Business Analyst

Business Analyst

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Of the many new careers brought about by technological advancements in the 21st century, business analysts are increasingly vital to the success of any large enterprise. Business analysts act as the all-important link between business and technology, working to research, analyze, design, and implement solutions to solve a variety of business-related problems.

A Closer Look

Business analysts love to ask why and see great ideas through to completion and results. Sometimes working independently, sometimes in groups, they use their strong knowledge of IT and business—combined with communication skills, analytics, and creativity—to implement technology solutions. Some business analysts may be limited to IT-related projects only, while others may be involved in areas such as finance, accounting, marketing, or operations.

Strong leadership and organizational skills are important in this career, and because each project presents a fresh problem to solve, no two days are alike.


What You'll Learn

The Business Analyst associate degree is a two-year program that prepares individuals to work closely with stakeholders to identify business needs and offer opportunities for improvements in systems or workflow. The skills gained in this program are in demand within the industries of healthcare, IT, manufacturing, insurance, and finance.

In this program you will research, analyze, and design solutions using business requirements and best practices. Through group projects you will develop and leverage leadership- and team-building tools using a variety of different collaboration methods.


Careers

  • Applications Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Functional Analyst
  • Project Coordinator
  • Systems Analyst

Your Instructors

MIKE WALLNER

Mike holds a master of information systems/management degree from University of Phoenix. His 30+ years of information technology experience include a focus on implementing and improving business solutions with an eye toward technology, and he is a proven manager of project teams, support teams, and global enterprises. His efforts to stay current include completed coursework toward the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Computer Science license.

"Our students are the future, and we have the ability to give them the tools to succeed."


Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10102210 Business Analyst Essentials 3.00
10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction 3.00
10196189 Team Building & Problem Solving 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
-or-
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
-or-
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
(15-16 Credits)
Term: 2
10102211 Business Analyst Fundamentals 1 3.00
10102213 Requirements Analysis 3.00
10102214 Continuous Improvement 3.00
10156101 Database Concepts and Design 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
-or-
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
-or-
10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
-or-
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 3
10102212 Business Analyst Fundamentals 2 3.00
10102216 Solutions Design 3.00
10156102 SQL Development 3.00
10196190 Leadership Development 3.00
10809103 Think Critically & Creatively 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 4
10102215 Business Analyst Fundamentals 3 3.00
10102220 Business Analyst Capstone 3.00
10196188 Project Management 3.00
10801197 Technical Reporting 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
-or-
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(15 Credits)
Total Credits: 63-64