Skip to Content
Palomar College Learning For Success

Author: Kelly Helming

General Business

Woman in Front of Her Computer

The Associate in Science degree in General Business provides a solid overview of business fundamentals and can prepare students for entry-level work in various industries. Students choose an emphasis area allowing them to tailor this degree to their individual interests. Once completed, students will have the problem solving, communication, and creative skills needed to thrive in the business world.

CourseUnitsOfferedPre-Req
BUS 100 Introduction to Business3Fall, Spring, SummerNone
ACCT 101 Bookkeeping OR3Fall, SpringNone
ACCT 201 Financial Accounting4Fall, Spring, SummerNone
BUS 125 Business English OR3Fall, SpringNone
BUS 205 Business Communication3Fall, Spring, SummerENG 100
CSIT 105 Computer Concepts and Applications OR3Fall, Spring, SummerNone
CSIT 120 Computer Applications3Intermitently offeredNone
BUS 110 Business Mathematics3Fall, SpringNone
BUS 117 Legal Environment of Business3Fall, Spring, SummerNone
BUS 173 Contemporary Job Search Techniques1FallNone

Choose An Emphasis Area

Advertising, Marketing, and Media Emphasis

BUS 155 Marketing3Fall, SpringNone
BUS 152 Social Media for Business3FallNone
BUS 150 Advertising3SpringNone
BUS 157 E-Commerce OR3FallRecommended Preparation: BUS 190
BUS 145/FASH 125 Retailing/Promotion*3SpringNone

Business Management Emphasis

BMGT 101 Introduction to Management3FallNone
BUS 138 Business Ethics2SpringNone
BUS 175 Excel Basic OR1Fall, SpringRecommended Preparation: BUS 110
BUS 176 Excel Intermediate OR1Fall, SpringRecommended Preparation: BUS 175 or Equivalent
BUS 177 Excel Advanced1SummerRecommended Preparation: BUS 176 or Equivalent
BMGT 115 Organizational Theory and Design3SpringNone
BMGT 130 Management/Leadership Issues*3Fall, SpringNone

International Business Emphasis

BUS 100 Introduction to International Business and Management3SpringNone
BUS 130 Principles of Supply Chain Management3FallNone
BUS 129 Principles of Logistics3FallNone
IBUS 120 Essentials of Import/Export Procedures3SpringNone

Small Business Entrepreneurship Emphasis

BMGT 153 Small Business Entrepreneurship3Fall, SpringNone
BUS 152 Social Media for Business OR3FallNone
BUS 155 Marketing3Fall, SpringNone
ACCT 110 Quickbooks2Fall, Spring, SummerACCT 101 or ACCT 201
CE 100 Cooperative Education*0.5 - 4Fall, Spring, SummerNone
*Not currently offered online

All online courses may have an in-person orientation, but online orientation will be available as well.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity

This program prepares students for a career in cybersecurity as a Cybersecurity Analyst. The program emphasizes competency in computer, network and application security for ensuring the security, confidentiality, integrity and availability of enterprise computing and information systems infrastructure. Students will develop skills in risk and vulnerability management as well as learn competencies in cyber defense and penetration testing strategies.

Degree Requirements

To earn an A.S. degree in Cybersecurity, see the course catalog for general education requirements.
CourseUnitsOfferedPre-Req
CSNT 110 Hardware and O.S. Fundamentals4Fall, Spring, SummerNone
CSNT 111 Networking Fundamentals3Fall, Spring, SummerNone
CSIT 125 Computer Information SystemsFall, SpringNone
CSCI 130 Linux Fundamentals3Fall, SpringNone
CSIT 175 Python Programming3Fall, SpringNone
CSNT 181 Hacker Prevention /Security3Fall, SpringNone
CSNT 250 Cyber Defense and Analysis3FallCSNT 181
CSNT 255 Ethical Hacking Principles3SpringCSNT 181
CSNT 280 Computer Forensics Fundamentals3Fall, SpringNone

Image Sources

Web Design and Development

Web Design and Development

Web Design and Development is a series of courses that bind both Website Design and Website Programming to produce quality information for an organization.  Web professionals that do both design and programming are generally employed in small-to-midsize businesses that need their employees to have a wide range of skills to implement a businesses Web presence.

