Business Specialist

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Business Specialist

Subject Area: Business, Marketing and Hospitality

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 67

Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer


The Business Specialist program provides the 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 completion, graduates are prepared to seek employment in entry-level management and supervisory positions.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
BUS:103 Intro to Business 4.0
MAT:102 Intermediate Algebra OR 4.0
  Higher-level Math 3.0
MKT:140 Principles of Selling 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0
* Psychology Elective 3.0


Term 2
BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Apps 3.0
BUS:204 Professionalism in the Workplace 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


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


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


Psychology Electives: Transfer-level PSY
Technical Electives: ACC, ADM (excluding ADM:105), BCA, BUS, FIN, GRA, MGT, MKT, TRV

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $31,639 - $66,033 and a projected growth of 5%, the career outlook for Business Specialist graduates is growing.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

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


Edna Stiefel
Business Faculty (Calmar)
800.728.2256, ext. 248

David Minnihan
Business Instructor (Peosta)
800.728.7367, ext. 301