Associate of Science in Business

What is the Associate of Science in Business degree?

The Associate of Science (AS) in Business degree is specifically designed to transfer to other colleges and universities. It contains a curriculum of basic first- and second-year courses which fulfill the general education requirements of most four-year institutions along with core business program requirements. The result is a well-rounded education that prepares students for the demands of upper level courses and/or future employment needs.

How does it transfer?

The 42 hours of general education in the AS in Business degree transfers as a block to four-year public colleges and Universities in the State of Missouri, thanks to the credit transfer policy of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE). This degree is structured for entry into baccalaureate degree business programs offered at four-year colleges or universities. As a result, students with the AS will go into four-year public institutions with junior standing and with virtually all of their freshman and sophomore general education requirements completed. This degree also prepares the student for the Bachelor of Science in General Business degree offered through Missouri State University on the West Plains campus. Many private colleges and universities in the state also honor the AS degree.

Why should I get an AS degree?

As pointed out above, having the degree ensures transferability of college credit hours at the freshman and sophomore level. The AS degree also is “locked in,” which means the credits will transfer as a block into a baccalaureate degree program, even several semesters after the AS degree’s completion. This degree also provides core business courses which allow the student to seek employment in the business field while continuing his education.

Business (AS)

Associate of Science

The required general education courses for the Associate of Science in Business are listed as follows:

Distribution Requirements

Foundations Requirements£ Credit Hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
  • ENG 210 Writing II: Academic Writing
  • ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions
MTH 135 College Algebra or higher
(Except MTH 197 Introductory Topics in Mathematics and MTH 297 Mathematic Topics in Globalization)
IDS 110 Student Success 2
Total Foundations Requirements Hours 14
£ The basic skills block constitutes preparatory courses necessary for completing a college education and should therefore be completed as soon as possible.
Public Affairs Credit Hours

US and MO Constitutions:

PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship

American History:

  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877
  • HST 122 Survey of US History Since 1877

Public Issues:

CIS 200 Critical and Creative Thinking Using Information Technology
Public Affairs Requirements Hours 9
Human Culture Credit Hours

Social and Behavioral Science:

  • ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • PSY 121 Introductory Psychology


  • LLT 121 Classical Mythology or higher
  • ENG 230 Introduction to Reading in Literature
  • ENG 231 Major Writers of English
  • ENG 235 Critical Approaches to Literature
  • ENG 236 Minorities in Literature
  • ENG 280 Short Story
  • ENG 283 Folklore and Cultural Engagement
  • ENG 285 Subjects in Folklore
  • ENG 288 Literature of Work: Readings in Professions
  • HST 103 World History to 1600 C.E.
  • HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E.
  • MED 274 Understanding Film
  • MUS 241 The Language of Music
  • PHI 110 Introduction to Philosophy
  • REL 101 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • REL 102 Introduction to the New Testament
  • Any Foreign Language

The Arts/Cultural Competence:

  • REL 100 Religion and Human Culture
  • GRY 100 World Regional Geography
  • ART 200 Art in Context
  • ENG 203 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 205 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • ENG 215 Creative Writing: Short Story
  • MUS 239 Introduction to World Music
  • THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts
Natural World Requirements Credit Hours
At least one course from each section, two different course codes, at least one with a lab 7-9

Life Sciences:

Physical Sciences:

Courses taken under the pass/not pass option cannot be used to satisfy general education, professional education or specific degree requirements except as noted in the pass/not pass policy.
Total General Education Block Hours 42-44
Other Course Requirements Credit Hours
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
BUS 297 International Business 3
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
ECO 165 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Total Other Requirements Hours 12
Business Electives Credit Hours
Choose 3 courses from the 2 lists below: ** 9
Business Core Requirements:
  • ACC 211 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • LAW 231 Legal Environment of Business
  • MGT 286 Business Communications
  • QBA 237 Basic Business Statistics
Other Business Elective:
Business Elective Total: 9
Degree Requirements Credit Hours
Total Hours 63-65
  1. This degree fulfills the Missouri 42-hour general education block requirements.
  2. While only three business electives are required to satisfy the degree requirements, please note that all courses listed under Business Core Requirements are required for admission into the Missouri State University College of Business. The five courses listed under Other Business Electives are either other business electives or courses required for the Missouri State University Bachelor of Science in General Business degree.
  3. Students are strongly encouraged to confirm the transferability of individual courses to other institutions prior to enrollment. Not all courses will tranfer or satisfy specific degree requirements for bachelor's degrees.

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