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Applied Science: Regional Commerce

UA South's small campus atmosphere offers students the advantage of individualized instruction and support while also providing access to the resources of one of the top-ranked research universities in the nation.

The Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Regional Commerce is for those wishing to enter the local or regional business world. This program can prepare students for careers with government entities, private business, the import-export/broker industry, local merchants, or as a small business owner.

The Regional Commerce courses are theory based with an application component. This approach allows the student to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a small business professional and the opportunity to apply those competencies as they work with local economic development professionals, local economists, or local business leaders in the form of internships, research projects, or business plan projects.

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Applied Science: Regional Commerce is offered in the following locations: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County, Yuma County, Online

The Regional Commerce program is designed for students transferring approximately 60 units from a regionally accredited institution. The program requires additional materials during the application process. The minimum entrance requirements include:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA in transfer coursework
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement
  • Preferred Pathway: Associate of Applied Science degree in Business or Business related field from a regionally accredited institution

Prerequisite Course Preparation for the Major:

  • Intermediate Algebra or equivalent
  • ENGL 101 and 102
  • 15 units in Business coursework, including:
    • 1 course in Accounting
    • 1 course in Economics (micro or macro)

Please contact us if you have any questions about the transferability of your credits, you admissibility to the program, or the application process. For full application instructions, please visit

UA South maintains a variety of tools to help you plan your education. We include them here for your reference. To make a personalized plan for your UA South education, contact us!

In addition to Foundations, General Education, and your Major coursework, Bachelor of Applied Science programs share a common core of six courses designed to meet employer needs and strengthen your academic skills culminating in a capstone experience in your major field.

UA Degree Search provides an overview of the Regional Commerce major, four year plans, transfer pathways, and career opportunities.

Transfer Pathway Agreements guide students who are earning specific community college degrees and allow students to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree at any Arizona community college to transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree at The University of Arizona South. Specifically, UA South has partnership agreements with Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Cochise College, Maricopa Community College District, and Pima Community College. Find the right AZ degree pathway for you through AZTransfer. Students can also transfer from other institutions and should contact an academic advisor to find out how!

All prospective students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for an unofficial evaluation of their transfer credit, including military credits, to ensure the timely and cost efficient progress towards their Bachelor’s degree.

Academic Advisement Reports are the official degree audits for UA students once they have been admitted into their chosen major. The Regional Commerce report contains lists of applicable classes to be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Current UA students can access their personalized Advisement Report in UAccess Student Center under the Academics menu.

Courses are based in theory with a strong focus on professional application. Courses in the major include:

  • RNCV 311 Market Planning

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the 4 P's of marketing: product, price, place and promotion. This course addresses all the components of marketing in detail with a marketing plan being the main project.

  • RNCV 315 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Growth Development

This course directly addresses the process of value creation and develops the fundamental business skills to identify, evaluate, develop and exploit market opportunities. It provides the framework of a business plan and lays the foundation for the final capstone course taken during the last semester.

  • RNCV 417 The Global Community of Commerce

This course deals with the relationship of international trade and the social responsibility in contributing to the economic development of developing countries.

  • RNCV 423 The Economic Impact of Tourism & Entertainment

This course will take the foundations of economic development, small business, tourism, and entertainment and apply them to a needs assessment project that focuses on the use of tourism or entertainment for the development of a local or regional economy. A tourism or entertainment needs assessment project is the main project in the course.

  • RNCV 424 The Economic Impact of Service & Trade

This course will take the foundations of economic development, business, entrepreneurship, trade, service, and manufacturing and apply them to a service or trade business plan for the development of a local or regional economy. A business plan on a new service or trade business idea is the main project in the course.

Please contact an Academic Advisor if you are interested in this program.
Assistant Professor | Program Director, Commerce | Program Director, Regional Commerce
Adjunct Instructor
Faculty, Adjunct
Adjunct Instructor
Faculty, Adjunct
Minor Offered: No
Program Type: Bachelor of Applied Science
Program Career Level: Undergraduate Degree
Locations Offered: Sierra Vista, Pima County, Douglas, Santa Cruz County, Yuma County, Online

Eric Mapp, PhD

Assistant Professor | Program Director, Commerce | Program Director, Regional Commerce
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