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 an 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.

Program 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 satisfy placement at the 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.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
BUSL 101 - Navigating Leadership and Business Professions 3 credits 
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
 3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 1
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or 
MATH 162 - Precalculus II*
For FNMT 118: FNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement
For MATH 162: MATH 161
with a grade of "C" or better
3 creditsQuantitative Reasoning
CIS 103 - Introduction to Information Technology 3 creditsTechnological Competency
ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting 4 credits 

Semester 2

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
ECON 181 - Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)FNMT 118 or higher3 creditsCultural Analysis and Interpretation
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
3 or 4 credits 
ACCT 102 - Managerial AccountingACCT 101 with a grade of "C" or better3 credits 
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 2
MNGT 121 - Introduction to Business 3 credits 

Semester 3

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
MNGT 141 - Principles of ManagementMNGT 121, may be taken concurrently3 credits 
ECON 182 - Principles of Economics (Microeconomics)FNMT 118 or higher3 credits 
MKTG 131 - Principles of MarketingMNGT 121, may be taken concurrently3 credits 
ECON 112 - Statistics IFNMT 118 or MATH 118, or higher than FNMT 118 placement on placement test4 credits 
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography or
GLS 101 - Introduction to Global Studies
 3 credits 

Semester 4

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
ECON 114 - Statistics II or
FIN 151 - Risk Management and Insurance or
MNGT 142 - Management Information Systems
For ECON 114: ECON 112 and CIS 103
For MNGT 142: MNGT 121
3 credits 
CHEM 101 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (Lab Based) or
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or  
PHYS 111 - General Physics I
For PHYS 111: MATH 162 or MATH 171 or placement4 creditsScientific Reasoning
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or 
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication
ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently3 creditsOral Communication/
Creative Expression
HIST 121 - World History: The Distant Past or
HIST 122 - World History: The Recent Past or
HIST 151: History of Capitalism 
 3 credits 
MNGT 262 - Business Law 3 credits 

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


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 complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room B2-22, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8414; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.