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Business programs at community colleges and bachelor's degree schools include courses and majors in general business, accounting, finance, marketing and management. The following recommendations apply to programs in all of these fields. Community and junior college students are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree prior to transfer. Further, students should consult closely with an advisor early in their programs if they intend to transfer as juniors into a bachelor's degree program.

Be sure to consult the institution you plan on transferring to for course articulations.

Major Directive

Updated: September 28, 2010

The major panel courses recommended will be accepted as credit toward the major at the receiving institutions listed. Credit will either be accepted as a course equivalent or be counted as elective credit toward fulfilling the requirements of the major.

  • Once a transfer institution is chosen, students should consult the appropriate transfer guide as soon as possible for guidance on the most successful transfer path .Click here to view other Articulation Agreements..
  • Note that if the receiving institution does not offer the course or does not offer it at the lower-division level, the student will receive elective lower-division major credit for the course but may be required to take the course at the upper division level.
  • Receiving institutions may still require additional lower division courses to satisfy the major requirements, but students transferring should be able to complete the remaining courses in the same time that a native student can be reasonably expected to do so.
  • Approval of this list of recommended courses does not guarantee that the student will be admitted to the receiving institution or to that major.

The following institutions have agreed to the major courses listed below:

PART I: Business IAI Major Recommendations
PART II: Business IAI GECC Recommendations

PART I:  Business IAI Major Recommendations
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Business Core Course 12-16 semester credits
BUS 901 - Business Statistics (3-4 semester credits)
BUS 902 - Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts (3-4 semester credits)
BUS 903 - Financial Accounting (3-4 semester credits)
BUS 904 - Managerial Accounting (3-4 semester credits)
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Additional recommendations
Legal and Social Environment of Business
- (formerly BUS 913 not IAI articulated at this time)
(3 semester credits)
Recommended at the freshman/sophomore level by some, but not all universities. This is taught as an upper division course for some universities. Check with your intended transfer destination before taking this course.

PART II:  Business IAI GECC Recommendations Minimum 37 semester credits

Invisible dotThese are the specific courses in the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC) that should be taken for this emphasis.

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Communication: 3 courses (9 semester credits)
Select a two-course sequence in writing (6 semester credits) with a grade of  "C" or better and,
Select 1 course in oral communication (3 semester credits).
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Mathematics: 1 course (3 semester credits)
Select from Mathematics - College-level Calculus.
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Physical and Life Sciences: 2 courses (7-8 semester credits)
Select 1 course from Physical Sciences
Select 1 course from Life Sciences.
Select at least 1 laboratory course.

(Students with the appropriate preparation may substitute an initial course designed for science majors for a more general course.)
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Humanities and Fine Arts 3 courses (9 semester credits)
Select 1 course from Humanities,
Select 1 course from Fine Arts and
Select 1 from either Humanities or Fine Arts. - Courses can be taken from the same identifier as long as the course outcomes are different.

Recommended: H4 904 Ethics
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Soc. & Beh. Science
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 courses (9 semester credits)
Select 3 courses from at least 2 different disciplines (e.g., no more than 2 courses from, for example, psychology).

Select from Social and Behavioral Sciences - Principles of Macroeconomics.
Select from Social and Behavioral Sciences - Principles of Microeconomics. - Courses can be taken from the same identifier as long as the course outcomes are different.
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Find a GECC course
Click here to find what courses to take to fulfill the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum (IAI Gen. Ed.) at any participating college or university in the State. Please use the above information when choosing your courses. You may want to write down the information or print a hard copy of this page.

Grape HandIllinois Baccalaureate Majors' Recommendations (IAI Majors)
Click here to see the list of all IAI majors.

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