Business: Accounting

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5002 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 01702 admissions@sunyulster.edu

Program Description
The Business: Accounting Program, leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree, is designed for students planning to seek accounting positions in business, industry, or government upon completion of two years of college study. The program also meets the needs of employed individuals seeking to learn applications of accounting theory as practiced in the field. Although the program can be used to prepare for further study at four‐year colleges leading to the baccalaureate degree, it is recommended that students who intend to continue to study beyond the A.A.S. degree consult with an advisor prior to registration and consider the Business Administration (Transfer‐Oriented) Program as an alternative.


Program Outcomes
At the completion of the A.A.S. Business Accounting Degree program, a student will be able to

  • Perform bookkeeping tasks including the maintenance of general and subsidiary ledgers;
  • Perform accounting‐related tasks using spreadsheets and accounting software;
  • Calculate solutions to quantifiable business and financial problems;
  • Compile and maintain complex payroll data;
  • Communicate technical accounting information to business clients;
  • Understand the tax and filing requirements for small businesses;
  • Understand how basic principles of economics apply to business;
  • Develop techniques of working productively with others;
  • Understand the elements of a complete business plan which address the ethical, environmental and social responsibility of business.

Employment Potential
Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry into the accounting profession at a paraprofessional level through such positions as bookkeeper, accounting technician, accounting clerk, accounts payable or receivable clerk, payroll clerk, and other entry-level accounting positions.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

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