Associate in Applied Science in Accounting

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Accounting

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Program Detail

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management


This degree has associated pathway maps with course sequence(s). We recommend using them as reference instead of the list below.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program. ++ indicates any suffixed courses. Consultation with an Academic Advisor is recommended for course selection.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting program is designed to provide fundamental skills for individuals planning to enter the field of accounting. Possible entry-level jobs for this program include accounting clerk, accounts payable/receivable clerk, claims clerk, payroll clerk, credit clerk, bookkeeper, accounting intern, tax preparation or comparable positions. This program may prepare students for certification in Certified Bookkeeper (CB), Enrolled Agent (EA), and Certified Payroll Professional (CPP). Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Accounting and Enrolled Agent are available.

Admission Criteria


What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply effective oral, written, and visual business communication skills.
  2. Use basic mathematics and accounting principles to report the financial position of an organization.
  3. Apply current technology to specific business tasks.
  4. Evaluate the legal, ethical and social implications of business decisions and their impact on various individuals, groups and societies.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking through written and oral formats.
  6. Apply functions of modern business, including business principles, marketing, labor relations, and risk to business situations.
  7. Apply principles and practices of accounting to analyze and interpret general purpose financial statements.
  8. Apply basic rules of financial accounting to business transactions.
  9. Apply basic rules of managerial accounting to business decision making.
  10. Apply appropriate procedures to prepare individual, partnership, and corporate taxes, including tax reporting for income, payroll, sales, and personal property.
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of compliance in accounting, reporting and tax.

Required Courses Credits: 32-35

ACC111Accounting Principles I (3) AND
ACC230Uses of Accounting Information I (3) AND
ACC240Uses of Accounting Information II (3)
ACC111Accounting Principles I (3) AND
ACC112Accounting Principles II (3) AND
ACC212Managerial Accounting (3)
ACC211Financial Accounting (3) AND
ACC212Managerial Accounting (3)6-9
ACC105Payroll, Sales and Property Taxes (3) OR
ACC222Payroll Accounting (3)3
ACC115Computerized Accounting2
ACC121Income Tax Preparation (3) OR
ACC221Tax Accounting (3)3
ACC219Intermediate Accounting I3
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
GBS151Introduction to Business3
GBS205Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Business3
GBS120Workplace Communication Skills (3) OR
GBS233Business Communication (3)3

Restricted Electives

Students must select six (6) credits from the list below:
GBS131Business Calculations3
GBS220Quantitative Methods in Business3
GBS221Business Statistics3
GBS261Investments I3
MGT101Techniques of Supervision (3) OR
MGT175Business Organization and Management (3) OR
MGT229Management and Leadership I (3)3

Free Restricted Electives


General Education

General Education Requirements Credits: 22-27
First-Year Composition Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral Communication Credits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3)
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM225Public Speaking (3)
COM230Small Group Communication (3)
Critical Reading Credits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent by assessment0-3
Math Credits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics [MA] area.3-5
Humanities, Arts and Design Credits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.3
Natural Sciences Credits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
Social-Behavioral Sciences Credits: 3
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3) OR
ECN212Microeconomic Principles (3) OR
SBU200Society and Business (3)3

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Major: 3149
First Term: 2020 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60-68
CIPS code: 52.0301
SOC codes: 13-2011.01, 43-3011.00, 43-3031.00, 13-2031.00, 13-2041.00, 13-2081.00, 13-2082.00
Initiating College: Estrella Mountain Community College
Program Availability: - CG, EM, GC, GW, MC, PC, PV, RS, SC, SM
Occupational Area: Business, Management, and Administration
Instructional Council: Business/Management (03)
GPA: 2.00