Key areas of focus in this degree are: Web Page Design and Layout; Web Graphics; Design of Applications for Mobile Devices; Web Accessibility; HTML; Cascading Style Sheets (CSS); JavaScript/jQuery; Ajax, Social Media and server-side development languages, such as PHP or ASP.

Degree or Certificate Requirements

To earn an A.S. degree in Web Design and Development, see the course catalog for general education requirements.
CourseUnitsOfferedPre-Req
BUS 152 Social Media for Business3FallNone
CSWB 110 Web Site Development with HTML5/CSS33Fall, Spring, SummerNone
CSWB 120 JavaScript and jQuery3Fall, SummerCSWB 110
CSWB 135 Advanced JavaScript and Mobile Apps3SpringCSWB 120
CSWB 150 PHP with MySQL3SpringNone
GCMW 102 Web Page Layout I3Fall, SpringNone
GCMW 202 Web Page Layout II3SpringGCMW 102
GCMW 232 Web Accessibility Design1Contact DepartmentNone
GCMW 154 Preparing Web Graphics1Contact DepartmentNone
BUS 155 Marketing3Fall, SpringNone
GCMW 115 Web Page Layout/Word Press2Fall, Spring, SummerNone

Image Sources

Web Development

Coding and Programming

The Web Development Certificate of Achievement prepares students for entry level positions as Web Developers.

Certificate Requirements

CourseUnitsOfferedPre-Req
CSWB 120 JavaScript and jQuery3Fall, SummerNone
CSWB 150 PHP with MySQL3Fall, SpringNone

Group 1 (Choose 1)

CSWB 110 Web Site Development with HTML5/CSS33Fall, Spring, SummerNone
CSIT 150 Introduction to SQL3Fall, Spring, SummerNone

Image Sources

Italian

Colosseum at Sunrise

Always wanted to learn Italian but couldn’t fit it into your schedule? Here’s your chance to start your journey to Italy now! Complete your language requirement, AA in Italian or Certificate of Achievement completely online with no on-campus meetings. Each Italian course – ITAL 101, 102, 201, and 202 – will be offered sequentially, online, and in eight-weeks during one academic year. Italian is a zero cost textbook program. That means that all course materials will be provided free of charge for all Italian courses. Each course includes flexible weekly deadlines so assignments can be submitted around your schedule.

Certificate Requirements

CourseUnitsOfferedPre-Req
Italian (ITAL) 1015FALL (Fast track one)None
Italian (ITAL) 1025FALL (Fast track two)ITAL 101
Italian (ITAL) 2015SPRING (Fast track one)ITAL 102
Italian (ITAL) 2025SPRING (Fast track two)ITAL 201

Image Sources

CIS: Data Analytics

Credit: Public Domain

Computer Information Systems (CIS): Data Analytics is a series of courses that bind both technology and business to produce quality information for an organization. CIS:Data Analytics emphasizes the technology skills to implement analytic solutions to enable educated decisions derived from data analysis of large data sets. Typical employment opportunities include data analyst, computer support specialist, user support specialist, database administrators, software testers and application development.

Key areas of focus in this degree are: Computer Information Systems; BI and Data Analytics, Computer Programming; System Development; Database Management; Social Media.

Students planning to focus on technology and computing in Information Systems are recommended to earn an A.S. in CIS: Data Analytics. This degree is ideal for students eager to break into the field of computing by earning a career technical certificate or degree while completing transferable coursework.

