The associate degree program in Accounting concentrates on providing a foundation in preparation for paraprofessional accounting careers and future advancement into supervisory positions. The program addresses the fundamentals of accounting education: namely, sound technical competence, verbal and written communication skills, and decision-making abilities. Current technology has been integrated to provide students with both the theory and practical skills necessary to meet the demands of today's business environment. Check with the counseling department for 2 + 2 transfer opportunities, university partner programs and continuing education hours for the certified professional.

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Related Training and Credentials

Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED not required, but highly recommended.
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test. 
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.

Other Information

  • Non-degree students may enroll for individual courses, providing they meet the course-specific prerequisites.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate financial and related information, both verbally and in writing, relative to their skill level with internal and external constituents, both inside and outside the field.
  2. Work collaboratively, professionally, ethically, and with fiduciary responsibility to pursue the corporate objectives in a manner that is within the appropriate professional code of conduct.
  3. Accurately record and apply fundamental accounting processes to properly record routine and nonroutine business transactions culminating with a complete set of financial statements.
  4. Utilize office suite products, including spreadsheets, database, word processing, presentation, and enterprise-wide technology along with proprietary accounting software to record daily accounting tasks, analyze business results, forecast future activity levels and provide proforma projections of financial results and financial position.
  5. Recognize when inaccuracies or other issues arise, including weaknesses in internal controls and ethical lapses that impact presentation of business results and operating activities, research alternatives, and proactively suggest solutions.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ACCT-1310 Financial Accounting 4
ACCT-1041 Individual Taxation 4
BADM-1020 Introduction to Business 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
ACCT-1340 Managerial Accounting 4
ACCT-1520 QuickBooks Immersion 2
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics 1 3
PHIL-1020 Introduction to Logic 3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Communication  
Honors Business Communications  
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
BADM-2150 Business Law 4
ECON-2610 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
DEGR-xxxx General Elective1
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
Select one of the following: 2-4
ACCT-xxxx 2
Accounting Elective 
FIN-xxxx
Finance Elective 
 Credit Hours14-16
Fourth Semester
ACCT-2995 Accounting Technology 3
ACCT-2xxx Accounting 2000 level elective4
ECON-2620 Principles of Microeconomics 4
FIN-2100 Financial Management 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours60-62

Electives

Recommended Electives

Select from the following courses to fulfill the elective requirement. Please check with counseling for transferability.

ACCT-1030Payroll3
ACCT-2041Business Taxation4
ACCT-2050Volunteer Income Tax Assistance2
ACCT-2310Intermediate Accounting I4
ACCT-2320Intermediate Accounting II4
ACCT-2340Cost Accounting4
ACCT-2500Governmental/Non-Profit Accounting4
ACCT-2510Auditing4
ACCT-2830Cooperative Field Experience1-3
ACCT-28xxAccounting Special Topics2-4
FIN-1061Personal Finance3