Business: Accounting

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5002 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 01702

Program Description
The Business: Accounting Program, leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree, is designed for students planning to seek accounting positions in business, industry, or government upon completion of two years of college study. The program also meets the needs of employed individuals seeking to learn applications of accounting theory as practiced in the field. Although the program can be used to prepare for further study at four‐year colleges leading to the baccalaureate degree, it is recommended that students who intend to continue to study beyond the A.A.S. degree consult with an advisor prior to registration and consider the Business Administration (Transfer‐Oriented) Program as an alternative.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the A.A.S. Business Accounting Degree program, a student will be able to

  • Perform bookkeeping tasks including the maintenance of general and subsidiary ledgers;
  • Perform accounting‐related tasks using spreadsheets and accounting software;
  • Calculate solutions to quantifiable business and financial problems;
  • Compile and maintain complex payroll data;
  • Communicate technical accounting information to business clients;
  • Understand the tax and filing requirements for small businesses;
  • Understand how basic principles of economics apply to business;
  • Develop techniques of working productively with others;
  • Understand the elements of a complete business plan which address the ethical, environmental and social responsibility of business.

Employment Potential
Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry into the accounting profession at a paraprofessional level through such positions as bookkeeper, accounting technician, accounting clerk, accounts payable or receivable clerk, payroll clerk, and other entry-level accounting positions.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

 For more information contact Admissions here or the Department here.

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
ACC 101 Principles of Accounting I 4
BUS 102 Mathematics for Business and Industry 3
BUS 115 Entrepreneurship 3
BUS 171 * Computer Applications for Business 3
ENG 101 College English I 3
Semester Credits 16
Second Semester
ACC 102 Principles of Accounting II 3
BUS 150 Business Economics 3
BUS 180 ** Legal Environment of Business 3
BUS 272 Spreadsheets for Business 3

COM 103 or

COM 105

Oral Communication or

Public Speaking

LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
Semester Credits 16
Third Semester
ACT 209 Income Tax Procedures 3
ACT 215 Taxes in the Business Environment 3
ACT 220 Fund Accounting Gov. & Nonprofit 3

Mathematics (MAT 098 or higher ) 

Elective *** Social Science Elective 3
Semester Credits 15-16
Fourth Semester
ACT 210 Computerized Accounting 4
ACT 270 Special Topics in Acctg. Studies 3
BUS 104 Business Communications 3
Elective **** Natural Science Elective 3
Elective *** Social Science Elective 3
Semester Credits 16
Total Credits 63-64

NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

* Keyboarding skills are required.
** BUS 180 is not intended for students who have already taken BUS 201 or BUS 202.
*** Pre-requisite/co-requisite for all history course: ENG 101
**** Choose from any 3-credit SUNY General Education natural science course.






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