Certificate or Degree Requirements

To earn an A.S. degree in CIS: Data Analytics, see the course catalog for general education requirements.
CourseUnitsOfferedPre-Req

Program Requirements

CSIT 125 Computer Information Systems3Fall, Spring, SummerNone
CSIT 150 Introduction to SQL3Fall, Spring, SummerNone
CSIT 225 Introduction to Data Analytics3SpringNone
CSIT 226 Data Visualization3SpringNone
CSIT 230 Data Modeling3FallNone
MATH 120 Elementary Statistics4Fall, Spring, SummerMATH 56 or 60/transfer acceptability: CSU; UC

Group 1 (Choose 1)

CSIT 145 Introduction to Programming Using Java*3SummerNone
CSIT 180 C# Programming I3Fall, SpringNone
CSIT 175 Python Programming3Fall, SpringNone
CSCI 112 Programming Fundamentals I4Fall, Spring, SummerNone

Group 2 (Choose 1)

CSWB 110 Web Site Development with HTML5/CSS33Fall, Spring, SummerNone
JOUR 200 Mastering Social Media3Summer IntersessionNone
BUS 152 Social Media for Business3FallNone
CSIT 165 R Programming3SpringNone
*Not offered online.

Image Sources

Management Information Systems

Group of people looking at a computer

Management Information Systems (MIS) is a series of courses that bind both business and technology to produce quality information for an organization.  MIS professionals focus on the business side of Information Systems (IS).   An MIS professional utilizes computer information systems to facilitate the decision-making of managers.
Key areas of focus in this degree are: Business Communications; Accounting; Economics; Business Law; Statistics; Mathematics; Computer Information Systems; Computer Programming; Systems Analysis and Design; Database Management Systems; Data Communications, and Security.

Degree or Certificate Requirements

To earn an A.S. degree in Management Information Systems, see the course catalog for general education requirements.
CourseUnitsOfferedPre-Req
CSIT 105 Computer Concepts and Applications3Fall, Spring, SummerNone
CSIT 125 Computer Information Systems3Fall, Spring, SummerCSIT 105
BUS 117 Legal Environment of Business3Fall, SpringNone
BUS 204 Quantitative Business Analysis or4Fall, SpringMATH 56 or 60**
MATH 120 Elementary Statistics or4Fall, Spring, SummerMATH 56 or 60 or MATH 54**
PSYC 205/SOC 205 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences4MATH 56 or 60**
BUS 205 Business Communication3Fall, SpringENG 100
MATH 130* Calculus for Business and the Social Sciences4Fall, Spring, SummerMATH 110 or MATH 126**
ACCT 201 Financial Accounting4Fall, Spring, SummerNone
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting4Fall, Spring, SummerACCT 101
ECON 101 Principles of Economics (Macro)3Fall, Spring, SummerMATH 56 or 60**
ECON 102 Principles of Economics (Micro)3Fall, Spring, SummerMATH 56 or 60**

Group 1 (Select 1 course)

CSCI 112 Programming Fundamentals I4Fall, Spring, SummerNone
CSIT 145* Introduction to Programming Using Java3None
CSIT 160* Oracle Database Management Systems3None
CSIT 180 C# Programming I3Fall, SpringNone
CSNT 111 Networking Fundamentals3Fall, SpringNone
CSWB 110 Web Site Development with HTML5/CSS33Fall, Spring, SummerNone
*Not offered online at this time.

**or eligibility determined through the math placement process

Image Sources

Computer Science

Photo: Public Domain

Computer Science is the study and design of computer systems: both hardware and software. Computer scientists are primarily concerned with the design of algorithms, languages, hardware architectures, systems software, applications soft­ware and tools. Emphasis in the Computer Science program is placed on the abil­ity to solve problems and think independently. The program offers a foundation in data structures, computer architecture, software design, algorithms, programming languages, and object-oriented programming. See a Counselor for additional uni­versity transfer requirements in this major.

