Business Administration A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5004)

The Business Administration A.S. is a generalist business/liberal arts program. Coursework includes economics and accounting as well as a solid grounding in various areas of general education/liberal arts. There are also enough electives for students to pursue a special interest. The Business Administration AS program is a transfer degree, designed to be the first two years of a 4+ year business education. This program is intended for students who plan to transfer to another college or university, perhaps continuing through a graduate degree or higher. The curriculum is designed to let graduates be successful in any business or business-related transfer program, regardless of the transfer school chosen.

This program positions students who plan to become supervisors, program directors or ultimately upper level managers or business owners and to also fill management, leadership, or teaching roles in government, academia, or not-for-profit organizations. It also positions students to enter fields such as:

  • Accounting
  • Banking/Financial Services/Investments
  • Consulting/Strategic Planning
  • Economics
  • International Business
  • Health Care
  • Marketing
  • Not-for-Profit Business
  • Insurance
  • Law
  • Human Resource Management
  • Retail

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Business Administration program with an A.S. degree will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and be able to effectively utilize, the technology essential for business applications.  
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate, evaluate, analyze, and apply information to make effective business decisions.         
  • Demonstrate understanding of the four functions of management.   
  • Successfully meet the SLOs for 7 of the 10 SUNY General Education categories.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program, who continue with their business/leadership education, could be well-positioned to be successful entrepreneurs as well as employees/supervisors or managers. This usually involves working with businesses, banks, insurance companies, retail establishments, or other financial institutions, including government and non-profit entities who see an advanced business degree as an indicator of likely business success.

As a leader in a business, government, academic, or other organization, graduates should expect to play a major role in decision-making and shaping the future of their organization.

Transfer Opportunities

As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree.  Jefferson has partnered with many academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs.  Currently, formal agreements exist with: 

Cazenovia College, Management – Business Management, B.P.S.
Cazenovia College, Management – Sports Management, B.P.S.
Clarkson University, Financial Information & Analysis, B.S.
Clarkson University, Information Systems & Business Processes, B.S.
Columbia College, Various Programs
Cornell University, Applied Economics & Management, B.S.
Franklin University, Business Administration, B.S.
Franklin University, Management, B.S.
SUNY Canton, Finance, B.B.A.
SUNY Canton, Management, B.B.A.
SUNY Canton, Management, B.B.A.
SUNY Cortland, Sports Management, B.S.
SUNY Empire State College, Various Programs
SUNY Oswego, Business Administration, B.S.

Additionally, students can be jointly enrolled in the Business Administration A.S./B.S. program with SUNY Potsdam. SUNY Potsdam courses for the B.S. degree are taught Jefferson's Extended Learning Center or online. All but 1 course can be taken at the Watertown JCC campus, allowing graduates to move seamlessly through their entire undergraduate education while staying in Jefferson County.  


Degree Requirements (Effective Spring 2015) Credit Hours
Business Requirements (26 Credit Hours)  
ACC 101: Accounting Principles 1 4
ACC 102: Accounting Principles 2 4
ECO 101: Macroeconomics 3
ECO 102: Microeconomics 3
BUS 112: Introduction to Business 3
BUS 124: Marketing 3
BUS 131: Principles of Management 3
BUS 211: Business Law 1 3
Liberal Arts Requirements (25 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics
     or MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1
MTH 155: Algebra, Functions and Modeling
      or MTH 185: Precalculus Mathematics or higher
Humanities Electives* 3
Social Science Elective** 3
Science Electives*** (at least one laboratory science is required) 7
Liberal Arts or Business Elective
     (Business Electives include only ACC, BUS, CIS 110, or ECO)
Free Electives 6
Physical Education 2

*Select from the Arts (A) or Foreign Language (FL) General Education Course List
**Select from American History (AH), Western Civilization (WC) or Other World Civilization (OWC) General Education Course List
***Select from the Natural Sciences General Education Course List


For More Information

Kathryn Brownell, Associate Professor of Business

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522