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About Accounting

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. Their duties include interpreting financial information and preparing reports for business executives and government regulatory agencies. Advancement includes senior accountant, controller, treasurer, and chief financial officer positions.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Programs Offered

Associate in Science Degree Option

  • Accounting

Certificate of Achievement Options

  • CPA Track Candidate (formerly Professional Accountant)
  • Small Business Tax Practice
  • Staff Accountant (formerly General Accountant) (formerly Accounting)

Department Certificate Option

  • Business Bookkeeping (formerly Computer Accounting)

Transfer Options and Opportunities

SMC students have many options and opportunities for transfer. Make your choice and see what you need to qualify.

Completion of major requirements does not satisfy all transfer admission requirements to UC, CSU, California Private, Out of State, or International institutions.

Please note: Not all schools offer this major.

For additional information visit the Business department website.