Associate of Business

About this degree


No matter what field you may decide to pursue, it is helpful to begin with an understanding of business. The Associate of Business (ABus) degree is the foundation for many careers and a way to gain an edge and the critical knowledge it entails.

The NPC Associate of Business degree is a transfer degree. The general education component of the ABus degree fulfills the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-B). When completed, the AGEC-B will transfer to the three public Arizona state universities as a block that meets all lower division general education requirements.

NPC Requirements

  • The Associate of Business (ABus) degree requires a minimum of 64 hours of course credits with a grade of “C” or better in all courses and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduates must complete CIS 105 and at least 36 general education credits.
  • Some courses have placement requirements or prerequisites that may result in coursework beyond 64 credits. These courses, too, require a grade of “C” or better. For information about prerequisites, see an NPC academic adviser.
  • In most general education courses, special emphasis is placed on developing written communication skills with intensive writing requirements. Race and ethnic issue awareness is embedded throughout the general education requirements. Specific courses, as noted, meet the requirement for Contemporary Global/International or Historical Awareness.

Degree Requirements

Note: The following requirements for the ABus Degree are effective Fall Semester 2015

General Education Credits

36 credits

Completion of the 36 general education course credits fulfills requirements for the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-B) for the Associate of Business degree.

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Business Core

18 credits

  • BUS 120 Financial Accounting • 3 credits
  • BUS 121 Managerial Accounting • 3 credits
  • BUS 201 Quantitative Methods • 3 credits
  • BUS 206 Legal, Ethical, Global and Regulatory Environment of Business • 3 credits
  • ECN 211 Principles of Macroeconomics • 3 credits
  • ECN 212 Principles of Microeconomics • 3 credits



10 credits

An additional 10 credits should be chosen carefully based on lower division and common course requirements for majors at the college or university to which the student plans to transfer. To ensure you are selecting appropriate electives for transfer, see your NPC academic adviser.

The electives component must consist of credits that transfer to all three public Arizona universities as defined in the Course Equivalency Guide for the year in which the course is completed. Access to information about degrees and pathways, common courses, Course Equivalency Guides, and Arizona college and university catalogs is available through an academic adviser or directly on the Internet at

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