The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Accounting degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of accounting-related positions in small businesses, governmental agencies and public accounting firms. The program offers students the opportunity to gain a combination of knowledge and practical hands-on experience in accounting.  The program includes accounting and business-specific classes as well as a range of supporting courses designed to strengthen the students' self-assurance and leadership qualities.

Students completing the AAS Accounting will be prepared to maintain the accounting records of a business, analyze financial reports, or may be responsible for specific areas such as budgeting, accounts payable, payroll, or accounts receivable. This degree also prepares students for occupations such as  full-charge bookkeeper, GS8 Accountant I, data-entry clerk, financial staff accountant, cost accountant, and general office clerk.

An AAS Accounting is part of a Career Pathway. To see how this program links to others in the Pathway click here.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 93 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS Accounting degree is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information.  See advisor for details:

WR90Paragraph Fundamentals3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy
MTH20Basic Mathematics4
CIS90Computer Basics2

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA211 Principles of Accounting I 4
BA284 Job Readiness 1
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing 3
BA120 Leadership Development 1 3
BA212 Principles of Accounting II 4
BA222 Finance 3
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
MTH82 Business Mathematics 2 4
BA206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA213 Principles of Accounting III 4
BA217 Accounting Process 3
BA240 Fund Accounting Governmental 3
SP219 Small Group Discussion 3 3
Second Year
BA230 Business Law 4
ECON201 Microeconomics 4
CIS125W Word Processing Applications 3
Select a course from specific electives 4 3
BA205 Solving Communication Problems 4
BA220 Tax Accounting 3
ECON202 Macroeconomics 4
Select a course from specific electives 4 3
BA177 Payroll Records and Accounting 3
Business Ethics
or Ethics
AC280 CWE: Accounting 4
PE231 Wellness for Life 5 3
Select a course from specific electives 4 3
 Total Credits93

BA110 Group Dynamics for Teams, BA285 Human Relations in OrganizationsPSY100 Introduction to Psychology, PSY201 General Psychology, PSY201H General Psychology w/HonorsPSY203 General Psychology, or PSY203H General Psychology w/Honors may be substituted for BA120 Leadership Development.


MTH60 Algebra I, MTH65 Algebra IIMTH95 Intermediate Algebra or higher may be substituted for MTH82 Business Mathematics.


SP100 Basic Speech Communications or higher may be substituted for SP219 Small Group Discussion.


Specific Electives: Any CS/CIS, BA, AC course not required for the degree; OA121 Beginning Keyboarding, OA124 Keyboard Skill Building, OA220 Electronic Calculators; MTH65 Algebra II, MTH95 Intermediate Algebra, or higher; WR227 Report Writing.


Three (3) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses or HE250 Personal Health may be substituted for PE231 Wellness for Life.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in oral and written forms in a business environment.
  • Practice within the legal and ethical frameworks of a given business or industry.
  • Participate in learning opportunities that contribute to personal and professional growth.
  • Adequately identify and record business transactions.
  • Verify accuracy of accounting data.
  • Make basic decisions regarding accounting functions.
  • Produce basic financial statements (e.g. balance sheets, income statements, cash flows).
  • Prepare budgets, payroll, and other quarterly tax reports.
  • Communicate effectively with tax and accounting professionals.
  • Effectively and efficiently use current and emerging technologies and software to solve workplace problems.
  • Interact effectively with co-workers in ways that contribute to the organization's goals and your advancement in business opportunities.