Accounting Associate's Degree

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Accounting Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Financial Accounting I
  • Financial Accounting II
  • Payroll Accounting
  • Income Tax
  • Financial Investigation
  • Accounting Capstone
  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Management
  • Business Law
  • Professional Communication
  • Business Ethics
  • Computer Applications and Business Systems
  • Excel
  • Computer Focused Principles
  • Career Development
  • Financial Markets and Institutions

This course defines accounting objectives and their relation to business. The student will be taught the fundamental principles of bookkeeping. The trial balance, working papers, financial statements, and completing an accounting cycle are introduced. The course will emphasize valuing assets, including property, plant and equipment, inventory, and accounts receivable, and will address the classification of accounts, notes, payroll liabilities, and monthly adjustments.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: A140
Credits: 4


This course is a further continuation of Financial Accounting I and will stress financial statement analysis for partnerships and corporations. It will also emphasize corporate accounting, corporate issuing and investing in debt and equity securities, financial and cash-flow analysis, and decision-making. The course will include manufacturing accounting methods used for budgeting and forecasting.

Prerequisite:Financial Accounting I

Course ID: A141
Credits: 4


Focus is on computing and paying of wages and salaries, social security taxes and benefits, federal and state employment insurance and taxes, and payroll accounting systems and records.

Prerequisite:Financial Accounting I

Course ID: A177
Credits: 4


This course is designed to provide knowledge of the rights, options, and requirements in filing returns for the individual and small business.

Prerequisite:Financial Accounting II

Course ID: A269
Credits: 4


This course will introduce students to the field of fraud examination and how fraud occurs and is detected within financial statements. This course will expand in areas of revenue, inventory, liabilities, assets, and inadequate disclosures related to financial statement investigations and fraud.

Prerequisite:Financial Accounting II

Course ID: A276
Credits: 4


This course will be a synthesis of the accounting, business, and general education courses offered in the Accounting Associate's degree program. A study of emerging issues and timely topics in financial accounting, professional ethics, and transferable skills necessary for the success of an accounting graduate, and accounting careers will be discussed. This course focuses on research, case analysis, and interpersonal communication and class presentations. Students have the opportunity to participate in an optional internship/externship project.

Prerequisite:Offered last or second-to-last quarter for Associate's degree students.

Course ID: A280
Credits: 2


This course is a study of the characteristics and functions of business in a free enterprise environment and how business impacts the economy in which we live. Characteristics studied may include opportunities, organizations, management, marketing, analysis and any other activities related to general ownership and operation.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: B136
Credits: 4


This course serves as an introduction to the marketing concept, integrating seven key marketing perspectives. Topics include consumer buying behavior, business-to-business markets and organizational buying behavior, market research techniques, fundamental pricing concepts, marketing channels and logistics, integrated marketing communications, and marketing's role in electronic commerce.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: B232
Credits: 4


Students enrolled in this course will develop managerial skills and insights by studying management practices. In addition, they will develop an understanding of the manager/ employee relationship and the legal and ethical issues that impact these relationships. This course includes educational resources from Harvard Business Publishing.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: B233
Credits: 4


This course presents fundamental principles of law applicable to business transactions. The course relates areas of legal environment of business and sales contracts. Principles of law that apply to government, regulations, commercial paper, property, bailments, agency and business organizations are addressed.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: B234
Credits: 4


This course teaches communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for audiences in diverse communities and disciplines. To equip students to communicate effectively, this course emphasizes thinking and writing within global contexts, in collaborative situations, and in various electronic environments.

Course ID: B271
Credits: 4


This course presents an examination of current moral and ethical issues that arise in the world of business, as well as an analysis of the main theories of moral obligation, right and wrong action, and good and bad values.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: B293
Credits: 4


This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: D132
Credits: 3


This course is designed to investigate the advanced applications and concepts available in Microsoft Office Excel. Students will be introduced to electronic spreadsheet features ranging from the data input and manipulation to charting and PivotTables. This course is designed to help prepare students for the Excel portion of the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam.

Prerequisite:Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts

Course ID: D181
Credits: 3


This course is designed to teach students to accomplish common accounting functions through the use of the computer. Students will learn to maintain accounting records on a computer, input and process information and produce standard accounting reports. This course covers common accounting functions such as maintaining accounts receivable, accounts payable and general ledgers.

Prerequisite:College-level financial accounting

Course ID: D279
Credits: 3


This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: E242
Credits: 2


This course is the standard introduction to the banking profession, financial markets, and financial institutions. It touches on nearly every aspect of financial services, from the fundamentals of negotiable instruments to contemporary issues and developments within the industry.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: F108
Credits: 4

General Education Courses

English Composition (Required course)

  • English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Course ID: G124
Credits: 4

Communication (Select 1 course)

  • English Composition 2
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Oral Communication

This course builds on students' understanding of the writing process through an exploration of various writing strategies and research. Students will analyze readings and apply critical reading and writing skills. This course will develop argumentative writing and application of research.

