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Accelerated Business A.S.

If you’re eager to start or advance your career in business, Salt Lake Community College has some exciting news for you. We are now offering a fast track Associate of Science degree in Business. This program is geared toward working students who want to upgrade their skills, progress in their careers, or transfer to a four-year business program. Students have the opportunity to complete their degree in as few as 14 months!

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Designed for Working Students

Students move through the program as a group and generally take three classes each session. The courses will utilize a blend of classroom and online instruction.

Predictable Schedule

Classes typically meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening.


Salt Lake Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and courses are transferable to most four-year institutions of higher education in Utah.


Prospective students must complete an application.

  • Complete ENGL 1010, with a recommended letter grade of C or better, or qualifying placement score.
  • Complete Math 1010 within the last 12 months, with a recommended letter grade of C or better, or qualifying placement score.
  • CSIS 1020 with a letter grade of B or better or qualifying placement score.


Course BUS 1100
Title Applied Business Calculus
Prerequisite MATH 1050 or MATH 1090
Description This course examines the mathematics of calculus applied to business applications. Polynomial and exponential functions, mini-maxi theory, limits, derivatives and integration will be reviewed.
Course BUS 2200
Title Business Communications
Prerequisite ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better
Description Students develop critical reading, thinking, listening, speaking & writing skills for business; conduct research, assess communication situations, make effective arguments, work in teams & present research/service-learning projects.
Course CSIS 2010
Title Bus. Computer Profic.-Database
Prerequisite CSIS 1020
Description Course covers various features and functions of spreadsheet and database software for business applications. Class consists of lectures and demonstrations of how specific software tools can be used and correct formula and function syntax. Students will develop knowledge and skills using spreadsheet and database software as business problem solving tools.
Course MGT 2040
Title Business Statistics I
Prerequisite MATH 1010 (or appropriate Accuplacer score) or FIN 1380; and CIS 1020 or challenge exam
Description Collection, analysis, and interpretation of business and economic data. Includes measures of location and dispersion, estimation and hypothesis testing, ANOVA, contingency tables, correlation, and regression. Access to a computer for projects/cases required.
Course BUS 1050
Title Foundations of Business (ID)
Prerequisite ENGL 1010 or concurrently, or that students have compatible writing skills.
Description Historical, sociological and philosophical overview of the fundamental aspects of business. Topics: business in a world of change, socioeconomics, the human factor and ethics in the workplace and social responsibility in a global market.
Course COMM 2150
Title Intercultural Communication (ID, DV)
Description Examination of how cultural similarities and differences impede or enhance communication across cultures. Issues of diversity, values, norms among different cultures, as well as issues of cultural diversity, values and norms.
Course ECON 1740
Title Economic History of U.S. (AI)
Prerequisite RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate placement score
Description This course explores the historical foundations of American economic growth and development from colonial times to the present. The study of economic history provides scholars the opportunity to understand and analyze, from a historical perspective, the impact of institutional and structural changes within the American economy.
Course ENGL 2010
Title Intermediate Writing (EN)
Prerequisite ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better
Description Extends principles of rhetorical awareness and knowledge-making introduced in English 1010 and increases the ideological engagement within the classroom. Interrogates socioeconomic and political issues. Certain sections taught using service-learning.
Course MGT 2050
Title Legal Environment of Business
Prerequisite BUS 1050
Description Principles of business law, including torts, contracts, agency and commercial law. Business forms including sole proprietorship, partnerships and corporations are explored along with common legal problems encountered in business.
Course ACCT 2020
Title Managerial Accounting
Prerequisite ACCT 1110 or ACCT 2010. Recommended Prereq: CSIS 2010
Description Managerial accounging is the study of developing and using accounting information essential for management decisions. Topics covered are job costing, activity based costing, inventory management, cost-volume-profit relationships, operating budgets, relevant costs for non-routine decisions, and capital investment decisions.
Course MATH 1090
Title College Algebra-Business (QL)
Prerequisite RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate placement score; AND within the last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate placement score
Description Course topics include: graphs, linear, quadratic, logarithmic, and exponential functions; matrices; systems of equations and inequalities; leontieff models; compound interest; geometric and arithmetic series, loans and annuities.
Course ECON 2020
Title Principles of Macroeconomics
Description This course studies the economy as a whole. Concepts of scarcity, demand and supply, output and income, growth, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, money and banking are all examined. Current events are used as examples.
Course COMM 1020
Title Principles of Public Speaking (CM)
Description Preparing and delivering speeches, which include informative and persuasive presentations, for civic and professional occasions. Basic theory and skills practice, including audience analysis, anxiety management, critical listening, supporting claims with evidence, persuasion, motivation, and delivery.
Course ECON 2010
Title Principles of Microeconomics
Description This course studies consumer and producer behavior, and the role specific economic units play in market development. Elasticity, consumer choice, production costs, and profits are examined relative to different levels of competition.
Course CEAB 0001
Title Program Introductory Workshop
Description Introductory workshop to orient incoming students and provide a brief overview of the Accelerated Business Degree Program.
Course ACCT 2010
Title Survey of Financial Accounting
Description A broad view of accounting’s role in providing information to external users of financial information. The primary focus is the use of financial statements by investors, creditors and other entities outside of the organization.


