Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog

Entrepreneurship, A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5004
Department Chairperson: Ricky P. Thibodeau
Brahan Hall, Room 219, (518) 629-7225

Whether you are interested in launching your first business venture or are an existing small business owner looking to grow your current business, the Entrepreneurship program will give you the necessary skills to pursue that dream. Students will learn the fundamentals for increasing the likelihood of building sustainable success in their ventures. Entrepreneurship is on the rise in the United States and now accounts for more than 20 percent of all jobs. The internet has greatly expanded the possibilities for small entrepreneurs, allowing businesses to establish niche audiences and clientele around the world. Since the Entrepreneurship program can help you establish any number of small business opportunities, your career path is completely in your hands.

Coursework will help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and understand entrepreneurial finance, small business management, and marketing and legal issues for small business owners. Entrepreneurship coursework is often sought by those who want to establish their own businesses. However, another path students may take is intrapreneurship, which refers to becoming a driver of innovation within an existing company, applying the new and unique ideas and strategies learned through entrepreneurial education.  Intrapreneurship opportunities exist within a wide variety of companies and organizations, and the demand for innovative strategies and creative thought within existing companies is always in demand.

The program can be completed over four semesters. This option offers more in-depth training for students who may not have substantial pre-existing entrepreneurial skills or experience. Students in the A.A.S. program will conclude their study with the development of an actionable business plan, ready for financing and implementation, as well as an internship to experience entrepreneurship in our own community. Some graduates may wish to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to further their education.

Program Entrance Requirements

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math (70 or above in the course) Fall and Spring   70 or above

Total Credits Required: 63

Major Requirements*

*Or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.
**Required of first-time full-time students. May be waived at department chairperson’s discretion.
*** Students will be expected to participate in the Entrepreneurial Internship. In extenuating circumstances (as determined by the Department Chair), the Internship may be replaced with an elective as approved by the Department Chair.

(1) Math Elective Credits: 3

(3) Computer Elective Credits: 3

Any CMPT or CISS course. Recommend CMPT 101  or CMPT 115 .

Total Credits Required: 63

Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study

First Term

Term Total: 15

Term Total: 16

Third Term

Term Total: 16

Fourth Term

Term Total: 16