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Accounting A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5002)

The program is designed for seamless transfer to SUNY Polytechnic and SUNY Oswego, and students will find that this versatile program prepares them for transfer to many colleges’ Bachelor’s programs in accounting and business. The program consists of core requirements in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences in addition to business courses and courses in accounting theory and practice.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Accounting program with an A.S. degree will:

  • Develop the ability to utilize the accounting cycle to record transactions, process information, and prepare financial statements for a business.
  • Demonstrate the ability to organize, analyze, manage, and disseminate information.
  • Demonstrate communication, interpersonal, research, and organizational skills, and/or the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Successfully meet the Student Learning Outcomes for 7 of the 10 General Education categories.

Career Opportunities

Accounting is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. The A.S. degree in Accounting is designed to prepare people to transfer to a four year college to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

An accountant examines, analyzes, and interprets accounting data for the purpose of giving advice and preparing financial statements. The analyses and reports are relied upon by individuals and organizations to make financial decisions. Responsibilities may include recording transactions, preparing financial statements, and preparing state and federal income tax returns or other reports. Also, accountants perform many other tasks important to management, such as budgeting and controlling costs.

Career Potential: With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), comptroller, or controller. The Web page of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,, provides additional FAQ on accounting careers and certification requirements. 

Employment Outlook: Employment in the accounting field is expected to have steady growth for the next several years. Proficiency in accounting and auditing computer software, or expertise in specialized areas such as international business, specific industries, or current legislation, may also be helpful in landing certain accounting and auditing jobs. In addition, employers increasingly seek applicants with strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Transfer Opportunities

As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree.  Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs.  Currently, formal agreements exist with: 

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


Degree Requirements (Effective Spring 2018) Credit Hours
Business Requirements (26 Credit Hours)
ACC 101: Accounting Principles 1 4
ACC 102: Accounting Principles 2 4
BUS 112: Introduction to Business 3
BUS 124: Marketing 3
BUS 160: Spreadsheet Applications 3
BUS 211: Business Law 1 3
ECO 101: Macroeconomics 3
ECO 102: Microeconomics 3
Liberal Arts Requirements (25 Credit Hours)
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
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 Elective* 3
Social Science Electives** 3
Science Electives***: At least one lab science is required. 7
Electives (9 Credit Hours)
Free Elective 3
Accounting Electives 6
Physical Education 2
Total 62

* Select from the Arts (A) or Foreign Language (FL) General Education Course List

**Select from American History (AH), Western Civilization (WC) or Other World Civilization (OWC) General Education Course List

***Select from the Natural Sciences in the General Education Course List


For More Information

Linda S. Dening, Professor of Accounting

Richard E. Merryman, Associate Professor of Accounting

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522