The Accelerated Business Degree (ABD) program offers a majority of the required courses for an Associate of Science in Business, transfer degree in a fast-track format offering blended classroom and online courses. Students move through the program as a cohort group, completing two or three courses in each 10 week session. The ABD program is designed for students committed to completing the program with their cohort group. The traditional Associate of Science in Business degree is offered primarily in 15 week semesters and a full-time student can complete it in two years.

The A.S. in Business is designed to transfer to business schools at four-year institutions within the Utah System of Higher Education. The degree satisfies the lower division general education requirements for a Baccalaureate degree at Utah's public colleges and universities as well as BYU and Westminster College. It also includes the business courses that are prerequisite to applying to four-year bachelor degrees in Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Business Administration, Information Systems, Management and more. Ongoing transfer planning is essential as requirements at four-year colleges and universities are subject to change. Transfer advising can be obtained through the accelerated and traditional program Academic Advisors.
You can Apply Below or by contacting the Program Coordinator at 801-957-5422 or You may also download and print a paper application.
The program hosts between 25-30 students in each cohort.
Upon acceptance into the program, students receive an email or letter which outlines the program with important registration and class dates. Students are encouraged to work with an Academic Advisor throughout the program to ensure all requirements are met for the Associate of Science in Business degree.
We anticipate a new cohort to begin each Spring semester.  Each cohort will finish the program in 14 months.  Because schedules for the cohort are established, students must remain in the cohort through completion of the program.
We have integrated most general education classes into the accelerated program.  However, four additional general education classes are required outside the ABD cohort to earn the Associate of Science in Business degree.  Consult with an Academic Advisor about options to complete Biology, Fine Arts, Physical Science and Lifelong Wellness general education courses.  They may be available online.
Students in the program will receive an email which outlines the program with important registration information and payment deadlines. Generally payments will be due before the first day of class. Failure to pay for the classes may result in being dropped from the program. Prior to the start of each block students will be given instructions for registration and payment of tuition.

The Accelerated Business Degree is eligible for financial aid. However, there are a few items students should be aware of:

  1. Students must register for all of the classes that fall within the traditional semester schedule at the same time for financial aid to fund appropriately.
  2. If students use all their financial aid during fall and spring semesters, there will be no funding guaranteed for the summer term. Students may apply for State grants; however, the grants are normally awarded on a first come-first served basis (based on eligibility) and are limited to no more than $1,000.
  3. Grades and completion rates play a part in successive semester financial aid awards. Low grades may impact the following semester's financial aid. SLCC must determine a student's eligibility based on satisfactory progress requirements (70% completion rate and 2.00 GPA) prior to releasing funds.
Please contact the ABD Program Coordinator to submit an application and to be placed on the list for an upcoming cohort.
Drop dates for a full refund are two weeks after the 10 week block begins.  There is a $50 ABD program fee each semester and the fee is non-refundable once classes have started.
Tuition and fees are the standard SLCC rates and based on the total number of credit hours enrolled each semester.  There is a $50 program fee applied each semester.


*NOTE: Course Offerings, class sequence, dates and times are subject to change according to program needs.

