Business Administration

Associate in Applied Science

Learn how to succeed in today’s business world. YCCC’s Business Administration degree gives you the edge to navigate your business career. Our graduates are prepared for supervisory and managerial positions in financial institutions, government, and more.

You'll learn how to:

  • Collaboration: Students will acquire skills and tools for professional interaction, managing and leading in a team environment, use of technology in organizations for collaboration and constant interaction with peers and faculty who are working professionals in various fields. This is achieved with use of team activities, classroom discussions, and academic resources.

  • Creativity: Students will research, combine, and apply concepts to create linkages from academic concept to applied learning. Creativity will be exhibited with conversations on academic principles, shared experience(s) and discovery of new combinations of material when creating projects, researching and writing papers on the subject of business and accounting and applying learning to case study analysis.

  • Communication: Demonstrate the ability to record, analyze, interpret, and display information that communicates essential items to proper audience(s).

  • Critical thinking: Discover sources of data and information which will be transformed into knowledge and eventually lead to the demonstration of wisdom as this knowledge is combined with student/instructor experiences and applied in discussions, projects, and case studies.

Quick Facts
  • Estimated degree completion time

    4 semesters, 60 credits

  • Program tracks


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York County Community College’s Career Spotlight on Business with Kathie Leonard, President & CEO of Auburn Manufacturing in Mechanic Falls, ME.


Business courses cover accounting, economics, finance, international business, human resources, sales and marketing, basic computer operations, and business law. An internship experience course gives you the chance to apply specific competencies in a real work environment.

