Degree candidates at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) must be in good standing. An Associate of Applied Business degree will be granted to the student completing the following requirements.

Comprehensive Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Applied Business degree prepares students with the skills necessary to enter and compete effectively in today’s workforce.

  1. The satisfactory completion of 60 semester credit hours at the 1000-level or higher. No more than three of the 60 credit hours can be completed in physical education.
  2. The achievement of a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 for all courses attempted at Tri-C (with exceptions as provided under College policies for repeating a course, Grade Forgiveness and Fresh Start).
  3. The completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of advanced coursework (exclusive of 1800-level special topics and independent study/research courses) of the 60 semester credit hours. Advanced coursework is defined as follows: 2000-level courses, MATH-1400 level and above, BIO-1500 level and above, CHEM-1300 level and above and PHYS-1200 level and above.
  4. The completion of no fewer than 20 of the required 60 semester credit hours at the 1000 level or higher while in attendance at Tri-C.
  5. Special Topics, Independent Study/Research and Cooperative Education courses may be applied to the general education and program graduation requirements unless otherwise noted.

General Education Requirements

Each of the College’s degree programs require that students complete a set amount of courses in the areas of general education that include: Communication, Mathematics and Data Analysis, Natural and Physical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students completing the general education requirements, along with the specific program requirements for a degree, will have achieved the College’s general education outcomes.

All Associate of Applied Business degrees have been designed to meet the general education requirements as listed below. Most programs have selected specific courses to meet the general education requirements. For program specific requirements and/or recommendations, see the Associate of Applied Business degree program sequences in this catalog.

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

The communication skills of reading analytically, writing fluently, listening critically and speaking articulately are essential. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

  • ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I1
  • Three semester credits selected from the following courses: 

Students who transfer in credits for ENG-1020 College Composition II without having credit for ENG-1010 will have ENG-1010 waived, but the required 6 credit hours in Communication must be earned.

Mathematics and Data Analysis (3 semester credit hours)

The ability to integrate numerical methods for use in today’s workforce is essential. Students must complete the following to complete this requirement:

  • Three semester credits of Mathematics at the 1000-level or higher.

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.

PHIL-1020Introduction to Logic3
MATH-1190Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning3
MATH-1370Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I4
MATH-1380Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II4
MATH-1410Elementary Probability and Statistics I3
MATH-1420Elementary Probability and Statistics II3
MATH-1470Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Science I4
MATH-1480Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences II4
MATH-1490Business Probability and Statistics I3
MATH-1500Business Probability and Statistics II3
MATH-1530College Algebra4
MATH-153HHonors College Algebra4
MATH-154HHonors Trigonometry3
MATH-1610Calculus I5
MATH-161HHonors Calculus I5
MATH-1620Calculus II5
MATH-162HHonors Calculus II5
MATH-2010Introduction to Discrete Mathematics4
MATH-2310Calculus III4
MATH-231HHonors Calculus III4
MATH-2410Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MATH-2520Differential Equations3

Arts and Humanities/Social and Behavioral Sciences/ Natural and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

The appreciation of the achievements of the Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences provides the ability to integrate learning within a complex global perspective; to gain an awareness of and respect for different cultures; to integrate ethical decision making in dealing responsibly with personal, family and community issues; and to understand, analyze and describe aspects of human behavior from diverse political, social, historical and cultural perspectives. To meet this requirement, students must complete the following:

  • Select six semester credits from at least two of the following areas, with a minimum of three credits in each area:

