Harper College


Program Overview

This 61 credit-hour degree program is designed to assist students who are exploring entrepreneurial ventures and/or starting new businesses. This degree focuses on leadership, creativity, innovation and funding sources. It also provides the fundamental management skills needed by the successful owner-manager of a business.

This degree is shown in a standardized sequential semester option. However, it available as fast track modality, apprenticeships and online options as well. Please contact an advisor to get the most current scheduling. This degree plan is one of seven options that students may pursue to earn the Business Management Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. While there are multiple specializations, this particular degree can be awarded only once.

Program Requirements


Number Course Title Credits Category
ENG 101 3 AAS General Education

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 096 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options: english-placement-grid.php ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

ENT 154 3 Program Requirement

Description: Investigates positives and negatives of entrepreneurship and the process of concept to new venture. Analyzes typical venture errors and focuses on strategic management. Evaluates business ownership and franchising, pricing strategies, financing, location selection and human capital management. Discovers personal leadership traits. Assesses the personal entrepreneurial mindset.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

MGT 150 or

Description: Introduces arithmetic as a tool of business. Topics include fractions, decimals and percentages, computations of interest, bank discounts, depreciation, commissions, compound interest, payrolls and taxes and graph and chart design. Students must score satisfactorily on a mathematics placement test prior to registering for this course.

Prerequisite: Math placement options. mathplacement.php

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

Math Competency1 3 AAS General Education
PSY 101 + 3 AAS General Education

Description: Investigates human and animal behavior with emphasis on the scientific nature of contemporary and classic psychological investigation. Emphasizes psychological theories, principles, and research applications. Introduces the divisions of the American Psychological Association. References biological processes, sensation, perception, learning, memory, thinking, emotional life, mental disorders, intelligence, aptitude, personality, development, daily life and everyday problems. IAI S6 900

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

WEB 140 2 3 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces students who are new to coding, to build mobile apps for Apple mobile devices using the language and tools, Swift and Xcode. With MobileMaker.edu technologies, students will build an app, analyzing error in code, and problem solve. Students complete the class with a portfolio of apps and collection of skills that align with a professional workplace.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024


Number Course Title Credits Category
ACC 101 4 Program Requirement

Description: Presents accounting as an information system that produces summary financial statements primarily for users external to a business. Emphasizes the reporting of the effect of transactions and other economic events on the financial condition and operating results of a business. Topics include: basic accounting concepts, financial statements, accrual and cash basis, the accounting cycle, monetary assets, inventories, fixed assets, current and long-term liabilities, and owner’s equity. The course assumes a corporate form of organization. NOTE: High school algebra is recommended. IAI BUS 903

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

CIS 100 or

Description: Provides students with an introduction to computers in society and digital literacy. Includes computer hardware and operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, networking, Internet usage, communication and collaboration, computer safety and ethics. This course is not intended for computer information system majors.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

CIS 101 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides students with an introduction to computer and information systems used in business environments. Includes computer hardware and operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, database management software, networking and Internet, information systems, programming concepts, and computer security and ethics. IAI BUS 902

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

Humanities3 3 AAS General Education
ENT 254 3 Program Requirement

Description: Investigates the importance of promoting and managing innovation and creativity in start-ups and existing firms. Explores successful frameworks, strategies, risks, profit-making and barriers when introducing break-through products and services. Masters the techniques for improving creativity, intellectual flexibility and leadership approaches used by managers and organizations to create and sustain innovation. Evaluates innovations and ideas for profit-making possibilities.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

MKT 245 3 Program Requirement

Description: Focuses on marketing activities that will cover product planning, pricing strategies and promotional efforts including advertising, selling and sales promotions and distribution channel effectiveness.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024


