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Illinois Tech’s business track for high school dual-enrollment courses is designed for students to sequentially build their skills in marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, analytics, and management. Students can take the courses below independently or as part of a sequence, but some courses have prerequisites. Check out the course descriptions below for more information about each course. 

Stuart School of Business is now offering an academic certificate for high school students who complete a sequence of dual-enrollment courses. In the business track, students can earn the certificate by completing the following courses (12 credit hours total):

  • BUS 100
  • BUS 102
  • BUS 211
  • BUS 212

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Learn more about our dual-enrollment school partnership.

BUS 100: Introduction to Business (Three credits)

This course introduces students not only to the business environment but also to the different purposes and functions of businesses. Students obtain a broad understanding of the fundamentals of business organizations and their operations and, in the process, learn the basic terminology and concepts employed in the business world. Students will also gain experience using computer applications popular in the business community such as Microsoft’s Excel, Word, and Access Database.

  • Type: In person only
  • Term: Fall
  • When: Section One (10001): Tuesday/Thursday, 3:15–4:30 p.m. with Xiaoyun “Aarn” Cao
  • Requirements: For juniors or seniors in the top 20 percent of the class; no prior coursework necessary

BUS 102: Computing Tools for Business Analysis (Three credits)

This course builds competency with the most commonly used software tools used in business (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint) while also reinforcing business concepts, modes of thinking, and communication skills. Course sessions, held in a PC lab, will cover basic-through-intermediate skills for each application using exercises and mini-cases that require students to analyze business problems and consider how best to communicate information, results, and findings. Coursework will be integrated across the various tools in the Microsoft Office suite and also across various business disciplines. Students will learn not just about the computing tools themselves but also how such tools are used in today’s business environment to manage information, analyze data, and communicate more effectively.

  • Type: Online (livestream or recorded), in-person, or a combination thereof
  • Term: Spring

BUS 211: Financial Statements (Three credits)

This course introduces students to the financial reporting practices of firms ranging in size from sole proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies. Although the predominant focus will be on reporting principles used in the United States, the course will consider international reporting standards as well. Students will learn some of the metrics (ratios) by which one measures the financial health of a firm, whether small or large, domestic or international. Finally, using a popular financial management software package, students not only will learn how businesses track their day-to-day transactions and report on operations but will also be able to apply this knowledge to their personal and/or business finances. Recommended: Prior completion of BUS 100

  • Type: In person or online (synchronous or asynchronous; for asynchronous students, lectures will be recorded and posted to Blackboard weekly)
  • Term: Fall
  • When: Section One (10003): Monday/Wednesday, 3:15–4:30 p.m., with Charles Hamilton; Section Two: Online (Asynchronous)
  • Requirements: For juniors or seniors in the top 20 percent of the class; need to have taken BUS 100 or a business-related course in high school

BUS 212: Managerial Accounting (Three credits)

This course introduces students to how managers use accounting information to make decisions and to monitor and control the operations of their businesses. Students will learn how an entity’s profits respond to changes in sales volume, selling prices, and costs. They will also learn how to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information and use the former to make sound business decisions. The principles introduced in this course are applicable to domestic and international businesses of all sizes. Recommended: Prior completion of BUS 211

  • Type: Online (livestream or recorded), in-person, or a combination thereof
  • Term: Spring