Program Description

Students will learn to express information in a variety of ways and develop critical thinking skills while processing the information. Studying economics helps students learn an analytical approach to thinking that will serve them in other courses of study and future endeavors. Besides general education courses, the curriculum focuses on business law and accounting, statistics, and how principles of micro- and macroeconomics function under various economic structures, policies and capital markets.


High school students should have taken courses in geometry and algebra. However, these courses are not mandatory for success.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the requirements earn an Associate in Arts degree.

BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of that institution for BSC course modifications.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Economist, Bank Officer, Financial Planner, Entrepreneur, Securities Broker, Investment Banker, Auditor, Insurance Analyst, Business Manager, Appraiser, Statistician, Research Assistant, Market Analyst, Real Estate Broker.



Ivan Tschider • Schafer Hall 319-I

Associate in Arts

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits61-64
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
ACCT 200 Elements of Accounting I 3
ACCT 201 Elements of Accounting II 3
MATH 210 Elementary Statistics 3
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
Select one of the following: 3-4
College Algebra  
Finite Mathematics  
Applied Calculus I  
Social & Behavioral Science  
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Social & Behavioral Science  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science courses) 3
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communciations III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ACCT 215 Business in the Legal Environment 3
ACCT 218 Computer Applications in Business 3
ACCT 225 Business Law I 3
BADM 224 Management Information Systems 3
Electives Course 3
Math, Science & Technology  
General Education Matrix (Lab Science Elective) 4
Math, Science & Technology  
(Needed if the 9 total credits for Math, Science & Technology have not been met.)  
General Education Matrix (Math, Science & Technology course) 1-3
 Total Credits61-64