Advance in the Business World

The Associate of Science in Business degree at City University of Seattle will give you a solid, comprehensive understanding of core business principles to begin or advance in a career in business.

Industries across the business world need professionals equipped with the skills you’ll gain through CityU’s associate in business degree. Whether you plan to transition into an entry-level role or enroll in a CityU School of Management bachelor’s degree program, you’ll be ready to put your knowledge to work for you.

This program is available online and is typically completed in two years.

The Associate of Science in Business program teaches business fundamentals through courses that provide a wide variety of skills, like critical thinking, data analysis, and creative problem solving. CityU advisors help students determine which lower-division credits are needed and how to create an individualized associate degree.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Associate of Science in Business program, you’ll learn

  • Planning, organizing, coordinating, staffing, directing, budgeting, controlling, and evaluating functions of management
  • Leadership roles and styles, and development of individual and group effectiveness
  • Managing conflict and change
  • The human aspects of management
  • Fundamental concepts involved in marketing an organization
  • Microeconomic theory with real-world applications
  • Macroeconomic theory with real-world applications

College Writing: 5
College Mathematics: 5
Humanities: 5
Social Sciences: 5
Natural Sciences, Mathematics: 5
General Education Elective: 5


ENG 101

English Composition I (5)

This course introduces students to the principles of college writing. Students develop skills in critical thinking and strategies for interpreting, responding to, and using texts as sources and evidence. They write essays that demonstrate focus, organization, appropriate style, and the grammar and punctuation skills necessary for college writing.

ENG 102

English Composition II (5)

This course enhances and further develops the skills necessary for effective academic writing. Students will learn how to develop ideas to guide their research and to think critically when finding and using sources to write well-documented academic papers. Students learn how to use ideas from sources as evidence in essays and longer research papers. This course addresses research strategies, audience analysis, and bibliographic style, as well as organizational skills for writing the well-constructed, researched, and written college paper. In order to fulfill the College Composition requirement, students must achieve a minimum grade of 2.0 in the designated College Composition course. Prerequisite: ENG101, or equivalent course, or successful completion of CityU's Institutional English Assessment with a minimum of 80% earned for each module

HUM 105

Introduction to Critical Thinking (5)

Evaluating the strengths of arguments and supporting one's beliefs require critical-thinking skills. This course introduces students to deductive and inductive reasoning, evaluating evidence, and examining assumptions.

SCI 215

Environmental Science (5)

This course explores environmental change on a global scale, emphasizing the fundamental concepts of matter, energy, and ecology as applied to contemporary concerns. Environmental issues impacting more than two dozen countries are illustrated in order to develop an international perspective on the environmental challenges facing our planet.

SSC 107

Intro to International Studies (5)

An introductory look at the world's political, economic, and social structures in order to gain a better understanding of how nations interact and why world leaders take particular actions to further the interests of their nations. Emphasis is placed on the impact world events have on individuals and the lives that they live.


MATH 138

College Algebra (5)

MATH 138 is an examination of definitions and concepts of College Algebra including a review of fundamental algebra concepts. Topics also include graphing, linear, and quadratic equations, linear inequalities, and linear programming. Every concept includes practical everyday applications, which focus on reducing math anxiety. This course satisfies the general math requirement and is essential as preparation for mathematics, statistics, and accounting courses. Certain degree programs require higher level mathematics courses. Students should consult their advisors to determine if MATH 138 meets their program requirements. Students needing only to fulfill the university’s general education or college mathematics requirement may take MATH 107 instead of MATH 138.

MATH 141

Precalculus (5)

This course covers a review of algebra and geometry; linear, quadratic, and polynomial functions and their graphs; exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; linear programming; and sequences, sets, counting, permutations, combinations, and probability. Emphasis is placed on the development of necessary mathematical skills needed for upper division coursework. Students needing math for GE purposes only should consider MATH 107 or MATH 138 instead of MATH 141. Prerequisites: MATH 138.

MATH 151

Calculus (5)

This course covers the basic concepts and theory of differential and integral calculus of one variable, with emphasis on applications to business and economics. Additional applications are drawn from the natural and social sciences.

