Business ASC

Academic Subject Certificate in Business

The Certificate in Business is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in accounting, economics, mathematics, computer applications, and written and oral communication for earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

At least twelve of the 24 or 27 credits required for the Certificate will also apply as general education requirements for an Associate in Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts degree. With proper planning, the Certificate may be completed within the total credit requirements for the AA degree and may not require additional semesters.

If you plan to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in business please see an academic advisor for the program requirements at the college or university you intend to transfer to.


Course Alpha Course Title Credits
ENG 100 Composition I 3
SP 151 or
SP 251
Personal and Public Speech (3) or
Principles of Effective Public Speaking (3)
Accounting Series - choose one combination of courses
Series A
  • ACC 201 Intro to Financial Accounting (3)
  • ACC 202 Intro to Managerial Accounting (3)

Series B

  • ACC 124 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • ACC 125 Principles of Accounting II (3)
  • ACC 202 Intro to Managerial Accounting (3)
6 or 9
ECON 130 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 131 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
BUS 101 or
BUS 201 or
ICS 101
Business Information Systems (3) or
Advanced Business Information Systems (3) or
Digital Tools for the Information World (3)
MATH 103 or higher* 3
  Total Credits 24 or 27


*Students need to check receiving institution (to which they are transferring) for specific math requirement or see an academic advisor for appropriate Math course.

  • UH Mānoa CBA requires or MATH 203 or MATH 241
  • UH-West O‘ahu prefers completion of MATH 10 or see counselor for appropriate math

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Perform fundamental accounting tasks and maintain basic accounting systems
  • Access, analyze, and interpret information to make judgments and to solve basic business problems
  • Demonstrate basic competencies in oral and written communication
  • Demonstrate basic quantitative reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Analyze economic conditions that are internal and external to an organization
  • Use basic computer applications skills to create documents and produce information to help solve business problems