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Frequently Asked Questions

A certificate focuses on a specific body or area of knowledge while a degree combines that focus with a broad academic background. 

An A.A. degree is usually geared to transfer to a baccalaureate-granting college or university in a residential, full-time program. The A.A.S. degree is accepted by many local colleges and universities, especially adult, part-time programs. The A.A. includes more liberal arts courses, while the A.A.S. focuses more on your specialty area.

IAI is the acronym for the Illinois Articulation Initiative. A course which is designated IAI will transfer to any public or private college or university in Illinois.

Prerequisites are courses (or demonstrated equivalent experience) that you must take prior to enrolling in another higher-level course. 

The prerequisite course should give you the background necessary for the higher-level course. The higher-level course instructor assumes that you have mastered the content of the prerequisite course. Generally, mastery of the content of a prerequisite course should improve your chances of successful performance in the higher level course.

No, but many courses are. The following basic courses are usually offered every term:

  • Business 1100 (Introduction to Business) 
  • Business 1111 (Customer Service)
  • Business 1120 (Fundamentals of Personal Investing)
  • Business 1161 (Entrepreneurship)
  • Business 2255 (International Business)
  • Management 1100 (Supervision) 
  • Management 2210 (Principles of Management) 
  • Management 2215 (Leadership)
  • Management 2220 (Organizational Behavior)
  • Management 2240 (Human Resource Management)
  • Marketing 1100 (Consumer Marketing)
  • Marketing 1170 (Internet and Social Media Marketing)
  • Marketing 2210 (Principles of Marketing) 
  • Marketing 2220 (Principles of Sales) 
  • Marketing 2230 (Principles of Retailing)
  • Marketing 2240 (Advertising)

These courses are also offered during the day, and/or evening. Many are also offered through Hybrid and Online Courses. Please see Convenient Course Formats for more details.

Online Courses offer independent and individual learning opportunities via the Internet. Courses combine independent learning and a structured series of assignments, with chat rooms and instructors available by telephone or email.

Please see Convenient Course Formats for more details.

The Supervision Certificate and Consumer Marketing Certificate are also attainable through Online courses.

Contact Information

Shannon Toler, Program Chair
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1461A
Phone: (630) 942-2593

Bev Carlson, Program Support Specialist
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1436B
Phone: (630) 942-2140

Anika Collins, Program Advising
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1454D
Phone: (630) 942-3961

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034
Phone: (630) 942-2592