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The Degree

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Stricter laws and regulations, particularly in the financial sector, will likely increase the demand for accounting services as organizations seek to comply with new standards. An accounting degree at Finger Lakes Community College provides preparation in the latest accounting theories and principles.

Training in accounting is also invaluable for those interested in becoming:

  • Appraisers
  • Budget, Loan, or Bank Officers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Revenue, Purchasing, or FBI Special Agents
  • Actuaries
  • Tax Collectors
  • Underwriters
  • Securities Sales Workers

The Program

The A.A.S. accounting degree program at FLCC will prepare you to meet the changing needs of today's business world. By keeping class size small, the program will provide you with individualized attention. It will also prepare you to further your educational experiences. If you are interested in transferring into a baccalaureate accounting program, FLCC has an expanding number of transfer (articulation) agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Online Learning

The A.A.S. in accounting degree program at FLCC is conveniently accessible on the internet and may be fully completed online. For more information on FLCC’s online learning programs, contact the Office of Online Learning at (585)-785-1303 or you can visit the colleges’ online degree programs page.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will have the ability to:

  • Record basic financial transactions.
  • Analyze, compare and interpret financial information.
  • Organize and evaluate accounting information.
  • Make decisions regarding basic financial information and transactions.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Utilize computer applications.

The Experience

Field trips bring real-life experience to theory presented in the classroom. As an accounting major, you will attend dinners at the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), which provide valuable networking opportunities.

The Graduates

Graduates of this program have transferred to baccalaureate degree programs at four-year institutions* such as:

  • St. John Fisher College
  • Nazareth College
  • Keuka College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Colleges at Buffalo and Oswego

Others have gone on to begin careers as accounting clerks immediately after graduation from FLCC. The list of accounting graduates that have gone on to become chief accountants, controllers or business owners of accounting/tax firms, continues to grow.

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $63,550 in May 2012.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As an accounting major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Mark J. Prockton Memorial Accounting
  • Dennis Morga Memorial Business

For more information on these scholarships, contact a member of the business department or the financial aid office.

The Faculty

FLCC's accounting faculty has extensive "real-world" experience that adds another dimension to the classroom. One of the staff members is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and another holds a Certified Management Accountant designation. The entire staff has at least ten years of individual teaching experience.