Associate in Applied Science - Accounting

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Program Description

Accounting

Associate in Applied Science

Leading to a Baccalaureate degree in Accounting through Ferris State University

  • Career Pathway: Business, Management, Marketing & Technology
  • Career Cluster: Finance

NOTE: This degree is for students who specifically want a two-year accounting degree or plan on transferring to Ferris State University to complete a four-year accounting degree. If you wish to transfer to another four-year program, please contact your advisor to determine specific course requirements at the receiving institution prior to selecting options/electives. In order to become a Certified Public Accountant, you must meet an education requirement of 150 semester hours of college education, a work experience requirement, and pass the CPA examination.

Accounting is an information system that provides reports about the economic activities and conditions of a business. The AAS degree prepares the student with sufficient skills and knowledge to meet entrance requirements of most business organizations.

Prerequisites

  • Students will need to demonstrate proficiencies prior to graduation in reading, mathematics and English based on SMC assessment tests, ACT or SAT scores, or by taking the recommended courses.
  • Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific prerequisites that may not be listed as part of the degree requirement. These are described in the course descriptions.
  • ACE Testing, which grants students credit for demonstration of skills mastery, is also available at the Testing Center for a number of courses.

General Education Requirements

  • The general education courses listed for this degree require a C (2.0) or better for graduation. See “General Education Requirements” for more information and a full listing of all general education courses.

Course Sequence

  • Many of the courses in this curriculum must be taken in a prescribed sequence. The listing that follows is a suggested sequence of courses for full-time students.
  • If you are a part-time student or have transferred courses from another school, you should generally complete the courses listed under Semester I before taking courses listed under Semester II and so forth.
  • Please be sure to consult the course descriptions, as some courses may not be offered every semester.

Course Credits

Semester I

  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Introduction to Business
  • Freshman English II
  • Freshman English II w Workshop
  • Intro to Computer Technology
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Semester II

  • Principles of Accounting II
  • Freshman English III
  • Principles of Management
  • Professionalism Workshop
  • Statistics

Semester III

  • Microcomputer Accounting
  • Applications
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Business Communications
  • Microeconomics
  • Spreadsheets

Semester IV

  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Internship
  • Business Law I
  • Macroeconomics
  • Program Elective

Program Electives (Choose One)

  • Federal Income Tax
  • Cost Accounting (Ferris transfer)
  • Human Resource Management
Last updated January 2018

About the School

Since joining the ranks of other prestigious Michigan colleges in 1964, Southwestern Michigan College has continually expanded its curriculum and now offers more than 30 Associate degrees. Accredited ... Read More

Since joining the ranks of other prestigious Michigan colleges in 1964, Southwestern Michigan College has continually expanded its curriculum and now offers more than 30 Associate degrees. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Southwestern Michigan College is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges. Read less
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