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Business Administration

Business Administration

Erie Community College recognizes the need to prepare its students for an ever-changing job market. An Associate in Applied Science degree is a significant first step in securing the knowledge and skills necessary for employment or continued education in such a dynamic environment. We offer contemporary subject matter, including state-of-the-art computer training, and encourage our students to view education as a lifelong process.

The objectives of the Business Administration Department are threefold: to prepare students for responsible entry-level employment in the business arena immediately following graduation; to provide a quality education for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution for bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees; and to provide continuing education opportunities for those already working in business and industry.

The comprehensive nature of this program prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities. Business Administration students take a core of business subjects and then choose four business electives. These electives allow students flexibility in exploring particular areas of interest. In addition, students take a variety of liberal arts, math and science courses. The degree can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, during the day or evening.

Graduates of the program are qualified for entry-level managerial positions, such as accounting clerk, auditor's assistant, sales and office manager, and administrative assistant.

Admissions Requirements

Two years of high school mathematics are recommended.

Program Competencies

Upon graduating with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business: Business Administration, the graduate will be able to:

  • create and interpret various accounting/financial statements;
  • demonstrate  critical and logical thinking in analysis of business cases;
  • apply information management skills to a variety of business situations;
  • make use of the formal decision making process in diverse and dynamic environment;
  • examine the ethical and legal foundations of business and prioritize corporate social responsibility;
  • construct an  intelligent business opinion and communicate it in print and verbally; and
  • propose major business opportunities by using appropriate reasoning and analytical skills in decision making.


Articulation Agreements/Transfer Agreements

Erie Community College's Business Administration Department has transfer agreements with most area colleges. The agreements facilitate the transfer of ECC business graduates into the four-year schools. They include Alfred University, Buffalo State College, SUNY at Buffalo, D'Youville College, SUNY College at Fredonia, Canisius College, Daemen College, Hilbert College, Houghton College, Medaille College, and Niagara University, as well as Thames Valley University in London, England and European University in Antwerp, Belgium.


Total Degree Credits: 62.0

First Year, Fall Semester
BU 121 - Accounting Principles I Credit Hours: 4
BU 130 - Quantitative Business Methods Credit Hours: 3
BU 140 - Introduction to Business Credit Hours: 3
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
Math Elective Credit Hours: 3-4

First Year, Spring Semester
BU 122 - Accounting Principles II Credit Hours: 4
BU 131 - Computer Applications in Business Credit Hours: 3
BU 151 - Marketing I Credit Hours: 3
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3
Math/Science Elective Credit Hours: 3-4

Second Year, Fall Semester
BU 240 - Principles of Management Credit Hours: 3
BU 261 - Business Law I Credit Hours: 3
EC 102 - Macroeconomics Credit Hours: 3
Business Elective Credit Hours: 3
Business Elective Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Spring Semester
BU 232 - Business Finance Credit Hours: 3
EC 103 - Microeconomics Credit Hours: 3
Business Elective Credit Hours: 3
Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3-4
Business Elective Credit Hours: 3

Note: This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.

The following are recommended courses for students who wish to emphasize the accounting, marketing, or management/supervisory skills aspect of the Business Administration program. Students are advised to contact academic advisers for further information.

Accounting Management/Marketing Supervisory Skills
BU 221 - Computerized Accounting Credit Hours: 4
BU 225 - Introduction to Income Tax Credit Hours: 3
BU 226 - Managerial Accounting Credit Hours: 3 
BU 251 - Marketing II Credit Hours: 3
BU 252 - Marketing Management Credit Hours: 3
BU 253 - Retailing Credit Hours: 3
BU 254 - Advertising Credit Hours: 3
BU 255 - Salesmanship Credit Hours: 3
BU 231 - Business Systems Credit Hours: 3
BU 234 - Investments Credit Hours: 3
BU 241 - Organizational Behavior Credit Hours: 3
BU 242 - Human Resource Management Credit Hours: 3
BU 243 - Entrepreneurship Credit Hours: 3
BU 247 - Business Plan Completion Credit Hours: 3
BU 248 - Practicum in Supervision Credit Hours: 3
BU 262 - Business Law II Credit Hours: 3

Note: A student may use an interdisciplinary approach by selecting courses from any business course not required, to fulfill the business elective requirements.

Recommended Part-Time Sequence in Business Administration

Semester One
English *
Introduction to Business
Semester Six
Business Law I
Liberal Arts Elective *
Semester Two
Quantitative Business Methods
Semester Seven
Business Elective *
Math Elective *
Semester Three
Accounting Principles I
Semester Eight
Business Finance
Business Elective *
Semester Four
Accounting Principles II
Computer Applications in Business
Semester Nine
Principles of Management
Business Elective *
Semester Five
Principles of Marketing
Semester Ten
Business Elective *
Math or Science Elective *

* Consult with academic advisers.

Note: Students should be aware that special electives may not be offered each semester. The above sequence, assuming two courses per semester, enables students to finish in 10 semesters. Students are free to accelerate with the understanding that they may not perform satisfactorily if they do not allow adequate time for out-of-class study. Inquiries should be directed to the chairperson of the business administration department.

Available At:

City Campus
North Campus
South Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

2 Years Math

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Math I

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Accounting and Advertising Firms
Government, Finance and Insurance Agencies

Hegis Code:


Curriculum Code:



Business & Public Service
Business Administration AAS

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Business Administration

Russell Grosjean
City Campus
Room 505
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 270-2643
Robert Zaffram
North Campus
Room B100B
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 851-1525
Jason Januszkiewicz
South Campus
Room 4221
4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: (716) 851-1722