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.


  • 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
Program taught in:
  • English

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