Business

Overview

Business

Start on a versatile career path and learn skills that help in nearly every industry. Take classes with experienced professionals and get internships in many business fields. Advance your career or go on to study at a four-year university. 

Areas of Study in Business

  • Accounting: study how a business runs.
  • General business: learn business administration and management.
  • Interdisciplinary entrepreneurship: find out how to run your own business.
  • Management: learn how to solve problems, plan, lead and organize.
  • Marketing: use creative and analytical skills to promote and sell.
  • Real estate: if you enjoy working with other people, learn how to work in real estate.

Careers in Accounting, Marketing and Management

A business degree will give you many options. You could be an accountant or manager or run your own business.

  • Work in payroll, bookkeeping, or tax preparation with an accounting certificate.
  • Choose a career in business administration or bankingretail management, government or non-profits.
  • Own and manage a small business with physical or online presence. You can also be a freelancer or business consultant.
  • Marketing can open the door to careers in sales and advertising.
  • Become an agent, broker, or work on the finance side of the real estate market with a real estate certificate.

Academic Plans for Business

Each plan shows all the courses you need to take to complete your goal from start to finish. Map your education by clicking on the Academic Plan for the degree or certificate you’re interested in earning below. 

Note: The academic plans will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan.

Business Administration for Transfer—AS-T Degree

Term 1
Course Units
BUS 0020 3
ENGL 0001A 3
MATH 0013 4
CIS 0050 or CIS 0062 3
BUS 0049 or ESS 0001 or POLS 0003 3
TOTAL 16
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0048 3
BUS 0001 3
HIST 0017A 3
ENGL 0001C or PHIL 0004 3
HUM 0001 or HUM 0002 3
TOTAL 15
Term 3
Course Units Notes
BUS 0002 3  
ECON 0001A 3  
HIST 0017B 3  
BUS 0102 or MATH 0024 3 Math 0024 is highly recommended for CSUS transfer.
ESS 0007 or ESCI 0001 or GEOG 0001 3  
TOTAL 15  
Term 4
Course Units
BUS 0003 3
ECON 0001B 3
BUS 0085 or COMM 0001 3
ESS 0014 or (ANTH 0001 and ANTH 0001L) 4
NUTF 0010 or HDEV 0001 or PSYC 0100 3
TOTAL 16

Accounting—AA/AS Degree 

Term 1
Course Units Notes
BUS 0001 3  
CIS 0050 3  
ENGL 0001A 3  
MATH 0000D or any Elective course Varies If Math Learning Skills Degree Requirement has been met, student may take any degree-applicable elective instead of MATH 0000D.
BUS 0020 or any Elective course 3  
TOTAL    
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0002 3
CIS 0080 3
BUS 0010 3
BUS 0101 or any Elective course 3
HUM 0001 or HUM 0002 3
TOTAL 15
Term 3
Course Units
BUS 0003 3
BUS 0009 3
BUS 0140 or any Elective course 3
BUS 0055 or ANTH 0002 or LGBT 0001 3
HIST 0017A or HIST 0027 or BUS 0008 3
TOTAL 15
Term 4
Course Units
BUS 0085 3
BUS 0048 or any Elective course 3
NUTF 0010 or HED 0002 3
ESS 0014 or ANTH 0001 3-4
Any Elective course 3
TOTAL 15-16

General Business—AA/AS Degree 

Term 1
Course Units Notes
BUS 0020 3  
BUS 0120 3  
ENGL 0001A 3  
MATH 0000D or any Elective course 4 If Math Learning Skills Degree Requirement has been met, students may take any degree-applicable elective instead of MATH 0000D. 
BUS 0016 or CIS 0080 3  
TOTAL 16  
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0000A 3
BUS 0121 or BUS 0122 3
AAD 0012 or ANTH 0014 3
BUS 0140 or any Elective course 3
AAD 0060 or HUM 0002 3
TOTAL 15
Term 3
Course Units
BUS 0102 3
BUS 0100 or BUS 0103 3
SOC 0003 or PHIL 0006 3
ANTH 0002 or LGBT 0001 or BUS 0055 3
HIST 0017A or HIST 0027 3
TOTAL 15
Term 4
Course Units
BUS 0085 3
BUS 0048 3
NUTF 0010 3
BUS 0010 3
ESS 0007 or ESCI 0001 or (GEOG 0001 and GEOG 0001L) 3-4
TOTAL 15-16

Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship—AA/AS Degree 

Term 1
Course Units Notes
BUS 0000A 3  
ENGL 0001A 3  
BUS 0143 3  
MATH 0000D 4 If Math Learning Skills Requirement has already been met, students may choose any course in Sierra College General Education Area D2 to fulfill Communication and Analytical Thinking requirement.
BUS 0116 or CIS 0136 3  
TOTAL 16  
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0140 3
BUS 0000B or BUS 0008 3
BUS 0055 or BUS 0103 3
BUS 0123 or BUS 0124 3
AAD 0060 or HUM 0002 3
TOTAL 15
Term 3
Course Units
BUS 0120 or BUS 0122 3
BUS 0102 or BUS 0085  3
BUS 0141 or any Elective course 3
ANTH 0002 or LGBT 0001 3
HIST 0017A or HIST 0027 3
TOTAL 15
Term 4
Course Units
NUTF 0010 3
BUS 0028 or BUS 0095 3
AAD 0012 or PHIL 0006 3
ANTH 0014 or SOC 0003 3
ESS 0007 or ESCI ESCI 0001 or (GEOG 0001 and GEOG 0001L) 3-4
TOTAL 15-16

