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Accounting Program Code 101011

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay and Marinette campuses. Most first year program courses available at Sturgeon Bay campus. For information in Green Bay: (920) 498-5444. For information in Marinette: (715) 735-9361. For information in Sturgeon Bay: (920) 746-4900. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Accounting prepares students for positions as accountants. Accountants work with accounting systems, analyze business records, prepare financial reports, and supervise bookkeepers.

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Accounts Payable/Receivable Accountant: records and pays bills of the company, records receivables transactions, bills customers at regular intervals, records charges and payments.

Payroll Accountant: handles the payroll for a business; end-of-period reports; time cards; computes overtime, deducts taxes, and prepares payroll checks; and reconciles payroll accounts.

Inventory Control Accountant: records receipt and dispersal of goods using a perpetual inventory system, assigns costs using an inventory valuation method.

Cost Accountant: determines cost of products manufactured; determines variations from standards in labor, materials, and overhead; prepares budgets; and prepares various management reports.

Public Accountant: keeps records for small business; prepares payroll records; prepares financial records, income statements, and balance sheets.

Accountant: keeps financial records, prepares financial records (income statements, balance sheets, budgets, and summary reports), and analyzes accounts.

Tax Accountant: prepares tax returns for both state and federal governments, assists in tax planning and tax shelters, and files payroll reports and quarterly reports as required by government agencies.

Governmental/Nonprofit Accountant: keeps records of governmental/nonprofit agencies using the fund method of accounting.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Auditor
. Certified Public Accountant
. Comptroller
. Treasurer
. Trust Officer

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

. 311011, Accounting Assistant Technical Diploma
. 901011, Small Business Bookkeeping Certificate

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Program Outcomes

. Manage general ledger.
. Manage accounts receivable.
. Manage accounts payable.
. Maintain inventory control.
. Prepare payroll.
. Prepare income taxes.
. Account for fixed assets.
. Perform job order cost accounting.
. Perform process cost accounting.
. Perform standard cost accounting.
. Analyze financial statements.
. Prepare budgets.
. Manage cash flows.
. Use corporate accounting procedures.
. Analyze accounting information to make appropriate decisions.
. Perform reconciliation procedures.
. Create spreadsheets.
. Perform accounting functions using computerized accounting packages.
. Demonstrate proficiency in math using table top calculator and T.I. Business Analyst calculator.
. Perform activity-based costing.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to
. Basic math (algebra recommended).
. Ability to use computer keyboard.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Compass) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Pre-Algebra: 27; Reading: 70; Writing Skills: 74. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.


Students following the study plan below will complete the Accounting associate degree in the number of semesters shown.


10-101-107 Accounting Applications/Proc
10-101-110 Accounting 1
10-103-121 Micro: Word-Intro
10-103-131 Micro: Excel-Intro
10-103-132 Micro: Excel-Part 2
10-105-101 Career Planning
10-801-136 English Composition 1
10-804-123 Math w Business Apps
* 10-890-101 College 101

10-101-105 Accounting-Computer Ledger
10-101-120 Accounting 2
10-101-151 Accounting-Payroll
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations

10-101-131 Accounting-Intermediate
10-101-134 Accounting-Cost
10-101-143 Accounting-Govern/Nonprofit
10-101-154 Accounting-Personal Tax
10-101-189 Accounting-Applying Quickbooks
10-105-103 Career Preparation

10-101-142 Accounting-Managerial
10-101-152 Accounting-Business Tax
10-101-153 Accounting-Computerized Tax
10-101-156 Accounting-Auto Appl
10-101-199 Accounting Career Experience
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
10-809-195 Economics


Curriculum Note
* The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.


These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-101-105 ACCOUNTING-COMPUTER LEDGER ...applications on calculators or keypad such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percent, and computers using Microsoft Excel. (Prerequisites: 10-101-110, Accounting 1; 10-103-131, Micro: Excel-Intro; 10-103-132, Micro: Excel-Part 2 )

10-101-107 ACCOUNTING APPLICATIONS AND PROCEDURES ...use of financial calculator, checkbook records, purchasing, shipping/receiving, A/R, and A/P systems, markups, discounts, credit charges, time value of money, depreciation methods, inventory methods, and financial statement analysis. (Corequisite: 10-804-123, Math w/Business Apps)

10-101-110 ACCOUNTING 1 ...accounting principles, financial statements, business transactions, accounting cycles/systems, specialized journals, accounting for cash and receivables for sole proprietorships in service or merchandising businesses.

10-101-120 ACCOUNTING 2 ...inventories, fixed assets, current liabilities including payroll and notes payable, business formations, capital stocks, dividends, bonds, cash flow statements, and financial statement analysis. (Prerequisites: 10-101-110, Accounting 1; 10-101-107, Accounting Applications and Procedures)

10-101-131 ACCOUNTING-INTERMEDIATE ...understand income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, cash and receivables, inventories and cost of goods sold, noncurrent operating assets, earnings per share, accounting changes and corrections, financial statement analysis. (Prerequisite: 10-101-120, Accounting 2)

10-101-134 ACCOUNTING-COST ...contemporary cost environments and issues; selecting, analyzing, and tracking costs; production costing methods: job order, process, standard costs, by-product, and joint costing. (Prerequisites: 10-101-105, Accounting-Computer Ledger; 10-101-120, Accounting 2)

10-101-142 ACCOUNTING-MANAGERIAL ...cost behavioral patterns, cost-volume-profit relationships, segment reporting, profit planning, budgets and overhead analysis, decentralized operations, pricing decisions, capital investment decisions, and service department costing. (Prerequisite: 10-101-134, Accounting-Cost)

10-101-143 ACCOUNTING-GOVERNMENTAL & NONPROFIT ...use fundamental knowledge for understanding the operation of governmental and nonprofit entities, their accounting, and financial reporting practices and the standards that shape their accounting and financial reporting systems. (Prerequisite: 10-101-120, Accounting 2)

10-101-151 ACCOUNTING-PAYROLL ...payroll and personnel records, social security, withholding tax, unemployment compensation, time sheets and time-keeping records, and legal aspects of payroll. (Prerequisite: 10-101-110, Accounting 1)

10-101-152 ACCOUNTING-BUSINESS TAX ...learners will be introduced to federal tax laws as they apply to business entities and will prepare business income tax returns. (Prerequisite: 10-101-154, Accounting-Personal Tax)

10-101-153 ACCOUNTING-COMPUTERIZED TAX ...learners will prepare individual income tax returns using a commercial software package. Requires completion of the Accounting-Personal Tax course. (Prerequisite: 10-101-154, Accounting-Personal Tax)

10-101-154 ACCOUNTING-PERSONAL TAX ...history and research of tax law and regulations; preparation of federal individual income taxes including forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ, and supporting schedules and forms. (Prerequisite: 10-101-120, Accounting 2)

10-101-156 ACCOUNTING-AUTOMATED APPLICATIONS ...Windows, file management, worksheet applications, database applications, macros, evaluation of accounting software, installation of software, and conversion of manual accounting system to a computerized system. (Prerequisites: 10-101-120, Accounting 2; 10-101-105, Accounting-Computer Ledger; 10-801-136, English Composition I; 10-804-123, Math w Business Apps)

10-101-189 ACCOUNTING-APPLYING QUICKBOOKS ...learners will be introduced to basic and advanced features of Quickbooks and will apply skills in realistic business simulations including creating accounts, invoicing, budgeting, preparing statements, journalizing and graphing. (Prerequisite: 10-101-110, Accounting 1)

10-101-199 ACCOUNTING CAREER EXPERIENCE ...students can select any hands on experience related to: Internship, Field Research, Service Learning, Simulations, Capstone, Industry Related or International. Instructor approval required. (Prerequisite: 10-105-103, Career Preparation; Corequisite: 10-101-142, Accounting Managerial)

10-103-121 MICRO: WORD-INTRODUCTION ...word processing basics including creating, revising, formatting, printing; sections, tabs, multiple-page numbering; manipulating text; creating headers/footers; creating/formatting tables, graphics; and merging documents. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.

10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...creating a worksheet, enhancing worksheet appearance, moving and copying data, using formulas and functions, creating charts and using clip art. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.

10-103-132 MICRO: EXCEL-PART 2 ...advanced formatting techniques and functions, working with templates, collaborating with multiple Excel users, creating macros, Excel's database features and analysis tools. (Corequisite: 10-103-131, Micro: Excel-Intro)

10-105-101 CAREER PLANNING ...experiential learning introduction. Learn how personal branding allows candidates to differentiate themselves from the competition through appearance, personality, and marketing competency. Career portfolio introduced. (Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101).

10-105-103 CAREER PREPARATION ...create professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, understand interviewing techniques, participate in a mock interview. Submission of experiential learning proposal. (Prerequisites: 10-105-101, Career Planning; 10-801-136, English Composition 1)

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS ...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass-Reading=70 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading=70 AND Compass Writing Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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