Accounting

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2016 – 2017.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Accounting provides graduates with the skills and knowledge needed for employment in the field of accounting. This degree completion program is designed for individuals who wish to compete for jobs that require a more in depth knowledge of accounting, and supervisory or management skills. The BAS in Applied Accounting brings together tools and techniques from business, communication, information technology, management, sustainability and project based skills.
 
This degree completion program is designed for individuals with two-year degrees in accounting related fields. The first 90 credits of the degree are fulfilled by entrance prerequisites.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should be able to:

  • Apply a broad understanding of accounting systems and technology, creative problem-solving techniques in the context of complex projects and teams, and in the midst of changing and conflicting demands.
  • Collaborate effectively in multi-disciplinary work teams in support of organizational goals
  • Integrate efficiently and effectively sound project management techniques and professional communication skills
  • Analyze and apply best practices and standards, conform to legal and regulatory standards, and apply appropriate ethical considerations including respect for privacy and fiduciary responsibility.
  • Engage in continuing professional development through lifelong learning
  • Interpret and apply accounting standards to a broad range of business environments to included, public, private, non-profit and government
  • Demonstrate the breadth and depth of the educational preparation through the completion of a capstone project

Program Requirements

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Program Requirements

Prerequisites

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Associate degree in accounting or 90 equivalent credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all college courses, and a GPA of 2.5 in each individual course: ACCT 101, 102, 234, 250 and 285. Student may substitute ACCT& 201, 202 and 203 for ACCT 101, 102 and 234. Accounting classes must not be more than two years old.
 
Courses must include at least 25 credits of general education, including:

  • 10 credits of English Composition (ENG& 101 and ENGL 201, ENGL& 235 or ENGL 271)
  • 5 credits of college level math
  • 10 credits of natural sciences, humanities or social sciences
90

General Education Requirements

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Met in Baccalaureate 35 – 36
BUS 370 Intermediate Project Management 5
CMST 340 Applied Organizational Communication 5
PHIL 360 Business Ethics, Theory and Practice 5
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication (5 Cr)
CMST& 230 Small Group Communication (5 Cr)
CMST 280 Intercultural Communication (5 Cr)
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
ECON& 201 Microeconomics (5 Cr)
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics (5 Cr)
Natural Science from AAS-DTA transfer list. Students must choose from two different subjects and at least five credits must be in in physical, biological and/or earth sciences. Shall include at least one laboratory course. 10 – 11

Core Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ACCT 300 Finance 5
ACCT 350 Intermediate Accounting II 5
ACCT 351 Intermediate Accounting III 5
ACCT 360 Cost Accounting 5
ACCT 380 Environmental Accounting 5
ACCT 400 Accounting Information Systems (AIS) 5
ACCT 420 Auditing 5
ACCT 450 Federal Income Tax II 5
ACCT 470 Advanced Accounting 5
ACCT 490 Accounting Capstone I 5
ACCT 491 Accounting Capstone II 5

Total Credits: 180 – 181

Entry Requirements

Individuals Must Have

  • An associate degree in accounting or 90 equivalent credit
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all college courses AND a GPA of 2.5 in each individual course: ACCT 101,102, 234, 250 and 285. It is necessary that students have taken all prerequisite Accounting courses within two years.
  • At least 25 credits of general education requirements must have been completed as part of the associate’s degree (see prerequisites)

Degree Requirements

Completion of all required courses as shown in the worksheet for each corresponding concentration. In addition to eligibility requirements, students must also achieve the following:

  • Complete 90 quarter credits in the general program and concentration requirements, with a grade of “C” or better
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework taken at BC and the courses applied to the degree, including credits transferred from other colleges.
  • At least 45 quarter credits for the degree must be completed in residence at BC, of which 30 credits must be upper division.
  • Courses may be subject to minimum grade requirements and prerequisites. Check online.

Application Process

To be considered for the bachelor of applied science in Applied Accounting prospective students must submit the following:

  • Completed general Bellevue College admission form
  • Non-refundable general admission fee of $34
  • Completed bachelor of applied science application form.
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75
  • Official transcripts from regionally accredited college(s), demonstrating completion of an appropriate associate s degree or equivalent credits, and the prerequisite courses, with the required program GPA, see Entry Requirements above.

Tuition

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Accounting is a self-support program and therefore does not necessarily follow the upper division tuition schedule published in the college catalog and quarterly schedule. Tuition includes applicable college and course fees, plus current per credit rates published online.

