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Skills to succeed in the world of business.

Accounting is the language of business. Every business decision involves choices of transaction structure, resource allocation, reporting to constituents (such as shareholders, creditors, and investors) and compliance with many levels of governmental regulation and taxation.

The accounting curriculum at the Department of Business and Public Administration gives you critical skills to help you make complex decisions in an ever-changing environment. Advancing technology, globalization of commerce and complex transactions make the environment of business and the practice of accounting extremely challenging. Successful business leaders must have a broad array of financial reporting skills and knowledge.

Whether you choose an emphasis area in accounting or choose to round out your financial skills with a few additional elective courses, you will have a better grasp of financial forces and the choices businesses face.

Accounting Program Sheet

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Financial Manager

$49,800 to $94,490 per year with a bachelor’s degree

$43,540 to $66,880 per year with an associate’s degree

$23,390 to $37,650 per year with a certificate

The School of Management hosts an Accounting Career Information Night annually. Watch a video recording of this year's information night held on April 18, 2016. Representatives from the State of Alaska Department of Revenue,
Permanent Fund Corporation, and Wells Fargo Bank shared information about accounting careers, career pathways in accounting, and internship/job opportunities available with their offices. Video Link

Adam Benner, Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting

Adam Benner, Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting

"The accounting faculty bring a lot of real world work experience to class. Accounting can be a lot to comprehend. When your professor can share their work experiences and show how classroom concepts are applicable in the business environment it can be a very valuable resource and good learning tool."

Accountant, O.E.

The Accountant Occupational Endorsement provides training for individuals who want to advance in the accounting field. Students entering the program may already be working in the field and want further training for career advancement. Other students may have no experience in accounting and want to explore this field as a possible career change.

Accountant, Occupational Endorsement Program Sheet

Endorsement Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Accounting Technician Certificate

The Accounting Technician Certificate program is designed to provide intensive training for accounting occupations. This program qualifies students for a wide range of entry-level positions in private industry, business, government and non-profit organizations.

Certificate Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Associate of Applied Science: Business Administration

The Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration educates students in the fundamentals, principles, techniques, and skills essential to the theory and effective practice of business. With a broad-based business foundation in accounting and economics as well as intense study in the fields of marketing, management, or business administration, this two-year program is designed to prepare you academically for admission to a bachelor degree program or for employment upon graduation in a variety of positions in the business community. 

Degree Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Bachelor of Business Administration

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree program develops a student's intellectual ability, executive personality, and managerial skills through an appropriate blending of core business courses and general education requirements. Core courses in key business competencies provide a strong foundation for which emphasis areas in accounting, human resources, management, and MIS allow you to tailor your degree towards your academic and career goals.

Accounting Emphasis

The Accounting emphasis area provides an in-depth examination of accounting issues. Coursework covers the collection, recording, summarizing, and interpretation of financial data; the uses of accounting data by management; accounting procedures in all phases of financial matters; and the use of computers and other electronic means of handling accounting data.

Students completing the Accounting emphasis have the knowledge and skills necessary for successful professional accounting careers. Graduates are well positioned to pursue additional education and experience necessary to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Accounting Program Sheet

Degree Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Take a Class

The Department of Business and Public Administration courses feature practitioner-oriented instruction with a focus on concepts and skills that you can apply to your current career immediately. 

Whether you are seeking professional development, considering a career change, or just interested in learning something new, UAS welcomes all students interested in taking a class.

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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Classes: ACCT Spring 2020

Introduction to accounting concepts and procedures for a business. Emphasis is on the accounting cycle and the recording, summarizing and interpretation of accounting data. This course will satisfy the requirements for both ACCT S121 and ACCT S122 in the certificate program. ACCT S121 and ACCT S122 together will substitute for ACCT S201.

Schedule information for CRN: 32748, Section: JD1
32748JD1Paulette Schirmer

A continuation of elementary accounting concepts and procedures with the introduction of manufacturing operations and time value of money and cost accounting principles. Job order costing, process costing, cost-volume-profit, budgeting, and variances are introduced.

Schedule information for CRN: 32749, Section: J01
32749J01Maren Haavig

Prerequisite: ACCT S201 (C- 1.7 or better) and MATH S055 or higher, or instructor permission.

Schedule information for CRN: 32750, Section: JD1
32750JD1Julie Hamilton

Prerequisite: ACCT S201 (C- 1.7 or better) and MATH S055 or higher, or instructor permission.

Introduction to federal and state laws and regulations that affect payroll and employment practices. Includes topics on accounting concepts and procedures for business. Emphasis is on the accounting cycle and the recording, summarizing, and interpretation of payroll data.

Schedule information for CRN: 32751, Section: JD1
32751JD1Paulette Schirmer

Prerequisite: ACCT S100 or ACCT S122 or ACCT S201 (C- 1.70 or better)..

Schedule information for CRN: 32752, Section: J01
32752J01Paulette Schirmer

Pass/Fail grading.

A study of federal income tax laws as they apply to individuals. Topics covered include sole proprietorships, property transactions, rental activities, itemized deductions, and tax credits. Emphasis is on knowledge of current tax law and preparing individual income tax returns.

Schedule information for CRN: 32753, Section: JD1
32753JD1Julie Hamilton

Prerequisite: ACCT S201.

An in-depth study of the accounting sequence, principles and rules governing financial statements. Includes discussion of cash, receivables, inventory, fixed assets and intangible assets. The time value of money as it relates to financial accounting situations will also be addressed.

Schedule information for CRN: 32754, Section: JD1
32754JD1Paulette Schirmer

Prerequisite: ACCT S202 (C- 1.70 or better).

Continuation of the study of intermediate accounting including the principles governing financial reporting of liabilities, investments, deferred taxes, revenues and stockholder's equity. Preparation of the cash flow statement and disclosure information will also be addressed.

Schedule information for CRN: 32755, Section: JD1
32755JD1Julie Hamilton

Prerequisite: ACCT S311 (C- 1.70 or better).

Design and analysis of accounting systems for business entities in various industries specifically adapted for data processing. Includes data processing application for internal control, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and other accounting procedures.

Schedule information for CRN: 32756, Section: JD1
32756JD1Sherry Hassell

Prerequisite: ACCT S202 (C- 1.70 or better) and three credits of CIS.

Emphasizes research and planning in the cost accounting field. Topics include basic concepts and terminology; cost accumulation systems including job order cost, process cost, standard costs, absorption and variable costing; variance analysis, budgeting and profit planning, flexible budgets; cost behavior determination and use of the cost-volume-profit model; and cost systems design.

Schedule information for CRN: 32757, Section: JD1
32757JD1Maren Haavig

Prerequisite: ACCT S202 (C- 1.70 or better).

Emphasizes accounting and reporting standards for state and local governments. Includes an in-depth discussion of fund accounting.

Schedule information for CRN: 32758, Section: JD1
32758JD1Paulette Schirmer

Prerequisite: ACCT S202 (C- 1.70 or better).

Procedures for verification of financial data and the professional standards applicable to the auditor's examination of financial statements and expression of opinion relative to them.

Schedule information for CRN: 32759, Section: JD1
32759JD1Julie Hamilton

Prerequisite: ACCT S312 (C- 1.70 or better).

Schedule information for CRN: 32760, Section: J01
32760J01Paulette Schirmer

Pass/Fail grading.

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval Form required.


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