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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 SAT Scores

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

Two of the Three Criteria:

  1. SAT ERW score of 450 or higher
  2. SAT Math score of 500 or higher.  Placement in MATH 109/110 will be considered (SAT Math score of 480 or higher).
  3. SAT Composite of 900 or higher

New Students ACT Scores

  • 2.5 High School GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

Two of the Three Criteria:

  1. ACT English score of 16 or higher
  2. ACT Math score of 19 or higher
  3. ACT Reading score of 19 or higher

Transfer Students

  • Combined college or university GPA of 2.35 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended.  GPA based on completion of 12 credit hours or more.  Developmental courses will not be considered in computing the GPA requirement.
  • Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGL 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; or SAT ERW score of 450 or higher; or Accuplacer English score of 6 or higher.
  • Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 114/115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; SAT Math score of 500 or higher; or Accuplacer Math scores:  Elementary Algebra score 75 or higher and College Level Math 0-49.  

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree is here

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

 Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

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.)

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: