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Accounting Degree and Certificates

PPCC offers an Associates degree in accounting for those interested in starting their careers in the field, as well as certificates for current and soon-to-be industry professionals to enhance their skills. 

Associate of Applied Science Degree

A two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting is a terminal degree designed to make graduates ready for immediate entry to mid-level Accounting positions or for accounting professionals interested in earning an accredited degree.

Earning your Associate of Applied Science in Accounting will prepare you to:

  • Boost your resume with knowledge of QuickBooks, Payroll Accounting, and Microsoft Excel
  • Gain an entry-level Bookkeeping or Accounting Clerk position
  • Gain Income tax preparation skills
  • Develop a sound understanding of Accounting theory
  • Qualify for entry to mid-level Accounting positions
  • Transfer to a 4-year university and earn your bachelor's degree

 

Transfer Options

After earning your degree from Pikes Peak Community College, you may complete your Bachelor's degree in Accounting by continuing your studies at one of several four-year universities.  

Top transfer institutions for the Accounting AAS degree include:

 

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Graduates of this program are prepared to enter an accounting career. Accountants work for business, industry, and various governmental agencies.

*Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor

Semester 1

Course & Credit Hours

MAT 112 Financial Mathematics (3)

CIS 118 Introduction to PC Applications (3)

or

CSC 105 Computer Literacy (3)

ENG 121 English Composition I (3)

or

ENG 131 Technical Writing I (3)

BUS 115 Introduction to Business (3)

Elective (See recommended electives) (3)

15 Credit Hours

Semester 2

Course & Credit Hours

ACC 121 Accounting Principles I (4)

ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

ACC 125 Computerized Accounting (3)

CIS 155 PC Spreadsheet Concepts (3)

Elective (See recommended electives) (3)

16 Credit Hours

Semester 3

Course & Credit Hours

ACC 122 Accounting Principles II (4)

ACC 115 Payroll Accounting (3)

ACC 131 Income Tax (3)

or

ACC 132/133 Tax Help Colorado/Practicum (3)

COM 115 Public Speaking (3)

Elective (See recommended electives) (3)

16 Credit Hours

Semester 4

Course & Credit Hours

ACC 211 Intermediate Accounting I (4)

BUS 217 Business Communication (3)

BUS 216 Legal Environment of Business (3)

ACC 226 Cost Accounting (3)

or

ACC 212 Intermediate Accounting II (4)

or

ACC 216 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (3)

**depending upon the student's transfer plans**

Elective (See recommended electives) (3)

16 Credit Hours

Recommended Electives

Students Interested in Transferring

to Regis, Franklin University or CSU-Global

ACC 212 Intermediate Accounting II (4)

PHI 112 Ethics (3)

or

ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

BUS 226 Business Statistics (3)

MAR 216 Principles of Marketing (3)

Student Interested in Working in Tax Prep

ACC 135 Spreadsheet Applications for Accounting (3)

MAN 200 Human Resource Management I (3)

ACC 216 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting (3)

FIN 201 Principles of Finance (3)

Student Interested in General Bookkeeping

ACC 135 Spreadsheet Applications for Accounting (3)

CIS 267 Management of Information Systems (3)

MAN 200 Human Resource Management I (3)

MAN 226 Principles of Management (3)

Students interested in Working in Payroll

ACC 135 Spreadsheet Applications for Accounting (3)

MAN 128 Human Relations in Organizations (3)

MAN 200 Human Resource Management I (3)

MAN 226 Principles of Management (3)

Accounting Certificates

Certificates are designed for both individuals in industry interested in expanding their career opportunities, as well as non-industry professionals to gain general knowledge and understanding of program concepts.

Accounting Certificate 

The Accounting Certificate program is designed to allow students to become proficient in using the computer for basic bookkeeping and spreadsheet applications. Students will also be prepared to accomplish normal office procedures.

*Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor

Semester 1

(Course & Credit Hours)

ACC 115 Payroll Accounting (3)

ACC 121 Accounting Principles I (4)

CIS 118 Introduction to PC Applications (3)

or

CSC  105 Computer Literacy (3)

MAT 112 Financial Math (3)

Semester 2

(Course & Credit Hours)

ACC 122 Accounting Principles II (4)

ACC 125 Computerized Accounting (3)

BUS 115 Introduction to Business (3)

CIS 155 PC Spreadsheet Concepts (3)

Accounting Approved Elective (3 or 4) - See an Advisor

Total 29 or 30 Credit Hours 

 

Certificate in Bookkeeping Applications

The 16 credit certificate in bookkeeping applications will familiarize students with the general accounting and computer skills necessary for performing basic to intermediate bookkeeping duties for small business and personal use.

*Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor

Semester 1

(Course & Credit Hours)

ACC 115 Payroll Accounting (3) 

ACC 121 Accounting Principles I (4)

or

ACC 101 Fundamentals of Accounting (3) &

BTE 108 Ten-Key by Touch (1)

ACC 125 Computerized Accounting (3)

BUS 115 Introduction to Business (3)

CIS 118 Introduction to PC Applications (3)

or

CSC 105 Computer Literacy (3) 

Total 16 Credit Hours

 

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Long Term Schedule

The 2-year course offering schedule is intended to be used as a general planning tool. Course offerings may change. contact an advisor for more information. Printable PDF

2-Year Course Offerings

AAS Degree Map - Accounting Printable Program Flier (PDF)