Business Pathways Certificate (BUSC)


Note: The Business Pathways Certificate is not currently enrolling students.

The Business Pathways Certificate is designed for students who want to learn fundamental business concepts while also completing some of the required courses (general education requirements and basic business requirements) for an Associate of Applied Business degree. Students admitted to one of the following Cincinnati State associate degree programs may wish to add the Business Pathways Certificate:
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Pre-Business Administration
  • Supply Chain Management
High school students who are earning college credits through College Credit Plus may also wish to pursue the Business Pathways Certificate.

To ensure that courses taken as part of the certificate will apply to degrees earned at Ohio public universities, students should select electives that are part of the Ohio Transfer Module or the Ohio Transfer Assurance Guide. Certificate advisors assist students in choosing elective courses.

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Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Complete an associate's degree in a business-related field
  • Transfer to a baccalaureate program in a business-related field

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Depends on focus of degree program

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Depends on focus of degree program

Employment Outlook

Depends on focus of degree program

Education Options

Co-op Salary Projections

Co-op is not part of certificate program


Effective 2017-2018 academic year

Business Pathways Certificate (BUSC)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
ACC 101 Financial Accounting 2 2 3
ECO 105 Principles of Microeconomics 3 0 3
ENG 101 English Composition 1 3 0 3
LAW 101 Business Law 3 0 3
MKT 101 Principles of Marketing 3 0 3
Semester 2      
ENG 10X English Composition Elective   3 0 3
MAT XXX Mathematics Elective   3 0 3
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective or Natural/Physical Sciences Elective   3 0 3
XXX XXX Directed Elective 1   3 0 3
XXX XXX Directed Elective 2   3 0 3
Total Credits:   29 2 30


English Composition Elective  
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Mathematics Elective (select one course)  
College-level math:
MAT 111 Business Mathematics 3
MAT 115 Pre-Statistics 3
or, Ohio Transfer Module math:
MAT 131 Statistics 1 3
MAT 151 College Algebra 4
MAT 215 Business Calculus 6
MAT 251 Calculus 1 5
MAT 252 Calculus 2 5
Directed Electives (select courses from two different subject areas)  
ACC 102 Managerial Accounting * 3
ECO 110 Principles of Macroeconomics ** 3
FIN 100 Personal Finance 3
FIN 150 Business Finance 3
IM 111 Computer Applications 1 3
IM 120 Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel 3
IM 200 Information Systems for Managers 3
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3
Arts/Humanities Elective  
Any Ohio Transfer Module course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 130  
Natural/Physical Sciences Elective  
Any Ohio Transfer Module course from BIO, CHE, EVS, PSC, PHY  

 Ohio Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) course


 Ohio Transfer Module course

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Michele Geers, CPA
(513) 569-1435