Arts and Humanities

ART-1010Art Appreciation3
ART-1040Survey of Non-Western Art3
ART-2020Art History Survey: Prehistoric to Renaissance3
ART-202HHonors Art History Survey: Prehistoric to Renaissance3
ART-2030Art History Survey: Late Renaissance to Present3
ART-203HHonors Art History Survey: Late Renaissance to Present3
DANC-1100Dance Appreciation3
English 2000-level Literature courses
ENG-2020Women Writers on the Experiences of Women3
ENG-2310American Literature I3
ENG-2320American Literature II3
ENG-2350British Literature I3
ENG-2360British Literature II3
ENG-2410Introduction to Literature: Poetry3
ENG-2420Introduction to Literature: Fiction3
ENG-2430Introduction to Literature: Drama3
ENG-2450Introduction to Literature: Science Fiction3
ENG-2510African-American Literature I3
ENG-2520African-American Literature II3
ENG-2601Literature for Children and Adolescents3
ENG-2700World Literature3
ENG-2730Exploration of World Mythology3
ENG-2770Rhetorics of Gaming: Introduction to Video Game Analysis3
HIST-2031Islam to the Modern Middle East3
HIST-2150African American History to 18773
HIST-2160African American History 1877-present3
HIST-2520Hitler and the Holocaust3
HIST-2660Women in American History3
HUM-1010Introduction to Humanities3
HUM-1020The Individual in Society3
HUM-102HHonors Individual in Society3
HUM-2020Community Engagement Through the Humanities3
HUM-2030Culture and Belief3
Media and Journalism Studies
MJS-1310Film Appreciation3
MUS-1010Survey of European Classical Music3
MUS-1020Survey of Jazz3
MUS-1030Survey of Rock and Roll3
MUS-1040Survey of African-American Music3
MUS-1050Survey of World Music3
MUS-2541Jazz History3
PHIL-1000Critical Thinking3
PHIL-1010Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL-101HHonors Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL-202HHonors Ethics3
PHIL-205HHonors Bioethics3
PHIL-2060Business Ethics3
PHIL-208HHonors Social Justice3
Religious Studies
REL-1010Introduction to Religious Studies3
REL-2000Comparative World Religions3
REL-2010Religious Traditions of Western Christianity3
REL-2060African-American Religious Experience3
THEA-1010Theatre Appreciation3
THEA-2210History of Theatre and Drama I3
THEA-2220History of Theatre & Drama II3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

ANTH-1010Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH-2010Peoples and Cultures of the World3
ECON-1210Survey of Economics3
ECON-2000Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON-2010Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEOG-1000Introduction to Geography3
GEOG-1010World Regional Geography3
GEOG-1050Africans in the Americas3
GEOG-1510Regional Geography of the United States and Canada3
GEOG-2030Environmental Geography3
HIST-1010History of Civilization I3
HIST-101HHonors History of Civilization I3
HIST-1020History of Civilization II3
HIST-102HHonors History of Civilization II3
HIST-1510United States History to 18773
HIST-151HHonors United States History to 18773
HIST-1520United States History Since 18773
HIST-152HHonors United States History since 18773
HIST-1700History of Africa3
HIST-2700History of Modern Africa3
 Political Science
POL-1010American National Government3
POL-101HHonors American National Government3
POL-1020State & Local Government3
POL-2020Introduction to Conflict and Peace Studies3
POL-2030Comparative Politics3
POL-2060Political Systems of Africa3
POL-2070International Relations3
POL-2100Constitutional Law3
POL-2120Women and Politics3
PSY-1010General Psychology3
PSY-101HHonors General Psychology3
PSY-1050Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
PSY-2010Child Growth and Development3
PSY-201HHonors Child Growth and Development3
PSY-2020Life Span Development4
PSY-202HHonors Life Span Development4
PSY-2040Social Psychology3
PSY-2050Psychology of Personality3
PSY-2060Adolescent Psychology3
PSY-2081Psychopathology (formerly PSY-2080 Abnormal Psychology)3
PSY-2110Educational Psychology3
SOC-1010Introductory Sociology3
SOC-101HHonors Introductory Sociology3
SOC-1020Social Institutions3
SOC-2010Social Problems3
SOC-201HHonors Social Problems3
SOC-2020Sociology of the Family3
SOC-2100Aging and Society3
SOC-2110Death and Dying3
SOC-2160Introduction to Criminology3
SOC-2410Sociology of Gender3
SOC-2550Race and Ethnic Relations3
Urban Studies
UST-1010Introduction to Urban Studies3
UST-2020Urban Cultures3
Women and Gender Studies
WGS-1510Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGS-151HHonors Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGS-2010Women in the World3
WGS-201HHonors Women in the World3
WGS-2120Women and Politics3

