Accounting, AS

Business Division
Degree S0502

The Accounting Program provides many opportunities for students to design a plan for their individual goals through certificate and degree achievements. The associate degree in accounting is intended to prepare students for employment following graduation. The student will learn basic accounting skills combined with an in-depth training in a variety of accounting concepts, preparing the student for entry-level positions, professional advancement in their current job or transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Earning an Accounting Associate of Science degree will provide the knowledge and skills necessary for accounting jobs in general accounting, cost accounting, payroll, inventory management, asset management, accounts receivable, accounts payable, budgets and forecasting, financial analysis, etc. Students who wish to transfer and obtain a bachelor’s degree should consult with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
BUSA 7Principles of Accounting - Financial5
BUSA 8Principles of Accounting - Managerial5
BUSA 21Cost Accounting4
or BUSA 58 Federal Income Tax Law
BUSA 52Intermediate Accounting3
BUSA 75Using Microcomputers in Financial Accounting1
BUSA 76Using Microcomputers in Managerial Accounting1
BUSM 20Principles of Business3
Total Units22

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • describe the basic accounting system and how it is used to serve business needs,
  • interpret accounting statements,
  • list and explain the foundations upon which business is built and the economic challenges facing the United States
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