Management—AA/AS Degree 

Term 1
Course Units Notes
BUS 0020 3  
CIS 0050 3  
ENGL 0001A 3  
BUS 0085 3  
MATH 0000D or any Elective course 4 If Math Learning Skills Degree Requirement has been met, students may take any degree-applicable elective instead of MATH 0000D. 
TOTAL 16  
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0100 3
BUS 0000A 3
BUS 0140 3
BUS 0120 or any Elective course 3
AAD 0060 or HUM 0002 3
TOTAL 15
Term 3
Course Units
BUS 0103 3
PHIL 0002 3
BUS 0048 or BUS 0049 3
BUS 0055 or ANTH 0002 or LGBT 0001 3
HIST 0017A or HIST 0027 3
TOTAL 15
Term 4
Course Units
BUS 0102 3
NUTF 0010 3
BUS 0028 or BUS 0095 3
ESS 0007 or ESCI 0001 or (GEOG 0001 and GEOG 0001L) 3-4
Any Elective course 3
TOTAL 15-16

Marketing—AA/AS Degree

Term 1
Course Units Notes
BUS 0020 3  
BUS 0120 3  
CIS 0050 3  
ENGL 0001A 3  
MATH 0000D or any Elective course 4 If Math Learning Skills Degree Requirement has already been met, students may choose any degree-applicable elective.
TOTAL 16  
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0021 3
BUS 0122 3
BUS 0085 3
BUS 0048 or any Elective course 3
AAD 0060 or HUM 0002 3
TOTAL 15
Term 3
Course Units
BUS 0123 3
BUS 0100 3
AAD 0012 or any Elective course 3
BUS 0055 or ANTH 0002 or LGBT 0001 3
HIST 0017A or HIST 0027 3
TOTAL 15
Term 4
Course Units
BUS 0124 3
Any Elective course 3
Any Elective course 3
NUTF 0010 or HED 0002 3
ESS 0007 or ESCI 0001 or (GEOG 0001 and GEOG 0001L) 3-4
TOTAL 15-16

Real Estate—AA/AS Degree 

Term 1
Course Units Notes
BUS 0040 3  
CIS 0050 3  
ENGL 0001A 3  
BUS 0120 or BUS 0122 or any Elective course 3  
MATH 0000D or any Elective course 4 If Math Learning Skills Requirement has already been met, student can choose any elective course.
TOTAL 16  
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0041 3
BUS 0085 3
BUS 0000A or BUS 0001 3
BUS 0052 or BUS 0020 3
AAD 0060 or HUM 0002 3
TOTAL 15
Term 3
Course Units
BUS 0047 3
BUS 0124 3
BUS 0055 or any Elective course 3
ANTH 0002 or LGBT 0001 3
HIST 0017A or HIST 0027 3
TOTAL 15
Term 4
Course Units
BUS 0048 3
NUTF 0010 3
AAD 0070 or AAD 0012 3
ESS 0007 or ESCI 0001 or (GEOG 0001 and GEOG 0001L) 3-4
Any Elective course 3
TOTAL 15-16

Accounting—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units
BUS 0001 3
CIS 0050 3
TOTAL 6
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0002 3
BUS 0009 3
BUS 0008 or BUS 0048 or BUS 0010 3
TOTAL 9
Term 3
Course Units
BUS 0003 3
CIS 0080 3
TOTAL 6

General Business—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units
BUS 0020 3
BUS 0120 3
BUS 0000A 3
BUS 0010 or BUS 0055 3
TOTAL 12
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0048 3
BUS 0100 or BUS 0103 3
BUS 0085 or BUS 0102 3
BUS 0121 or BUS 0122 3
TOTAL 12

Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units Notes
BUS 0000A 3  
BUS 0143 3  
BUS 0120 or BUS 0122 3  
BUS 0102 or BUS 0085 3 BUS 0102 has a prerequisite of ENGL 0001A.
TOTAL 12  
Term 2
Course Units Notes
BUS 0140 3  
BUS 0000B or BUS 0008 3  
BUS 0028 or BUS 0095 3 Choose from BUS 0028, BUS 0095 or an internship or independent study course of another discipline.
TOTAL 9  

Management—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units Notes
BUS 0020 3  
BUS 0100 3  
ENGL 0001A 3 Completion of ENGL 0001A with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite for BUS 0102.
TOTAL 9  
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0000A 3
BUS 0140 3
BUS 0120 or CIS 0050 3
TOTAL 9
Term 3
Course Units
BUS 0103 3
BUS 0102 3
BUS 0048 or BUS 0049 3
TOTAL 9

Marketing—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Credits
BUS 0020 3
BUS 0120 3
BUS 0121 3
TOTAL 9
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0122 3
BUS 0123 3
BUS 0124 3
BUS 0001 3
TOTAL 12

Real Estate—Certificate of Achievement

Term 1
Course Units
BUS 0040 3
BUS 0048 3
BUS 0124 3
TOTAL 9
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0000A

3

BUS 0041 3
BUS 0047 3
BUS 0085 3
TOTAL 12

Interdisciplinary Business Entrepreneurship—Skills Certificate

Term 1
Course Units
BUS 0140 3
BUS 0028 or BUS 0095 3
BUS 0141 or BUS 0143 3
TOTAL 9

Payroll Professional—Skills Certificate

Term 1
Course Units
BUS 0011 3
BUS 0012 3
BUS 0000A or BUS 0001 3
TOTAL 9
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0013 3
BUS 0103 or BUS 0095 3
TOTAL 6

Small Business Bookkeeping—Skills Certificate

Term 1
Course Units
BUS 0000A 3
CIS 0080 3
TOTAL 6
Term 2
Course Units
BUS 0008 3
BUS 0102 3
BUS 0028 or BUS 0095 3
TOTAL 9

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