The Department of Accounting offers two programs: a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a major in Accounting and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree with a major in Accounting. The programs prepare students for a career in business, government, or other types of organizations. The Department of Accounting is also committed to enhancing the lifelong learning opportunities for responsible citizenship and personal satisfaction where accounting and business dimensions are critical ingredients.

 

BBA in Accounting

Accounting is often referred to as the “language of business,” because it communicates economic information to decision-makers. Every business organization, non-profit entity and governmental agency requires the accounting information to operate and perform successfully.

The BBA in Accounting gives students a broad-based business background and provides a solid foundation for careers in public accounting, private accounting, and accounting for government or non-profit organizations. The program also provides a foundation for graduates to pursue additional professional certification, particularly the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification.

Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their advisors and to become active in UAA's Accounting Club. The club is recognized as one of the most active at UAA and provides networking opportunities with fellow students and professionals in the local business community. The club hosts several professional development activities and social events throughout the year.

 

AAS in Accounting

The AAS Accounting degree prepares students for entry-level accounting positions such as bookkeeper, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll clerk; assistant to line and staff accountants; or as paraprofessionals in CPA firms. The program emphasizes understanding the accounting cycle, processes and procedures, as well as generally accepted accounting principles.

Students in the program are encouraged to join the Accounting Club. The club sponsors the tutoring lab, invites local area professionals to discuss career possibilities, and provides students networking opportunities with potential employers.

Students planning to pursue a four-year degree in accounting should take General Education courses found under the Baccalaureate General Education Requirements. Not all courses for the AAS degree will transfer to the BBA program, so careful planning and regular meetings with an academic advisor will help ensure the best transition possible if you plan to continue for a BBA degree.

Upon graduation, AAS Accounting program graduates will be able to show these competencies:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to provide written documentation summarizing accounting information in an organized manner.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply the fundamental accounting equation in the analysis and recording of business transactions and understand the concepts underlying the preparation of financial statements.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the major components of accounting systems including attributes of an effective internal control system.

  4. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental state and federal payroll tax laws and principles and properly calculate, record and report payroll transactions for an organization.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental tax laws and principles and prepare an individual income tax return.

  6. Demonstrate competency in utilizing computer technology in the accounting processing cycle.