Prerequisite:English Composition

Course ID: G126A
Credits: 4


The course will introduce students to basic models and theories of the communication process. Students will learn about a variety of elements involved in communication. They will also explore how factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and gender influence communication. Students will focus on developing an awareness of the effects of various types of communication on themselves and others. They will also develop practical skills for improving their ability to communicate in personal, social and professional contexts. Specific topics will include perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening and communicating in culturally diverse settings.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G141
Credits: 4


This course will present students with a broad understanding of communication in a variety of contexts. Students will learn the processes and strategies of oral communication by exploring speech anxiety, audience analysis, and organizational speech patterns. Students will research, use supporting materials, and use effective language to develop and present a narrative, informative and persuasive speech.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G227
Credits: 4

Humanities (Select 2 courses)

  • Humanities
  • Film Appreciation
  • Art Appreciation
  • Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Conversational Spanish

This course investigates human creative achievement. It is designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of cultural literacy and the pursuit of humanitarian goals. Representative disciplines may include art, music, literature, architecture, drama, and philosophy.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G125
Credits: 4


Students will study different elements, forms, techniques and styles of film and will learn a critical approach to film and the motion picture industry. Students will critique films and filmmakers through various approaches and assessments that demonstrate analysis, interpretation, and evaluation skills as well as fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of film as an art form.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G145
Credits: 4


Students will examine the historical, social, and technological factors that contribute to understanding the function and meaning of art in this course. Using a global and thematic approach, students will be introduced to the basic elements of art, while learning about a full range of media used to make art, and the fundamental concepts of art criticism. Western and non-Western art is represented, with a strong emphasis on a global perspective in relation to culture, communication, politics, and economics.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G147
Credits: 4


This course will develop the student's talents in creative writing. Various forms of writing will be studied, such as short stories, novels, poems, plays and non-fiction. Works by students and others will be critiqued. Students will also develop editorial skills so that each writer may revise and improve his/her work. Students will compose a minimum of 6000 words over the course of the program.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G201
Credits: 4


A study of the rules of valid judging and reasoning, both inductive and deductive, in a traditional, language-centered context rather than a symbolic context. Logical analysis of both formal and informal fallacies and of the consistency and logical consequences of a given set of statements. Logical analysis is applied to concrete problems dealing with our knowledge of reality.

Prerequisite:English Composition

Course ID: G224
Credits: 4


This course offers an introduction to the most common literary genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and literary non-fiction. Students will study the basic elements of each genre, learn how to compare genres, become familiar with sample texts that illustrate the particularities of each genre, and practice the skills of analyzing and writing about literary texts. Reading and analysis of texts will include a variety of literary forms and periods. Students will engage in approaches to determine literary meaning, form, and value.

Prerequisite:none [English Composition recommended]

Course ID: G230
Credits: 4


This course focuses on common words and phrases students need to develop a working vocabulary which will enable them to communicate with Spanish-speaking individuals in their personal and professional lives. Although oral communication is stressed, included is an overview of Spanish grammar, phonetic pronunciation and Hispanic culture.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G238
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 2 courses)

  • Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • Scientific Literacy
  • General Education Mathematics
  • Introduction to Human Biology
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Introduction to Geology

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Course ID: G150
Credits: 4


In this course students will explore the role that science plays in the world. Students will survey different natural sciences such as: biology, health sciences, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology; as well as analyze specific case studies from these fields. Throughout the course students will develop their scientific reasoning skills. They will learn about the scientific method as well as how to detect common fallacies and misuses of science.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G152
Credits: 4


This course introduces students to topics from modern mathematics that are relevant to everyday life and not typically covered in the standard college math sequence. Students will be exposed to a variety of mathematical tools from diverse branches of mathematics. They will utilize these tools to solve interesting real-world problems. Topics may include, but are not limited to, game theory, graph theory, the mathematics of growth, applications of geometry, probability, and statistics.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G180
Credits: 4


Students will explore fundamental concepts of human biology. They will examine cell structure and function, body systems, and biochemistry. They will also learn basic concepts of genetics and evolution. Students will explore the relationship of human populations and the ecosystem. Students will complete laboratory exercise coordinated with course content.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G231
Credits: 4


This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G233
Credits: 4


Examines astronomical phenomena and concepts, including the solar system, stars and galaxies, planetary motions, atoms and radiation, and the origin and evolution of the universe.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G239
Credits: 4


Examines basic geologic principles from a physical or historical perspective. Includes such topics as the formation of rocks and minerals; internal and external processes modifying the earth's surface and phenomena; and the evolutionary history of the earth, including its life forms, oceans and atmosphere.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G245
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Required courses)

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of macroeconomics, which deals with the economy as a whole. An overview of the American economy will be explored through a study of basic supply and demand analysis and a review of fiscal and monetary policy to phases of the business cycle. Unemployment, inflation, GDP, and policy decisions which affect the American economy at home and abroad will be covered.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G203
Credits: 4


Students will be introduced to the field of microeconomics in this course, including theories of production, determination of prices, and distribution of income in regulated and unregulated industries. Other topics may include industrial relations, monopolies, and comparative economic systems.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: G204
Credits: 4

Foundation Courses

  • Practical Math

Mathematics is learned through communication. In this course, students will learn to communicate how problems are solved and how solving problems can be applied in real-world settings. Students will have opportunities to learn multiple problem solving strategies. This course also provides practice and skill problems.

Course ID: B087
Credits: 4

Total Associate's Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 32

Major and Core Credits: 61

Total AAS Degree Credits: 93*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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