Associate of Business degree description

Associate of Business (A.B.) Degree
(60 - 64 credits)

The A.B. degree is appropriate for students who plan to transfer to the university to earn a baccalaureate degree in Business-related areas such as Accounting, Administration, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Human Relations, Marketing and Public Administration.

This degree is comprised of three components:
     1.   A block of 35-36 credits of Arizona General Education Curriculum courses- AGEC-B 
     2.   24-29 credits of Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives
     3.   Additional CAC degree requirements


AGEC-B (35-36 credits)
The AGEC-B satisfies requirements in many business programs and other programs that articulate with an A.B. degree.  AGEC-B requires a minimum of Brief Calculus plus 32 credits from specific AGEC categories.  AGEC-B courses are transferable to all three Arizona public universities provided they are completed with a grade of "C" or better.  The current list of approved AGEC-B courses can be found in our current catalog or online; and/or see your Academic Advisor to create a Master Academic Plan (MAP). 

AGEC-B Categories

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
    • ENG101-English Composition III (3 credits)
    • ENG102-English Composition IV (3 credits)
  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Arts and Humanities (6-9 credits)
    • Select a minimum of one Arts course (3 credits) and one Humanities course (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6-9 credits)
    • ECN201-Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
    • Select courses to fulfill this requirement from at least two different disciplines
  • Biological and Physical Lab Sciences (8 credits)
    • Select courses with laboratory requirements
  • Mathematics (3-5 credits)
    • MAT211-Brief Calculus (4 credits) or higher
  • Computer Competency (3 credits)
    • CIS120-Survey of Computer Information Systems (3 credits)
  • Special Requirements (0-9 credits)
      • Please note that courses from Oral Communications, Arts/Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences or Transfer Electives may also "double-dip" to meet Special Requirements.
    • Intensive Writing / Critical Inquiry (3 credits)
    • Ethnic / Race / Gender Awareness (3 credits)
    • Global / International - Historical Awareness (3 credits)

Required Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives

  • ACC201-Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACC202-Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
  • BUS201-Legal Environment of Business (3 credits)
  • BUS208-Business Statistics (3 credits)
  • ECN202-Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • MAT215-Math for Business Analysis (4 credits)

To verify transferability of additional elective courses, refer to the Course Equivalency Guide on the AZTRANSFER website at; and/or see your Academic Advisor to create a Master Academic Plan (MAP).

Additional CAC Degree Requirements

  • Reading Competency: RDG094-College Reading or appropriate score on reading placement assessment
  • Grade of "C" or better in each course applied toward the degree
  • Minimum of 20 credits completed at CAC
  • Minimum of 15 credits in the AGEC-B completed at CAC

Other Degree Considerations
Many four-year degrees require either a second- or fourth-semester level proficiency of a second language and strongly encourage students to complete this requirement at the community college prior to transfer.  To determine second language requirements for your degree, check your university catalog,
Transfer Guides at, or meet with an Academic Advisor.  Students may demonstrate proficiency by completion of coursework and/or a proficiency test.  CAC offers Spanish, French and Sign Language.  Contact an Academic Advisor for assistance.



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