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Business - AA

Do you have a keen interest in what makes business ventures successful? Have you dreamed of owning or being part of a thriving company one day? A Business program can be a first step in making that dream a reality. You will learn fundamental principles of business management, which can be applied to nearly every industry and lead to opportunities in consulting, sales, operations management, and nonprofit organization leadership. There are a variety of roles you could pursue with a Business degree, including human resources director, office manager, and customer service representative.

In an associate program in Business, you will explore business principles and decision-making practices. This degree is transferable to universities offering bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration.

Students should work closely with their Otero advisor and contact their transfer institution choices for more specific transfer information.

The first year of a Business program will include math and English courses to meet general education requirement. The completion of introductory math and English courses in our first year is proven to greatly increase your likelihood of crossing the graduation stage, boosting your momentum along the academic pathway you select. Other general education courses on your pathway will cover topics in Arts and Humanities, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences.

Program-specific courses may begin as soon as your first semester. These courses will become more advanced as you move along your degree pathway. Through this sequence of courses, your knowledge of business principles will grow and deepen. Coursework will include Introduction to Business, Business Statistics, and Macro Economics. After completing a 60-credit associate degree, your degree pathway can continue with guaranteed transfer to a college that offers bachelor’s degree.

Business - AA (60 credits)
Required Courses that Fulfill General Education Requirements (37 Credit Hours)
  Credit Hours Course Number and Title
(Written) Communication

3 ENG 121/1021 English Composition I
3 ENG 122/1022 English Composition II

4 MAT 121/1340 College Algebra
MAT 123/1320 Finite Mathematics
4 MAT 125/1400 Survey of Calculus (GT-MA1) OR a higher-level Calculus course 
Arts & Humanities  6 Two GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT- AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4)
History  3 One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1) 
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 ECO 201/2001 Principles of Macroeconomics and ECO 202/2002 Principles of Microeconomics
Natural & Physical Sciences 8 Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GTSC2), one must be with laboratory (GT-SC1)
Additional Required Courses (23 Credit Hours)
Credit Hours Course Number and Title
ACC 121/1021 Accounting Principles I 
4 ACC 122/1022 Accounting Principles II  
3 BUS 115/1015 Introduction to Business
3 BUS 216/2016 Legal Environment of Business 
3 BUS 217/2017 Business Communications and Report Writing
3 BUS 226/2026 Business Statistics 
3 COM 115/1150 Public Speaking

Otero College is a part of a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement between Colorado community colleges and universities. These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with designation; enroll with junior status at a university; and complete your bachelor’s degree. If you attend full-time and follow the structured schedule, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in 4 years.

The following Colorado public four-year institutions will accept your completed Business AA degree from Otero College.

Adams State University
[B.A. Business Administration; emphases in Advertising, Business
Teacher Education, General Business, or International Business; B.S.
Business Administration; emphases in Accounting, Agribusiness,
Economics, Finance, General Business, Health Care Administration,
Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or
Small Business Management]

Colorado Mesa University
[Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.); concentrations in
Business Economics, Emerging Markets, Energy
Management/Landman, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hospitality
Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems,
Insurance, Management, Managerial Informatics, or Marketing]

Colorado Mountain College (as four-year institution)
[B.S. Business Administration]

Colorado State University-Ft Collins
[B.S. Business Administration]

Colorado State University-Global Campus
[B.S. Business Management]

Colorado State University-Pueblo
[B.S. Business Administration; majors in Management,
Accounting or Economics]

Fort Lewis College
[B.A. Business Administration; Business Administration option]

Metropolitan State University of Denver
[B.S. Accounting; B.S. Banking; B.S. Computer Information Systems;
B.A. Entrepreneurship; B.S. Finance; B.A. Global Business Studies; B.S.
International Business; B.S. Management; B.S. Marketing]

University of Colorado Boulder
[B.S. Business Administration]

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
[B.S. Business; emphases in Accounting, Business Administration,
Finance, Human Resources Management, Information Systems,
International Business, Management, Marketing, PGA Golf
Management, Service Management, or Sport Management]

University of Colorado Denver
[B.S. Business Administration; emphases in Accounting, Finance,
Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Information
Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Risk &
Entrepreneurship, or Sports Business]

University of Northern Colorado
[B.S. Business Administration; all emphases]

Western Colorado University
[B.A. Business Administration]