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College Catalog Fall 2009 - Spring 2010
Business Management - Certificate

The Field

The one-year certificate program in Business Management is primarily for full- or part-time students who, through selected business coursework, seek professional improvement or who wish to re-enter the workforce.

The Instructional Program

The Business Administration curriculum keeps pace with industry practices and incorporates innovations in management techniques as well as teaching/learning methods. Frequent contact between instructors, faculty advisors, and students is actively encouraged.

Students may participate in SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise. SIFE is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by major corporations whose mission is to work in partnership with higher education and business to provide college students the leadership experience of teaching others how market economics and businesses operate, and how to use this knowledge to better themselves, their communities, and their countries.

Required courses for the Business Administration program cover a broad range of activities involved in the management of an organization. These include courses in accounting, marketing, finance, computer processing, communication, business law, and human relations. Special emphasis is given to developing the analytical and interpersonal skills needed for successful management careers.

The Business Administration program is designed so that students, in addition to taking required courses, may concentrate on a chosen topical area. These electives broaden graduates' employment opportunities in business, retailing, wholesaling, and service industries. Even greater flexibility is achieved by allowing students to take six credit hours in unrestricted electives.

Students in this program will have ample opportunity for exposure to computer applications and uses. Each student is also assigned a faculty advisor who will assist and guide them.  Upon completion of the program, graduates can either seek employment or continue their studies in an associate-degree program.


SUNY Curriculum Code: 0053

First Semester

Course No.


Cr. Hrs.

 ACCT 115

Financial Accounting


 BUSI 105

Orientation to Business


 BUSI 100

Introduction to Business


 BUSI 110

Mathematics of Finance


 ENGL 100

Freshman Composition


 ____ ___

Mathematics/Science Elective





Second Semester

Course No.


Cr. Hrs.

 CITA 110

Introduction to Software Applications


 ECON 100

Introductory Macroeconomics  





 ECON 110

Introductory Microeconomics


 MATH 115



 ____ ___

Technical Electives





Certificate Requirement: 32 credit hours

Minimum Admissions Requirements

High school graduate with a minimum 75% overall average or a minimum 2500 GED test score. It is recommended that applicants should have earned a 70% or higher on the Mathematics Course A Regents exam.

Program Objectives

A graduate of the Business Management certificate program should be able to:

  1. Prepare financial statements and maintain accounting records.
  2. Generalize and discriminate among current American business practices, including production marketing, finance, and human resource management.
  3. Demonstrate fundamental problem-solving skills related to finance and business.
  4. Communicate effectively both orally and in written formats.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the impact of individual economic decisions and the major arguments and considerations that influence government as it attempts to intervene in the market system.
  6. Discuss corporate power, labor unions, poverty and wealth, government taxation, and public policy.
  7. Display a fundamental understanding of computers and computer information systems and be familiar with common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.

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Last Updated: 12/30/09