These courses are not eligible for tuition waivers.


Professional or technical program offerings and course requirements listed in this website may be altered by the college to reflect the needs of industry, student interests and availability of resources.

This website is designed as a tool to assist in making degree selection decisions, but may not be up-to-date in all instances. Please review worksheets with an advisor to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date information.

Gainful Employment information for many programs is available on the Public Disclosure website.


 

Associate in Arts Degree

Accounting

Brief Description

The Associate of Arts Accounting degree provides a strong background in accounting, preparing students for a wide range of career options in the accounting field. This degree is designed to prepare students for immediate employment. The degree has the option to earn national certifications as well as several embedded program certificates, while earning the degree.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the skills and abilities described below:

  • Correctly use accounting terminology
  • Analyze and record financial transactions and properly report financial information
  • Use critical thinking skills to identify and solve problems in accounting
  • Analyze and record financial transactions using general ledger computerized software for a small-to medium-sized business
  • Perform accounting procedures employed in a typical payroll accounting system

The following certificate(s) are nested within this degree:

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ACCT 101* Practical Accounting I 5
ACCT 102* Practical Accounting II 5
ACCT 135 Business Payroll Tax Accounting 3
ACCT 160 Washington State: Tax and Audit 3
ACCT 172 Small Business Computerized Accounting 5
ACCT 234* Managerial Accounting 5
ACCT 245 Accounting Systems for the Enterprise 5
ACCT 250 Intermediate Accounting 5
ACCT 285 Federal Income Taxes 5
ACCT 146 10-Key 1
BTS 165 Business Spreadsheet Analysis & Design 5
BUS 120 Organizational Behavior 5
BUS& 201 Business Law 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5
*ACCT& 201, 202 and 203 may be substituted for ACCT 101, 102 and 234
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
BUS 145 Business Mathematics (5 Cr)
Any college level Math 107 or higher (5 Cr)

Electives

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 8-10 credits from the following: 8-10
ACCT 240 Computerized Accounting (5 Cr)
ACCT 260 Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting (5 Cr)
ACCT 272 QuickBooks Certification (2 Cr)
ACCT 288 Bookkeeping Certification (10 Cr)
BTS 144 Personal Information Manager (3 Cr)
BTS 265 Advanced Business Spreadsheet Analysis & Design (5 Cr)
BUSIT 103 SQL Fundamentals (5 Cr)
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
BTS 109 Business Communications (5 Cr)
BTS 168 Business Data Management Tools (5 Cr)
BUS& 101 Introduction to Business (5 Cr)
BUS 241 Multicultural Business Consulting (5 Cr)
ECON 100 Introduction to Basic Economic Principles (5 Cr)
EXPRL 191/2/3 Academic Internship Experience (V 1-5 Cr)
PROG 160 Systems Analysis and Design (5 Cr)

Social Science

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 5 credits from the following, or any social science course from the Associate in Business Degree – DTA 5
ANTH& 204 Archaeology (5 Cr)
GEOG& 100 Introduction to Geography (5 Cr)
HIST 115 English History 1603 to Present (5 Cr)
HIST 120* Global History (5 Cr)
HIST 223 History of Russian & Eastern Europe 1533 to Present (5 Cr)
HIST 250 U.S. Military History (5 Cr)

*Shared (cross-listed) courses with other departments. These courses can count only once for credit [Example: GEOG 106 is the same as GEOL 106 and may only count as GEOG or GEOL]. Consult course catalog or meet with an advisor.


Certificate of Achievement
Accounting Assistant

The Accounting Assistant Certificate emphasizes practical skills in the accounting field as well as providing an introduction to business management. Embedded in the certificate is a national certification in a leading accounting software package. Students
completing the certificate are employable as AP, AR or payroll clerks or any entry level accounting support position.

