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Accounting A.A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5002)

The Accounting degree program is designed to prepare the student for entry level positions in a variety of accounting-related positions in private businesses, governmental agencies and public accounting firms. The program consists of core requirements in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences in addition to an in-depth concentration in accounting theory and practice. Students who plan to earn a four-year degree in Accounting should enroll in Jefferson’s Business Administration A.S. (transfer) program.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Accounting program with an A.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 the ability to work as part of a team.  

Career Opportunities

Accounting is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. The A.A.S. degree in Accounting is designed to prepare people for employment 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: Account Manager, Account Specialist, Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk, Bookkeeper, Cost Accountant, Management Accountant, Payroll Accountant, Public Accountant and Staff Accountant.  

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.

Tax Tips:  Ernst & Young (one of the largest certified public accounting firms) has provided five new tax tips per week that are made public through their weekly Financial Tips page. They have published over 110 of these tips. The Web sites listed are but a few that are available to the public. Those listed should be of particular interest to the accounting student or the potential business or accounting student.

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. (Occupational Outlook Handbook, October 2000).

Transfer Opportunities

Although the program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce after completing the Associate degree, many of our graduates choose to pursue a 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 Canton, Finance, B.B.A.
SUNY Canton, Management, B.B.A.
SUNY Empire State College
Degree Requirements (Effective Spring 2015) Credit Hours
Core Requirements (21 Credit Hours)
English* 6
Economics Elective 3
Mathematics: MTH 125: Intermediate Algebra, MTH 155: Algebra, Functions, & Modeling or higher 3
BUS 112: Introduction to Business 3
BUS 211: Business Law 1 3
BUS 160: Spreadsheet Applications 3
Accounting Requirements (29 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** 3
Electives (14 Credit Hours)
Mathematics or Science Elective 3
Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Free Elective*** 2
Total 64

Advising Notes:
*It is recommended that non-SUNY transfer students enroll in ENG 218 Technical and Professional Writing.

**Students who intent to seek CPA licensure should note that ACC 207 does not fulfill the federal taxation curricular requirement.

***It is recommended that SUNY transfer students use the free elective to fulfill an additional Gen Ed requirement.


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