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In order to compete effectively in the 21st century, successful managers and entrepreneurs need strong interpersonal, communication, analytical, and decision-making skills. Columbus State’s Business Management curriculum focuses on meeting these requirements for students who wish to attain an Associate Degree in Business Management or who wish to upgrade current job performance skills. The emphasis in the program is on skill applications through the latest teaching techniques and technologies.

Gainful Employment Statement

The Project Management Certificate is comprised of six (6) courses totaling 17 credit hours. This certificate can become the platform to accelerate PMI or other recognized professional certifications or will provide substantial value in itself. Students will develop a personal project management methodology which will enhance their resume. Potential employers, with or without project management knowledge, will easily be able to see the value of this document. This six (6) course certificate program is available to degree, as well as non-degree-seeking students.

The Entrepreneurship Certificate provides the developing small business student/entrepreneur an expedient opportunity to gain specific knowledge of small business operations.

NOTE: For those Entrepreneurship students whose work schedules do not allow for the traditional classroom instruction, all of these certificate courses are offered via online/distance learning (DL). All eight courses may be applied toward a degree program.

The Managing Interpersonal Skills Certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, both professionally and personally. Since more than two-thirds of the competencies desired of the average employee are interpersonal rather than technical in nature, this set of knowledge and skills is essential for effective job performance. This sequence of innovative, highly interactive courses provides students with the opportunity to learn about themselves as well as others. This four (4) course certificate program is available to degree and non-degree-seeking students.

Business Management also offers a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. This four course sequence prepares individuals for leadership roles in a variety of nonprofit organizations, including those in the fields of adult human service, health care, cultural arts, the environment, youth service, faith-based, and professional/trade. The program is dynamic, interactive, and practical yielding insights and skills immediately applicable to the workplace. The curricula was validated by professionals in the field and is taught by faculty with significant practical and academic nonprofit experience. This four (4) course certificate program is available to degree, as well as non-degree-seeking students.

The MBA (Master of Business Administration) is one of the most sought-after professional degrees not only by those currently working in business but also by many other professionals (such as physicians, attorneys, public-sector managers, and entrepreneurs) who are increasingly in need of these types of skills. The Pre-MBA Certificate is designed for individuals who have already completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to pursue an MBA, or for professionals in various fields who wish a basic grounding in business principles through an introduction to the basic business disciplines. All of the courses in this certificate can be completed online. NOTE: We strongly recommend that you meet with an advisor from your target MBA college prior to beginning this certificate program, since admission requirements vary greatly. The advisor for the Pre-MBA Certificate is located in the Integrated Media Department.

Traditional Classes and Online/Distance Learning Choices

The Business Management program offers traditional and online/distance learning (DL) options for our students. The traditional classroom experience continues to provide students with quality instruction in a small classroom setting on campus and at off-campus locations. The Business Management program also offers online/distance learning courses that provide the same high quality learning as traditional instruction, yet with the added flexibility of being able to complete course work online.

Business Management Major

Upon completion of the program for an Associate of Applied Science with a Business Management major, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the management functions and skills within an organizational system as they interact in a dynamic and diverse global environment
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of current legal, ethical, social, financial, and economic environmental factors as they apply to business
  • Prepare and present effective written and oral business related reports
  • Work effectively as a member of a team
  • Use appropriate technology and other resources to research, analyze and integrate both quantitative and qualitative data to solve business problems
  • Appropriately apply the management functions both departmentally and to the organization as a whole
  • Assess and develop individual communication, leadership and team building styles
  • Recognize and adapt to the communication, leadership and team building styles of others
COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
BMGT 1101 Principles of Business  3
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
MATH 1030 Beginning Algebra II 3
. or .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics  3
BMGT 1102 Interpersonal Skills  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
Semester 2 . .
BOA 1200 Business Language  2
HUM XXXX Humanities  - Refer to approved list  3
XXXX XXXX Natural Science - Refer to approved list  4
BMGT 1111 Management  3
ACCT 1211 Financial Accounting  3
BOA 1300 Business Applications  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 17
Summer Semester . .
SBS XXXX Refer to approved list  3
FMGT 2201 Corporate Finance  3
BMGT 2253 Conflict Management  3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 3 . .
BGMT 2280 Business Professional Development  1
LEGL 2064 Legal Environment of Business  3
MKTG 1110 Marketing Principles  3
ACCT 1212 Managerial Accounting  3
BMGT XXXX Technical Elective  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Semester 4 . .
BMGT 2216 Business Ethics  3
BMGT 2258 Enterprise Planning & Analysis  3
BMGT 2299 Case Studies in Strategic Management  3
HRM 1121 Human Resources Management  3
BMGT 2901 Business Practicum/Seminar  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 72

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

BMGT 1108 21st Century Skills  2
BMGT 2211 Organizational Behavior  3
BMGT 2231 Entrepreneurship I  3
BMGT 2232 Entrepreneurship II  3
BMGT 2245 Introduction to Non-Profit Management  3
BMGT 2246 Operational Management of Nonprofit Organizations  3
BMGT 2247 Legal/Financial Issues in Non-Profit Management  3
BMGT 2499 Nonprofit Management Capstone  3
BMGT 2250 Project Management Principles  3
BMGT 2251 Project Management Techniques  3
BMGT 2599 Project Management Capstone  3
FMGT 1101 Personal Finance  3

NOTE: Those students who intend to complete an associate degree at Columbus State Community College and then transfer to another college to complete a baccalaureate degree should confirm the math requirements at the target transfer college; math requirements vary greatly.

