Associate of Applied Science in Business

What type of degree will I earn at Missouri State University-West Plains?

Students enrolled in this program will obtain a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree that will include general education, business and accounting courses. Using a variety of business core courses allows more flexibility in tailoring a program of study to meet community and student needs. The program also includes an internship component which allows students to work in the area of their career choice. This degree puts an emphasis on the technical skills students will need on the job.

What type of work would I do if I studied Accounting?

Students with a business degree emphasizing accounting will be able to obtain jobs at area industries or organizations outside the Certified Public Accountant arena. Jobs in tax services, management consulting and general bookkeeping are not hard to find for these graduates. As a bookkeeper/accounting clerk, these graduates would compute, classify, record and verify numerical data to develop and maintain financial records. Although bookkeeping/accounting clerk jobs are entry-level positions requiring at least a high school diploma, a higher level of education such as that offered by an Associate of Applied Science degree will usually be favored over a high school diploma. (Missouri Occupational Information Coordinating Committee)

What salary can I expect to earn with Accounting?

Bookkeepers and accounting clerks (Occupational code 43-3031) in Missouri earned an average annual salary of $34,040, according to 2012 data (most recent data available) compiled by the Missouri Department of Economic Development and posted on the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center website. Bookkeepers and accounting clerks in the south-central Missouri region earned an average salary of $25,598 for the same period.

What type of work would I do if I studied Computer Information?

Students with a business degree emphasizing computer information systems will be prepared to work in the general business environment with the ability to make business decisions, act as an intermediate level computer application specialist and write simple programs.

What salary can I expect to earn with Computer Information?

Computer operators in Missouri earned an average annual salary of $36,020, according to May 2009 data compiled by the Missouri Department of Economic Development and posted on the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center website. In southcentral Missouri, annual salaries average $21,105.

What type of work would I do if I studied Business Management?

Students with a business degree that emphasizes management can expect to land a supervisory position at area businesses, working into middle and upper management throughout their career. Among the jobs open to students with these degrees are retail sales manager and department supervisor. Managers plan, organize and control the operations of a business or department, overseeing the work and leading employees to accomplish the goals and objectives of the organization. They also interview, hire and train staff. Although many come into these positions from previous experience, many have a postsecondary education. On the local and national level, larger businesses are turning to community and junior college vocational programs to supply management personnel to manage heir operations. (Missouri Occupational Information Coordinating Committee)

What salary can I expect to earn with Business Management?

The salaries of managers vary substantially, depending on the level of responsibility, length of service, and type, size and location of the firm. According to May 2012 statistics from the Missouri Department of Economic Development the average entry-level salary of management occupations in south-central Missouri was $32,623. In the state of Missouri the average entry level salary of management occupations was $43,020. (May 2012 data, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center website)

What type of work would I do if I studied Technology Management?

Students with a business degree that emphasizes technology management can expect to land a supervisory position at area businesses, working into middle and upper management through their career. Managers plan, organize and control operations of a business or department, as well as interview, hire, train and supervise staff. Although many come into these positions with previous experiences, many have a post-secondary education. On the local and national level, larger businesses are turning to community and junior college vocational programs to supply management personnel to manage their operations. (Missouri Missouri State University-West Plains Occupational Information Coordinating Committee).

Business

Associate of Applied Science
General Education Core RequirementsCredit Hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
  • MGT 130 Business Mathematics
  • MTH 100 Intermediate Applied Mathematics or higher
    (except MTH 197 Introductory Topics in Mathematics and MTH 297 Mathematic Topics in Globalization)
3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
IDS 110 Student Success 2
Total General Education Core Hours 17
Business Core RequirementsCredit Hours
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
BUS 135 Introduction to Business 3
FIN 280 Introduction to Financial Management 3
BUS 297 International Business (capstone course) 3
MGT 120 Introduction to Management 3
MGT 286 Business Communications 3
QBA 237 Basic Business Statistics 3
LAW 231 Legal Environment of Business 3
Total Business Core Total 24
  1. Students may select either MGT 130 Business Mathematics or any math course(s) numbered MTH 100 or higher, excluding MTH 197 and MTH 297. One-credit-hour courses including MTH 111, MTH 112, MTH 113, MTH 114 and/or MTH 115 may be selected in a combination to equal three credit hours.
  2. Students are strongly encouraged to confirm transferability of individual courses to othe institutions prior to enrollment. Not all courses will transfer or satisfy specific degree requirements for bachelor's degrees.

Accounting Option

Accounting Core RequirementsCredit Hours
ACC 211 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
ACC 220 Payroll Accounting 1
ACC 221 Introduction to Individual Income Tax Accounting 2
ACC 290 Accounting Software Applications 3
ACC 299 Internship in Accounting 3
CIS 201 Computer Applications in Business 3
CIS 290 Advanced Microcomputer Applications 3
FIN 280 Introduction to Financial Management 3
Total General Education Hours 21
Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Total Hours Required 62

Computer Information Option

Computer Information Core RequirementsCredit Hours
CIS 201 Computer Applications in Business 3
CIS 205 Website Design and Development 3
CIS 229 Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems 3
CIS 260 Application Development I 3
CIS 270 Application Development II 3
CIS 290 Advanced Microcomputer Applications 3
CGP 145 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
Total Computer Information Core Hours 21
Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Total Hours Required 65

Entrepreneurship Option

Entrepreneurship Core RequirementsCredit Hours
ACC 290 Accounting Software Applications 3
CIS 290 Advanced Microcomputer Applications 3
EPR 110 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
EPR 130 Sales and Customer Service 2
EPR 290 Business Plan Development 1
EPR 299 Internship in Entrepreneurship 3
FIN 280 Introduction to Financial Management 3
MKT 150 Introduction to Marketing 3
Technology Management Core Hours 21
Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Total Hours Required 62

Management Option

Management Core RequirementsCredit Hours
ACC 211 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
CIS 290 Advanced Microcomputer Applications 3
ECO 165 Principles of Microeconomics 3
FIN 280 Introduction to Financial Management 3
FIN 266 Principles of Real Estate 3
MGT 299 Internship in Business Management 3
MKT 150 Introduction to Marketing 3
Total Management Core Hours 21
Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Total Hours Required 62

Technology Management Option

Technology Management Core RequirementsCredit Hours
EPR 210 Employee Management and Supervision 3
TEC 100 Survey of Electronics 3
TEC 112 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3
TEC 232 Quality Management 3
TEC 250 Safety Management 3
TEC 255 Project Management 3
TEC 299 Technology Internship 3
Technology Management Core Hours 21
Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Total Hours Required 62