Course Descriptions
  • ACC 111 – Accounting I
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    The course will focus on the basic financial accounting model step by-step, from the fundamental accounting equation through the accounting cycle. The course will explore bookkeeping techniques and practices, as well as covering the basic understanding of accounting practices and procedures. Prerequisite: C or better in MAT 092 or appropriate Math Placement Exam score.
  • ACC 112 – Accounting II
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    This course will be a continuation of ACC 111. Special journals, payroll systems, internal control and cash transactions, accounts receivable and accounts payable are a few of the topics to be covered. This course will expand partnership accounting as well as corporate accounting. Prerequisite: ACC 111
  • ACC 150 – Income Tax Accounting
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    An introduction to federal taxation of the income of individuals. Tax laws are examined by means of illustrative examples and problems. Prerequisite: ACC 111
  • ACC 151 – Accounting Software Applications
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    A hands-on introduction to accounting software; topics include payroll, inventory, accounts payable, accounts receivable, job cost and point-of-sale applications. Popular software packages in the areas of tax, audit and financial statement preparation are used. Prerequisite: ACC 112
  • ACC 201 – Intermediate Accounting I
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    A comprehensive review of financial accounting principles, concepts, and procedures. Account­ing theory is emphasized in the analysis of alternatives, treatments, and procedures. Specific areas stressed are recognition of income and expense and disclosing current and future values. Prerequisite: ACC 112
  • ACC 204 – Managerial Accounting
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    The skills you will develop in this class are applicable not only to business settings but to any setting in which making good decisions is important. This course is an introduction to the concepts and practices underlying firms’ internal management information systems. The course emphasizes a user perspective and focuses on the use of internal accounting information in decision making, planning and organizational control. Students will understand basic terminology and methods of management accounting and understand the concepts underlying current practices in management accounting.
    Prerequisite: ACC 112 (or may be taken concurrently)
  • ACC 205 – Governmental Accounting
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    An introduction to the fund-based theory and practice of accounting as applied to governmental enti­ties and not-for profit organizations. Various techniques are used to study fund accounting concepts; these may include the use of problem sets, case studies, computer applications, and other materials. Prerequisite: ACC 112
  • BUS 110 – Introduction to Business
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    This survey course covers the many facets of business and gives the student a general knowledge of the modern business environment. The economic, social, legal, ethical systems affecting US business­es are explored. The general concepts of business organization, management, “the people aspects” of business, together with the functions of production, marketing, accounting, and finance are investi­gated. Co-requisite: ENG 095 or appropriate Reading Placement Exam score.
  • BUS 113 – Introduction to Personal Finance
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    The skills developed in this class are applicable to personal financial management. Course materi­al involves how people spend, save, protect and invest their financial resources. Topics include tax management, personal budgeting, consumer loans, credit card management and a brief introduction to insurance concepts. Prerequisite: C or better in MAT 092 or appropriate Math Placement Exam score.
  • BUS 115 – Management I
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    Introduces some of the basic concepts of supervising other employees including directing and dele­gating work, motivating employees, monitoring and evaluating work, and building a strong work unit. The evolving and changing trends of the supervisor’s role as a member of the organization’s manage­ment team, is also discussed. Co-requisite: ENG 095 or appropriate reading Placement Exam score.
  • BUS 116 – Management II
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    This course explores the many functions involved in personnel administration, as performed by human resource department administrators and first-level managers. Multiple aspects of human resource management are explored including human resource planning, recruiting, interviewing, se­lecting, placing, training, motivating, evaluating, rewarding, and disciplining employees. Pay systems, job evaluations, and some labor-management issues are presented. Co-requisite: ENG 095 or appro­priate Reading Placement Exam score.
  • BUS 205 – International Business
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    This course will provide students with an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of interna­tional business and will explore the development of international business. Theories and methods of international trade; financing mechanism and terms used in export documentation and export finance; the effects of economics, political and cultural environment on international business and trade; impact of geography in business transactions; legal aspects of international business; and devel­oping an effective international marketing strategy will be covered. Prerequisite: BUS 110
  • BUS 230 – Principles of Marketing
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    This course introduces the student to consumer and institutional behavior patterns and the overall role of marketing in the economy. Discussion includes the analysis of theoretical marketing processes and the strategies of product development, pricing, promotion and distribution, and their applica­tions to business and the individual consumer. Prerequisite: BUS 110
  • BUS 244 – Business Law
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    The purpose of this course is to give the student a better understanding of the government regulation of business. The course describes the origins, development, and sources of law. The legal system is described, emphasizing the areas relating to the regulation of business. The major emphasis corre­sponds to public law affecting business, not traditional private law. The law concerns matters with which a business manager must deal: government, stockholders, competitors, employees, and the public. Includes discussion of contract law. Prerequisite: BUS 110
  • BUS 250 – Principles of Sales
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    Introduces the student to the basics of personal selling and serves as a preparation for a successful sales career. The course explores social and ethical issues as well as psychology, communication, and persuasion. The dynamics of prospecting for new customers and closing the sale are considered. Special­ emphasis is placed on actual sales presentation through role-playing. Students also study the role of advertising in selling a product or service. Prerequisite: BUS 110
  • BUS 260 – Small Business Management
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    This course enables the students to review and apply managerial and organizational concepts studied in previous courses to small businesses. Topics include strategic planning and development, span of control, and operational practices, culminating in the development of a comprehensive business plan. Prerequisites: BUS 110 and ACC 111.
  • BUS 293 – Business Administration Internship
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    This course provides the student an opportunity to expand their individual skill base and apply specific competencies in a real world environment. This course is designed to promote professional development by providing challenging, valuable work experience and prepare students for a future career in the field. Skills learned in the core courses will be applied while performing 135 hours at the internship site. In addition, students will be required to work with their faculty sponsor to com­plete written assignments related to the experience. Prerequisites: BUS 110, BUS 115, BUS 116, a cumulative GPA of 3.0, at least 30 credits earned in the program of study, and permission of the department chair of designee.
  • ECO 110 – Macroeconomics
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    This course is concerned with the behavior of economic aggregate, which include total output and in­come, the price levels and inflation, total employment and unemployment, economic growth, money, the banking system, and the formulation of fiscal and monetary policies in the pursuit of economic stabilization.
  • ECO 120 – Microeconomics
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    This course introduces the theory and practice of contemporary microeconomics. The primary focus of this course is on how individuals and societies deal with allocating scarce resources to satisfy the needs and wants of individual members of a society. Furthermore, the course provides better under­standing of the various economic forces that affect daily decision-making.
  • FIN 110 – Principles of Finance
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    This course is a basic introduction to the principles underlying financial institutions and financial anal­ysis. Course material includes application of time value of money concepts to valuation of financial instruments, cost of capital concepts, capital structure, dividend policy and other issues in corporate finance. Prerequisite: ACC 111
  • FIN 115 – Introduction to Financial Markets
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    Course material involves a survey of how financial markets work, with a special emphasis on U.S. markets. The course is a survey of Wall Street finance, from the financier’s point of view. Topics in­clude: Understanding stocks, how Wall Street functions, basic concepts of trading and investing, and an overview of financial instruments: growth stocks, bonds, preferred stocks, money markets, mutual funds, gold, options and technical analysis. Prerequisite: ACC 111
  • FIN 120 – Introduction to Money and Banking
    3 credits/3 contact hours
    Course material involves a survey of how the banking system works. The course is taught from the banker’s point of view. Topics include: who obtains credit, how much credit is obtainable, who is like­ly to be denied credit, credit reports, the financial structure of banks, the banking regulatory system, deposit insurance, checking, savings, commercial, residential and consumer lending. Prerequisite: ACC 111
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The business program provides graduates both with the entrepreneurial skills to run their own businesses and the organizational skills to work in larger corporate organizations. Graduates work in industries from retail to manufacturing to social services. Students considering more specific career goals in office management or finance may wish to consider concentrations in those fields of study. Students may also transfer to 4-year program to further their business education.

