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Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

Accounting

Career/Technical
AS Degree in Accounting
Certificate of Achievement in Accounting
Certificate in Account Clerk
Certificate in Tax Preparer

Accounting Program
Patrick Christensen, Chair (530) 895-2598
Department Office: BE 116 (530) 895-2371
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

About the Program
The Accounting program is designed to teach students accounting principles and practices. The objective is to provide students with employable business skills and provide a framework for the further study of accounting and related business programs.

Students planning an accounting career should be detail-oriented, be able to analyze and interpret facts and figures quickly and accurately, and make sound decisions. They must also be able to communicate the results. Patience, persistence, self-discipline, and concentration are essential. High school students considering an accounting career are encouraged to take English, mathematics, computer, accounting, and related business courses.

Career Opportunities
The Accounting program is designed to enable students to: set up, complete, adjust, and summarize records of business activities according to accepted accounting principles and techniques; use accounting information to enhance business planning, decision making, problem solving, and management control; and apply both financial and managerial accounting principles and techniques.
Accounting employment opportunities are expected to increase faster than for many other occupations due to pressure on business and governmental agencies to improve their financial accountability. Demand for skilled accountants will rise as managers rely more on accounting information to make decisions. Knowledge of basic computer applications is essential.

Gainful Employment Information
Certificate of Achievement in Accounting:
www.butte.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment/0130800CA.html

To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AS Degree in Accounting 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Accumulate, record, and analyze financial data.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.
  • Understand accounting and business terminology used in business scenarios, and be proficient with commonly used office software programs.
Required courses for the major: 39 Units

ACCT 4 Managerial Accounting Has prerequisite(s)4
ACCT 30 Accounting Capstone Has prerequisite(s)4
Electives - Select 3 units from the following:3


Certificate of Achievement in Accounting 28 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Accumulate, record, and analyze financial data.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.
  • Understand accounting and business terminology used in business scenarios, and be proficient with commonly used office software programs.
Required courses for the certificate:
Electives - Select 3 units from the following:3


Certificate in Account Clerk 14 - 15 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Utilize double entry bookkeeping system to record common business transactions.
  • Employ accounting and business terminology to describe business transactions and scenarios.
  • Record payables and receivables using QuickBooks or similar accounting programs.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with commonly used office software programs.
Required courses for the certificate:
Electives - Select 3 units from the following:3


Certificate in Tax Preparer 15 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Understand accounting and business terminology used in business scenarios, and be proficient with commonly used office software programs.
  • Recognize and apply basic state and federal income taxation laws to individual tax return forms.
Required courses for the certificate:
Electives - Select 3 units from the following:3

Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information 530.895.2511

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