Earn credentials in accounting, finance, or both!
Whatcom’s accounting and finance program offers two degree options: an associate of science (AS) in accounting (90-94 credits) and an associate of science (AS) in finance (90-96 credits). Both degrees share a number of the same courses, with just three courses unique to each. With little additional effort students could potentially earn degrees in both disciplines, providing foundational knowledge beneficial to multiple career paths. By completing both degrees, the additional credits earned may also be applied toward the 225 credit minimum required to sit for the CPA exam.
Whatcom also offers a certificate in accounting (56-64 credits) plus multiple short-term certificates of proficiency in various accounting specialties (18 or 20 credits each).
Students who complete the accounting certificate program may opt to immediately enter the workforce and/or continue toward completion of the associate of science degree in accounting. The certificates of proficiency are primarily intended for incumbent workers with prior education or relevant experience seeking to hone their skills in a specialty area and/or to advance to higher level positions; coursework may also be applied toward completion of a higher credential. The accounting certificate and the certificates of proficiency are fully embedded in the accounting degree and at least partially embedded in the finance degree.