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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting program is designed to provide fundamental skills for individuals planning to enter the field of accounting. Possible entry-level jobs for this program include accounting clerk, accounts payable/receivable clerk, claims clerk, payroll clerk, credit clerk, bookkeeper, accounting intern, tax preparation or comparable positions. This program may prepare students for certification in Certified Bookkeeper (CB), Enrolled Agent (EA), and Certified Payroll Professional (CPP). Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Accounting and Enrolled Agent are available.


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Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Accounting (DEG)
Total Credits Required
Effective term
Fall 2020

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.
Consultation with an Academic Advisor is recommended for course selection.

This program replaces:
AAS/3130 Accounting-Specialized Para-Professional
AAS/3131 Accounting Paraprofessional

What You'll Learn
  • Apply effective oral, written, and visual business communication skills. (GBS120, GBS233, [FYC], (COM))
  • Use basic mathematics and accounting principles to report the financial position of an organization. (ACC105, ACC111, ACC112, ACC115, ACC121, ACC211, ACC212, ACC219, ACC221, ACC222, ACC230, ACC240, ACC+++++, GBS131, GBS220, GBS221, GBS261, [MA])
  • Apply current technology to specific business tasks. (ACC115, CIS105, CIS114DE)
  • Evaluate the legal, ethical and social implications of business decisions and their impact on various individuals, groups and societies. (ACC111, ACC121, ACC221, ECN211, ECN212, GBS151, GBS205, MGT101, MGT175, MGT229, SBU200, [HU])
  • Demonstrate critical thinking through written and oral formats. (ACC+++++, GBS120, GBS151, GBS205, GBS220, GBS233, SBU200, [FYC], [HU], [SG/SQ], (COM),(CRE))
  • Apply functions of modern business, including business principles, marketing, labor relations, and risk to business situations. (GBS151, GBS205, MGT101, MGT175, MGT229)
  • Apply principles and practices of accounting to analyze and interpret general purpose financial statements. (ACC105, ACC111, ACC112, ACC115, ACC121, ACC211, ACC212, ACC219, ACC221, ACC222, ACC230, ACC240, ACC+++++)
  • Apply basic rules of financial accounting to business transactions. (ACC105, ACC111, ACC112, ACC115, ACC121, ACC211, ACC212, ACC219, ACC221, ACC222, ACC230, ACC240, ACC+++++)
  • Apply basic rules of managerial accounting to business decision making. (ACC212, ACC240)
  • Apply appropriate procedures to prepare individual, partnership, and corporate taxes, including tax reporting for income, payroll, sales, and personal property. (ACC105, ACC121, ACC221, ACC222)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of compliance in accounting, reporting and tax. (ACC105, ACC121, ACC221, ACC222, GBS205)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ACC111Accounting Principles I (3) AND
ACC230Uses of Accounting Information I (3) AND
ACC240Uses of Accounting Information II (3)
ACC111Accounting Principles I (3) AND
ACC112Accounting Principles II (3) AND
ACC212Managerial Accounting (3)
ACC211Financial Accounting (3) AND
ACC212Managerial Accounting (3)6-9
ACC105Payroll, Sales and Property Taxes (3) OR
ACC222Payroll Accounting (3)3
ACC115Computerized Accounting3
ACC121Individual Tax Preparation (3) OR
ACC221Tax Accounting (3)3
ACC219Intermediate Accounting I3
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
GBS151Introduction to Business3
GBS205Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business3
GBS120Workplace Communication Skills (3) OR
GBS233Business Communication (3)3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must select six (6) credits from the list below:
ACC+++ Any additional ACC Accounting course(s) except ACC111, ACC112, ACC211, ACC212, ACC230, ACC2400-6
GBS131Business Calculations3
GBS220Quantitative Methods in Business3
GBS221Business Statistics3
GBS261Investments I3
MGT101Techniques of Supervision (3) OR
MGT175Business Organization and Management (3) OR
MGT229Management and Leadership I (3)3
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-28
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.3-6
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
SBU200Society and Business (3)3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.

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