Entrepreneurship and Business Management Associate in Science

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Entrepreneurship and Business Management Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : ENTRE-AS
CIP: 1552070308
Educational Plan: ENTRE-AS

Program Description

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Management prepares students to start, run and grow an organization by emphasizing the critical thinking skills required to develop innovative business practices. Coursework includes computer applications, communication strategies and personnel management, as well as networking and venture capital acquisition.

Profession

Entrepreneurs play a critical role in the economy by serving as business leaders and innovators. They assume financial risks to bring new ideas to market and possess the decision-making skills to produce economic profits.

Careers in entrepreneurship and small business management are well-suited for individuals who are passionate about owning or operating new businesses or improving existing companies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are employed as:

  • Administrative Services or Office Managers
  • Business Owners
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • General and Operational Managers
  • Hotel Managers

For career information related to this program, please visit O*Net OnLine.

Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 15 percent (about as fast as average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

College Credit Certificates

Students pursuing this degree also may obtain the following college credit certificates:

  • Business Specialist Certificate 
  • Entrepreneurship Certificate
  • Entrepreneurship Operations Certificate
  • Human Resources Administrator Technical Certificate

Degree Transfer

Seminole State’s A.S. degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Management will transfer to the College’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Information Management program.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
39
This is an introductory course in computer applications that focuses on the effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software programs. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and learn skills that have practical applications in real world business situations. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Lab fee required.
This course covers the analysis and evaluation of entrepreneurial opportunities and franchising. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to assess the current economic, social and political climate for small businesses. In addition, the student will be able to explain how demographic, technological and social changes create opportunities for small business ventures. The student will be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of franchises and be able to evaluate franchise opportunities.
This course focuses on the application of financial practices for the entrepreneurial venture. The student will be able to analyze and evaluate the various sources of funding available for small businesses, become conversant in financial terminology, understand, prepare and analyze financial statements and prepare a loan proposal. The student will be able to describe and explain the importance of working capital and cash management. The student will be able to identify financing needs, establish credit policies and prepare forecasts of estimated cash flows, start-up costs, revenues and expenditures for the first two years of the entrepreneurial venture.
This course is designed to provide an overview of the business environment. The business disciplines discussed include management, international business, marketing, finance, economics, accounting and business law. This course provides useful information for business majors and any others involved in owning or operating businesses. This course is also recommended for students expecting to take ACG 2021 Principles of Financial Accounting.
This course provides business and non-business majors with the skills necessary to succeed as an entrepreneur. The fundamentals of starting and operating a business, developing a business plan, obtaining financing, marketing a product or service and developing an effective accounting system will be covered.
This course will provide essential insight for successfully marketing an entrepreneurial venture using innovative marketing strategies. This course is designed to provide entrepreneurs with practical applications in interactive technologies and web-based services. Students will gain experience in the use of marketing via the Internet and social media. The student will be introduced to the role that direct selling and direct marketing play in the entrepreneurial environment. Students will develop a marketing project to assist in launching and implementing the new marketing venture.
This course develops effective oral and written business communication skills to create successful human relations. Communication skills are taught in the four language areas: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Studies include grammar, proofreading, editing and business communication composition.
This course is designed to enable students to use mathematics to solve real-world business problems. Areas covered include checking accounts, using equations to solve business problems, calculating trade discounts, markup and markdown, payroll and computing interest for notes.
The course is designed to enable students to manage and operate a small business. The areas covered include developing a business plan, securing financing, accounting for business transactions, advertising and promotion, site location and managing the small business. This course is beneficial for those planning to start a small business as well as those already operating a business.

Choose 1 accounting group:

This course provides instruction and practice in the fundamentals of accounting. Selected topics include accounts payable and receivable, cash control systems, worksheets, financial statements, adjusting and closing entries, purchases and cash payments, sales and cash receipts and payroll. This course may be used to provide a foundation for financial accounting. Activities are recorded manually and in an accounting software program. Lab fee required.
In this course, students will learn to use Quickbooks, a computerized accounting software program. Selected topics include setting up a company, setting up and modifying a chart of accounts, tracking invoices and customer payments, entering and paying bills, tracking inventory, using banking features and preparing financial reports. Lab fee required.

