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Accounting AAS

CTE Associate of Applied Science 68 credits minimum

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Program Description

Accounting is the process that summarizes economic information about a business entity for use by decision makers. Users of this information include investors, creditors, management and govern­ment agencies. Often this information is prepared using computer applications. The Accounting program at SLCC provides training in many types of accounting; such as financial, managerial, cost, individual taxation and governmental.  Stu­dents are taught both manual and basic computerized accounting systems. General Education courses provide training in effective oral and written communication and human relations skills.

Students may earn a Certificate in Accounting (33 credit hours required) or may continue on to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree (68 credit hours required), leading to employment in areas such as ac­counts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, and payroll.

Students who are interested in pursuing courses leading to a Bach­elor’s Degree in Accounting should follow the courses listed in the Business Associate of Science or the Business Associate of Arts Degree listed elsewhere in this catalog.

Career Opportunities 

This program provides excellent entry to mid-level skills for various positions in the field of accounting, depending on the individual person.

Transfer/Articulation Information

This is a 2-year terminal degree. Several courses are transferable to other institutions.  Students should check with the receiving institution to determine credit transferability.

Total Program/Course Fees

Individual courses may have course/lab fees; see semester class schedule.

Estimated Cost for Students

Varies with course selection and credit hours.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Specialized Accreditation

The Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council For Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). This accreditation represents the achievement of meeting the high national standards established for associate degree-granting business programs.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing 3 A WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or
appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits

FIN 1380 Financial Math 3 A MATH 0990 or appropriate Accuplacer score

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

CourseTitle CreditsSemesterPrerequisite
BUS 2200 Business Communication 3 A ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

Human Relations (HR) 3 Credits

MKTG 1960 Professionalism in Business 3 A  

Distribution Areas: (6 Credits)

Choose an additional six credits from at least two of the following distribution areas.

Biological Science (BS)   3-4    
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4    
Humanities (HU)   3    
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3    
Social Science (SS)   3    
Biological Science (BS)   3-4    
Note: BUS 1050 and FIN 1050 cannot be taken as Interdisciplinary (ID).

Required Courses

Program Required Courses: (38 Credits)


ACCT 1110 Financial Accounting 3 A  
ACCT 1120 Financial Acct II 3 A ACCT 1110
ACCT 1290 Acct Info Systems 3 A ACCT 1110 or ACCT 2010
ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting 3 A ACCT 1110 or ACCT 2010, recommended CSIS 2010
ACCT 2310 Intermed Accounting I 4 F, Sp ACCT 1120
ACCT 2410 Intermed Accounting II 4 F, Sp ACCT 2310
ACCT 2540 Accounting in Practice 3 Sp ACCT 2410 or concurrently
CSIS 2060 Decision Support Systems 3 A CSIS 2010
ECON 2020 Macroeconomics 3 A  
FIN 2210 Credit and Collections 3 A  
MGT 2050 Legal Environ Business 3 A BUS 1050 recommended

Accounting Elective Courses: (Select 8 Credits From The Following)


ACCT 2000 Accounting Co-Op 2-4 TBA 2 semesters of Accounting program
ACCT 2050 Governmental Acct 3 F, Sp ACCT 1110 or ACCT 2010
ACCT 2520 Federal Income Tax 3 F, Sp ACCT 1120 or ACCT 2010
ACCT 2530 Cost Accounting 3 Sp,Su ACCT 2020
ACCT 2910 STUDENTfacturED 3 A ACCT 1110, 1120 & 2020 and instructor approval;
or ACCT 2010 &  2020 and instructor approval
ACCT 2950 Accounting Lecture Series 1 F, Sp  
ACCT 2990 Current Topic Accounting 1-3 TBA Variable on topic

Business Elective Courses: (Select 5 Credits From The Following)


BUS 1010 Intro to Business 3 A  
BUS 1050 Foundations of Bus 3 A  
FIN 1050 Personal Finance 3 A  
FIN 2040 Financial Management 3 Sp ACCT 2020
MGT 1600 Management Essentials 3 A  
MKTG 1010 Customer Service 2 A  
MKTG 1030 Intro Marketing 3 A  

Sample Schedule

1st Fall Semester


1st Spring Semester


2nd Fall Semester


2nd Spring Semester

ACCT 1110 3 ACCT 1120 3 ACCT 2310 4 ACCT 2410 4
ENGL 1010 3 ACCT 1280 3 ACCT 2510 3 ACCT 2540 3
FIN 1380 3 ACCT 2020 3 ECON 2020 3 ACCT Electives 6
MKTG 1960 3 BUS 2200 3 FIN 2210 3 Distribution area 3
Bus Elective 3 MGT 2050 3 Bus Electives 3    
Distribution area 3 CIS 2410 3        
Total 18 Total 18 Total 17 Total 16

Advising Notes

This is a 2-year terminal degree. Several courses are transferable to other institutions.  Students should check with the receiving institution to determine credit transferability.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

  • Comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Perform the steps of the accounting cycle.
  • Perform financial statement analysis.
  • Utilize accounting information for decision making.
  • Proficiently use technology.
Substantive Knowledge
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Communicate effectively numerically.
Communicate Effectively
  • Choose and perform appropriate financial calculations.
  • Solve time value of money problems.
Develop Quantitative Literacy
  • Extract relevant data from complex information,
    process it appropriately, and draw reasonable conclusions.
Think Critically
  • Understand the ethical considerations inherently
    involved in Financial Reporting.
  • Understand the ethical considerations inherently
    involved in Federal Income Tax reporting.
Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally

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