Accounting AAS
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Accounting AAS

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50% or more of this program can be completed online.

Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Career
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Working with numbers, order, attention to details
  • Skill Building: Accounting and business processes, management, analysis, communication
  • Career Options: Business, government
  • Program Code: HEGIS 5002

Your accounting career starts at Jefferson

The Accounting A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare you for entry level positions in a variety of accounting-related positions in private businesses, government agencies and public accounting firms.

This program offers:

  • Preparation for continued studies in accounting and business
  • Savings on general education and core business classes
  • Entry-level preparation for accounting jobs
  • Access to ample job opportunities

Learn to apply accounting principles and practices in business

Graduating with an Accounting A.A.S. degree you will:

  • Utilize the accounting cycle to record transactions, process information, and prepare financial statements for a business
  • Organize, analyze, manage, and disseminate information
  • Communicate, build interpersonal skills, research, and hone organizational skills to work as part of a team

Pursue a career in one of the fastest-growing professions in the U.S.

The Accounting A.A.S. is designed to prepare you for direct employment in accounting after you graduate.

A basic accountant examines, analyzes, and interprets accounting data for the purpose of giving advice and preparing financial statements. The analysis and reports are relied upon by individuals and organizations to make financial decisions.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Record transactions
  • Prepare financial statements
  • Prepare state and federal income tax returns or other reports
  • Money management
  • Budgeting and cost control

After you graduate with your Accounting A.A.S. degree you may be hired into jobs like account manager, account specialist, accounts payable/receivable clerk, bookkeeper, cost accountant, management accountant, payroll accountant, public accountant and staff accountant.

Employment in the accounting field is expected to have steady growth for the next several years. Proficiency in accounting and auditing computer software, and expertise in specialized areas such as international business, specific industries, or current legislation, is in demand. Employers seek applicants with strong interpersonal and communication skills. 


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday


Beyond the A.A.S degree

Although the program is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce after completing the A.A.S. degree, you can choose to transfer to a bachelor's degree program too.  If you know you already want to transfer, consider the Accounting A.S. degree program for easier planning.

Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that will help you transfer smoothly. Talk to your advisor if you are interested in transferring.  We have transfer agreements for the Accounting A.A.S. degree with:

  • SUNY Canton, Finance, B.B.A.
  • SUNY Canton, Management, B.B.A.
  • SUNY Empire State College
  • Franklin University, Accounting, B.S.
  • Franklin University, Business Administration, B.S.

With additional education and/or work experience, you may find employment as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), comptroller, or controller. 



Degree requirements for Accounting A.A.S.

Effective Spring 2022

Accounting Requirements (29 credit hours)
Accounting Requirements (29 credit hours) Credit Hours
ACC 101: Accounting Principles 1  4
ACC 102: Accounting Principles 2 4
ACC 201: Intermediate Accounting 1  4
ACC 202: Intermediate Accounting 2  4
ACC 208: Cost Accounting 4
ACC 209: Management Accounting  3
ACC 220: Accounting Information Systems  3
Accounting Elective or Business Elective1 3
Business Requirements (9 credit hours)
Business Requirements (9 credit hours) Credit Hours
BUS 112: Introduction to Business  3
BUS 160: Spreadsheet Applications 3
BUS 211: Business Law 1 3
Math and Science Requirements (9 credit hours)
Math and Science Requirements (9 credit hours) Credit Hours
MTH 125-Intermediate Algebra, MTH 155-Algebra Functions, & Modeling or higher 3
Mathematics or Science Elective 3
Science Elective 3
English Requirements (6 credit hours)
English Requirements (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 101-Research and Composition 3
English elective2 3
Social Science Requirements (6 credit hours)
Social Science Requirements (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
Economics Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Elective Requirements (6 credit hours)
Elective Requirements (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
Liberal Arts Elective3 3
Free Elective4 2

Total Credit Hours 64


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1Students who intend to seek CPA licensure should note that ACC 207 does not fulfill the federal taxation curricular requirement.  
2It is recommended that non-SUNY transfer students enroll in ENG 218 Technical and Professional Writing.  
3If ENG 100 is required, a student would use this LA elective for this courses to fulfill degree requirements; the student would then use the “free elective” to fulfill SUNY GenEd requirements.  

4It is recommended that SUNY transfer students use the free elective to fulfill an additional GenEd requirement.


Program Contact

Richard E. Merryman

Associate Professor of Accounting 
(315) 786-2465