Accounting

Accounting is often referred to as the “language of business,” because it communicates economic information to decision-makers. Every business organization, non-profit entity, and governmental agency requires accounting information to operate and perform successfully.

The accounting program offers two degrees: a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a major in Accounting and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree with a major in Accounting. The programs prepare students for a career in business, government, or other types of organizations. The Department of Accounting is also committed to enhancing the lifelong learning opportunities for responsible citizenship and personal satisfaction where accounting and business dimensions are critical ingredients.

Degrees in Accounting

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) DegreePlanning Sheet

The BBA in Accounting gives students a broadbased business background and provides a solid foundation for careers in public accounting, private accounting, and accounting for government or non-profit organizations. The program also provides a foundation for graduates to pursue additional professional certification, particularly the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification.

Learn and Develop Real World Skills

  • Analyzing financial information
  • Computing taxes and preparing tax returns
  • Designing accounting or data processing systems
  • Providing internal and external auditing services
  • Analyzing operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations
  • Advising management about issues such as resource utilization and tax strategies
  • Preparing budget reports and forecasts
  • Appraising, evaluating, and inventorying real property and equipment
  • Conducting in-depth investigations of suspicious financial activity
  • Advising businesses or agencies on ways to improve fraud detection
  • Conferring with company officials about financial and regulatory matters

Prepare for Professional Designations

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

 

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) DegreePlanning Sheet

The AAS Accounting degree prepares students for entry-level accounting positions such as bookkeeper, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll clerk; assistant to line and staff accountants; or as paraprofessionals in CPA firms. The program emphasizes understanding the accounting cycle, processes and procedures, as well as generally accepted accounting principles.

Learn and Develop Real World Skills

  • Recording and maintaining accounting transactions
  • Preparing invoices for billing purposes
  • Tracking and making company payments
  • Computing time worked
  • Calculating wages
  • Reconciling accounting documents
  • Preparing financial statements
  • Using accounting software

Work in Accounting

  • Careers (BBA)
  • Budget Analyst
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Compensation and Benefits Analyst
  • Tax Advisor
  • Special Agent
  • Public Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Cost Accountant
  • Management Accountant
  • Financial Reporting Accountant
  • Law Enforcement
  • Occupations (AAS)
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Billing Specialist
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Auditing Clerk
  • Payroll Specialist

These are just a few of the employment opportunities available with a degree in accounting, contact your Student Advisor for more information.