Business Administration
Undergraduate Certificate Online Program

The undergraduate certificate program in Business Administration is designed to allow students to develop an ability to reach effective business and industry decisions by recognizing issues, examining alternatives, and effectively communicating successful solutions. Students will be introduced to business communication skills, business law and ethics, and organizational theories that pertain to their professional interests.

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The California Coast University online Undergraduate Certificate in Business Administration program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Business Administration degree program consists of 4 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 4  Core Courses .
There are 12 total semester units in this program.

4 Core Courses

The online Undergraduate Certificate in Business Administration degree program is comprised of the following 4 courses. Click on course title to expand and read more.

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ID Course Name Units
BAM 105 Introduction to Business  3

Introduction to Business introduces the business world and the contemporary environment in which it operates. How business operations are managed and organized will be explored and the basic ideas of marketing processes and consumer behavior will be discussed. Additionally, students will become aware of the changing face of business, with its current technological and management information system advances.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the types of ethical and social responsibility issues that affect the contemporary business environment.
  • Explain how businesses, operations, and people are organized and managed.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of marketing, including marketing processes, consumer behavior, customer relationships.
  • Explain the financial issues facing business today, including money, banking, securities and investments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the utilization of information technology within a business environment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to the introduction to business course content.
BAM 312 Business Communications  3

Business Communications covers the fundamental dimensions of communication: language and behavior. Alternatives for conveying messages are discussed. The course also covers, in detail, the various channels and media for business communication, with guidelines for effective and successful use of each.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the foundations of business communication and analyze why it is important.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of effective business communication and the writing process.
  • Describe best practices in finding, evaluating, and processing information to effectively plan and write formal reports and proposals.
  • Discuss how to develop and deliver effective business presentations with the use of slides and visual media.
  • Assess the importance of writing employment messages, and describe best practices for interviewing for jobs.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to business communications.
BAM 406 Business and Society  3

Business and Society explores both market and nonmarket components of the business world. While interrelated, managers must understand how the market and nonmarket environments interact and address those issues to achieve superior performance. To do this, the course combines the disciplines of economics, political science, and law to provide students with a deeper understanding of the complex managerial issues involved. The focus is on strategy and its implementation within the context of social, governmental, and legal constraints.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define and discuss key concepts related to the role and concept of social responsibility in the business world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the factors impacting corporate governance, the relevant stakeholders, and organizational behavior in relation to social responsibility.
  • Examine the interrelationship and impact of government on business and the related laws, regulations, and politics impacting each.
  • Explain the importance of ethics in relationship to corporate social responsibility and the issues impacting ethical behavior.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to business and its role in society.
BAM 410 Organizational Theory and Behavior  3

Organizational Theory and Behavior emphasizes the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, and society. It presents a dynamic, systems approach to understanding and facilitating work relationships. Emphasis is given to the interaction of individual values, attitudes, needs, abilities, traits, and motivation within teams and organizations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define organizational behavior and assess the importance of interpersonal skills in the workplace.
  • Examine the concepts of ethics, diversity, attitude, emotions, personality, and motivation of the individual within organizations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of group behavior and key factors influencing group behavior.
  • Examine best practices for creating an organizational culture.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to organizational behavior.

Prerequisites to Admission:

The applicant should meet the following prerequisites in order to be admitted to the program: An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have successfully obtained a high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent.

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