Whatcom offers the following degree and certificates:

 Degrees:
 New! Associate in Business (DTA/MRP)
 Associate in Science (AS) - Business Administration
 Certificate:  Retail Management
 Certificates of Proficiency:
 Clerical Assistant
 New! Sustainable Business Leadership

 

Note: Core course requirements are listed alphabetically within each degree and certificate template, not necessarily in the order they should be taken.

Associate in Business (DTA/MRP)

The Associate in Business (DTA/MRP) degree is a statewide articulated 90 credit transfer degree agreement for business majors between the community colleges and most four-year institutions. Students will enter the four-year institution's business department at the Junior level. However, admission is not guaranteed. To earn this degree, students must complete a minimum of 90 credits numbered 100 or above as specified in the degree, and earn a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average.

Course requirements (effective fall 2015)

CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
Credits
 BUS& 101
 Introduction to Business
 5
 CMST& 220
 Public Speaking (CM)
 5
 or Any course designated "OC" (CM)  5
 ECON& 201  Micro Economics
 5
 ECON& 202
 Macro Economics
 5
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 or Any course designated "CC" (CM)
 5
 MATH& 141
 Precalculus I
 5
 or MATH& 145
 Algebra Applications for Economics and Business (CP)
 5
 MATH& 146
 Introduction to Statistics
 5
 MATH& 148
 Business Calculus
 5

 Any courses designated "H" or "Hp".

  • Selected from at least two disciplines.
  • No more than 5 credits in performance/skills courses are allowed, and no more than 5 credits allowed in foreign language at the 100 level.

Note: Students intending the international business major should consult their potential transfer institutions regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major. Five (5) credits in world languages may apply to the Humanities requirement.

 15
 10 credits physical, biological and/or earth science, including at least one lab course
 10
 Subtotal  65
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
 Credits
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202
 Principles of Accounting II
 5
 ACCT& 203
 Principles of Accounting III
 5
 BUS& 201
 Business Law
 5

 Any general elective numbered 100 level or above.

Note: Four institutions have requirements for admission that go beyond those specified above. Students can meet these requirements by selection of the elective University Course Equivalent to:

  • Gonzaga: Management Information Systems BMIS 235
  • PLU: Computer Applications CSCE 120, either an equivalent course or skills test
  • WSU (all campuses): Management Information Systems MIS 250
  • WWU: Introduction to Business Computing Systems MIS 220
 5
 Subtotal  25
 Total  90

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Associate in Science (AS) - Business Administration

The Business Administration AS degree provides a core of fundamental business courses combined with ample flexibility in elective choices to allow students to concentrate study in their business area of choice. It prepares students in entrepreneurship to start their own business, and/or to gain the technical and professional skills needed for office management, marketing, retail and other business professions, including various supervisory/entry level management positions in these fields.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
Credits
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 or ACCT 100
 Introduction to Accounting
3
 BIS 101
 Introduction to Business Computing
 3
 BUS& 101
 Introduction to Business
 5
 BUS& 201
 Business Law
 5
 BUSAD 100
 Business Math (CP)
 5
 BUSAD 108
 Principles of Marketing
 5
 BUSAD 223
 Principles of Management
 5
 BUSAD 230
 Human Resource Management
 5
 CMST 145
 Introduction to Organizational Communication (HR)
 5
 or Any CMST course designated "OC" (HR)
 3 or 5
 ECON 100
 Survey of Economic Principles
 5
 or ECON& 201
 Microeconomics
 5
 ECON 210
 Economic Ethics
 5
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I
 5
 ENGL& 230
 Technical Writing (CM)
 3
 or ENGL& 235
 Technical Writing (CM)
5
 or BUSAD 140
 Business Research and Communication (CM)
 3
 Subtotal 57-63
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
 Credits
 Any selection of courses numbered 100 or above. Recommend review by program coordinator to meet the needs of the individual student.
 33
 Subtotal  33
 Total  90-96

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Certificate - Retail Management

This certificate is designed to give the student a sound background in a variety of managerial and business functions. Students who complete each course with a grade of "C" or better may also be eligible for Washington Association of Food Chains (WAFC) certification.

Course requirements (effective winter 2007)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
Credits
 ACCT & 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 BIS 101
 Introduction to Business Computing
 3
 BUSAD 108
 Principles of Marketing
 5
 BUSAD 111
 Retail Management
 5
 BUSAD 222
 Human Relations in Business (HR)
 3
 BUSAD 223
 Principles of Management
 5
 BUSAD 230
 Human Resource Management
 5
 Subtotal  31
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION*
 Credits
 CMST& 101
 Introduction to Communication (HR)
 5
 or CMST& 230
 Small Group Communication (HR)
 5
 or CMST& 145
 Introduction to Organizational Communication (HR)
 5
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 BUSAD 100
 Business Math (CP)
 5
 or Any MATH course numbered 100 or above
5
 Subtotal  15
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
 Credits
 (if needed to reach 46 credits)
 
 CO-OP 190
 Cooperative Education/Internship
 1 to 5
 or Any course numbered 100 or above in ACCT, BIS, BUS, BUSAD, CIS, ECON, OFFAD, PSYC or SOC
1 to 5
 Subtotal  0 to 5
 Total  46

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Certificate of Proficiency - Clerical Assistant

This training endorsement provides office skills appropriate to entry-level positions requiring specialized knowledge of payroll and benefits record keeping methods. Coursework may be applied toward a one-year certificate in Office Administration or an AS in Business.

Course requirements (effective spring 2013)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
 ACCT 100
 Introduction to Accounting
 3
 ACCT 130
 QuickBooks Pro
 3
 BIS 101
 Introduction to Business Computing
 3
 BIS 121
 Word Processing I
 3
 BIS 141
 Spreadsheets I
 3
 or BIS 161
 Database Management I
 3
 or BIS 181
 Introduction to Presentation Software
 3
 BUSAD 170
 Customer Service for Professionals
 3
 OFFAD 104
 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy I
 2
 OFFAD 105
 Records Management
 3
 OFFAD 150
 Office Procedures
 5
 Subtotal  28
 Total  28

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Certificate of Proficiency - Sustainable Business Leadership

This three-class series will provide a practical introduction to sustainability in business and leadership practices. The sustainable business leadership certificate is designed for individuals who wish to become change agents for sustainability within their respective organizations, and series assumes students are business professionals or students who have a sound business foundation. This certificate will provide graduates with the skills that managers, leaders, entrepreneurs, and employees need to implement a customized sustainability program. The topics covered will include: energy efficiency, transportation, water, zero waste, responsible purchasing, renewable energy, sustainable food, sustainable building and development, alternate sources of revenue and savings, triple bottom line accounting, leadership skills for change agents, corporate social responsibility, employee ownership, and marketing.

Course requirements (effective fall 2015)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
 BUSAD 280
 Sustainable Business Practices I
 3
 BUSAD 281
 Sustainable Business Practices II
 3
 BUSAD 282
 Sustainable Business Practices III
 3
 Subtotal  9
 Total  9

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