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Accounting

This program is offered at Clark State's Beavercreek, Online and Springfield locations.

Accountants must have an appreciation of all aspects of business organizations as well as technical proficiency in maintaining accurate records, preparing and analyzing financial statements and other types of financial reports. Accountants may work in such areas as general accounting, bookkeeping, auditing, tax preparation, cost accounting, budgeting, or financial investigation. The demand for trained accountants has increased substantially with the growth and complexity of business and government. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants and auditors can expect much faster than average employment growth over the 2008-18 decade.

Students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0800 Computer Fundamentals as a preparatory course before taking other computer courses. Students without adequate keyboarding skills should enroll in ITS 1210 Keyboarding/Word Processing.

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory courses, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

This program is available both in class and online. Students should consult with their advisor for the recommended sequencing of evening courses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Business degree in Accounting, a graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of federal tax laws and their application to both individuals and business entities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize and apply technology as it impacts the accounting profession.
  • Apply mathematical concepts and technology to interpret, understand, and communicate quantitative data.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of managerial and cost accounting and their roles in business and decision making.
  • Interpret, analyze, and present reliable and relevant information to financial statement users based upon generally accepted accounting principles both manually and electronically.

Transfer Options
Students enrolled in Associate of Applied Business degree programs are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program. However, at some point many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree. A number of colleges or universities have designed bachelor's completion programs designed for students completing applied degrees. See the Transfer section of the catalog for more information.

Humanities/Social Science Electives
A complete listing of humanities and social science electives is available in the College Catalog.

Course Course Title Credits
Fall
ACC 1100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 4
ENG 1111 English I 3
ITS 1235 Beginning Spreadsheet  * 1
ITS 1245 Beginning Database  * 1
MGT 1105 Contemporary American Business 2
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics 3
 
Spring
ACC 1200 Managerial Accounting 4
ACC 1300 Payroll Accounting 2
ACC 1400 Computerized Accounting 3
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication Ior  
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 3
ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
 
Fall
ACC 2000 Spreadsheet Accounting 3
ACC 2100 Intermediate Accounting I 4
ACC 2400 Tax Accounting 4
ECO 2210 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MGT 2600 Legal Environment of Business 3
 
Spring
ACC 2200 Intermediate Accounting II 4
ACC 2300 Cost Accounting 3
ECO 2220 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MGT 2270 Business Finance 3
-- Arts/Humanities Elective 3
 
  Total Credit Hours 62

* Students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0800 before taking other computer courses.  Students without adequate keyboarding skills should enroll in ITS 0810 before taking a computer class.