Associate in Science - Accounting

The Associate Degree in Accounting program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of positions within the accounting industry. The Accounting curriculum will engage students in the principles and applications necessary for success in corporations, small business and nonprofit organizations. Students will learn to analyze and synthesize data, report to the users of accounting information in the proper format and to make recommendations to management.

The program is designed for those who seek employment in the accounting field or for entrance into a four-year degree program. It provides a solid foundation in accounting that addresses the collection, analysis and reporting of financial information. Additionally, students will learn to use accounting software programs to complete tasks more efficiently.

Coursework in financial, managerial, tax accounting and accounting information systems will culminate in a capstone course which will prepare students to sit for professional certification exams in Microsoft Excel, Intuit QuickBooks and bookkeeping from the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.

A certificate in Bookkeeping (19 credits) may be earned as part of the milestone policy in the Accounting program.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Organize, analyze, summarize and report financial data in an ethical manner through knowledge and application of accounting concepts and principles;
  2. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills by identifying, gathering, measuring and summarizing financial data;
  3. Integrate and apply technological skills to accounting and business problems;
  4. Develop awareness of professional and ethical issues facing the accounting industry;
  5. Create professional financial reports and analysis for users of accounting information; and
  6. Achieve professional certification in bookkeeping, QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirement:

1. Maintain a GPA of 2.3 in the major.

Curriculum

Associate in Accounting

General Education Core Requirements - 24-25 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition

3

ENG 1XX

Writing Competency (WR)

3

COM 1XX

Communications Competency (COM)

3

CAP 1XX

Computer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XX

Math Competency (MATH)

3

 

Science Competency (SCI)

3-4

PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)

3

 

Cultural Competency (CU or E/P)

3

Non-Major Core Requirements - 3 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR

 

 

Open Elective

3

Accounting Major Core Requirements - 34 Credits

Freshman Year

ACC 101

Principles of Accounting I

3

ACC 210

Principles of Accounting II

3

ACC 220

Managerial Accounting

3

ACC 230

Principles of Taxation

3

BUS 101

Introduction to Management

3

BUS 110

Business Law and Ethics

3

Sophomore Year

ACC 235

Accounting Information Systems

3

ACC 240

Intermediate Accounting

3

BUS 265

Principles of Finance

3

ECN 110

Principles of Economics

3

ACC 299

Accounting Capstone

4

Total Credits in the Program

61-62

Accounting Minor

Accounting is the study and practice of collecting, analyzing, organizing and reporting financial information. Investors, creditors, managers and others depend on accurate and timely accounting information for decision-making purposes. A minor in Accounting is useful for students in any organization, whether private or public, service or manufacturer, corporate or nonprofit. The skills and knowledge developed in this coursework equip students with an understanding of accounting operations and best practices for contemporary organizations. Students are encouraged to work closely with their Advisors to plan course schedules.

Minor in Accounting

ACC 101

Principles of Accounting I

3

BUS 265

Principles of Finance

3

ACC 210

Principles of Accounting II

3

ACC 220

Managerial Accounting

3

ACC 230

Principles of Taxation OR

 

ACC 235

Accounting Information Systems

3

Total Credits in the Program

15