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Merchandising & Retail Management, AAS Degree

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Offered at ECC (Code: EVRTM)

Retailing, one of America’s most progressive fields, is the final stage in the distribution of products from the producer to the consumer. Retail Management is a program of occupational training designed to prepare students for careers in marketing, retail merchandising, store management, and related areas.

The opening of major retail stores and the expansion of existing stores has greatly increased the need for trained personnel in this field. Advancement is relatively fast and individual performance is highly measured in this field, so an aggressive graduate should find promotion opportunities readily. Students may choose from the following specialized areas: Customer Service and Retail Management.

Plan of Study

Total Required Hours: 67

Courses Approved for AA



No more than 6 credits from one prefix. LIT courses not on this list will satisfy this requirement and transfer to all three Iowa Regent Universities as Humanities electives.

Math and Science

Must include at least one math and one lab science course.

Computer Education

Physical Education

Student Development


All transfer courses may be used here including courses listed above (if additional are taken beyond requirements). Students should plan their elective courses according to their college major if they are planning to transfer on for a four year degree.

A maximum of 16 hours of vocational-technical credits may apply toward elective credit with a maximum of 9 of the 16 being independent projects or experimental courses. No more than 6 activity credits (those having prefixes of PEA, MUA, and some MUS courses) may be applied to elective credits. Developmental courses do not apply towards degree requirements.

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