Associate of Applied Science: Accounting 

AAS Degree: 93 credits. Advising Guide

Career Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Accounting degree prepares students for work in the accounting field as bookkeepers, accounting clerks, or accounting assistants who summarize and post transactions, prepare invoices, payroll, and trial balances, perform bank reconciliations, record keeping, calculations, data entry, and word processing duties, plus a variety of other accounting and general business activities.

Course of Study

The Accounting AAS degree is the final step on the accounting educational ladder within the Business Pathway. The degree program expands on the one-year certificate and includes further coursework in accounting and finance as well as general business and general education. In year two, students develop a greater depth of knowledge in managerial accounting and financial management as well as economics.

Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science General Requirements. In addition, students must meet the General Education Electives requirement. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education Electives.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze, record, and report accounting information in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  2. Use applicable technology available in accounting practice.
  3. Communicate effectively with business professionals.
  4. Practice within the legal, ethical, and economic standards of the business environment.
  5. Develop and interpret accounting and financial information for decision making.


  • Placement in to MTH 65 Beginning Algebra (4 credits) or MTH 98 Quantitative Math (4 credits)
  • WR 115 Expository Writing (4 credits) or IRW 115 Critical Reading and Writing (5 credits) or equivalent placement

Course Map

Sequence shown is a recommended plan for full-time enrollment. Scheduling requirements may prevent all courses from being offered every term. Students must meet with an academic advisor to map their specific degree plan.

Courses Credits
BA 101 Introduction to Business1 4 credits
BA 104 Applied Business Math 4 credits
BA 211 Principles of Accounting I 4 credits
CAS 121 Beginning Keyboarding (fall) or
CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy (winter)
3 credits or
3 credits
CAS 170 Beginning Spreadsheet using Excel (fall) or
CAS 270 Intermediate Spreadsheet using Excel (winter)
3 credits or
3 credits
Total 12-18 credits

1 May be used as a Social Sciences General Education Elective

Courses Credits
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4 credits
BA 212 Principles of Accounting II 2 credits
BA 285 Human Relations in Organizations 3 credits
WR 121 or WR 121Z Composition 1 4 credit
Total 13-19 credits

Courses Credits
BA 170 Project Management Fundamentals 4 credits
BA 205 Business Communication 4 credits
BA 213 Managerial Accounting 4 credits
General Education Electives (Science, Math, Computer Science) 4 credits
Total 16 credits

Courses Credits
BA 150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 4 credits
BA 188 Customer Service Skills 2 credits
BA 224 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3 credits
OS 131 10-Key on Calculators 1 credit
General Education Electives (Arts & Letters) 4 credits
Total 14 credits

Courses Credits
BA 208 Business Ethics 4 credits
BA 226 Business Law I 4 credits
BA 256 Income Tax 3 credits
EC 201 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics1 4 credit
Total 15 credits

1 May be used as a Social Sciences General Education Elective

Courses Credits
BA 206 Management Fundamentals 3 credits
BA 222 Financial Management 3 credits
BA 228 QuickBooks for Business 3 credits
OS 240 Records and Information Management 4 credit
EC 202 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics1 4 credits
Total 17 credits

1 May be used as a Social Sciences General Education Elective

Credit Summary  
Requirements Credits
Business Administration (BA) 62
Computer Application Systems (CAS) 6
Office Systems (OS) 5
Economics (EC) 8
Writing (WR) 4
General Education Electives 8