Interdisciplinary Studies: Business Option, Associate in Arts

The Business option is designed for the student preparing for a career in business or for transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue the Baccalaureate degree in business. With careful planning the student will be able to complete the Associate in Arts degree while concurrently satisfying the lower division transfer preparation for the baccalaureate degree.

Students planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) in Business should explore completing the AS-T degree designed specifically for transfer to the CSU. The AS-T degree provides the highest priority admission and other benefits for students who successfully complete them. Additional Business related AA-T degrees may become available in the near future. See the college catalog or a counselor for additional information regarding AA-T/AS-T Degrees for transfer to the CSU.

Students are encouraged to see a counselor for assistance in developing an educational plan that will identify the lower division major preparation and general education coursework that corresponds to the intended major and transfer institution. Students should consult for current course articulation in their major. Please refer to the "Essential Transfer Information Checklist" located in the transfer section of the current college catalog. Counseling appointments may be scheduled online by selecting "Counseling" under "Student Resources" on the Delta College home page. Failure to consult with a counselor may unnecessarily delay progress toward transfer.

Courses in the Business option provide the student an awareness and understanding of how various economic and business systems operate. Integrative courses in the discipline expose the student to fundamental business practices in accounting, business, computer information systems, economics, law, and mathematics. Courses foster an awareness of the theories, concepts, and terminology of business, creative problem-solving, decision making and communication skills. Transfer majors appropriate for this option include but are not limited to: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Management Information Systems, Human Resource Management, and Public Administration.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate appropriate discipline literacy in the business field.
  2. Compare and contrast controversial viewpoints regarding issues from the perspective of two or more disciplines.
  3. Analyze the similarities and differences between the ways knowledge is collected and applied in the disciplines studied.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate and utilize knowledge from multiple disciplines.

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  1. San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education (AA-GE) pattern - 24 units
  2. California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern - 40 units
  3. Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum-CSU version (IGETC-CSU) pattern - 37 units

*Completion of the San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education Pattern may be appropriate for the student who is:

  1. planning to transfer to an out of state or independent 4-year college or university that accepts completion of the Associate Degree for transfer.
  2. following NCAA guidelines.

General Education requirements vary widely from institution to institution. It is highly recommended that students see a counselor or consult the selected baccalaureate transfer campus catalog for appropriate GE course selection.

Courses Within the Area of Emphasis

Complete a minimum of 18 units including a minimum of one course from each area.

Area 1 - Accounting

BUS 001A

Principles of Accounting


BUS 001B

Principles of Accounting


BUS 003

Financial Accounting


BUS 004

Managerial Accounting


BUS 015

Excel Spreadsheets


Area 2 - Law

BUS 008

Introduction to The American Legal System


BUS 018A

Business Law


BUS 018B

Business Law


BUS 019

Legal Environment of Business


Area 3 - Economics


Principles of Macroeconomics



Principles of Microeconomics


Area 4 - Mathematics

MATH 001

Calculus I


MATH 002

Calculus II


MATH 003

Vector Calculus


MATH 004

Differential Equations


MATH 005

Linear Algebra


MATH 012

Introduction to Probability and Statistics


MATH 013

Survey of Calculus


MATH 020

Finite Mathematics


Area 5 - Business Related Courses

BUS 020

Introduction to Business


BUS 036

Human Resources Management


COM ST 005

Argumentation and Debate


CS 011

Fundamentals of Computer Science


CS 012

Introduction to Management Information Systems


CSP 026A

Java Programming


CSP 028A

Visual Basic .NET Programming


CSP 031A

C++ Programming I


CSP 031B

C++ Programming II


Minimum Area of Emphasis Units Required: 18

Complete all courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Minimum Degree Units Required: 60