The Accounting program is designed to prepare students to perform accounting activities for corporations, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations or individuals. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have a strong background in accounting principles and applications, as well as a strong general education experience.

Several program options are available to satisfy individual career needs:

  • Accounting A.A.S. degree
  • Accounting Certificate
  • CPA Exam Lower-Level Certificate

The Accounting A.A.S degree provides the foundation for entry level accounting careers. The Accounting Certificate prepares students for the AIPB Bookkeepers certification. The CPA Exam Lower-Level Certificate prepares students for the CPA exam.

Employment/Career Potential

According to the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of accountants is expected to grow 16% through 2020. Most jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field, and competition will be keen for the most prestigious jobs. Most employers prefer applicants who are familiar with computers and their applications in accounting. For beginning accounting and auditing positions in the federal government, four years of college are required (including 24 semester hours in accounting) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Accounting classes are taught in several Bel Air Hall classrooms. Additionally, the accounting program has a separate accounting lab in Bel Air Hall (room 209) monitored by an accounting lab assistant who provides tutoring and related support to accounting students.

Contact Information

Prof. James Baker

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