Accounting, Associate of Applied Science
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.
Students must complete a minimum of 92 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the degree is awarded.
Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).
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 coworkers in ways that contribute to the organization's goals and your advancement in business opportunities
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)||2|
|MTH20||Basic Mathematics (or placement in higher math course)||4|
|WR90R||Academic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)||4|
|BA101||Introduction to Business||4|
|BA211||Principles of Accounting I||4|
|CIS120||Concepts of Computing||4|
|WR115||Fundamentals of Report Writing (or higher) 1||3|
|BA120||Leadership Development 2||3|
|BA212||Principles of Accounting II||4|
|MTH82||Business Mathematics 3||4|
|BA205||Solving Communication Problems With Technology||4|
|BA213||Principles of Accounting III||4|
|SP219||Small Group Discussion 4||3|
|CIS125W||Word Processing Applications Microsoft||3|
|Specific Elective 5||3|
|BA220||Tax Accounting: Personal Income Tax||3|
|Specific Elective 5||3|
|BA177||Payroll Records and Accounting||3|
|AC280||CWE: Accounting 7||4|
|PE231||Wellness for Life 6||3|
See Internship Coordinator to schedule an appointment one month prior to term. 541-888-7405.
All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.