Business & Computer Science

Business courses are designed to meet the needs of college-bound students who are considering majoring in business, as well as for students who are interested in learning how the business world works, how to manage their own finances and how to become informed consumers.

Computer science courses are designed to prepare students for an  engineering, math, science or computer science college major, as well for students who want to gain a deeper understanding of how technology works and how software applications, including games, are designed and written.

Students seeking an Advanced Regents Diploma may replace the 3-unit LOTE requirement with 5 units of business and computer science. One unit of Computer Science may be substituted for one unit of Math, please see your counselor for more information.



40 Weeks, 1 credit, Grades 9-12

This course is a foundation for the student considering a business profession. Students will learn the principles of accounting and the entire accounting cycle. They learn to record transactions for businesses using a current computer software program. Topics for study include: double entry accounting, payroll, taxes and banking. Students also learn how to maintain financial records for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations.


40 Weeks, 1 credit,  Grades 9-12

Students with an interest in law and students wishing to gain a deeper understanding of their rights and the legal system should enroll in Business Law. Many interesting and controversial legal issues ranging from unsafe consumer products to corporate fraud will be discussed. Other topics of study will include the legal aspects of borrowing money, insurance, property, leases and juvenile law. Students become more knowledgeable citizens and obtain an advantage in their college business program by completing this course.


20 Weeks, 1/2 credit, Grades 9-12

Whether you are watching a famous athlete make an unbelievable play or witnessing a sensational singing performance, the world of sports and entertainment is never boring. Although it may seem impossible for you to be a part of this exciting world, it’s not! The Sports and Entertainment Marketing field offers careers that combine entertainment with traditional marketing concepts. Explore basic marketing principles while delving  deeper into the multibillion dollar sports and entertainment industry. Learn how professional athletes, sports teams, and famous entertainers are marketed as commodities and how the savvy people who handle these deals can become very successful. This course will show you exactly how things work behind the scenes of a major entertainment event and how you can be part of the act. Fantasy sports and entertainment competitions will enhance student understanding of this exciting field.


20 Weeks, 1/2 credit, Grades 9-12

Do you know someone who owns their own business? Do you want to be your own boss? Did you know that seven out of 10 high school students dream about opening their own business? Many young people hesitate to venture into business enterprises because they have little or no  experience in the business world and lack training. Our global business world is ripe with vast opportunities to experience, and this course is designed as your guide to building your confidence and taking your place in business with vital management and planning skills.


20 Weeks, 1/2 credit,  Grades 10-12

This college level course is designed to give students an overview of the impact of business on society. It is intended to aid the student in obtaining a clear understanding of how contemporary business functions through the interrelationships of management, marketing and finance. Topics to be studied include: entrepreneurship, business ownership, human resource management, labor issues, ethics, stocks, finance, economics and banking. This college level business class follows the same curriculum and  requirements as the similar course at Onondaga Community College.  Students are able to earn three SUNY credits at no cost.


20 Weeks, 1/2 credit, Grades 9-12, Prerequisite: Basic Computer  Knowledge

This is an exciting and fascinating course for students interested in  designing, editing, and publishing a website using the following web editors: Weebly, Wix, Google Sites, and WordPress. The course introduces students to HTML, CSS, and Photoshop to enhance websites with personalized content. An emphasis on how to design an effective business website is a theme throughout the course. For the capstone, students collaborate with a business owner via Skype to design a site for the entrepreneur. This final project provides a credentialing opportunity for students as they walk away with a digital portfolio of websites designed both individually and within a team atmosphere.


20 Weeks, 1/2 credit, Grades 9-12

This course is designed to give you the information and tools you need to  make smart financial choices now and for the future. Topics include saving and investing, bank accounts, using credit, budgeting, preparing income taxes, buying insurance, and planning for large purchases such as automobiles and houses. Through this course you will learn how the stock and bond markets work, and the ways in which current economic situations effect everyday consumers. This is a practical, hands-on course in which you will learn strategies to manage your money and be prepared for the financial decisions you will be making throughout your life.

0525 SUPA Personal Finance

20 Weeks, 1/2 credit, Grades 11-12

This is an advanced, 3-credit college level course exploring the allocation of finite resources to meet wants and needs of households in terms of financial stability. The class covers essential aspects of budgeting, banking, saving, borrowing, credit, insurance, taxes, retirement and end-of-life considerations. The course will provide a foundation to empower
students to maintain financial security and navigate the financial world ahead of them. This course is the same as Personal Finance (FIN 200) on the S.U. campus. Upon registration and payment of a tuition charge at Syracuse University, students are eligible for three hours of college credit as well as 1/2 unit of high school credit. The course will appear as Syracuse University Project Advance on the student’s transcript. If students choose to take this course for high school credit only, it will be designated as “college level” (CL) on the student’s transcript.


20 Weeks, 1/2 credit, Grades 9-12

Do you want the competitive edge to be hired and promoted in the 21st century global economy? Would you like to be prepared to take initiative and build a professional network? In this real world course, you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to make sound career and financial decisions. Areas of study include:

  • Participation in mock interview and business simulation project
  • Design and development of an innovative product as an entrepreneur
  • Build your first professional digital footprint using programs including LinkedIn and
  • Labor laws, goal setting, and personal money management

Computer Science


20 Weeks, 1/2 credit, Grades 9-12

Do you like to play video games? Learn the basics of video game development by using an easy to learn computer programming language. This is an introductory course in computer science where you’ll be introduced to computer programming concepts and techniques that will lead to a final project in which you design and code your own game.
You’ll also have the opportunity to develop troubleshooting and debugging skills by testing the games other students have written. If you are planning to major in engineering or computer science in college, or are just  interested in learning more about how video games are developed and written, this is the course for you!

0523 COMPUTER SCIENCE II: Swift & Java

20 Weeks, 1/2 credit, Grades 9-12, Prerequisites: Python or permission of instructor.

Continue to build on the programming skills you learned in Python while learning one of the newest computer languages, Swift. Students will learn to design programs using Swift and learn to create programs using Java.
Programs written in Java can be run on any operating system: Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Students will learn the various components of the Swift and Java programming languages and will then apply these concepts in creating a final project.

0513 COMPUTER SCIENCE III: Swift and Xcode

40 Weeks, 1 credit, Grades 10-12, Prerequisites: Python, Swift and Java or permission of instructor.

Learn to design and develop programs using the Swift and Xcode programming language. Students will learn the constructs of Swift and apply these constructs to weekly projects, as well as to a final project for the end of the course. Students will also have the opportunity to explore mobile app development for mobile devices, such as cell phones,
iPods and tablets.


40 Weeks, 1 credit, Grades 11-12, Prerequisites: Swift and Xcode, Java and
Swift or permission of instructor.

This course prepares students to take the AP Computer Science A  examination. Topics covered include: programming methodology,
problem solving, algorithm development, object-oriented programming techniques, searching and sorting methods, and an introduction to data structures, using the Java programming language.