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Accounting Technology Associate Degree

The field of accounting offers many career opportunities in both the private and public sector.

Management (Industrial) Accounting

The management accountant is trained to determine the financial consequences of management decisions. The reports and analyses of the management accountant are essential ingredients of most management decisions about finance, investments, and pricing policies. More than anyone else on the management team, the management accountant participates in virtually every phase of the business problem solving and decision making process. Because of the accountant's role in this process, he or she has many times advanced to a top management position within the company.

Governmental Accounting

All organizations need accounting information, and government and other non-profit organizations are no exception. The federal government hires accountants in most of its agencies. Three prominent agencies are the Internal Revenue Service, the General Accounting Office, and the Defense Contract Audit Agency. State and local government units hire accountants in their tax divisions and in general accounting functions. Schools and hospitals are major users of accounting services. Many opportunities exist for those interested in governmental accounting.

Public Accounting and the CPA

For the protection of the public, the CPA is expected to possess certain professional qualifications. The Uniform CPA Examination measures the technical competency, the exercise of good judgment, and the understanding of professional responsibility of each man or woman who chooses this career in accounting. The public accountant is a true independent professional person with the stature of a doctor of lawyer. In public accounting many opportunities exist for professional growth, whether you practice as a sole practitioner or as part of a larger firm.

Degree Requirements

Minimum hours required: (63 hrs)

General Education Requirements (Total: 18 hrs.)

Course Title Hours
ENGL1111S Discourse and Composition 3
ENGL1112S Composition and Research 3
MATHxxxx See below* 6
ECON2010 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON2020 Principles of Microeconomics 3

Business Course Requirements (Total: 21 hrs.)

Course Title Hours
BUIS1010 Computer Applications 3
BULW2700 Legal Environment of Business 3
BUMG1010 Introduction to Business 3
BUMG2100 Management Concepts 3
BUMG2900 Prof Comm & Development Skills 3
BUFI2450 Principles of Finance 3
BUOA1150 Spreadsheet Applications 3

Accounting Course Requirements (Total: 24 hrs.)

Course Title Hours
BUAC1010 Accounting Principles I 4
BUAC1020 Accounting Principles II 4
BUAC1100 Payroll records/Accounting 3
BUAC2210 Cost Accounting I 3
BUAC2310 Intermediate Accounting I 4
BUACxxxx Accounting Electives# 6

* Mathematics required .............6 hrs including Math 1125 or higher
# Accounting electives should be selected based on career goals [See Advisor]
Accounting hours required..................................... 12 hours 2200 level or higher.

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