Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Accounting emerged around the development of trade and commerce, signaling how vital it is for the health and prosperity of any business. Today, accounting has grown into a dynamic field that is the backbone of the financial world and the only way for businesses in every field and industry to grow and flourish.

A Closer Look

Accountants and auditors oversee the financial operations of a business in order to help it run efficiently and profitably. They spend much of their time preparing and examining financial records for accuracy and ensuring that taxes are paid properly and on time. They also frequently suggest ways to reduce costs, enhance revenues, and improve profits.

Accountants combine problem-solving skills with thorough attention to detail. Some specialize by industry or may provide the same services to individuals, helping them create plans of action for improved financial well-being.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Accounting program is ideal for students with strong logic and attention to detail. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in exciting business and industry settings as well as public accounting firms and not-for-profit businesses.

The program provides stimulating cooperative learning activities, some taking you outside the classroom for real-world experience. Class activities include hands-on income tax and payroll projects, computerized simulations, and guest lectures.



  • Accounts Payable Specialist
  • Accounts Receivable Specialist
  • Cost Accountant
  • Financial Accountant
  • Payroll Accountant
  • Tax Accountant

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Accounting program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


“It is so rewarding and humbling to play a part in the learning and growth of my students, both personally and professionally.”


“My experience as a teacher has more than met my expectations. Helping students achieve their dreams and objectives is very satisfying and endlessly challenging.”


“I am pleased to be one of a group of instructors who help students realize their educational goals and thereby improve their lives in the future.”

Mid-State’s full-time Accounting faculty are all experienced classroom instructors with masters’ degrees in business administration. Together, they bring a combined 58 years of industry experience to the classroom. Each one also receives ongoing education in order to maintain certification as a public accountant.

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,760.88
  • Books: $3,233.80
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $12,994.68

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10101111 Accounting I 4.00
10101123 Income Tax Accounting 3.00
10102101 Intro to Business 3.00
10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 2
10101113 Accounting II 4.00
10101120 Payroll Accounting 3.00
10101129 Accounting: Computerized 3.00
10103124 Excel-Intermediate 1.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
(17-18 Credits)
Term: 3
10101115 Accounting III 4.00
10101128 Managerial Accounting 3.00
10101131 Governmental Accounting 3.00
10102104 Business Law 3.00
10102103 Business Law & Ethics 3.00
10809195 Economics 3.00
10809143 Microeconomics 3.00
10809144 Macroeconomics 3.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 4
10101117 Accounting IV 4.00
10101125 Cost Accounting 3.00
10101130 Accounting Systems 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(19 Credits)
Total Credits: 68-69