Accounting AAS Degree

Accounting skills are broadly applicable to virtually every aspect of business operations. As an accounting clerk or bookkeeper, the student will be responsible for maintaining accounting records of a business, analyzing financial reports and managing budgets, and may be responsible for specific parts of the records such as accounts payable, accounts receivable or payroll.

OCCC’s robust accounting program is designed to develop skills in areas such as: accounting, payroll, a computerized accounting application, law, tax policy, business math, microcomputer applications, financial management, communication, organization, critical thinking and problem-solving. The program prepares students for entry into the accounting field as bookkeepers, accounting clerks, or office assistants. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning. Prospective students may click here to request personal assistance and information at any time. Minimum 92 credits.

Intended Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

  •  Analyze, record, and report accounting information in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Communicate effectively with business professionals.
  • Develop and interpret accounting and financial information for decision making.
  • Practice within the legal, ethical, and economic standards of the business environment.
  • Use applicable technology available in accounting practice.

Additional Information
Accounting Degree Courses

BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 111 1 Introduction to Accounting 3
BA 131 Introduction to Business Technology 4
BA 177 Payroll Accounting 3
BA 205 Business Communication Using Technology 4
BA 206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
BA 212 Principles of Accounting II 3
BA 213 Managerial Accounting 4
BA 222 Financial Management 3
BA 226 Business Law I 4
BA 228 Computer Accounting Applications 3
BA 240 Nonprofit Financial Management and Accounting 3
or BA 242 Introduction to Investments
BA 256 Income Tax 3
BA 285 Human Relations-Organizations 3
CAS 170 Beginning Excel 3
or CAS 171 Intermediate Excel
CAS 216 Beginning Word 3
or CAS 217 Intermediate Word
EC 201 * Principles of Economics: Microeconomics 4
EC 202 * Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics 4
OS 131 10-key on Calculators 1
Choose one of the following: 4
PHL 202 * Ethics  
PHL 209 * Business Ethics  
BA 277 Business Practices and Contemporary Social Issues  
WR 121 English Composition 4
Business Program Electives  11
Remaining General Education 8
Total Credits 92
* Could be used as General Education
1 Students who have completed high school bookkeeping or have had work experience with full-cycle bookkeeping responsibilities should substitute a business elective and start the accounting series BA 211 in the second term.

Career Information
Program Costs: In addition to tuition, estimated costs for students who complete the entire program listed below are books, $950; class fees, $203; equipment and supplies, $400. Contact Student Services at 541-867-8503 to find out about Financial Aid eligibility. Roadmap Link:


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