Associate in Applied Science in Accounting
Division of Business — Curriculum Code: 2000
Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
Why major in Accounting?
This program prepares you to collect, analyze, and report financial data and communicate that information to both managers and outside agencies. Graduates can begin their careers as junior accountants, assistant auditors, bookkeepers, or accounting clerks. Such entry-level positions are found in accounting firms, industry, governmental agencies, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. The AAS in Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). For more information, please visit http://www.acbsp.org
Click below to learn more about Essex’s ACBSP-Accredited Program Outcomes.
ACBSP-Accredited Program Outcomes (prepared 2017)
If I major in Accounting, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?
The major is job-oriented and not designed for transfer to a baccalaureate program. However, many colleges and universities will apply most or all the courses you have taken toward a bachelor’s degree.
Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?
Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.
How long will it take for me to complete this degree?
If you do not need developmental course work and you register for and average of 17 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.
Where should I direct specific questions about this program?
Call the Division at (973) 877-3222.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying framework of accounting concepts and principles.
Apply various accounting skills to prepare financial and/or management accounting summaries and reports, both manually and by using computers; and
Review and evaluate accounting reporting procedures for compliance with national and international guidelines/standards.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
(21 – 22 credits)
Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 and ENG 102 (two 3-credit courses)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills/Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (3 – 4 credits)
Choose one math course or one lab science course from the following:
Math: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 109, MTH 113, MTH 114, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 136, MTH 213, MTH 221, MTH 222, or MTH 239 (zero or one 3- or 4-credit course)
Lab Science: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 103, BIO 104, BIO 121, BIO 122; CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 103, CHM 104; PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 103, PHY 104, PHY 113, or PHY 114 (zero or one 4-credit course)
Society & Human Behavior (9 credits)
ECO 101 (one 3-credit course)
Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101 or SOC 108 (two 3-credit courses)
Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136 , HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)
MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I – Financial (4 credits)
ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
Total Credits Required for Degree: 64 – 65
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.