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This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of financial accounting. Topics include the accounting cycle, analysis of financial statement transactions, financial statement preparation, accounting for assets, liabilities, equities, revenues and expenses. Accounting for entities including partnerships and corporations is introduced.
This course introduces the student to the use of accounting information by managers. Topics include the use of accounting information for planning and control, capital investment, performance evaluation, decision-making, cash flow statements and financial statement analysis.
Choose 1 BUL prefix course:
This course focuses on the application of business law for the small business owner. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to identify the various forms of business ownership and the legal and tax implications of each. Students will have an understanding of the laws covering issues such as personnel, contracts and the protection of intellectual property. The student will be able to understand and explain how to comply with the reporting requirements for local, state and federal entities.
This course is a study of law as it relates to the sources of law, courts and court procedures, torts, crimes and contracts.
Choose 1 GEB prefix course:
This course explores the dynamic environment of international business, a multi-disciplinary subject that draws from international economics (balance of trade, balance of payments), politics, institutions, culture and technology as well as insight into the mechanics of international trade and investment, the international financial system and business management in the global marketplace.
This is a travel/study course combining preparation on campus, travel and study in the discipline of business. Content is variable depending on the program in which the student enrolls and the specific topics to be covered. Students must be 18 years of age on or before departure. Permission of the instructor is required.
Elective Courses
6

Choose 6 credits from the following list:

6
In this course, topics of current interest are presented in group instruction.
This course involves a comparative study of global management practices. This course also addresses the questions of how and when to be sensitive to cultural issues and to develop the skills needed to effectively manage in diverse global environments.
This course examines how the functions of recruitment, selection, staffing and training fit into a human resources department. Students will practice analyzing positions, recruiting qualified applicants, interviewing candidates for employment and, once hired, orienting and training them.
This course discusses various compensation and benefit plans, legal issues and the administration of compensation and benefit plans. Emphasis is on providing a basic understanding of the business concepts utilized in the compensation and benefits area.
This course is a study of human resources management law and regulations. Topics include state and federal employment regulation, Civil Rights Acts, EEOC legislation, OSHA, Rights of Women and Elderly and Handicapped as they apply to human resources functions.
This is an advanced course emphasizing the application of fundamental marketing principles to a global marketplace. The global marketplace consists of over two hundred countries and an even greater number of languages and cultures worldwide. The course focuses on the role of strategic planning and the development of marketing strategies for this international marketplace. Strategies for opening up new markets will be explored - pure exporting, use of local distributors, global manufacturing and wholly owned subsidiaries. Basic concepts of demographics, market segmentation and selection of target markets will be applied to this complex worldwide stage. The course will explore the differences in international consumer and industrial buying habits as well as the impact of language, culture and religion on local promotional campaigns. The complexity of product development, product naming and pricing will be explored on a country-by-country basis. This course will also explore the complexities of developing worldwide distribution systems as they are affected by differing local laws, taxation and regulations.
This course explores all phases of advertising, including all electronic and print media and direct marketing as well as sales promotion. Emphasis is placed on creation of the message, selection of media and the planning, coordination and evaluation of the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) campaign. This includes common communication look and feel and outlines how campaigns are measured to achieve company return on investment goals.
This course is a study of the principles of effective management for paper-based, electronic and image records systems. Emphasis is placed on the systematic control of the life cycle of all records. Students will learn the basic legal background requirements for the release, retention and storing of records and laws regulating the management of such records. Principles of cost, efficiency and performance are covered as related to the management of all records. Students will also learn how to manage files on their electronic storage device. Career opportunities in records management are included.
This business-oriented Internet research class provides research strategies and specific search tools to find relevant and reliable information in the most effective and efficient manner from among the enormous amount of data that resides on the World Wide Web. The course addresses basic searches, selecting the right keywords, phrase searching, Boolean operators, filters, advanced search operators, evaluative criteria to determine the reliability of sites, meta-search engines, subject guides, specialty information and social media platforms. Hands-on activities allow students to utilize research strategies and search tools.
The purpose of this course is to provide students hands-on training using Excel for business, professional and personal use. The student will gain an in-depth understanding of a spreadsheet program. The student will create, edit and format spreadsheets and graphs, work with formulas and functions, sort, filter and subtotal data lists and create and edit macros.
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Any ENT prefix course
FIN
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Any FIN prefix course
MAR
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Any MAR prefix course
GEB
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Any GEB prefix course
SBM
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Any SBM prefix course
MAN
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Any MAN prefix course
General Education Courses
15
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension.

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits

Mathematics or Science General Education Course (MAC 1105 is recommended for students wishing to pursue the B.S. in Business & Information Management)

Social Science General Education course

3
Credits

Recommended:

This is an introductory course covering the nature, scope and methods of economics, economic concepts and economic institutions. Emphasis is placed upon production, consumption, determination of prices, distribution of income, fiscal policy, national income determinants, money and banking and comparative economic systems. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for AA degree seeking students.
Total Credits:
60
Note:

If you choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, you must also complete any college developmental mathematics course(s) if you are non-exempt and if any were required by your entry-level test scores, before you can be awarded an associate degree.

Note:

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

Note:

Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

Note:

Mathematics General Education course MAC 1105 is recommended for students pursuing the B.S. in Business & Information Management (BIM) degree.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$6,480$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,120$10,666$10,010
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,030$1,000$1,030
Total$4,131$17,530$18,146$17,419.20

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* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

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