2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog 
    Dec 08, 2022  
2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Accounting (AAS) Course Map

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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Associate in Applied Science Applied Accounting, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course. 

2. Communications Course Recommendation

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3. Math Course Recommendation

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  • Course purpose: This course provides you with experience in working with algebraic solving techniques, working with exponents and the mathematics of finance. These are tools that assist with data analysis in accounting.

  • Course purpose: This course applies math to a variety of areas. Topics will include graphical- and formula-derived solutions, statistics, applied problems, and communicationg solutions. Additional topics may also include management science, statistics, social choice, patterns, and financial applications. 


  • Note: The math course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following, the transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance. Your advisor will assist you in selecting the relevant 5 or 7 credit course(s) based upon co-requisite options. 

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

4. Principles of Accounting I, II, and III

Take one course each quarter until courses are finished.

5. English Course Recommendation

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6. Business Law

Action Item: Check Business Path

Credit for courses listed after these will not count toward a Business DTA, so if you are planning on work transferring to a 4-year university, this is the right time to switch paths.

7. Human Relations in the Workplace

8. Microsoft Office Skills

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9. Leading Teams through Innovation and Change

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

10. QuickBooks

11. Ten-Key Mastery

12. Spreadsheet Applications

13. Federal Income Tax Preparation

14. Introduction to Computer Information Systems

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15. Accounting with Sage 50

16. Payroll and Business Taxes

17. Nonprofit Management and Reporting

18. Accounting/Management Course Recommendation

19. If additional credits are needed, the following courses are recommended (please check with your advisor before enrolling)

Total Credits 93

Program Code: 505D

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