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Accounting, AAS - Academic Plan


Total Credits = 61

This program is designed to prepare the student for entry-level positions in the bookkeeping/accounting field. This would include clerical positions in specialized areas such as accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll, as well as positions with a more total involvement in accounting.

Students can earn the Accounting Clerk Certificate in the first two semesters of the AAS Accounting Full-Time Track, enabling them to work in an entry level clerk position while finishing their accounting degree. The classes for this Certificate are part of the academic plan for the AAS Accounting.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills essential to success in the profession.
  • Recall the core technical concepts used in the profession.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use software and technology tools in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Develop the ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment.

Recommended Course Sequence (Full-Time Track)

Recommended Course Sequence (Part-Time Track)


  • Electives: Any course from BTE, BUS, ECO, FIN, INV, MAN, MAR, ACC, CIS, CNG, or CSC.
  • To earn the Accounting Clerk Certificate, complete the following courses in the first two semesters of the AAS Accounting Full-Time Track: ACC 1021, ACC 1015, BUS 1015 (choose as an elective), CIS 1055 (choose as an elective), and FIN 1010 .
  • *This course requires college level readiness as measured by Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores; approved high school course work that is less than five years old; or successful completion of appropriate college-readiness course.
  • AAA 1001 – College 101: Student Experience is required for all new college students seeking degrees or transfer.
  • Course availability is subject to change.
  • In order to meet program requirements, students registered for ENG 1021 or ENG 1031 must also register for ENG 0094 unless they can demonstrate otherwise meeting the ENG 0094 standard through assessment testing, prior college coursework, or recent high school coursework. See an advisor for details.
  • Recommended courses may be listed above for certain electives; consult with the Academic Advising Office (advising [at] arapahoe [dot] edu or 303.797.5664) for additional elective recommendations.
  • Refer to 2023/2024 catalog for specific requirements and important information about this degree