Shasta College, Main Campus, 700 building 

Associate in Science: Administrative Office Professional 

This degree prepares you to be an advanced-level Administrative Assistant. Administrative Assistants work for supervisors, managers, and executives. Skills learned: Document and Data Handling: How to prepare, modify, and proofread documents such as reports, letters, memos, records, lists, and schedules. Technology: Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and Outlook. Setup and coordinate meetings and conferences using Outlook. Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office: PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and Access. Incorporate computer graphics in documents, in addition to computer based filing methods and procedures. Type 50-55 words per minute. Interpersonal: Meet and greet clients and visitors, maintain a pleasant manner, and project a professional image in person and on the phone. Confidential: Handling of mail, money, and receipts, and record keeping. General: Research and price office furniture and supplies with attention to detail. Sales concepts, including markups, discounts, insurance, and depreciation, scheduling and reporting duties, coordinate and maintain records for staff. Obtaining on-the-job training through the Worksite Learning course at Shasta College is highly recommended.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor's Office.  Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student's transcripts will reflect completion of this degree.


Upon successful completion of this degree, the student will be able to: 

  1. Operate the alphabetic, numeric, and symbol keys by touch with proper typing technique. 
  2. Type for 5 minutes at a minimum net speed of 50 words a minute with five errors or less.
  3. Expand and apply knowledge of Microsoft Word to complete business documents. 
  4. Increase abilities related to formatting business letters, memos, tables, mail merge, and reports including employment documents.
  5. Answer, with at least 70 percent accuracy, questions on objective tests covering technical information.

Suggested Sequences of Classes for Associate in Science in Administrative Office Professional

Semester Offered\Method of Instruction
Semester 1 (Fall) 
Course Course Name Units Fall Spring Summer
BUAD 166 Business English 3 units FF,O FF,O ITV
CIS 1 Computer Literacy Workshop 3 units FF,O,ITV FF,O O
​OAS 10 Excel for Windows I​ 1 unit​ ​O,HYB ​FF,O FF,O​
​OAS 51 ​Introduction to Keyboard and Word 3 units​ ​O,HYB,ITV ​FF,O O​
​OAS 64 ​Computerized Ten-Key .5 unit​ ​O O​ O​
​OAS 80 ​Outlook 1 unit​ ​O FF,O​
​OAS 152 ​Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy .5 unit​ ​FF,O FF,O​
​OAS 158 ​Office Procedures for Administrative Assistants 3 units​ ​FF,O O,ITV​
​OAS 166 ​Records Management 2 units​ ​HYB O​ O​
Semester 2 (Spring)
ACCT 101 Basic Accounting I 3 units FF,O FF,O O,ITV
BUAD 80* Principles of Customer Service 3 units O ITV
​CIS 20 Access for Windows I​ 1 unit ​O O​
​OAS 11 ​Excel for Windows II 1 unit ​O O​
​OAS 52 ​Intermediate Keyboarding and Word 3 units ​FF,O FF,O​ FF​
​OAS 84 ​Office Administration and Worksite Learning 1 unit ​FF FF​ ​FF
​OAS 92 ​Word for Windows  1 unit ​O O​
​OAS 94 ​PowerPoint 1 unit ​O O​ FF,O​
​OAS 171 ​Proofreading Skills 2 units ​O, ITV O​ O​
Semester 3 (Fall)
ACCT 103 PC Accounting 2 units O O
​BUAD 106 Business Mathematics​ 3 units​ FF,O​ O,HYB​ ITV​
​General Education 6 units​
​Electives ​3 units
Semester 4 (Spring)
BUAD 66* Business Communications  3 units FF,O O,ITV FF,O
​General Education 6 units​
​Electives ​2 units
Recommended Courses (not required)
CIS 83 Web Design Using Dreamweaver 2 units FF FF
OAS 12 Excel for Windows II 1 unit O
OAS 93* Word for Windows III 1 unit FF FF
Required for Major: 41 units
Additional General Ed Total: 18 units
General Electives: 1 unit
Degree Total = 60**

Key to table abbreviations

O = Course is Offered Online 
ITV = Course is offered through Interactive Video 
FF = Course is offered Face to Face (in-person)
HYB = Hybrid

* May be used to fulfill CSU Gene​ral Education requirements.  See a counselor.

**Please Note: Calculation assumes a student will double-count the Multicultural graduation requirement with either a social science or humanities G.E. requirement and that the student will fulfill computer literacy through a test. If students plan well and see a counselor, they may be able to double count the Multicultural and Computer Literacy units. If these graduation requirements are added, the number of units is increased by 6 units.​