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Accounting

Award Type: Associate in Science

All businesses need accounting information to measure their profitability, solvency, and liquidity. Accounting is known as the language of business and without it business would be unable to communicate with lenders, stakeholders, and government authorities. The program focuses on traditional financial, managerial, and tax accounting principles and techniques. Coursework is sequenced in building blocks of knowledge and skills with an emphasis on learning by doing. The associate degree in accounting prepares students for entry-level positions and professional advancement in public, private, and governmental accounting. Entry-level employment opportunities consist of positions such as accounts payable/receivable clerk, payroll accountant, accounting paraprofessional, tax examiner assistant, and junior cost accountant. This is a Tech Prep program.

The graduate of the Associate in Science in Accounting will:

  • be able to record common bookkeeping and accrual transactions in an accounting information system.
  • be able to explain and analyze business transactions involving assets, liabilities, equities, revenues and expenses
  • be able to prepare and read a set of financial statements consisting of an income statement, balance sheet, statement of stockholders’ equity and statement of cash flows.
  • be able to perform common managerial/cost accounting analyses to help managers make better decisions.
  • be proficient in the use of computer applications such as QuickBooks, Excel, and Access.
  • be able to perform an effective analysis of financial statement information.
  • be able to prepare a basic individual and small business tax return and assist an individual or small business owner with common tax issues.
  • Additional learning outcomes unique to the accounting or bookkeeping certificates: Be able to explain, analyze and record payroll tax transactions.

Program Requirements

A major of 27 units is required for the associate in science degree.

Required core courses (21 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
ACCT 130 Financial Accounting 3.0
ACCT 140 Managerial Accounting 3.0
ACCT 150 Introduction to Accounting Information Systems 3.0
ACCT 160 Introduction Financial Statement Analysis 3.0
ACCT 170 Introduction to Tax Accounting 3.0
BUS 101 Introduction to Business 3.0
CBIS 101 Computer Concepts & Applications 3.0

Plus a minimum of 6 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
BUS 104 Business Organization and Management 3.0
BUS 107 Human Relations in Business 3.0
BUS 110 Business Law 3.0
BUS 130 Consumer & Family Finance 3.0
BUS 140 Survey of International Business 3.0
BUS 160 Business Communications 3.0
CBIS 141 Microsoft Excel-Comprehensive 3.0
CBIS 142 Microsoft Access-Comprehensive 3.0

Recommended elective:

Course Number Course Title Units
ACCT 399 Special Topics in Accounting 0.5 - 3.0 units

General Education Requirements

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