Learning Outcomes

Degree recipients should possess the skills & abilities described below:

  • Analyze & record transactions including general accounting transactions, payroll
  • Perform fundamental accounting transactions
  • Prepare financial reports using selected small business computerized accounting software, database and spreadsheet programs
  • Communicate accounting results to management

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ACCT 135 Business Payroll Accounting 3
ACCT 172 Small Business Computerized Accounting 5
BTS 146 10-Key 1
BTS 165 Business Spreadsheet Analysis & Design 5
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
BUS 145 Business Mathematics (5 Cr)
Any college level math of 107 or higher (5 Cr)
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
ACCT 101 Practical Accounting I (5 Cr)
ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I (5 Cr)
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
ACCT 102 Practical Accounting II (5 Cr)
ACCT& 202 Principles of Accounting II (5 Cr)
Choose one of the following: 2-5
BTS 144 Personal Information Manager (3 Cr)
ACCT 160 Washington State: Tax and Audit (5 Cr)
ACCT 272 QuickBooks Certification (2 Cr)
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
BTS 109 Business Communications (5 Cr)
ENGL& 101 English Composition (5 Cr)
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
BUS 120 Organizational Behavior (5 Cr)
BUS 221 Human Resource Management (5 Cr)
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
ACCT& 203 Principles of Accounting III (5 Cr)
ACCT 234 Managerial Accounting (5 Cr)
BTS 168 Business Data Management Tools (5 Cr)
BTS 265 Advanced Business Spreadsheet Analysis & Design (5 Cr)
BUS& 101 Introduction to Business


Certificate of Accomplishment
Bookkeeping

The Bookkeeping Certificate emphasizes practical skills in the accounting field. Embedded in the certificate is a national certification in a leading accounting software package. Students completing the certificate are employable as AP, AR or payroll
clerks for entry level positions.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Analyze & record transactions including general accounting transactions, payroll.
  • Perform fundamental accounting transactions
  • Prepare financial reports using selected small business computerized accounting software and spreadsheet programs

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ACCT 135 Business Payroll Tax Accounting 3
ACCT 172 Small Business Computerized Accounting 5
ACCT 146 10-Key 1
BTS 165 Business Spreadsheet Analysis and Design 5
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
BUS 145 Business Mathematics (5 Cr) Any college level math 107 or higher (5 Cr)
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
ACCT 101 Practical Accounting I (5 Cr)
ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I (5 Cr)
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
ACCT 102 Practical Accounting II (5 Cr)
ACCT& 202 Principles of Accounting II (5 Cr)

Certificate of Completion
Accounting Preparation

This 16-credit certificate is the foundation coursework for students to begin accounting studies (suggested first-quarter course of study in accounting).

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of accounting principles
  • Use industry-standard financial tools

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ACCT 101 Practical Accounting I 5
ACCT 146 10-Key 1
BTS 165 Business Spreadsheet Analysis & Design 5
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
BUS 145 Business Mathematics (5 Cr)
Any college level Math of 107 or higher (5 Cr)

Certificate of Accomplishment
Accounting Information Systems

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2016 – 2017.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.


The Accounting Information Systems certificate emphasizes computerized accounting for small to mid-range organizations. The certificate incorporates the use of various computerized accounting systems and the techniques to analyze data management, structure, flow and system design.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Analyze a business’ accounting systems needs
  • Analyze and record transactions
  • Evaluate security needs
  • Perform extensive hands-on work using the software
  • Perform fundamental accounting transactions
  • Prepare and communicate accounting information analysis, using selected information system software

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ACCT 172 Small Business Computerized Accounting 5
ACCT 240 Computerized Accounting 5
ACCT 245 Accounting Information Systems 5
BTS 168 Business Data Management Tools 5
BUSIT 103 SQL Fundamentals 5
PROG 160 Systems Analysis and Design 5


Certificate of Accomplishment
Financial Data Report Specialist

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2016 – 2017.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.


The Financial Data Report Specialist certificate emphasizes database and database reporting of financial and managerial information used for decision making and analysis. There is an emphasis on data analysis and reporting tools such as spreadsheets and databases.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate recipients should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Use spreadsheets and database programs for data collection and information reporting of financial and managerial accounting data
  • Perform decision making through data collection and analysis
  • Prepare and communicate managerial accounting analysis used in decision making
  • Prepare and communicate financial accounting information analysis, using selected information system software

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ACCT 234 Managerial Accounting 5
ACCT 245 Accounting Information Systems 5
BTS 265 Advanced Business Spreadsheet Analysis & Design 5
BUSIT 103 SQL Fundamentals 5
PROG 175 Database Reporting 5


Professional or technical program offerings and course requirements listed in this website may be altered by the college to reflect the needs of industry, student interests and availability of resources.

This website is designed as a tool to assist in making degree selection decisions, but may not be up-to-date in all instances. Please review worksheets with an advisor to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date information.

Gainful Employment information for many programs is available on the Public Disclosure website.

Last Updated October 14, 2015