Degree Requirements

To earn an A.S. degree in Computer Science, see the course catalog for general education requirements.
CourseUnitsOfferedPre-Req     
CSCI 112 Programming Fundamentals I 4Fall, SpringNone
CSCI 114 Programming Fundamentals I4Fall, SpringCSCI 112
CSCI 210 Data Structures4Fall, SpringCSCI 114
CSCI 212 Machine Organization and Assembly Language4Fall, SpringCSCI 114
CSCI 222 C++ and Object-Oriented Programming4Fall, Spring, SummerCSCI 114

Electives* (Choose 2)

CSCI 230 Java GUI Programming3SpringCSCI 114
CSCI 235 Android Development3FallCSCI 114
*Only these electives are currently available online (see Catalog for additional options.)

Image Sources

Business Administration

dba-class-dec2016-3974-edit-1

The Associate in Science for Transfer degree in Business Administration provides students the basic functions of business including accounting, economics, business ethics, business related soft-ware applications, business communications and business statistical study.  The degree prepares students for entry into an extraordinary number of academic studies such as: accounting, finance, marketing, business administration, advertising, merchandizing, banking, economics, entrepreneurial studies, health care management, hospitality management, international business, and public relations.  It can also provide skills necessary for entry-level positions in the field of business [read more...]

Degree Requirements

To earn an A.S. degree in Business Administration, see the course catalog for general education requirements.
CourseUnitsOfferedPre-Req
ACCT 2014Fa, Spr, SumNone
ACCT 2024Fa, Spr, SumACCT 201
ECON 1013Fa, Spr, SumMath 50 or Math 60
ECON 1023Fa, Spr, SumMath 50 or Math 60
BUS 1173Fa, Spr, SumNone

List A: Select one of the following:

MATH 130**4Fa, Spr, SumMath 110**
MATH 120**4Fa, Spr, SumMath 56**

List B: Select two of the following

or any courses from List A above that you have not already chosen
BUS 104 OR BUS 1003Fa, Spr, SumNone
BUS 100 OR CSIT 1253Fa, Spr, SumNone
BUS 2053Fa, Spr, SumENG 100
BUS 204*3Fa, Spr, SumMath 60
*Must choose to transfer to CSUSM.
**Not yet available online.

To obtain the Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer, students must complete the following: Maximum of 60 CSU-transferable units with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. and a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major: a minimum of 18 semester units in the major as determined by the community college district, and: one of the following general education patterns: the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern of 39 units; OR: the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern of 37 units.

Transfer Program Major: Business Administration Articulated Palomar Courses (www.assist.org): ACCT 201, ACCT 202, BUS 115/116/117, BUS 204, BUS 205.

All online courses may have an in-person orientation;
but online orientation will be available as well.

Image Sources

Library and Information Technology

The Library and Information Technology Program (LIT) at Palomar College debuted in Fall 1970 as the Library Technology Program. The first certificate was awarded in Spring 1971. Since that time the Program has successfully awarded both Certificates and Associate degrees to prepare workers for jobs in the Library industry. [read more...]

Certificate Requirements

CourseUnitsOfferedPre-Req
LT100*3FallNone
LT110*3SpringNone
LT115*3FallNone
LT120*3FallNone
LT125#1Fall/SpringNone
LT130*3SpringNone
LT140*3SpringNone
CSIT 1053Fall/Spring/SummerNone
ENG 100 or4Fall/Spring/SummerC in ENG 50**
BUS1253Fall/Spring/SummerNone
* In-person orientation scheduled but optional
** Course currently not offered online
# No orientation required

Effective June 2009, the American Library Association approved Palomar’s entire LIT Program as meeting all the requirements for their Library and Support Staff Certification (LSSC).  This approval makes all students graduating from Palomar with an LIT Certificate immediately eligible for the LSSC.

We renamed our program (Library and Information Technology Program) in 2012 to align it with changes in the library field that emphasize the links to the larger Information industry. At that time, we also changed the Associate degree from one in Arts to one in Science.

Since 2014 our core course offerings (LT prefix) have been offered exclusively online. The two required classes that are outside our department are also available as online offerings. Students can complete the required LIT coursework in any sequence and can earn a certificate in one year. Classes are offered in Fall or Spring. There are no LT classes offered during Summer session.

To learn more about career opportunities for library technicians you can consult employment resources using information about the following:

Image Sources