Whatcom offers the following degrees and certificates:

 Degrees:
 Associate in Science (AS) - Accounting
   Associate in Science (AS) - Finance
 Certificate:  Accounting
 Certificates of Proficiency:
 Accounting for A/P, A/R and Inventory
   Governmental/Not-for-Profit Accounting
   Individual Income Tax
   Investments
   Money and Banking
   Payroll Accounting
   Principles of Finance
   QuickBooks Pro

 

Note: Core course requirements are listed alphabetically within each degree and certificate template, not necessarily in the order they should be taken.

Associate in Science (AS) - Accounting

The accounting AS degree provides students with basic skills to compete for entry-level accounting positions in private industry, state and local government, and public accounting firms. Students who successfully complete the program should be able to: 1) perform basic bookkeeping and accounting tasks both manually and using a computer; 2) demonstrate the relationships among the various business functions such as accounting, finance, marketing, purchasing, operations, and human resources; and, 3) demonstrate computer proficiency.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
 ACCT 110
 Accounting for A/P, A/R, and Inventory
 5
 ACCT 130
 QuickBooks Pro
 3
 ACCT 250
 Governmental/Not-for-Profit Accounting
 5
 ACCT 260
 Individual Income Tax
 5
 ACCT 270
 Payroll Accounting
 3
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202
 Principles of Accounting II
 5
 ACCT& 203
 Principles of Accounting III
 5
 BTEC 101
 Introduction to Business Computing
 3
 BTEC 141
 Spreadsheets I
 3
 BTEC 142
 Spreadsheets II
 5
 BTEC 161
 Database Management I
 3
 BUS& 101
 Introduction to Business
 5
 BUS& 201
 Business Law
 5
 ECON 100
 Survey of Economic Principles
 5
 or ECON& 201
 Micro Economics
 5
 or ECON& 202
 Macro Economics
 5
 ECON 210
 Economic Ethics
 5
 Subtotal  70
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION
 Credits
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 ENGL& 230
 Technical Writing (CM)
 3
 or ENGL& 235
 Technical Writing (CM)
5
 CMST 145
 Introduction to Organizational Communication (HR)
 5
 or CMST& 220
 Public Speaking (HR)
3 or 5
 or CMST& 230
 Small Group Communication (HR)
 5
 BUS 100
 Business Math (CP)
 5
 or  Any MATH course numbered 107 or above (CP)
 5
 or  Any course designated as "CP on the Related Instruction list (CP)
 5
 Subtotal  16-20
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
 Credits
 CO-OP 180
 Preparing for Career Work Experience
 1 to 2
 and/or CO-OP 190
 Cooperative Education/Internship
 2 to 4
 Subtotal  2-4
 Total  90-94

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Associate in Science (AS) - Finance

The Finance AS degree prepares students for careers in finance and the financial services industry. The degree is designed for individuals who want training in income taxation, finance, money and banking, and investments. Students who successfully complete the program should be able to: 1) perform basic financial and accounting tasks both manually and using a computer; and, 2) demonstrate the relationships among the various business functions such as accounting, finance, marketing, purchasing, operations, and human resources.

Course requirements (effective fall 2016)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
 ACCT 130
 QuickBooks Pro
 3
 ACCT 260
 Individual Income Tax
 5
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202
 Principles of Accounting II
 5
 ACCT& 203
 Principles of Accounting III
 5
 BTEC 101
 Introduction to Business Computing
 3
 BTEC 141
 Spreadsheets I
 3
 BTEC 142
 Spreadsheets II
 5
 BTEC 161
 Database Management I
 3
 FIN 215
 Principles of Finance
 5
 FIN 235
 Investments  5
 BUS& 101
 Introduction to Business
 5
 BUS& 201
 Business Law
 5
 ECON 100
 Survey of Economic Principles
 5
 or ECON& 201
 Micro Economics
 5
 or ECON& 202
 Macro Economics
 5
 ECON 210
 Economic Ethics
 5
 ECON 225
 Money and Banking
 5
 Subtotal  72
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION  Credits
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 ENGL& 230
 Technical Writing (CM)
 3
 or ENGL& 235
 Technical Writing (CM)
5
 CMST 145
 Introduction to Organizational Communication (HR)
 5
 or CMST& 220
 Public Speaking (HR)
 3 or 5
 or CMST& 230
 Small Group Communication (HR)
 5
 BUS 100
 Business Math (CP)
 5
 or  Any MATH course numbered 107 or above (CP)
 5
 or  Any course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP)
 5
 Subtotal  16-20
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE  Credits
 CO-OP 180
 Preparing for Career Work Experience
 1 to 2
 and/or CO-OP 190  Cooperative Education/Internship
 1 to 5
 Subtotal  2-4
 Total  90-96

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Certificate - Accounting

This certificate offers the range of clerical and accounting skills needed to perform full-charge bookkeeping tasks for a small business accurately and efficiently. Employees in this position will use both manual and computerized systems, and will work under the supervision of an accountant.

