AAS Degree – Code #0630
Thomas Stolberg, Program Coordinator
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The accounting program is one of the most established and respected programs within the business discipline. It is a computer-based program in which accounting theory and practice receive equal emphasis as applied to both financial and managerial accounting issues. It intends to support the career objectives of those looking to enter the job market upon graduation, as well as the academic needs of those looking to pursue advanced degrees. Required course work covers areas critical to success in today’s business workplace:
Technical accounting knowledge
Communication and interpersonal skills
Career-related computer literacy
A laptop computer is recommended, but not required, for students entering the accounting program.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Define and provide an example of the major underlying elements and principles of accounting (per FASB) and discuss the legal and ethical choices that may arise through their application. Students must be able to present the relevant application of each in a group/team oral presentation.
Prepare and interpret (using basic math to employ common ratio analysis) the four general purpose financial statements (income statement,owners equity statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement).
Contrast, in writing, the major differences between financial and managerial accounting.
Define basic cost concepts, including differentiation between fixed and variable costs within the relevant range.
Demonstrate a knowledge of current U.S. income tax concepts, laws and regulations, and computational procedures in individual taxation and be able to contrast our country's system with the systems utilized in at least two other countries.
Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology by properly employing accounting information systems for purposes of payroll, accounting reports and general ledgers.
Info management (computer and research skills appropriate to degree level and type).
Written and oral communication (appropriate to degree level and type).
Critical thinking (problem-solving and reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type).
Students must demonstrate, through their oral and written work, an overriding fundamental understanding and acumen for the for-profit business environment.
DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM
Alfred State accounting graduates may enter directly into either the business administration BBA, financial planning BBA, or technology management BBA degree programs here at Alfred State.
Students may transfer directly into one of our own BBA degree programs or to another college. Students are encouraged to make their intentions known to their academic adviser during their freshman year. Through the careful use of elective courses, students can realize excellent transfer credit.
The Business Department has established many formal articulation agreements with local four-year institutions, although graduates may transfer to colleges virtually anywhere. Historically, accounting graduates have done very well after leaving Alfred State, whether they enter the workforce or transfer to an advanced program.
Government and other not-for-profit entities
Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent - 25 percent are employed; 75 transferred to continue their education.
Computer Information Systems
Recommended: Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Accounting - AAS Degree
TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM
Information Technology Mgt.
Principles of Marketing
Physical Education Elective
Personal Financial Planning
Humanities Gen. Ed. Elective
Gen. Education Elective
Intermediate Accounting I
Cost Accounting I OR
Tax Accounting I
Business Law I
Intermediate Accounting II
Fundamentals of Management
Business Law II
Accounting Systems & Computer Applications
66 semester hours including 20 hours in major field with a 2.0 cumulative index in such courses as well as six hours of math.