Entrepreneurship Major

In addition to the Business Management core outcomes, a graduate pursuing the Entrepreneurship major will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the skills needed to start a new business
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the research methods and skills needed to start, expand, or purchase a business
  • List and explain the major factors influencing the success or failure of a small business
  • Develop a business plan
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the functional and interpersonal management skills needed to operate a small business.

Entrepreneurship Major

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
BMGT 1101 Principles of Business  3
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
MATH 1030 Beginning Algebra II 3
. or .
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics  3
BMGT 1102 Interpersonal Skills  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
Semester 2 . .
BOA 1200 Business Language  2
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
XXXX XXXX Natural Science – Refer to approved list  4
BMGT 1111 Management  3
ACCT 1211 Financial Accounting  3
BOA 1300 Business Applications  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 17
Summer Semester . .
FMGT 2201 Corporate Finance  3
LEGL 2064 Legal Environment of Business  3
SBS XXXX Refer to approved list  3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 3 . .
ACCT 1212 Managerial Accounting  3
MKTG 1110 Marketing Principles  3
BMGT XXXX Technical Elective  4
BMGT 2231 Entrepreneurship I  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Semester 4 . .
BMGT 2216 Business Ethics  3
BMGT 2232 Entrepreneurship II  3
BMGT 2299 Case Studies in Strategic Management  3
HRM 1121 Human Resources Management  3
BMGT 2902 Entrepreneurship Practicum/Seminar  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 72

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

BMGT 1108 21st Century Skills  2
BMGT 2211 Organizational Behavior  3
BMGT 2245 Introduction to Non-Profit Management  3
BMGT 2246 Operational Mgmt of Nonprofit Organization  3
BMGT 2247 Legal/Finance Issues in Non-profit Mgmt  3
BMGT 2250 Project Management Principles  3
BMGT 2251 Project Management Techniques  3
BMGT 2280 Business Professional Development  1
BMGT 2499 Nonprofit Management Capstone  3
BMGT 2599 Project Management Capstone  3
BOA 1113 Quickbooks I  1
BOA 1114 Quickbooks II  1

GE-SOCIAL BEHAVORIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3
GEOG 2240 Economic and Social Geography  3
POLS 1100 American Government  3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3

GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ I:   Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ II: Non-Western/Non-Amer/Since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African American History I:  1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African American History II:  1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3

GE-NATURAL/PHYSICAL SCIENCES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

ASTR 1141 Life in the Universe  3
ASTR 1161 The Solar System  3
ASTR 1162 Stars and Galaxies  3
ASTR 1400 Astronomy Laboratory  1
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I  4
BIO 1112 Human Biology   4
BIO 1113 Biological Sciences I  4
BIO 1114 Biological Sciences II  4
BIO 1125 Plant Biology  4
BIO 1127 Environmental Science I  4
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology  4
BIO 2232 Human Physiology  4
CHEM 1110 Chemistry and Society  5
CHEM 1111 Elementary Chemistry I  4
CHEM 1112 Elementary Chemistry II  4
CHEM 1171 General Chemistry I  5
CHEM 1172 General Chemistry II  5
GEOL 1101 Introduction to Earth Science  4
GEOL 1105 Geology and the National Parks  3
GEOL 1121 Physical Geology  4
GEOL1122 Historical Geology  4
GEOL 1151 Natural Disasters  3
PHYS 1103 World of Energy  3
PHYS 1106 Physics by Inquiry: Properties & Motion  5
PHYS 1200 Introductory Algebra-Based Physics I  5
PHYS 1201 Algebra-Based Physics II  5
PHYS 1250 Calculus-Based Physics I  5
PHYS 1251 Calculus-Based Phys II  5

Project Management Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
BMGT 2250 Project Management Principles  3
BMGT 1102 Managing Interpersonal Skills  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 5
Semester 2 . .
BMGT 2251 Project Management Techniques  3
BMGT 2216 Business Ethics  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
Semester 3 . .
ACCT 1212 Managerial Accounting  3
BMGT 2599 Project Management Capstone  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 17

Entrepreneurship Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
BMGT 2231 Entrepreneurship I  3
BOA 1111 Bookkeeping I  3
LEGL 2064 Legal Environment of Business  3
BOA 1113 Quickbooks I  1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10
Semester 2 . .
BMGT 2232 Entrepreneurship II  3
MKTG 1111 Marketing Principles  3
FMGT 1101 Personal Finance  3
BOA 1114 Quickbooks II  1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 20

Managing Interpersonal Skills Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
BMGT 1102 Managing Interpersonal Skills  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 2
Semester 2 . .
BMGT 2211 Organizational Behavior  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
Semester 3 . .
BMGT 2253 Conflict Management  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
Semester 4 . .
BMGT 2280 Business Professional Development  1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 1
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 9

Nonprofit Management Certificate

Semester 1 . .
BMGT 2245 Introduction to NonProfit Management  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
Semester 2 . .
BMGT 2246 Operational Management of NonProfit  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
Semester 3 . .
BMGT 2247 Legal & Financial Issues in NonProfit Management  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
Semester 4 . .
BMGT 2499 NonProfit Management Capstone  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 12

Pre-MBA Certificate

NOTE: We strongly recommend that you first meet with the advisor(s) of your target MBA college(s) PRIOR to beginning this certificate program, since MBA programs vary greatly.

Semester 1 . .
MKTG 1110 Marketing Principles  3
BMGT 1111 Management  3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics  3
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics  3
ACCT 1211 Financial Accounting  3
FMGT 2201 Corporate Finance  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 18