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Academic Catalog (2017 - 2018) 
Academic Catalog (2017 - 2018)

Accounting (A.S.)

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A.S. Degree

Program Description

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Accounting is designed to provide the foundation necessary for optimal transfer to four year programs in Accounting, while it simultaneously prepares students for immediate employment in a wide range of business environments requiring advanced skill sets in accounting and business. Program completers will have demonstrated understanding and application of accounting theory and practice and will have achieved a level of proficiency in related areas including economics, management, marketing, information technology, and business sub-disciplines.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are prepared for transfer as well as entry-level accounting positions in all types of business environments including public accounting, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, service businesses, government, and not-for-profit agencies. In addition, this program will enhance the skills of those already employed in the field and those interested in starting or building their own business.

Examples include:

  • Public or Private Accounting 
  • Budgeting
  • Financial Statement Preparation/Analysis
  • Products Costing  
  • Management Consulting
  • Technology Services/Designing Accounting systems
  • Payroll Specialist (Bookkeeping) 
  • Tax Return Preparation and Advice
  • General Accounting/Accounting Assistant
  • Assistant/Junior/Staff Accountant
  • Inventory Specialist/Analyst  
  • Accounts Payable/Receivable Specialist

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop, measure, analyze, validate, and communicate financial information for use in proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.
  2. Complete the entire accounting cycle, including payroll.
  3. Use automated accounting software to develop, measure, analyze, validate, and communicate financial information.


Transfer Agreement Availability:

  • St. Francis University
  • Franklin University
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • Juniata College

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Science degree, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major requirements.

General Education Requirements

Credit hours: 33

Credit hours: 30

Recommended Sequence of Courses

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