Subject Area: Business, Marketing and Hospitality
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum Credits: 68
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.
- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
Term 1 Course Title Credits BCA:212 Intro to Computer Business Applications 3.0 BUS:103 Intro to Business 4.0 MAT:102 Intermediate Algebra 4.0 MKT:140 Principles of Selling 3.0 SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0 Term 2 Course Title Credits ENG:105 Composition I 3.0 MKT:110 Principles of Marketing 3.0 MKT:183 Customer Service Strategies 3.0 PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0 SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0 Term 3 Course Title Credits ACC:152 Financial Accounting 4.0 BUS:130 Intro to Entrepreneurship 3.0 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 Course Title Credits ACC:156 Managerial Accounting 4.0 BUS:204 Professionalism in the Workplace 3.0 ECN:130 Principles of Microeconomics 3.0 MGT:170 Human Resource Management 3.0 MGT:215 Principles of Financial Management 3.0
With an annual income range of $42,397 - $69,499 and a projected growth of 3.6%, the career outlook for Business Specialist graduates is growing.
Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations within a 100 mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses. Growth rate based on projections from 2017-2021.
Future Ready Iowa is an initiative led by the governor to build Iowa’s talent pipeline by meeting the goal of 70 percent of all Iowans to have a two-or four-year college degree, industry recognized certificate or other credential that meets employer need by 2025. Northeast Iowa Community College has the programs necessary to meet this goal.
Employers of NICC Alumni
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
Trust Date and Reconcilement Specialist
Business Faculty (Calmar)
800.728.2256, ext. 248
Business Instructor (Peosta)
800.728.7367, ext. 301