Accounting

Accounting is an essential component of every institution and business organization. Basic accounting skills provided by the one-year certificate or the two-year degree will prove to be valuable in managing financial resources, policies and decisions.

Clark College's Business Division, also known as B.E.A.M. (Business, Economics, Accounting and Management), offers students the opportunity to build the necessary skills for a successful career in many different business areas. Whether you are a new student thinking about majoring in one of these fields or already a student pursuing a degree or certificate, this page will help you explore our programs and career and job opportunities.  

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Degree Options

Accounting
Accounting is an essential component of every institution and business organization. Basic accounting skills provided by the one-year certificate or the two-year degree will prove to be valuable in managing financial resources, policies and decisions.
Accounting Clerk (CP)
This Accounting Clerk certificate is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position as an accounting clerk or bookkeeper. The student records transactions and prepares the basic essential financial statements which contribute to vital operational policies and decisions. Student learning takes place in both manual and computerized environments.
Students must complete all specifically listed courses in Major Area Requirements with a minimum grade of “C” or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award.

Consult with a business academic advisor for recommended course, program planning.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
BTEC 106
APPLIED OFFICE ENGLISH
3 cr.
or ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Computational Skills
 
BUS 102
BUSINESS MATH APPLICATIONS
5 cr.
Human Relations
 
BTEC 148
BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL SELF DEVELOPMENT
3 cr.
Business Core Courses
BUS 028
BASIC ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES
3 cr.
BUS& 101
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
5 cr.
BTEC 100
KEYBOARDING
1-3 cr.
BTEC 150
COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS
5 cr.
ECON 101
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS
3 cr.
MGMT 101
PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
3 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BUS 029
BASIC ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES
3 cr.
BUS 036
ACCOUNTING APPLICATIONS
3 cr.
BUS 130
COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING
3 cr.
BUS 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE **
1-5 cr.
BTEC 135
10-KEY CALCULATOR
1 cr.
BTEC 170
EXCEL FOR BUSINESS ***
3 cr.
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 56-58
**Minimum of 5 credits must be earned in Cooperative Work Experience

***Prior completion of BTEC 169 or instructor permission required. Funding sources do not pay for courses specifically called out as a requirement



To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Accurately create and maintain payroll records required under federal and state laws.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Accurately prepare, interpret, and analyze financial statements for service and merchandising businesses manually as well as using computer systems.
  • Perform all steps of the accounting cycle, using both general and specialized journals.
Accounting (AAS)
The Accounting Associate of Applied Science degree is a two-year degree designed to provide knowledge in accounting to prepare the graduate for entry-level employment in private or public sectors as a bookkeeper or para-accountant. The student records, analyzes, and interprets transactions, including preparation of essential financial statements. In addition, the student will learn how to assist decision makers in understanding and applying payroll, tax, and legal rules and regulations. Student learning takes place in both manual and computerized environments.

Students must complete all specifically listed courses in Major Area Requirements with a minimum grade of “C” or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award.



Consult with a business academic advisor for recommended course, program planning.



Completion of Certificate of Proficiency in Marketing, Small Business Management, Accounting Clerk or Supervisory Management accounts for 56-60 of necessary credits.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
 
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
or
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences
3 cr.
Human Relations - satisfied in the CPs.
 
Social Science - satisfied in the CPs.
 
Computational Skills- satisfied in the CPs.
 
Major Area Requirements
ACCT&201
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I
5 cr.
ACCT&202
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II
5 cr.
ACCT&203
PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING III
5 cr.
BUS 130
COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING
3 cr.
BUS& 201
BUSINESS LAW
5 cr.
BUS 203
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
3 cr.
BTEC 135
10-KEY CALCULATOR
1 cr.
BTEC 170
EXCEL FOR BUSINESS
3 cr.
Additional Major Area Electives
Complete a minimum of 3 to 5 additional credits from the following areas:

  • Accounting (ACCT)

  • Business Administration (BUS)

  • Economics (ECON)

  • Supervisory Management (MGMT)

  • Computer Applications (BTEC - 6 credit maximum)

and

Complete as many General Elective (GE) courses as needed to reach the total of 90 credits required by the degree.
Total Required Credits: 90-102
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Accurately prepare, interpret, and analyze financial statements for service and merchandising businesses manually as well as using computer systems.
  • Accurately analyze financial data and information to make business decisions.
  • Provide accounting data and information for all types and sizes of businesses, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.
  • Accurately create and maintain payroll records required under federal and state laws.
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)