Entrepreneurship: AS Degree

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Entrepreneurship degree provides students with the mindset, decision-making skills, and the confidence and relationships necessary to turn ideas into market-ready products, services, businesses or ventures. Stackable Entrepreneurship Certificates are embedded into the program. The entrepreneurship courses are designed to enable new and existing entrepreneurs to successfully launch a new business or sustain and grow an existing business.

Career Opportunities

According to the Centers of Excellence (COE) “Environmental Scan: Entrepreneurship & Small Business Ownership in California” report, “both entrepreneurship and small business ownership are key contributors to California’s economic development and job growth” (March 2013, p. 4). The report indicated that “California is 5th in the nation for entrepreneurial growth and 2nd for overall entrepreneurial activity. Across the 14 regions of California, there are more than 283,000 entrepreneurial businesses employing nearly 850,000 individuals” (p. 4). California community colleges, therefore, play an important role in educational and training opportunities to support entrepreneurship and/or small business jobs.” (p. 31). According to the Centers of Excellence, (COE) the top small business sectors in the North Bay Region (Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties) include Professional, Technical & Scientific Services; Personal and Laundry Services; Specialty Trade Contractors’ Repair & Maintenance; and Administrative & Support Services. The “small business sector dominates the Napa economy” (WIB, p. 29). Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees account for “98% of all firms and 64% of private sector employment” (WIB, p. 29). When self-employed numbers are factored into the equation in Napa County, the small business sector is even more significant. Over 10,000 individuals are self-employed in Napa County, making self-employment one of the three largest employment sectors. The self-employed are primarily in professional and technical services, real estate, personal services, business support, and health care. . . more than half of the self-employment (53%) is in four industry sectors: Professional Services (21%), Personal Services (14%), Business Support Services (9%), and Real Estate (9%). (WIB, p. 30)

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate oral, written, and critical thinking skills required to succeed in business.
  2. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
  3. Develop a business plan.
Degree Requirements
Required Core Courses
ACCT-120Introduction to Accounting3
ACCT-127Computer Accounting3
BUSI-100Introduction to Business3
BUSI-101Business Planning I3
BUSI-102Business Planning II3
BUSI-103Legal Environment of Business3
BUSI-105Business Communication3
BUSI-142Principles of Management3
BUSI-144Introduction to Entrepreneurship3
BUSI-297Personal Money Management3
COMS-101Computer Information Systems3
or COMS-110 Introduction to Computers
COMS-165Microsoft Excel3
ECON-100Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ECON-101 Principles of Microeconomics
SPCOM-126Intercultural Communication3
Total Units45

To receive an Associate Degree, students must complete 60 degree applicable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0. Students must also complete the NVC General Education pattern to earn an Associate degree. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.  

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ACCT-120 Introduction to Accounting 3
BUSI-100 Introduction to Business 3
BUSI-101 Business Planning I 3
Computer Information Systems
or Introduction to Computers
NVC GE Area D1: English Composition 3-4
BUSI-144 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
BUSI-297 Personal Money Management 3
Principles of Macroeconomics
or Principles of Microeconomics
NVC GE Area D2: Mathematics 3-5
Graduation Requirement: Physical Education/Health 3
Second Year
ACCT-127 Computer Accounting 3
BUSI-102 Business Planning II 3
BUSI-142 Principles of Management 3
NVC GE Area A: Natural Science 3-5
NVC GE Area C: Humanities 3
BUSI-103 Legal Environment of Business 3
BUSI-105 Business Communication 3
BUSI-251 Marketing 3
SPCOM-126 Intercultural Communication 3
NVC GE Area D3: Communication and Analytical Thinking 3-5
 Total Units60-67