Business Major

AC 215

Fundamentals of Accounting (5)

This course emphasizes the preparation and recording of accounting information and is intended for students majoring in accounting. Students will learn about of the accounting cycle, the measuring process and the classification of data, and the accounting terminology that is essential to the preparation and effective use of financial principles that apply to statements. This course introduces basic accounting concepts and techniques; fundamentals of the accounting process and preparation of basic financial statements; accounting principles involved in the measurement and reporting of assets and liabilities; elements of consolidated statements and statement of cash flows; and using and interpreting financial statements for decision-making. Prerequisites: Strong math and algebra skills in addition to logical thinking are required to succeed in this course.

BSM 205

Introduction to Operations (5)

This course provides an introduction to important concepts associated with business operations. The key operational issues that concern a business include market categories; tactical and strategic planning characteristics; consumer demand and pricing, employee staffing and scheduling concepts; inventory control and management; the business economic concepts of revenue, costs, and their relationships relative to meeting consumer demand and profit maximization. The relational operational distinctions between the basic financial elements of revenue, cost, profit, and business economics are also examined. At the completion of the course, students will have an understanding of workplace operational issues and a foundation for upper division management courses. Course Entry Requirements: Math 107 or Math 138 or Math 141 or their equivalent or higher.

CS 201

Information Technology for Managers (5)

This course provides an introduction to the world of information technology, including the Internet, software and hardware, telecommunications, databases, and e-commerce. It examines the opportunities, challenges, and ethical questions brought by the digital age. As a preparatory course for the bachelor's degree programs in management, it develops students' skills in commonly used applications.

MATH 110

Introduction to Statistics (5)

This course focuses on basic statistical ideas and statistical reasoning. It is an introduction to statistics for anyone who has difficulty with the way statistics is usually presented, or who is simply intimidated by the subject. Students learn to think about data by working with data. Topics include: samples, sample surveys in the real world, observational studies and experiments, data ethics, displaying data with graphs, describing data with numbers, normal distributions, describing relationships, probability models and simulation, confidence intervals. Students will explore to get the basic statistical ideas.

MG 201

Introduction to Functions of Management (5)

Introduction to planning, organizing, coordinating, staffing, directing, budgeting, controlling, and evaluating functions of management; leadership roles and styles, and development of individual and group effectiveness; managing conflict and change; and the human aspects of management.

MK 205

Introduction to Marketing (5)

Students are introduced to fundamental concepts involved in marketing an organization. They will learn the following strategies: target marketing, marketing mix, new product development, competition, pricing, positioning strategy, SWOT analysis and market research. Students practice applying marketing strategies that support and drive strong businesses.


SSC 220

Principles of Microeconomics (5)

This course is an introduction of microeconomic theory with real world applications. Topics include: How households, firms, and governments make decisions of what goods and services to produce, how to produce the goods and for whom to produce them. This course will help you apply the skills and tools learned from theory to current world events.

SSC 221

Principles of Macroeconomics (5)

This course is an introduction of macroeconomic theory with real world applications. Topics include: Inflation, unemployment, poverty, deficits, taxes, interest rates, gross domestic product, recession, and international trade. This course will help you apply the skills and tools learned from theory to current world events.

Electives (20)

Capstone Course

BSM 295

Associate in Business Capstone (5)

As the capstone in the Associate of Science in Business degree program, this course requires students to integrate skills and knowledge gained from previous courses. Students prepare a high-level business plan based on a specific business opportunity. In addition, in a business simulation they work in teams to steer their company to meet financial objectives, applying research and quantitative skills to the challenge. By the end of the course, students will be able to use the knowledge and skills gained from coursework in real-world situations. Course Entry Requirements: BSM 205, MK 205, AC 215, SSC 220, SSC 221, MG 201.

Of the 90 credits needed for the degree, 25 credits must be taken at City University.

The Associate of Science in Business is designed to give you a strong foundation in a wide range of professional settings. You will also be prepared to enter a bachelor’s program at CityU.

The associate in business program will prepare you for an entry-level role in fields such as:

  • Business analytics
  • Data analytics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations management
  • Project management

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

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Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.