Accounting

Business Sciences

After transfer, what employer will be coming to your four-year school to hire you upon graduation? Whether or not you choose accounting, you should be asking yourself this question as it’s critical to obtain a job while you are completing your undergraduate studies. Four-year schools with robust accounting programs have many recruiters from the accounting profession and industry to hire accounting graduates. 

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After completing the AS in Accounting at IVC, you will have a solid foundation for transfer. The financial and managerial accounting courses at IVC are challenging and “problem based” meaning upon your transfer you will be ready for the rigor of upper division accounting courses. 

Although the economy may have challenges from time to time, historically, the demand for accountants has always been strong. 

If you are planning on working in the accounting profession, you will want to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”). To become a CPA, you will need to meet the educational requirement of 150 semester units, a bachelor’s degree plus 30 semester units. (collectively “Educational Requirement”). In addition to the Educational Requirement you will need to pass the CPA exam and obtain work experience. To learn more about the licensing requirements, please feel free to contact the Accounting Department faculty. 

Program Length

For transfer, a student needs 60 semester units that will take approximately four semesters for a full-time student to complete. 

However, to meet the Educational Requirement, some students elect to take additional units prior or after transfer. If you have questions regarding this, please feel free to contact the Accounting Department faculty. 

Transfer Options

By using a problem-based approach in financial and managerial accounting, the program will give the student a good base for further study in accounting. 

For accounting, in Southern California, the institutions students commonly transfer to:

  • California State University, Fullerton*
  • California State University, Long Beach*
  • University of California at Irvine*
  • University of California at Santa Barbara*
  • Chapman University**
  • University of Southern California**

* Denotes that a transfer agreement is present on assist.org
**Students should talk with their counselor about what specific courses should be taken prior to transfer.
 

Program Specific Support

The two full time faculty members in the accounting department (“Accounting Faculty”) are available to assist students.

Additionally, the student success center hires accounting tutors to assist students during the semester for financial and managerial accounting. 

Your Support Team

Your success is our priority! Whether you are just starting, in the middle of, or completing your time at IVC, we have a team of people in your corner to help keep you on-track to reach your goals at IVC and beyond! 

Coming Soon: Completion Teams to get students from start to goal! Look for your team beginning fall 2021!

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 10, ECON 10, MGT 10, or MATH 11*Statistics or Business Calculus1C3-4
ACCT 112.1Spreadsheets 1Major1.5
ACCT 112.2Spreadsheets 2Major1.5
MGT 1Introduction to Business3
ECON 1Principles of Economics - Micro33
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
PHIL 3Introduction to Critical Thinking1B3
ACCT 1AFinancial AccountingMajor4
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course33
ECON 2Principles of Economics - Macro33
ACCT 212.3Spreadsheets Certification3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
ACCT 1BManagerial AccountingMajor4
PHIL 1, 2, 5, 10, or 11 Various Philosophy Courses43
CS 1 or CIM 107Introduction to Computer Systems or Introduction to Personal Computer Application3
ACCT ElectiveAccounting Courses 200-299 (See Accounting Faculty) 3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
MGT 104Business CommunicationMajor3
MGT 12AThe Legal Environment of Business3
ACCT MajorAccounting Major Course from List AMajor3
ACCT ElectiveAccounting Course 200-299 (See Accounting Faculty) 3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course23
  1. Students can take a number of different math courses to meet the AS GE requirement; however, statistics or business calculus is recommended.
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Ethnic Studies requirement for the AS degree.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
MGT 12AThe Legal Environment of Business3
ACCT 112.1Spreadsheets I1.5
ACCT 112.2Spreadsheets II1.5
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 1AFinancial Accounting4
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 1BManagerial Accounting4
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 212.3Spreadsheets Certification3
ACCT 204Accounting Applications QuickBook3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 112.1Spreadsheets I1.5
ACCT 112.2Spreadsheets II1.5
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 204Accounting Applications: Quickbooks3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 112.1Spreadsheets I1.5
ACCT 112.2Spreadsheets II1.5
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 1AFinancial Accounting4
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 112.1Spreadsheets I1.5
ACCT 112.2Spreadsheets II1.5
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 1AFinancial Accounting4
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 1BManagerial Accounting4
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 206Individual Income Taxation - Federal and State3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 207Business Income Taxation - Federal and State3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 112.1Spreadsheets I1.5
ACCT 112.2Spreadsheets II1.5
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 1AFinancial Accounting4
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
ACCT 205Payroll Accounting and Taxation3
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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