Accounting

The Accounting program prepares you for a career in the public, private, governmental and not-for-profit sectors. Accountants specialize in financial and managerial accounting, auditing, tax, financial analysis and budgeting. Students have three options including the A.S. and A.A.S degrees and Certificate.

The A.S. degree is for transfer to an accounting program at a four year college or university. With additional education and work experience, you will find many employment opportunities including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA), controller or business manager.

The A.A.S. degree prepares you with the skills needed for a paraprofessional entry-level position in accounting. Employment possibilities include staff accountant, accounting specialist, clerk, cost accountant, accounts payable/receivable coordinator, and payroll accountant.

The Certificate program is designed to give you the specialized set of tools you will need for immediate employment in a broad range of entry-level accounting positions or to upgrade your existing skills.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants is expected to grow 22 percent between 2008-18, much faster than the average expected growth for other occupations.

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Program Chair

Gary Ford

Gary Ford

Professor, Accounting

Gary is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the NY State Society of CPAs. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage and Master of Science in Accounting from SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica/Rome.

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Transfer Options

Recent graduates have continued their education at a four-year college or university. Transfer institutions include:

  • Cornell University
  • Ithaca College
  • Binghamton University
  • University at Albany
  • Baruch College
  • Fordham University
  • University at Buffalo
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Delhi
  • Empire State College

Highlighted Courses

Not all of the highlighted courses are required in each degree or certificate in this program area. Please be sure to check the degree requirements tab for details about the requirements for each degree or certificate.

Degree Requirements

A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 63 credits

Note: A grade of "C" or higher is required in ENGL 100, and in all ACCT and BUAD courses.

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 17
ACCT101, Principles of Accounting I, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ACCT 101.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CAPS111, Introduction to Word Processing, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CAPS121, Introduction to Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CAPS131, Introduction to Databases, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100. A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit SUNY GEN ED Elective. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 4
MATH120, College Algebra Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH201, Calculus I Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
For the two SUNY GEN ED Restricted Electives in the degree, students must select coursework from two different areas chosen from the following: 4-American History, 5-Western Civilization, 6-Other World Civilizations, 8-The Arts, and 9-Foreign Language.
American History
HSTY201, American History to 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY202, American History Since 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY225, African American History, 3 cr.
HSTY233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.
HSTY255, Labor History, 3 cr.
WGST233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.

Western Civilization
ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
HSTY101, Development of the Western Tradition I, 3 cr.
HSTY102, Development of the Western Tradition II, 3 cr.

Other World Civilizations
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
ANTH260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
HSTY110, World History to 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY111, World History Since 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
HSTY252, Native American History: Colonial Policies, 3 cr.
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
HUMN232, Introduction to World Religions, 3 cr.
IED260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
POSC245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
POSC260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
RECR150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCE150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCI220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
SOCI225, Globalization & the Contemporary World, 3 cr.

The Arts
ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
ART102, History and Appreciation of Art II, 3 cr.
ART109, Graphic Design, 3 cr.
ART110, Design I, 3 cr.
ART111, Photography I, 3 cr.
ART112, Photography II, 3 cr.
ART114, Design II, 3 cr.
ART115, Painting I, 3 cr.
ART120, Drawing I, 3 cr.
ART122, Drawing II, 3 cr.
ART130, Ceramics, 3 cr.
ART180, Typography, 3 cr.
ART200, Illustration, 3 cr.
ART270, Computer Graphics I, 3 cr.
ART271, Computer Graphics II, 3 cr.
ENGL105, Beginning Acting, 3 cr.
ENGL200, Screenwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL212, Fiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL255, Writing the Dramatic Television Series, 3 cr.
ENGL256, Playwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL262, Poetry Writing, 3 cr.
MUSI101, Music Appreciation, 3 cr.
RECR215, Recreation and the Expressive Arts, 3 cr.
SOCE258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.

Foreign Language
ARAB101, Arabic I, 3 cr.
ARAB102, Arabic II, 3 cr.
CHIN101, Mandarin Chinese I, 3 cr.
CHIN102, Mandarin Chinese II, 3 cr.
FREN101, French I, 3 cr.
FREN102, French II, 3 cr.
FREN201, Intermediate French I, 3 cr.
FREN202, Intermediate French II, 3 cr.
GERM101, Beginning German I, 3 cr.
GERM102, Beginning German II, 3 cr.
ITAL101, Italian I, 3 cr.
ITAL102, Italian II, 3 cr.
RUSN101, Russian I, 3 cr.
RUSN102, Russian II, 3 cr.
SPAN101, Beginning Spanish I, 4 cr.
SPAN102, Beginning Spanish II, 3 cr.
SPAN201, Intermediate Spanish I, 3 cr.
SPAN202, Intermediate Spanish II, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16
ACCT102, Principles of Accounting II, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ACCT 102.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
For the two SUNY GEN ED Restricted Electives in the degree, students must select coursework from two different areas chosen from the following: 4-American History, 5-Western Civilization, 6-Other World Civilizations, 8-The Arts, and 9-Foreign Language.
American History
HSTY201, American History to 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY202, American History Since 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY225, African American History, 3 cr.
HSTY233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.
HSTY255, Labor History, 3 cr.
WGST233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.

