A.A.S. - Occupational Degree

This degree program is designed for students seeking a two-year vocational degree. A variety of accounting along with complementary business and general education courses will guide the student to establish a clearly focused foundation to enter the accounting profession in a wide range of available positions.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate ability in accounting for skilled entry level positions within both the private and public accounting sectors.

Learning Outcomes

  • Complete the accounting cycle using assumptions, constraints, and principles in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Complete accounting activities using computerized accounting software.
  • Prepare basic income tax returns.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of payroll in the accounting industry.
  • Describe and report costing concepts for business entities for decision making including budgeting and forecasting.
  • Define and identify types of fraud found in business as well as develop methods of detection, investigation, and prevention and internal control.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how government and non-profits record economic activity, prepare budgets, and report financial results.
  • Apply business analysis and decision making methods using equity and credit analysis and valuation models.
  • Apply accounting concepts learned in the degree/certificate program to real world examples.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

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First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG100 OR ENG101 Intro to Composition OR Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
ACC 100 Introduction to Accounting 3 Major Requirement
BUA 100 Survey of Business 3 Major Requirement
MAT 142 College Mathematics with Applications GE-Mathematics
CIS120 OR CIS105 Introduction to Computer Information Systems OR Introduction to Business Systems (preferred) 3 Departmental Requirement

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG101 OR ENG102 Freshman Composition I OR Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
ACC 211 Financial Accounting 3 Major Requirement
ACC 115 Computerized Accounting 3 Major Requirement
ACC 125 Introduction to Payroll Accounting 3 Major Requirement
CIS 121 Spreadsheet 3 Departmental Requirement

Third Semester: Summer

Course Course Title Credits Area
ACC 212 Managerial Accounting 3 Major Requirement
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics (preferred) or another Arts and Humanities Course 3 GE-Arts / Humanities

Fourth Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
ACC 120 Income Tax Procedures 3 Major Requirement
ACC 230 Principles of Fraud Examination 3 Major Requirement
ACC 240 Government Accounting 3 Major Requirement
ECN100 OR ECN240 OR ECN250 Intro to Economics OR Macroeconomics OR Microeconomics (preferred) 3 Departmental Requirement
BUA 220 Legal Environment of Business (preferred) or other elective 4 Departmental Requirement

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
ACC 220 Introduction to Cost Accounting 3 Major Requirement
ACC 250 Financial Statement Analyses 3 Major Requirement
ENV 101 Environmental Science (preferred) or an other Physical and Biological Science 4 GE-Science
SOC 101 Sociology (preferred) or another Social and Behavioral Course 3 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
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