What our Students Say

Michelle McNeil Brown

Business Administration

Hi I’m Michelle McNeil Brown, I have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. I am a Business Owner who specializes in Accounting and I am a 2006 Graduate of York County Community College.

My degree from YCCC has helped me every step of the way. I got an internship from it and it has been four years since I graduated and I'm still working for the company. What a great way to enter the workforce and have a job right out of college! Thanks YCCC!

Meet the Faculty

  • Stephen Paulone

    Stephen Paulone

    Faculty Business & Accounting

    Dr. Paulone has over twenty-five years of experience in manufacturing, marketing and finance, and has held such positions as marketing manager, manager of new product development, marketing program manager, director of marketing and finance director. He even had his own business as a consultant in business structure, business and market analysis and customer acquisition and retention. He has taught full time and part time for almost 20 years. Prior to coming to YCCC, he had extensive educational experience as a faculty member, director of graduate business programs and educational consultant. While in the corporate world, he had created the first electronic catalog in the bearing industry, created the first website for a Fortune 100 company, led the effort on new product development of over $1 billion of projects, created the concept through production process for several divisions of a major corporation, consulted in financial services software for the surety insurance industry, and helped lead the first e business and services venture for a major manufacturing company. He has also served on committees for the State of Connecticut and Waterbury Chamber of Commerce in the area of economic development. Dr. Paulone holds a Doctorate in Financial Management from Northcentral University. He received his MBA, concentration in marketing, and MS, concentration in Finance, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University. He currently makes his home in Kennebunk with his wife Suzanne. They have two children and six grandchildren who all love to visit Maine and enjoy the great lifestyle of the region.

  • Michelle McNeil-Brown

    Michelle McNeil-Brown

    Department Chair/ Faculty Business & Acc

    Michelle was a student at YCCC herself from 2002-2005. She received her AS in Accounting in 2006 before transferring to the University of Southern Maine to complete her BS in Accounting. After that, she completed a one-year cohort program at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH, receiving a Graduate Certificate in Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting in 2010. In 2013, she completed her MBA at Southern New Hampshire University's Brunswick, Maine location.In 1998, she started a small bookkeeping business and got certified in QuickBooks software. Over the years, the business has grown into a thriving enterprise. Michelle works with numerous business owners and other bookkeepers, training and supporting them with QuickBooks software. She also does forensic accounting work on fraud cases from time to time. She works remotely in her home office and every day is something different.

    Michelle has been teaching part-time as an adjunct at YCCC since 2012 and became a full time faculty member in August of 2023.

    In her personal time she works on self-improvement, creating art, making crafts, and socializing with friends and family.

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