Spring 2019 AB1 AB2
Classes Begin  January 7  March 18
Last Day to Add  January 15  March 12
Last Day To Drop  January 29  March 28
Last Day To Withdraw  March 13  April 12
Last Day of Class  March 15  May 24
Summer 2019 AB3
Classes Begin  May 28
Last Day to Add  June 5
Last Day To Drop  June 8
Last Day To Withdraw  July 5
Last Day of Class  August 2
Fall 2019 AB4 AB5
Classes Begin  August 5  October 14
Last Day to Add  August 12  October 21
Last Day To Drop  August 15  October 24
Last Day To Withdraw  September 5  November 14
Last Day of Class  October 11  December 20

Pre-requisites for the Accelerated Business Degree Program

Course Course Title Cr. Hours Notes
CSIS 1020 Computer Essentials 3 General Education Requirement with a B- grade or better
ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing 3 General Education Requirement with a C grade or better
MATH 1010 Intermediate Algebra (QS) 4 General Education Requirement with a C grade or better
Total 10

Class Sequence | Each Block Runs 10 Weeks

Block 1

Course Course Title Cr. Hours Notes
 ANTH 1010  Cultural and Human Experience (IG)  3
 BUS 1050 Foundations of Business (ID) 3 ENGL 1010
Total 6

Block 2

Course Course Title Cr. Hours Notes
MATH 1090 College Algebra-Business (QL) 3 RDG 0900, Math 1010
COMM 2050 Perspectives in Communication (HU) 3
SOC 1010 Intro to Sociology (SS) 3
Total 9

Block 3

Course Course Title Cr. Hours Notes
COMM 2150 Intercultural Communication (CM, DV) 3
BUS 1100 Applied Business Calculus 3 MATH 1050 or MATH 1090
BUS 2200 Business Communications 3 ENGL 1010 
Total 9

Block 4

Course Course Title Cr. Hours Notes
MGT 2040 Business Statistics I 4 MATH 1010 or MATH 1050 or MATH 1090, and CSIS 1020
CSIS 2010 Bus Computer Profic.-Database 3 CSIS 1020 
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing (EN) 3 ENGL 1010 
Total 10

Block 5

Course Course Title Cr. Hours Notes
ECON 1740 Economic History of US (AI) 3 RDG 0990 
ECON 2010 Principles of Microeconomics (SS) 3
ACCT 2010 Survey of Financial Accounting 3
Total 9

Block 6

Course Course Title Cr. Hours Notes
MGT 2050 Legal Environment of Business 3 BUS 1050
ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting 3 ACCT 1110 or ACCT 2010 
ECON 2020 Principles of Macroeconomics (SS) 3
Total 9

General Education Requirements for
The Accelerated Business Degree Program

Core Skills (12-13 Credit Hours)


ENGL 1010 - ABD prerequisite

ENGL 2010 - Included in the ABD program

QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (QL) 3 MATH 1050 or 1090 - Included in the ABD program
AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS (AI) 3 ECON 1740 - Included in the ABD program

Institutional Requirements (4-7 Credit Hours)

LIFELONG WELLNESS (LW) 1 *must complete prior to graduation
COMMUNICATION (CM) 3 COMM 1020 - Included in the ABD program
INTERNATIONAL & GLOBAL (IG) 3 CIS 1020 - Included in the ABD program

General Education (18 Credit Hours)

LIFE SCIENCES (LS) 3 *Must be completed prior to graduation
FINE ARTS (FA) 3 *Must be completed prior to graduation
HUMANITIES (HU) 3 COMM 2050 - Included in the ABD program
PHYSICAL SCIENCE (PS) 3 * Must be completed prior to graduation
SOCIAL SCIENCE (SS) 3 SOC 1010 - Included in the ABD program

Registration Info

  1. Complete the Application for Admission to Salt Lake Community College and pay the $40 application fee.
  2. Submit the online Accelerated Business Degree application above or contact Elisha Suazo to be emailed an application.
  3. Complete the Accuplacer Placement Tests.
  4. Request that official copies of transcripts be sent directly to SLCC from each former institution. SLCC can accept hand-delivered copies only if they are delivered unopened in the original envelope and bear the official school seal. To print out a form to request transcripts from your prior institution(s).
  5. Fill out a Request for Evaluation of Transfer Credits at Salt Lake Community College's Enrollment Services or complete form online by clicking the link above. A Request for Evaluation form is not needed for each individual transcript.
  6. Complete the Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and MATH 1010 with a C grade or better, within one year, or Accuplacer scores placing into MATH 1050 and ENGL 2010, within one year; CSIS 1020 with a B- grade or better.

You may submit an application prior to completing the prerequisites. However, if prerequisites are not met by the start of the next cohort (January), you will not be able to begin the program.