• Credits: 60
  • Degree Type: A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, Online

An Associate in Science degree builds a strong foundation of leadership and managerial skills to effectively manage people, organizations, and technology in the increasingly competitive global business world.

Program Overview

The business world today is facing rapid changes, creating an increased demand for well-trained professionals to fill positions in all areas of the business industry. An Associate in Science degree builds a strong foundation of leadership and managerial skills to effectively manage people, organizations, and technology in the increasingly competitive global business world.

Northland's Business program is for students intending to seek employment after graduation and for those planning to continue their studies at a four-year college or university. The curriculum addresses contemporary business issues through courses in economics, communications, the legal environment, and provides practical knowledge in analytical disciplines such as computer science, statistics, and mathematics.

The courses required for this degree cover the basic areas of knowledge necessary for entrance into the business world and successful performance on the job. In addition, internships are available for students who desire hands-on experience in their chosen fields.


Graduates from this program usually transfer to a four year institution. Positions they are acquiring are:

  • Sales Representative
  • Sales Manager
  • Store Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Customer Service Representatives

The employment outlook for administrative service managers in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 10.3%, a very high growth career.

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Program Course Listings

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ADMS 1116 Business Communications 3
BUSN 1110 Intro to Business 3
BUSN 2210 Prin of Management 3
BUSN 2218 Legal Environment Busn 3
BUSN 2221 Prin of Accounting I 4
BUSN 2222 Prin of Accounting II 4
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3
MKTG 2120 Supervisory Leadership 3
MKTG 2200 Prin of Marketing 3
ECON 2201 Microeconomics 3
ECON 2202 Macroeconomics 3
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
ENGL 1112 Composition II 3
MATH 2203 Statistics 4
  G4: Math/Logical Elective ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3
  G9: Ethic/Civic Resp Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 9

Area of Interest Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
G4: Math/Logical Reasoning Electives
MATH 1102 Contemporary Math 3
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3
G9: Ethical/Civic Responsibility Electives
PHIL 1102 Intro to Ethics 3
PHIL 2240 Ethics and Business 3

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Program Specific Requirements

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Transferring to NCTC?

We know there are a number of reasons students consider transferring from their current college or university. We also know you might have concerns about transferring current course work, meeting program prerequisites, managing timelines, and more. As a transfer student, you’ll quickly discover that creating opportunities for your smooth transition to Northland is our top priority. Our transfer admissions specialists and academic counselors understand this is an important move for you and will do everything they can to make your transition as easy as possible.

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Program Faculty

  • Tracy Boman
  • Accounting Instructor
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 683-8727
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Shannon Nelson
  • Business Instructor/Head Women's Basketball Coach
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 683-8696
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

Why Choose Northland?

Northland offers a multitude of opportunities, whether you're beginning your degree or returning to college. We're affordable, convenient, and flexible. Northland Community & Technical College – it’s more than just a great education. It’s about making a career out of what you love to do. Thinking about a new career? Think Northland!

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