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SMC|Academic Programs|Business Department|Accounting Program

Accounting Program

Programs in accounting prepare students for work as accountants, examining and preparing financial records for private industry, government agencies, individuals, and non-profit entities. General accountants use computers to record transactions, such as receivables, payables, payroll and property into a general ledger. Corporate accountants set up and design accounting systems and procedures, risk management programs, and analyze and evaluate financial records for businesses. Their duties include ensuring legal compliance, interpreting financial information and preparing reports for business executives and government regulatory agencies. Advancement includes opportunities as senior accountant, controller, treasurer, and chief financial officer. Certified Professional Accountants (CPAs) are those who have attained professional certification by the state.

  • Associate in Arts Degree in Accounting
  • Certificate of Achievement in Accounting (3 options)
  • Department Certificate in Computer Accounting
  • Identified curriculum for holders of a bachelor's degree to sit for the CPA Board Exam.

You must apply for Certificates of Achievement and A.A. degrees at the Admissions office.​

​​​All department certificates under 18 units are to be submitted to the Business office located in B220. You must attach a copy of your transcript to the application. You may log into Corsair Connect to download a copy of your unofficial transcript. Please highlight or underline the courses required for the certificate on your transcript. Applications can be submitted by mail or by email to the department administrative assistant​​. Certificates take up to 3 weeks to process. All certificates will be mailed to the address provided on the application.

Degree and Certificate Requirements (PDF)

Course Descriptions​ ​(PDF)