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Business Transfer Pathway (AS) - 60 credits

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 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Careers in Business

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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:

  • Human Resource Management 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.

The Business Transfer Pathway (AS) offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Business bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

* The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status.  All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field. 

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

The Higher Learning Commission has extended Normandale's accreditation to include online delivery of the Associate of Science in Business.  Normandale's Business programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Core Courses - 28-30 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

Complete any three additional BUSN courses for 8-10 credits.

  • BUSN Course #1
  • BUSN Course #2
  • BUSN Course #3

The department recommends that students complete courses which, when combined with the required courses above, lead to the achievement of a marketable business certificate. Students may choose from the following certificates: 

Human Resources ManagementBUSN 1145, BUSN 2100, and BUSN 2200 

ManagementBUSN 1145, BUSN 1210, and BUSN 2100

MarketingBUSN 1102, BUSN 1210, and BUSN 2252

Small Business ManagementBUSN 1125, BUSN 1220, and BUSN 2310

Additional Required Courses- 30-32 credits

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

  • Complete one course from MnTC Goal 3 - 3-5 credits
  • Complete one course in MnTC Goal 6 (PHIL 1170 is recommended) - 3-5 credits
  • Complete any additional MnTC courses if needed to reach 30 General Education/MnTC credits.

Other Degree Requirements

  • If needed, complete additional courses to reach 60 credits total.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.  

    Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)