About the Accounting Program

General accountants examine financial records of municipal, county, state, and federal agencies for compliance with laws. They record transactions, such as receivable, payable, payroll, property into a general ledger. Corporate accountants set up and design accounting‐bookkeeping systems and procedures, risk management programs, tax law and finance methods, record financial transactions, and analyze and evaluate financial records for businesses. Courses in this program will prepare you for either career path.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science Degree in Accounting Associate in Science Degree Icon

28 credits + General Education Requirements

This program is for bookkeepers and accounting clerks who want to advance to a higher professional level. Business owners can strengthen their businesses with best ethical practices and compliance with current accounting standards and laws. Accountants may acquire specialized knowledge of accounting which include the setting up and designing of an effective accounting system, the interpretation and preparation of financial and tax information, the reporting for business executives, partnerships, nonprofit and governmental agencies.

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Staff Accountant Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Achievement Icon

16 credits

This program is for bookkeepers and accounting clerks who want to advance to a higher professional level. Business owners can strengthen their businesses with best practices and compliance with current accounting standards and laws. Accountants may acquire specialized knowledge of accounting which include the setting up and designing of an effective accounting system, and the interpretation and preparation of financial and tax information. Students completing this Certificate of Achievement may wish to pursue the Accounting Associate Degree by satisfying additional requirements.

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CPA Track Candidate Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Achievement Icon

24 credits

After completing this program, students possess a range of accounting skills and an understanding of all the concepts tested on the Certified Public Accounting exam. These include GAAP, cost accounting, accounting forincome taxes, accounting ethics, professional auditing responsibilities and analysis of complex and advanced accounting topics. For information on the CPA exam, please see the California Board of Accountancy website (www.dca.ca.gov/cba/).

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Business Bookkeeping, Department Certificate “Department

12 credits

The bookkeeping certificate program is designed to provide students with basic accounting skills and knowledge necessary to obtain entry-level accounting and other accounting support positions in small and medium sized businesses..

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CPA Exam Information

Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Treasurers and Controllers Bachelor's Degree $137,441
Financial Managers, Branch or Department Bachelor's Degree $137,441
Accountants Bachelor's Degree $71,856
Auditors Bachelor's Degree $71,856
Budget Analysts Bachelor's Degree $90,293
Credit Analysts Bachelor's Degree $86,878
Financial Analysts Bachelor's Degree $90,438
Financial Examiners Bachelor's Degree $76,586
Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents High School Diploma or Less $45,048
Tax Preparers High School Diploma or Less $43,127
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks High School Diploma or Less $44,060
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks Bachelor's Degree $53,123
Brokerage Clerks Bachelor's Degree $46,987
Statistical Assistants Bachelor's Degree $46,987