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B.A., Speech Communication, University of Washington
Degrees & Classes
Bellingham Technical College offers your first step toward a successful career in business and finance. Earn your associate degree and a solid foundation at BTC in two years, and be ready to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree in business management to build a career in a field that is experiencing strong growth in Washington and nationwide.
BTC’s Associate in Business transfer degree is designed for students who want to transfer to major in business at a Washington State college or university. After completing the 90-credit-hour associate degree program at BTC, you may transfer as a junior into a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) program in business administration, accounting, management information systems, and more.
At BTC you’ll begin building your core of business knowledge with academic coursework in English, economics, business law, and accounting. You’ll also develop top interpersonal and communication skills that will prepare you for today’s global, diverse, and competitive business environment.
The associate degree in business at Bellingham Technical College is a special program called the Direct Transfer Agreement in Major-Related Program (DTA/MRP). This means you start your bachelor’s degree in business at BTC, and finish it at a respected Washington State school.
BTC will get you ready to transfer to such respected universities [link to information on current transfer tab] as Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Walla Walla University, and Whitworth University.
Admission into many business schools is competitive, and higher grade point averages and course grades are often required. Completion of BTC’s Business transfer degree does not necessarily satisfy all course requirements. Be sure to check with universities you are interested in for specific admission and course requirements.
The employment outlook for business program graduates is strong, and you can expect to earn excellent wages and have plentiful job opportunities.
Locally and across Washington state, employers such as financial services and manufacturing firms need more qualified professionals with BA and BS degrees to help them meet the demands of a complex business marketplace. Through BTC’s Associate in Business DTA/MRP program, you’ll learn skills needed for a rewarding career in the fast-paced world of modern business whether you work for large or small employers such as retail and wholesale companies; finance, insurance and software companies; schools and universities; federal and state government; service industries; and manufacturing and industrial firms.
Bellingham Technical College’s associate in business program offers courses in English, public speaking, business calculus, and micro and macro economics. Your BTC education will help sharpen your business and communication skills so you can be a vital member of teams across a variety of companies and industries.
|All Business courses listed below are required|
|ACCT& 201||Principles of Accounting I||5 credits|
This course is the first of a series of three accounting courses in the Business DTA sequence. It provides an introduction to financial accounting as an essential part of business decision-making. It includes the vocabulary and fundamental concepts of accounting as well as analysis of common business activities and interpretation primary financial statements.
|ACCT& 202||Principles of Accounting II||5 credits|
This is the second of a series of three accounting courses in the Business DTA sequence and is a continuation of ACCT& 201. The emphasis of this class is on fixed assets, intangibles, investments and financing, stockholder’s equity, cash flow analysis and financial statement analysis.
|ACCT& 203||Principles of Accounting III||5 credits|
This is the third course of the series of three accounting courses in the Business DTA sequence and is also a required course for the Accounting AAS and AAS-T degree students. This course introduces students to information needed by managers to carry out three essential functions in an organization: (1) planning operations, (2) controlling activities, and (3) making decisions. This course will show what kind of information is needed, where this information can be obtained, and how this information can be used by managers as they carry out their planning, control, and decision-making responsibilities.
|BUS& 201||Business Law||5 credits|
This course introduces students to principles underlying the legal environment of business through lectures, classroom activities, and study of text. Students will be exposed to basic information relating business and personal aspects of law as set forth in the course outline.
|Both English classes listed below are required|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5 credits|
A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.
|ENGL& 102||English Composition II||5 credits|
Intermediate academic essay writing. Emphasis on critical reading and writing, synthesis of cross-disciplinary texts, documentation of sources and argumentation.
|Choose three classes from at least two subject areas. No more than 5 credits in world language at the 100 level.|
|CMST& 210||Interpersonal Communications||5 credits|
Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.
|CMST& 220||Public Speaking||5 credits|
Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.
|HIST& 146||United States History I||5 credits|
Survey of Native American societies, European explorers, and the lifestyles of the new continent, the independence movement, and the problems of a new nation.
|HIST& 147||United States History II||5 credits|
Survey course covering the rise of nationalism, evolution of American lifestyles, Civil War, westward movement, and the American industrial revolution.
|HIST& 148||United States History III||5 credits|
Survey course exploring the social, political, and economic history of the United States from 1900 to the present.
|HUM& 101||Introduction to Humanities||5 credits|
Students explore the works in the literary, performing, and visual arts. Students identify common themes in the arts, analyze works representing diverse perspectives, and investigate the political, social, technological and historical contexts of works. A broader understanding is encouraged through the exploration and synthesis of outside sources using research methods.
|SPAN& 121||Spanish I||5 credits|
An introductory course, which facilitates elementary ability in comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. This course provides some understanding of Hispanic cultures.
|SPAN& 122||Spanish II||5 credits|
A continuation of Spanish I. The vocabulary and grammatical structures are more complicated, and the student begins to master a past tense. Oral comprehension and speaking skills are emphasized through daily practice, as well as the reading and writing exercises.
|Choose two classes; you must include 5 credits of Business Calculus, Calculus I or higher math that inclues Calculus as a prerequisite.|
|MATH& 141||Precalculus I||5 credits|
The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.
