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The numbers speak for themselves: accountants are in great demand. Acquire the basic skills needed to launch a career in this lucrative field within a year.

Why Study Accounting?

Imagine running an organization—any organization—without having an accountant. Nobody could keep track of money coming and going. Nobody could prepare to file taxes, or provide information to banks or investors. In short, it’s hard to imagine—because every organization needs workers trained in accounting skills.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants are both in demand and well-paid. Median salaries for accountants are $77,250, and experts expect 135,000 job openings in the field every year through 2030. Many of these positions require a bachelor’s degree, and the College’s program offers numerous transfer possibilities to a four-year college or university.

Organizations of all types rely on the accuracy of their financial records to facilitate successful operations and grow in new directions. Studying accounting provides the skills and knowledge necessary to create and maintain the those records, and to develop the financial statements and other reports necessary for business decision-making.

Program Options

Credits: 30 | Time to Completion: 1 year

Curriculum Code: 0903 I Liberal Arts Credits: 0 I Program Credits: 30

In one year, land a job as an entry-level clerk or bookkeeper, or take the first steps toward an accounting degree. Classes focus on basic accounting and business skills, while evening, online, and remote options provide the flexibility for students who need to work during the day. Students also learn how to use industry-standard software such as QuickBooks and Excel.

Course CodeCourseCredits
AC 101Financial Accounting 3
AC 102Managerial Accounting 3
AC 116QuickBooks 3
BU 103Foundations of Business 3
BU 105Business Communications 3
Business Elective OR Computer Science Elective
CS ELEComputer Science Elective
CI ELEComputer Information Elective 6
CI 105Computer Applications 3
MA ELEMathematics Elective 3
Minimum Credits:30
Credits: 61 | Time to Completion: 2 years

Curriculum Code: 0630 I Liberal Arts Credits: 21 I Program Credits: 40

An accounting degree enables graduates to step directly into a paraprofessional accounting position, such as a bookkeeper or accounting tech, or continue earning credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Learn the basic accounting principles and techniques while gaining communication and analysis skills that make Columbia-Greene alumni even bigger assets to their workplaces. Evening, remote, and online classes provide flexibility for those with jobs.

Course CodeCourseCredits
EN 101Composition 3
EN 102Composition and Literature OR Technical Writing3
EN 105Technical Writing 3
HU ELEHumanities Elective 3
MA ELEMathematics Elective 3
SC ELEScience Elective 3
SL ELESocial Science Electives 6
Liberal Arts Credits:21
AC 101Financial Accounting 3
AC 102Managerial Accounting 3
AC 116QuickBooks 3
BU ELEBusiness Electives 6
BU 103Foundations of Business 3
BU 105Business Communications 3
BU 150Financial Planning 3
BU 209Business Professional Development 3
BU 220Business Ethics 3
CE 101College Experience 1
CS ELEComputer Science Elective OR
Computer Information Elective
CI ELEComputer Information Elective 3
CP 101Job Search Preparation 1
GN ELEGeneral Electives 3
Program Credits:40
Minimum Credits:61

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