Accounting

Associate in Applied Science-T Degree
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 Associate in Applied Science-Transfer Accounting degree combines technical courses required for job preparation and college-level general education courses. These degrees are designed for the dual purpose of immediate employment and preparation for the junior year in a Washington state bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree program. This provides a strong background in accounting, preparing students for a wide range of career options in the accounting field and 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 & 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

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this degree [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ACCT 101* Applied Accounting I 5
ACCT 102* Applied Accounting II 5
ACCT 135 Business Payroll Tax Accounting 3
ACCT 146 10-Key 1
ACCT 160 Washington State: Tax and Audit 5
ACCT 172 Small Business Computerized Accounting 5
ACCT 234* Managerial Accounting 5
ACCT 245 Accounting Information Systems 5
ACCT 250 Intermediate Accounting 5
ACCT 260 Accounting for Not-for-Profit Agencies 5
ACCT 285 Federal Income Taxes I 5
BTS 165 Business Spreadsheet Analysis & Design 5
BUS& 201 Business Law 5

*ACCT & 201, 202 and 203 may be substituted for ACCT 101, 102 and 234

Communication

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5 Cr) 5
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
ENGL 201 The Research Paper (5 Cr)
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing (5 Cr)
ENGL 271 Expository Writing (5 Cr)

Quantitative

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 5 credits from the following: 5
MATH 130 Introduction to Statistics
Any college-level math of 107 or higher (5 Cr)

Natural Science, Social Science, Humanities

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 10 credits of the following, or AAS-DTA list. One course must meet the Cultural Diversity Requirement (CDR) 10
BUS& 101 Introduction to Business (5 Cr)
CES 241 Multicultural Business Consulting (5 Cr)
CMST 202 Survey of Speech Communication (5 Cr)
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication (5 Cr)
CMST& 230 Small Group Communication (5 Cr)
CMST 250 Organizational Communication (5 Cr)
CMST 280 Intercultural Communication (5 Cr)
ECON& 201 Microeconomics (5 Cr)
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics (5 Cr)

Electives

Course # Course Name Credit Hrs.
Choose 10-15 credits from the following: 10-15
ACCT 240 Computerized Accounting (5 Cr)
ACCT 272 QuickBooks Certification (2 Cr)
ACCT 288 Bookkeeping Certification (10 Cr)
BTS 144 Personal Information Manager (3 Cr)
BTS 168 Business Data Management Tools (5Cr)
BTS 265 Advanced Business Data Management Tools (5 Cr)
BUS 120 Organizational Behavior (5 Cr)
BUS 221 Human Resource Management (5 Cr)
BUSIT 103 SQL Fundamentals (5 Cr)
EXPRL191/2/3 Academic Internship Experience (V 1-5 Cr)
PROG 160 System Analysis and Design (5 Cr)


Associate in Arts Degree
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 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 & 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

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 102* Practical Accounting II 5
ACCT 135 Business Payroll Tax Accounting 3
ACCT 146 10-Key 1
ACCT 160 Washington State: Tax and Audit 5
ACCT 172 Small Business Computerized Accounting 5
ACCT 234* Managerial Accounting 5
ACCT 245 Accounting Information Systems 5
ACCT 250 Intermediate Accounting 5
ACCT 260 Accounting for Not-for-Profit Agencies 5
ACCT 285 Federal Income Taxes I 5
BTS 165 Business Spreadsheet Analysis & Design 5
BUS& 201 Business Law 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5
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: 10-15
ACCT 240 Computerized Accounting (5 Cr)
ACCT 260 Accounting for Non-Profit Agencies (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 Data Management Tools (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 (1-5 Cr)
PROG 160 Systems Analysis and Design (5 Cr)

Social Sciences

(Cross Listed)

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 Russia & 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. Consult an advisor for details. ACCT & 201, 202 and 203 may be substituted for ACCT 101, 102 and 234.(Cross Listed)


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

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 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
BTS 268 Advanced Business Data Management Tools 5
BUSIT 103 SQL Fundamentals 5
PROG 175 Database Reporting 5



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Last Updated October 14, 2015