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Accounting (AS)
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Accounting (AS) Suggested Program of Study

This program is designed for students interested in the fields of general accounting, financial accounting, auditing, cost accounting, or management accounting in both the public and private sector. In all of these areas, records must be kept and financial reports prepared that provide the financial data needed to evaluate past performance and future operations. Compliance with Internal Revenue Service law and other government regulations requires that businesses maintain accounting records accurately and prepare appropriate reports. Graduates of this program are qualified for entry-level positions such as accounts payable or accounts receivable clerk, inventory manager, cost accounting clerk, junior accountant in public accounting firms, and full-charge bookkeeper in a motel or restaurant environment. Course work in computers further enhances employment opportunities, but a bachelor's degree in accounting is generally required for most professional positions. For more information, contact the Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Division in 3-301.

NOTE: All courses are not offered each semester. Please consult the division office to confirm that a specific course you need will be offered in a subsequent semester.


First
Semester
TitlePrerequisitesCredits
ACS 102 The College Experience 3
ENG 101 English Composition I English Composition I Eligible 3
BUS 101 Principles Of Accounting I English Comp I (ENG 101) Corequisite; Introductory Algebra (MAT 088) 3
IST 120 Microcomputer Applications English Composition I Eligible 3
BUS 130 Introduction To Business Developmental Reading And Writing 2 (ENG 091); ESL Level D 3
MAT 100 Level Or Higher Introductory Algebra (MAT 088) Or Placement 3

Second
Semester
TitlePrerequisitesCredits
ENG 102 English Composition II English Composition I (ENG 101) 3
BUS 102 Principles Of Accounting II Princ Of Acct I (BUS 101) 3
SSI 221 Economics I (Micro) English Composition I (ENG 101) 3
BUS 221 Business Law I English Comp I (ENG 101) Corequisite 3
BUS 103 Income Taxes English Composition I (ENG 101); College Mathematics (MAT 101) 3

Third
Semester
TitlePrerequisitesCredits
BUS 106
-- OR --
Volunteer Income Tax Asst. Income Taxes (BUS 103) 3
BUS 104 Computerized Acct Princ Of Acct I (BUS 101) 3
BUS 201 Intermediate Accounting I Princ Of Acct II (BUS 102) 3
SSI 222 Economics II (Macro) English Composition I (ENG 101) 3
SCI Laboratory Science Elective (Integrated Science -- SCI 151 -- Recommended) 4
HUM / ENG / LAN Humanities, English, Or Language Elective 3

Fourth
Semester
TitlePrerequisitesCredits
BUS 206 Intro To Finance Princ Of Acct II (BUS 102) 3
BUS 202 Intermediate Accounting II Intermed Acct I (BUS 201) 3
BUS 203 Cost Accounting Princ Of Acct II (BUS 102) 3
HUM / ENG / LAN Humanities, English, Or Language Elective 3
BUS Business Elective* 3



Program Code: SBUAN

*Business electives: BUS 231, Management 1; BUS 181, Starting Your Own Business; and BUS 298, Business Internship.

Joint Admissions: Fitchburg State
Framingham State into Business Administration
Mass. College of Liberal Arts into Business Administration

Transfer Options: MA College of Liberal Arts (Business Administration)

Learning Outcomes: In today’s dynamic business environment, Accounting offers to our graduating students’ high earnings, personal satisfaction and a variety of exciting and challenging career opportunities. The two-year degree and certificate programs in Accounting will prepare graduates to be able to keep a set of books, assist in the Accounting department of larger companies and perform duties required of bookkeepers, payroll clerks, junior or staff accountants.
Graduates should be able to keep a small set of books, assist in developing a set of books, make accounting entries in the accounting department of larger companies, and perform other duties required of junior accountants


What is an Associate of Science Degree in Accounting?
Associate degree in accounting programs are designed to give students either a strong basis to continue their business studies or an opportunity to enter the accounting field.

Skills Acquired
After completing the degree program, students should have acquired an understanding of accounting through courses that cover finance, economics, management, marketing, information technology, and related fields. An A.S. degree in accounting can also prepare students for continued educational endeavors in bachelor level programs.


Why Should I earn an AS Degree in Accounting?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov says the current increase of business establishments is increasing along with the economy. As a result, more accountants are in demand to set up books, give management advice, and prepare taxes.

Economic Outlook and Growth of the Industry
The outlook for this field is good. According to the BLS, the accounting profession is growing by leaps and bounds as new regulations come into effect requiring companies to keep more accurate tabs on their finance.

Salary Information
An accountant salary can be incredibly lucrative, with fairly consist salaries and well-established patterns of career growth all across the accounting profession. Most accountant salaries remain in the same range, even across the various careers; experience, level of education, location and size of the company or accounting firm are generally the differentiating factors. Although major accounting firms and private corporations pay more than smaller employers, almost all entry-level accounting jobs pay their employees between $30,000 and $50,000. After this point, obtaining the high-end salaries that exist in the in the accounting world is a matter of determination and excellence.

The BLS stated that as of Jul 16, 2009, the median annual wage and salary earning for Accounting Clerk in Boston, MA is $35,000