|MATH& 142||Precalculus II||5 credits|
The majority of this course will cover trigonometry. Students will explore trigonometry functions, right and oblique triangle trigonometry, graphing, trigonometry identifies, laws of Sine and Cosine as well as trigonometric application problems. This course will also cover vectors in the plane and in space, along with parametric equations. Polar coordinates and graphs of polar equations will also be included.
|MATH& 148||Business Calculus||5 credits|
Limits, derivatives, marginal analysis, optimization, antiderivatives, and definite integrals.
|MATH& 151||Calculus I||5 credits|
Study of functions, limits, continuity,limits at infinity, differentiation of algebraic,exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses.
|MATH& 152||Calculus II||5 credits|
The study of Riemann Sums, methods of integration, numerical methods, polar and rectangular forms, fundamental theorem of Calculus, areas of regions, volumes of solids, centroids, length of curves, surface area, and an introduction to differential equations.
|MATH& 163||Calculus 3||5 credits|
Multivariate integral and differential calculus. Geometry in R3 and in the plane. The study of vectors, acceleration, curvature; functions of several variables, partial derivatives; directional derivatives and gradients; extreme values; double and triple integrals; applications. Graphing calculator required.
|MATH& 146 is required; choose two additional classes in physical, biological and/or earth sciences, including at least one lab science course.|
|BIOL& 160||General Biology with Lab||5 credits|
This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.
|BIOL& 260||Microbiology||5 credits|
Exploration of microbial world with a focus on medical microbiology for students in the health field. Areas of study include classification of microbes, life cycle, metabolism, control, and common infectious diseases of the human body. Laboratory component will demonstrate procedures to identify and control microbes.
|CHEM& 110||Chemical Concepts w/Lab||5 credits|
This course is a broad overview of chemistry concepts useful to technical program education. Topics include basic atomic theory, chemical bonding, solutions, organic chemistry, hydrocarbon reactions, analytical separations, gasses, thermodynamics, and intermolecular forces.
|CHEM& 121||Intro to Chemistry||5 credits|
Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.
|CHEM& 131||Introduction to Organic/Bio-Chemistry||5 credits|
This course is a continuation of CHEM&121 and uses those concepts learned to understand the molecular nature of organic molecules. Topics to be covered include the structure, nomenclature, properties and reactions of hydrocarbons, alcohol, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and the amines with significant emphasis on the biochemical context of these organic molecules. The structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids including the major catabolic and anabolic pathways of carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism is also covered. Lab activities complement theoretical concepts. Group discussion, lecture, as well as laboratory exercises are included as methods of learning.
|MATH& 146||Introduction to Statistics||5 credits|
Fundamental concepts and basic tools of descriptive and inferential statistics. How to describe data and make reasonable conjectures about the populations from which the samples were taken. Topics include: sampling distribution patterns, organization of data, sampling methods and experimental design, probability and simulation of random events, estimation of population parameters, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression and basic hypothesis testing. Internet/computer access and graphing calculator required.
|NUTR& 101||Nutrition||5 credits|
This course provides information pertaining to human nutrition and the function of nutrients in the body. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology of digestion and absorption; specific utilization of carbohydrates, protein, and fats; vitamin and mineral supplements. Other topics include food safety and the impact of diet on health and disease. Basic principles of chemistry, biology, and physiology are applied to the study of nutrition.
|PHYS& 110||Physics for Non-Science Majors w/Lab||5 credits|
A course for non-science majors focusing on the central concepts of physics relating everyday experiences. The principles and laws of physics are covered on a conceptual and historical level rather than mathematical basis. Topics include Newton’s laws of motion, energy and magnetism, and waves (sound and light). Laboratory work provides an introduction to the scientific method and role of measurement in science and serves to demonstrate the practical application of physics concepts.
|ECON& 201 and ECON& 202 are required; choose one additional class from options provided.|
|ECON& 201||Micro Economics||5 credits|
Introduction to microeconomics. Presents supply and demand models, consumers and producers choice in the competitive and non-competitive market. Examines the various economic decisions made by firms relating to price, demand, factors or production, and cost.
|ECON& 202||Macro Economics||5 credits|
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance.
|Choose one class from the following options:|
|BUS& 101||Introduction to Business||5 credits|
Students are introduced to the broad field of business and its organization, operation and management. Business opportunities, ownership, marketing, physical factors, human resource, finance, regulations and decision-making processes are emphasized. Other topics include problems of organization, strategic management and controls. Fulfills the social science requirements at Bellingham Technical College.
|POLS& 202||American Government||5 credits|
Focus is given to the system, process, and organizational functions of the American government. It also puts primary attention on the relationships between citizens and their national government by exploring the key theoretical precepts that shaped the Constitution and its federal structural arrangements. Close attention is paid to the policy making process and its key actors, as well as various public policies.
|PSYC& 100||General Psychology||5 credits|
An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.
|PSYC& 200||Lifespan Psychology||5 credits|
A systematic study of the developmental processes in humans from conception to late adulthood. Special emphasis will be given to the topics of physical development, cognitive development, and personality/social development.
|SOC& 101||Introduction to Sociology||5 credits|
This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.
|Some universitites require specific electives; please check with intended bachelor's institution.|
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