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The Business Program at Skyline College provides challenging academic experiences in a wide variety of business specializations that prepare students with a foundation in business, accounting, economics, and data processing.

We offer Associate Degrees in Business with concentrations in a variety of areas geared towards students looking to transfer to a four-year institution. We also offera variety of Business Certificates for students looking to gain an advantage once they enter the workforce.

 

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The Business Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Skyline College was the first community college on the west coast to receive accreditation from Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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An education in Business prepares students for a wide range of executive, administrative and managerial occupations through the study of economics, international relations, public policy, and organizational management.

In order to succeed in Business, students should have good judgment, an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, self-confidence, good problem solving and analytical skills, leadership qualities, flexibility, and a willingness to obtain formal training in other areas.

Career Outlook

In order to succeed in Business, students should have good judgment, an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, self-confidence, good problem solving and analytical skills, leadership qualities, flexibility, and a willingness to obtain formal training in other areas.

Specific job descriptions vary greatly by industry, by nature and size of the organization, and by level of responsibility. At the highest level of responsibility, general managers and top executives formulate policy and direct the operations of private companies and government agencies; these positions frequently require graduate level education.

Most entry- to mid-level positions in Business require a Bachelor’s Degree. The Business Programs at Skyline College offer a springboard from which to transfer to a four-year institution.

The State of California Employment Development Department provides an online Occupational Guide that provides helpful job descriptions, job outlooks and wages, and qualification requirements for a wide variety of careers. Use this guide to find more information about a career that may interest you.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Critical Thinking - Apply critical thinking and analytical skills in decision making and problem solving.
  • Accounting/Financial Accounting - Understand and apply accounting principles to prepare financial statements.
  • Business Law - Develop an understanding of the law and the legal environment as it relates to business operations, including its ethical implications.
  • Intro to Business Information Systems - Identify the basics of information technology and apply software applications to enhance efficiency of business functions.
  • Business Communications - Create effective oral and written business communications utilizing modern communication technologies.
  • Economics/Macroeconomics - Demonstrate knowledge of basic economic concepts and how they affect business.
Office Information
Location: Building 8
Email: gorostizaa@smccd.edu
Phone: (650) 738-4204/4501
Summer 2024 Courses  |  Fall 2024 Courses

Type Status Title Days Time Instructor
Online Class OPEN BUS. 100 - 50045 - Introduction to Business
BUS. 100 Introduction to Business

A basic orientation designed to develop a foundation of business practices and the role of business in the economy, and as an aid in selecting a field of specialization.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9D3
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area D), UC
C-ID: BUS 110
TBA Pate, H
Day Class  Hybrid Class OPEN for Waitlist BUS. 100 - 55151 - Introduction to Business
BUS. 100 Introduction to Business

A basic orientation designed to develop a foundation of business practices and the role of business in the economy, and as an aid in selecting a field of specialization.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9D3
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area D), UC
C-ID: BUS 110
T 10:40am-12:40pm McCarthy, S
Day Class  Hybrid Class OPEN for Waitlist BUS. 100 - 55151 - Introduction to Business
BUS. 100 Introduction to Business

A basic orientation designed to develop a foundation of business practices and the role of business in the economy, and as an aid in selecting a field of specialization.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9D3
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area D), UC
C-ID: BUS 110
TBA McCarthy, S
Online Class OPEN BUS. 101 - 55504 - Human Relations
BUS. 101 Human Relations at Work

Application of basic principles in the behavioral sciences, communication, practical problems of personal growth, self-management, and the development of healthy, productive, interpersonal relationships, in the workplace.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9D3, 9E1
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area D; Area E1)
TBA McCarthy, S
Online Class OPEN for Waitlist BUS. 103 - 50081 - Intro to Bus. Info Systems
BUS. 103 Introduction to Business Information Systems

Introduction to computer systems and software applications and their impact on the business environment. Topics include computer architecture, hardware, software, computer terminology and theory. Students use software applications as problem solving tools for business projects.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • TBA hours/semester: 16-18
  • Homework hours/semester: 80-90
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Transfer Credit: CSU, UC
TBA Beltran, H
Day Class  Hybrid Class OPEN BUS. 150 - 55225 - Entrepreneurship Sm Bus Mgmt
BUS. 150 Entrepreneurship - Small Business Management

For potential or present entrepreneurs with or without prior experience. An emphasis on the mindset of the entrepreneur, business model concepts, business management, marketing, 21st century skills and developing a business pitch.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Transfer Credit: CSU
T 1:00pm-3:10pm McCarthy, S
Day Class  Hybrid Class OPEN BUS. 150 - 55225 - Entrepreneurship Sm Bus Mgmt
BUS. 150 Entrepreneurship - Small Business Management

For potential or present entrepreneurs with or without prior experience. An emphasis on the mindset of the entrepreneur, business model concepts, business management, marketing, 21st century skills and developing a business pitch.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Transfer Credit: CSU
TBA McCarthy, S
Online Class OPEN BUS. 188 - 56316 - Consumer Behavior/Interpret...
TBA Canfield, C
Online Class OPEN for Waitlist BUS. 201 - 55088 - Business Law
BUS. 201 Business Law

Origin, development, and functions of the law and the legal environment with the objective of promoting a general understanding of legal reasoning. Framework within which the judicial process takes place. Legal problems pertaining to contracts and related topics, sales, and the impact of law on economic enterprise.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Transfer Credit: CSU, UC
C-ID: BUS 120
TBA Shek, S
Online Class OPEN MGMT 150 - 56141 - Human Resources Law/Labor
MGMT 150 Human Resources Law and Labor Relations

Exploration of federal and state employment laws and regulations, including EEO, prohibition of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, disability rights in the workplace, family leave laws and worker?s compensation. Understanding of organized labor in the United States; union relations, collective bargaining; contract negotiations, and grievance procedures.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Transfer Credit: CSU
TBA Beltran, H

The college course catalog contains lists of all courses that we may offer in the current academic year.

Business Program Graduate Data

2018 graduate data
2012-2017 graduate data

Business Program Success and Retention Data

Year Success Rate Retention Rate
2014-2015 67.4% 80.5%
2015-2016 69.5% 83.0%
2016-2017 71.3% 83.8%
2017-2018 72.9% 85.6%

Additional Resources

Student Learning Results (ACBSP Standard 4)

Primary Contact

Angelica Gorostiza
Angelica Gorostiza (Division Assistant)
Business, Education and Professional Programs-Division Office
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Department Faculty

Herlene Grace Beltran
Herlene Grace Beltran (Fulltime Faculty)
Business, Education and Professional Programs-Business
beltranh@smccd.edu More details »
Soledad McCarthy
Soledad McCarthy (Professor)
Business, Education and Professional Programs-Business
mccarthys@smccd.edu More details »
Hui Pate
Hui Pate (Professor)
Business, Education and Professional Programs-Business
pate@smccd.edu More details »
Stefani Shek
Stefani Shek (Adjunct Faculty)
Business, Education and Professional Programs-Business
sheks@smccd.edu More details »
Celia Canfield
Celia Canfield (Adjunct Faculty)
Business, Education and Professional Programs-Business
canfieldc@smccd.edu
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