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Business Specialist

Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Applied Science


The Business Specialist program provides you with basic knowledge and skills in preparation for business positions of a general nature. Areas of emphasis include accounting, marketing, management, supervision and business law. After graduation you are prepared to seek employment in entry-level management and supervisory positions.

Business Specialist

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

Business Specialist

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 68

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
BUS:103 Intro to Business 4.0
MAT:063 Elementary Algebra OR 4.0
  Higher-level Math 3.0
MKT:140 Principles of Selling                                 3.0
* Psychology Elective 3.0
* Technical Elective 3.0


Term 2
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
MKT:110 Principles of Marketing 3.0
MKT:183 Customer Service Strategies 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
* Math/Science Elective 3.0


Term 3
ACC:152 Financial Accounting 4.0
BUS:180 Business Ethics 3.0
BUS:185 Business Law I 3.0
ECN:120 Principles of Macroeconomics 3.0
MGT:102 Principles of Management 4.0
SDV:135 Job Seeking Skills 1.0


Term 4
ACC:156 Managerial Accounting 4.0
ECN:130 Principles of Microeconomics 3.0
MGT:170 Human Resource Management 3.0
MGT:215 Principles of Financial Management 3.0
* Technical Elective 3.0


Math/Science Electives: Math: MAT:102, MAT:744, transfer-level MAT. Science: transfer-level BIO, CHM, ENV, PHS, PHY
Psychology Electives: Transfer-level PSY
Technical Electives: ACC, ADM (excluding ADM:105), BCA, BUS, CIS, FIN, GRA, LGL, MGT, MKT, NET (excluding NET:146), TRV

Business Specialist

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$21,601 - $47,533

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of NICC Alumni

AgVantage FS
Alliant Credit Union, Dubuque, IA
American Trust & Savings Bank, Dubuque, IA
Central Community Hospital, Elkader, IA
Day Spring Spa, Decorah, IA
Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, IA
Decorah Bank, Decorah, IA
Eagle Window & Door, Dubuque, IA
East Dubuque Savings Bank, East Dubuque, IL
Farmers Coop Elevator, Rushford, MN
Gunderson Lutheran Clinic, Decorah, IA
Guttenberg Industries, Guttenberg, IA
Hartig Drug, Dyersville, IA
Heartland Financial, Dubuque, IA
Hy-Vee, Dubuque, IA
Key West True Value, Dubuque, IA
Lansing Hay Company, New Vienna, IA
Lowe's, Dubuque, IA
McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Dubuque, IA
Mike's Auto Center, Dubuque, IA
NW Direct, Dubuque, IA
Prairie Farms, Dubuque, IA
Prudential Retirement, Dubuque, IA
Quickstop, Dubuque, IA
Spahn & Rose Lumber Co., Dubuque and Dyersville, IA
Swiss Valley, Dubuque, IA
TCF Bank, Maple Grove, MN
The Lounge at Grand Central Station, Lansing, IA
Tomy International Inc., Dyersville, IA
T.M. Logistics, Dubuque, IA
Two Girls Cleaning Service, Dubuque, IA
Van Wyngarden & Abrahamson, Waterloo, IA
Victory Ford, Dyersville, IA
Wal-Mart, Decorah, IA
Woodward Communications, Dubuque, IA

Sample Job Titles

Department Manager
Document Specialist
FSR Teller
Inventory Specialist
MRP Controller
Trust Date and Reconcilement Specialist


Business Specialist

Additional Information:

Articulation Agreements

Northeast Iowa Community College maintains articulation agreements with many area colleges and universities. The Business Specialist program has an official articulation in place with the AIB College of Business.


Todd Ecklund
Dean of Business and Computer Science
800.728.7367, ext. 208