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AAS, Accounting

To prepare graduates for vocationally-oriented accounting positions.

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For advising contact Kathrynn Hollis-Buchanan at 907-486-1210 or .


AAS Accounting Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the AAS Accounting program, the graduate will:

  • Use current business management practices to assist in the leading and managing of a diverse workforce.
  • Communicate and express ideas orally and in writing.
  • Utilize the major components of the accounting information system, record transactions into various journals and ledgers, and prepare the primary financial statements for a sole proprietorship, partnership, or small corporation.
  • Apply the fundamentals of absorption, job and process costing, including fixed and variable costs, contribution margin/breakeven analysis, budgeting and variance analysis, and relevant cost/revenues.
  • Apply economic theory to the analysis of a variety of private and public policy concerns using basic economic concepts and analytical tools.
  • Collect, summarize, disburse, and use various forms of information to aid in the running of a business.
  • Use marketing fundamentals relating to product development, pricing, promotion, and distribution.
  • Identify and apply relevant elements of law, including contracts, partnerships, corporations, Uniform Commercial Code sales, secured transactions, banking and professional liability.
  • Utilize modern technology to monitor, display, and report common business issues and successes.AAS Graduates 2011-2012

General  Requirements & Electives

ENGL 111 Methods of Written Communication (3)

ENGL 211, ENGL 212, ENGL 213, or CIOS 260A (3)

Math 105 Intermediate Algebra or higher (3)

Six credits of general course requirements:  Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, or Social Sciences (3)

Core Requirements:

ACCT 101 Principles of Financial Accounting I (3)

ACCT102 Principles of Financial Accounting II (3)

ACCT 202 principles of Managerial Accounting (3)

ACCT 210 Income Tax Preparation (3)

ACCT 222 Intro to Computerized Accounting (3)

ACCT 225 Payroll Accounting (3)

ACCT 230 Workpaper Preparation & Presentation (3)

BA 151 Introduction to Business (3)

BA/JUST 241 Business Law I (3)

CIS 110 Computer Concepts in Business (3)

ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra (3)


Graduates of this program possess a solid foundation for a career in the accounting field. Continuing education will prepare students for management-level careers in business, government, and other organizations.


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.

Earning Potential

Accounting Clerks in Alaska earn over $20/hour.  Students who go on to earn a bachelors degree and become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) can earn more than $35/hour.*

Job Outlook

Alaska's employment growth for Accounting Clerks is moderate with very high employment opportunities.*

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For advising or more information contact Kathrynn Hollis-Buchanan at 907-486-1210 or .

*Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development