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2018-2019 Catalog Year
General Business
Associate of Applied Science

All Degrees & Certificates

The General Business degree provides knowledge and skills in the field of business. Students are encouraged to meet with a WNC counselor to identify programs which best suit their career goals.

Salary: $33,550–$59,240 / year (Nevada)

Career Outlook: Average growth, strong competition

Good To Know: Often includes hiring, training and supervising employees, although the increased use of computers may require managers to handle professional tasks with fewer employees


Prepare for career entry or advancement in accounting, business, management and marketing. Students develop knowledge, skills and abilities to ​succeed in today’s dynamic business environment. WNC offers Associate of Applied Science degrees for direct entry into the business world or an Associate of Business degree that transfers to four-year institutions.

Student Outcomes:

Upon completing a Business Certificate or AAS Business degree from Western Nevada College, students will be able to:

  • Articulate and demonstrate their personal employment related knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Evaluate the impact of various economic systems and policies.
  • Summarize, record, analyze, interpret and communicate accounting and financial information for decision-making.
  • Devise, implement and evaluate managerial decisions, actions and outcomes.
  • Apply technology to aid in communications and decision-making.
  • Present research, data, analysis and conclusions through written and oral means.
  • Describe the changing landscape of the global market and its impact on the United States.
  • Summarize the impact of social, ethical, legal and diversity issues within contemporary business.
  • Develop business, financial, and marketing plans for established and emerging businesses.

A minimum of 60 total credits chosen from the following categories:

Core Business Requirements24 Units (Credits)

BUS 101Introduction to Business3
BUS 273Business Law I3
BUS 299Business Capstone3
ECON 102Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 103Principles of Macroeconomics3
IS 101  Introduction to Information Systems3
or IS 201Computer Applications
MGT 201Principles of Management3
MKT 210Marketing Principles3

Accounting Requirements6 Units (Credits)

ACC 135 Bookkeeping I3
ACC 201 Financial Accounting3
or ACC 201* Financial Accounting
ACC 202*Managerial Accounting

Business Electives: Choose 15 units from the following:15 Units (Credits)

Must take at least 3 units in three different subject areas.

Any Accounting, Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing or Real Estate Courses.

General Education Requirements15 Units (Credits)

English/Communications Requirements
Recommended: BUS 107, BUS 108 OR ENG 101*, ENG 102*; Must include a writing course
Mathematics Requirement3
Science Requirement3
U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements3

*Recommended for students who plan to enroll in a bachelor's degree program.

Suggested Course Sequence

Program Requirements: 60 Credits. Please see a counselor or academic advisor for more information.

1st Year

First Semester: 15 Credits

ACC 135 OR ACC 201 3
BUS 101 3
BUS 107 or ENG 101 3
ECON 102 3
IS 101 or IS 201 3

Second Semester: 15 Credits

ACC 201 or ACC 202 3
BUS 108 or ENG 102 3
BUS 109 or MATH 120 3
ECON 103 3
MGT 201 3

2nd Year

Third Semester: 15 Credits

BUS 273 3
Business Elective 6
MKT 210 3
Science Course 3

Fourth Semester: 15 Credits

BUS 299 3
Business Elective 9
U.S./Nevada Constitution 3