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General Business

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose General Business?

Enrolling in the General Business program rapidly introduces you to the world of business. In a short two-year period of time, you will learn basic information for all the areas of business: accounting, management, marketing, finance, and information systems are introduced with directed electives allowing for a more in depth study of the student's area of interest.

Career Opportunities

After completion of the two-year General Business degree, students are prepared for entry level professional positions in many industries. Students often find that the program ignites an interest in further study and are pleased to see that the general business program has been designed to easily transfer into almost any four-year degree program in business at Ferris State University.

Admission Requirements

New Students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher.

Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGLISH 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and HS Algebra with 2.0. 

Exceptions for New and Transfer Students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 High School GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math and Reading and a 13 ACT in English (2.00 Overall GPA for Transfer Students) can be considered for conditional admission in a College of Business Pre-Program. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.

Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits.

More Information:
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

The General Business program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall.

More Information

Management Department
119 South Street/BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: (231) 591-2427

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.

Required Courses
Credit Hours


Princ. of Financial Accounting
Princ of Managerial Accounting
Introduction to Business
Intro Micro Systems-Software
Database Design-Implementation
Applied Management
Principles of Marketing
Introduction to Statistics
Legal Environment of Business
Contracts and Sales
Directed Electives

University General Education

Communication Competence
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
English 1
English 2
Scientific Understanding
Lab Science Elective
Quantitative Skills
Choose One: 
Quantitative Reason for Pro 2
Intermediate Algebra
If MATH ACT is 24 or higher, substitute a general education elective
Cultural Enrichment
Cultural Enrichment Elective
Social Awareness
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Minimum credit hours required for A.A.S. degree: