Jun 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, AAS

Location(s): Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Urban/Des Moines, West Des Moines, Online

The Business Administration program offers the student a number of career and educational opportunities. The Business Administration Entrepreneurship  AAS degree is designed for students who want to prepare for an immediate career in business. Students will engage in a course of study that will prepare them to be an entrepreneur at the end of the two year program.  The program includes an internship experience during the last semester providing students with the opportunity to work in the field before graduation.  Unique features of the Entrepreneurship curriculum include an introduction to American and international business practices, accounting practices and business law concepts. Classroom simulations tie the elements of business together.

Program Details

Students may start any semester.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Business Administration, Entrepreneurship Concentration, AAS degree, a student must complete the standard core requirements for the degree, plus the Entrepreneurship/Business required courses and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 2

Total Credits Required to Complete the Business Administration AAS Degree - 65*

*Total credits are calculated using the least number of credits needed to satisfy the option requirements.

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$185.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs


Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Books (approximate)





Approximate total for program: $14,625**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.


What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Possibility of starting your own business.
  • Assist management in small business operations.
  • Provide information and suggestions to management, coworkers and/or customers.
  • Communicate in person, by telephone, or in writing with management, coworkers and/or customers.
  • Hire personnel, direct, supervise and evaluate their work.
  • Sell products or services to customers.
  • Create, coordinate and communicate solutions to work environment or for customers.
  • May be responsible for information management to include small computer operation, typing, data entry, report preparation and documentation.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Maintain good working relations with customers, coworkers and management.
  • Communicate effectively and persuasively.
  • Work independently, solve problems and make decisions.
  • Address the public in person and on the telephone.
  • Demonstrate self-discipline, initiative, creative insight and good judgment.
  • Demonstrate willingness to learn broad business concepts and policies.

What Else Should I Consider about this Degree program?

  • Reading, communication and math skills must be at college level to gain maximum benefit from classes.
  • For career advancement and advanced position placement, it is important that students continue college coursework beyond the two-year program.
  • For transferability to four-year colleges and universities, it is important that students work closely with advisors and admissions counselors.
  • Average starting salary $30,833 (A.A.); $30,866 (A.S.) (2010-2011 Placement Report).

Program Competencies

  1. Understand the basic development and history of business in our free enterprise society.
  2. Analyze current local, state, national, and international business environment and its impact on the consumer, economy, industry and government roles therein.
  3. Explain the contributions of small business to the US and global economies.
  4. Evaluate the roles of producers, marketers, and consumers in our economy.
  5. Apply the basic business management functions, leadership fundamentals, and operational applications.
  6. Demonstrate interpersonal skills.
  7. Demonstrate college level oral and written communication skills.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/pathways/.(2021)