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Business - Minnesota State Transfer Pathway (AS)

Why Choose Business?

There are many different fields in Business, which allows for many options when it comes to picking a specific area to pursue.

Skills Acquired


Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world.

Business courses often focus on cases drawn from real life. Students sharpen their analytical and problem-solving skills by examining situations that businesses have encountered. They evaluate the strategies that the businesses have followed.


Normandale's Business Programs are nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Careers in Business

Projected Job Growth

Job growth varies depending on the specific track you select.

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General business programs prepare people to apply business principles and techniques in various fields such as:

  • Accounting
  • Human resources
  • Finance

Graduate programs allow students to specialize in areas such as:

  • Health administration
  • Education administration
  • Public administration

Degrees & Certificates in Business

Associate of Science in Business.

We also offer a number of Business Enrichment Certificates:

  • General Business Certificate - courses in this certificate are all part of the Associate of Science in Business degree
  • Human Resource Management Certificate
  • Information Management Certificate
  • International Business Certificate
  • Management Certificate
  • Marketing Certificate
  • Small Business Management Certificate

This program is designed for possible employment at the associate degree level and for transfer to a Bachelor of Science program at some Minnesota state colleges and universities, private colleges and the University of Minnesota.

Completion of this degree is dependent upon a grade of C or higher in each of the Specialized Career Program Requirements and General Education Requirements.

With a Normanale Business Enrichment Certificate, you have the opportunity to specialize as well as gain new skills to apply to your current or future job.

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The Business (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AS offers students an opportunity to earn course credits that directly transfer to a designated Business bachelor's degree program at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed to meet bachelor's degree program requirements for transfer students planning initial study at a Minnesota State college. Students planning to transfer to non-system universities are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution as early as possible to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum.

Specialized Career Program Requirements - 20 credits

Specialized Career Program Requirements - 20 credits

Code Title Credits
ACCT 2251 Financial Accounting 4
ACCT 2252 Managerial Accounting 4
BUSN 1201 Information Technology Concepts and Business Software 1 3
BUSN 2155 Legal Environment of Business 3
BUSN 2300 Principles of Management 3
BUSN 2400 Principles of Marketing 3

Specialized Career Program Elective Courses - 8-10 credits

Choose any three BUSN courses. The department recommends that students take elective courses which, when combined with Specialized Career Program Requirements lead to the achievement of a marketable Business Certificate. Students may choose from the following certificate pathways. 

Human Resources: Take BUSN 1145, BUSN 2100, and BUSN 2200
Management: Take BUSN 1145, BUSN 1210 and BUSN 2100
Marketing: Take BUSN 1102, BUSN 1210, and BUSN 2252
Small Business Management: Take BUSN 2310 and BUSN 1125, and BUSN 1220

Generalized Education Requirements - 30-32 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
or COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or COMM 1121 Small Group Communication 3
MATH 1080 Introduction to Statistics 4
or MATH 1090 STATWAY Statistics 2 4
MATH 1100 or higher MATH course w/ MATH 1100 as prerequisite College Algebra and Probability 4
ECON 2201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 2202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3

  • One courses in MnTC Goal 3 - 3-5 credits
  • One course in MnTC Goal 6 (PHIL 1170 is recommended) - 3-5 credits

BUSN Elective Courses:

If necessary, select other Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses to total 30 credits of General Education Requirements and 60 credits overall.