievement in Marketing Management. A small business
founder can use an Entrepreneurship certificate to demonstrate his/her commitment
and preparation to investors, lenders, franchisers, and potential partners. Certificates
(like degrees) are usually listed on an individual's resume.
An entrepreneur can use a business certificate to demonstrate his/her commitment and
preparation to investors, lenders, franchisers and potential partners. Certificates (like degrees) are usually listed on an individual's
resume and the owner’s resume is always included in a business plan. Most importantly,
De Anza’s Certificate of Achievement in Entrepreneurship prepares you for the challenges
you are likely to encounter as a small business owner. This can make it easier to
start that successful business you always dreamed about.
The business department is here to help you with questions about business curriculum
and courses. To get assistance with International Student registration and fees,
please visit the De Anza International Student Programs web site. They have instructions,
forms, and contact information for advisors posted. Alternatively, you may email
their office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You should begin planning by reviewing the sheet of requirements for the degree program
you want from the Business Department degrees page or from your counselor. It lists
the maximum transfer units for each program. In general, a maximum of 6 quarter units
may be transferred for a Certificate, and a maximum of 22 quarter units may be transferred
for an Associates Degree from the Business Department. However, transferred units
are not automatic; they must be approved for equivalency. (See next question.)
Download a student petition form from the Student Forms page of the Admissions Office.
Obtain a course outline or syllabus for the class you took. You may also provide the
URL for this information if it is available online. Complete the petition form except the boxed part for supporting signatures. Provide the petition and supporting materials to the Business Department Chair for
his/her review and signature. The current Chair is listed on the Business Department
contact page. Our Dean must also review and sign the petition before it goes to the Academic Council
for final approval. You should check with Admission and Records for status updates
once you have turned your forms in.
De Anza can help you earn an Associates Degree or certificate. De Anza does not offer
Bachelors or Masters degrees. You would have to apply and be accepted to an MBA program
at a University to earn one. The good news is that many top business schools are located
in the Bay area! Some people, who have their undergraduate degrees in areas other
than business (such as science, engineering, or humanities), enroll in courses at
De Anza to prepare for success before entering a fast-paced MBA program. A great
place to start is registering for Introduction to Business (Bus10). Your instructors
at De Anza have experience from many leading MBA programs, so you can seek them out
for advice on additional courses that will help you to prepare.