AA Business


About This Degree

This business degree is designed to substantially fulfill the freshman and sophomore course requirements for admission to bachelor’s degree programs in business at colleges and universities.

The degree's general education curriculum is accepted for transfer by many colleges and universities throughout New Mexico.

Pursue Your Goals

Throughout this program, you'll gain an understanding of the nature of business, including financial information skills. Careers that may require a bachelor’s degree in business range widely and include areas such as:

  • Accounting
  • Financial analysis
  • Human resources
  • Insurance sales
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Personal finance
  • Recruitment and job placement


Transfer Credit In

Courses from other accredited institutions can be transferred and used to earn your degree.

Transfer Credits Out

CNM Online Associate degrees transfer to participating four-year colleges in the State of New Mexico. Some restrictions apply.


All courses are 3 credits, with the exception of Spanish I and Environmental Science for Teachers, at 4 credits.

Composition I                         
ENGL 1110
In this course, you will develop reading and writing skills that will help with the writing required in their fields of study and other personal and professional contexts. Students will learn to analyze rhetorical situations in terms of audience, contexts, purpose, mediums, and technologies and apply this knowledge to their reading and writing. 

Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems
BCIS 1110
You will examine systems and their impact on commerce, education, and personal activities, as well as utilization of productivity tools for communications, data analysis, information management and decision-making. 

Composition II
ENGL 1120
You will explore argument in multiple genres. Research and writing practices emphasize summary, analysis, evaluation, and integration of secondary sources. The emphasis of this course will be on research methods.

Introduction to Statistics
MATH 1350
This course discusses the fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics. You gain introductions to topics such as descriptive statistics, probability and basic probability models used in statistics, sampling and statistical inference, and techniques for the visual presentation of numerical data. 

Macroeconomic Principles 
ECON 2110
Macroeconomics is the study of national and global economies. Topics include output, unemployment and inflation; and how they are affected by financial systems, fiscal and monetary policies.

Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 1110
This course  introduces you to the concepts, theories, significant findings, methodologies, and terminology that apply to the field of psychology.

Business and Professional Communication
COMM 2180
This course develops the interpersonal, small group, and public communication skills most useful in business relationships and professional organizations. 

Environmental Science for Teachers
NTSC 2110
Introduces major issues in environmental science with emphasis on science processes, scientific investigations and field-based activities, and the integration of technology. Course topics include current issues on population, healthy ecosystems, and natural resources. Various teaching methods are modeled and practiced by students. Some field trips may be required.

College Algebra
MATH 1220
This course examines equations, functions and graphs, reviewing linear and quadratic functions, and concentrating on polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions.

Professional and Technical Communication
ENGL 2210
Professional and Technical Communication introduces you to the different types of documents and correspondence created in your professional career. This course emphasizes the importance of audience, document design, and the use of technology in designing, developing, and delivering documents.

General Biology
BIOL  1110/L
This course introduces non-science majors to basic biological concepts including, but not limited to, the properties of life, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, evolution, biodiversity, and ecology.

Spanish I
SPAN 1110
Designed for students with little exposure to Spanish, this course develops basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and basic intercultural competence in interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes of communication at the Novice Level of proficiency based on ACTFL guidelines.

Logic, Reason, Critical Thinking
PHIL 1120
The purpose of this course is to teach you how to analyze, critique, and construct arguments. The course includes an introductory survey of important logical concepts and tools needed for argument analysis and composition.

Business Law I
BLAW 2110
Survey the legal environment of business and common legal principles including: the sources of law, dispute resolution and the U.S. court systems, administrative law, tort law, contract law, agency and employment law, business structure and governance, ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Principles of Acct I
ACCT 2110
Get an introduction to financial accounting concepts emphasizing the analysis of business transactions in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the effect of these transactions on the financial statements, financial analysis, and the interrelationships of the financial statements.

Principles of Acct II
ACCT 2120
An introduction to the use of accounting information in the management decision making processes of planning, implementing, and controlling  business activities. In addition, the course will discuss the accumulation and classification of costs as well as demonstrate the difference between costing systems.

Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 1110
This course introduces you to the basic concepts and theories of sociology, as well as to the methods used in sociological research. The course addresses how sociological concepts and theories can be used to analyze and interpret our social world, and how profoundly our society and the groups to which we belong influence them.

MATH 1430
An algebraic and graphical study of derivatives and integrals, with an emphasis on applications to business, social science, economics and the sciences.

Microeconomic Principles

ECON 2120
This course will provide a broad overview of microeconomics.  Microeconomics is the study of issues specific to households, firms, or industries with an emphasis on the role of markets

Introduction to Theatre
THEA 1110
This course provides an introduction to the study of theatre. You will examine various components that comprise theatre, such as acting, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy, scenic and costume design, stagecraft, spectatorship, history, theory, and criticism.

Careers & Outcomes

Jobs in the Field

  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Business Continuity Planner
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Chief Executive
  • Compliance Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Cost Estimator
  • Industrial Production Manager
  • General Manager
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner
  • Operations Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Storage and Distribution Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Transportation Manager

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you'll:

  • Have met the associate of arts degree general education outcomes.

  • Be able to transfer to a four-year program to continue studies toward a bachelor’s degree in business and perform with equivalent success to non-transfer students.

  • Be able to apply appropriate accounting principles to business transactions.

  • Be able to identify managerial accounting concepts for use in business decision making.

Get Started

The CNM Online application process is easy and straightforward.