Accounting is the measurement, processing and communication of financial information about economic entities such as businesses and corporations. Accounting is one of the key functions for almost any business; it may be handled by a bookkeeper and accountant at small firms or by sizable finance departments with dozens of employees at large companies.
Career options for students who get a degree in accounting include: accounting clerk, bookkeeper, budget analyst, tax attorney, tax preparer, tax accountant, compliance officer, internal auditor, international accountant, forensic accountant, cost accountant, managerial accountant, certified public accountant, controller, accounting firm partner, chief accounting officer, and chief financial officer.
Patty Worsham never enjoyed studying
accounting. That's ironic because now, she teaches it. So to make sure her students don't have the same opinion on what it's like to study the subject, she employs humor and contemporary references, and works to find unique ways to engage them.
“What’s great about Norco College is that you have lots of different pockets of students,” Patty says. “You have kids who just graduated from high school and are still figuring out where they are going. I love helping them identify what their educational finish line is and how to reach it. You have returning adults who got started and sidetracked-- they are very enthusiastic about their education. You have students who are here for the financial value, some who don’t want a four year degree but have a goal, some who just need a couple of classes to advance their careers. Accounting appeals to all types of students, so my class is a wonderful mix of all these people on different journeys.”
Academic Programs in Accounting
The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.
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Suggested Initial Coursework
|Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Administration and Information Systems - CSU Pathway
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|What can I do with this major? (Accounting)||INFO|
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|Program Flyer (Registered Income Tax Preparer)||INFO|
|Program Flyer (Small Business Accounting)||INFO|
|Program Flyer (Small Business Payroll Accounting)||INFO|
|Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)||INFO|
|California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
|Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)|
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system