Course requirements (effective fall 2014)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS(courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
 ACCT 130
 QuickBooks Pro
 3
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202
 Principles of Accounting II
 5
 ACCT& 203
 Principles of Accounting III
 5
 ACCT 270
 Payroll Accounting
 3
 BTEC 141
 Spreadsheets I
 3
 BTEC 142
 Spreadsheets II
 5
 BUS& 101
 Introduction to Business
 5
 BUS& 201
 Business Law
 5
 Subtotal  39
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION
 Credits
 BUS 100
 Business Math (CP)
 5
 or
 Any course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list. (CP)
5
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
5
 or BUS 140
 Business Research and Communication (CM)
 3
 CMST& 230
 Small Group Communication (HR)
5
 or CMST 145
 Introduction to Organizational Communication (HR)
 5
 or BUS 170
 Customer Service for Professionals (HR)
 3
 Subtotal  11-15
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
 Credits
 CO-OP 180
 Preparing for Career Work Experience
 1 to 2
 or CO-OP 190
 Cooperative Education/Internship
 1 to 5
 ACCT 250
 Governmental/Not-for-Profit Accounting
 5
 or ACCT 260
 Individual Income Tax
 5
 or
 Any course numbered 100 or above in ACCT, BTEC, BUS, CIS, ECON, FIN, HTBM, OFFAD, PSYC, or SOC
 3 to 5
 Subtotal  6-10
 Total  56-64

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Certificate of Proficiency - Accounting for A/P, A/R and Inventory

This short-term certificate provides additional specialized knowledge in the area of accounting for A/P, A/R, and Inventory methods for the skilled worker. It is unlikely that employers will hire students who have only completed this certificate of proficiency; coursework may be applied toward a one-year certificate in accounting or a two-year AS degree in accounting.

Course requirements (effective fall 2012)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
 A minimum "C" grade or better required for all core requirements.
 
 ACCT 110
 Accounting for A/P, A/R, and Inventory
 5
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202  Principles of Accounting II  5
 ACCT& 203  Principles of Accounting III  5
 Subtotal  20
 Total  20

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Certificate of Proficiency - Governmental/Not-for-Profit Accounting

This short-term certificate provides additional specialized knowledge in the area of governmental and not-for-profit accounting methods for the skilled worker. It is unlikely that employers will hire students who have only completed this certificate of proficiency; coursework may be applied toward a one-year certificate in accounting or a two-year AS degree in accounting.

Course requirements (effective fall 2012)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
 A minimum "C" grade or better required for all core requirements.
 
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202  Principles of Accounting II  5
 ACCT& 203  Principles of Accounting III  5
 ACCT 250
 Governmental/Not-for-Profit Accounting
 5
 Subtotal  20
 Total  20

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Certificate of Proficiency - Individual Income Tax

This short-term certificate provides additional specialized knowledge in the area of individual income tax methods for the skilled worker. It is unlikely that employers will hire students who have only completed this certificate of proficiency; coursework may be applied toward a one-year certificate in accounting or a two-year AS degree in accounting.

Course requirements (effective fall 2012)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
 A minimum "C" grade or better required for all core requirements.
 
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202  Principles of Accounting II  5
 ACCT& 203  Principles of Accounting III  5
 ACCT 260
 Individual Income Tax
 5
 Subtotal  20
 Total  20

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Certificate of Proficiency - Investments

This short-term certificate provides additional specialized knowledge in the area of investments for the skilled worker. It is unlikely that employers will hire students who have only completed this certificate of proficiency; coursework may be applied towards a two-year AS degree in Finance.

Course requirements (effective summer 2015)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
  A minimum "C" grade required for all core requirements.  
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202
 Principles of Accounting II
 5
 ACCT& 203
 Principles of Accounting III
 5
 ACCT 260
 Individual Income Tax
 5
 FIN 235
 Investments  5
 Subtotal  25
 Total  25

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Certificate of Proficiency - Money and Banking

This short-term certificate provides additional specialized knowledge in the area of money and banking for the skilled worker. It is unlikely that employers will hire students who have only completed this certificate of proficiency; coursework may be applied towards a two-year AS degree in Finance.

Course requirements (effective summer 2015)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)
 Credits
  A minimum "C" grade required for all core requirements.  
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202
 Principles of Accounting II
 5
 ACCT& 203
 Principles of Accounting III
 5
 ACCT 260
 Individual Income Tax
 5
 ECON 225
 Money and Banking
 5
 Subtotal  25
 Total  25

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Certificate of Proficiency - Payroll Accounting

This short-term certificate provides additional specialized knowledge in the area of payroll accounting methods for the skilled worker. It is unlikely that employers will hire students who have only completed this certificate of proficiency; coursework may be applied towards a one-year certificate in accounting or a two-year AS degree in accounting.

Course requirements (effective fall 2012)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
 A minimum "C" grade or better required for all core requirements.
 
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202  Principles of Accounting II  5
 ACCT& 203  Principles of Accounting III  5
 ACCT 270
 Payroll Accounting
 3
 Subtotal  18
 Total  18

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Certificate of Proficiency - Principles of Finance

This short-term certificate provides additional specialized knowledge in the area of finance for the skilled worker. It is unlikely that employers will hire students who have only completed this certificate of proficiency; coursework may be applied towards a two-year AS degree in Finance.

Course requirements (effective summer 2015)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
  A minimum "C" grade required for all core requirements.  
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202
 Principles of Accounting II
 5
 ACCT& 203
 Principles of Accounting III
 5
 ACCT 260
 Individual Income Tax
 5
 FIN 215
 Principles of Finance
 5
 Subtotal  25
 Total  25

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Certificate of Proficiency - QuickBooks Pro

This short-term certificate provides additional specialized knowledge in the area of Quickbooks Pro accounting methods for the skilled worker. It is unlikely that employers will hire students who have only completed this certificate of proficiency; coursework may be applied towards a one-year certificate in accounting or a two-year AS Degree in Business (including the specialty option in Accounting).

Course requirements (effective fall 2012)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
 A minimum "C" grade required for all core requirements.
 
 ACCT 130
 QuickBooks Pro
 3
 ACCT& 201
 Principles of Accounting I
 5
 ACCT& 202  Principles of Accounting II  5
 ACCT& 203  Principles of Accounting III  5
 Subtotal  18
 Total  18

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