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Business - General


The Business - General program is specifically designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year business school. The program allows students to transfer to a variety of business programs, including Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, or other business areas. It provides the fundamental knowledge necessary to be a successful business student with the ultimate goal of graduation from a business transfer institution and finding employment in the business field. Students are required to enroll in BUSL 101 within the first twelve credits.

The student’s chosen transfer institution determines the mathematics courses to complete in order to be a successful transfer candidate. Students completing MATH 162 and MATH 171 will be best prepared to transfer to baccalaureate programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Students who graduate with FNMT 118 and MATH 161 can still transfer to AACSB-accredited program but will need to take higher level Math at their transfer institution in order to graduate, or they can transfer to a number of non-AACSB programs and continue in those programs without taking additional math courses. Students should consult with an advisor or their intended transfer institution for additional guidance.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Prepare, analyze, interpret and discuss an entity's basic financial statements verbally and in writing.
  • Analyze the legal, economic and social impact of business decisions.
  • Quantitatively evaluate the impact of business decisions, activities and events.
  • Explain the role business has historically taken in different societal and economic systems.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are required to take the College's placement test at their time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of their degree program.

Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Business - General, a student must complete a minimum of 63 credit hours as prescribed, earning a "C" or better grade in all courses and earning at least a 2.0 GPA. Most receiving institutions require a higher grade point average. To learn more about requirements of specific four-year schools, students should contact an advisor within the Business - General program, the Career and Transfer Center here at Community College of Philadelphia or the four-year college to which they intend to transfer.

Business - General Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

BUSL 101 - Navigating Leadership and Business Professions   3  
ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 ENGL 101
FMNT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or
MATH 162 - Precalculus II
For MATH 162: MATH 161 with a grade of “C” or better 3 Mathematics
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting   4  

Second Semester

ECON 181 - Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)   3  

MATH 161- Precalculus I or
MATH 171 - Calculus I

For MATH 161: FNMT 118 with a grade of “C” or better.
For MATH 171: MATH 162 with a grade of “C” or better.

ACCT 102 - Managerial Accounting ACCT 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
MNGT 121 - Introduction to Business   3  

Third Semester

MNGT 141 - Principles of Management Pre- or Corequisite: MNGT 121 3  
ECON 182 - Principles of Economics (Microeconomics)   3  
MKTG 131 - Principles of Marketing Pre- or coreq: MNGT 121 3  
ECON 112 - Statistics I FNMT 118 or MATH 118, or higher than FNMT 118 placement on placement test 4  

HIST 121 - Global History I or
HIST 122 - Global History II


Social Science American/Global Diversity

Fourth Semester

ECON 114 - Statistics II
FIN 151 - Risk Management and Insurance
MNGT 142 - Management Information Systems

For ECON 114: ECON 112
For MNGT 142:  MNGT 121


CHEM 101 - General Chemistry I or
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
PHYS 111 - General Physics I or higher  or

For PHYS 111: MATH 162 or MATH 171 or placement 4 Natural Science

ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication

ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently. 3 Humanities

ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography

MNGT 262 - Business Law   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 63

General Education Requirements

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must consult with an advisor or counselor before registering. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements appear at degree requirements.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room B2-22, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8785; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.