2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    Apr 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog

Applied Accounting (AAS) Course Map

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!

Advancement in the Field Certification Opportunities

To enhance your employability consider completing certification requirements to become a Certified Bookkeeper through the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers; a Certified Entry Level Payroll Professional through the American Payroll Association; and an Enrolled Agent through the Internal Revenue Service.  Please talk with an advisor for more information.

CIP Code: 52.0302

ctcLink Plan Code: ATBAOAPT

Total Credits: 90

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

Choose one

3. Math Course Recommendation

Choose one

  • 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 communicating 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. Business Keyboarding

5. Business Keyboarding: Ten-Key

6. Principles of Accounting I, II, and III

Take one course each quarter until courses are finished.

7. English Course Recommendation

Choose one

  • Course purpose: In this field you must be able to clearly correspond with clients and the government. ENGL & 101/BTECA will provide the foundational skills of developing writing skills. 


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course. 

8. Business Law

Action Item: Confirm Your 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.

9. Human Relations in the Workplace

10. Professional Development

11. Introduction to Computer Information Systems

12. Excel for Accounting

13. QuickBooks

14. Federal Income Tax Preparation

15. Accounting Systems

16. Payroll and Business Taxes

17. Nonprofit Management and Reporting

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details.

18. Microsoft Office Skills

Take each of the following courses

19. Ten-Key Mastery

20. Work-Based Learning

Choose one

Total Credits: 90

CIP Code: 52.0302

ctcLink Plan Code: ATBAOAPT