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Basic Business - Certificate

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The Basic Business Certificate is designed to prepare students for entry into the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Business Administration program. It is also ideal for students who are not interested in pursuing a two-year degree but who desire to have some basic skills in the field of business, so they can qualify for an entry-level position in a business career. Students may apply all of the credit hours earned with this certificate toward completion of the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Business Administration degree.

The Basic Business Certificate can be completed via face-to-face, hybrid (50% face-to-face/50% online), and 100% online options.  To offer the highest degree of flexibility to our students, the Basic Business Certificate is available 100% online from the comfort of your own home.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Basic Business Certificate program find that they have a general understanding of the principles of business, as well as basic computer, communication, and math skills. While most graduates of this program go on to complete their Associate in Business Administration degree, employment opportunities can be found in the following fields:

  • Banks
  • Education, legal and medical offices
  • Construction companies
  • Retailers
  • Real estate companies
  • Government agencies

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Mission/Purpose Statement:

The Basic Business Certificate provides general business courses, as a foundation, for students desiring knowledge and skills, for entry level positions, in business related careers and continuation into the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Administration. 


  • Students will be competent in basic business functions
  • Students will communicate effectively
  • Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • The program promotes professional behaviors and lifelong learning
  • The program will effectively meet the needs of the community for entry level office jobs or positions that require basic business functions

For more information, contact:
Raquel Sharkey - (843) 349-7828

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall Course Title Semester Credit Hours
BUS 101 Introduction to Business 3
ENG 155* Communications I 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3
  Business Elective* 3
  TOTAL 12
Second Semester - Spring    
BUS 220 Business Ethics 3
ENG 160* Technical Communications 3
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3
  Business Elective* 3
  TOTAL 12



*ENG 101 and ENG 102 may be substituted for ENG 155 and ENG 160.

Business Electives choose from the following:
ACC 101, ACC 102, BUS 121, BUS 125, BUS 210, BUS 220, ECO 210, ECO 211, HOS 140, MGT 120, MGT 150, MGT 201, MKT 101, MKT 110, MKT 120, MKT 135, MKT 240