Accounting

A.A.S. / CERTIFICATE / A.S.

Program Information

Career Community: Business
Degree Type: A.A.S. / CERTIFICATE / A.S.
Program Location: Main Campus

What is Accounting, A.A.S.?

EXPECTED HOURS FOR A.A.S. DEGREE: 63

The Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Concentration: Business, A.A.S. is designed to prepare students for employment in public, private, and governmental accounting as a paraprofessional. The program covers financial, managerial, and tax accounting using manual and computerized accounting systems. 

What is Accounting Certificate?

EXPECTED HOURS FOR CERTIFICATE: 21

The Accounting Technical Certificate is designed to prepare students for employment in public, private, and governmental accounting as an entry level clerk. The program covers financial, managerial, and payroll tax accounting using manual and computerized accounting systems.

What is Accounting A.S.?

EXPECTED HOURS FOR A.S. DEGREE: 60-62

The Associate of Science in Accounting is designed as a degree for students who plan to transfer and earn a Bachelor of Science degree at a four-year college or university. Students interested in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, business administration or related fields should consider this curriculum. This program emphasizes financial and managerial accounting, microeconomics and macroeconomics at this level.

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Program Outcomes

Upon completion of these programs, students will be able to do the following:

Accounting A.A.S.

  • Explain the role of accounting in business and how accounting information systems are used to gather, summarize, report, and analyze financial data
  • Perform the steps in the accounting cycle, complying with generally accepted accounting principles
  • Demonstrate knowledge of local, state, and federal tax laws and competence in tax planning and compliance
  • Identify ethical issues and apply value-based reasoning systems to accounting issues.

Accounting Certificate

  • Explain the role of accounting in business and how accounting information systems are used to gather, summarize, report, and analyze financial data
  • Perform the steps in the accounting cycle, complying with generally accepted accounting principles
  • Identify ethical issues and apply value-based reasoning systems to accounting issues.

Accounting A.S.

  • Explain the role of accounting in business and how accounting information systems are used to gather, summarize, report, and analyze financial data.
  • Perform the steps in the accounting cycle, complying with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Determine the application, interpretation, and financial statement effect of specific accounting methods and procedures.
  • Analyze and interpret financial statements and demonstrate an understanding of managerial accounting concepts and calculations.
  • Analyze and evaluate structures and processes of diverse macroeconomic and microeconomic systems using a variety of basic economic tools and measurements.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how economic and political activity influences the behavior of individuals and groups and how, in turn, they influence economic and political activity.
  • Examine the economic theories and research that have formed the basis of microeconomic and macroeconomic policies for two centuries.

What Are My Options to Pay for This Degree?

Apply for financial aid at www.FAFSA.gov. A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

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Classes You Might Take

Accounting A.A.S. Degree

  • ENGL 1010 – English Composition I (3 credits)
  • GEN 1010 – First Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • INFS 1010 – Computer Applications (3 credits)
  • ACCT 1010 – Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • BUSN 1305 – Introduction to Business (3 credits)
  • BUSN 1320 – Business Calculations (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530 – Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • COMM 2025 – Fundamentals of Communication (3 credits)
  • ACCT 1020 – Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACCT 2301 – Payroll Accounting (3 credits)
  • BUSN 2370 – Legal Environments of Business (3 credits)
  • ECON 2200 – Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • ACCT 2341 – Cost Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACCT 2362 – Forensic Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACCT 2382 – Accounting Systems Applications (3 credits)
  • BUSN 1300 – Personal Finance (3 credits)
  • ECON 2100 – Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • PHIL 1040 – Introduction to Ethics (3 credits)
  • ACCT 2331 – Tax Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACCT 2399 – Accounting Capstone (3 credits)
  • BUSN 2320 – Business Finance (3 credits)

Accounting Certificate

  • ACCT 1010 – Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • BUSN 1300 – Personal Finance (3 credits)
  • BUSN 1320 – Business Calculations (3 credits)
  • BUSN 1370 OR INFS 1010 (Spreadsheet Applications OR Computer Applications) (3 credits)
  • ACCT 1020 – Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACCT 2301 – Payroll Accounting (3 credits)
  • BUSN 2370 – Legal Environment of Business (3 credits)

Accounting A.S. Degree

  • ENGL 1010 – English Composition I (3 credits)
  • GEN 1010 – First Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • ACCT 1010 – Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • INFS 1010 – Computer Applications (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530 – Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • ACCT 1020 – Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ENGL 1020 – English Composition II (3 credits)
  • MATH 1630 OR MATH 1130 OR MATH 1710 (Finite Mathematics OR College Algebra OR Precalculus Algebra) (3 credits)
  • COMM 2025 – Fundamentals of Communication (3 credits)
  • HIST 2310 OR HIST 2010 (Early World History OR Early United States History) (3 credits)
  • ECON 2200 – Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • MATH 1830 – Applied Calculus (3 credits)
  • HIST 2320 OR HIST 2020 (Modern World History OR Modern United Stated History) (3 credits)
  • ART 2000 OR MUS 1030 (Art History Survey I OR Introduction to Music) (3 credits)
  • ASTR 1010 OR BIOL 1010 (Solar System Astronomy OR Introduction to Biology) (4 credits)
  • ECON 2100 – Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • PHIL 1040 – Introduction to Ethics (3 credits)
  • ENGL 2110 OR ENGL 2120 (Early American Lit OR Modern American Lit) (3 credits)
  • ASTR 1020 OR BIOL 1020 (Stars + Galaxies Astronomy OR Diversity of Life) (4 credits)
  • PSYC 1030 OR CPED 1100 (Introduction to Psychology OR Career Exploration) (3 OR 1 credit)

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Every quality business program worldwide is accredited. Click here for public information about the program.

Business Department Mission Statement:

The business department empowers future leaders through exceptional business education, with a focus on fostering innovation, ethics, and leaderships skills. Our mission includes a commitment to continuous assessment, ensuring students acquire the knowledge and skills needed for success.

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