Number Course Title Credits Category
ACC 102 3 Program Requirement

Description: Presents accounting as a system of producing information for internal management use in a business. Emphasis is on the identification, accumulation and interpretation of information for planning, controlling and evaluating the performance of the separate components of a business. Topics include: theory and application of product costing, operational control, cost allocation, performance evaluation for manufacturing and service organizations, standard costing, job order and process costing, budgeting, JIT inventory control, decentralized operations, differential analysis, capital investment analysis and financial statement analysis. IAI BUS 904

Prerequisite: ACC 101 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

ECO 200 + 3 AAS General Education

Description: Covers descriptive rather than a quantitative approach to the study of economics. Major topics cover economic history, the elements of macroeconomics, microeconomics and a comparative look at other economic systems. Specifically designed for students in career-vocational curricula. IAI S3 900

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

MGT 165 + 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides concepts, principles and practices of the international business environment. Includes the nature of international business; international organizations and monetary systems; comparative management techniques, and environmental business factors. Focuses on international organizational functioning to help the student gain a diversity of views.

Prerequisite: ENT 154 or MGT 111

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

MGT 270 3 Program Requirement

Description: Presents the theory and major functions of management and describes the role of the manager. Major concepts in organization are developed along with an understanding of the decision-making process and consideration of the human factor in management.

Prerequisite: ENT 154 or MGT 111

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

MKT 180 3 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces the fundamental skills needed to develop Web-appropriate written content that can be leveraged for strategic marketing purposes on multiple digital platforms. Evaluates platform requirements and explains the nuances of multimedia writing. Presents techniques to identify success metrics, assess and report content performance and make data-driven recommendations.

Recommended: ENG 101 or placement options into ENG 101: english-placement-grid.php

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024


Number Course Title Credits Category
ACC 211 3 Program Requirement

Description: Presents the history of the source of law, civil and criminal wrongs, law of contracts, agency, employment, property, and related topics. Problems and case materials are used. (NOTE: Transfer students should check with the school they will be transferring to regarding the transferability of this course.)

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

MGT 205 3 Program Requirement

Description: Investigates leadership styles and the influences of leadership styles within organizations from start-ups to global corporations. Explores the empirical science and evidence of leadership styles, motivation, communication, conflict resolution, negotiations, creativity and innovation. Examines leadership styles as they relate to culture, diversity and globalization. Evaluates the performance of successful leaders.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

MGT 218 3 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces fundamental principles of finance and fiscal management. Students will review financial theories and examine cash-flow projections, asset valuation, capital expenditure and investment opportunities, financial planning, and decision-making processes, and the structure of business markets.

Prerequisite: ACC 101 and either ENT 154 or MGT 111

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

ENT 255 3 Program Requirement

Description: Investigates a variety of available resources for new venture and growth funding. Examines opportunities for capital including options of debt, equity, crowdsourcing, angel investors, friends, family plans, and grants. Designs the start-up pitch for funding. Creates the financial statements for a business canvas or plan.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

ENT 257 3 Program Requirement

Description: Uses current technologies in 2D and 3D design. Students will create and execute entrepreneurial product ideas. Products will be developed and fabricated from ideation to consumer prototypes.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

1 - The mathematics requirement for this degree can be met with Math Competency. See Math Competency options for information. Students who utilize Math Competency to meet the mathematics requirement must complete an additional three credit-hour elective. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

2 - ENT 211, ENT 285 or MKT 252 can be substituted for WEB 140.

3 - PHI 150 (Business Ethics) is recommended.

+ - This course meets the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate persuasively and concisely, (orally, in writing, and presentation), using the language of business.
  • Evaluate major business functions and related technologies domestically and globally.
  • Explain and use quantitative tools in accounting, finance and economics.
  • Demonstrate soft skills: emotional intelligence, entrepreneurial mindset, leadership and teamwork.
  • Practice social consciousness and responsibility.
  • Explore a business career direction.
  • Create a business canvas that meets the submission requirements for the Harper Dream Grant.
  • Demonstrate informed decisions for running a business.
Last Updated: 11/13/23