SUNY Jefferson

Accounting AS

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery: On-campus or online
Personal Interests: Working with numbers, order, attention to details
Skills development: Accounting and business processes, management, analysis, communication
Career Options: Business, government
Program Code: HEGIS 5002

Your accounting career starts at Jefferson

Learn accounting fundamentals and complete general college requirements at Jefferson before seamlessly transferring to SUNY Polytechnic, SUNY Oswego, or another four-year college to complete a bachelor’s degree.

You’ll take core classes in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, plus general business and accounting classes—essentially your first two years of a bachelor’s degree program. You’ll graduate with an associate’s degree that prepares you for one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States. And you may find work as an accounting clerk or assistant while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration.

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

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

Accountants are the backbone of business. They help companies and organizations create budgets, control costs, understand their financial statements, and stay compliant with state and federal tax laws and regulations.

Employment opportunities for accountants are closely tied to the health of the overall economy—as the economy grows so does the need for workers who can prepare and examine financial records. The profession is expected to grow by 10 percent through 2026, making it one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States.

With additional training, accounting graduates can become Certified Internal Auditors, Certified Management Accountants, Certified Public Accountants, comptrollers, or controllers.

Learn to apply accounting principles and practices in business

When you complete the Accounting A.S. degree you will be able to:

  • Use accounting practices to record transactions, process information, and prepare financial statements for a business
  • Organize, analyze, manage, and disseminate information
  • Demonstrate communication, interpersonal, research, and organizational skills and work as part of a team
  • Transfer to a SUNY bachelor’s degree program with classes in seven of the 10 SUNY General Education Requirement areas

Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Complete a Jefferson Accounting A.S. and choose from a wide range of transfer options, including SUNY Polytechnic and SUNY Oswego.

Formal transfer agreements with these institutions make transfer to their programs especially smooth:

  • Franklin University, Accounting B.S.
  • Franklin University, Business Administration B.S.
  • SUNY Empire State College

Degree requirements for Accounting A.S.

Business requirements & credit hours (26 credit hours)

ACC 101: Accounting Principles 1 
ACC 102: Accounting Principles 2 
BUS 112: Introduction to Business 
BUS 124: Marketing
BUS 160: Spreadsheet Applications
BUS 211: Business Law 1 
ECO 101: Macroeconomics 
ECO 102: Microeconomics 

Liberal Arts requirements & credit hours (25 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1 
Mathematics Elective: MTH 155: Algebra, Functions & Modeling or MTH 165: College Algebra and Trigonometry or MTH 185: Precalculus Mathematics or higher 
Humanities Elective1 
Social Science Electives2
Science Electives3: At least one lab science is required.  

Electives (9 credit hours)

Free Elective 
Accounting Electives 

Physical Education (2 credit hours

Total 62 credit hours

1 Select from the Knowledge Area of The Arts or Foreign Language in the SUNY General Education Course List.
2 Select from the Knowledge Area of American History (AH), Western Civilization (WC) or Other World Civilization (OWC) in the SUNY General Education Course List.
Select from the Knowledge Area Natural Sciences in the SUNY General Education Course List.

Program contacts

Linda S. Dening
Professor of Accounting
(315) 786-2220

Richard E. Merryman
Associate Professor of Accounting
(315) 786-2465

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522