Program Description

The curriculum prepares students for careers as managers in the merchandising division of a retail store. Merchandising managers can own their own businesses, work for a major department store chain, work for a small independent retailer or any number of retail, wholesale and/or service businesses. The program offers classroom instruction plus supervised work experience in businesses in the community. Students must provide their own transportation to off-campus sites.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Explain three methods of artistic merchandise display.
  2. Present a 5-minute sales demonstration.

Gainful Employment Disclosure  Career Snapshot


Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 36

Recommended sequence:

Semester I

  • BUS 013 - Business Lectures (1)
  • BUS 160 - Customer Service (3)
  • MRKT 128 - Marketing Field Practice (3)


Semester II

  • MRKT 125 - Merchandising (3)
  • BUS 114 - Business Mathematics (3)


Semester III

  • MRKT 020 - Principles of Marketing (3)
  • ACCT 001A - Financial Accounting (4)
    or Acct 010 - Bookkeeping-Accounting (4)
  • BUS 010 - Introduction to Management (3)


Semester IV

  • BUS 011A - Business Communications (3)
  • BUS 128 - Human Resources Management (3)
  • BUS 117 - Human Relations for Business (3)
  • ENGL 001A - Reading and Composition (4)


Recommended electives:

  • BIT 025 - Survey of Computer Technology in Business (3)
  • BUS 161 - Applied Business Principles and Practices (2)

Download Requirements


Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

Download AS Degree Requirements