The Academic Associate Degree in Accounting is designed to meet the increasing industry demand for business professionals in accounting. Accounting serves as a universal base that allows one to talk “the language of business.” With the right accounting skills graduates can position themselves for success in almost any sector or industry. Students develop real-world, employer-demanded skills in payroll, banking, reporting, and record keeping allowing them to become an asset to any company.
In this program, students acquire the needed knowledge and skills in preparation for passing exams such as the National Bookkeepers Association (NBA) Microsoft Excel Certification and QuickBooks Certification. The program is ideal for professionals who want to enter an accounting-related field or lay the groundwork for further study to become a certified management accountant (CMA) or certified public accountant (CPA). Bryan University delivers this program through dynamic, adaptive, experiential learning that includes personalized instruction and coaching.
Program offered 100% online.
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 60 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.
UNV-101S—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing and presentations.
BUS-105—Introduction to Business—3.0 credits
Complex marketplaces require businesses to use data and analytics to address regulatory, market, consumer and operational challenges. This course provides students with the foundations of business organization and operations to provide a foundation for students to use when analyzing data to uncover actionable information for the enterprise.
BUS-110—Workplace Technologies—3.0 credits
The core concepts of systems architecture and IT infrastructure underlie all technology driven organizations. Participants will gain an understanding of the components of the IT architecture, how computer infrastructures support and enable enterprise goals, and how IT systems are managed.
BUS-115—Business Math—3.0 credits
This course focuses on a basic math review with an emphasis on business statistics, profit calculations, payroll, banking, interest calculations, insurance, taxes, and mathematical calculations.
BUS-120—Accounting Principles I—3.0 credits
This course provides students with a functional knowledge of basic accounting principles to facilitate their interpretation of financial statements. The bookkeeping cycle, from recording transactions to preparing financial statements, is included. Students will also be introduced to the methods for summarizing, analyzing and reporting financial data.
BUS-125—Accounting Principles II—3.0 credits
Concepts presented in this course are a continuation of the study of basic accounting principles covering topics related to payroll, bookkeeping, inventory, the statement of cash flows, and financial statement analysis. At the end of this course, students will be skilled in tasks related to positions such as an AP Clerk, payroll clerk, or bookkeeper.
BUS-130—Microsoft Excel I—3.0 credits
Electronic spreadsheets are a powerful tool used in business processes to store, analyze and present information. The focus of the course is to provide the student with functional skills needed to create, edit, and format Microsoft Excel worksheets for a variety of reporting needs.
BUS-135—Microsoft Excel II—3.0 credits
The focus of this course includes creating informative spreadsheets and performing advanced functions including functions, formulas, and charts. This course is a continuation of BUS-130.
BUS-140—Introduction to Digital Marketing and Social Media—3.0 credits
This course provides students with a working knowledge in the growing field of digital marketing. Students will learn about the evolution and purpose of digital marketing, the strategic uses of social media, and how these principles can transform the customer’s journey. Students will also gain important industry skills designed to enhance the company’s product using effective digital media.
BUS-145—Business Communications—3.0 credits
This course provides students with foundational knowledge regarding effective communication styles and strategies for the business professional. Students will learn practical skills in intra- and interpersonal communication within business-related environments, in how personal attitudes affect organizational effectiveness and productivity, and in the interactions between people both personally and professionally.
BUS-200—Business Analytics Reporting—3.0 credits
Today’s businesses rely on data in almost every decision-making process. Data must be presented in a way that is quickly interpretable and easily understood. This course further explores reporting, data representations, visualizations, and high-level data analytics in Microsoft Excel. Students will connect to and analyze data from various sources and prepare presentations for management decision making using a variety of visualization types.
BUS-220—Management Principles—3.0 credits
Successful management is rooted in forming essential behaviors associated with leading an organization and its people. During this course, the student will understand basic management principles and functions required within small and large organizations and be introduced to business application models. This course will emphasize critical thinking and solving real-world problems.
BUS-230—Legal and Ethical Issues in Business—3.0 credits
This course provides students with foundational knowledge regarding general law, ethics, and regulations affecting business policy and decision making.
BUS-255—Intermediate Accounting—3.0 credits
In this course, students interpret financial statements and use them to make better business decisions. This course examines in more depth the financial accounting procedures, reporting, and evaluation of results of operations through income statements, balance sheets, statements of cash flow, and associated worksheets. Additional topics include revenue and expense recognition, working capital, and ratio analysis of financial statements.
BUS-265—Fundamentals of Taxation—3.0 credits
This course provides an introduction to federal income taxation of individuals and businesses, providing a broad overview of the importance of tax considerations in business and personal decisions. Topics such as financial statement analysis, income, deductions, credits, depreciation, and allowances will be explored.
CRT-110S—Critical Thinking—3.0 credits
This course provides foundational topics related to logic and critical thinking including, informal logic, formal logic, and fallacies.
COM-210S—Speaking and Presenting—3.0 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of public speaking in today’s society. Topics include how to write a quality speech and how to clearly and confidently speak in public forums, including social media and blogs.
ENG-110S—English Composition I—3.0 credits
This course covers written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.
ENG-112S—English Composition II—3.0 credits
A course building on lessons learned in English Composition I. In addition to reviewing the writing process, topics include research techniques, citation techniques, documentation formats, and critical analysis of written topics.
MAT-110S—Algebra I—3.0 credits
This course begins with a review of real numbers and algebraic expressions before covering algebra topics including linear equations and inequalities, lines and functions, systems, exponents, polynomials, and factoring.
Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.
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