Associate in Science in Accounting

Division of Business – Curriculum Code: 2001

A Dual Admissions Program with Rutgers-Newark, Kean University, and Seton Hall University
Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree
Why major in Accounting?

The Accounting A.S. degree program is best suited for the student who wishes to pursue, upon completing his/her associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and also work toward becoming a CPA, CMA and CIA. With advanced degrees/certifications and relevant job experience, students can secure rewarding positions such as accounting manager, internal auditor, financial analyst, tax accountant, or controller in accounting firms, industry, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations. The A.S. in Accounting degree 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?

Yes. The A.S. in Accounting degree prepares you to transfer to upper-division colleges and universities to complete your bachelor’s degree. You may choose to participate in the Dual Admissions Program with Rutgers-Newark, Kean University, and Seton Hall University.

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 coursework and you register for an average of 17 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Business 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;
  • Review and evaluate accounting reporting procedures for compliance with national and international guidelines/standards; and
  • Prepare and discuss Capstone summaries of accounting practices that incorporate several accounting tasks and/or areas.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (32 - 33 credits)

Written & Oral Communications (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (7 – 8 credits)
Choose two of the following mathematics courses: MTH 100, MTH 113, MTH 114, MTH 119, MTH 120, or MTH 127 (two 3- or 4-credit courses)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (4 credits)
Choose one of the following lab science courses: 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 (one 4-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)
Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)
AND
Choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

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 (16 credits)

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I – Financial (4 credits)
ACC 102 Principles of Accounting II – Managerial (4 credits)

Choose two 200-level or higher Accounting (ACC) course electives (ACC courses) (two 4-credit courses)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)

BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
BUS 251 Business Law I (3 credits)
CIS 107 Computer Literacy, CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business, or CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets (one 3-credit course)
ECO 101 Principles of Economics (Macro) (3 credits)
ECO 102 Principles of Economics II (Micro) (3 credits)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 63 – 64

First Semester
ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I – Financial (4 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills mathematics requirement (one 3- or 4-credit course)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ACC 102 Principles of Accounting II – Managerial (4 credits)
BUS 251 Business Law I (3 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills mathematics requirement (one 3- or 4-credit course)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
CIS 107 Computer Literacy, CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business, or CIS 135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets (one 3-credit course)
ECO 101 Principles of Economics (Macro) (3 credits)
Accounting elective (4 credits)
Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning lab science requirement (4 credits)

Fourth Semester
ECO 102 Principles of Economics II (Micro) (3 credits)
Accounting elective (4 credits)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (3 credits)
Humanistic Perspective art or music requirement (3 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (3 credits)

NOTES:
(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, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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