2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration (AS.BUS)

Program Description

Vermont State University’s Associate of Science in Business Administration at Vermont allows students to complete a degree in two years. They gain the tools they need to become a future leader and adapt to the rapid pace of innovation in the global economy. Students start taking classes in their major immediately, and benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of the program, which includes courses in accounting, management, marketing, and more. The program pairs students’ technical skills and knowledge with essential soft skills in areas such as communication, leadership, professionalism, creativity, teamwork, and conflict resolution. Concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion, ethics, and corporate social responsibility are integrated throughout the curriculum. 

Students receive hands-on experience with computer simulations, case studies, team projects, research, and presentations. 

Whether a student wants to own their own business, manage a family business, or pursue a leadership role in a business or organization of their choice, students will have a competitive edge with an Associate of Science in Business Administration from VTSU. Graduates are also well-positioned to take the next step to a bachelor’s degree. 

Program Outcomes 

  1. Determine the key characteristics and terminology of the business disciplines of management, human resources, marketing, innovation, and finance. 

  1. Communicate with written, oral, visual, and interpersonal messages to convey information, promote ideas, provide customer service, and advance career goals 

  1. Explain the accounting cycle, process typical transactions; interpret financial statements; and use integrated accounting software to record transactions for a small business. 

  1. Participate in teams; maintain respectful and collaborative relationships; and contribute to effective group outcomes 

  1. Use digital and analytical tools to design and create business documents and presentations. 

  1. Develop marketing strategies to satisfy specific target audiences, create a marketing mix to generate a competitive advantage. 

Program Electives

Choose 18-24 credits credits in ACC or BUS, 6 credits may be from non-business areas if, in the opinion of the student and the advisor, such courses will make a contribution to the student’s objectives. No 3000-level or 4000-level courses are required for the A.S. Business Administration degree. Students may select some 3000-level courses to get started on a concentration in the event they decide to continue to the B.S. degree. 

Credits Required for Program: 36-38


To obtain a degree, students must fulfill the major-specific requirements as well as satisfy all other Degree Requirements  including the General Education Requirements .