Natural and Physical Sciences

ANTH-1210Human Evolution4
BIO-1040The Cell and DNA3
BIO-104LThe Cell and DNA Laboratory1
BIO-1050Human Biology3
BIO-106LEnvironment, Ecology, & Evolution Laboratory1
BIO-1100Introduction to Biological Chemistry3
BIO-1221Anatomy and Physiology for Diagnostic Medical Imaging4
BIO-1230Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye4
BIO-1500Principles of Biology I4
BIO-150HHonors Principles of Biology I4
BIO-1510Principles of Biology II4
BIO-151HHonors Principles of Biology II4
BIO-2060Principles of Genetics3
BIO-2100Biology of Aging3
BIO-2150Environmental Science3
BIO-2331Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO-2341Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM-1000Everyday Chemistry3
CHEM-100LEveryday Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM-1010Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM-101HHonors Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM-1020Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry4
CHEM-102HHonors Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry4
CHEM-1081Medicinal Plants Chemistry3
CHEM-1300General Chemistry I4
CHEM-130HHonors General Chemistry I5
CHEM-130LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM-1310General Chemistry II4
CHEM-131HHonors General Chemistry II5
CHEM-131LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM-2300Organic Chemistry I5
Earth Science
ESCI-103LEarth Laboratory1
ESCI-1040Weather Studies3
ESCI-1050Introduction to Ocean Studies3
ESCI-1310Physical Geography3
ESCI-131LLab in Physical Geography1
ESCI-1410Physical Geology3
ESCI-141LLab in Physical Geology1
ESCI-1610Geology of the National Parks3
ESCI-161LLab in Geology of the National Parks1
PHYS-101LAstronomy Laboratory1
PHYS-1050Everyday Physics2
PHYS-1210College Physics I4
PHYS-1220College Physics II4
PHYS-1300Physics of Optical Materials4
PHYS-2250Radiographic Physics and Quality Control4
PHYS-2310General Physics I5
PHYS-2320General Physics II5
The following courses from non-science subject areas can be counted toward this requirement for the Associate of Applied Business degree:
DIET-1200Basic Nutrition3
EMT-1401Anatomy & Physiology for Paramedics4
MT-1242Somatic Studies I3
MT-1272Somatic Studies II3
MT-1280Somatic Studies III2

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

COMM-2160Intercultural Communication3
ENG-2510African-American Literature I3
ENG-2520African-American Literature II3
MJS-1611Black Media3
SOC-2550Race and Ethnic Relations3
WGS-1510Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGS-151HHonors Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGS-2010Women in the World3
WGS-201HHonors Women in the World3

Program Requirements 

Program requirements are outlined by the specific technical program sequences in this catalog. Approximately half of each Associate of Applied Business program requirements must include a minimum of 15 additional credits of general education or applied general education (i.e., “basic” coursework) for a total of 30 credits of nontechnical coursework. Applied general education includes a focus on “21st-century” skills and knowledge, including information and communication literacy; critical thinking and problem-solving; interpersonal and collaborative skills; global awareness; and financial, economic, business and civic literacy. Technical program concentrations should consist of 12 to 16 semester credits of technical specialization including a minimum one-semester credit Capstone Course.

The Capstone Course provides students with opportunities to apply technical, oral and written skills; to prepare resumes and/or portfolios and develop interview skills; to study history and trends in the profession; and/or to discuss ethical and global issues within the profession. Program requirements are identified in the Associate of Applied Business degree program sequences in this catalog.

Cross-listed Courses

Cross-listed courses are identical courses offered in two or more subject areas. They differ only in subject area code and course number. Credit may be earned once for cross-listed courses.