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Associate of Science
Business and Professional/Public Service

Why Study Accounting?

Accountants and auditors help ensure that firms are run efficiently, public records are kept accurately, and taxes are paid properly. Accounting career options for Certified Public Accountants also include assurance services, environmental accounting, forensic accounting, international accounting, and tax and financial planning. Job opportunities for those who earn CPA credentials are favorable. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2014 because of an increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and greater scrutiny of company finances. This Associate of Science degree is recommended for students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree in accounting or business at a four-year institution.

Occupational Objectives:

Upon graduation, students may find employment in small businesses, large corporations, accounting firms, and governmental organizations. Additional requirements are necessary for CPA eligibility.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Accounting at RCC:

  1. VALUE: Affordable tuition. Renowned honors program. Study abroad opportunities.
  2. TRANSFER: Agreements with many four-year colleges for seamless transfer to pursue for a bachelor’s degree.
  3. FLEXIBILITY: Many courses are offered days, evenings, or online.
  4. CAREER: Internships and an annual business plan competition provide networking with professionals and real-world experience.
  5. SUPPORT: Dedicated and experienced faculty. Small class sizes. Free tutoring.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

There are several opportunities to gain practical accounting skills through extra-curricular activities on campus such as an annual Entrepreneurial Business Plan Competition with cash awards (co-hosted by the local NY State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the RCC Business Department); Rotaract, sponsored by the Rotary Club of New City; and Alpha Beta Gamma, a business honor society established in 1970 to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students.

Sample Courses:

  • Principles of Accounting I & II
  • Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Accounting I & II
  • Business Ethics
  • Statistics
  • Principles of Management


Degree Sheets Program Guides Academics & Degrees Courses

Program Goals:

  • Encourage active informed citizenship and leadership in students through mastery of effective written and oral communication skills and thoughtful consideration of ethical issues in today’s business world.

  • Instill an appreciation and awareness of racial, ethnic, and gender issues in today’s society.

  • Provide a rigorous and dynamic interdisciplinary education that will motivate and prepare students for the challenges of accounting practices.
  • Enhance the students’ personal and professional development.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Apply a comprehensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Use analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills to solve general accounting problems.
  • Understand accounting and business terminology used in business scenarios and be proficient with commonly used office software.
  • Perform accurately and apply fundamental accounting process to properly record and interpret business transactions resulting in the generation of financial statements.
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