Western Civilization
ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
HSTY101, Development of the Western Tradition I, 3 cr.
HSTY102, Development of the Western Tradition II, 3 cr.

Other World Civilizations
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
ANTH260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
HSTY110, World History to 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY111, World History Since 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
HSTY252, Native American History: Colonial Policies, 3 cr.
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
HUMN232, Introduction to World Religions, 3 cr.
IED260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
POSC245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
POSC260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
RECR150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCE150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCI220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
SOCI225, Globalization & the Contemporary World, 3 cr.

The Arts
ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
ART102, History and Appreciation of Art II, 3 cr.
ART109, Graphic Design, 3 cr.
ART110, Design I, 3 cr.
ART111, Photography I, 3 cr.
ART112, Photography II, 3 cr.
ART114, Design II, 3 cr.
ART115, Painting I, 3 cr.
ART120, Drawing I, 3 cr.
ART122, Drawing II, 3 cr.
ART130, Ceramics, 3 cr.
ART180, Typography, 3 cr.
ART200, Illustration, 3 cr.
ART270, Computer Graphics I, 3 cr.
ART271, Computer Graphics II, 3 cr.
ENGL105, Beginning Acting, 3 cr.
ENGL200, Screenwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL212, Fiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL255, Writing the Dramatic Television Series, 3 cr.
ENGL256, Playwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL262, Poetry Writing, 3 cr.
MUSI101, Music Appreciation, 3 cr.
RECR215, Recreation and the Expressive Arts, 3 cr.
SOCE258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.

Foreign Language
ARAB101, Arabic I, 3 cr.
ARAB102, Arabic II, 3 cr.
CHIN101, Mandarin Chinese I, 3 cr.
CHIN102, Mandarin Chinese II, 3 cr.
FREN101, French I, 3 cr.
FREN102, French II, 3 cr.
FREN201, Intermediate French I, 3 cr.
FREN202, Intermediate French II, 3 cr.
GERM101, Beginning German I, 3 cr.
GERM102, Beginning German II, 3 cr.
ITAL101, Italian I, 3 cr.
ITAL102, Italian II, 3 cr.
RUSN101, Russian I, 3 cr.
RUSN102, Russian II, 3 cr.
SPAN101, Beginning Spanish I, 4 cr.
SPAN102, Beginning Spanish II, 3 cr.
SPAN201, Intermediate Spanish I, 3 cr.
SPAN202, Intermediate Spanish II, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
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Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
BUAD201, Business Law I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BUAD 201.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ECON120, Principles of Microeconomics, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
BUAD202, Business Law II, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BUAD 202. BUAD 202 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ECON121, Principles of Macroeconomics, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
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Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
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SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.

Degree Requirements

A.A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 60 credits

Note: A grade of "C" or higher is required in ENGL 100 and in each of the major courses: ACCT 101, 102, 120, 203, 204, 205, and 207.

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 13
ACCT101, Principles of Accounting I, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ACCT 101.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
BUAD106, Foundations of Business, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CAPS121, Introduction to Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CAPS131, Introduction to Databases, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100. A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit Liberal Arts Elective. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 1 credit from the courses listed below:
CAPS@
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16
ACCT102, Principles of Accounting II, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ACCT 102.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ACCT120, Accounting on Microcomputers, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ACCT 120. ACCT 120 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
MATH@
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Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 17
ACCT203, Intermediate Accounting I, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ACCT 203. ACCT 203 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ACCT207, Income Taxation, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ACCT 207. ACCT 207 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
BUAD201, Business Law I, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
ECON@
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
ASTR@
BIOL@
CHEM@
CSCI160, Computer Science I, 3 cr.
CSCI165, Computer Science II, 3 cr.
CSCI205, Computer Science III-Data Structures, 3 cr.
ENVS101, Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr.
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS116, Soil Science, 3 cr.
ENVS141, Agroecology, 3 cr.
ENVS202, Integrated Pest Management, 3 cr.
GEOL@
METR@
PHSC@
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Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 14
ACCT204, Intermediate Accounting II, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ACCT 204. ACCT 204 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ACCT205, Cost Accounting, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ACCT 205. ACCT 205 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
BUAD203, Business Communications, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL204, Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi


SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.

Degree Requirements

Certificate: Accounting
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 29 credits
ACCT101, Principles of Accounting I (C or better), 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ACCT102, Principles of Accounting II (C or better), 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ACCT203, Intermediate Accounting I (C or better), 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ACCT204, Intermediate Accounting II (C or better), 4 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select 2 courses from the list below:
ACCT120, Accounting on Microcomputers, 3 cr.
ACCT205, Cost Accounting, 4 cr.
ACCT207, Income Taxation, 4 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the courses listed below:
If ACCT courses are selected, a minimum grade of C is required. 
ACCT@
BUAD@
ECON@
Use Schedule Search for electives


SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.

Featured Faculty

  • Gary Ford

    Associate Professor, Accounting

    Gary is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the NY State Society of CPAs.