Associate of Applied Science in Entrepreneurship

Areas of Study

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

The type of work graduates could pursue with this degree is unlimited and will depend on the interests of the graduates.

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

Students enrolled in Entrepreneurship will obtain a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Study areas include a general education component, entrepreneurial core courses and an electives component that allows students to select courses that will pertain directly to their type of business. Two certificate programs are available, as well. The entrepreneurship certificate and the small business development certificate both focus on developing practical skills.

Why should I major in entrepreneurship?

Nationwide, there are 26.8 million businesses in the United States, according to Office of Advocacy estimates. Small businesses represent about 99.7% of employers, employ about half of the private sector workforce and generate 60 to 80% of the net new jobs in the United States.* In the West Plains Area region of the state, entrepreneurs make up more than 13.0% of the population. (OSEDA)

What salary can I expect to earn with entrepreneurship?

In 2000 there were approximately 6,300 full-time entrepreneurs and 5,200 part-time entrepreneurs in the West Plains Area region, which includes Howell, Wright, Douglas, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Oregon counties. The average income for full-time entrepreneurs in the region is $22,771 (income from self employment) and $26,207 (all income sources). The average income for part-time entrepreneurs is $2,328 (income from self employment) and $28,664 (all income sources).

(Source: http://oseda.missouri.edu/meric/p02300_westplains.shtml)

There are 169,766 full-time entrepreneurs in Missouri (4.21% of population) and 169,616 part-time entrepreneurs (4.20% of the population). The West Plains Area region has one of the highest percentages of entrepreneurs in the state at 13.13% of the regional population. The state average income for full-time entrepreneurs is $29,998 (income from self employment) and $33,262 (all income sources). The state average income for part-time entrepreneurs is $4,294 (income from self employment) and $47,857 (all income sources).

(Source: http://oseda.missouri.edu/meric/total_statewide.shtml)

*(Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census; Advocacy-funded research by Kathryn Kobe, 2007 (https://www.sba.gov/advo/research/rs299tot.pdf); Federal Procurement Data System; Advocacy-funded research by CHI Research, 2003 (https://www.sba.gov/advo/rs225tot.pdf); U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey; U.S. Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Administration.)

Entrepreneurship (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science
General Education Core RequirementsCredit Hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
3
IDS 110 Student Success 2
  • MGT 130 Business Mathematics
  • MTH 100 Intermediate Applied Algebra or higher
    (Except MTH 197 Introductory Topics in Mathematics or MTH 297 Mathematic Topics in Globalization)
3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
General Education Core Total 14
Major RequirementsCredit Hours
  • AGR 297 Global Agriculture and Food Production
  • BUS 297 International Business (Capstone Course)
3
  • AGR 299 Agriculture Internship or
  • EPR 299 Internship in Entrepreneurship
3
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
Total Major Requirements Hours 9

Agricultural Business Option

CourseCredit Hours
  • ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • EPR 140 Accounting for Small Businesses
3
AGR 101 Animal Science 4
  • AGR 103 Plant Science
  • AGR 115 Sustainable Agriculture & the Environment
3
AGR 112 Introduction to Agricultural Business 3
AGR 120 Agriculture Recordkeeping 1
AGR 144 Agricultural Economics* 4
AGR 215 Soils 3
EPR 121 Accounting Software Applications 3
EPR 130 Sales & Customer Service 3
EPR 150 Marketing for Small Businesses 3
LAW 231 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGT 286 Business Communications 3
AGR or EPR Electives 9
Total Agriculture Business Hours 45
*ECO 155 and ECO 165 may be substituted for AGR 144

Culinary Arts Option

CourseCredit Hours
EPR 110 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
EPR 121 Accounting Software Applications 3
EPR 130 Sales and Customer Service 2
EPR 290 Business Plan Development 3
FCA 150 Culinary Arts I** 12
FCA 155 Culinary Arts II** 12
LAW 231 Legal Environment of Business 3
MKT 150 Introduction to Marketing 3
Electives 1
Total Culinary Arts Hours 42
**FCA 150 Culinary Arts I and FCA 155 Culinary Arts II are offered in cooperation with the South Central Career Center (SCCC). FCA 160 Culinary Arts may be substituted for FCA 150 Culinary Arts I and FCA 155 Culinary Arts II.

General Business Option

CourseCredit Hours
ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
EPR 110 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
EPR 121 Accounting Software Applications 3
EPR 290 Business Plan Development 3
LAW 231 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGT 286 Business Communications 3
MKT 150 Introduction to Marketing 3
Electives 21
Select 21 credit hours of electives, including a minimum of 6 EPR credit hours. Additional Electives shall be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor and should support the student's individual career and educational goals. Electives may not include ENG 100 Introduction to College Composition, MTH 020 Pre-Algebra (Math Lab Class) or MTH 030 Beginning Algebra (Math Lab Class).
General Business Hours 42
Total Hours Required 65-68

Students are strongly encouraged to confirm the transferability of individual courses to other institutions prior to enrollment. Not all courses will transfer or satisfy specific degree requirements for bachelor’s degrees

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