Business - Accounting (A.A.S.)

Accounting Degree

The Accounting degree program is part of the college's core business program and is aimed at the student who wants to focus his or her studies in accounting and also receive a solid business foundation.

Second-year coursework in accounting computerized systems, federal income tax and other electives allow you to explore the many specializations associated with the field of accounting.

This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation. Some graduates may wish to transfer to a four-year institution and articulation agreements exist with several colleges.

This program is offered by the Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Marketing Department.

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Program Highlights

  • Students will learn to use some of the most commonly-used accounting software in use.
  • Second year electives include: Accounting Computerized Systems, Federal Income Tax, Not-For-Profit Accounting and Auditing.
  • Degree requirements can be met through either full- or part-time study and through day, evening and online offerings.

Online Program can be completed by attending online.

Evening Program can be completed by attending entirely in the evening.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in a many business settings for those who complete the Accounting degree program. Graduates may also choose to continue their education at a four-year college or university. Career titles include: Staff Accountant, Full Charge Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Payroll Clerk.

Recent employers have included: Computer Sciences Corp.; Farm Family Insurance; LeChase Construction; NYS Comptroller's Office; NYS Department of Tax and Finance; NYS Office of Medicaid Inspector General; NYS Unified Teachers; Pioneer Bank; Pitney Bowes Corporation; Questar III BOCES; Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department; Seton Health Systems; St. Gobain Abrasives; Times Union; Witham Enterprises; and Yankee Business Solutions.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Many accounting positions require a bachelor's degree or higher and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Accountants and Auditors, $67,190; Bookkeeping, Accounting or Audit Clerk, $37,250.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge in the core areas of accounting and business.
  2. Apply the use of technology in an accounting and business environment.
  3. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Exhibit an understanding of ethical issues in accounting and business situations.
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to quantitative solutions in accounting and business scenarios.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Ricky P. Thibodeau
Department Chairperson
Brahan Hall, Room 220
(518) 629-7148

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309